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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Does Social Security pay survivor benefits in same-sex unions?

    Does Social Security pay survivor benefits in same-sex unions?

    Dear Liz: I am 65 and was recently laid off after 26 years with the same company. My life partner of 25 years died in 2010. We had been legally married in 2008. I'd like to wait until I'm 70 to collect my Social Security. Is there any way I can collect her Social Security until then? I don't know...

  • 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...

  • Pop star Ana Bárbara the latest to sue Wells Fargo over fake accounts

    Pop star Ana Bárbara the latest to sue Wells Fargo over fake accounts

    Wells Fargo employees and customers have complained for years that high-pressure sales tactics push bank workers to open fake accounts, which help employees meet sales quotas while costing customers extra fees. Now a Mexican pop star has sued the San Francisco banking giant, alleging the same kind...

  • 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...

  • WeHo woman sues Uber for negligence after being raped by driver

    WeHo woman sues Uber for negligence after being raped by driver

    A West Hollywood woman sued Uber Technologies on Thursday, alleging that the ride-hailing company’s negligence led to her being raped by an Uber driver. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Superior Court of Los Angeles on behalf of the 27-year-old plaintiff, said the San Francisco company “aggressively...

  • Soylent CEO shakes up Montecito Heights with shipping-container home

    Soylent CEO shakes up Montecito Heights with shipping-container home

    Living in used shipping containers decked out with chic furnishings is becoming fashionable nationwide, from woodlands to desert hilltops. But on a dusty hilltop in Montecito Heights, one such eco-home has reportedly become an eyesore — and the object of a potential criminal complaint. Rob Rhinehart,...

  • Obama administration moves to block health insurance mega-mergers

    Obama administration moves to block health insurance mega-mergers

    The Obama administration went to court Thursday to block two major health insurance mergers, siding with consumer advocates and medical groups worried that the consolidation of large national health plans could lead to higher premiums. The long-anticipated move by the Justice Department and attorneys...

  • American Girl hopes a pint-sized doll cures its multimillion-dollar problem

    Times have been tough for toymaker American Girl.  First, Queen Elsa from "Frozen" took the doll aisle by storm, icing out other players. Then, last year, American Girl spiffed up the marketing and packaging of some of its dolls, only to find it didn't drive store traffic like executives hoped....

  • Chipotle struggles to win back customers

    Chipotle struggles to win back customers

    Chipotle is acting out of character in its desperation to win back customers — a struggle that its most recent sales results indicate could be a long one.  Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. said Thursday that its sales were down 23.6% during the second quarter as it fights to recover from a series of...

  • Stocks close lower, breaking record-setting win streak

    Stocks close lower, breaking record-setting win streak

    Stocks fell Thursday after a mixed set of earnings reports put at least a temporary halt to the market's record-setting run. Airlines had some of the sharpest drops on worries that falling fares will hurt their profits. The Dow Jones industrial average sank, breaking a nine-day winning streak,...

  • Cannabis tech accelerator opens in Southern California

    Cannabis tech accelerator opens in Southern California

    As Californians consider legalizing recreational marijuana use, a few entrepreneurs are already casting their vote in favor of the state’s cannabis industry. The group, called Canopy San Diego, is accepting applications for its pot-themed technology accelerator, a first for Southern California....

  • Wells Fargo-Amazon deal offers a discount on private student loans

    Wells Fargo-Amazon deal offers a discount on private student loans

    Wells Fargo & Co. is offering discounted interest rates on private student loans to Amazon.com customers, creating a partnership with the online retail giant at a time when private lenders are fighting for market share. "We are focused on innovation and meeting our customers where they are — and...

  • Airbnb taps former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to curb discrimination

    Airbnb taps former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to curb discrimination

    Facing backlash for discrimination on its platform, Airbnb Inc. has enlisted former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to curb bias on the vacation rental service. In a Tuesday blog post announcing the move, company CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement...

  • Tesla's stock falls after Elon Musk reveals his 'master plan'

    Tesla's stock falls after Elon Musk reveals his 'master plan'

    After more than a week of teasing about its existence, Elon Musk revealed Part 2 of his “master product plan” for Tesla on Wednesday evening. Or, as he calls it, “part deux.” In a blog post published on the automaker’s website, Musk introduced a multiyear, four-pronged strategy that includes new...

  • New warning rule for users of generic drugs is left in limbo

    New warning rule for users of generic drugs is left in limbo

    Five years after the Supreme Court blocked most personal-injury lawsuits against makers of generic drugs, a rule designed to strengthen patient protections have stalled, leaving what consumer groups warn is a safety gap for millions of users. After several delays, the Food and Drug Administration...

