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After two weeks of negotiations, the Writers Guild of America, West is asking its members to authorize a strike. The union called for the strike authorization vote — a tactic that unions use to gain leverage in contract negotiations — after talks broke down with the Alliance of Motion Picture and...

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    Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios Hollywood goes high-def

    Less than four months after Universal Studios Hollywood removed the 3-D feature from its Harry Potter flying simulator ride, the park has upgraded the attraction to include high-definition images of fire-breathing dragons, enchanted trees and evil flying creatures. The images shown during Harry...

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    Credit bureau Experian fined $3 million over misleading credit scores

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  • AT&T workers end their strike in California and Nevada

    AT&T workers end their strike in California and Nevada

    Thousands of AT&T technicians in California and Nevada went back to work Thursday, ending a one-day strike after their union and the Dallas telecommunications giant reached a truce. An estimated 17,000 union members had gone on strike early Wednesday over a grievance about increased responsibilities...

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    Olympus' redesigned scope is linked to infection outbreak

    Doctors have tied a superbug outbreak at a foreign health facility to a medical scope that Olympus modified last year in an attempt to reduce its risk of spreading bacteria between patients. Five patients treated with the modified device tested positive for the same potentially deadly bacteria,...

  • Bebe is closing all its stores and focusing online, report says

    Bebe is closing all its stores and focusing online, report says

    Bebe Stores Inc., a mall retailer whose velour tracksuits were once ubiquitous fashion staples, is reportedly closing all its stores and focusing on its online business. The Brisbane, Calif., company is trying to shut about 170 stores and avoid bankruptcy, according to Bloomberg, which cited unnamed...

  • Virgin America will disappear into Alaska Airlines in 2019

    Virgin America will disappear into Alaska Airlines in 2019

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  • AT&T, Verizon and other advertisers flee Google over offensive YouTube videos

    AT&T, Verizon and other advertisers flee Google over offensive YouTube videos

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  • Global box office barely grew in 2016. Blame it on China

    Global box office barely grew in 2016. Blame it on China

    Global movie box office revenue growth slowed last year as international receipts declined for the first time in 12 years, reflecting a cooling in China’s once-red-hot film market, according to a new report. The total worldwide box office rose 1% to a record $38.6 billion in ticket sales last year,...

  • Trump's personal healthcare is top quality and, for him, free of charge

    Trump's personal healthcare is top quality and, for him, free of charge

    A timely question from Cherlyn in light of Thursday’s expected House vote on the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. She asks: “Does the president get special healthcare?” The answer: Bigly. The president of the United States currently falls under the same rules as members...

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    Andy Puzder is stepping down as CEO of Carl's Jr. parent firm CKE

    Fast-food executive Andy Puzder, whose bid to become Labor secretary collapsed last month, is stepping down as chief executive of Carl’s Jr. parent CKE Restaurants. Taking over the reins at CKE will be Jason Marker, a fast-food veteran who has served as president of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Marker...

  • Loans with triple-digit APRs? No more, under California assemblyman's proposal

    Loans with triple-digit APRs? No more, under California assemblyman's proposal

    In California lending law, $2,500 is a vital number. Lenders who make loans of less than that amount are limited in the amount of interest they can charge. Lenders who make loans of $2,500 and up, though, can charge whatever the market will bear. In 2015, more than half of all loans between $2,500...

  • What we know about the electronics restrictions on some foreign flights

    What we know about the electronics restrictions on some foreign flights

    Travelers from several Muslim-majority countries found out Tuesday that they won’t be allowed to bring most electronic devices into the cabin on direct flights to Britain, which issued a directive similar to the one sent Monday by U.S. officials to nine foreign airlines. U.S. and British authorities...

