California's insurance exchange said 159,000 people have enrolled in private health plans through early December, but very few Latinos are signing up.
In figures released Thursday, the Covered California exchange also said 179,000 people appear likely to qualify for an expansion of Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for the poor.
State officials said early returns this month indicate enrollment continues to accelerate ahead of a Dec. 23 deadline to apply if people want coverage in place Jan. 1.
About 7,100 people daily have selected a health plan during the first week of December. The state's overall enrollment had reached 159,004 through Dec. 7.
"Enrollments and applications are surging," said Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California. He said the exchange and outside groups assisting with enrollment "are stepping up our game to meet the demand."
One of the weak spots so far in California has been the lackluster turnout among Latinos, even though they make up about half...
Amid debate over safety, air rage and courtesy in the air, the Federal Communications Commission approved the first step in allowing passengers on airplanes to use cellphones in flight.
The “notice of rule making” approved by a 3-2 vote Thursday means the FCC will now take comments from the public and experts before returning at a later date for a vote on lifting the agency’s ban on cellphone use in the air.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who supported lifting the ban, made it clear that the FCC’s decision does not require airlines to allow cellphone calls, even if the agency’s ban is lifted. He said each individual airline must still install technology that will prevent cell calls from disrupting communications with cell towers.
Wheeler said airlines can continue to ban voice service but allow passengers to use their smartphones to send emails and texts and to surf the Web.
“This is a technological rule,” he said. “This is a rule about...
Led by Andreessen Horowitz, the fundraising efforts also included existing investors Union Square Ventures and Ribbit Capital. Chris Dixon of Andreessen and Fred Nixon of Union Square will also join the board of Coinbase.
Bitcoin is a fast growing digital currency that has been championed most prominently by the twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who are best-known for their years-long battle with Mark Zuckerbergover Facebook....
With the majority of college graduates stuck with overwhelming student-loan debt, new parents would be wise to save as early as possible, according to a report by credit.com, a personal finance and credit-card comparison website.
Between 2000 and 2010, the cost of a college education increased 35%, according to the 2011 Digest of Education Statistics. The cost of a private college education is already hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, and will likely increase significantly by the time today's baby enters college.
"That’s a price tag no one should ignore, because the longer you wait to save, the more pressed for cash your child will be when he or she graduates from high school," the website said.
Salcido Tours, a Los Angeles-based bus company that operates in Southern California and Mexico, was among those shut down by federal regulators in a nationwide safety crackdown.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shuttered 52 bus companies after an eight-month investigation partly prompted by a February bus crash near San Bernardino that killed eight people and injured 30 others.
The agency said it pulled 340 unsafe vehicles from the road after investigators found several safety problems among the bus companies it investigated.
Of the more than four dozen companies shut down, only one, Salcido Tours, was based in California.
Salcido Tours' permit to operate was revoked Nov. 19, federal records show, after the company failed to make repairs after violations were found with three of the four coach buses the firm operates.
Federal inspectors over three reviews in August and September found that one bus had several maintenance violations, including an inadequate brake...
The children's SMILA-series lamps were sold in eight designs: blue star, yellow moon, pink flower, white flower, red heart, green bug, blue seashell and orange seahorse. They are 11 inches by 11 inches and have 7-foot electrical cords.
They were sold exclusively at Ikea stores nationwide, in Ikea’s catalog and online from July 1999 through May 2013 for between $10 and $13.
Consumers should "immediately stop using the recalled lamp and contact Ikeafor a free...
The '80s rocker filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against Michaels Stores Inc., accusing the retailer of selling T-shirts that infringed on the trademark he holds for "Bad to the Bone," the title of his 1982 smash hit.
Michaels, which operates a chain of arts-and-crafts stores, sells products to make a "Bad to the Bone tee" on its website. Officials with the Texas-based retailer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit alleges that Thorogood asked Michaels to stop using the "Bad to the Bone" trademark, but it has continued to do so. Thorogood seeks a court order barring Michaels from continuing to use the trademark, plus $100,000 in damages, court costs and attorney fees.
Thorogood has marketed a line of clothing, including T-shirts, jackets and hats, using the "Bad to the Bone" trademark, the lawsuit said. He obtained...
Federal regulators shut down 52 bus companies in a nationwide safety crackdown partly prompted by a February bus crash near San Bernardino that killed eight people and injured 30 others.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it pulled 340 unsafe vehicles from the road after investigators found several safety problems among the bus companies it investigated.
"Bus travel is increasingly popular because it is a convenient, inexpensive option for students, groups and families," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. "But it must also be safe. Through Operation Quick Strike and our regular enforcement efforts, we’re shutting down companies that put passengers at risk and educating the public on safe motor coach travel."
More than four dozen investigators began scrutinizing companies with poor safety records in April. The federal agency said that 20 companies were immediately shuttered for violations "posing an imminent hazard to the public."
NEW YORK -- JPMorgan Chase & Co. can't stop writing checks to the federal government.
The nation's largest bank may, according to a person familiar with the matter, soon pay about $2 billion to settle investigations into its dealings with Bernard Madoff, the notorious fraudster whose epic Ponzi scheme collapsed five years ago.
This next payout would come as the ink was still drying on a landmark $13-billion settlement the New York company struck with state and federal authorities in late November. That settlement -- the largest ever paid by a single company to the government -- involved shoddy mortgage investments sold by JPMorgan as well as two troubled banks it gobbled up during the housing meltdown in 2008.
JPMorgan's looming Madoff settlement centers on breakdowns in its compliance systems, and how the bank failed to alert U.S. authorities about suspicious activity in Madoff's accounts at the bank. Financial institutions are...
The number of foreclosure filings in the U.S. fell 15% last month, to a seven-year low of 113,454 properties, according to RealtyTrac.
That's the largest over-the-month decline since November 2010 when filings fell 21%.
“While some of the decrease in November can be attributed to seasonality, the depth and breadth of the decrease provides strong evidence that we are entering the ninth inning of this foreclosure crisis with the outcome all but guaranteed,” said Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac, in a statement.
Florida, Delaware, Maryland and South Carolina had the highest foreclosure rates, RealtyTrac reported.
Locally, the Riverside-San Bernardino metro area still landed in the top 20 areas with the highest foreclosure rates. The Inland Empire region was among the hardest hit when the housing market crashed and it still has a ways to go before fully recovering.
Foreclosure rates have been steadily falling in the last couple of years as the housing recovery...
Lululemon Athletica Inc., the upscale yogawear purveyor that has recently courted controversy, reported third-quarter earnings that by all accounts exceeded Wall Street’s expectations.
It was the company’s forecast for its future that has analysts concerned.
The Vancouver, Canada, retailer, which earlier this week announced a new incoming chief executive and a replacement chairman, said its same-store sales in the fourth quarter would be flat, down from more optimistic earlier predictions.
The company also said it expects revenue for the full year to land between $1.605 and $1.61 billion, while earnings per share would fall between $1.94 and $1.96. This summer, projections had called for net sales between $1.625 billion and $1.635 billion with earnings per share topping out at $1.97.
Lululemon stock was down nearly 11% in morning trading in New York, sliding $7.23 to $61.12 a share.
Analysts’ goodwill, which surged last week after the company said Toms’...