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Empty chairs now adorn Little Saigon, the Orange County nail salon capital of the U.S., as pandemic restrictions left countless manicurists out of work.

Maria Luz Lopez sold houseplants out of her car in the 1980s, trying to support her three young children. But when she got fined for selling on the street she took the advice of the officer who cited her, bought a vacant lot in South Park and created Avalon Nursery & Ceramics, South Los Angeles’ only enduring nursery.

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.”

Parler, the social network popular with the alt-right and conspiracy theorists, reappeared with the help of a Russian-owned web security service.

Netflix added a record number of new subscribers in 2020, helped by a surge in home viewing.

Ahead of Inauguration Day, tech platforms display a new willingness to take action against accounts spreading misinformation or advocating violence.

Confusion over WhatsApp’s new privacy policy has highlighted Facebook’s challenge in convincing users that the company takes their privacy seriously.

A Covid-19 surge at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has sickened hundreds of longshore workers, a disruption that could stymie the flow of goods - including pandemic supplies - through the nation’s largest port complex. Port and local officials are calling for urgent vaccination of dockworkers.

California says complaints about moving companies more than doubled last year as millions of Americans sought new homes because of the pandemic.

Many teachers, grocers and even some hospital employees are wary of the COVID-19 vaccine and don’t want it. The question of mandatory vaccine requirements by employers is complicated.

The new stimulus bill passed by Congress includes $25 billion in rental relief for struggling tenants, $2.6 billion of which is coming to California. Can I apply?

A growing number of restaurants nationwide are opening for indoor dining in defiance of strict COVID-19 regulations in their states, saying they are targeted unfairly and are barely getting by.

Billionaire Herbert Wertheim just dropped $23 million on a 22,500-square-foot mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, which is the community’s priciest deal ever.

‘The Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah and ‘CSI’ actor David Berman are among the celebrities wheeling and dealing in the real estate market.

From one modern mansion to another, ‘The Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah recently dropped $27.5 million on an 11,000-square-foot Bel-Air showplace.

A modern mansion above the Bel-Air Country Club combines massive living spaces and sleek amenities. Asking price: $38.5 million.

Three years after selling his L.A. home, embattled entrepreneur Russell Simmons is trying to unload his New York condo for $5.5 million.

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