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  • What to buy (and skip) in December

    What to buy (and skip) in December

    If you’re like many Americans, you got a lot of holiday shopping done between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But despite a drawer stuffed with receipts and more than a few bags full of gifts by the time December arrived, you probably didn’t finish. Before you set out on additional bargain-hunting...

  • Transamerica to close L.A. and Folsom offices, cutting hundreds of jobs

    Transamerica to close L.A. and Folsom offices, cutting hundreds of jobs

    Financial services and insurance company Transamerica said Thursday that it will close its office in Los Angeles, cutting about 315 jobs. The Baltimore company will also close its office in Folsom, where 30 employees will be affected. Transamerica will no longer have operations in California, though...

  • The five best ways to invest $10,000

    The five best ways to invest $10,000

    Your definition of windfall may vary, but there’s little argument that $10,000 is a healthy chunk of cash — certainly enough to give you cold feet when deciding how to invest it. The good news is there are a lot of options: That amount is more than enough to meet most online broker minimums. We’ve...

  • Ford recalls 680,000 cars; seat belts may not hold in crash

    Ford recalls 680,000 cars; seat belts may not hold in crash

    Ford is recalling more than 680,000 midsize sedans mainly in North America because the front seat belts may not hold people in a crash. The recall covers certain 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion, 2013 to 2015 Lincoln MKZ and 2015 and 2016 Ford Mondeo cars. Ford says heat generated when the seat belt pre-tensioners...

  • Falling in love again — maybe: The 2017 Subaru Outback

    Falling in love again — maybe: The 2017 Subaru Outback

    The first cut is the deepest, they say. You never get over your first love. So it is with me and Subaru. The 2005 Outback was the first car I ever bought new off the dealer floor. And it broke my heart. The Subaru capped a succession of well-preserved, low-mileage used cars, diamonds in the rust,...

  • Wells Fargo customers harmed by fake accounts would get to sue under proposed legislation

    Wells Fargo customers harmed by fake accounts would get to sue under proposed legislation

    Wells Fargo & Co. customers who learned that bank employees opened accounts without their consent later discovered another problem when they tried to sue to recover lost fees and for other damages. They couldn’t. The San Francisco-based bank says that clauses in contracts the customers signed when...

  • Starbucks' Howard Schultz is stepping down as CEO

    Starbucks' Howard Schultz is stepping down as CEO

    Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Howard Schultz, who transformed the chain into a global coffee brand, is stepping down from that role at the company he joined more than 30 years ago.  The Seattle-based company announced Thursday that Kevin Johnson, who was named president and chief operating officer...

  • Oil and banks lift the Dow to a new record high, but tech stocks dive

    Oil and banks lift the Dow to a new record high, but tech stocks dive

    Technology companies plunged Thursday, and high-dividend stocks took hefty losses as bond yields rose to their highest level in more than a year. But more big gains for blue-chip banking and oil stocks pulled the Dow Jones industrial average to a record high. Big names such as Facebook and Oracle...

  • SpaceX could return to flight Dec. 16, satellite launch customer says

    SpaceX could return to flight Dec. 16, satellite launch customer says

    SpaceX could return to flight in about two weeks, pending Federal Aviation Administration approval, after an explosion that destroyed one of its rockets, satellite launch customer Iridium Communications Inc. said Thursday. The tentative date comes three months after one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets...

  • Princess Cruises to pay $40-million fine for dumping oily waste and lying about it

    Princess Cruises to pay $40-million fine for dumping oily waste and lying about it

    Princess Cruise Lines has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $40-million fine for dumping illegal waste off the coast of England three years ago and trying to cover it up by lying to the U.S. Coast Guard. The fine is the largest criminal penalty ever paid involving deliberate dumping by a cruise...

  • A judge blocked Obama's expansion of overtime pay. What that means, and what comes next

    A judge blocked Obama's expansion of overtime pay. What that means, and what comes next

    About 4 million additional Americans were set to qualify for overtime pay under a new federal rule. But a federal judge has blocked the rule from going into effect Thursday as planned. The change under the Fair Labor Standards Act would have doubled the annual salary threshold — to $47,476 from...

  • Two convicted in elaborate scheme to counterfeit 5-Hour Energy drink

    Two convicted in elaborate scheme to counterfeit 5-Hour Energy drink

    A federal jury has convicted a San Diego-area couple on conspiracy charges in connection with an elaborate scheme to sell millions of bottles of counterfeit 5-Hour Energy shots in the U.S., prosecutors announced.  Joseph and Adriana Shayota of El Cajon contracted with the distributors of the energy...

  • Breitbart News sees advertisers exit, calls Kellogg's decision 'un-American'

    Breitbart News sees advertisers exit, calls Kellogg's decision 'un-American'

    The Breitbart News Network is seeing some of its advertisers head for the exit doors and is responding in typical Breitbart fashion: by going on the counteroffensive, labeling one of them as “un-American” and calling it a war on conservatism. Since Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election,...

  • Stocks end mostly lower, despite gains in banks, oil

    Stocks end mostly lower, despite gains in banks, oil

    Stocks moved mostly lower Wednesday as gains in blue-chip energy companies and banks were not enough to make up for losses in the broader market.  The bond market took heavy losses, with the 10-year U.S. Treasury note rising to its highest level in a year and a half. The higher yields sent bond...

  • GoPro to cut more than 200 jobs

    GoPro to cut more than 200 jobs

    GoPro Inc. will cut more than 200 full-time positions and close its entertainment division in a company-wide restructuring that comes as the San Mateo firm struggles to establish itself as more than just an action camera maker. GoPro said Wednesday it will cut back on its facilities and cancel...

  • EPA moves fast on mpg regs as inauguration draws near

    EPA moves fast on mpg regs as inauguration draws near

    Despite protests from the auto industry, the Environmental Protection Agency wants to keep strict gas mileage targets in place and is trying to fast-track those standards before President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January. In a proposal on Wednesday, the agency said it continues to want...

  • No WiFi? Low on data? On a plane? Netflix offers downloads of some shows, movies

    No WiFi? Low on data? On a plane? Netflix offers downloads of some shows, movies

    Netflix Inc. will now allow users to download shows and movies to their smartphones and tablets to watch when they’re offline, the company said Wednesday. The Los Gatos, Calif., video streaming firm said the download function is available for both iOS and Android operating systems, for a mix of...

  • Matt Lauer signs on for more 'Today' through 2018

    Matt Lauer signs on for more 'Today' through 2018

    Matt Lauer has quietly signed on for two more years as co-anchor on NBC’s “Today.” Citing unnamed sources, the New York Post said late Tuesday that Lauer agreed to extend his commitment to the morning program through 2018. An NBC News representative is not officially commenting on the report. But...

  • Survey: U.S. businesses add 216,000 jobs, most in 5 months

    Survey: U.S. businesses add 216,000 jobs, most in 5 months

    Companies in the U.S. added a solid 216,000 jobs in November, the most since June and evidence that the incoming Trump administration is inheriting a solid economy.  Payroll provider ADP said Wednesday that nearly all the gains occurred in service sectors such as retail, hotels and restaurants,...

  • Consumer spending and incomes rose in October

    Consumer spending and incomes rose in October

    Consumers boosted their spending again in October, while their incomes increased at the fastest clip in six months. A key gauge of inflation watched by the Federal Reserve posted the fastest 12-month gain in two years.  Consumer spending increased 0.3% in October after a revised 0.7% jump in September,...

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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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