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    Stocks have their worst day of the year

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  • Uber, trying to leave troubles behind, backs its CEO and pledges more diversity efforts

    Uber, trying to leave troubles behind, backs its CEO and pledges more diversity efforts

    After a spate of turbulence, ride-hailing giant Uber made a point Tuesday of reaffirming its loyalty to Chief Executive Travis Kalanick and its commitment to having an inclusive workplace. “It’s clear both Uber and the whole ride-sharing industry would not be where we are today without Travis,”...

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    Apple announces red iPhones and a new, cheaper iPad

    Apple Inc. announced a new, cheaper iPad and Product Red special editions of its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus early Tuesday. All three products will be available to order online and in stores beginning Friday, it said. Apple’s new iPad, a refresh of its iPad Air 2, boasts a 9.7-inch Retina display,...

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    Snap stock rises after an analyst issues a 'buy' rating for the first time

    Snap Inc.’s stock rose Monday after receiving its first “buy” rating from a Wall Street analyst, providing some relief from a downward trend. Trading in the company behind the Snapchat app began with a bang March 2. When the shares hit the New York Stock Exchange that day, they opened at $24, more...

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    Spring air travel expected to set new record

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  • Tesla to drop cheapest Model S, the 60 and 60D, from lineup

    Tesla to drop cheapest Model S, the 60 and 60D, from lineup

    Tesla is dropping the low end of its luxury Model S product lineup, months before the planned introduction of the less expensive Model 3. The electric-powered Model S sedan ranges in price from $64,000 to $128,000. The higher the price, the more powerful the battery pack. The soon-to-be discontinued...

  • FCC chief says media aren't the enemy of the people. He dodged the question earlier

    FCC chief says media aren't the enemy of the people. He dodged the question earlier

    The news media are not the enemy of the American people, the new head of the Federal Communications Commission said after dodging the question at a Senate hearing this month. “A free media is vital to our democracy,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote last week to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who released...

  • California Inc.: Mayor Garcetti to lay out future of Los Angeles

    California Inc.: Mayor Garcetti to lay out future of Los Angeles

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  • Uber president quits after six months on the job

    Uber president quits after six months on the job

    Jeff Jones, the president of the embattled ride-hailing company Uber, has resigned just six months after taking the job, the company confirmed Sunday. In a brief statement, Uber didn't say why Jones left. "We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best," the statement...

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    Deploying a windfall wisely

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    A missing lease agreement is not a reason to withhold rent

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    Business travelers feel safest in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, survey finds

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    Didn't pay your HOA assessments? Get ready for steep penalties and interest costs

    Question: Our homeowner association is trying to foreclose on our home for unpaid dues and assessments. The mortgage payments have been paid on time, but the board is still threatening foreclosure. Worse, after the board hired a lawyer, our total owed dramatically increased. We agree the unpaid...

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    Google and Levi's smart jacket shows what's coming next for wearables

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  • Charter CEO Tom Rutledge's compensation package soars to $98.5 million

    Charter CEO Tom Rutledge's compensation package soars to $98.5 million

    Cable company Charter Communications Inc. ballooned in size last year, and the compensation package of its chairman and chief executive, Thomas Rutledge, skyrocketed. Rutledge, 63, was awarded a compensation package last year valued at $98.5 million, according to a filing this week with the Securities...

  • Stocks limp to the end of another winning week

    Stocks limp to the end of another winning week

    U.S. stocks limped to the finish line in another winning week, with indexes turning in a mixed performance Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped 3.13 points, or 0.1%, to 2,378.25 on Friday. Gains a couple days earlier fueled by the Federal Reserve meant the index rose 0.2% for the week....

  • Rep. Maxine Waters blasts Wells Fargo for meeting with Republicans but stonewalling Democrats

    Rep. Maxine Waters blasts Wells Fargo for meeting with Republicans but stonewalling Democrats

    Rep. Maxine Waters on Friday chided Wells Fargo Chief Executive Timothy Sloan, saying he and others at the bank met months ago with Republican staff of the House Financial Services Committee but have given Democratic staff the runaround. In a letter sent to Sloan and to one of the bank’s attorneys,...

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