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  • Why California stinks for first-time home buyers

    Why California stinks for first-time home buyers

    If you’re a millennial living in California, buying your first home doesn’t come any harder. California ranked as the toughest state in the nation for first-time home buyers, who typically would be in the millennial age bracket of 18 to 34, according to a recent report by Claes Bell, an analyst...

  • The old magazine scam is alive and well. Here's how to fight back

    The old magazine scam is alive and well. Here's how to fight back

    Dear Liz: I got scammed by a magazine company a year ago. I thought the call was about two magazines I wanted to stop as I was moving. The woman talked fast and took me through the steps with my bank card (which was stupid of me, I now know) as if she was helping and at the end she said, “Oh, those...

  • Uber suspends its self-driving car tests after one of its SUVs was struck in Arizona

    Uber suspends its self-driving car tests after one of its SUVs was struck in Arizona

    After a self-driving Uber SUV was struck in a high-impact collision Friday night, the ride-hailing company is suspending tests of its autonomous vehicles while it investigates. Officials say Uber’s SUV was operating on its own when it was hit by another vehicle making a left turn at an intersection...

  • LAX trains workers to provide 'gold standard' service for fliers

    LAX trains workers to provide 'gold standard' service for fliers

    Los Angeles International Airport was recently ranked one of the 10 most improved airports in the world. But SkyTrax, the air-transport industry research company that gave LAX that ranking, also listed the facility as the 86th best airport in the world, behind airports in Russia, South Korea, Colombia...

  • How parents with less-than-stellar credit can help their kids get a credit card

    How parents with less-than-stellar credit can help their kids get a credit card

    Parents with less-than-perfect credit: You can still help your teenager or young adult child get a credit card and start building a strong credit history. Your credit history isn’t shared Your credit history and scores are yours alone. A person who shares an account with you shares only the history...

  • Buying an HOA property in a liquefaction zone is not for the faint of heart

    Buying an HOA property in a liquefaction zone is not for the faint of heart

    Question: My family is interested in purchasing a townhome or condominium by a marina so we can dock our boat. Someone we know is moving from the marina because of rising homeowner association dues and too many special assessments, so we made an offer to purchase at a steep discount. The seller...

  • The Porsche Macan proves to be a sure-footed beast in the snow

    The Porsche Macan proves to be a sure-footed beast in the snow

    I rarely succumb to envy. On a journalist’s salary, it’s better not to. I lust not for the Range Rovers, the BMW X5s or the Audi Q5s driven by parents at my fifth-grader’s fancy pants private school. When my daughter, my wife and I drive up to Lake Tahoe from Berkeley — as we do nearly every weekend...

  • Clean energy forces messy changes for utilities and regulators

    Clean energy forces messy changes for utilities and regulators

    California’s push for clean energy is forcing the players — consumers, regulators, utilities and fuel producers — into an uncomfortable dance that has each stepping on others’ toes. But all must learn to perform together or risk the reliability of crucial energy services, representatives of the...

  • Stocks swoon, then mostly recover after healthcare bill is pulled

    Stocks swoon, then mostly recover after healthcare bill is pulled

    U.S. stocks flirted with sharp losses but managed a mixed finish after Republicans canceled a vote on their healthcare bill because it became clear the bill would fail. Investors didn't trade much as they waited for answers about the state of President Trump's business-friendly agenda. For the...

  • California jobless rate dips to 5% as state adds 22,900 jobs in February

    California jobless rate dips to 5% as state adds 22,900 jobs in February

    California’s unemployment rate ticked down to 5% in February, reaching a 10-year low on eight consecutive months of job growth. Businesses in California increased their payrolls by a net 22,900 employees, according to data released Friday by the state’s Employment Development Department. By comparison,...

  • Netflix will produce four more feature films with Adam Sandler

    Netflix will produce four more feature films with Adam Sandler

    His lowbrow comedies have earned him few fans among connoisseurs of serious cinema, but Adam Sandler has found a steadfast supporter in Netflix, which has partnered with the actor on three movies since they teamed up in 2015 on “The Ridiculous 6.” Ahead of April’s release of “Sandy Wexler,” Netflix...

