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  • Kraft Heinz drops $143-billion offer for Unilever

    Kraft Heinz drops $143-billion offer for Unilever

    Kraft Heinz has decided to withdraw its $143-billion offer to buy Unilever, the companies announced Sunday in a joint news release. Unilever — which has a head office in London and makes mayonnaise, tea and seasonings — earlier had spurned the offer, saying the price was too low. Despite rejection,...

  • SpaceX launches supplies to space station; 'Baby came back,' Elon Musk says of booster's return

    SpaceX launches supplies to space station; 'Baby came back,' Elon Musk says of booster's return

    SpaceX launched almost 5,500 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station on Sunday morning after scrubbing its Saturday attempt because of a potential issue with its Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket lifted off at 6:39 a.m. PST from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the Hawthorne-based...

  • Does a landlord need to give a reason for evicting a tenant?

    Does a landlord need to give a reason for evicting a tenant?

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    How to make sure your financial planner is looking out for you

    Dear Liz: As a recent retiree, I opened an IRA with a well-reputed, independent financial planner. I was assured of our fiduciary relationship and told “besides, it will soon be law” that advisors will have to put their clients’ interests first when offering advice about retirement funds. I guess...

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    He's looking for the secret recipe to educate business leaders

    The gig: Deryck van Rensburg is the new dean of Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management in Malibu. He took over in November after spending 32 years in international business with consumer-products giant Unilever and then Coca-Cola Co. His task: To reinvigorate the business...

  • SpaceX scrubs launch, will try again Sunday morning

    SpaceX scrubs launch, will try again Sunday morning

    SpaceX scrubbed its launch of a space station supply mission seconds before liftoff Saturday morning, citing a possible problem with the second stage of its Falcon 9 rocket. The Hawthorne space company said it would try to launch again Sunday at 6:38 a.m. Pacific time from Launch Complex 39A at...

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    In-flight calls? The American people are overwhelmingly opposed

    If you think that allowing mobile phone calls on commercial flights is a bad idea, you are not alone. That is the main conclusion that comes from reading the more than 7,000 comments made by Americans in response to a proposal by the U.S. Department of Transportation to keep in place a ban on in-flight phone...

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    What should airline passengers do if a pilot acts bizarrely?

    When a pilot on a United Airlines flight from Austin to San Francisco launched into a bizarre rant last week over the plane intercom, the 120 passengers in the cabin were put in the awkward position of looking after their own safety. The pilot, who rambled on about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton...

  • Delta Air Lines is bringing back free meals on some domestic flights

    Delta Air Lines is bringing back free meals on some domestic flights

    Apparently there is such a thing as a free lunch — at Delta Air Lines. The Atlanta-based carrier announced that it will offer free meals for all passengers on several long-haul domestic flights — a service that many airlines eliminated about a decade ago in the face of tight budgets and fierce...

  • Five tips for investing in your 30s

    Five tips for investing in your 30s

    In your 20s, funding your 401(k) might have sounded like a good goal … for your 30s. Now that your 30s are here, you may be nervously noticing the countless articles on the virtues of investing in your 20s. Don’t worry. You’re definitely not too old to reap the benefits of investing. Getting started...

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    Here are best practices for storing an HOA's electronic and hard-copy documents

    Question:  Our association has struggled with document storage and management. Most of our important documents are in an electronic format and some are in hard copy. Each time we change management, it seems we have troubles getting back all of our files. The companies claim they have returned them...

  • Ocwen will pay $225 million to settle allegations it violated mortgage servicing rules

    Ocwen will pay $225 million to settle allegations it violated mortgage servicing rules

    Mortgage servicing giant Ocwen will pay $225 million in refunds and loan forgiveness to Californians, settling allegations that sloppy practices led to violations of state and federal mortgage rules over the past several years. The California Department of Business Oversight, which announced the...

  • Unilever rejected Kraft's bid, but Kraft is still trying to buy it

    Unilever rejected Kraft's bid, but Kraft is still trying to buy it

    Kraft Heinz Co. is trying to buy Unilever in a $143-billion deal that would join the U.S. maker of cheeses and lunch meats with the European producer of mayonnaise, teas and seasonings, creating a global powerhouse. Unilever rejected the approach and called the price too low, but Kraft Heinz says...

  • Stocks inch to new records; S&P 500 posts fourth straight weekly gain

    Stocks inch to new records; S&P 500 posts fourth straight weekly gain

    Stock indexes inched up to record highs Friday, barely, after a late-afternoon push erased losses from earlier in the day. That capped the fourth straight week of gains for the Standard & Poor's 500 index, its longest such streak since July. Reports this week showed that the nation’s economy is...

  • DineEquity CEO to resign as restaurant firm's earnings decline

    DineEquity CEO to resign as restaurant firm's earnings decline

    DineEquity Inc. said Friday that Julia Stewart plans to resign as chairman and chief executive of the Glendale-based parent of the Applebee’s and IHOP restaurant chains, effective March 1. The company gave no reason for Stewart’s departure, but it comes as DineEquity reported declines in preliminary...

  • Additional delays likely for SpaceX and Boeing astronaut capsules, report says

    Additional delays likely for SpaceX and Boeing astronaut capsules, report says

    NASA should make alternative plans to ensure access to the International Space Station beyond 2018 because of further delays that are likely for SpaceX and Boeing Co. in certifying their astronaut transport capsules, according to a government watchdog report released Thursday.  The two companies...

  • South Korean court declares Hanjin bankrupt

    South Korean court declares Hanjin bankrupt

    A South Korean court has declared Hanjin Shipping Co. bankrupt, about six months after the struggling shipper first filed for bankruptcy. The Seoul Central District Court said Friday it had appointed a bankruptcy administrator and that claims by creditors are due May 1, according to Reuters. The...

  • Take a cue from Tom Brady. Resilience on the job can pay big rewards

    Take a cue from Tom Brady. Resilience on the job can pay big rewards

    More than 111 million people watched the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history when the New England Patriots scored 31 unanswered points to beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime. It would have been easy for the Patriots to give up and begin thinking about some well-deserved time off. But what we...

  • Zuckerberg's goal: Remake a world Facebook helped create

    Zuckerberg's goal: Remake a world Facebook helped create

    Mark Zuckerberg helped create the modern world by connecting nearly a quarter of its citizens to Facebook and giving them a platform to share, well, everything — baby pictures and Pepe memes, social updates and abusive bullying, helpful how-to videos and live-streamed violence.  Now he wants to...

  • Molina Healthcare stock dives on 'clearly unacceptable' earnings

    Molina Healthcare stock dives on 'clearly unacceptable' earnings

    Molina Healthcare Inc. shares plunged Thursday, the day after the Long Beach insurer said losses related to its participation in the Affordable Care Act marketplace led to “clearly unacceptable” earnings for 2016.  The stock dived $10.71, or 17.9%, to $49.18. The insurer reported after the close...

  • Stocks slow down after a record-setting run

    Stocks slow down after a record-setting run

    The Standard & Poor's 500 index slipped Thursday — breaking a seven-day winning streak, its longest in 3½ years — though it remains a nudge away from its record high. It was part of a pause for stock markets around the world, which have been on a torrid run thanks to an improving economy, stronger...

  • Singapore firm acquires L.A. pioneer of extended-stay corporate housing

    Singapore firm acquires L.A. pioneer of extended-stay corporate housing

    Oakwood Worldwide, a Los Angeles real estate firm known for pioneering extended-stay housing, has been acquired by a Singapore development company. Mapletree Investments paid an undisclosed sum for the Los Angeles firm that has properties locally, across the United States and overseas. It bills...

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