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  • Have hay fever or hives? If Obamacare is repealed, you could be denied health insurance again

    Have hay fever or hives? If Obamacare is repealed, you could be denied health insurance again

    As congressional Republicans double down on their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act but defer a replacement for as long as several years, healthcare stakeholders and experts are stepping up their warnings of the consequences of half-baked policymaking. That’s important, because none of...

  • Soylent CEO still hasn't removed remnants of shipping-container home, prosecutor says

    Soylent CEO still hasn't removed remnants of shipping-container home, prosecutor says

    With Los Angeles prosecutors bearing down over his unsightly shipping container of a home, Soylent Chief Executive Robert Rhinehart took action. He removed the giant structure from his hilltop property in July and apologized for disrupting neighbors with his housing experiment. But since then,...

  • American Apparel sets date for auctioning off its business

    American Apparel sets date for auctioning off its business

    American Apparel set the date for the bankruptcy auction of its manufacturing, retail and wholesale business, likely delaying layoffs slated to affect as many as 3,457 employees in Southern California.  The Los Angeles clothier, which in November filed for bankruptcy for the second time, told workers...

  • Heat on ice: Dodge Challenger GT goes AWD

    Heat on ice: Dodge Challenger GT goes AWD

    Just in time for winter, Dodge has unveiled an all-wheel-drive version of its Challenger GT. The resulting vehicle, capable of baking up endless amounts of snow donuts, will retail for just under $35,000. Dodge calls the new vehicle “the world’s first and only all-wheel-drive American muscle coupe.”...

  • SpaceX now hopes to return to flight in January, not this month

    SpaceX now hopes to return to flight in January, not this month

    SpaceX said it is now targeting early January for its first flight after a September explosion that destroyed one of its Falcon 9 rockets. The Elon Musk-led company said in a statement Wednesday that it is “finalizing the investigation” into the explosion and is “working to complete the final steps...

  • Main Street Electrical Parade returns to Disneyland on Jan. 20

    Main Street Electrical Parade returns to Disneyland on Jan. 20

    About a decade after the Main Street Electrical Parade left Disneyland, the cavalcade of lights and music is scheduled to return to the Anaheim park starting Jan. 20 and running until June 18. The Electrical Parade was a fan favorite at Disneyland from 1972 until 1996. For the last six years, the...

  • Instagram is the latest social media firm to tweak its app in an attempt to prevent harassment

    Instagram is the latest social media firm to tweak its app in an attempt to prevent harassment

    Instagram on Tuesday announced policy changes intended to combat online bullying that has, for some users, turned the photo-sharing service into a platform for harassment. Kevin Systrom, co-founder and chief executive of Instagram, said the social network is rolling out three features that give users...

  • SeaWorld eliminates hundreds of jobs

    SeaWorld eliminates hundreds of jobs

    SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. announced Tuesday that it is eliminating 320 jobs, part of an ongoing effort to sharply cut its costs. In Southern California, about 60 employees will be laid off, according to a notice filed Tuesday with the California Employment Development Department. The affected...

  • Phone and bank stocks push indexes higher; Dow reaches new record

    Phone and bank stocks push indexes higher; Dow reaches new record

    Stocks posted slight gains Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average to another record, helped by shares of telecommunications companies such as Verizon, Sprint and AT&T. Small-company and bank stocks also rose as investors continued to speculate that U.S. economic growth will pick up under...

  • Justice Department approves Alaska Airlines' acquisition of Virgin America

    Justice Department approves Alaska Airlines' acquisition of Virgin America

    The Justice Department on Tuesday cleared the parent company of Alaska Airlines to buy Virgin America, but imposed some route-sharing conditions. The $2.6-billion purchase of Burlingame, Calif.-based Virgin America by Alaska Air Group, which will create the nation’s fifth largest domestic carrier, is...

  • Boeing to acquire ocean drone maker Liquid Robotics

    Boeing to acquire ocean drone maker Liquid Robotics

    Boeing Co. will acquire floating-drone maker Liquid Robotics, the aerospace giant said Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Based in Sunnyvale, Liquid Robotics developed the Wave Glider, a surfboard-shaped drone that floats on the ocean surface and collects data, propelling itself for...

  • Can R-rated 'Office Christmas Party' unseat Disney's 'Moana' at the box office?

