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Disneyland stops selling its Southern California annual pass, but it may come back someday

To help manage crowds at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, the theme park has temporarily halted new sales of its Southern California annual pass, one of its least expensive passes for locals. Beginning on Monday, the theme park stopped selling new passes for residents of Southern California, which...

Satellite on the fritz? Aerospace companies are building a geek squad of space robots

Hundreds of millions of dollars can go into the school bus-sized satellites that blast into orbit above Earth and provide services including broadband internet, broadcasting or military surveillance. But if a part breaks or a satellite runs out of fuel, there’s no way to send help. Commercial industry...

Auto-safety group petitions government to force recall of Chrysler minivans

An auto safety group is asking the government for a recall of Chrysler Pacifica minivans over complaints that the engines can stall without warning. The Center for Auto Safety petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday, asking for an investigation and a recall of 150,000...

Technology gains lead market higher in morning trading

Stocks are opening slightly higher on Wall Street, led by gains in technology and industrial companies. Chipmaker Cavium jumped 8.6% early Monday after agreeing to be acquired by Marvell Technology. Energy stocks continued to lag the market. The price of oil was down about 1%. The Standard & Poor's...

Having problems with your hospital care? Speak up!

My dad was in excruciating pain over Labor Day weekend, so my mom rushed him to the emergency room of a renowned university hospital. Doctors determined that he needed surgery that night, and luckily I was able to fly in and see him before he was wheeled away. “Take care of your mom if anything...

California Inc.: The roads should be clear this holiday weekend (just kidding)

Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section. I'm Business columnist David Lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week. Good times in the Golden State: We learned Friday that California added 31,700 net jobs...

How to figure out the right time for retirement

Dear Liz: I hear so much talk about waiting to collect Social Security. What are good reasons to start collecting Social Security at age 62? I recently retired from the military with a monthly retirement of $4,400. I plan to work a civilian job until I'm 62 (eight more years). I'm in fairly good...

Trump administration updates demands as NAFTA talks continue

President Trump’s top trade official has issued new objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement — including some likely to irk Canada and Mexico, as well as the U.S. recording industry and other major business interests, as talks continue this weekend. There are few surprises...

Spirit Airlines turns to Disney to improve its customer service

Spirit Airlines, the ultra-low-cost carrier from Florida, has reported some of the biggest profit margins of any airline in the country because of its practice of charging passenger fees for a long menu of basic services. But the airline also has had the highest rate of complaints by passengers...

An HOA needs an attorney retainer agreement, but a good one requires negotiation

Question: Every year, the board automatically renews the association attorney’s retainer agreement and deposit. Without reading it the directors sign and send him a check for $60,000. This year, I spoke up and told my fellow board members that we should not make the deposit and not sign the agreement...

Christmas arrives at Hogwarts Castle, and so has all that new Harry Potter merchandise

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is adding a holiday light show that splashes images of falling snow, flying owls and wizards on broomsticks on the 200-foot Hogwarts Castle. The new show, the first Christmas celebration at the Harry Potter land, is free with admission,...

Retailer stocks rise again, but tech leads other stocks lower

Retailers and smaller U.S. companies jumped again Friday as they continued to report strong third-quarter results, but technology companies and other big U.S. corporations couldn't add to Thursday's gains. A slew of retailers — including discount chain Ross Stores, shoe store Foot Locker and clothing...

Could Time become the Koch Brothers' next big political play?

Glance at the celebrity gossip in People or the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated, and it’s not likely the billionaire Koch brothers come to mind. But the two conservative moguls could put their stamp on the two marquee publications and, more significantly, wield control over the newsweekly...

Alaska Airlines cites Trump policy change in ending service to Cuba from L.A.

Alaska Airlines cited new travel restrictions imposed by the Trump administration as the main reason the carrier plans to end service from Los Angeles to Cuba. Alaska began its daily Los Angeles-to-Havana flights Jan. 5 and plans to fly the last plane to the island nation Jan. 22, 2018, the airline...

Health giant Sutter destroyed evidence in crucial antitrust case over high prices, judge says

Sutter Health intentionally destroyed 192 boxes of documents that employers and labor unions were seeking in a lawsuit that accuses the giant Northern California health system of abusing its market power and charging inflated prices, according to a state judge. In a ruling this week, San Francisco...

Alton Butler's Line 204 is cashing in on his Hollywood dream

Alton Butler II went from playing football to nightclub dancing to acting in low-budget productions before he found success supplying Hollywood. Now he runs Line 204, which rents out studio space and all the equipment and props needed to make a movie.

FCC weakens limits on owning TV stations, easing Sinclair-Tribune deal

Federal regulators rolled back a series of decades-old regulations Thursday in a move that will make it far easier for media outlets to be bought and sold — potentially leading to more television broadcasters, newspapers and radio stations being owned by a small handful of companies. A major beneficiary...

In your retirement planning, include the cost of long-term care

Many Americans have a blind spot when it comes to retirement planning: long-term care costs. Even though the majority of Americans will at some point need long-term care, few are planning for it. Many underestimate the costs and mistakenly believe health insurance can help cover it. “This is not...

Employers don't think bans on asking about salary history will achieve goal, survey says

California recently became one of eight states, cities or localities to pass legislation banning all employers from asking one particularly awkward question of prospective workers: How much did you make in your last job? Yet companies apparently aren’t convinced the laws will work as intended....

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