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  • SpaceX test fires Raptor engine for rocket that might one day take people to Mars

    SpaceX test fires Raptor engine for rocket that might one day take people to Mars

    Elon Musk said SpaceX successfully tested its Raptor rocket engine that might one day be used to transport people to Mars. SpaceX “achieved first firing of the Raptor interplanetary transport engine,” Musk said Sunday night on Twitter. The engine is powered by methane and liquid oxygen.  The disclosure...

  • California Inc.: Ideas wanted for regulating medical weed

    California Inc.: Ideas wanted for regulating medical weed

    Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business section. I'm Business columnist David Lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week. Drug companies aren’t the only ones reaching deeper into customers’ pockets. Two years...

  • A hot market for IPOs shows itself — at least for a week

    A hot market for IPOs shows itself — at least for a week

    Ample free food and other perks are nice, but it’s stock options and lofty missions that often seduce people into joining tech start-ups. That’s why Jeff Green will never forget the excited expressions on employees’ faces last month when he told them their advertising software company would go...

  • Can homeowner association boards hold frequent 'emergency' meetings?

    Can homeowner association boards hold frequent 'emergency' meetings?

    Question:  Over the past 10 years our homeowner association’s board has taken action on items outside of regular board meetings. It seems that the directors always have an excuse why they had to have a meeting and not tell anyone. They are making decisions behind the backs of owners and they say...

  • What to consider before paying off a vehicle loan

    What to consider before paying off a vehicle loan

    Dear Liz: In January, I used financing to buy a used car, and now I have about $8,000 left to pay off. I recently received a windfall and can pay off that debt in full. Is there any reason to not go ahead and do that? This car loan is my only current debt. However, I do anticipate buying a home...

  • Airlines seek to limit types of therapy animals allowed on planes

    Airlines seek to limit types of therapy animals allowed on planes

    Turkeys, pigs and even roosters have flown the friendly skies, carried onto commercial planes by passengers who identified the critters as emotional support animals. But a committee of airline representatives and disabled rights advocates has been meeting for months in Washington, D.C., to come...

  • A few extra pounds can hurt your job chances -- more so if you're a woman

    A few extra pounds can hurt your job chances -- more so if you're a woman

    The suddenly reluctant zipper can bring more than a sting of self-consciousness. A new study from the journal Plos One out this month found slight weight gain can hurt a job seeker's employment chances -- especially a woman's. The authors, a team of Scottish and Canadian researchers, already knew...

  • How to decide when to start receiving Social Security benefits

    How to decide when to start receiving Social Security benefits

    Should I start receiving Social Security benefits at 62 or wait a few years? How does my decision affect my spouse’s benefits? Every day tens of thousands of people are making decisions about when they’ll start receiving Social Security, but many people don’t know what options are available to...

  • Airline fees create the 'billion-dollar club' for 10 carriers

    Airline fees create the 'billion-dollar club' for 10 carriers

    The airline industry collects so much revenue from charges to check bags, reserve seats, buy food and connect to the Internet, among other things, that 10 of the world’s biggest carriers have surpassed the $1-billion revenue mark solely from fees. A report by IdeaWorks, a Wisconsin-based consultant...

  • Alaska Airlines tries out DIY bag tagging at LAX

    Alaska Airlines tries out DIY bag tagging at LAX

    Alaska Airlines has gained a reputation for being willing to test new technology on its passengers. The Seattle-based carrier tried adding solar panels to power its passenger ramps in 2013. The airline tested out fingerprint machines to identify passengers at its airport lounges in 2014 and launched...

  • California labor commissioner fines illegal garment businesses

    California labor commissioner fines illegal garment businesses

    Eighteen garment companies received fines of more than $682,000 for violating labor laws, state regulators announced. The businesses, all based in Los Angeles, were inspected this month by the California labor commissioner’s office.  The inspections revealed that the companies did not have workers’...

  • It's strange Yahoo took 2 years to discover a data breach, security experts say

    It's strange Yahoo took 2 years to discover a data breach, security experts say

    When Yahoo reported Thursday that hackers had breached its databases and gained access to users’ emails, dates of births, encrypted passwords and security answers, cybersecurity experts weren’t surprised. Cyberattacks are, after all, now par for the course, and no company is immune.  But what struck...

  • American Apparel is losing CEO Paula Schneider, who was supposed to turn it around

    American Apparel is losing CEO Paula Schneider, who was supposed to turn it around

    Paula Schneider, the chief executive tasked with turning around American Apparel Inc.'s flagging business, is leaving, according to two sources close to the company. Chelsea Grayson, the company’s general counsel and chief administrative officer, will take the reins as CEO on Oct. 3 — opening yet...

