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China's LeEco buys Irvine TV maker Vizio for $2 billion

Chinese video streaming company LeEco is breaking into the U.S. TV market by buying Vizio, a Southern California manufacturer of budget-priced television sets. The $2-billion purchase announced Tuesday marks another ambitious foray by LeEco. The company's chairman and chief executive, billionaire...

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    Stocks fall as investors assess four weeks of gains, high valuations

    Stocks fell moderately on Monday as investors took a break after four weeks of gains that brought the market to record highs. Energy companies fell more than the rest of the market as the price of oil took another turn lower. Yahoo’s share price dropped $1.06, or 2.7%, to $38.32 after Verizon Communications...

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  • Macy's tests artificial intelligence as a way to improve sales

    Macy's tests artificial intelligence as a way to improve sales

    Macy’s is testing a mobile tool using artificial intelligence that lets shoppers get answers customized to the store they’re in — such as where a particular brand is located or what’s in stock — that they would normally ask a sales associate face-to-face.  The tool, which the nation's largest department...

  • Verizon to buy Yahoo for roughly $5 billion

    Verizon to buy Yahoo for roughly $5 billion

    Verizon has agreed to buy online portal Yahoo Inc. for roughly $5 billion, according to multiple media reports, each citing a single unnamed source. The deal is expected to be formally  announced  Monday before markets open, the reports said. Verizon had emerged in recent days as the front-runner...

  • Older, female and singled out for a pay cut

    Older, female and singled out for a pay cut

    Question: Our board is looking to expand our nonprofit organization, which is having a record revenue year. I am an executive and the second-highest-paid person in our office. I have been asked to take a pay cut, unrelated to my performance, which will make me the third- or fourth-highest-paid...

  • Boards, management companies cannot obstruct requests for association records

    QUESTION: Everything at our homeowner association has become too complicated for me to deal with! I recently asked our HOA board for copies of board meeting minutes for the last 12 months. I asked in person and also made a request via email to the management company. In response, management sent...

  • General Atomics' $40-million gamble on small nukes

    General Atomics' $40-million gamble on small nukes

    The scientists and engineers at General Atomics think the future of nuclear energy is coming on the back of a flatbed truck. The leadership at the San Diego company, which has been developing nuclear technologies for more than 60 years, has already spent $40 million in the expectation that its...

  • 'Bad Moms' producer Suzanne Todd learned to follow her instincts

    'Bad Moms' producer Suzanne Todd learned to follow her instincts

    The gig: Film producer Suzanne Todd has received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, and her movies have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide.Todd has produced films for almost every major studio, with credits including “Alice in Wonderland,” “Memento” and the “Austin Powers” trilogy. Early in...

  • Tower of Terror to get superhero makeover at Disney California Adventure Park

    Tower of Terror to get superhero makeover at Disney California Adventure Park

    One of the most popular attractions at Disney California Adventure Park is about to undergo a major makeover to incorporate Disney’s stockpile of superhero characters. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, an elevator-drop ride based on the old “Twilight Zone” television show, will close for good in January...

  • Uber and Lyft have nearly overtaken taxis and car rentals among business travelers

    Uber and Lyft have nearly overtaken taxis and car rentals among business travelers

    When the ride-hailing phenomenon kicked off about seven years ago, business travelers were reluctant to switch from taxi rides and rental cars to app-based ground transportation. But now business travelers are embracing Uber and Lyft rides in a big way. In fact, Uber and Lyft now account for 49%...

  • No food or drinks on long-haul international flights? No problem

    No food or drinks on long-haul international flights? No problem

    For the last few years, cheap, no-frills airfares have become popular for domestic and short-haul flights. After all, fliers who want to save a few bucks can endure a few hours in a cramped airline seat without food, drinks or onboard entertainment. Now air travelers can expect to see more airlines...

  • More construction ahead as Delta relocates at LAX

    More construction ahead as Delta relocates at LAX

    The battle to dominate at Los Angeles International Airport rages on: Delta Air Lines has received a green light to go ahead with a $1.9-billion plan to relocate and expand its operations. Under an agreement approved by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners this week, Delta will move from...

  • Desert Trip to nearly double the economic impact in Coachella Valley

    Desert Trip to nearly double the economic impact in Coachella Valley

    The annual Coachella music blowout in Indio has become big business for the Palm Springs area, growing even bigger with the addition of the Stagecoach country music weekend in 2007. But now a third music festival, targeting baby boomers and classic rock fans, is expected to nearly double the spending...

  • Stocks creep up, setting another record high

    Stocks creep up, setting another record high

    Another day, another lazy drift higher for stocks and another record high. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 9.86 points, or 0.5%, to 2,175.03 on Friday. It surpassed its prior record set Wednesday by 0.09%, the latest nudge higher for a market that has taken a slow and steady path to all-time...

  • Verizon reportedly close to acquiring Yahoo for around $5 billion

    Verizon reportedly close to acquiring Yahoo for around $5 billion

    Verizon is reportedly nearing a deal to purchase Yahoo for close to $5 billion, bringing to an end a months-long bidding process for a now-ailing company that was once an Internet trailblazer. The sale of Yahoo’s core business is still being deliberated but could be announced early next week, according...

  • California to levy fee on rail cars carrying dangerous chemicals

    California to levy fee on rail cars carrying dangerous chemicals

    California plans to levy a fee on rail cars carrying dangerous chemicals across the state, starting later this year. The move follows several oil train derailments around the country, including in neighboring Oregon. A recent analysis conducted by the Office of Emergency Services found gaps in...

  • California boosts payrolls by 40,300 workers in June, but unemployment rises to 5.4%

    California boosts payrolls by 40,300 workers in June, but unemployment rises to 5.4%

    Defying critics of new state regulations, California continued to pad its hefty payrolls in June. Employers added a net 40,300 jobs over the month, the state reported Friday.  But unemployment in California increased to 5.4%, from 5.2% in May. The national unemployment rate also ticked up, to 4.9%...

  • Stocks climb, approaching record highs again

    Stocks climb, approaching record highs again

    Stocks are rising Friday, the latest nudge forward for a market that has taken a slow and steady path to record highs. Telecom and utility stocks led the way, as they have for much of this year. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 8 points, or 0.4%, to 2,173 at 2:22 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow...

  • Cadillac XT5 is a worthy SUV competitor for BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz

    Cadillac XT5 is a worthy SUV competitor for BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz

    The SUV and compact SUV segments are the hottest in the auto industry, as continuing low gas prices drive more car buyers away from sedans and toward heavier sport vehicles. The luxury side of that business is hot too, as BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Acura, Infiniti and others fight for space...

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