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He claims to have saved California homeowners billions. The insurance industry hates him

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Insurance industry groups have called it a "bomb-throwing bogus advocacy" group, a "publicity-seeking, dark money front," and an organization out to protect its own "financial $elf-interest$."

These are the kinds of attacks that Harvey Rosenfield and Consumer Watchdog, the advocacy group he founded nearly 40 years ago, have come to expect.

But...Read more

Waymo is cleared to launch robotaxi service in Los Angeles, sparking new protests

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California regulators have given the green light for Waymo to expand into Los Angeles County, clearing the way for the driverless taxi service to launch into a new massive market in the coming months.

But the move is sparking protests from local leaders, who have safety concerns after a rocky rollout in San Francisco.

Exactly when Waymo ...Read more

Hollywood crew members take center stage as IATSE negotiations kick off

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LOS ANGELES — Thousands of Hollywood crew members and their supporters gathered Sunday in the crisp morning air and muddy fields at Encino's Woodley Park in a show of support ahead of contract negotiations that begin this week with the major film and TV studios.

Slogans such as "Fighting for living wages," and "Nothing moves without the crew...Read more

Motormouth: How often should I plug in my car?

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Q: We recently purchased a 2023 EV Hybrid Toyota Rav 4 Prime, and we absolutely love it but have different opinions on how best to charge it. My husband believes that we should plug it in every single time we drive, even if we have used only a few miles of the electric capabilities. I prefer to use up most of the electrical capacity, as we can ...Read more

Nvidia becomes Tesla's successor as market flips from EV to AI

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Nvidia Corp.’s rise is captivating the stock market and driving the S&P 500 Index to new highs. But it also raises cautionary reminders of another investor darling that soared on dreams of a technological transformation, only to tumble back to earth when those hopes turned to disappointment.

That stock belongs to Tesla Inc., which sparked ...Read more

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Google trims jobs in trust and safety while others work 'around the clock'

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Alphabet Inc.’s Google is laying off a handful of employees on its trust and safety team as part of broader staff cuts, even as it’s asking members of that group to be on standby over the weekend in order to troubleshoot problematic outputs related to its flagship generative AI tool, Gemini.

The cuts in the trust and safety solutions group ...Read more

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California approves Waymo's request to expand driverless robotaxis

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California state regulators on Friday approved Waymo’s request to allow driverless taxis to operate on the Peninsula.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) stated in a disposition letter that Waymo’s driverless taxis can begin picking up fared passengers immediately.

Waymo’s updated passenger safety plan and the new features ...Read more

S&P 500 posts 15th record this year as tech roars: Markets wrap

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The stock market powered ahead amid a renewed rally in technology companies, with traders also sifting through the latest remarks from a slew of Federal Reserve speakers for clues on the interest-rate path.

The S&P 500 topped 5,100 — hitting its 15th record this year. Traders looked past weak economic data amid bets policymakers will be able ...Read more

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US Bank requires workers to come back to office 3 days a week

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A year and a half ago, the CEO of U.S. Bancorp asked e mployees to start coming to the office more often, preferably three days a week.

Now the Minneapolis-based bank is making it mandatory.

In a recent message to employees obtained by the Star Tribune, company leaders noted that while branch employees are on site everyday, its guidance for ...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: They say San Francisco is coming back as a tech hub, but it never really left

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Michael Suswal's first eye-opening encounter with the vibrancy of San Francisco came in 2017.

That's when he and his fellow co-founders of Standard AI, an artificial intelligence startup funded by the incubator Y Combinator, moved from New York to San Francisco for the summer.

"Initially we planned on going back to New York," says Suswal, 44. ...Read more

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Boeing is in talks to buy ex-unit Spirit AeroSystems

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Boeing Co. is in discussions to acquire Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc., a move that would reclaim control of its struggling former aerostructures unit and the main supplier at the center of numerous quality issues affecting the 737 Max airliner.

“We believe that the reintegration of Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems’ manufacturing operations ...Read more

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Proposed bill strives to clarify legal vaping products in Georgia

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Georgia may adopt a directory of vaping products that can be sold in the state, a move that supporters say will help businesses know what they can sell and help authorities enforce the law.

Vape shop owners, however, have said the bill would significantly hurt their businesses and remove vapes that help people quit smoking.

Rep. Houston Gaines...Read more

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Elon Musk sues OpenAI and Altman for breaching firm's founding mission

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Elon Musk sued OpenAI and its Chief Executive Officer Sam Altman, alleging they violated the artificial intelligence startup’s founding mission by putting profit ahead of benefiting humanity.

The 52-year-old billionaire, who was a co-founder of OpenAI but is no longer involved, said in a lawsuit filed late Thursday in San Francisco that the ...Read more

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FAA raises new anti-ice system concerns on Boeing 737 Max, 787 jets

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The Federal Aviation Administration says it will mandate a fix for a new 737 Max design problem discovered by Boeing that, although it's a remote possibility, could theoretically disable the jet's engine anti-ice system.

A different flaw in the Max's engine anti-ice system design drew scrutiny in January and forced the company to drop a request...Read more

Boeing is in talks to buy ex-unit Spirit AeroSystems

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Boeing Co. is in discussions to acquire Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc., a move that would reclaim control of its struggling former aerostructures unit and the main supplier at the center of numerous quality issues affecting the 737 Max airliner.

The Wichita, Kansas-based supplier hired bankers to explore strategic options and has held ...Read more

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The computer will see you now: Artificial Intelligence usage grows at Central Florida hospitals

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Central Florida’s two major health systems, Orlando Health and AdventHealth Central Florida, are widely using Artificial Intelligence for administrative work and, increasingly, to sound early alarms about potential illnesses, including deadly pancreatic cancer and sepsis.

Eventually, some experts think AI could even be used to diagnose ...Read more

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Inside the rush to make Nevada the country's lithium capital

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ESMERALDA COUNTY, Nevada — Navigating the winding dirt path that may soon be paved for autonomous cars at Rhyolite Ridge is an easy feat for Bernard Rowe. He knows the prehistoric landscape well — and envisions its imminent, dramatic change better than anyone.

Rowe, a geologist and managing director of Australian mining company Ioneer, is ...Read more

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Ford EV drivers now can reserve adapter to access Tesla Superchargers

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Drivers of all-electric Ford vehicles can now reserve a free adapter to have access to more than 15,000 Tesla Inc. Superchargers, the automaker said on Thursday.

Having the Tesla-developed adapter will give retail customers of Mustang Mach-E SUVs and F-150 Lightning pickups access to Tesla version-three Superchargers in the United States and ...Read more

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Auto review: 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a big buck with a small bang

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In October 2016, Nissan took majority ownership in Mitsubishi North America. With this, the rollout of a new flagship was appropriate and the Mitsubishi Outlander was created. In 2024, a new position exists for Mitsubishi and it’s the Outlander PHEV. With Nissan funding the efforts, the Outlander is not surprisingly a Nissan Rogue in disguise ...Read more

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Auto review: Lexus LC 500 leaves custom touches to you

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How do you improve on a luxury sports cruiser that is jaw-droppingly beautiful, supremely built, with a V-8 growl, athletic performance and exquisite two-tone interior with neck heaters?

Well, that’s your call. Be creative.

The 2024 Lexus LC 500 Convertible for the first time offers the Bespoke Build option, which allows buyers to customize ...Read more