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Hyundai Motors, South Korea’s flagship automaker, transformed itself over the decades from bit player to global dynamo. In 1998, the company sold a mere 90,000 cheap and tinny cars to U.S. customers. But that same year, it bought Kia Motors out of bankruptcy. And last year, the two combined sold...

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    Bill to protect widows from foreclosure passes in the Senate and heads to Gov. Jerry Brown

    A bill that would grant California widows and widowers greater protections against foreclosure heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk after passing the state Senate on Wednesday. The proposal is geared at giving surviving spouses who own their home but are not on its mortgage note a better shot at obtaining...

  • Insurer pays $13.5 million to resolve federal claims over defunct Marinello beauty school

    Insurer pays $13.5 million to resolve federal claims over defunct Marinello beauty school

    An insurer for the shuttered Marinello Schools of Beauty has agreed to pay $13.5 million to settle allegations that the cosmetology school ripped off the federal student loan program, the U.S. attorney’s office said Wednesday. The federal government had alleged B&H Education of Beverly Hills, the...

  • Young kids love YouTube more than Disney and Oreo, study finds

    Young kids love YouTube more than Disney and Oreo, study finds

    A new study has determined something most astute parents already know: YouTube is the most-loved brand among young kids. The digital video service, owned by Alphabet Inc., scored highest among children 6 to 12 for the first time in market research firm Smarty Pants’ eighth annual “Brand Love” study....

  • Uber drivers' new option: Start a retirement account through the app

    Uber drivers' new option: Start a retirement account through the app

    Uber has a new tool in its arsenal to attract and retain drivers: retirement savings accounts. The San Francisco ride-hailing company announced Wednesday that it teamed up with automated investor service Betterment to offer its drivers a way to set up retirement accounts through the ride-hailing...

  • Photographer seeking $1 billion from Getty Images

    Photographer seeking $1 billion from Getty Images

    An accomplished photographer who lets the public use thousands of her images of America for free has sued the Getty Images photo agency for more than $1 billion, saying it is improperly selling her work to customers and threatening those who don't pay. The photographer, Carol Highsmith, whose work...

  • Stocks fall as EpiPen pricing questions pull down healthcare companies

    Stocks fall as EpiPen pricing questions pull down healthcare companies

    Stocks closed lower Wednesday, led by sharp declines in healthcare companies as outrage escalates over the steep price hikes for Mylan's EpiPens. Trading remained quiet overall, with many investors on vacation. It was another below-average day of trading volume on the New York Stock Exchange. The...

  • Flexible work schedules reward dads, not moms, report says

    Flexible work schedules reward dads, not moms, report says

    Flexible schedules free workers from rigid hours, boosting their health and productivity. Or they kill collaboration. It depends on who you ask. Some business leaders bill a policy of flexible hours as a panacea for working parents. Why take a day off when your child has the flu if you have a laptop?...

  • Starbucks iced drinks obviously include ice, judge says, tossing lawsuit

    Starbucks iced drinks obviously include ice, judge says, tossing lawsuit

    A lawsuit that accused Starbucks Corp. of misrepresenting the sizes of its iced drinks has been dismissed by a California judge, who issued a written tongue-lashing of the plaintiff's claims. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of plaintiff Alexander Forouzesh in federal district court in California’s...

  • Automaker Karma expands SoCal presence with Irvine office lease

    Automaker Karma expands SoCal presence with Irvine office lease

    The luxury carmaker Karma Automotive, which will soon begin building its hybrid electric Revero sports cars in a massive facility in Moreno Valley, has leased space for its design studios and business offices in Irvine. The company formerly known as Fisker Automotive has agreed to lease 262,000...

  • Threat of Southland energy shortage due to Aliso Canyon fades

    Threat of Southland energy shortage due to Aliso Canyon fades

    State energy agencies say conservation and other strategies should help Southern California avoid energy shortages during the winter amid low supplies at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage plant. That forecast stands in sharp contrast to the fears raised in the spring about possible rolling blackouts...

  • Weedmaps — a Yelp for pot — is riddled with suspicious reviews

    Weedmaps — a Yelp for pot — is riddled with suspicious reviews

    Millions of consumers treat Weedmaps like the Yelp for pot, relying on the Irvine company as their definitive guide to marijuana dispensaries, varieties and doctors. But a key feature — user reviews of pot businesses — may be tainted by thousands of potentially fraudulent comments, a flaw in the...

  • Banc of California snags naming rights for L.A. Football Club soccer stadium

    Banc of California snags naming rights for L.A. Football Club soccer stadium

    When the Los Angeles Football Club takes the field in its new Exposition Park stadium in 2018, its home pitch will bear the name of an Irvine bank some Angelenos might not have heard of. Yet the scope of the 15-year deal that the Banc of California announced Tuesday with the Major League Soccer...

