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  • L.A.’s mountain lions could be near extinction in 50 years

    L.A.’s mountain lions could be near extinction in 50 years

    Mountain lions living in Greater Los Angeles could be at risk of extinction within the next 50 years if the population remains isolated by freeways and other forms of human development, UCLA and National Park Service wildlife ecologists are warning. About 15 pumas survive in the Santa Monica Mountains,...

  • Labor Day weekend airfares expected to drop from recent years

    Labor Day weekend airfares expected to drop from recent years

    Airfares typically soar for travel around Labor Day weekend. This year is no exception. From Aug. 16 until the start of the Labor Day weekend, domestic airfares will shoot up nearly 30%, according to an analysis by the travel site CheapOAir. After all, everybody wants to get away for the last holiday...

  • Uber reportedly lost $1.3 billion in this year's first half

    Uber reportedly lost $1.3 billion in this year's first half

    Uber may be gaining riders. It may be on the cutting edge of developing self-driving car technology.  But it's a money-loser. That's according to details given by Gautam Gupta, Uber Technologies Inc.'s finance head, who in a recent conference call with Uber investors said the ride-hailing giant...

  • Lyft and GM to rent electric vehicles to ride-hailing drivers

    Lyft and GM to rent electric vehicles to ride-hailing drivers

    Lyft’s partnership with General Motors is starting to bear fruit, with the ride-hailing company announcing Monday that drivers will soon be able to rent electric vehicles from GM to drive for hire. The program, named Express Drive, is intended to give drivers flexibility, according to Lyft’s director...

  • Lyft's latest response to Uber: Premier service in high-end rides

    Lyft's latest response to Uber: Premier service in high-end rides

    In the fast-moving industry of ride-hailing services, bitter rivals Uber and Lyft seem to abide by a familiar business-world maxim: If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Lyft announced on Wednesday a new feature that allows passengers to book rides in luxury cars – an offering that competes with Uber’s...

  • Judge delays ruling on proposed settlement in Uber case

    Judge delays ruling on proposed settlement in Uber case

    A District Court judge won’t rule on a proposed settlement that could reach $100 million in a class-action case between Uber and drivers for the ride-hailing company until both sides provide more information.  Judge Edward Chen said there was still hope the settlement could be approved in the case,...

  • Uber plans to track drivers who speed, slam the brakes or cut corners

    Uber plans to track drivers who speed, slam the brakes or cut corners

    Uber will begin using drivers’ smartphones to monitor speeding and braking in a bid to improve its ratings system and increase safety. The pilot program, which launches in Los Angeles and eight other cities Friday, uses a smartphone’s motion sensors and gyroscope to track drivers who speed, slam...

  • Metro finds 'right mix of gruesome and levity' to encourage safety (and prevent decapitations)

    Metro finds 'right mix of gruesome and levity' to encourage safety (and prevent decapitations)

    Los Angeles County transportation officials are using a scared straight approach to encourage rail safety. In a new series of public safety announcements, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority warns about the danger of being decapitated, dismembered — or pulverized. Thankfully it uses a fleshed-out...

  • Uber is making surge pricing more transparent — but a little less obvious

    Uber is making surge pricing more transparent — but a little less obvious

    Many an Uber passenger has been shocked by the cost of a ride as a result of the company’s controversial surge-pricing policy.  That might change under a new “no surprises” approach to fares that the ride-hailing giant announced Friday. Uber isn’t doing away with surge pricing – its strategy of raising fares...

  • Chinese developer teams up on big North Hollywood mixed-use project

    Chinese developer teams up on big North Hollywood mixed-use project

    A joint venture that includes a prominent Chinese developer is looking to redevelop nearly 16 acres surrounding the North Hollywood Red Line station, an ambitious plan that could include retail shops, offices and more than 1,000 residential units. The project, a public-private partnership with...

  • Uber reportedly seeks to raise up to $2 billion in the leveraged loan market

    Uber reportedly seeks to raise up to $2 billion in the leveraged loan market

    Uber needs cash to power its global expansion, but selling more equity could prove costly for the world’s most valuable start-up. That’s why the ride-hailing giant is turning to the risky leveraged loan market, according to a person familiar with the matter. Uber has hired Morgan Stanley and Barclays...

  • Metro officials hope to pass half-cent sales tax that would not expire

    Metro officials hope to pass half-cent sales tax that would not expire

    Transportation officials said Friday that a long-discussed proposal to raise Los Angeles County’s base sales tax by a half-cent to fund transportation investments has undergone a small but significant change: The tax increase would continue indefinitely, rather than expiring after four decades. ...

  • How sleazy is Uber? This federal judge wants to know

    How sleazy is Uber? This federal judge wants to know

    We’re familiar with the Uber that talked about responding to bad publicity by digging up dirt on reporters following the company. Also the Uber that allegedly stalked passengers using its service, following their travel routes for the amusement of its party-goers. And the Uber that moves heaven...

  • Uber and 2 of its executives are convicted and fined in France

    Uber and 2 of its executives are convicted and fined in France

    A French court has convicted and fined Uber and two of its executives for deceptive commercial practices and illegal business activity over its lowest-cost ride service. It's the latest legal tangle for the app-based business, which has faced protests from taxi unions and regulators around the...

  • L.A. activists sentenced to probation for 2015 protest of police shootings

    L.A. activists sentenced to probation for 2015 protest of police shootings

    Two Los Angeles activists who were facing possible jail time for their roles in a downtown protest against police shootings that blocked a Metro rail line last year were sentenced to probation Wednesday morning. Anthony Johnson, 58, and William Bannister, 44, were convicted of disorderly conduct...

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