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In 2017, anywhere investors threw money it multiplied

A look at the performance of stocks, bonds, gold, cryptocurrencies and the rest in 2017.

We asked Californians to give us their tax returns. Here's how the GOP plan would affect them

How would California families see their tax bills change under new proposals passed by the House and Senate? We reviewed tax returns to find out. Homeowners and graduate students could pay more; others could fare better.

A top secret desert assembly plant starts ramping up to build Northrop's B-21 bomber

At a top-secret factory in the California desert the Air Force is building its new B-21 bomber, a stealthy bat-winged jet that is designed to slip behind any adversary’s air defense system and deliver devastating airstrikes for decades to come.

Want to work in Hollywood? Here's the kind of nondisclosure agreements you have to sign first

Nondisclosure agreements are ubiquitous in Hollywood, but not all the agreements are the same. Some seem aimed at protecting filming locations, movie details and financial matters. Others explicitly seek to shield companies or celebrities from harassment suits.

Six women accuse filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct

In interviews with the Los Angeles Times, six women – including actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge — accused filmmaker Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct.

Weinstein scandal puts nondisclosure agreements in the spotlight

The unfolding Weinstein scandal has sparked criticism that non-disclosure agreements allow powerful companies and individuals to stave off scrutiny and continue abusive practices. Now, there is a move afoot to place clear restrictions on their use.

All data that move across Wi-Fi networks could be susceptible to hacking, researcher says

What consumers need to know about the vulnerability in the WPA2 protocol that protects Wi-Fi networks.

How one election changed Disneyland’s relationship with its hometown

The Walt Disney Co. has long been able to secure incentives that have helped expand the Disneyland Resort. But now a new Anaheim City Council majority says it wants to put residents first.

Counterfeit Yeezys and the booming sneaker black market

Kanye West's signature shoe, known as Yeezys, are among the most coveted sneakers in the world. No wonder there's a thriving global market for replicas.

Behind a $13 shirt, a $6-an-hour worker

How Forever 21 and other retailers avoid liability for factories that underpay workers to sew their clothes

How do you shut down a failing financial giant? Lawmakers can't seem to agree

Did Dodd-Frank end bank bailouts or guarantee they'll return in the next financial crisis?

Why the grim reaper of retail hasn't come to claim Best Buy

Best Buy, once left for dead, has rebounded and is holding its own against e-commerce rival

Airbnb host must pay $5,000 for canceling reservation based on race

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing is imposing a $5,000 fine on an Airbnb host who rejected a guest based on race.

Bad week for Elon Musk's Tesla. Good week for short sellers

In Tesla’s Model S, a crash could still smack the driver’s head against the steering wheel despite the electric car maker’s effort to fix the problem, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said.