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Legoland's Ninjago ride takes interactivity to a new level

With the help of some deft karate chops, a well-placed fireball hurled at ferocious villains and a set of 3-D glasses, Legoland is hoping to upend the hyper-competitive world of theme park attractions — for now. When Ninjago, the Carlsbad park's latest Lego-inspired attraction, opens Thursday,...

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    Takata air bag recall could more than double in size

    U.S. auto safety regulators are in talks with Takata Corp. to add tens of millions of air bag inflators to what already is the biggest auto recall in American history, three people briefed on the matter said Tuesday. The government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants the Japanese...

  • Auto sales have a record-high April as buyers flock to SUVs and trucks

    Auto sales have a record-high April as buyers flock to SUVs and trucks

    America's love of trucks and SUVs helped push the auto industry to its best April ever, with most automakers reporting healthy increases. U.S. consumers bought just over 1.5 million vehicles in April, nudging out the old record set in April 2005, according to Kelley Blue Book. This time, it was...

  • United Airlines pays $37 million to ex-CEO who quit amid a corruption investigation

    United Airlines pays $37 million to ex-CEO who quit amid a corruption investigation

    Despite resigning amid a federal corruption probe, the former chief executive of United Airlines is receiving nearly $37 million in compensation, including a car, free flights and lifetime parking privileges at two major airports. The payout benefits to former United Continental Holdings Inc. CEO Jeff...

  • Stocks close lower; energy and bank shares sink

    Stocks close lower; energy and bank shares sink

    Renewed concerns about economic growth abroad — specifically Europe and China — weighed on markets Tuesday, causing stocks to erase all of the previous day's gains. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 140.25 points, or 0.8%, to 17,750.91. The Standard & Poor's 500 index slumped 18.06 points,...

  • Fiat Chrysler and Google team up on self-driving minivans

    Fiat Chrysler and Google team up on self-driving minivans

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google will work together to more than double the size of Google's self-driving vehicle fleet by adding 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans. The companies announced the agreement Tuesday, saying Chrysler engineers would work with Google to install sensors and software so...

  • Johnson & Johnson loses another talcum powder cancer lawsuit

    Johnson & Johnson loses another talcum powder cancer lawsuit

    For the second time in three months, a St. Louis jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a huge award over claims that its talcum powder causes cancer. The jury deliberated eight hours Monday before ordering the company to pay $55 million to a South Dakota woman who blamed her ovarian cancer...

  • Getting phone calls seeking divine assistance? You may be a victim of 'spoofing'

    Getting phone calls seeking divine assistance? You may be a victim of 'spoofing'

    Long Beach resident Greg Vogel can't heal the sick. Nor can he see the future. So he's tired of being confused with a young televangelist calling himself Prophet Manasseh Jordan, who say he can do both these things. Vogel, 59, says he's received dozens of calls from seekers of divine assistance,...

  • 100 million Brazilians lose WhatsApp after a judge orders a 72-hour shutdown

    100 million Brazilians lose WhatsApp after a judge orders a 72-hour shutdown

    A judge in Brazil has ordered mobile phone providers to block the wildly popular WhatsApp messaging application for 72 hours, a decision apparently aimed at forcing the service to turn over user data. Roughly half of Brazil’s 200 million people use WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook. The judge,...

  • Apple's Tim Cook jabs back at investor concerns about China

    Apple's Tim Cook jabs back at investor concerns about China

    Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook said Monday that slowing consumer spending in China hasn't shaken his confidence in the company's business prospects in the country. Last week, the Cupertino, Calif., company announced sales in mainland China fell 11% in the first quarter compared with the same...

  • Flipagram, Stance socks, Honor and Headspace are among the week's L.A. tech highlights

    Flipagram, Stance socks, Honor and Headspace are among the week's L.A. tech highlights

    With venture capitalists more guarded about where to put their cash amid a global economic slowdown, many technology start-ups are having to shed costs and generate profits sooner than expected. Not Flipagram Inc. “If you want to become profitable at all costs, you’re leaving users and growth on...

