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  • Disneyland resort launches digital version of Fastpass, but it will cost you

    Disneyland resort launches digital version of Fastpass, but it will cost you

    Disneyland’s Fastpass system, the ride reservation system that the park invented in 1999, has moved into the digital age. The Anaheim resort launched a smartphone version of the ride reservation system Wednesday. It operates from the park’s smartphone app, and unlike the free reservation system...

  • When will the other shoe drop in U.S.-China economic relations

    When will the other shoe drop in U.S.-China economic relations

    After an unexpectedly amicable start to U.S.-China relations under President Trump, including high-level economic talks Wednesday, many are wondering when the other shoe will drop. Trump early on was preoccupied with the North American Free Trade Agreement and then on trade rivals such as Germany...

  • There's a new buyer involved in Wanda's multibillion-dollar asset sale

    There's a new buyer involved in Wanda's multibillion-dollar asset sale

    Dalian Wanda Group’s announcement last week that it would sell $9.3 billion in tourism assets to a rival Chinese property developer came as a shock, illustrating the sudden reversal of a company thought to have deep pockets to match its lofty ambitions. Its move Wednesday to amend the agreement...

  • Tech and healthcare lift stocks to new records

    Tech and healthcare lift stocks to new records

    U.S. stocks continued to climb Wednesday, led by technology, healthcare and energy companies. Media companies also rose as stock indexes set record highs. The technology part of the Standard & Poor's 500 index broke the record it set in March 2000, before the dot-com bubble burst. Energy companies...

  • Bringing a laptop or tablet on a Mexico-to-U.S. flight? Beware of new security measures

    Bringing a laptop or tablet on a Mexico-to-U.S. flight? Beware of new security measures

    Mexican authorities say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has instituted heightened security measures for laptops and tablets on U.S.-bound flights from the country. Mexico's Transportation Department said in a statement that the measures took effect starting Wednesday for “electronics larger...

  • Hampton Creek's board has only one person left: the CEO

    Hampton Creek's board has only one person left: the CEO

    An exodus at eggless mayonnaise maker Hampton Creek Inc. has left the company with only one board member: its chief executive. A Bloomberg report said several board members recently gave up their seats after deep discord with Josh Tetrick, CEO of the San Francisco-based vegan food start-up. The...

  • AMC says China's Wanda did not fund recent cinema deals

    AMC says China's Wanda did not fund recent cinema deals

    AMC Entertainment, the owner of the world’s biggest movie theater chain, is fighting back against speculation that Chinese government scrutiny of its largest shareholder, Dalian Wanda Group, would hamper its business. AMC’s shares fell 10% Monday on Wall Street following reports that China was...

  • U.S. stocks wind up mixed as retailers rise, healthcare dips

    U.S. stocks wind up mixed as retailers rise, healthcare dips

    U.S. stocks hardly budged Monday as smaller firms and retailers rose while healthcare companies and banks declined. Chemical and mining companies rose as the dollar weakened. Precious metals rose as the dollar, already at its lowest levels in almost a year, weakened a bit further. Bond yields slipped,...

  • Tesla driver recants, says Autopilot not to blame for crash

    Tesla driver recants, says Autopilot not to blame for crash

    A Tesla driver says his car's partially self-driving Autopilot system wasn't responsible for a crash in Minnesota, despite what he initially told investigators. In its report obtained by the Associated Press on Monday, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office said David Clark, 58, blamed Autopilot...

  • To battle hackers, IBM wants to encrypt the world

    To battle hackers, IBM wants to encrypt the world

    There are only two types of companies, it is commonly said: those that have been hacked, and those that just don't know it yet. IBM Corp. wants to get rid of both. The Armonk, N.Y., computing giant said Monday that it has achieved a breakthrough in security technology that will enable all businesses...

  • California Inc.: Heroes are converging on San Diego for Comic-Con

    California Inc.: Heroes are converging on San Diego for Comic-Con

    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. For anyone who thinks rising temperatures aren’t that big a deal, check out this Columbia...

  • NPR and SAG-AFTRA reach a tentative deal on a three-year contract

    NPR and SAG-AFTRA reach a tentative deal on a three-year contract

    SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative agreement with National Public Radio on a new three-year contract covering 400 union news and programming employees at the nonprofit radio service. Terms of the new deal reached just after midnight Eastern time Saturday night were not disclosed. A representative...

  • Wi-Fi on planes worldwide will more than double by 2022

    Wi-Fi on planes worldwide will more than double by 2022

    Despite security fears about the use of laptop computers on planes, the world’s airlines are expected to more than double the number of planes equipped with wireless Internet to let passengers log on with portable electronic devices. A new report by Britain’s Juniper Research estimates that more...

