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In search of some extra cash, Jim and Janet Dooley started renting out a spare bedroom in their Big Bear home to skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts. “This has brought us a couple of hundred dollars a week,” said Janet Dooley, who listed the room about two years ago on the online booking platform Airbnb....

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    Unilever shares slide after Kraft Heinz withdraws its $143-billion bid

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    Some VW customers are still waiting for their buybacks, 4 months after court approval

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    Kraft Heinz drops $143-billion offer for Unilever

    Kraft Heinz has decided to withdraw its $143-billion offer to buy Unilever, the companies announced Sunday in a joint news release. Unilever — which has a head office in London and makes mayonnaise, tea and seasonings — earlier had spurned the offer, saying the price was too low. Despite rejection,...

  • SpaceX launches supplies to space station; 'Baby came back,' Elon Musk says of booster's return

    SpaceX launches supplies to space station; 'Baby came back,' Elon Musk says of booster's return

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    How to make sure your financial planner is looking out for you

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    SpaceX scrubs launch, will try again Sunday morning

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    Delta Air Lines is bringing back free meals on some domestic flights

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    Five tips for investing in your 30s

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    Here are best practices for storing an HOA's electronic and hard-copy documents

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  • ABC sells all its Oscar ad time; advertisers brace for political speeches

    ABC sells all its Oscar ad time; advertisers brace for political speeches

    ABC Television network is collecting about $2 million for each 30-second advertising spot in the upcoming 89th Academy Awards broadcast — a healthy boost over last year’s prices. Burbank-based ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co., announced Friday that it had sold all its commercial inventory for the...

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    Fox apologizes for use of fake news sites in 'A Cure for Wellness' ad campaign

    In a rare mea culpa from a major Hollywood studio, 20th Century Fox is apologizing for an unconventional online ad campaign that it recently launched for “A Cure for Wellness,” a psychological horror movie from New Regency that opened Friday. The digital campaign included several fake news sites...

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    Kaiser nurses reach tentative labor agreement with Los Angeles Medical Center

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  • DineEquity CEO to resign as restaurant firm's earnings decline

    DineEquity CEO to resign as restaurant firm's earnings decline

    DineEquity Inc. said Friday that Julia Stewart plans to resign as chairman and chief executive of the Glendale-based parent of the Applebee’s and IHOP restaurant chains, effective March 1. The company gave no reason for Stewart’s departure, but it comes as DineEquity reported declines in preliminary...

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    Additional delays likely for SpaceX and Boeing astronaut capsules, report says

    NASA should make alternative plans to ensure access to the International Space Station beyond 2018 because of further delays that are likely for SpaceX and Boeing Co. in certifying their astronaut transport capsules, according to a government watchdog report released Thursday.  The two companies...

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    South Korean court declares Hanjin bankrupt

    A South Korean court has declared Hanjin Shipping Co. bankrupt, about six months after the struggling shipper first filed for bankruptcy. The Seoul Central District Court said Friday it had appointed a bankruptcy administrator and that claims by creditors are due May 1, according to Reuters. The...

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