  • How bitcoin works

    How bitcoin works

    If Craig Wright is who he says he is, the Australian entrepreneur is the creator of bitcoin previously known only by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto -- who is supposedly worth about 1 million bitcoins, or some $450 million. But how exactly do you use the digital currency? Take a look at how bitcoins...

  • Stocks climb as tech firms recoup some losses

    Stocks climb as tech firms recoup some losses

    U.S. stock indexes moved solidly higher Monday, recovering some of last week's steep declines. Recently battered technology stocks such as Amazon.com and Microsoft posted gains, helping end a seven-day losing streak in the Nasdaq composite. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 117.52 points, or...

  • Visitors to Los Angeles County spent a record $20.6 billion in 2015

    Visitors to Los Angeles County spent a record $20.6 billion in 2015

    Tourism in California and Los Angeles County continued on its record pace last year, largely driven by new visitors from Asia. But spending by international visitors statewide was down as weaker foreign currency curbed their purchasing power in the U.S. That was the upshot from two studies released...

  • Uber sued again over drivers' employment status

    Uber sued again over drivers' employment status

    The class action flood gates have opened. Less than two weeks after Uber Technologies agreed to pay up to $100 million to settle class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts in which drivers sought to be reclassified as employees instead of independent contractors, the ride-hailing company...

  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to use the minimum wage hike to steal California businesses

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to use the minimum wage hike to steal California businesses

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is back, and he is again gunning for California's businesses. On Sunday, Scott arrived in Los Angeles, where he will spend three days trying to persuade companies and regular Californians to pack up and head for Florida. He made a similar trip last year, to entice shipping...

  • A U.S. cruise arrives in Cuba for the first time in decades

    A U.S. cruise arrives in Cuba for the first time in decades

    The first U.S. cruise ship in nearly 40 years crossed the Florida Straits from Miami and docked in Havana on Monday, restarting commercial travel on waters that served as a stage for half a century of Cold War hostility. Carnival Cruise Line's Adonia became the first U.S. cruise ship in Havana...

  • Halliburton and Baker Hughes abandon their $34-billion merger

    Halliburton and Baker Hughes abandon their $34-billion merger

    Two companies crucial to the business of U.S. energy exploration — Halliburton Co. and Baker Hughes Inc. — have abandoned their planned $34-billion merger. The companies and the Justice Department disclosed the plans Sunday. The department filed suit April 6 to block the merger of Halliburton and...

  • Australian steps forward as bitcoin founder: 'I didn't take the decision lightly'

    Australian steps forward as bitcoin founder: 'I didn't take the decision lightly'

    An Australian man long rumored to be associated with the digital currency bitcoin has publicly identified himself as its creator, apparently ending one of the biggest mysteries in the tech world. BBC News said Monday that Craig Wright told the media outlet he is the man previously known by the...

  • Record number of firearms uncovered at nation's airports

    Record number of firearms uncovered at nation's airports

    Travelers flying out of U.S. airports have set a new but unsettling record. In the week that ended April 22, airport screeners uncovered 73 firearms from passengers, breaking the previous record of 68 firearms discovered on travelers last fall during the final week of October, according to the ...

  • Hilton reports progress on getting guests to book directly

    Hilton reports progress on getting guests to book directly

    Hotel giant Hilton Worldwide, along with other major hotel brands, has been trying to persuade travelers to book directly through their booking system, instead of making reservations through an online travel site. As an incentive, Hilton has offered perks like free wireless Internet. The effort...

  • Worldwide rate of lost luggage on airlines hits record low

    Worldwide rate of lost luggage on airlines hits record low

    When you check a bag before boarding an American Airlines flight, the location of your luggage can be checked through a smartphone app. “Not only can passengers see where the bags are but so can our employees,” American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said. The technology is not unique to American...

  • How Chobani CEO ensures that employees will share in the company's success

    How Chobani CEO ensures that employees will share in the company's success

    Greek yogurt is known for being rich in flavor and protein. Now some employees at Chobani could become rich themselves. Founder and Chief Executive Hamdi Ulukaya announced that he would be giving all of his 2,000 full-time workers awards that could be worth up to 10% of the privately held company's...

