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A water tower-turned-house comes to market, a rapper lands in the valley, and a Dodgers co-owner lists a historic haunt in a busy June market.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 0.5% and is on track for its third straight weekly gain.

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El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly has approved legislation making the cryptocurrency bitcoin legal tender in the country, the first nation to do so.

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

The White House has dropped Trump-era executive orders to ban TikTok and WeChat and will conduct its own review aimed at identifying national security risks.

Fastly, the company hit by a major outage that caused many of the world’s top websites to go offline briefly, blamed the problem on a software bug.

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The California workplace safety board suggested it will move to allow fully vaccinated employees to stop wearing masks while on the job, even around those who are not vaccinated.

The long-promised change will take effect Tuesday, the same date as the state’s full economic reopening, and bring the state into alignment with the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines.

L.A. County could be at herd immunity by summer’s end, says Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, but ‘we have a lot of people not vaccinated still.’

A California safety board recommends relaxing workplace safety rules, including mask requirements, for people vaccinated against COVID. Here’s more.

Lumber prices quadrupled, leading to sticker shock — and some stalled and canceled projects — for homeowners and developers.

In Sunset Beach, an 87-foot water tower remodeled into a one-of-a-kind home is on the market for $4.95 million.

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.

Skateboarder Ryan Sheckler just wrapped up a sale in his hometown of San Clemente, shedding the coastal home in an off-market deal for $3 million.

Polo G, the rapper behind the hits “Pop Out” and “Rapstar,” just shelled out $4.885 million for a mansion with a custom garage in Chatsworth.

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Legal analyst returns to the network for the first time since exposing himself during a Zoom session with New Yorker staff.


Personal Finance and Guides

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?

Contributing to a Roth IRA is an excellent way for young people to build wealth, and the earlier they can start, the better.

Love remote work? Here are expert tips for how to negotiate a permanent work-from-anywhere arrangement with your boss.

Starting this year, grandparents get extra incentive: their 529 plans are ignored by federal financial aid formulas.

Here are some insights into how employees and bosses can agree on remote work arrangements that work for everyone involved.

You might not need to fork over any money to file your taxes online. Here are websites that let you file for free as the May 17 IRS filing date nears.


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