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More than 60% of working-age Americans who signed up for Medicaid or a private health plan through the Affordable Care Act are getting healthcare they couldn’t previously get, a new nationwide survey indicates. And consumers are broadly satisfied with the new coverage, despite some cost challenges and...

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  • Photos and videos will no longer count against Twitter's 140-character limit

    Photos and videos will no longer count against Twitter's 140-character limit

    Get ready for slightly longer tweets and the ability to retweet yourself. Twitter Inc. said Tuesday that it was making a number of minor changes to its microblogging service over the next few months. Media -- including images, videos, polls and GIFs -- will no longer count against a tweet's 140-character...

  • Google's Paris office raided in tax fraud investigation

    Google's Paris office raided in tax fraud investigation

    French police have raided Google's Paris offices as part of an investigation into “aggravated tax fraud” and money laundering allegations, authorities said Tuesday. The raid is the latest regulatory headache for the American tech giant, which like other Silicon Valley firms faces increasing questions...

  • Los Angeles has one of the lowest rates of access to retirement plans

    Los Angeles has one of the lowest rates of access to retirement plans

    Retiring in California is expensive enough -- but even more so if you work here. Many of the U.S. cities where workers are least likely to have access to retirement plans are in California, new research shows. Three in four workers in Los Angeles do not have jobs that offer a retirement plan, either...

  • Stocks open higher on Wall Street

    Stocks open higher on Wall Street

    U.S. stocks were jumping Tuesday morning as rising interest rates give bank stocks a lift. Investors were also buying big-name technology companies. European indexes also climbed.  The Dow Jones industrial average rose 187 points, or 1.1%, to 17,679 as of 10:05 a.m. EDT. The Standard & Poor's 500...

  • The date on the milk carton says it's expired, but is it?

    The date on the milk carton says it's expired, but is it?

    Think how many times you've checked a carton of milk or wedge of cheese in your fridge and saw that it had passed the date on the package. The typical response is to throw it away. However, experts say the problem is often not with the food or beverage but with the system used for notifying consumers...

  • Is billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong Tribune Publishing's white knight?

    Is billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong Tribune Publishing's white knight?

    Patrick Soon-Shiong has developed a reputation for big ideas. His boldest mission is to fix the healthcare system and turn cancer into a treatable condition using super computers, genomics and "big data." But it’s Soon-Shiong’s business acumen and adept skills as a negotiator that have made him...

  • Wells Fargo plans to launch mobile-wallet service

    Wells Fargo plans to launch mobile-wallet service

    The burgeoning mobile-payment industry that allows consumers to buy stuff in stores with their smartphones has been led by technology giants such as Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google. Now, Wells Fargo & Co. wants a piece of the action. The San Francisco-based bank is expected to announce Tuesday...

  • L.A. billionaire's investment could sink Gannett bid for L.A. Times owner

    L.A. billionaire's investment could sink Gannett bid for L.A. Times owner

    In the battle for control of Los Angeles Times parent Tribune Publishing, two health tech investors look to be the likely winners, while a massive newspaper company may walk away empty-handed. After a month of public sniping and acrimony, an unexpected $70.5-million investment from L.A. billionaire...

  • Facebook investigation reveals no evidence of bias against conservative topics, company says

    Facebook investigation reveals no evidence of bias against conservative topics, company says

    Facebook uncovered no evidence that it suppressed news about conservative issues in its "trending topics" feature, the social media firm wrote Monday in a letter to U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.). “Our data analysis indicated that conservative and liberal topics are...

  • What's driving vehicle sales in California?

    What's driving vehicle sales in California?

    The car industry's winning streak in California continues. For the first three months of this year, registrations for new cars sold exceeded 500,000, a 3.8% improvement over the first quarter of 2015, marking the 22nd consecutive year-over-year increase in quarterly registrations. The state is...

  • Who is Patrick Soon-Shiong, Tribune Publishing's new No. 2 shareholder?

    Who is Patrick Soon-Shiong, Tribune Publishing's new No. 2 shareholder?

    Patrick Soon-Shiong made his fortune through drug development. Now, he's the second-largest shareholder of newspaper group Tribune Publishing, supporting Chairman Michael Ferro in his campaign to ward off a buyout offer from Gannett Co. On Monday, Tribune Publishing, parent of the Los Angeles Times,...

