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The pact announced Friday ends a legal fight over a stock transaction that collapsed, eliminating the need for a March 4 trial in Delaware.

Small businesses

The pandemic seemed to spell doom for small businesses, which play an outsize role in the American economy and in strengthening communities. But some research and data show encouraging signs — and emerging winners and losers.

Small businesses remember last year’s federal loan efforts as difficult, confusing and unfair. The new round of funding is supposed to be better.

The lucky among California’s small businesses have cobbled together loans and grants to get through the pandemic so far. But that money has dried up, and “you can only take on so much debt.”

A subscription product in development will let Twitter users charge followers for access to special content or experiences, part of an effort to diversify the company’s revenue streams.

Battling supply-chain issues due to backlogs at ports and severe snow storms affecting ground transport, Tesla has halted some production at its car-assembly plant in Fremont, Calif.

Influencers of all stripes are racing to build up their followings on Clubhouse, spending hours a day on the audio app. Why are people doing this?

Housekeeping workers at the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot filed a complaint on Thursday with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, the latest allegation of COVID-19 safety violations in a Los Angeles workplace.

The Senate parliamentarian has dealt a potentially lethal blow to Democrats’ drive to hike the minimum wage, deciding that the cherished progressive goal must fall from a massive COVID-19 relief bill the party is trying to speed through Congress.

COVID-19 vaccine makers tell Congress to expect a big jump in the delivery of doses over the coming month.

Sales of pet supplements soared by 21% last year as people tried to protect their furry friends from COVID-19. Experts say there’s no need.

Crafted by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders last week, the pandemic assistance plan also includes $4 billion in grants, tax breaks and fee waivers for small businesses.

In Mussel Shoals, Emmy-winning actor Bryan Cranston is asking $5 million for his eco-friendly beach house that he built in 2013.

After eight years of ownership, CNN anchor Don Lemon has sold his three-bedroom condo in Harlem, N.Y., for $1.525 million.

Lakers point guard Dennis Schroder has shelled out $4.275 million for a modern Tarzana home with a basketball court.

In Florida, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee just sold his three-story beach house overlooking the Gulf of Mexico for $9.4 million.

In Spaulding Square, Lena Dunham of ‘Girls’ fame is asking $2.795 million for her century-old bungalow of six years.

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Netflix outperformed industry peers in key metrics when it came to diversity and inclusion. But the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities were underrepresented, according to a USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

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