  • The Muggles are coming: Harry Potter boosted attendance at Universal Studios, apps show

    The Muggles are coming: Harry Potter boosted attendance at Universal Studios, apps show

    The magic of Harry Potter has boosted attendance at Universal Studios theme parks across the country, with millennials in particular falling under the spell of the boy wizard.  That is the main conclusion from a study of foot traffic data collected by Foursquare, the tech company known for social...

  • European Central Bank keeps interest rates at record low

    European Central Bank keeps interest rates at record low

    The European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged at record lows on Thursday as it assesses the impact on the economy of Britain's vote to leave the European Union. ECB President Mario Draghi is expected to use his post-decision news conference to underline the bank's willingness...

  • Automakers join forces on hacking, cyber security threats

    Automakers join forces on hacking, cyber security threats

    Automakers are sharing information on cyber security threats and working together on ways to respond when hackers strike, under guidelines being developed by the industry. Nearly all companies that sell cars and trucks in the U.S. have joined the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center....

  • Controversy over Tesla 'autopilot' name keeps growing

    Controversy over Tesla 'autopilot' name keeps growing

    What’s in a name? For Tesla’s driver-assist system “autopilot,” plenty of controversy. Some of the most enthusiastic proponents of autonomous vehicles and features are worried that autopilot — not the technology itself, but the very name, which some find misleading — might slow down the evolution...

  • As PCs decline, Microsoft is betting its future on the cloud

    As PCs decline, Microsoft is betting its future on the cloud

    In a world where there's a smartphone app for everything, one company — Amazon.com Inc. — has long been the host for an outsized share of online software and computing services. Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Satya Nadella wants to change that. Nadella has poured billions of dollars into building...

  • Is 'Pokemon Go' catching all your monthly data? Congress wants to know.

    Is 'Pokemon Go' catching all your monthly data? Congress wants to know.

    Three House lawmakers have written to the chief executive of Niantic Inc. questioning the effect of the company’s blockbuster “Pokemon Go” app on consumers’ mobile data usage. “Users have reported maxing out their their monthly data usage plans within a week of playing and have complained of eating...

  • AB InBev says SABMiller acquisition is on track for U.S. approval

    AB InBev says SABMiller acquisition is on track for U.S. approval

    Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest beer maker, announced Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with the Justice Department clearing the way for U.S. approval of its acquisition of SABMiller. AB InBev, the Belgium-based maker of Budweiser and Bud Light, says it will sell SABMiller's...

  • A U.S. consumer panned a Chinese product on Amazon. Then things got crazy

    A U.S. consumer panned a Chinese product on Amazon. Then things got crazy

    E-commerce is bringing buyers and sellers together across borders like never before — but it’s not all smooth sailing. Just ask Mathew Garrett of Oakland. Garrett, who works in IT security, bought an Internet-connected power socket last month from a Chinese vendor called AuYou on Amazon. After...

  • San Onofre reactor leaked radiation after being misused, report says

    San Onofre reactor leaked radiation after being misused, report says

    Owners of the failed San Onofre nuclear power plant operated the reactor outside the allowable limits for pressure and temperature, causing the radiation leak that shut down the facility for good, a new report has found. Citing documents recently obtained from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission,...

  • Two major healthcare mergers could be in trouble amid competition concerns

    Two major healthcare mergers could be in trouble amid competition concerns

    Two major health insurance deals that would reshape the industry’s landscape — Anthem Inc.’s purchase of Cigna Corp. and Aetna Inc.’s deal to acquire Humana Inc. — appear to be in trouble amid concerns they would reduce competition. The Justice Department, which has been reviewing both transactions,...

  • Pimco's next CEO will be Manny Roman of Man Group

    Pimco's next CEO will be Manny Roman of Man Group

    Pimco, one of the world's biggest bond investors, has nabbed the head of hedge fund giant Man Group to be its next chief executive. Pimco said Wednesday that Manny Roman will replace current CEO Douglas Hodge, who will become a managing director. The Newport Beach firm boasts $1.5 trillion in assets...

  • Should augmented-reality games like 'Pokémon Go' place limits on the real-world locations they include?

    Should augmented-reality games like 'Pokémon Go' place limits on the real-world locations they include?

    The magic of “Pokemon Go” is in the way it overlays the Pokemon world atop the real world. Step outside and you’ll spot cartoonish creatures to capture. Head to a place where people congregate — say a park or a bus stop — and you’ll battle other players or encounter the rarest beasts.  In the two...