  • Robots could take over 38% of U.S. jobs within about 15 years, report says

    Robots could take over 38% of U.S. jobs within about 15 years, report says

    More than a third of U.S. jobs could be at “high risk” of automation by the early 2030s, a percentage that’s greater than in Britain, Germany and Japan, according to a report released Friday. The analysis, by accounting and consulting firm PwC, emphasized that its estimates are based on the anticipated...

  • From Disney to Coolhaus: Natasha Case uses ice cream to bring architecture to the masses

    From Disney to Coolhaus: Natasha Case uses ice cream to bring architecture to the masses

    The gig: Natasha Case, 33, runs ice cream sandwich company Coolhaus, which she founded with partner Freya Estreller in 2009. The duo’s whimsical, architecture-inspired creations are available in grocery stores — in packaged form — and in bricks-and-mortar Coolhaus stores in Culver City and Pasadena,...

  • 2017 Acura NSX: The only true all-American supercar?

    2017 Acura NSX: The only true all-American supercar?

    Acura likes to boast that its powerful, precise NSX is “the only supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S.” With no apologies to Chevrolet’s Corvette, Ford’s Mustang GT or Dodge’s Charger, Challenger or Viper, the Acura folks say their second-generation NSX, new for 2017, combines...

  • Heed these three lessons, millennial Snap investors

    Heed these three lessons, millennial Snap investors

    These are intriguing times for impressionable young investors. The Dow’s cresting 20,000 for the first time in January before making a 24-day climb to 21,000 — the fastest 1,000-point climb since 1999 — coupled with this month’s $3.4-billion initial public offering for Snap Inc., parent company...

  • Dodgers TV standoff lives on as AT&T, Justice settle lawsuit

    Dodgers TV standoff lives on as AT&T, Justice settle lawsuit

    The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday settled its lawsuit with AT&T, resolving claims that a high-level DirecTV executive illegally colluded with other pay-TV companies in Southern California to block the rollout of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ cable sports channel in 2014. As part of the proposed...

  • In an ad featuring Jennifer Aniston, Emirates Airlines asks: 'Who needs tablets and laptops anyway?'

    In an ad featuring Jennifer Aniston, Emirates Airlines asks: 'Who needs tablets and laptops anyway?'

    Emirates Airlines, one of several foreign carriers affected by a new restriction on electronics on flights to the United States, is responding to the directive with the help of “Friends” actress Jennifer Aniston. A security directive from the United States bars passengers from bringing any electronic...

  • Stock rally sputters after vote on healthcare bill is delayed

    Stock rally sputters after vote on healthcare bill is delayed

    U.S. stock indexes gave up an early rally and ended mostly lower Thursday after Republicans delayed a vote on their healthcare bill and left investors concerned about delays for President Trump's business-friendly agenda. The Dow Jones industrial average was up as much as 96 points just before...

  • Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios Hollywood goes high-def

    Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios Hollywood goes high-def

    Less than four months after Universal Studios Hollywood removed the 3-D feature from its Harry Potter flying simulator ride, the park has upgraded the attraction to include high-definition images of fire-breathing dragons, enchanted trees and evil flying creatures. The images shown during Harry...

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  • 6 pet-related businesses you can start today

    6 pet-related businesses you can start today

    Starting your own business can nurture your entrepreneurial spirit, earn you some money and give you the opportunity to spend more time with your family — including your pets. So what job can you do that doesn't necessarily require a degree, affords you time flexibility, is in a growing industry...

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    Doughnut Plant founder Mark Isreal brought his latest creation to life with the help of 80,000 points earned with his Chase Ink card. Here's how he pulled it off. Save Save

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    JPMorgan Chase commissioned Forrester Consulting to research the digital wallet opportunity from the audiences who determine the technology’s future: merchants and their customers. Save Save

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