  • Stocks move lower as energy and tech shares fall

    Stocks move lower as energy and tech shares fall

    U.S. stock indexes closed moderately lower Friday after three days of gains. Several technology stocks traded heavily, including Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook. Energy stocks fell along with a steep decline in the price of oil. The Dow Jones industrial average sank 131.01 points, or 0.7%, to 18,261.45....

  • Salesforce, Google may be interested in buying Twitter

    Salesforce, Google may be interested in buying Twitter

    Shares of Twitter Inc. surged Friday after reports that the social media company could receive a formal bid soon. Citing unnamed sources, CNBC reported that Twitter has received “expressions of interest” from several tech companies and was “engaged in conversations with potential suitors.” Those companies...

  • SpaceX explosion: 'Large breach' took place in helium system in second stage of rocket

    SpaceX explosion: 'Large breach' took place in helium system in second stage of rocket

    Early analysis of debris and data from SpaceX’s launch pad explosion suggests that a “large breach” took place in the cryogenic helium system of the rocket’s second-stage liquid oxygen tank, the space company said Friday. The Hawthorne space company said it still has not determined the root of...

  • World's airlines on pace to pocket record $39 billion in profits

    World's airlines on pace to pocket record $39 billion in profits

    Noted investor Warren Buffett once warned that investing in airlines was “a death trap.” He may be rethinking his view on the airline industry now that the trade group for the world’s carriers has predicted that the industry will pocket a record $39.4 billion this year. Alexandre de Juniac, director-general...

  • Marriott closes $13-billion purchase of Starwood to become world's largest hotel chain

    Marriott closes $13-billion purchase of Starwood to become world's largest hotel chain

    Several of the best-known names in travel are now united in one hotel company. Marriott International closed Friday morning on its $13-billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, bringing together its Marriott, Courtyard and Ritz-Carlton brands with Starwood’s Sheraton, Westin,...

  • Here are some tax breaks and loan options to help pay for college

    Here are some tax breaks and loan options to help pay for college

    Your child has selected a college, and now comes the fun part: figuring out how to pay for it. Because the four-year cost of college can range from $100,000 to $280,000 per child, parents must have a plan for how to fund their children’s higher education.  First, a suggestion: Manage your children’s expectations...

  • What you should do if you have a Yahoo account

    What you should do if you have a Yahoo account

    Yahoo confirmed Thursday that at least 500 million user accounts had been affected by a massive breach. Here are some answers to basic questions that you may have about the breach. What information has been hacked? Yahoo's chief information security officer, Bob Lord, said in a blog post that account...

  • 2016 Toyota Mirai: A fuel cell phenom hits the road running

    2016 Toyota Mirai: A fuel cell phenom hits the road running

    The world’s car companies are all reaching for the same holy grail: a good-running, zero-emissions vehicle that has long driving range. And is affordable. And can be refueled quickly. Toyota’s latest entry is an electric-motor vehicle that boasts a range of 312 miles and can be refueled in three...

  • Tenant buyouts lead to protests and a crackdown plan by L.A. City Council

    Tenant buyouts lead to protests and a crackdown plan by L.A. City Council

    Curtis Jeter recalls fearing for his future when his new landlord told him he must move from his South Los Angeles apartment because the building in the gentrifying neighborhood would no longer be for rent. In early August, when Los Angeles developer CIM Group offered the West Adams resident $8,000...

  • Stocks rise, led by high-dividend sectors

    Stocks rise, led by high-dividend sectors

    Stocks posted solid gains Thursday as investors, comfortable that the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low for now, bought up stocks that pay big dividends. Real estate companies rose as investors looked for income. So did telecom stocks, which also typically pay higher-than-average dividends....

  • LinkedIn wants its new Learning tool to help you keep your job

    LinkedIn wants its new Learning tool to help you keep your job

    LinkedIn has long been the social network of choice for people looking for a job. Now the strait-laced cousin of Facebook also wants to be the social network for people looking to keep the jobs they already have. On Thursday, the San Francisco firm announced LinkedIn Learning, a feature that offers...

  • Donald Trump promises to 'lift the restrictions on American energy' in appeal to fracking industry

    Donald Trump promises to 'lift the restrictions on American energy' in appeal to fracking industry

    Donald Trump promised to lift environmental regulations, open federal lands to oil and gas production and ease permitting for oil pipelines during a speech at a fracking conference in Pittsburgh on Thursday in which he accused Hillary Clinton of wanting to kill the energy industry. “I am going...