  • It's hard to believe but a condo could be lost to squatters

    It's hard to believe but a condo could be lost to squatters

    Question: About 17 years ago I inherited my father’s mortgage-free town house in Southern California. I made the five-hour round-trip drive from my home to the townhouse to pick up mail and pay the leftover bills. As the mail and bills eventually stopped there was no need for me to continue making...

  • Automakers turn to this Southern California director to put you in the driver's seat

    Automakers turn to this Southern California director to put you in the driver's seat

    Tim Damon grew up photographing Detroit muscle cars. His video work earned him awards and Super Bowl airtime. Then came the call to help promote a high-end sports sedan that sounded like someone forgot the engine. In the resulting short film about the Tesla Model S, called “Lightdrive,” music swells,...

  • Indian Motorcycle introduces its new Scout Bobber

    Indian Motorcycle introduces its new Scout Bobber

    Hoping to capitalize on the current craze for chopped, “custom” motorcycles, Indian has introduced a factory-custom Bobber version of its successful line of Scout bikes. The new Bobber, due in U.S. and Canadian dealerships in September, is powered by the same 69-cubic-inch, 100 horsepower V-twin...

  • 'The Walking Dead' stuntman John Bernecker dies after on-set accident

    'The Walking Dead' stuntman John Bernecker dies after on-set accident

    John Bernecker, a stuntman on AMC's popular show "The Walking Dead," has died from injuries suffered on the show's set in Georgia, in the latest tragedy to strike a film set mid-project. After a Wednesday afternoon fall, Bernecker, 33, was flown to the Atlanta Medical Center, where he died at 6:30...

  • NPR union members will ask SAG-AFTRA to authorize a strike vote

    NPR union members will ask SAG-AFTRA to authorize a strike vote

    The 400 National Public Radio employees covered by SAG-AFTRA have voted to ask the union’s national board to seek permission to hold a strike vote while negotiations on a new contract continue. If the board agrees to the request Saturday, a strike vote by members of the bargaining unit can happen...

  • Honda recalls 2.1 million Accords over battery-sensor fire risk

    Honda recalls 2.1 million Accords over battery-sensor fire risk

    Honda is recalling about 2.1 million Accord cars worldwide, including 1.15 million in the United States, because the battery sensors can potentially short out and cause a fire. The recall covers vehicles from the 2013-16 model years with 12-volt battery sensors. The sensors may not be sealed enough...

  • United Airlines considers reselling seats to travelers who will pay more

    United Airlines considers reselling seats to travelers who will pay more

    United Airlines is considering a program that pays passengers to give up their booked seats so that the carrier can resell them for a higher price to other fliers. The Chicago-based carrier is talking with Volantio, an Atlanta-based revenue optimizing company that is looking to work on similar...

  • Climate change may make it too hot to fly, study says

    Climate change may make it too hot to fly, study says

    A spike in summer temperatures in Phoenix last month forced American Airlines to cancel dozens of flights because some planes used by the carrier’s regional airline could not operate in such extreme heat. Airlines can expect to face such problems more often because of extreme temperatures caused...

  • Does California's rating of heart-bypass deaths penalize surgeons who take tough cases?

    Does California's rating of heart-bypass deaths penalize surgeons who take tough cases?

    Michael Koumjian, a heart surgeon for nearly three decades, said he considered treating the sickest patients a badge of honor. The San Diego doctor was frequently called upon to operate on those who had multiple illnesses or who’d undergone CPR before arriving at the hospital. Recently, however,...

  • 2017 Mazda CX-5: Boring is beautiful

    2017 Mazda CX-5: Boring is beautiful

    Please don’t hate me for saying so, but the Mazda CX-5 is one of the dullest cars on the road. In terms of styling, performance and technology, it’s just … plain. No fireworks. No fanfare. No drama. No one is going to slide up to you at a red light and say, “Hey, man, is that the new CX-5?” No...

  • Wells Fargo stuck mortgage borrowers with extra fees, whistle-blower's lawsuit says

    Wells Fargo stuck mortgage borrowers with extra fees, whistle-blower's lawsuit says

    As Wells Fargo & Co. continues to be hit with fallout from its sham-accounts scandal, the bank is facing allegations that it put the screws to customers in yet another way: by slapping them with fees for delays in processing mortgage applications. A former Wells Fargo mortgage banker who worked...

  • Banks and tech firms lead stocks higher; Dow sets another record

    Banks and tech firms lead stocks higher; Dow sets another record

    Banks and technology companies led U.S. stocks to modest gains Thursday, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average to its second record close in two days. Big retail chains and other consumer-focused stocks were among the gainers. Energy companies rose as the price of crude oil increased. Phone...

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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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