  • Nuclear’s next-generation reactor?

    Nuclear’s next-generation reactor?

    If the EM2 technology performs as designed, it would produce power at up to 40% lower cost than today’s existing nuclear reactors and produce electricity at much higher density. Factory built The reactor and other major plant components are manufactured in assembly-line fashion to drive down construction...

  • Hyperloop One wants $250 million from the 'Gang of Four' that sued the start-up

    Hyperloop One wants $250 million from the 'Gang of Four' that sued the start-up

    Hyperloop Technologies Inc. is seeking at least $250 million in damages from four former high-ranking employees who the company says tried to incite rebellion within the Los Angeles start-up. Now referring to itself as Hyperloop One, the firm says then-Chief Technology Officer Brogan BamBrogan...

  • Stocks end mixed; Netflix shares dive

    Stocks end mixed; Netflix shares dive

    Stocks ended mixed Tuesday as investors let up on the accelerator after a three-week rally sent indexes to all-time highs. The Dow Jones industrial average inched up 25.96 points, or 0.1%, for its eighth consecutive gain to set another record at 18,559.01. But the Standard & Poor's 500 index pulled...

  • California Obamacare rates to rise 13% in 2017, more than three times the increase of last two years

    California Obamacare rates to rise 13% in 2017, more than three times the increase of last two years

    Premiums for Californians’ Obamacare health coverage will rise by an average of 13.2% next year — more than three times the increase of the last two years and a jump that is bound to raise debate in an election year. The big hikes come after two years in which California officials had boasted that...

  • Autonomous cars will get new federal guidelines: 'We want people who start a trip to finish it'

    Autonomous cars will get new federal guidelines: 'We want people who start a trip to finish it'

    Companies working on self-driving cars need to focus on safety — "we want people who start a trip to finish it," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Tuesday, saying his department will issue new guidelines on the vehicles this summer. "Autonomous doesn't mean perfect," he told attendees...

  • Twitter lands contract with NBA for original live programming

    Twitter lands contract with NBA for original live programming

    Twitter Inc. and the NBA have signed a deal that will give the microblogging service two new, exclusive shows to stream, as well as additional video, the organizations said Tuesday. One of the shows will be a weekly live-streamed NBA pregame show that will be available exclusively via Twitter....

  • Southern California home prices jump in June

    Southern California home prices jump in June

    Southern California home prices jumped in June as prospective buyers bid higher, fighting over a meager supply of homes for sale. The six-county region’s median price rose 5% from a year earlier to hit $464,000 in June, data firm CoreLogic announced Tuesday. Sales were essentially flat, reflective...

  • Volkswagen CEO knew of emissions trouble 10 years ago, prosecutor says

    Volkswagen CEO knew of emissions trouble 10 years ago, prosecutor says

    New York state, Massachusetts and Maryland are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, alleging that the German automakers defrauded customers by selling diesel vehicles equipped with software enabling them to cheat emissions testing. Prosecutors also...

  • Hyperloop One's initial structure should have raised questions

    Hyperloop One's initial structure should have raised questions

    The teams that found tech companies come in many shapes, most commonly pairing an engineer with someone who’s savvy in finance and marketing. Hyperloop Technologies Inc. emerged from a rare model: An engineer and a practicing venture capitalist. The drama at the start-up — where four former employees...

  • 'Brexit' uncertainty leads IMF to trim forecast for global economy

    'Brexit' uncertainty leads IMF to trim forecast for global economy

    Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has led the International Monetary Fund to trim its forecast for global economic growth through 2017, but so far the impact has not been as severe as initially feared. World economic output will increase 3.1% this year, the same as it did in 2015, and...

  • CalPERS posts worst year since 2009, with slim returns

    CalPERS posts worst year since 2009, with slim returns

    California’s largest public pension fund made a return of less than 1% in its most recent fiscal year, the fund’s worst performance since 2009. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System said Monday that its rate of return for the year ended June 30 was just 0.61%. What’s more, Ted Eliopoulos, the...

  • Pokemon Go attracts diverse crowd of gamers, study suggests

    Pokemon Go attracts diverse crowd of gamers, study suggests

    “Pokemon Go” appears to have done something its predecessors on Game Boy and Nintendo DS could not — attract a diverse fan base to the Pokemon universe. A survey of 1,000 players of the enormously popular augmented reality game by mobile market research firm MFour shows that minorities and women...

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