  • The driverless debate: Even in cars that are only semiautonomous, drivers say they'll text, eat and read

    The driverless debate: Even in cars that are only semiautonomous, drivers say they'll text, eat and read

    Until recently, there was no question about who’s responsible for an automobile’s operation: the driver. One-hundred percent. When driverless cars without a steering wheel or brake pedal start hitting the highway, your only role will be ordering the car where to go.  Between now and then — about...

  • Drivers over 85 are the fastest-growing group on the road

    Drivers over 85 are the fastest-growing group on the road

    Not sure that driverless cars are safer than cars driven by humans? Consider this: Drivers over the age of 85 represent the fastest-growing segment of American automobile users. Their numbers doubled between 1998 and 2013, to 3.48 million drivers — the highest number ever on record — and the number...

  • MacArthur 'genius' winner: This immigrant helps others build good credit

    MacArthur 'genius' winner: This immigrant helps others build good credit

    Jose Quinonez crossed the border from Mexico to California when he was 9 years old, accompanied by his five siblings, driven out of his home after the death of their father and mother. Three decades later, Quinonez is set to receive one of the most prestigious honors offered to American professionals:...

  • California Supreme Court votes to review a libel case over negative Yelp reviews

    California Supreme Court votes to review a libel case over negative Yelp reviews

    The California Supreme Court agreed to review Yelp’s objection to a decision ordering it to strip the Internet of comments posted about a San Francisco law firm.  The law firm owner, Dawn Hassell, sued Ava Bird, the disgruntled former client who allegedly posted the reviews — and lower courts agreed...

  • Mylan CEO blames rising cost of the EpiPen on 'opaque' industry pricing

    Mylan CEO blames rising cost of the EpiPen on 'opaque' industry pricing

    Lawmakers blasted the chief executive of the maker of EpiPens at a House hearing Wednesday, saying the company’s price hikes of more than 500% were stopping families from keeping their children safe. “Do you have a guilty conscience about any of this?” Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) asked Mylan...

  • U-2 crash shows why some want drones to replace spy planes

    U-2 crash shows why some want drones to replace spy planes

    The crash of a U-2 spy plane that killed one pilot and injured another during a Tuesday training mission could bolster arguments in favor of unmanned systems, as the long battle against the decades-old plane’s retirement winds closer to an end. However, analysts said the crash, which occurred in...

  • O.C. Register moving from Santa Ana to make way for development

    O.C. Register moving from Santa Ana to make way for development

    The Orange County Register, which has called Santa Ana home for 111 years, will move to Anaheim next year, the paper announced Wednesday. The move to a location near Angel Stadium comes after Digital First Media purchased the Register and its sister paper, the Riverside Press-Enterprise, from Freedom...

  • Tesla to release Autopilot update under shadow of security hack

    Tesla to release Autopilot update under shadow of security hack

    Hacking into a phone is unlikely to physically hurt the victim. But hacking into a car? A security research team in China hacked into a Tesla Model S and said they took over the car’s brakes from 12 miles away. A video released this week shows members of the research team being thrust forward as...

  • McLaren refutes report that it is in talks with Apple

    McLaren refutes report that it is in talks with Apple

    Not so fast. High-performance car company McLaren is putting the brakes on a report that it was in talks to get acquired by Apple Inc.  The story, reported by the Financial Times, said the two firms have been talking for several months about plans to have Apple make a strategic investment in the...

  • Cyberattacks against companies don't hurt them much financially, Rand study finds

    Cyberattacks against companies don't hurt them much financially, Rand study finds

    The soaring number of cyberattacks against American companies is causing comparatively little financial damage, which is discouraging many businesses from beefing up security, Rand Corp. said in a study released this week. Rand researchers estimated that a typical computer breach costs a company...

  • Government paves way for driverless cars to hit the roads

    Government paves way for driverless cars to hit the roads

    To fast-track to a future where cars drive themselves, the freewheeling tech world and the historically buttoned-up auto industry joined forces to develop autonomous vehicles. But behind the rapid-fire innovation of the last few years, questions loomed over whether the federal government would...

  • Dow fails to warn Californians when pesticide Telone is used, lawsuit alleges

    Dow fails to warn Californians when pesticide Telone is used, lawsuit alleges

    Chemical manufacturing giant Dow fails to warn people in farming communities throughout California when a potentially dangerous pesticide is applied to nearby fields, health advocates alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. Telone is among the most commonly used pesticides in California — applied to...

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