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  • Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs this year

    Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs this year

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. this year as it opens new stores and expands existing locations, including in California. The world's biggest retailer said Tuesday that its plans will also generate about 24,000 construction jobs. The jobs will come from the...

  • Donald Trump, Rand Paul and the myth of a cheap Obamacare replacement

    Donald Trump, Rand Paul and the myth of a cheap Obamacare replacement

    News on the Obamacare-replacement front was dominated this past weekend by Donald Trump and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who both touted their Obamacare replacement plans. To be absolutely precise, they touted the claim that they had Obamacare replacement plans. They didn’t go into any great detail...

  • On-location filming in L.A. area rose 6% in 2016, lifted by California tax incentives

    On-location filming in L.A. area rose 6% in 2016, lifted by California tax incentives

    The Los Angeles region saw the number of on-location production shoots rise about 6% in 2016, thanks mainly to state tax breaks that lured movies and TV shows back to Southern California. Feature movies like Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” from director Ava DuVernay, and Netflix’s “Bright” took advantage...

  • Snapchat has changed Venice, and the neighborhood isn't changing back

    Snapchat has changed Venice, and the neighborhood isn't changing back

    Don Salmon says his Rastafarian clothing shop in Venice suffered no dip from the Great Recession, leaving only one culprit in his mind for a recent sales plunge. “I have no question this is the Snapchat effect,” Salmon said surrounded by his black-red-yellow-and-green goods. “It’s not even up for...

  • How to fight back when an insurer denies your healthcare claim

    How to fight back when an insurer denies your healthcare claim

    Insurance companies are playing the odds, patient advocates say. They’re counting on people not having the stamina to challenge every denied claim, even when there’s a valid medical reason for a drug or treatment being covered. “It’s intimidating,” said Betsy Imholz, special projects director for...

  • Lockheed Martin CEO tells Trump the cost of F-35 will be 'significantly' lower

    Lockheed Martin CEO tells Trump the cost of F-35 will be 'significantly' lower

    For the second time in a few weeks, an aerospace giant emerged from a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump with news that the cost of a big-ticket program could be cut. It was the latest sign that defense contractors may have to play a new game when it comes to contract negotiations. On Friday, Lockheed...

  • What to expect in the workplace in 2017

    What to expect in the workplace in 2017

    Like so many things for the year ahead, changes probably are coming to the workplace. We asked several human resources experts and employment lawyers what they think we'll be talking about regarding compensation, benefits and how bosses manage their people. Some predictions: More companies will...

  • Seven steps to improve your finances in 2017

    Seven steps to improve your finances in 2017

    The new year is a great time to take a fresh look at your finances. Ready for a boost in 2017? Here are seven steps to give you a running start. 1. Know your credit score Your credit rating not only affects whether you can get approved for future credit, but it also may factor into the fees you...

  • TaskUs co-founder Bryce Maddock provides helping hands for tech start-ups

    TaskUs co-founder Bryce Maddock provides helping hands for tech start-ups

    The gig: Bryce Maddock, 30, is co-founder and chief executive of TaskUs, a Santa Monica company that describes itself as “a progressive, new-age outsourcer” that handles customer service, call-center operations and other functions for start-ups as well as established firms. Revenue reached $80...

  • Titleholders can get restitution after suffering losses from bad management

    Titleholders can get restitution after suffering losses from bad management

    Question: Our management company unilaterally chose and assigned one of their employees to manage our homeowner association’s property. As president, my worst fears were realized when I discovered that the manager was hiring his friends as vendors and contractors without the board’s approval. Those...

  • When a new spouse brings surprise debt to the marriage

    When a new spouse brings surprise debt to the marriage

    Dear Liz: I’m 58 and got married for the first time almost two years ago. I discovered my wife has several incredibly large outstanding student loans, including a parent Plus loan for her son’s education that she thought was in deferment and that has nearly doubled to well over $100,000. In addition,...

  • Consumers say debt collectors defy requests to stop calling

    Consumers say debt collectors defy requests to stop calling

    Three out of four consumers said debt collectors ignored their requests to stop calling, according to a survey released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which detailed “troubling” practices in the multibillion-dollar industry. Consumers told the CFPB that they often felt threatened...