  • Should HOA board sue an ex-director who used association funds for a condo upgrade?

    Should HOA board sue an ex-director who used association funds for a condo upgrade?

    Question: Our association recently elected a new board of directors and audited the association's financials. It obtained proof that one of the former board directors used about $35,000 from association funds to upgrade her condominium. This director still lives here and does not deny receiving...

  • Junk bond king Michael Milken looms large in L.A. finance industry

    Junk bond king Michael Milken looms large in L.A. finance industry

    Grab a cheeseburger at the new Shake Shack in West Hollywood, buy a roll of paper towels at the 99 Cents Only store or take in a show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and, in a small way, you're contributing to the legacy of Michael Milken. One of Shake Shack's early investors was Leonard Green...

  • Think SeaWorld's turnaround satisfied animal-rights activists? Think again

    Think SeaWorld's turnaround satisfied animal-rights activists? Think again

    SeaWorld Entertainment won the praises of animal rights activists last month when it made a surprising policy reversal and agreed to end the breeding program for its captive killer whales. But don't think that the change of heart sparked warm relations between the Orlando, Fla.-based theme park...

  • A look at historical front pages from the Rafu Shimpo

    A look at historical front pages from the Rafu Shimpo

    These historical front pages from the Rafu Shimpo give a sense of what issues were most important to the Japanese American community in Los Angeles over the 113 years that the newspaper has existed. Today, the paper faces a new challenge -- if it doesn't raise $500,000 in revenue, an amount that...

  • What to buy (and skip) in May

    What to buy (and skip) in May

    While you're stopping to smell the flowers this May, you might want to admire some sweet sales too. Here's everything you should buy (and skip) during the month of May. Buy: Furniture We recommended holding off on major household purchases until May. That's because Memorial Day is a great time...

  • Snapchat to feature 2016 Olympics highlights

    Snapchat to feature 2016 Olympics highlights

    Since 1988, television giant NBC has fiercely guarded its valuable trove of Summer Olympics footage.That worked well for decades, as viewers could be counted on to tune in regularly to television broadcasts of the games. But a dramatic shift in the way people — particularly younger consumers —...

  • Deadline looms for one of the last English-Japanese daily newspapers in U.S.

    Rafu Shimpo, newspaper, Los Angeles, Japanese American, Southern California For 113 years, the Rafu Shimpo newspaper has chronicled the story of the Japanese American community in Southern California. It survived World War II, when writers and editors were shipped off to internment camps. Before...

  • Yahoo's Marissa Mayer could get $55 million in severance pay

    Yahoo's Marissa Mayer could get $55 million in severance pay

    Yahoo Inc. chief Marissa Mayer will walk away with a $55-million severance package if the company's auction of its Internet operations culminates in a sale that ousts her from her job. The payout disclosed in a regulatory filing Friday consists of cash, stock awards and other benefits that Mayer...

  • Valeant files overdue financial report, ending debt default, but its troubles aren't over

    Valeant files overdue financial report, ending debt default, but its troubles aren't over

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. resolved its default on some of its $30 billion in debt by filing its long-overdue U.S. financial report for 2015 on Friday. The badly tarnished Canadian drugmaker also announced a slate of mostly new nominees for elections to its board in June. The moves...

  • Healthcare woes slam stocks

    Healthcare woes slam stocks

    U.S. stocks fell Friday as healthcare and technology companies continued to report weak first-quarter results, but thanks to some late buying, they managed to avoid major losses. Stocks opened lower and fell further throughout the morning, extending a downturn from the day before. That followed...

  • Biotech trade group Biocom expands to L.A.

    Biotech trade group Biocom expands to L.A.

    A San Diego trade group seeking to boost the Southern California biotech industry is now setting up shop in downtown Los Angeles, a northward shift that could step on the toes of L.A.'s own homegrown biotech association. Biocom, established in San Diego in the early 1990s, plans to open its office...

