| Dec 22, 2013
| 5:00 AM
I recently said goodbye to an old friend that had been with me since I was about 12 years old: my worn-down, blue-and-yellow Blockbuster video rental card.
There are few better examples of how the entertainment business has actually changed (as...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 5:03 PM
The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday cracked down on Sensa Products, an El Segundo company that sells a weight-loss powder that users sprinkle on food to help curb their appetite.
The powder, which is marketed as activating the part of the brain that...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Hollywood stakeholders are calling on California to bolster its film and TV tax credit to keep its homegrown industry from permanently leaving the state.
Film industry and union officials are mobilizing to back legislation this year that would...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 3:16 PM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has lifted its suspension of a Foster Farms poultry plant in Central California that was cited for cockroach infestation, a spokesperson said Friday.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service cleared the...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 6:41 PM
Maybe Kenneth York should invite his neighbors over and pop open a few $200 bottles of his Cabernet Sauvignon to chill them out.
Homeowners who live near the Hollywood sign are livid over York's plan to build a two-story, 8,000-square-foot mansion, a 1,...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 7:14 PM
The economy of Los Angeles County is rebounding with signs pointing to a full recovery, according to one report.
That is good news for California as a whole, since L.A. County alone contributes more than a quarter of the state's total economic output,...
| Jan 8, 2014
Re "Whom does Wildlife Services serve?," Jan. 5
Thank you for your story on the secretive federal agency that kills millions of wild animals every year, including endangered species. Beyond investigating the U.S. Wildlife Services' indiscriminate...
| Dec 19, 2013
Many Americans would like to know more about what they eat, including whether the food they purchase contains genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. That desire has sparked ballot initiatives and bitter fights in states across the country. But what a...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 1:37 PM
Sweeping new federal food safety regulations proposed this year will be revised because of an outcry of concern by farmers, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.
In an agency blog post, Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods at the FDA,...
| Dec 24, 2013
The Stanislaus National Forest was a thickly forested wonderland of streams, wildlife and campgrounds until last summer's Rim fire — started by a hunter's illegal campfire — scorched more than 250,000 acres of it and the adjacent Yosemite...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 4:31 PM
After coping with the June shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Clemente, the fallout from a fatal 2010 explosion of a natural gas pipeline in the Bay Area and a batch of consumer protection issues, the state's Public Utilities...