  • Are American Airlines uniforms safe? The manufacturer steps into the fray

    Are American Airlines uniforms safe? The manufacturer steps into the fray

    The uniform tussle at the world’s largest airline is getting its combatants hot under the collar. In the latest wrinkle, the manufacturer of the uniforms, Twin Hill, fired off a letter this week, declaring that the uniforms it shipped to American Airlines workers are safe to wear. The controversy...

  • Wi-Fi available on 83% of U.S. airline seats

    Wi-Fi available on 83% of U.S. airline seats

    Your chance of getting the Internet on a U.S. airline has jumped to 83%, up from about 74% in 2015. But if you fly on foreign carriers , your chances of connecting to the Internet from the cabin drop to only 28%. Those are some of the findings from a report by Routehappy, a New York company that...

  • Senior rental complex can't block caregiver under guise of 'independent living' requirement

    Senior rental complex can't block caregiver under guise of 'independent living' requirement

    Question: I am an elder who lives in a 55-and-over senior complex. I recently had a stroke, which has permanently affected my mobility and balance. My doctor recommended that I hire a live-in caregiver to assist me with the lasting impact of my stroke. When I provided a note from my doctor to the...

  • EPA's bee decisions are sweet for growers, but they sting environmentalists

    EPA's bee decisions are sweet for growers, but they sting environmentalists

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency backed away from tough restrictions on how pesticides can be used while honeybees are pollinating crops, and it declared that three of the pesticides most closely associated with bee deaths are safe in most applications. The assessments, released late Thursday,...

  • Pasadena heart surgery patients warned of possible infections

    Pasadena heart surgery patients warned of possible infections

    Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital has sent letters to all patients having open heart surgery in the last four years warning them that they may have been infected with a dangerous bacteria. The hospital is one of many across the country using a device that has been linked to dozens of infections in...

  • California farm labor board chairman quits in anger

    California farm labor board chairman quits in anger

    William B. Gould IV, California Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointee to lead the board charged with protecting the rights of the state’s farmworkers, announced his resignation Friday, accusing the state bureaucracy of stalling one of his key proposals. Gould, appointed by Brown to chair the Agricultural...

  • Wells Fargo quarterly earnings fall in wake of bogus-accounts scandal

    Wells Fargo quarterly earnings fall in wake of bogus-accounts scandal

    Wells Fargo & Co. on Friday reported a 6% drop in fourth-quarter profit in the wake of a scandal over its employees creating as many as 2 million accounts without customer authorization. Earnings at the San Francisco-based bank, the nation’s third-largest, came in below analysts’ estimates as Wells...

  • Solid bank earnings push stocks mostly higher

    Solid bank earnings push stocks mostly higher

    Banks led U.S. stock indexes mostly higher Friday, propelling the Nasdaq composite index to its fourth record high this week. Investors welcomed quarterly earnings from JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, all of which reported results that exceeded Wall Street's expectations. Financial...

  • France investigating Renault on suspicion of emissions fraud

    France investigating Renault on suspicion of emissions fraud

    French authorities are investigating carmaker Renault in connection with suspected fraud in its diesel emissions controls, denting the company's share price as the global fallout spreads from revelations of emissions cheating at Volkswagen.  Renault insisted Friday that its cars are not equipped...

  • Takata agrees to plead guilty and pay $1 billion for hiding air bag defect

    Takata agrees to plead guilty and pay $1 billion for hiding air bag defect

    Takata Corp. has agreed to plead guilty to a single criminal charge and will pay $1 billion in fines and restitution for a years-long scheme to conceal a deadly defect in its automotive air bag inflators. The U.S. attorney’s office in Detroit announced the deal Friday, hours after it unsealed a...

  • For millennials, financial security may be out of reach, research suggests

    For millennials, financial security may be out of reach, research suggests

    Millennials are on shaky ground, struggling to gain the same financial security afforded to their parents, new data analysis suggests. When baby boomers were young adults, their net worth was double that of today’s young people, who earn $10,000 less than their counterparts did in 1989, according...

  • Chief of the FTC, the powerful consumer watchdog, is stepping down

    Chief of the FTC, the powerful consumer watchdog, is stepping down

    Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said Friday that she will soon step down as head of the country's most powerful consumer watchdog after serving more than three years in the role and another three years before that as a commissioner. Ramirez is expected to serve in her current...

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