  • Stocks mostly flat as investors wonder what Fed will do to interest rates

    Stocks mostly flat as investors wonder what Fed will do to interest rates

    Stocks ended a quiet day slightly lower Monday as investors sat on the sidelines waiting for more clues about whether the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates next month. Energy stocks fell along with the price of crude oil. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 8.01 points, or 0.05%, to...

  • Memorial Day travel expected to be busiest since 2005

    Memorial Day travel expected to be busiest since 2005

    With gasoline prices more than $1 cheaper than at this time last year, the number of Southern Californians traveling for the Memorial Day weekend is expected to be the highest since 2005. The Auto Club of Southern California expects 2.89 million Southern Californians and 4.67 million people statewide...

  • As Lake Mead dwindles, can an interstate water war be far behind?

    As Lake Mead dwindles, can an interstate water war be far behind?

    The last time two states went to war over water, it was 1934. The combatants were California and Arizona and the casus belli was the start of construction of Parker Dam, which would direct water from the Colorado River into California via the Colorado River Aqueduct. The episode unfolded with a...

  • Bank of America not liable for fraud in Countrywide case, appeals court finds

    Bank of America not liable for fraud in Countrywide case, appeals court finds

    Bank of America Corp. was not liable for fraud nor subject to a penalty of more than $1.2 billion for its actions before the economy collapsed in 2008 despite a jury's finding to the contrary, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said there was...

  • GE announces $1.4 billion in deals with Saudi Arabia

    GE announces $1.4 billion in deals with Saudi Arabia

    General Electric Co. said Monday it has made a series of deals with Saudi Arabia worth over $1.4 billion as part of the kingdom's ambitious plan to wean itself off crude oil. GE said $1 billion worth of projects would be implemented with the Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Co., which was formed...

  • German chemical firm Bayer makes $62-billion offer for Monsanto

    German chemical firm Bayer makes $62-billion offer for Monsanto

    German drug and chemicals company Bayer AG announced Monday that it has made a $62-billion offer to buy U.S.-based crops and seeds specialist Monsanto. The proposed combination would create a giant seed and farm chemical company with a strong presence in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Bayer said the...

  • Air bags have saved countless lives, but they have a deadly track record too

    Air bags have saved countless lives, but they have a deadly track record too

    Driving a 2002 Honda Civic, Huma Hanif was traveling on a highway outside Houston on March 31 when the high school student ran into a car in front of her. Hanif’s car was equipped with an air bag made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. The air bag ruptured with the collision, sending a metal shard...

  • How I Made It: Universal TV President Bela Bajaria embraces East and West

    How I Made It: Universal TV President Bela Bajaria embraces East and West

    The gig: Bela Bajaria is president of Universal Television, NBCUniversal's TV studio that produces shows such as "Law & Order: SVU," "The Mindy Project," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Bates Motel," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," and soon, "Emerald City." She is one of the highest-ranking Indian American...

  • How to discuss a pay raise with your boss

    How to discuss a pay raise with your boss

    Question: After an excellent review from my supervisor, I was bummed to learn I would be receiving a minimal pay increase. But I was more upset by the way I was informed. The supervisor came to my cubicle, said she didn't want to book a room for a 10-second conversation, then handed me a Post-It...

  • Accommodating the handicapped is not only the law but also the right thing to do

    QUESTION: I’m a dedicated long-term board director with industry certificates thanking me for outstanding membership in the community. As president I pride myself on being fair, but the board is receiving too many accommodation demands by people claiming to be disabled. People are using their “disabled”...

  • Beverly Hilton owner wants voters to approve 26-story condo tower

    Beverly Hilton owner wants voters to approve 26-story condo tower

    Last decade, real estate investor Beny Alagem narrowly secured voter approval to construct not only a Waldorf Astoria hotel next to the Beverly Hilton, but also two condo towers -- including an 18-story building that would be the tallest in Beverly Hills. The referendum proved a significant victory...

  • American Airlines puts $4 million toward cutting TSA lines

    American Airlines puts $4 million toward cutting TSA lines

    American Airlines is so fed up with the long airport security lines that it is putting up its own money to tackle the problem. Security lines have been growing, according to the Transportation Security Administration, because the number of screening officers has dropped — caused by a high turnover...

