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Harley-Davidson cruises into 2018 with new models

Harley-Davidson is betting big on cruisers. The Milwaukee motorcycle company has turned eight of its bestselling Dyna bikes into new Softail bikes, hoping to attract new riders to the brand and keep current riders riding longer. For 2018, the following Dyna line machines will be part of the Softail...

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    FBI warns of spreading W-2 email theft scheme

    The IRS is warning businesses about a sharp increase in email phishing scams involving employees' W-2 forms — scams that can put workers’ Social Security numbers and other crucial information in the hands of thieves. The government said 200 businesses, public schools, universities, Native American...

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    Google's newest Android operating system gets its official name: Oreo

    At the height of the day’s solar eclipse in New York, Google finally revealed the name of its latest Android operating system — in honor of another dark disc: the Oreo. The company turned the beloved cookie into a superhero based on the familiar Android robot logo. Google traditionally names its...

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    Stocks barely move as calm returns to the market

    U.S. stocks were nearly flat Monday, as the Standard & Poor's 500 index steadied following back-to-back losses the last two weeks. This week may be a calmer one for the stock market, after an uncharacteristically bumpy stretch shook what had been an incredibly smooth ride higher for stocks this...

  • Elon Musk and AI experts urge U.N. to ban artificial intelligence in weapons

    Elon Musk and AI experts urge U.N. to ban artificial intelligence in weapons

    Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk has joined dozens of CEOs of artificial intelligence companies in signing an open letter urging the United Nations to ban the use of AI in weapons before the technology gets out of hand. The letter was published Monday — the same day the U.N.’s Group of...

  • An appeals court just handed Uber a huge victory over its passengers

    An appeals court just handed Uber a huge victory over its passengers

    For a brief, shining moment, a federal judge imposed the principle of equality in Uber’s dealings with its passengers. The judge was Jed S. Rakoff of U.S. district court in New York, who in a price-fixing lawsuit last year overturned an obscure provision of the company’s customer agreement that...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: Complete list of Concours D'Elegance winners

    Pebble Beach 2017: Complete list of Concours D'Elegance winners

    The tallies are in, the judges’ ballots are all counted, and the trophies have all gone home with the winners. Here are the celebrants, listed by category, as provided by the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. COMPLETE LIST OF 2017 WINNERS Best of Show 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer Bruce...

  • Sempra Energy bids $9.45 billion for Oncor, topping Warren Buffett's offer

    Sempra Energy bids $9.45 billion for Oncor, topping Warren Buffett's offer

    Sempra Energy is buying Texas power transmitter Oncor for $9.45 billion in cash, wresting it away from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. Sempra said Monday that it will also pick up $9.35 billion of the company's debt. To gain possession of Oncor, Sempra will acquire the reorganized Energy Future...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: Final automobile auction numbers down from 2016

    Pebble Beach 2017: Final automobile auction numbers down from 2016

    A new record was set for a British car sale, a new record was set for a McLaren car sale, and a new auction house joined the action during the just-concluded Monterey Car Week, but the total auction sales figure was down slightly from 2016. RM Sotheby broke existing British car records when it...

  • China's Great Wall Motors considers bid for Fiat Chrysler's Jeep unit 

    China's Great Wall Motors considers bid for Fiat Chrysler's Jeep unit 

    Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors is considering making a bid to buy Fiat Chrysler's Jeep unit, spokespeople for the Chinese company said Monday, in a possible ambitious new step onto the global stage for one of China's fast-growing auto brands. Great Wall has yet to formally declare its interest...

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    California Inc.: Eclipse day is here, but be careful of some safety glasses

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    Will tech companies bow to S&P's new Snap-inspired rules? Probably not

    When the company that produces the S&P 500 announced this month that it would exclude the corporate parent of Snapchat from its benchmark stock market index, the move was cheered by advocates of better corporate governance. It was seen as an overdue response to a disturbing trend, particularly...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: Guts, glory and glamour at Concours d'Elegance

    Pebble Beach 2017: Guts, glory and glamour at Concours d'Elegance

    Dawn broke over the Monterey Peninsula and found the 18th fairway at historic Pebble Beach Golf Links decorated with a sampling of the most beautiful motor cars ever made. The annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which caps the Monterey Car Week, attracts only automotive superlatives. Entrants...