  • Stocks notch modest but steady gains; home builders soar

    Stocks notch modest but steady gains; home builders soar

    Stocks posted modest gains Tuesday, bringing indexes nearly back to the record levels they reached last week. Home builders rose sharply after a big jump in sales of new homes last month, and Best Buy soared after the electronics retailer reported a surge in profit as online sales increased. The...

  • EpiPens' price jumped more than 500%, and lawmakers want to know why

    EpiPens' price jumped more than 500%, and lawmakers want to know why

    Members of Congress are demanding more information on why the price of lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed. EpiPens are injection devices used to ward off potentially fatal allergic reactions, and the price has surged in recent years. A two-dose package cost around $94 nine years ago. The average...

  • Even more Ludicrous: Elon Musk says Tesla now has the world's fastest production car

    Even more Ludicrous: Elon Musk says Tesla now has the world's fastest production car

    Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk held a news conference Tuesday to announce that the company had shaved a few tenths of a second off its fastest car. A Tesla Model S P100D equipped with “Ludicrous” mode will now go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds, Musk said. The current model...

  • McDonald's recalls all Step-It fitness tracker toys over risk of burns

    McDonald's recalls all Step-It fitness tracker toys over risk of burns

    McDonald’s Corp. has recalled all of its Step-It activity wristband Happy Meal toys after reports that they led to numerous injuries, including blisters and skin irritation, and could cause burns. The recall involves about 33 million wristbands that were made for distribution in the U.S. and Canada,...

  • Harley-Davidson rolls out new Milwaukee Eight engine

    Harley-Davidson rolls out new Milwaukee Eight engine

    Promising more power, more comfort and more control, Harley-Davidson has unveiled a new engine called Milwaukee Eight, plus improvements in its motorcycles’ suspension systems. But don’t worry. The new engine, whose name sounds like a new beer or Tarantino movie, will retain Harley’s traditional...

  • Pfizer to pay $14 billion for Medivation, whose drug Xtandi was discovered by UCLA

    Pfizer to pay $14 billion for Medivation, whose drug Xtandi was discovered by UCLA

    Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. is paying $14 billion to buy Medivation Inc., a San Francisco biotech company that sells a high-priced prostate cancer medication discovered by UCLA. A year’s worth of the drug, Xtandi, sells for about $129,000, and the medicine has generated about $2.2 billion...

  • Wells Fargo to pay $4 million to settle charges of illegal student-loan practices

    Wells Fargo to pay $4 million to settle charges of illegal student-loan practices

    Wells Fargo has agreed to pay more than $4 million in fines and rebates over allegations that it charged illegal fees to student-loan borrowers. As part of a deal announced Monday, the San Francisco banking giant did not admit or deny wrongdoing but agreed to pay a $3.6-million penalty to the Consumer...

  • Stocks move lower in quiet trading; oil prices fall sharply

    Stocks move lower in quiet trading; oil prices fall sharply

    Stocks closed nearly flat in quiet trading Monday after drifting most of the day between gains and losses. Energy companies fell along with the price of oil while biotechnology and drug companies rose after Pfizer announced it was buying a cancer drug maker. Trading remained subdued, as it has...

  • Pebble Beach 2016: 1936 Lancia takes best of show prize

    Pebble Beach 2016: 1936 Lancia takes best of show prize

    A beautifully restored pre-war Italian sports car once owned by musician Eric Clapton walked away with the best of show award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance automobile exhibition. The 1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet, with body by design house Pinin Farina, also took the top prize in its European...

  • Pebble Beach 2016: Dawn patrol on the 18th fairway

    Pebble Beach 2016: Dawn patrol on the 18th fairway

    On the last day of Monterey Car Week, the faithful enthusiasts braved fog and chilly temperatures to stand at sunrise and watch the classic, vintage and antique automobiles roll across the grass at the historic Pebble Beach golf course, to take their places for the highly competitive Concours d’Elegance....

  • Pebble Beach 2016: Aston Martin unveils new Zagato-bodied automobiles

    Pebble Beach 2016: Aston Martin unveils new Zagato-bodied automobiles

    Aston Martin took advantage of the captive audience of auto enthusiasts on the Monterey Peninsula to introduce a pair of new Zagato-bodied cars. The English car company unveiled a Vanquish Zagato Volante during the week, and its brother Vanquish Zagato Coupe on Sunday. We took advantage of the...

  • Management has a duty to maintain careful custody of payments for HOA dues

    Management has a duty to maintain careful custody of payments for HOA dues

    Question: Our management company sometimes delays posting monthly dues payments by homeowners for two weeks. These “late” payments generate late charges to the owner’s account. The company also misplaces homeowners’ monthly payment checks, leading to more late charges. Management has issued a notice...

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