  • Stone Brewing is expanding to Napa

    Stone Brewing is expanding to Napa

    Napa is famous for superb Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon — and Stone ales? Escondido-based Stone Brewing plans to open a tap room, restaurant and small brewery in a Napa landmark. Built in 1877, the 10,000 square-foot Borreo Building offers views of the Napa River and downtown. “The historic Borreo...

  • JLo gets pulled into war between Delta and Qatar Airways

    JLo gets pulled into war between Delta and Qatar Airways

    Singer Jennifer Lopez — aka JLo — has been drawn into the ongoing feud between three U.S.-based airlines and three Middle Eastern carriers. Delta, United and American airlines have accused Qatar, Etihad and Emirates of competing unfairly by accepting subsidies from their oil-rich owners, the nations...

  • Should I refinance to pay for home renovations?

    Should I refinance to pay for home renovations?

    Low interest mortgage rates have given some homeowners the option to refinance their mortgage and free up extra cash, either through lower monthly mortgage payments or a “cash out” refinance in which they borrow against the equity in their home. Homeowners can use this money in a variety of ways,...

  • With commercial airlines soaring, why have some private jet start-ups failed?

    With commercial airlines soaring, why have some private jet start-ups failed?

    The nation's commercial airlines are reporting soaring profit margins and enough revenue to invest billions of dollars in new planes, airport lounges and even designer-made employee uniforms. So why hasn't that success extended to the fleet of private jet start-ups that launched in the last few years? ...

  • Theme parks welcome more sponsors, but going overboard can turn guests off

    Theme parks welcome more sponsors, but going overboard can turn guests off

    When Walt Disney opened his famed Anaheim park back in 1955, he turned to corporate sponsors to keep construction and operation costs under budget. That helps explain why two of the original attractions were the less-than-thrilling Monsanto Hall of Chemistry — sponsored by the agrochemical giant...

  • Gannett and Tribune Publishing execs trade barbs as takeover battle heats up

    Gannett and Tribune Publishing execs trade barbs as takeover battle heats up

    Gannett's unsolicited bid to acquire Tribune Publishing got more personal Friday, with each company calling out the other's top executives by name and questioning management's decision-making. In a Friday letter to Tribune Publishing shareholders, Gannett reported that Tribune Publishing Chairman ...

  • Stocks close higher, led by technology and healthcare

    Stocks close higher, led by technology and healthcare

    Stocks rose Friday in a modest but broad rally that erased much of the losses from earlier in the week when investors had sold over fears of rising interest rates. Healthcare and technology stocks rose the most, helping to nudge the Standard and Poor's 500 index back to slight gains for the week...

  • CBRE sells downtown headquarters for $330 million

    CBRE sells downtown headquarters for $330 million

    Los Angeles real estate services firm CBRE Group Inc. has sold its corporate headquarters on Bunker Hill  to a joint partnership that includes a German asset manager. A purchase price for 400 S. Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles was not disclosed, but people familiar with the deal pegged it at...

  • California outpacing U.S. on job growth, unemployment falls to 5.3%

    California outpacing U.S. on job growth, unemployment falls to 5.3%

    California employers picked up hiring in April, adding 59,600 jobs during the month, according to state data released Friday. Unemployment, which has been steadily declining, reached 5.3%, inching closer to the national unemployment rate of 5%, the Employment Development Department reported. April...

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  • 3 ways to celebrate Small Business Week 2016

    The bakery on the corner. The family-owned accounting firm down the street. The city's legendary cafe that's been around since the ‘50s. Small businesses nationwide prove the American dream is alive and well. In fact, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, according...

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    The majority of small business owners want help tracking metrics and admit they don't measure and track as often as they should, according to a Staples survey. Learn more about what business owners said about tracking metrics and how a new app can help grow your business in the below infographic....

  • The entrepreneurial power of women (Infographic)

    Women-owned businesses are making significant contributions to today's economy. Women of all ages, races and ethnicities are creating jobs, bolstering economies, strengthening families and communities, and providing creative solutions to 21st century problems. A new study conducted by the Center...

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