WASHINGTON--Pay-television leader Comcast Corp. withdrew its $45-billion bid for Time Warner Cable Inc. in the face of a long fight with federal regulators, sending the smaller cable firm on its own in a churning marketplace without the heft it had sought in a merger.
The decision, announced Friday, came after federal regulators earlier this ...Read more
SEATTLE -- Starbucks' latest offering appears to be free coffee -- the result of a systemwide glitch Friday in its computer system.
At a Seattle coffee shop, a barista declined to charge for an 8-ounce cup of drip coffee, saying it's "on the house" due to a problem that began around 4:10 p.m. Pacific Time.
In Redmond, Wash., coffee, espresso ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- For Los Angeles Dodgers fans, the long wait to see games televised again may be headed into extra innings.
An estimated 70 percent of Los Angeles-area households don't get the SportsNet LA channel that carries Dodgers games. That situation was expected to be corrected if Comcast Corp.'s planned $45 billion acquisition of Time ...Read more
Federal agents have seized $109 million in cash and securities during an ongoing investigation of the businesses and individuals behind the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign for weight-loss surgery -- and lawyers are fighting to get it back.
An attorney representing three people behind the defunct Lap-Band surgery enterprise said the seizure was ...Read more
Los Angeles city prosecutors will use a highly valued social media app to post about their efforts to combat polluters, school violence and illegal medical dispensaries and to field grievances.
But they won't use Snapchat or Facebook. Instead, City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Friday that his crew of 22 neighborhood prosecutors would become ...Read more
A company that raised millions of dollars in an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is headed to court.
Entrepreneur Storm Sondors and his Sondors E-Bike have been sued by Agency 2.0, the public relations firm that mounted the crowdfunding campaign.
The effort began with the aim of gaining investment in an affordable electric bicycle and raising $...Read more
Harley-Davidson has recalled about 46,000 of its big-bore road motorcycles.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported Friday that Harley had recalled some 2014 and 2015 models of its Electra Glide, Street Glide, Ultra Limited, Road Glide and Road King motorcycles.
The affected motorcycles have potentially defective ...Read more
Chevrolet is making good on its promise to produce a faster Z06 supercar. The company will introduce a 650-horsepower Corvette later this year.
The 500-unit limited run of the "road-going, track-capable" Z06 C7.R will be powered by a supercharged LT4 engine, and be fitted with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and Michelin PS Cup 2 tires.
Clad in ...Read more
BRUSSELS -- European Union regulators have proposed giving individual EU countries the authority to ban imports of genetically modified food and animal feed, risking a renewed trans-Atlantic trade dispute.
The European Commission proposed that EU governments gain a right to opt out of rules making the 28-nation bloc a single market for gene-...Read more
DETROIT -- General Motors paid chief Mary Barra $16.2 million in total compensation for 2014 in the first year the company's executive pay was free from government oversight, according to a government filing released today.
Her pay was more than triple the $5.2 million she made in 2013 because on Jan. 15, 2014, she was promoted from executive ...Read more
MENLO PARK, Calif.--Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers paid nearly $1 million in court costs and expert witness fees during the sex-discrimination trial brought by former employee Ellen Pao. Now Pao, after losing the case, might have to pay those expenses.
Kleiner Perkins this week filed court documents detailing the venture ...Read more
When Defense Secretary Ashton Carter asked Silicon Valley for help in a speech at Stanford University on Thursday, he didn't say what he'd offer in return.
He didn't have to.
Allusions to patriotism were made, and Carter nodded to everyone's desire to make the world a better place. Left undiscussed were the billions of dollars the Defense ...Read more
Like a desperate team in the final seconds, time was running out one afternoon in my 2015 Kia Soul EV.
Heading home from a racetrack in South Florida, the remaining charge on the plug-in electric Soul was shrinking by the minute. Five percent, it said. I looked down a minute later: I flatlined the son-of-a-gun.
But the Soul kept creeping along...Read more
It's been four years since Fiat re-entered the U.S. market. Yet despite new showrooms and provocative advertising campaigns, Fiat's brand awareness seems as small as the diminutive 500 it sells, which is nicknamed "Topolino," or little mouse, in Italy.
Despite the slightly larger 500L crossover, Fiat's 2014 sales in the United States totaled ...Read more
When Scarlett Johanssen, as Black Widow, drops out of the bottom of a jet fighter, astride a motorcycle, in the new "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the weirdest thing about the scene is the bike she's riding.
It's a Harley-Davidson LiveWire, one of the few real vehicles used in the filming of the CGI-driven sequel.
It's also a motorcycle that doesn...Read more
Another Federal Reserve decision on interest rates comes in the week ahead without mystery but a growing predicament.
For two years the Central Bank has been talking about reducing its effort to goose the economy. First, it was talk about cutting back on its bond-buying program (what was called quantitative easing). The mere mention of a less ...Read more
DETROIT -- A high-end luxury sedan without a V8 engine; a Jeep Wrangler made of aluminum clambering over boulders; a Corvette that gets 30 m.p.g.
The unthinkable is becoming reality with the transition to smaller engines, better transmissions, electronic wizardry and lightweight materials. Based on a slew of new models presented at auto shows ...Read more
Tesla Motors is expected to announce next week that it will expand into a new business offering battery-based energy storage for residential and commercial customers.
Documents filed with the California Public Utilities Commission show that Tesla already has begun pilot projects that leverage technology it has developed for electric car ...Read more
DAYTON, Ohio -- An aging workforce, tougher regulations and waning interest among younger workers are causing a nationwide shortage of truck drivers.
Despite a need for hundreds of thousands of drivers over the next decade, trucking companies say they are having a tough time attracting applicants.
The need for more drivers is expected to ...Read more
Q: I see you recommend using a professional scanner to see what's wrong with a car. Can you explain the difference between these and the one I've bought at the auto parts store?
A: Practically the entire car is now connected in a network that can be accessed using a scan tool. These tools have become an essential part of ...Read more