  • Feds investigating payment service Venmo for possible deceptive practices

    Feds investigating payment service Venmo for possible deceptive practices

    Popular peer-to-peer payment service Venmo is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission in connection with possible unfair and deceptive practices. It's the latest sign of increased regulatory scrutiny of emerging financial technology firms, and at least the second time Venmo may have...

  • The plan: A rooftop solar project that can power 5,000 homes -- and 500 L.A. jobs

    The plan: A rooftop solar project that can power 5,000 homes -- and 500 L.A. jobs

    A Los Angeles developer announced plans Friday to build the nation's largest rooftop solar array that supplies electricity directly into a city's power grid. The project by developer PermaCity includes a 16.4-megawatt solar system -- enough to power 5,000 L.A. homes -- that the company will install...

  • Consumer spending growth slows despite jump in income

    Consumer spending growth slows despite jump in income

    Americans were hesitant to open their wallets last month despite swelling incomes, with  spending growth slowing in a sign of the economy's weak start to the year. Consumer spending rose just 0.1% in March, down from an upwardly revised 0.2% increase the previous month, the Commerce Department...

  • Cracker Jack ditches toys, offering mobile games instead

    Cracker Jack ditches toys, offering mobile games instead

    Even Cracker Jack is trying to go digital. The baseball game snack staple will no longer have a physical toy in the box, opting instead for a prize sticker with a QR code that can be scanned to play one of four mobile games. "The new Prize Inside allows families to enjoy their favorite baseball...

  • Digital TV company Rovi is buying TiVo in $1.1 billion deal

    Digital TV company Rovi is buying TiVo in $1.1 billion deal

    Digital TV listing company Rovi is buying TiVo in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.1 billion. Rovi Corp. said Friday it will pay $10.70 in cash and stock for each TiVo Inc. share. Rovi will pay $2.75 per share in cash, or about $277 million. The rest, $7.95 per share, will be paid in stock....

  • Exxon Mobil profit plunges on lower oil prices

    Exxon Mobil profit plunges on lower oil prices

    Exxon Mobil produced its weakest quarter in more than 16 years as lower oil prices pushed its profit down by 63%. Revenue tumbled 28%, and the oil giant lost money in its vaunted exploration and production business despite a 2% increase in production. It made more money, however, in chemicals. ...

  • Rolls-Royce's $400,000 Dawn convertible is a big, beautiful street schooner

    Rolls-Royce's $400,000 Dawn convertible is a big, beautiful street schooner

    Introducing "the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built" to the automotive press requires careful presentation. For these jaded journalists, who drift from junket to junket, driving one high-end luxury car after another, the bar is very high. Some of them were at the Four Seasons in Qatar for the December...

  • San Diego biotech trade group expands north to help grow L.A. industry

    A San Diego trade group seeking to boost the Southern California biotech industry is now setting up shop in downtown Los Angeles, a northward shift that could step on the toes of L.A.'s own homegrown biotech association.Biocom, established in San Diego in the early 1990s, plans to open its office...

  • Baby formula from Jessica Alba's Honest Co. isn't really organic, lawsuit alleges

    Baby formula from Jessica Alba's Honest Co. isn't really organic, lawsuit alleges

    Honest Co., a Santa Monica start-up co-founded by actress Jessica Alba that sells more than 100 consumer products touted as healthy and nontoxic, has been hit with another lawsuit challenging its product claims.This time the product is Honest's organic infant formula, which the Organic Consumers...

  • Stocks skid as Apple pulls tech companies lower

    Stocks skid as Apple pulls tech companies lower

    U.S. stocks took their biggest loss in three weeks on Thursday after a late sell-off. Apple, which is mired in a slump, fell to its lowest price in about two months and dragged the tech sector sharply lower. Tech stocks rose early in the day thanks to earnings gains from Facebook and PayPal, then slumped...

  • Carl Icahn dumps all his Apple shares and makes $2 billion

    Carl Icahn dumps all his Apple shares and makes $2 billion

    Billionaire business magnate Carl Icahn, whose investment decisions can influence the stock market, said Thursday that he dumped what was left of his nearly 1% stake in Apple Inc. on fears that Chinese authorities would bully the iPhone maker. Shares of Apple sank after his announcement in a live...

