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  • A key step in the merger between American Airlines and US Airways is scheduled for Saturday

    A key step in the merger between American Airlines and US Airways is scheduled for Saturday

    If all goes well, American Airlines passengers won’t realize that the Fort Worth-based airlines took a key and potentially tricky step on Saturday in its merger with US Airways. The combination of American Airlines and US Airways to create the world’s largest carrier was announced in 2013, but...

  • Apple reportedly is opening a research and development center in China

    Apple reportedly is opening a research and development center in China

    Apple Inc. is reportedly planning to open its first research and development center in China, allowing the tech giant to extend its reach in a vital market and maintain goodwill with the Chinese government. The Cupertino tech giant will eventually invest 300 million yuan, or $45 million, in the...

  • Hoping for a bigger raise or bonus in 2017? Don't.

    Hoping for a bigger raise or bonus in 2017? Don't.

    Anyone hoping his employer is planning to put more into raises and bonuses next year is likely to be disappointed. Human resources consulting firm Aon Hewitt's annual U.S. salary increase survey predicts that base salaries and bonuses for U.S. workers won't budge in 2017, despite a better job market...

  • 2017 GMC Acadia Denali: A high-class, high-end SUV

    2017 GMC Acadia Denali: A high-class, high-end SUV

    I was overcome by the most powerful sense of deja vu during my first half hour in the 2017 GMC Acadia AWD Denali. I knew I'd never driven one — I hadn't driven any GMC product since a Jimmy pick-up I owned in the 1970s — but it felt eerily familiar. Then I remembered: It’s basically a rebadged,...

  • Deutsche Bank shares tank as concern grows over its stability

    Deutsche Bank shares tank as concern grows over its stability

    Worries over the financial stability of Deutsche Bank returned to the fore Friday, sending shares in Germany's biggest bank to a record low and rekindling broader concerns about Europe's financial sector.  Reports that hedge funds are moving their business out of the bank were the catalyst to the...

  • Biotech's L.A. presence grows, with trade groups fighting over turf

    Biotech's L.A. presence grows, with trade groups fighting over turf

    In a sign of growing interest in Los Angeles County as a major biomedical hub, the California Life Sciences Assn. has opened an office in Monrovia. It also this week announced partnerships with two organizations in the L.A. region — LA BioMed, a nonprofit research institute in Torrance, and the...

  • Energy stocks surge on oil deal hopes, sending market higher

    Energy stocks surge on oil deal hopes, sending market higher

    Energy companies powered to big gains Wednesday, leading the broader stock market higher, on reports that OPEC nations were moving closer to an agreement to cut oil production. Stocks switched between gains and losses for most of the day, and most industries did not move much. Energy companies...

  • OPEC nations reach preliminary accord to curb oil production

    OPEC nations reach preliminary accord to curb oil production

    OPEC nations reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday to curb oil production for the first time since the global financial crisis eight years ago, pushing up prices that had sunk over the past two years and weakened the economies of oil-producing nations. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar's energy...

  • How Experian is turning big data into big dollars

    How Experian is turning big data into big dollars

     At Experian DataLabs in San Diego, a team of scientists is thwarting bad guys with math. A top-five U.S. credit card issuer recently dumped about 6 billion transaction records on Experian DataLabs to see if its machine-learning mathematical formulas could do a better job of rooting out credit...

  • Four stiff challenges Elon Musk will have to overcome to turn his Mars dream into reality

    Four stiff challenges Elon Musk will have to overcome to turn his Mars dream into reality

    SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk has finally laid out his plans to eventually transport up to a million people to colonize Mars. But there are more than a few hurdles he’ll have to clear first. In a speech Tuesday at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, Musk presented...

  • Obama's former Supreme Court lawyer, Donald Verrilli, joins L.A. law firm

    Obama's former Supreme Court lawyer, Donald Verrilli, joins L.A. law firm

    Former U.S. Solicitor Gen. Donald B. Verrilli Jr., who successfully defended President Obama’s healthcare plan before the Supreme Court, is joining the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Verrilli, 59, will lead the firm’s new Washington office. “This firm has an extraordinary reputation,...

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