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Hollywood scrambles to keep the show going as strike threat looms

Hollywood is holding its breath. Members of the Writers Guild of America on Monday are expected to give their leaders authority to call a strike against the major film and TV companies after their contract expires May 1. If writers walk off the job, scores of productions would be halted at a time...

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    L.A. March for Science updates: Marchers ignore Trump supporters on their way to City Hall

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    Bebe plans to close its last stores by the end of May

    Women’s apparel retailer Bebe Stores Inc. said it’s closing its remaining 168 stores, the latest in a string of retailers shutting physical outlets. Bebe said it expects “to close all of the stores by the end of May,” according to a filing the Brisbane, Calif., firm made this week with the Securities...

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    Volkswagen to pay $2.8-billion criminal fine in U.S. diesel emissions scandal

    A federal judge on Friday ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8-billion U.S. criminal penalty for cheating on diesel emissions tests, blessing a deal negotiated by the government for a “massive fraud” orchestrated by the German automaker. U.S. District Judge Sean Cox stuck to the plea deal during the...

  • Stocks slump as finance and healthcare firms fall

    Stocks slump as finance and healthcare firms fall

    U.S. stocks slumped Friday as financial and healthcare companies moved down. Industrial companies rose as stocks continued the up-and-down pattern they've been stuck in for the last month. Banks fell as bond yields and interest rates slid early in the day. Energy companies sank with oil prices....

  • Trump administration refuses to let Exxon Mobil drill for oil in Russia

    Trump administration refuses to let Exxon Mobil drill for oil in Russia

    The Trump administration has denied a request from Exxon Mobil Corp. to waive U.S. sanctions against Russia to allow the company to resume oil drilling around the Black Sea. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said Friday in a brief statement that the administration “will not be issuing waivers...

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    Inland Empire had some of the biggest job gains in the U.S. recently

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    Mortgage servicer Ocwen botched loans so badly, its own exec called its system a train wreck, CFPB says

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  • U.S. home sales jump to a 10-year high

    U.S. home sales jump to a 10-year high

    Americans bought homes in March at the fastest pace in more than a decade, a strong start to the traditional spring buying season. Sales of existing homes climbed 4.4% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.71 million, the National Assn. of Realtors said Friday. This was the fastest...

  • As auto sales cool, there are great deals to be had — and worries of a lending bubble

    As auto sales cool, there are great deals to be had — and worries of a lending bubble

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    Indian Chieftain Limited motorcycle is a bad urban bagger

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    Condo values catching up to single-family homes

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  • Zero DS: A plug-in electric commuter bike that is a rarity in the two-wheeled world

    Zero DS: A plug-in electric commuter bike that is a rarity in the two-wheeled world

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    Venture capitalists look beyond tech to the dietary supplements market. Scientists express worry.

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    Mattel shares drop after toy maker posts bigger loss and disappointing sales

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    Baby orca arrives: Last killer whale is born at SeaWorld

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    Stocks rally, lifted by company earnings

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    Tesla recalls some Model S and Model X cars for parking brake problem

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  • A flying car will be available for preorder for more than $1 million

    A flying car will be available for preorder for more than $1 million

    It may not be quite like the Jetsons, but for over a million dollars you too can soon fly around in a car. A Slovakian company called AeroMobil unveiled on Thursday its version of a flying car, a light-framed plane with wings that can fold back like an insect’s, a hybrid engine and rear propeller....

  • GM halts operations in Venezuela after factory is seized

    GM halts operations in Venezuela after factory is seized

    General Motors has stopped doing business in Venezuela after authorities took control of a factory in what GM called an illegal judicial seizure of its assets. The plant was confiscated Wednesday as antigovernment protesters clashed with authorities in a country that is roiling with economic troubles...

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    Zara pulls denim skirt after 'Pepe the Frog' accusations

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