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Viacom is out of the running for deal to buy Scripps Networks

Viacom Inc. is out of the running to buy cable television programmer Scripps Networks Interactive, according to people briefed on the matter. That leaves rival Discovery Communications as the lone bidder for Scripps, which is known for owning cable channels such as HGTV, Cooking Channel, Travel...

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  • Corporate earnings lift stocks to more record highs

    Corporate earnings lift stocks to more record highs

    U.S. stock indexes returned to record highs Tuesday as corporate profits continued to come in better than analysts expected. McDonald's and Caterpillar were among the big companies that reported healthier-than-forecast results. Jumps in prices for oil, metals and other commodities helped lift companies...

  • During Hollywood blackout, domestic films dominate China's box office

    During Hollywood blackout, domestic films dominate China's box office

    Chinese domestic films once again dominated the country's box office amid an annual summer ban on Hollywood titles. China's government, intent on building a domestic film industry to rival Hollywood's, typically bans imported releases during peak moviegoing periods, such as national holidays and...

  • Celgene agrees to pay $280 million to settle cancer drug fraud suit

    The pharmaceutical company Celgene Corp. has agreed to pay $280 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging it committed fraud promoting two cancer drugs for unapproved purposes. The settlement with Celgene was announced Tuesday by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles. The lawsuit filed in federal...

  • Uber's latest bid to win over drivers: 24/7 phone support

    Uber's latest bid to win over drivers: 24/7 phone support

    Uber added a 24-hour phone help line and a slew of new features and policy changes Tuesday in an attempt to appease drivers, who have long complained the San Francisco ride-hailing company doesn’t do enough to support them. The move is part of what Uber is calling its “180 Days of Change” — a campaign...

  • VW exec plans to plead guilty in diesel emissions cheating scandal

    VW exec plans to plead guilty in diesel emissions cheating scandal

    A Volkswagen official at the heart of the German automaker's wide-ranging diesel emissions cheating scandal plans to plead guilty in the criminal case. Oliver Schmidt’s agreement was announced during a 20-minute status conference, according to a Tuesday statement from the U.S. district court in...

  • These three airlines were fined for passenger rights violations

    These three airlines were fined for passenger rights violations

    Three large U.S. airlines are writing big checks for failing to abide by passenger rights rules. American, Delta and Frontier Airlines have agreed to pay a total of $850,000 for keeping poor records, delaying refunds, failing to explain the compensation rules for passengers booted off of overbooked...

  • Stocks mostly fall, but tech shares lift the Nasdaq to a new high

    Stocks mostly fall, but tech shares lift the Nasdaq to a new high

    Stocks mostly fell Monday, and broad-market indexes inched modestly backward at the start of a busy week of corporate earnings reports and a meeting of the Federal Reserve. Technology stocks, though, added to their big gains for the year and helped push the Nasdaq composite to another record. The...

  • Canceling a hotel reservation is getting tougher at Hilton and Marriott

    Canceling a hotel reservation is getting tougher at Hilton and Marriott

    Two of the world’s biggest hotel companies are cracking down on travelers prone to last-minute cancellations. Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International will penalize people who cancel reservations within 48 hours of the planned stay, up from 24 hours. In most cases, the penalty is the...

  • Sony Pictures picks a new television team

    Sony Pictures picks a new television team

    Sony Pictures Entertainment on Monday named new leaders for its U.S.-based television operations, elevating three longtime executives to serve in a newly created office overseeing television production and programming. Veteran business affairs executive Jeff Frost was tapped to lead the team as...

  • Europe's antitrust fine against Google takes a big bite out of Alphabet's profit

    Europe's antitrust fine against Google takes a big bite out of Alphabet's profit

    Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., can easily afford the $2.7-billion write-down it's taking to cover a big antitrust fine in Europe. But the company might find it harder to shrug off the rest of the European regulatory assault headed its way. In June, a European Commission ruling slapped...

  • Bush's Baked Beans recalled because of defective cans

    Bush's Baked Beans recalled because of defective cans

    Certain cans of Bush’s Best Baked Beans — Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans — are being recalled because of a potential problem with a seam on the cans. People should get rid of the recalled beans even if the food does not seem to be spoiled, Bush...

  • Microsoft Paint is marked for death

    Microsoft Paint is marked for death

    Microsoft Paint, the beloved Windows graphic editing program, has been marked for death. Thirty-two years after including a Paint program in its inaugural Windows 1.0, Microsoft Corp. put Paint on its list of “features that are removed or deprecated” in the new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update,...

  • 'Captain Marvel' will receive a $20-million tax credit to shoot in California

    'Captain Marvel' will receive a $20-million tax credit to shoot in California

    “Captain Marvel,” the upcoming superhero movie starring Brie Larson as the title character, will receive more than $20 million in tax credits to film in California, making it the first Marvel Comics movie to shoot primarily in-state since 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Eight studio...

  • Hulu hires a marketing officer from Google

    Hulu hires a marketing officer from Google

    Taking another step to transform itself into a more formidable competitor to Netflix and Amazon.com, streaming service Hulu on Monday said it has hired a former Google executive, Kelly Campbell, to become chief marketing officer of the Santa Monica company. In her new role, Campbell will direct...

  • U.S. home sales fell in June; shoppers couldn't find houses to buy

    U.S. home sales fell in June; shoppers couldn't find houses to buy

    Homebuyers faced surging prices and a shrinking number of properties for sale in June — causing the pace of sales to fall. Sales of existing homes slipped 1.8% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.52 million, the National Assn. of Realtors said Monday. The decline speaks to a troubling...

