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Hollywood scrambles to keep the show going as strike threat looms

Hollywood is holding its breath. Members of the Writers Guild of America on Monday are expected to give their leaders authority to call a strike against the major film and TV companies after their contract expires May 1. If writers walk off the job, scores of productions would be halted at a time...

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    U.S. home sales jump to a 10-year high

    Americans bought homes in March at the fastest pace in more than a decade, a strong start to the traditional spring buying season. Sales of existing homes climbed 4.4% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.71 million, the National Assn. of Realtors said Friday. This was the fastest...

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    As auto sales cool, there are great deals to be had — and worries of a lending bubble

    Heather Milne Barger and her husband knew it was about time to replace their 12-year-old Honda Civic hybrid this year — not only because it was showing its age, but because they knew there were bargains to be had. “There were a lot of deals that dealerships were having, and cheap financing,” said...

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    Baby orca arrives: Last killer whale is born at SeaWorld

    The last orca has been born in captivity at a SeaWorld park, just over a year after the theme park decided to stop breeding orcas following animal rights protests and declining ticket sales. The Orlando, Fla.-based company said the orca — the last in a generation bred in confinement — was born...

  • Stocks rally, lifted by company earnings

    Stocks rally, lifted by company earnings

    U.S. stocks climbed Thursday as industrial companies, banks, technology and materials firms and energy companies all rallied. A strong day of corporate results left investors feeling better about the economy. For more than a week, investors have been poring through company earnings for signs the...

  • Tesla recalls some Model S and Model X cars for parking brake problem

    Tesla recalls some Model S and Model X cars for parking brake problem

    Because of a parking brake that might stick and render a car immobile, Tesla Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for certain Model S and Model X luxury electric cars. In an email to owners Thursday, first revealed by TechCrunch, Tesla said that no injuries related to the defect have been reported,...

  • A flying car will be available for preorder for more than $1 million

    A flying car will be available for preorder for more than $1 million

    It may not be quite like the Jetsons, but for over a million dollars you too can soon fly around in a car. A Slovakian company called AeroMobil unveiled on Thursday its version of a flying car, a light-framed plane with wings that can fold back like an insect’s, a hybrid engine and rear propeller....

  • GM halts operations in Venezuela after factory is seized

    GM halts operations in Venezuela after factory is seized

    General Motors has stopped doing business in Venezuela after authorities took control of a factory in what GM called an illegal judicial seizure of its assets. The plant was confiscated Wednesday as antigovernment protesters clashed with authorities in a country that is roiling with economic troubles...

  • Zara pulls denim skirt after 'Pepe the Frog' accusations

    Zara pulls denim skirt after 'Pepe the Frog' accusations

    A fast-fashion retailer is in hot water over a hate symbol. Zara, a Spanish clothing chain, pulled a skirt from its website after people pointed out that an applique cartoon character on it bore a striking resemblance to "Pepe the Frog," a fictional frog that has been adopted by "alt-right" groups....

  • He helped build Fox News into a juggernaut. What's next for Bill O'Reilly?

    He helped build Fox News into a juggernaut. What's next for Bill O'Reilly?

    Bill O’Reilly has long been an imposing presence in cable news and the so-called culture wars. The 6-foot, 4-inch former high school history teacher from Long Island demonstrated that a strong opinion could translate into a powerful platform and big profits long before social media — or even President...

  • Fox News ratings could take a big hit with the firing of Bill O'Reilly, its biggest star

    Fox News ratings could take a big hit with the firing of Bill O'Reilly, its biggest star

    The end came quickly for Bill O’Reilly. The TV host has been the biggest star on Fox News for most its 21-year existence, generating huge ratings and earnings. But just 18 days after disclosures of sexual harassment complaints and settlements by multiple women, he was fired. Fox didn’t even wait...

  • L.A. responds to Trump travel ban with 'Everyone is welcome' campaign

    L.A. responds to Trump travel ban with 'Everyone is welcome' campaign

    Los Angeles tourism officials are launching an advertising campaign Tuesday with the message “Everyone is welcome” — a clear response to President Trump’s proposed travel ban. The campaign features a 93-second music video showing people of various ethnic backgrounds hugging, dancing and skateboarding...

  • L.A. office market off to slow start this year but still healthy

    L.A. office market off to slow start this year but still healthy

    Los Angeles County’s office market has been expanding and rents have been rising for years — and thanks to companies like Netflix, that dynamic continued in the first quarter. The Los Gatos, Calif., movie-streaming company is taking all the space of a large Hollywood building that opened its doors...

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