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  • California Inc.: With new state rules, when's the best time to go solar?

    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. Investors today will be continuing to digest Friday’s jobs numbers — the usual mixed bag...

  • Delta apologizes for flight attendants' brawl that forced flight diversion

    Delta apologizes for flight attendants' brawl that forced flight diversion

    Delta Air Lines has issued an apology over a fracas that broke out on a flight between Los Angeles and Minneapolis last month. The two combatants were flight attendants. Their scrum forced the pilot to land in Salt Lake City to quell the tussle.“Some of our team members did not display their best...

  • Families can pre board with United Airlines -- again

    Families can pre board with United Airlines -- again

    Four years ago, United Airlines told families with small children that they had to wait to board like everyone else.But the Chicago-based carrier is reversing that boarding policy. Starting Feb. 15, families with children age 2 or younger can board before other passengers, except for those with...

  • Travel groups call on Congress to review state of airline competition

    Travel groups call on Congress to review state of airline competition

    The last time Congress convened a panel to look into competition and antitrust issues in the airline industry, carriers TWA, Northwest Airlines and America West were still operating.That was more than 20 years ago, and a coalition of travel organizations thinks it's about time for another review,...

  • How do people with groundbreaking ideas bring them into reality?

    Adam Grant is not your typical business school professor. Just 34, he reached tenure while still in his 20s and finished his doctorate in less than three years. He writes op-eds with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and got a book blurb from the likes of J.J. Abrams, the director...

  • She has grand designs on how interiors should be

    She has grand designs on how interiors should be

    The gig: Leura Fine, 29, is founder and chief executive of Laurel & Wolf, which specializes in residential and commercial interior design. Fine is also one of Forbes' 2016 selections for "30 under 30," young entrepreneurs who are rapidly climbing the ladder in their business sector or completely...

  • Because CC&R amendments must involve owners, no notice is required after the vote

    Question: I'm a director on the board at my homeowner association. An attorney told us that Civil Code section 4360(c) requires a homeowner association to give formal notice to all titleholders within 15 days of voting to approve a proposed rule. But I can't find a provision that requires any notice...

  • Robots deliver fun with hotel room service orders, and they don't expect a tip

    Robots deliver fun with hotel room service orders, and they don't expect a tip

    Your hotel's newest bellhop may be a robot. A Santa Clara, Calif., start-up and its "autonomous robot helpers" received $15 million in new financing last month. Savioke's goal is to put robots in hotels across the country, building on its current stable of 12, including one near Los Angeles International...

  • Orange County breaks tourism record with 47 million visitors in 2015

    Orange County breaks tourism record with 47 million visitors in 2015

    Thanks to the allure of Disneyland and huge growth in convention attendance, Orange County hosted a record 47.3 million visitors last year. The county's visitor total represents a 3% increase over 2014 and is the second year in a row that the region has set a fresh tourism record, according to...

  • A Lautner landmark in Palm Springs

    A Lautner landmark in Palm Springs

    The John Lautner-designed Elrod House — a Palm Springs landmark built for celebrated interior designer Arthur Elrod — reflects the architect's emphasis on embracing natural landscapes. Nine concrete triangles and clerestories form a radiating canopy over the living room and a pool terrace split...

  • Facebook's new Sports Stadium feature gets big tryout for Super Bowl

    Facebook's new Sports Stadium feature gets big tryout for Super Bowl

    For many sports fans, scanning Twitter while watching a game goes together like guacamole and chips. But waning interest in Twitter and its struggle to add users and captivating features has Facebook jostling to become the go-to TV companion for sports viewers. The two social media companies will...

  • For American Apparel, now out of bankruptcy, it's 'the start of a new day'

    For American Apparel, now out of bankruptcy, it's 'the start of a new day'

    American Apparel emerged from bankruptcy Friday, canceling shares of its publicly traded stock and becoming a private company. The Los Angeles clothing retailer and manufacturer is now owned by its former creditors under the name American Apparel LLC. The holdings of former American Apparel Inc....

  • Wary response to report of Mattel, Hasbro merger

    Wary response to report of Mattel, Hasbro merger

    A report that Mattel Inc. and Hasbro Inc. might seek a bigger toy box via a merger drew a cautious response Friday from investors and industry analysts.Stock prices for the nation's two largest toy makers fell after the companies declined to comment on the report, and analysts questioned how much...

  • Twitter offers new, though limited, evidence that it's driving terrorists away

    Twitter offers new, though limited, evidence that it's driving terrorists away

    Twitter Inc. announced Friday that it had deleted 125,000 terrorist-related accounts in the last seven months. The moves comes after months of criticism from President Obama and others who complained that social media companies weren't doing enough to stifle extremist discussion online. Still,...

  • Stocks close lower, pulled down by disappointing jobs report

    Stocks close lower, pulled down by disappointing jobs report

    Stocks posted steep losses Friday, ending the week with broad declines, as investors fretted over a report showing that U.S. job creation slowed last month. Technology stocks fell especially hard, and shares of LinkedIn had their worst day in history. Energy and consumer discretionary stocks fell...

  • Marinello Schools of Beauty abruptly shuts down after federal allegations

    Marinello Schools of Beauty abruptly shuts down after federal allegations

    Marinello Schools of Beauty abruptly shut down, closing all 56 of its campuses, including 39 in California, after the U.S. Department of Education said the for-profit cosmetology school was improperly allocating federal student aid money. The Department of Education said earlier this week that...

