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A lawsuit filed against the maker of Snapchat and two apps, YOLO and LMK, that use its platform, alleges the apps present an unreasonable risk of harm.


In a high-stakes lawsuit the could have big implication for apps and mobile gaming, Epic Games has at times seemed to help make Apple’s case as much as its own.

From climate change to voting rights, Patagonia has been willing to risk backlash by taking positions on contentious social issues. It’s a risk that has paid off.

China’s space agency says a core segment of its biggest rocket reentered Earth’s atmosphere above the Maldives and most of it has burned up.

The HFPA has come under pressure for not having any Black members as well as allegations of ethical and financial lapses raised in a Times investigation.

Business owners in Nepal’s Solukhumbu region, which draws mountaineers from all over, are buried in debt, with almost no income and no relief in sight.

The Cactus Ranch feels secret, special even, because as far as nurseries go it’s relatively unknown. During the week, the property is a wholesale nursery business, closed to the public. But on weekends it’s open to anyone.

‘Elon’s tweet does not match engineering reality,’ a DMV official wrote after debriefing a Tesla engineer who oversees autonomous driving development.

Google says it expects about 20% of its staff to continue working remotely after the COVID-19 pandemic, with many others mixing up their routines.

After digging in its heels and refusing to recall its Tread+ exercise machine, Peloton now says it will recall the treadmill and expressed remorse.

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The European Union has cemented its support for Pfizer-BioNTech and its novel COVID-19 vaccine technology by agreeing to a massive contract extension.

In the Beverly Hills Post Office area, pop star Katy Perry sells the house next door for $7.475 million, or $25,000 more than she paid 3 years ago.

Singer-actor Tyrese Gibson is asking $3.5 million for his Woodland Hills home with a Transformer replica in the backyard.

After a year of ownership, Olympic skiier Lindsey Vonn and NHL star P.K. Subban just sold their Beverly Hills home for $6.9 million.

Musician Tommy Lee just paid $4.15 million for a Japanese-inspired retreat in Brentwood, complete with a tearoom, koi pond and garden room.

Phil Spector’s longtime home, an Alhambra mansion known as the Pyrenees Castle where he murdered Lana Clarkson in 2003, has sold for $3.3 million.

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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.

Paying bills electronically is more secure and efficient, helping you avoid credit-dinging late payments. Also: Reasons to open a Roth IRA.

With concepts of free college and student debt relief gaining traction, a parent wonders whether to keep using 529 college savings plans.

More than a year after closing due to the pandemic, the theme parks at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim reopened April 30. Here’s what to expect.

EBay, B-Stock and other sites make it a lot easier to get started as a reseller than you might think.

Want to grow skills that will help you enter a new career? Don’t start by quitting your job and going back to school. Try these routes instead.

“Them: Covenant” on Amazon Prime is a reminder of the all-too-common housing covenants that restricted who could buy homes in certain neighborhoods in Compton, around Southern California and elsewhere. Determined Black people over the decades fought for their rights to live where they pleased.

If a family member or a loved one died of COVID-19 during the pandemic, you may be eligible to receive help paying for the funeral. Here’s what you need to know.

It depends on the circumstances. But a 401(k) has some advantages over an IRA. Also: protecting home sale proceeds from taxes; deducting assisted living expenses.

Look outside the box. Here’s how to approach figuring out which new careers might be a good fit for you, based on your skills, experience, interests and goals.

Here are some resources and suggested actions to support another person during such a difficult time. Also: Why you shouldn’t take a pension lump sum.

How and when can you get tickets to Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farm? Will all the rides be available? What’s different?


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