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  • Ferrari unveils its new V-8 GT Portofino

    Ferrari unveils its new V-8 GT Portofino

    Ferrari has a new V-8 GT. It’s called the Portofino, after the coastal Italian resort town. The new machine, which replaces the company’s California T touring sports car, is lighter, more powerful and quicker than the outgoing vehicle. Ferrari said in its announcement that the Portofino, powered...

  • Elon Musk gives first look at SpaceX spacesuit

    Elon Musk gives first look at SpaceX spacesuit

    Elon Musk shared a photo of SpaceX's spacesuits for astronauts who will ride the SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle to the International Space Station.

  • Did Steve Mnuchin and Louise Linton really 'give more to the economy' than they took? The record says no

    Did Steve Mnuchin and Louise Linton really 'give more to the economy' than they took? The record says no

    Louise Linton, the actress-model-whatever wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, already has apologized for a certain nasty Instagram post aimed at a citizen who criticized her for bragging about her designer wardrobe during an official trip with her husband. We’re not as interested in the controversy...

  • Up from the ashes: Samsung unveils its Note 8 phone

    Up from the ashes: Samsung unveils its Note 8 phone

    Samsung is trying to move past last year's disastrous Galaxy Note 7 launch with a successor sporting a dual-lens camera, animated messages, expanded note-taking — and lower battery capacity. The South Korean tech giant is no longer trying to squeeze more battery power into each phone. Last year's...

  • Jukin Media expands its viral video empire in Culver City

    Jukin Media expands its viral video empire in Culver City

    Jukin Media, the company behind viral sensations such as Pizza Rat and Chewbacca Mask Lady, will nearly double its office space in Culver City to produce more original programming off its trove of user-generated video clips. The company, which buys the rights to amateur videos that are shared widely...

  • Six Flags Magic Mountain will be open 365 days a year

    Six Flags Magic Mountain will be open 365 days a year

    Good news for thrill-seekers: Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia and its stomach-churning roller-coaster collection will operate every day of the year, starting Jan. 1. The expansion represents an attempt to transition from a niche regional theme park to a major destination resort like Southern...

  • Millennials are spending big on trendy places to sweat

    Millennials are spending big on trendy places to sweat

    Carla Zuniga is punching a heavy bag as if she were preparing for a title fight, although she’s really a 35-year-old hair stylist doing her regular workout. Zuniga isn’t sweating at some low-fee, big-box fitness chain. Prevail Boxing is a 1,500-square-foot studio in Los Angeles that charges $250...

  • Depressed but can't see a therapist? This chatbot could help

    Depressed but can't see a therapist? This chatbot could help

    Could a chatbot help those who can't access traditional mental healthcare?

  • Harley-Davidson cruises into 2018 with new models

    Harley-Davidson cruises into 2018 with new models

    Harley-Davidson is betting big on cruisers. The Milwaukee motorcycle company has turned some 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 machines will be part of the Softail family:...

  • Target officially stops selling Just Mayo and other Hampton Creek foods

    Target officially stops selling Just Mayo and other Hampton Creek foods

    Target has severed ties with the maker of the popular Just Mayo egg-free condiment two months after pulling the product and others over alleged food safety violations. The move comes the same month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration closed, without further action, a review of the vegan food...

  • Stocks surge, putting a shaky few weeks further behind them

    Stocks surge, putting a shaky few weeks further behind them

    Stocks around the world jumped Tuesday, and the Standard & Poor's 500 had one of its best days of the year, as markets put a shaky couple of weeks further behind them. Shares of technology companies and retailers helped lead the way in the United States. And with markets in a less nervous mood,...

  • 'Not one drop' of Poland Spring bottled water is from a spring, lawsuit says

    'Not one drop' of Poland Spring bottled water is from a spring, lawsuit says

    Poland Spring, the country's bestselling bottled water, is "a colossal fraud," according to a class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed last week in Connecticut, alleges that instead of spring water, parent company Nestle Waters North America has been selling billions of gallons of groundwater to...

  • All NFL teams will participate in 'Madden' esports tournament

    All NFL teams will participate in 'Madden' esports tournament

    NFL fans and gamers can play their way to the Super Bowl — if they're good enough at the newest edition of “Madden NFL 18.” Electronic Arts and the NFL on Monday announced they're teaming up to create an online tournament involving all 32 teams. It makes the NFL the first professional sports league...

  • FBI warns of spreading W-2 email theft scheme

    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...

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

    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...

  • Stocks barely move as calm returns to the market

    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...

  • 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...

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

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

    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. Stocks took a pounding last week as the political turbulence in Washington and terror attacks...

  • Watch out for shady companies promising to help you repay student loans

    Watch out for shady companies promising to help you repay student loans

    Dear Liz: I'm 32 and have a little over $100,000 in student debt from undergraduate and graduate school. I'm trying to get my professional life on track, and I can’t figure out how to pay the loans off. Everything I see online seems shady. What are the questions I need to be asking myself? What...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: The VW van is back — but this time it's electric

    Pebble Beach 2017: The VW van is back — but this time it's electric

    Barely in time for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, Volkswagen has announced it will bring back the most iconic vehicle of the 1960s. The VW van will return sometime in the next two years, as the I.D. Buzz. But this time around, it’s not a four-cylinder, water-cooled gas burner. The...

  • Uber's Travis Kalanick punches back against the Benchmark lawsuit targeting him

    Uber's Travis Kalanick punches back against the Benchmark lawsuit targeting him

    Uber’s co-founder and former chief executive, Travis Kalanick, has struck back at venture capital firm Benchmark. In seeking to dismiss a fraud lawsuit Benchmark filed against him, he called the suit a “smear campaign” and characterized the firm’s partners as ruthless opportunists who staged an...

  • Hollywood musicians are backing a new bill that seeks to stop runaway film scoring

    Hollywood musicians are backing a new bill that seeks to stop runaway film scoring

    The livelihoods of Hollywood musicians have long been under siege as major movie and TV productions continue to outsource scoring to other states as well as abroad. Local instrumentalists have tried pressuring the major studios to bring more scoring back to Los Angeles and many are backing a new...

  • Stocks fall further to end a rough week

    Stocks fall further to end a rough week

    U.S. stocks slumped in the final minutes of trading Friday and ended a rough week with more losses. Bad news from sporting goods retailers weighed on the market. On Thursday, stocks took their biggest loss in three months. On Friday, they opened lower after retailers Foot Locker and Hibbett Sports...

  • Horror video start-up Crypt TV is building a scary universe for the smallest screens

    Horror video start-up Crypt TV is building a scary universe for the smallest screens

    Budding filmmaker Landon Stahmer’s creepy three-minute film “The Look-See,” about a woman terrorized by a monster in a bathroom stall, has amassed 5.5 million views since it premiered on Facebook last month. Not bad for a $4,000 production filmed in one day at a Burbank church. “That's really where...

  • Pebble Beach car show boasts of greater diversity

    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...

  • A raise erased by higher healthcare costs

    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...

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

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

    The manager of California’s electric grid told state regulators that clean energy could be substituted for a proposed natural gas plant in Ventura County but at a higher cost. A 46-page report issued late Wednesday by the California Independent System Operator offered three alternatives to building...

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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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