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  • Freedom of speech doesn't end once you enter a homeowner association

    Freedom of speech doesn't end once you enter a homeowner association

    Question: I live in a common interest development with a homeowner association board that aggressively stifles residents’ freedom of speech. During association elections, the board makes ample use of newsletters, meetings and minutes, association media, the recreation room and other channels to...

  • 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...

  • United Airlines says it's bumping fewer passengers since dragging scandal

    United Airlines says it's bumping fewer passengers since dragging scandal

    United Airline’s image took a beating in April because of an ugly incident caught on video involving a passenger who was dragged from his seat. Since an initial defensive response, the carrier has been working overtime to rebound from the scandal. The Chicago-based carrier this week reported that...

  • 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...

  • Banks' greed on full display with check-cashing fee for non-customers

    Banks' greed on full display with check-cashing fee for non-customers

    When it comes to corporate greed, there are some fees charged by big companies that are so indefensible, so blatantly money-grubbing, they almost have to be savored like a fine wine. Otherwise, it’s just too painful to think these guys are routinely taking us to the cleaners. For instance, there’s...

  • Cable TV upheaval prompts a wave of media merger talks

    Cable TV upheaval prompts a wave of media merger talks

    Cable television mogul John Malone for years predicted rapid consolidation in media, adding that there was an opportunity for small independent companies — so-called free radicals — to be swept together to create a more formidable media company. Charter Communications, which is backed by Malone’s...

  • Disneyland resort launches digital version of Fastpass, but it will cost you

    Disneyland resort launches digital version of Fastpass, but it will cost you

    Disneyland’s Fastpass system, the ride reservation system that the park invented in 1999, has moved into the digital age. The Anaheim resort launched a smartphone version of the ride reservation system Wednesday. It operates from the park’s smartphone app, and unlike the free reservation system...

  • There's a new buyer involved in Wanda's multibillion-dollar asset sale

    There's a new buyer involved in Wanda's multibillion-dollar asset sale

    Dalian Wanda Group’s announcement last week that it would sell $9.3 billion in tourism assets to a rival Chinese property developer came as a shock, illustrating the sudden reversal of a company thought to have deep pockets to match its lofty ambitions. Its move Wednesday to amend the agreement...

  • Tech and healthcare lift stocks to new records

    Tech and healthcare lift stocks to new records

    U.S. stocks continued to climb Wednesday, led by technology, healthcare and energy companies. Media companies also rose as stock indexes set record highs. The technology part of the Standard & Poor's 500 index broke the record it set in March 2000, before the dot-com bubble burst. Energy companies...

  • Bringing a laptop or tablet on a Mexico-to-U.S. flight? Beware of new security measures

    Bringing a laptop or tablet on a Mexico-to-U.S. flight? Beware of new security measures

    Mexican authorities say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has instituted heightened security measures for laptops and tablets on U.S.-bound flights from the country. Mexico's Transportation Department said in a statement that the measures took effect starting Wednesday for “electronics larger...

  • Elon Musk downplays expectations for giant rocket's first flight

    Elon Musk downplays expectations for giant rocket's first flight

    SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk on Wednesday downplayed expectations for the upcoming demonstration flight of the company’s giant Falcon Heavy rocket, saying there was a “good chance” the vehicle would not make it to orbit in its first launch. Musk gave insight into the Falcon Heavy development...

  • Frontier Airlines expands service to 21 additional cities, including Ontario

    Frontier Airlines expands service to 21 additional cities, including Ontario

    Low-rate carrier Frontier Airlines is expanding its service to 21 additional cities, including adding three routes from Ontario International Airport in San Bernardino County. Travelers will be able to buy low-cost flights from Ontario to major airline hubs in Denver and Chicago as well as Austin,...

  • Tesla driver recants, says Autopilot not to blame for crash

    Tesla driver recants, says Autopilot not to blame for crash

    A Tesla driver says his car's partially self-driving Autopilot system wasn't responsible for a crash in Minnesota, despite what he initially told investigators. In its report obtained by the Associated Press on Monday, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office said David Clark, 58, blamed Autopilot...

  • To battle hackers, IBM wants to encrypt the world

    To battle hackers, IBM wants to encrypt the world

    There are only two types of companies, it is commonly said: those that have been hacked, and those that just don't know it yet. IBM Corp. wants to get rid of both. The Armonk, N.Y., computing giant said Monday that it has achieved a breakthrough in security technology that will enable all businesses...

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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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