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  • Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits drop 13,000

    Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits drop 13,000

    The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell for the first time in three weeks, pushing total applications down to a low 239,000, further evidence of the strength of the labor market. The NUMBERS: Applications dropped by 13,000 last week after rising by 13,000 the...

  • Win Black Friday with these shopping hacks

    Use these hacks to guarantee yourself the Black Friday deals you want, whether you decide to shop from your couch or at the store.

  • Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million Uber passengers and drivers

    Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million Uber passengers and drivers

    Uber Technologies Inc. admitted Tuesday that hackers stole personal data belonging to 57 million customers and drivers — a fact it concealed for more than a year. The attack, which took place in October 2016, resulted in the worldwide theft of names, email addresses and phone numbers belonging...

  • Embattled former PUC chief Peevey resurfaces with a green energy book

    Embattled former PUC chief Peevey resurfaces with a green energy book

    Former California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey talks about his new green energy book, his first public statement since the state began investigating whether he improperly influenced what consumers would pay for the San Onofre nuclear power plant shutdown.

  • Technology and healthcare stocks power market to new highs

    Technology and healthcare stocks power market to new highs

    The market's biggest winners this year, technology and healthcare, powered U.S. stock indexes to more all-time highs Tuesday. Huge technology companies like Apple and Facebook continued their ascent, while strong reports from companies including medical device maker Medtronic and construction and...

  • Net neutrality rules targeted for repeal by FCC chairman

    Net neutrality rules targeted for repeal by FCC chairman

    The days are officially numbered for tough federal net neutrality regulations. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday proposed repealing the rules for online traffic, setting the stage for a vote next month to roll back the controversial Obama-era initiative. The move...

  • Rock 'n' roll and slot machines replace bingo at the San Manuel Casino

    Rock 'n' roll and slot machines replace bingo at the San Manuel Casino

    The San Manuel Casino has traded in its bingo cards for something more electric. Bingo, once the primary revenue source for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in San Bernardino County, has been phased out at the casino, near Highland. What had been the nation’s second-largest bingo hall is...

  • Having problems with your hospital care? Speak up!

    Having problems with your hospital care? Speak up!

    My dad was in excruciating pain over Labor Day weekend, so my mom rushed him to the emergency room of a renowned university hospital. Doctors determined that he needed surgery that night, and luckily I was able to fly in and see him before he was wheeled away. “Take care of your mom if anything...

  • California Inc.: The roads should be clear this holiday weekend (just kidding)

    California Inc.: The roads should be clear this holiday weekend (just kidding)

    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. Good times in the Golden State: We learned Friday that California added 31,700 net jobs...

  • How to figure out the right time for retirement

    How to figure out the right time for retirement

    Dear Liz: I hear so much talk about waiting to collect Social Security. What are good reasons to start collecting Social Security at age 62? I recently retired from the military with a monthly retirement of $4,400. I plan to work a civilian job until I'm 62 (eight more years). I'm in fairly good...

  • Alaska Airlines cites Trump policy change in ending service to Cuba from L.A.

    Alaska Airlines cites Trump policy change in ending service to Cuba from L.A.

    Alaska Airlines cited new travel restrictions imposed by the Trump administration as the main reason the carrier plans to end service from Los Angeles to Cuba. Alaska began its daily Los Angeles-to-Havana flights Jan. 5 and plans to fly the last plane to the island nation Jan. 22, 2018, the airline...

  • Retailer stocks rise again, but tech leads other stocks lower

    Retailer stocks rise again, but tech leads other stocks lower

    Retailers and smaller U.S. companies jumped again Friday as they continued to report strong third-quarter results, but technology companies and other big U.S. corporations couldn't add to Thursday's gains. A slew of retailers — including discount chain Ross Stores, shoe store Foot Locker and clothing...

  • California fines Anthem $5 million for failing to address consumer grievances

    California fines Anthem $5 million for failing to address consumer grievances

    California’s managed-care regulator has fined insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross $5 million for repeatedly failing to resolve consumer grievances in a timely manner. The state Department of Managed Health Care criticized Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health insurer, for systemic violations...

  • Senate tax bill ditches stock option change after outcry from tech start-ups

    Senate tax bill ditches stock option change after outcry from tech start-ups

    A revised Senate tax bill has ditched a change in the treatment of stock options after an outcry from technology start-ups. The original bill released last week proposed to tax stock options on the date they vest instead of when they are cashed in. Technology start-ups such as Hyperloop One, Airbnb,...

  • Stocks decline for a second straight day, and oil prices fall

    Stocks decline for a second straight day, and oil prices fall

    Technology companies led U.S. stocks lower Wednesday, giving the market its biggest loss since early September. Grocery stores and packaged foods and beverage companies also accounted for much of the decline. Energy stocks fell as the price of crude oil slipped further the day after its biggest...

  • Some GOP senators raising doubts about revised Republican tax overhaul

    Some GOP senators raising doubts about revised Republican tax overhaul

    A gambit by Senate Republicans to make a large corporate tax cut permanent by having benefits for individuals expire at the end of 2025 created new problems for the legislation Wednesday as lawmakers were still grappling with the controversial decision to add the repeal of a key Obamacare provision....

  • Richard Cordray is resigning as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief

    Richard Cordray is resigning as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief

    The nation’s top consumer financial watchdog will step down this month, sparking concern from advocacy groups — and relief from financial firms — that the federal agency he has led since 2012 will soon be much friendlier to the industry it polices. Richard Cordray announced his impending resignation...

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  • Make holiday shopping for your clients easy this year

    Make holiday shopping for your clients easy this year

    The holidays are known as the most wonderful time of the year, but they're also a great opportunity for reflection, particularly in a business setting. This is the time of year when you can look back on the last 12 months and appreciate everyone who helped make the year a success for your business....

  • Small businesses have struggled to find funding: Not anymore

    Small businesses have struggled to find funding: Not anymore

    In business, dreams are easy. Finding the money to make them happen, however, can be difficult. Even established, successful businesses can get turned away for loans at banks. This was the case for Sole Bicycles, a popular maker of stylish, high-performance bikes based in Venice Beach, California....

  • 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...

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