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Lexus and Porsche tie in J.D. Power reliability study

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Lexus and Porsche tied for the top spot in auto information company J.D. Power's annual vehicle reliability study.

But other Japanese, German, South Korean and American brands also scored extremely well.

The study targeted 35,000 owners of model year 2014 vehicles who have driven their vehicles for three full years, asking them to rate ...Read more

American Airlines computer issues fixed at Philly airport

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PHILADELPHIA -- American Airlines computer issues that caused major delays at Philadelphia International Airport have been resolved, officials said.

A spokeswoman for American, the dominant carrier in Philadelphia, said the issues were caused by the airline's systems not coming back online early Wednesday after a planned overnight internet ...Read more

Apple employees to start moving into long-awaited campus in April

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CUPERTINO, Calif. -- One of the most iconic companies in the world on Wednesday set a time for when it will move into what looks set to become one of Silicon Valley's most iconic business centers.

Apple said it will begin moving more than 12,000 employees into its new Apple Park campus in April. Construction of the campus in Cupertino will ...Read more

Boeing sues suppliers over liquid that damaged Air Force tanker

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SEATTLE -- Boeing is suing two California companies it claims supplied a mislabeled chemical that caused severe damage to the refueling system of its first Air Force KC-46 refueling tanker and delayed its first flight in 2015 by a month.

The suit, filed Friday in federal court in Santa Ana, Calif., seeks $10 million or more from Able Aerospace ...Read more

With growth of the gig economy, states rethink how workers get benefits

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WASHINGTON -- As more and more Americans hold nontraditional jobs that don't have benefits attached -- think freelance graphic designers or Uber drivers -- cities and states are exploring ways to ensure those workers still have access to workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, and other support such as help paying for health insurance.

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Lockheed says it's boosting robots on F-35 line to reduce costs

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- President Donald Trump wants to lower the cost of the F-35, but he has also pledged to increase manufacturing jobs in the U.S. Are those two goals compatible?

In an interview on CNBC Wednesday, a Lockheed Martin executive said the company is boosting the use of robotics at its Fort Worth aeronautics complex that produces ...Read more

Troy Wolverton: Here's how to defend net neutrality

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Net neutrality is under threat, but you can do something to defend it.

As I've written recently, the Federal Communications Commission under President Donald Trump and its new chairman, Ajit Pai, looks set to roll back or kill off its net neutrality rules. In response, many readers have written me, wondering what, if anything, they can do.

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Tech Q&A: Giving yourself more access to your PC

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Q: When I try to use the Firefox browser on my Windows 8.1 PC, I get the error message, "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item." I have to click OK to get rid of this message, then click the Firefox icon again to reach the internet. What can I do to fix this?

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Uber CEO admits mistakes, vows reform following sexual harassment claims

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Uber was rocked by scandal once again this week after a former employee raised claims of sexual harassment. But experts say this time, the CEO's conciliatory response -- both in public and during an internal meeting Tuesday -- may signal Uber is growing up as it inches closer to an IPO.

Tuesday morning Uber CEO Travis Kalanick ...Read more

Jordan Peele horror movie 'Get Out' takes on 'Lego Batman' at box office

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LOS ANGELES -- Oscar week is here, which means Hollywood's attention is more focused on gold statuettes than new movies opening at the multiplex. But Sunday's star-studded gala at the Dolby Theatre won't necessarily turn the box office into a snooze-fest.

One reason to pay attention is "Get Out," the critically acclaimed and politically timely ...Read more

Universal Studios Hollywood raises gate ticket prices

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LOS ANGELES -- About a week after Disneyland raised its ticket prices, Universal Studios Hollywood hiked attendance prices an extra $5 per visitor.

The daily ticket price at the gate rose to $120 from $115, on top of increases adopted last year of up to 20 percent. Universal Orlando also raised prices over the weekend by up to $5 per ticket.

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Hong Kong Disneyland reports a 2016 loss as visitor slump worsens

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Two weeks after Walt Disney Co. launched a bailout of struggling Euro Disney, another international Disney resort revealed that its financial woes grew last year.

Hong Kong Disneyland reported Monday a second consecutive annual loss on an 11 percent drop in attendance and a 7 percent decline in revenue. The $22 million loss for the fiscal year ...Read more

UPS tests delivery by drone

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ATLANTA -- UPS has tested delivering a package to a home by drone from one of its brown trucks.

The test conducted Monday in Lithia, Fla., used a drone called HorseFly built by Workhorse Group, an Ohio-based developer of drones and battery-electric trucks.

"We think drones can help us with some of our routine daily deliveries," said UPS chief ...Read more

Wells Fargo fires 4 managers after scandal

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LOS ANGELES -- Wells Fargo & Co. said Tuesday that it has fired four senior managers in the aftermath of the scandal over accounts opened in customers' names without their knowledge or consent.

The banking giant said its board agreed unanimously to terminate Shelley Freeman, former Los Angeles regional president and current head of consumer ...Read more

EU data privacy regulator raises concerns about Microsoft's Windows 10

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SEATTLE -- The European Union's data protection watchdog says it still has concerns about the information Microsoft is collecting from users of its Windows 10 operating system.

The EU regulator sent Microsoft a letter a year ago raising concerns that the operating system didn't give users enough information or control over what data was being ...Read more

Amid merger speculation, Oreo-maker Mondelez launches new health-focused brand

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CHICAGO -- Oreo-maker Mondelez International announced the launch of a savory snack brand Tuesday tailor-made for today's health-conscious consumers, even as merger speculation continues to envelop the company.

In midmorning trading, Mondelez shares were up more than 4 percent to about $44.35 per share, bolstered by market speculation that the ...Read more

PSA chief woos Opel workers with promise to keep jobs, brands

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FRANKFURT, Germany -- PSA Group Chief Executive Officer Carlos Tavares sought to ease tensions over the proposed acquisition of General Motors Co.'s European business by assuring workers that the French automaker will protect jobs and revive the Opel and Vauxhall brands.

The manufacturer of Peugeot and Citroen cars will honor existing labor ...Read more

Yahoo and Verizon confirm sale, with $350 million post-hack discount

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- In the first firm signal that Silicon Valley's most closely watched deal will go through, Verizon said Tuesday it will buy Yahoo for $4.48 billion, a price that reflects a $350 million discount.

"We have always believed this acquisition makes strategic sense," Marni Walden, executive vice president of Verizon, said in a ...Read more

American Airlines launches cheap economy fares

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Cheap, no-frills fares from American Airlines are here.

On Tuesday, the Fort Worth-based carrier began selling its "basic economy" fare on ten routes, including Dallas/Fort Worth to Baltimore, Philadelphia and Tampa. Prices ranged from $90 for a one-way ticket from DFW to Baltimore and $148 from DFW to Philadelphia.

But ...Read more

Helpware: Doing the cybersecurity two-step with Dashlane and YubiKey

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When it comes to cybersecurity, a second line of defense can make the difference between being hacked and surfing safely. And all you need to surf worry-free is a unique password and an inexpensive device called the YubiKey.

I've begun using the YubiKey, a slimmed-down thumb drive, to complement my password program, Dashlane, which I use to ...Read more