    Can R-rated 'Office Christmas Party' unseat Disney's 'Moana' at the box office?

    Youth-oriented fantasies like “Moana,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and “Doctor Strange” have dominated the box office the last few weeks, but now there’s a chance for misbehaving adults to climb the charts.  “Office Christmas Party,” a raunchy R-rated comedy from Paramount Pictures...

  • Parents, put the phone down — after you read this

    Parents, put the phone down — after you read this

    OK, kids, a quick moment to gloat: As it turns out, it’s not just you; it’s us parents too. We just can’t stop staring at screens. That’s the result of a new national survey suggesting that parents spend nine hours a day plugged into tech, with only an hour and a half of it dedicated to work and...

  • Supreme Court: Samsung doesn't owe Apple $400 million for copying iPhone look

    Supreme Court: Samsung doesn't owe Apple $400 million for copying iPhone look

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled for Samsung Electronics in a bitter smartphone patents dispute with Apple and set aside a $400-million damages verdict for copying the look of the iPhone. But the decision doesn’t close the years-long, multi-lawsuit fight between the world’s two most popular smartphone...

  • New Alibaba Pictures CEO warns of 'drastic changes' in China's film industry

    New Alibaba Pictures CEO warns of 'drastic changes' in China's film industry

    Alibaba Pictures, the film and TV production arm of Jack Ma’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, has named a new chief executive to grow the upstart entertainment business and contend with what he called “drastic changes” in the Chinese film industry.  Technology entrepreneur and Alibaba Pictures’...

  • Turns out parents are no better than their kids when it comes to screen time

    Turns out parents are no better than their kids when it comes to screen time

    Sure, tweens and teens spend hours a day as relative screen zombies, eyes fixed and faces aglow in the radiant light of their pocket screens. (You don’t have to be a parent to know that.) But that’s not the end of the story. Mom and Dad, it seems you have more in common with the kids than you might...

  • What Elaine Chao as Transportation secretary could mean for commercial drone use

    What Elaine Chao as Transportation secretary could mean for commercial drone use

    They don’t transport people around, but drones would fall under Elaine Chao’s purview if President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee is confirmed as secretary of Transportation. In the role, Chao — who was Labor secretary under George W. Bush — would oversee the nation’s transportation systems and infrastructure,...

  • Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube team up to fight terrorist propaganda

    Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube team up to fight terrorist propaganda

    Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are joining forces to more quickly identify the worst terrorist propaganda and prevent it from spreading online. The program announced Monday would create a database of unique digital “fingerprints” to help automatically identify videos or images the companies...

  • Viacom deploys its CFO to L.A. to fix Paramount's finances

    Viacom deploys its CFO to L.A. to fix Paramount's finances

    Viacom Chief Financial Officer Wade Davis is spending considerable time in Los Angeles to improve the performance of struggling Hollywood movie studio Paramount Pictures, after two troubled years at the box office. Davis is spending “about half of his time” at Paramount in Los Angeles, Viacom’s...

  • Making TSA PreCheck free could save millions of dollars, study suggests

    Making TSA PreCheck free could save millions of dollars, study suggests

    By offering frequent travelers free membership to the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited screening program, the agency can save money and speed up the screening process at airports across the country. That is the conclusion of a study by professors at the University of Illinois...

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  • Growing up with elevators and escalators (Infographic)

    Just as the urban spaces we live in today have changed dramatically in the past 30 years, the cities of tomorrow will look very different than the cities of today. Buildings are rising taller than ever to accommodate growing urban population.

  • Boost home office productivity with a pre-holiday freshening

    Boost home office productivity with a pre-holiday freshening

    You engaged in spring cleaning and organization earlier this year, but with the holidays approaching, your home office could probably stand a bit of freshening up. Fall is the perfect time to make sure your office is a well-equipped and appealing workspace that boosts your efficiency and productivity....

  • Co-working trend shows working from home isn't right for every small business person

    Co-working trend shows working from home isn't right for every small business person

    Working from home seems like a professional dream for many, but sometimes your home isn't the optimum place to do business. Perhaps you've outgrown your home office or your startup requires a more professional atmosphere for client meetings. Maybe you crave the kind of personal interaction that's...

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