  • China to limit overseas investments in real estate, sports

    China to limit overseas investments in real estate, sports

    China's government is moving to curb domestic companies' investments abroad in property, sports, entertainment and other fields, following a series of high-profile, multibillion-dollar acquisitions by Chinese firms. A document released Friday by the State Council, China's Cabinet, was the latest...

  • Don't have a ticket to 'Hamilton' yet? It's going to cost you

    Don't have a ticket to 'Hamilton' yet? It's going to cost you

    “Hamilton” holds the title of most expensive show ever at Pantages, and that’s for the authorized tickets sold directly through the theater and Ticketmaster. But those tickets are long gone, having sold out shortly after they went on sale in April. All that’s left are resale tickets sold through...

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    Pebble Beach car show boasts of greater diversity

    Organizers of the upcoming 67th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance say there will be something new on the storied 18th green this year: diversity. The glamorous automotive beauty contest, held Sunday and capping a weeklong cavalcade of car shows, auctions and rallies, attracts the world’s wealthiest...

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    A raise erased by higher healthcare costs

    Question: After my husband receives his annual review and cost-of-living raise, he will be in a new pay bracket. When this happens, the cost of his health insurance will increase as well -- way beyond the raise he would receive -- so he will be bringing home significantly less in his paycheck....

  • Fox CEO James Murdoch criticizes Trump over response to Charlottesville

    Fox CEO James Murdoch criticizes Trump over response to Charlottesville

    James Murdoch, chief executive of Fox News’ parent company, became the latest corporate leader to blast President Trump over his response to the recent racially charged attack in Charlottesville, Va. “[W]hat we watched this last week in Charlottesville and the reaction to it by the president of...

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    Power grid operator offers alternatives to natural gas plant but at higher cost

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  • Personal data of 1.8 million Chicago voters accidentally exposed by vendor

    Personal data of 1.8 million Chicago voters accidentally exposed by vendor

    Data on 1.8 million Chicago voters, including addresses, phone numbers and partial Social Security numbers, were left exposed on a downloadable cloud-storage site operated by an Omaha election-services company until a cybersecurity researcher discovered it, the company said Thursday. The data appeared...

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    See unlimited movies for $10 a month? Not so fast, says AMC Theatres

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  • Fiat Chrysler joins BMW-Intel to develop driverless cars

    Fiat Chrysler joins BMW-Intel to develop driverless cars

    Automaker FCA, also known as Fiat Chrysler, buffed up its image as a technology player Wednesday by linking with BMW and Intel to develop driverless cars. Last year, BMW and Intel, which recently bought driverless technology provider Mobileye, formed a partnership to develop a platform for autonomous...

  • Fed minutes show split on timing of asset reduction

    Fed minutes show split on timing of asset reduction

    Several Federal Reserve monetary policymakers wanted to announce last month exactly when they would start reducing the central bank's trillions of dollars in assets, but most preferred to wait to see how the economy and financial markets were doing over the summer, according to an account of the...

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    Toxic Trump: CEOs are now abandoning him in droves

    President Trump hasn’t shown himself to be a man accustomed to facing reality, but he finally did so Wednesday by disbanding his two leading councils of business CEOs and other leaders. The move had the air of the old exchange between boss and worker: “You’re fired!” “You can’t fire me! I already...

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    USC's massive campus addition features student housing — and Trader Joe's and Target open to the community

    USC Village, the largest development in the school’s history, officially opens Thursday as the university strives to house more students on campus — and broaden its connection to its South Los Angeles neighborhood. The $700-million project spans 15 acres, has beds for 2,500 undergraduates and features...

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