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  • Republican report accuses consumer bureau of going easy on Wells Fargo

    Republican report accuses consumer bureau of going easy on Wells Fargo

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau could have fined Wells Fargo & Co. more than $10 billion for its illegal sales practices but instead settled for $100 million, according to the agency's internal documents released by congressional Republicans this week. The CFPB also had evidence that the...

  • Can you make meat without an animal? Hampton Creek is betting its future on it

    Can you make meat without an animal? Hampton Creek is betting its future on it

    Josh Tetrick has gone up against Big Mayo, the egg industry, Target and his own staff and board of directors. Now, the 37-year-old entrepreneur behind Hampton Creek is vowing to beat a handful of food-tech start-ups to market a meat made without an animal. “We’re about to sell a product before the...

  • Facebook moves to block offensive terms from targeted advertising campaigns

    Facebook moves to block offensive terms from targeted advertising campaigns

    Advertisers on Facebook no longer can use offensive search terms such as “Jew hater” and “how to burn Jews” to target specific audiences, the company said Wednesday. The new policy comes a week after ProPublica published a story demonstrating how advertisers could reach thousands of Facebook users...

  • Bag fees didn't make base airfares that much lower, government report finds

    Bag fees didn't make base airfares that much lower, government report finds

    Travelers who check at least one bag when flying domestically are paying more overall to fly than they did before airlines began unbundling fares in 2008 and charging separately for checked baggage, a government watchdog has found. A report by the Government Accountability Office said airline officials...

  • KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger hurls slurs at Kathy Griffin

    KB Home CEO Jeffrey Mezger hurls slurs at Kathy Griffin

    KB Home Chief Executive Jeffrey Mezger went on a profanity-laden rant against his neighbor Kathy Griffin last weekend, hurling slurs at the comedian in reaction to a noise complaint. Mezger let loose after Griffin’s boyfriend, Randy Bick, called the Los Angeles Police Department to complain about...

  • Stocks edge up, lifting Dow, S&P and Nasdaq to new records

    Stocks edge up, lifting Dow, S&P and Nasdaq to new records

    Wall Street capped a day of mostly listless trading Tuesday with a slight gain, good enough to lift the major U.S. stock indexes to another set of all-time highs. Banks, insurers and other financial companies led the gainers. Technology firms helped lift the market. Healthcare stocks lagged the...

  • Kohl's to start accepting Amazon returns at some stores in L.A. and Chicago

    Kohl's to start accepting Amazon returns at some stores in L.A. and Chicago

    Kohl's, which is opening some in-store Amazon shops, will start accepting returns for the online retailer at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago next month. Kohl's Corp. said Tuesday that it will pack and ship eligible Amazon return items free of charge at the 82 stores offering the service....

  • Walgreens and Rite Aid say FTC has approved their shrunken $4.38-billion deal

    Walgreens and Rite Aid say FTC has approved their shrunken $4.38-billion deal

    Walgreens and Rite Aid have finally devised a combination of the nation's largest and third-largest drugstore chains that will get past antitrust regulators. The companies said Tuesday that they have Federal Trade Commission clearance for a slimmer version of a store-purchase agreement announced...

  • Laura Ingraham set to join Fox News as prime-time host

    Laura Ingraham set to join Fox News as prime-time host

    Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham will join Fox News Channel’s prime-time lineup as a host on Oct. 30, the network announced Monday. Ingraham, a longtime contributor to Fox News, will be the weeknight host of “The Ingraham Angle,” at 10 p.m. ET. Sean Hannity on Sept. 25 will move to 9 p.m....

  • Northrop Grumman aims for space with $7.8-billion bid to buy Orbital ATK

    Northrop Grumman aims for space with $7.8-billion bid to buy Orbital ATK

    With its $7.8-billion bid to buy Orbital ATK Inc., Northrop Grumman Corp. is betting that the militarization of space and missile defense will get increasing attention — and dollars — from the Pentagon. Orbital, based in Dulles, Va., has developed several small to medium-sized rockets that can...

  • Wisconsin governor signs bill offering Foxconn $3 billion in tax credits

    Wisconsin governor signs bill offering Foxconn $3 billion in tax credits

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a $3-billion incentive package for Foxconn Technology Group, setting up the Taiwanese technology giant to become the country's biggest foreign recipient of state subsidies. "Foxconn's creation of 13,000 good-paying, family-supporting WI jobs will...

  • Banks lead stocks modestly higher; oil prices slide

    Banks lead stocks modestly higher; oil prices slide

    Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stocks modestly higher Monday, nudging the stock market to another record high. The Standard & Poor's 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average closed at new highs as the market extended its gains from last week. Investors continued to bid up bank shares...

  • U.S. government must stop using Kaspersky Lab antivirus software. Should you switch too?

    U.S. government must stop using Kaspersky Lab antivirus software. Should you switch too?

    After the U.S. government banned federal agencies from using Kaspersky Lab software last week, worries rippled through the consumer market for antivirus software. Best Buy and Office Depot said they will no longer sell software made by the Russian company, although one security researcher said...

  • Intel and Waymo expand their self-driving-car collaboration

    Intel and Waymo expand their self-driving-car collaboration

    Intel Corp. says it is expanding its relationship with Google spinoff Waymo in the development of self-driving cars. The world's largest computer chipmaker said Monday that it will take on a more collaborative role with Waymo's new self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Intel will continue to...

  • Video streaming pioneer Roku aims to raise up to $252 million with IPO

    Video streaming pioneer Roku aims to raise up to $252 million with IPO

    Roku Inc., the leading maker of devices for streaming Internet video on televisions, hopes to raise up to $252 million with an initial public stock offering. The Los Gatos, Calif., company’s IPO registration filing Monday came the day after the growing popularity of streaming video platforms such...

  • Emmy Awards draw 11.4 million viewers to CBS telecast, even with last year

    Emmy Awards draw 11.4 million viewers to CBS telecast, even with last year

    The CBS telecast of the 69th Emmy Awards was watched by about 11.4 million viewers on Sunday, roughly equaling last year’s audience level. The good news for CBS is the number did not decline from 2016, when the broadcast aired on ABC and hit an all-time low. Ratings for the Emmys have been on a...

  • California Inc.: Why you'll want to rethink a weekend road trip to Mexico

    California Inc.: Why you'll want to rethink a weekend road trip to Mexico

    Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section. I'm Business columnist David Lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week. We learned Friday that California lost 8,200 net jobs in August and the unemployment rate...

  • Sinking under a heavy debt load? There's help

    Sinking under a heavy debt load? There's help

    Dear Liz: I am trying to get my finances in order and, like many, I am struggling. The majority of my debt comes from student loans, but I also have unsecured debt that is weighing me down. I work for a nonprofit and know I need to contact my lenders to try to enroll in the Public Service Loan...

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  • 5 big changes for today's small businesses

    5 big changes for today's small businesses

    A generation ago, the notion of a small business owner meant something very different. You pictured a person who owned their own storefront, often named after themselves, and every day they were the first to arrive and the last to leave. They worked tirelessly for their customers, and their reward...

  • 5 steps to creating happiness in your workplace

    5 steps to creating happiness in your workplace

    Each workday, the average American spends 8.8 hours at work or on work-related activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s even more time than people spend sleeping. And because we spend so much time at work, it's in your and your employer’s best interest to make workplaces...

  • 6 pet-related businesses you can start today

    6 pet-related businesses you can start today

    Starting your own business can nurture your entrepreneurial spirit, earn you some money and give you the opportunity to spend more time with your family — including your pets. So what job can you do that doesn't necessarily require a degree, affords you time flexibility, is in a growing industry...

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