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  • Auto-safety group petitions government to force recall of Chrysler minivans

    Auto-safety group petitions government to force recall of Chrysler minivans

    An auto safety group is asking the government for a recall of Chrysler Pacifica minivans over complaints that the engines can stall without warning. The Center for Auto Safety petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday, asking for an investigation and a recall of 150,000...

  • Having problems with your hospital care? Speak up!

    Having problems with your hospital care? Speak up!

    My dad was in excruciating pain over Labor Day weekend, so my mom rushed him to the emergency room of a renowned university hospital. Doctors determined that he needed surgery that night, and luckily I was able to fly in and see him before he was wheeled away. “Take care of your mom if anything...

  • California Inc.: The roads should be clear this holiday weekend (just kidding)

    California Inc.: The roads should be clear this holiday weekend (just kidding)

    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. Good times in the Golden State: We learned Friday that California added 31,700 net jobs...

  • How to figure out the right time for retirement

    How to figure out the right time for retirement

    Dear Liz: I hear so much talk about waiting to collect Social Security. What are good reasons to start collecting Social Security at age 62? I recently retired from the military with a monthly retirement of $4,400. I plan to work a civilian job until I'm 62 (eight more years). I'm in fairly good...

  • Trump administration updates demands as NAFTA talks continue

    Trump administration updates demands as NAFTA talks continue

    President Trump’s top trade official has issued new objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement — including some likely to irk Canada and Mexico, as well as the U.S. recording industry and other major business interests, as talks continue this weekend. There are few surprises...

  • Some GOP senators raising doubts about revised Republican tax overhaul

    Some GOP senators raising doubts about revised Republican tax overhaul

    A gambit by Senate Republicans to make a large corporate tax cut permanent by having benefits for individuals expire at the end of 2025 created new problems for the legislation Wednesday as lawmakers were still grappling with the controversial decision to add the repeal of a key Obamacare provision....

  • Richard Cordray is resigning as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief

    Richard Cordray is resigning as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief

    The nation’s top consumer financial watchdog will step down this month, sparking concern from advocacy groups — and relief from financial firms — that the federal agency he has led since 2012 will soon be much friendlier to the industry it polices. Richard Cordray announced his impending resignation...

  • Lawsuit challenges California warning that links Roundup weed killer to cancer

    Lawsuit challenges California warning that links Roundup weed killer to cancer

    A coalition of a dozen national and Midwestern agricultural groups sued Wednesday to try to overturn a California decision that could result in labels warning that the popular weed killer Roundup can cause cancer. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento seeks an injunction barring California...

  • Stocks fall modestly as oil prices slide

    Stocks fall modestly as oil prices slide

    Energy companies led U.S. stocks modestly lower Tuesday, erasing the small gains the market made a day earlier. The biggest drop in crude oil prices since October weighed on oil producers and other energy stocks. Disappointing results or outlooks from retailers and other companies also weighed...

  • 2 more airlines stop serving hot food from LAX caterer hit by listeria

    2 more airlines stop serving hot food from LAX caterer hit by listeria

    Delta Air Lines and Virgin Australia have stopped serving hot meals from Gate Gourmet at Los Angeles International Airport after listeria was found in the caterer's local kitchen. Virgin Australia is giving passengers vouchers for food before their LAX flights. Delta said it found another caterer...

  • Tech start-ups fight Senate plan to change the way stock options are taxed

    Tech start-ups fight Senate plan to change the way stock options are taxed

    Senate Republicans have touted their tax bill as business-friendly, but technology start-ups — including Hyperloop One, Airbnb, Uber and Vimeo — are fuming over a provision that would make a major change to how stock options are taxed. A key tool for start-ups to attract employees, stock options...

  • Disneyland is adding 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' scenes to its Star Tours ride

    Disneyland is adding 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' scenes to its Star Tours ride

    “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” doesn’t open in theaters until Dec. 15, but Disneyland visitors who board a vehicle on the Star Tours attraction will get an early glimpse of scenes from the film starting this week. Disneyland will add scenes from the newest “Star Wars” movie to its Star Tours attractions...

  • Tesla's entry into truck-making presents a whole new challenge for Elon Musk

    Tesla's entry into truck-making presents a whole new challenge for Elon Musk

    There’s a cool new electric semi truck coming around the bend. It looks Space Age sleek: no gears, so no constant shifting. Recharging the battery is a lot cheaper than diesel fuel. Finn Murphy, an independent truck owner-operator, can’t wait to try it out. “The cab is larger, the living area is...

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  • Make holiday shopping for your clients easy this year

    Make holiday shopping for your clients easy this year

    The holidays are known as the most wonderful time of the year, but they're also a great opportunity for reflection, particularly in a business setting. This is the time of year when you can look back on the last 12 months and appreciate everyone who helped make the year a success for your business....

  • Small businesses have struggled to find funding: Not anymore

    Small businesses have struggled to find funding: Not anymore

    In business, dreams are easy. Finding the money to make them happen, however, can be difficult. Even established, successful businesses can get turned away for loans at banks. This was the case for Sole Bicycles, a popular maker of stylish, high-performance bikes based in Venice Beach, California....

  • 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...

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