  • Qatar Airways CEO apologizes for 'grandmothers' comment, but rivals aren't forgiving

    Qatar Airways CEO apologizes for 'grandmothers' comment, but rivals aren't forgiving

    The chief executive of Qatar Airways has never minced words when talking about his U.S.-based rivals. But Akbar Al Baker admits he went too far earlier this month when he compared the crews on his airline with those of U.S.-based carriers. “By the way, the average age of my cabin crew is only 26...

  • SpaceX may have canceled Red Dragon Mars mission

    SpaceX may have canceled Red Dragon Mars mission

    SpaceX may have canceled its mission to Mars with a Red Dragon capsule that was set for 2020. Company Chief Executive Elon Musk retweeted a story late Friday afternoon titled “SpaceX skipping Red Dragon for ‘vastly bigger ships’ on Mars” that was published on Tesla enthusiasts blog Teslarati. The...

  • Vice Media lays off about 60 staffers as it refocuses on video

    Vice Media lays off about 60 staffers as it refocuses on video

    Vice Media laid off about 60 employees Friday in what the edgy news outlet described as a way to place a greater emphasis on video. The layoffs — which affect multiple departments and represent a 2% cut of Vice’s roughly 3,000 employees — come a month after Vice announced it had secured $450 million...

  • Disneyland brings back attractions that were closed for Star Wars land construction

    Disneyland brings back attractions that were closed for Star Wars land construction

    A year and a half after they were closed to make way for construction of a new Star Wars land, four Disneyland attractions along the Rivers of America are set to reopen. The Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes and the Disneyland Railroad will relaunch July...

  • Stocks slip as energy prices fall and 10-day tech rally ends

    Stocks slip as energy prices fall and 10-day tech rally ends

    U.S. stocks finished slightly lower Friday as energy companies fell with oil prices and a 10-day rally for technology companies came to an end. But Wall Street mostly avoided the sharp losses that hit European stocks. The price of U.S. crude oil fell 2.5% and pulled energy stocks lower. Technology...

  • Gender discrimination controversy grows at fabled Salk Institute

    Gender discrimination controversy grows at fabled Salk Institute

    Accusations of gender discrimination are growing at the Salk Institute, where a third female professor has sued the La Jolla science center for allegedly giving preference to men in pay, promotions, grant funding and leadership positions. Beverly Emerson, a prominent biochemist who studies how...

  • O.J. Simpson's parole hearing is a ratings dud with 13.5 million viewers

    O.J. Simpson's parole hearing is a ratings dud with 13.5 million viewers

    TV ratings aren't as big as they used to be, even for O.J. Simpson. Based on preliminary Nielsen data provided by various networks that carried the hearing, around 13.5 million TV viewers watched the Thursday hearing in which the former football star, actor and pitchman was granted parole after...

  • Delta Air Lines tries letting passengers use fingerprints as boarding passes

    Delta Air Lines tries letting passengers use fingerprints as boarding passes

    Where’s your boarding pass? Forget it. Delta Air Lines is letting some passengers board planes with just their fingerprints. Delta announced this week that travelers who are members of its SkyMiles loyalty program and enrolled in Clear, a third-party biometric screening program, can choose to use...

  • Lyft forms an autonomous vehicle unit

    Lyft forms an autonomous vehicle unit

    Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service says it will open its network, inviting automakers and...

  • Big bang for the buck: 2017 Kia Soul Turbo

    Big bang for the buck: 2017 Kia Soul Turbo

    I like boxy, practical cars — as far back as my first vehicle, a beat-up ’51 Chevy panel truck. I applauded the arrival of the Toyota Scion XB and the Honda Element when they were both introduced in 2003, and the Nissan Cube when it appeared in 2009. But I didn’t always like the way those cars...

  • California bill would boost electric car rebates by $3 billion, but where will the money come from?

    California bill would boost electric car rebates by $3 billion, but where will the money come from?

    Over seven years, California has spent $430 million on low-emission vehicle subsidies to help lower the cost for car buyers. Now the state Legislature is looking to extend that by another seven years, but with a price tag of $3 billion. Assembly Bill 1184 is being slammed for leaving basic questions...

  • AlphaBay sold drugs, guns and hacking tools online — until a sting operation shut it down

    AlphaBay sold drugs, guns and hacking tools online — until a sting operation shut it down

    Two so-called “dark Web” sites dedicated to illegal drug and arms sales have been seized in an audacious sting operation, and the suspected ringleader has committed suicide, U.S. Justice Department officials said Thursday. Alexandre Cazes,a 25-year-old man from Quebec who was suspected of creating...

  • Mortgage broker rolls out another online way to assess what your house is worth

    Mortgage broker rolls out another online way to assess what your house is worth

    Do we really need another Zillow Zestimate-style online gizmo to tell us what a computer model says our homes are worth? Probably not. There already are scads of real estate and mortgage websites that offer some type of automated home valuation feature, such as Redfin, Realtor.com, Chase Mortgage,...

  • Sears to sell its Kenmore appliances on Amazon

    Sears to sell its Kenmore appliances on Amazon

    In the century before there was Amazon.com, it was Sears that was the everything store. With its vast inventory of tools, toys and even firearms, it upended local retailers. With its catalog model and nationwide delivery system, it promised to bring anything anyone wanted to their doorstep. But...

  • Bakersfield votes to end controversial program that funds home solar panels

    Bakersfield votes to end controversial program that funds home solar panels

    As home improvement projects to increase energy efficiency have exploded in California, so has the controversy over a property tax-based financing program that’s helped spur the growth. So-called PACE loans — which pay for solar panels, efficient appliances and other improvements — have been blamed...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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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