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California is digitizing COVID-19 vaccine cards, making it easier for people to prove they have been inoculated. But many businesses are worried asking to see proof of vaccination could scare off customers.


A South L.A. woman was told the limit on a credit card she’s held for 36 years was reduced because she didn’t use it enough during the pandemic.

The UC regents’ upcoming vote on whether to allow affiliations with Catholic hospitals looks like a capitulation.

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have lifted rules about crowds and distancing. Fireworks are coming back. But some changes will stick.

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Ring provided at least 100 LAPD officers with free devices or discounts and encouraged them to endorse and recommend its doorbell and security cameras to police and members of the public.

Facebook is betting advertising will help return more of its significant investment in hardware, as it keeps prices of virtual reality headsets low.

At E3 2021: Mario nemesis Wario and a “Zelda” sequel, “Elden Ring” anticipation, “Halo” anxiety, “Ratchet & Clank” joy. But did Summer Game Fest outdo E3?

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With the pandemic waning, Californians who receive unemployment benefits will next month have to start showing that they are looking for work

A state board ends physical distancing requirements for California workers and says many fully vaccinated employees can stop wearing masks.

Now that California has eased its COVID rules, many customers at stores, restaurants and hotels want things to be normal. Here’s what workers think.

Warning: Justin Chang’s “return to the movies” essay is a tear-jerker. But you’ll laugh too as he revisits cinematic memories and ponders post-pandemic moviegoing.

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic has sold his ocean-view condo in Miami Beach for $6 million days after winning the 2021 French Open.

New Age author Deepak Chopra is asking $5.65 million for his scenic La Jolla home of 28 years.

On Malibu’s Broad Beach, the waterfront brick beach house of late actor Jack Lemmon is on the market for $13.45 million.

‘Friends’ star Matthew Perry has sold a Century City penthouse touted as a ‘mansion in the sky’ for $21.6 million, the priciest Southern California condo sale in years.

With California’s economy reopening, rent in Los Angeles and other big cities is beginning to rise.

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In our final installment, we look at earthquake insurance, important documents and good, old-fashioned cash.

Inheriting a gold hoard sounds like a problem everyone would love to have. But, as with any inheritance, there are questions about taxes and investing.

Leaving your job isn’t always an easy decision. Here’s what you should know before you decide to quit your current role.

Here’s how to opt out of Amazon Sidewalk, which automatically shares Echo and Ring users’ internet connections with their neighbors.

Here are some pros and cons of accepting a $1 house deal that requires taking care of an infirm relative. Also: figuring out when to claim Social Security retirement benefits.

Housesitting comes with responsibilities, but it can help stretch your vacation budget. Here’s how to find gigs.

Grounded by the pandemic, I returned to the air and fell in love, if briefly, with basic economy, a different parking lot and wailing children.

IRAs, Roth IRAs, Roth 401(k)s — wading into retirement’s alphabet soup can be daunting. Here’s some help. Also, a son’s sudden death leaves financial questions.

Jobs at camps, resorts and national parks are rarely highly paid. But they often come with free or discounted meals, housing and adventurous activities.

It may be July before ACA exchanges reflect tax credits to make insurance free for those getting unemployment benefits in 2021. But there’s other help.

Want PPP loan forgiveness? Here’s a look at the application process and tips on what small businesses can do to improve their chances.

The application deadline for the last round of PPP loans is May 31 or when money runs out, whichever comes first. Most of the money is already gone.

Can your employer require you to get vaccinated against COVID-19? Can your boss make you go back to your workplace mid-pandemic? Can you sue?


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Some businesses cut hours, services and staff, or closed altogether. But many have survived beyond their expectations.