  • LinkedIn shares plunge a day after earnings report

    LinkedIn shares plunge a day after earnings report

    Shares of LinkedIn Corp. plummeted Friday to their lowest level in more than three years, a day after the professional social-networking company reported significantly lower revenue projections for 2016. The Mountain View, Calif., company’s stock closed down more than 43% to $108.38. See the most-read...

  • Sluggish jobs report raises questions about the direction of U.S. economy

    Sluggish jobs report raises questions about the direction of U.S. economy

    For the last two years, America's job-creation machine has been like “The Little Engine That Could,” chugging ahead with "I think I can, I think I can" regardless of headwinds at home or abroad. The nation added 3 million jobs in 2014, making up all the ground lost in the Great Recession, and then...

  • Apple begins offering trade-in credit for damaged iPhones

    Apple begins offering trade-in credit for damaged iPhones

    Apple Inc. has begun offering trade-in credit for damaged iPhones, a strategy that could encourage people to buy a newer model rather than try to fix or bear with their current device. Apple is under pressure from investors to show that slowing sales of iPhones isn’t a long-term trend. Fostering...

  • ChemChina offers $43 billion for Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta

    ChemChina offers $43 billion for Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta

    A Chinese state-owned chemical maker offered to buy Swiss pesticide giant Syngenta for $43 billion in what would be the biggest-ever foreign acquisition by a Chinese company. Syngenta said Wednesday that its board is recommending shareholders accept the offer from China National Chemical Corp.,...

  • YouTube moves closer to becoming a Netflix for millennials

    YouTube moves closer to becoming a Netflix for millennials

    Could it soon be time to YouTube and chill? The world’s biggest online video platform will officially crack into the paid original content business next week when it premieres the first four titles produced for its new subscription service, YouTube Red, the company said Wednesday. Included in the...

  • Hiring by U.S. businesses slows in January, but job growth still solid despite market turmoil

    Hiring by U.S. businesses slows in January, but job growth still solid despite market turmoil

    Hiring by U.S. businesses slowed in January, but private-sector job growth remained solid in a sign the labor market has been able to withstand the recent financial market turmoil, according to a report released Wednesday by payroll firm Automatic Data Processing. Private employers added 205,000...

  • Yahoo will cut 1,700 jobs as it slims down its business

    Yahoo will cut 1,700 jobs as it slims down its business

    Troubled Yahoo Inc., once again, says it has a plan to turn things around after years of sluggish growth and turmoil.But its latest strategy is less about growth and more about cutbacks — at nearly every level of the company. Yahoo will lay off 15% of its workforce. It is shutting down digital...

  • Toyota will compensate black and Asian borrowers to settle bias investigation

    Toyota will compensate black and Asian borrowers to settle bias investigation

    Toyota's financing arm will pay as much as $21.9 million to black and Asian borrowers who paid more for auto loans than whites, settling allegations of discrimination by federal regulators. Toyota Motor Credit Corp. in Torrance had been under investigation by the Department of Justice and the federal...

  • Why e-commerce fads competing with Amazon eventually fade

    Why e-commerce fads competing with Amazon eventually fade

    It's hard to name a category of start-ups that has struggled to produce big, billion-dollar exits more than e-commerce. Competing with Amazon isn't easy, it turns out, and aspiring Davids have turned to ever more novel strategies to differentiate themselves from Goliath. The problem? Like anything...

  • New venture funds, new game publishers among week's L.A. tech highlights

    New venture funds, new game publishers among week's L.A. tech highlights

    AMC Networks and Lionsgate were among existing investors that put a combined total of $10 million into Next Games, a Finnish game maker, the company announced last week. Next Games has produced two mobile games: “The Walking Dead: No Man's Land,” based on the AMC show, and “Compass Point: West.”...

  • Alphabet is poised to be world's most valuable company

    Alphabet is poised to be world's most valuable company

    Google got a new name and now is on the brink of a new title: The tech titan looks set to be crowned the most valuable company in the world, toppling fellow Silicon Valley heavyweight Apple Inc.The Mountain View, Calif., Internet giant on Monday reported earnings for the first time under the banner...

  • Daily News parent to bid for O.C. Register, Press Enterprise

    Daily News parent to bid for O.C. Register, Press Enterprise

    Digital First Media, the owner of the Los Angeles Daily News, has indicated interest in bidding for the Orange County Register and other assets of bankrupt publishing company Freedom Communications. That move could set up a three-way bidding war for the Register among Digital First, Freedom Communications...

  • Why you should be skeptical about an 'Uber for healthcare'

    Why you should be skeptical about an 'Uber for healthcare'

    The worst aspect of the "Uberization" of our economy may not be the transformation of workers who could once earn a living wage into "independent contractors" who can barely make ends meet (though that's bad enough); it may be the spreading myth that any economic function can be shoehorned into...

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  • Small business SOS: Majority of small business owners want help tracking metrics (Infographic)

    The majority of small business owners want help tracking metrics and admit they don't measure and track as often as they should, according to a Staples survey. Learn more about what business owners said about tracking metrics and how a new app can help grow your business in the below infographic....

  • Top 5 business strategies for 2016

    Continuity planning used be something only companies in highly regulated industries were required to do, but today it's considered a standard for all businesses, regardless of size or reach. It answers the question, "What if…?" and can easily spell the difference between the continued operation...

  • 6 tips to help your small company get back to business in the New Year

    6 tips to help your small company get back to business in the New Year

    The decorations are down and stored away, the holiday rush is over and it’s time for small businesses to get back to doing business as usual. Many small businesses find they have the time and the inspiration to get their shops in order at the beginning of the first quarter — a task that can set...

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