  • How creating new Facebook stock will keep Mark Zuckerberg in control

    How creating new Facebook stock will keep Mark Zuckerberg in control

    When Facebook Inc. announced its first-quarter earnings Wednesday, a few things were clear: The number of users on the social network is climbing, its ad revenue is soaring and its shareholders have every reason to be smiling ear to ear. The company’s stock jumped more than 7% on Thursday to a...

  • U.S. economy grows at slowest pace in two years

    U.S. economy grows at slowest pace in two years

    Growth by the U.S. economy fell off sharply in the first three months of 2016, posting its worst quarterly performance in two years amid a global slowdown, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The broadest measure of the nation's economic output, known as gross domestic product, increased at...

  • Sanofi makes $9.3-billion bid for San Francisco drug company Medivation

    Sanofi makes $9.3-billion bid for San Francisco drug company Medivation

    Drug maker Sanofi says it has made a $9.3-billion bid for San Francisco pharmaceutical firm Medivation, part of the firm's effort to expand its portfolio of cancer treatments. Medivation Inc. has so far resisted overtures from Paris-based Sanofi, which is seeking to compete with the likes of America's...

  • Abbott to spend $19.3 billion to buy device maker St. Jude Medical

    Abbott Laboratories will spend $19.3 billion to buy St. Jude Medical Inc. in a cash-stock deal that aims to strengthen the medical device maker's share of the market for cardiovascular care. North Chicago-based Abbott says St. Jude shareholders will receive $46.75 in cash and a portion of Abbott...

  • How does Lamborghini celebrate a birthday? With this $2-million Centenario

    How does Lamborghini celebrate a birthday? With this $2-million Centenario

    Lamborghini is honoring the 100th anniversary of its founder's birth with the introduction of a very fast, very expensive supercar. The Centenario, first revealed last month at the Geneva Motor Show, celebrates the centenary of Ferruccio Lamborghini, born in Northern Italy on April 28, 1916. The...

  • PETA urges SeaWorld to send its animals to 'seaside sanctuaries'

    PETA urges SeaWorld to send its animals to 'seaside sanctuaries'

    SeaWorld may have announced last month that it is phasing out captive orcas for public display, but the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the theme park to go even further and send its marine animals to "seaside sanctuaries." But at a Wednesday news conference in San Diego, PETA...

  • Why paid parental leave won't go national

    Why paid parental leave won't go national

    San Francisco is making labor history by becoming the first U.S. city to require employers to offer fully paid leave to new parents. The law providing six weeks of paid time off starts next year and includes mothers and fathers, including same-sex couples, who either bear or adopt a child. The...

  • L.A. billionaire Soon-Shiong gets $148-million payday even as his firm's stock tanks

    L.A. billionaire Soon-Shiong gets $148-million payday even as his firm's stock tanks

    Even though its shares have tanked, the Southern California biotech firm NantKwest Inc. gave its top executive, Patrick Soon-Shiong, a pay package last year worth almost $148 million, according to a stock filing Wednesday. Soon-Shiong sold shares in NantKwest, a San Diego cancer research firm,...

  • When Sports Authority closes, these retailers win

    When Sports Authority closes, these retailers win

    It's a zero-sum game for bricks-and-mortar sporting goods retailers, so the demise of Sport Chalet and now Sports Authority could be a win for the few traditional players that still remain.This month, Sport Chalet, a 57-year-old chain based in La Cañada Flintridge, said it was closing all 47 of...

  • SpaceX wins an $82.7-million Air Force contract to launch a GPS satellite

    SpaceX wins an $82.7-million Air Force contract to launch a GPS satellite

    SpaceX has won a $82.7-million contract to launch a government GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force, marking the end to the monopoly in the national security launch market. The Hawthorne company is scheduled to launch the GPS III satellite aboard its Falcon 9 rocket in May 2018 from Cape Canaveral...

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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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