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    Virgin America will disappear into Alaska Airlines in 2019

    Virgin America, the California-based carrier with the blue mood lighting and high-tech entertainment system, will be fully absorbed by Alaska Airlines by the end of 2019 as Alaska strives to become the West Coast’s dominant airline. Only three months after Alaska Airlines’ parent company completed...

  • AT&T, Verizon and other advertisers flee Google over offensive YouTube videos

    AT&T, Verizon and other advertisers flee Google over offensive YouTube videos

    Google’s advertising machine is under siege. Two of the nation’s biggest ad buyers and several other major companies announced Wednesday their intention to halt or reduce deals with Google over concerns that the search-engine giant had failed to protect their brands from being intertwined with...

  • Global box office barely grew in 2016. Blame it on China

    Global box office barely grew in 2016. Blame it on China

    Global movie box office revenue growth slowed last year as international receipts declined for the first time in 12 years, reflecting a cooling in China’s once-red-hot film market, according to a new report. The total worldwide box office rose 1% to a record $38.6 billion in ticket sales last year,...

  • Former Disney and Nickelodeon execs launch kids' media brand Pocketwatch

    Former Disney and Nickelodeon execs launch kids' media brand Pocketwatch

    Pocketwatch, a new entertainment company led by former Disney and Nickelodeon executives, aims to be the children’s media headquarters of the 21st century. The Culver City company, whose content will target 2- to 11-year-olds, debuted this month and announced Wednesday that it had raised $6 million...

  • Indexes mostly rise as tech stocks climb; Nike and Sears plunge

    Indexes mostly rise as tech stocks climb; Nike and Sears plunge

    After a shaky start, U.S. stocks finished mostly higher Wednesday as technology and industrial companies rose. Banks fell with interest rates as the market came off its biggest loss in five months. Stocks started down, then rallied in the middle of the session and wandered between gains and losses...

  • Andy Puzder is stepping down as CEO of Carl's Jr. parent firm CKE

    Andy Puzder is stepping down as CEO of Carl's Jr. parent firm CKE

    Fast-food executive Andy Puzder, whose bid to become Labor secretary collapsed last month, is stepping down as chief executive of Carl’s Jr. parent CKE Restaurants. Taking over the reins at CKE will be Jason Marker, a fast-food veteran who has served as president of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Marker...

  • Loans with triple-digit APRs? No more, under California assemblyman's proposal

    Loans with triple-digit APRs? No more, under California assemblyman's proposal

    In California lending law, $2,500 is a vital number. Lenders who make loans of less than that amount are limited in the amount of interest they can charge. Lenders who make loans of $2,500 and up, though, can charge whatever the market will bear. In 2015, more than half of all loans between $2,500...

  • What we know about the electronics restrictions on some foreign flights

    What we know about the electronics restrictions on some foreign flights

    Travelers from several Muslim-majority countries found out Tuesday that they won’t be allowed to bring most electronic devices into the cabin on direct flights to Britain, which issued a directive similar to the one sent Monday by U.S. officials to nine foreign airlines. U.S. and British authorities...

  • Stocks have their worst day of the year

    Stocks have their worst day of the year

    U.S. stocks took their biggest loss in five months Tuesday as a healthcare bill backed by President Trump ran into trouble in Congress, which raised some questions about his agenda of faster economic growth spurred by lower taxes and cuts in regulations. Banks plunged as bond yields continued to...

  • Uber, trying to leave troubles behind, backs its CEO and pledges more diversity efforts

    Uber, trying to leave troubles behind, backs its CEO and pledges more diversity efforts

    After a spate of turbulence, ride-hailing giant Uber made a point Tuesday of reaffirming its loyalty to Chief Executive Travis Kalanick and its commitment to having an inclusive workplace. “It’s clear both Uber and the whole ride-sharing industry would not be where we are today without Travis,”...

  • Apple announces red iPhones and a new, cheaper iPad

    Apple announces red iPhones and a new, cheaper iPad

    Apple Inc. announced a new, cheaper iPad and Product Red special editions of its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus early Tuesday. All three products will be available to order online and in stores beginning Friday, it said. Apple’s new iPad, a refresh of its iPad Air 2, boasts a 9.7-inch Retina display,...

  • Readers weigh in on California's farmworker shortage, claim interest in field jobs

    Readers weigh in on California's farmworker shortage, claim interest in field jobs

    Readers are usually not shy about offering their opinions on a topic like immigration. So it was when we published a story Friday that featured farmers who say they can’t lure American-born workers into the fields, even with $16-an-hour wages and hefty benefits. The article, which drew more than...

  • Inside Cloud9: How this couple built an e-sports empire worth millions

    Inside Cloud9: How this couple built an e-sports empire worth millions

    Jack and Paullie Etienne, co-founders of professional e-sports teams, are so obsessed with winning that they cut off their players’ Internet at 2:15 a.m. to encourage decent rest before practice. The Etiennes measure how much players practice, including on their own time, and how encouraging they...

  • U.S. temporarily bans electronic devices on some Middle Eastern and African flights

    U.S. temporarily bans electronic devices on some Middle Eastern and African flights

    Several Middle Eastern and African airlines say they are temporarily banning laptops and other electronic devices on U.S. flights to comply with requests from U.S. officials. Royal Jordanian Airlines told its passengers via Twitter that it is banning electronic devices — laptops, tablets, cameras...

  • Stocks slip for a third day as bank shares stumble

    Stocks slip for a third day as bank shares stumble

    U.S. stocks finished mostly lower Monday in a quiet day of trading. Banks fell along with bond yields as stocks declined for a third straight day. Lower bond yields hurt banks because they force down interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of loans. Utilities companies gave up some of their...

  • Wells Fargo customers continue to shy away from the bank amid fallout from its accounts scandal

    Wells Fargo customers continue to shy away from the bank amid fallout from its accounts scandal

    Wells Fargo is still seeing fewer people at its bank branches as well as a decline in checking-account openings as the scandal over its sales practices takes its toll. But there is a silver lining for the bank: Its February numbers are up from December lows. Wells Fargo said Monday that customers...

  • Snap stock rises after an analyst issues a 'buy' rating for the first time

    Snap stock rises after an analyst issues a 'buy' rating for the first time

    Snap Inc.’s stock rose Monday after receiving its first “buy” rating from a Wall Street analyst, providing some relief from a downward trend. Trading in the company behind the Snapchat app began with a bang March 2. When the shares hit the New York Stock Exchange that day, they opened at $24, more...

  • Spring air travel expected to set new record

    Spring air travel expected to set new record

    The nation’s airlines expect to set a new record for spring travel this year, with nearly 145 million travelers taking to the air. The projected number of spring travelers is a 4% increase over the nearly 140 million passengers who flew last year between March 1 and April 30 on U.S.-based airlines,...

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