American Medical Association urges regulators to block CVS-Aetna deal

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The American Medical Association has weighed in against the $69 billion acquisition of Aetna Inc. by CVS Health Corp., saying it will leave consumers with fewer health care choices.

The nation's largest doctor's group told California regulators this week the deal would reduce competition in many health care markets such as Medicare Part D, ...Read more

$450 million office, housing and retail complex underway on Vine in Hollywood

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LOS ANGELES -- A block in Hollywood once slated to hold a museum dedicated to the Academy Awards is being transformed into a spacious $450-million campus of offices, apartments and stores.

Kilroy Realty Corp. has broken ground on Academy on Vine, a long-anticipated project on 3.5 acres just south of the ArcLight Cinema complex that is home to ...Read more

Copper mine planned for Utah national monument shrunk by Trump

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WASHINGTON -- The red sandstone vistas in Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument may soon be criss-crossed with dump trucks after a Canadian mining company announced plans to begin operations on land cut from federal protection by President Donald Trump.

Vancouver-based Glacier Lake Resources Inc. announced last week it had acquired...Read more

Suburban companies battle tech giants for talent. Downtown office spaces are their secret weapon.

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CHICAGO -- In the quest for digital talent, Chicago-area companies battle the technology giants.

To lure data scientists and other tech workers, companies in industries from fast food to insurance have opened outposts in the heart of the city, where tech employees want to work. Having hip, downtown spaces has proved worth the extra cost to ...Read more

PG&E will take $2.5 billion charge to cover wildfire liabilities

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PG&E will be forced to endure a $2.5 billion charge to cover its potential liability in several -- but not all -- of a series of lethal infernos that scorched the North Bay Wine Country and nearby regions, the embattled utility disclosed Thursday.

The mammoth scope of the charge suggests financial pressures have begun to mount on PG&E...Read more

Bay Area's stark gaps between haves and have-nots

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Even as Bay Area tech professionals take home the highest disposable incomes in the country, local service workers have sunk to the bottom with little or no cash left over after living expenses, a new report found.

The region is the worst in the nation for service employees and security workers, according to a new analysis by real estate ...Read more

Odd Bedfellows Call on FCC to Reject Sinclair's Deal for Tribune

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WASHINGTON -- Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.'s proposed purchase of Tribune Media Co. drew opposition from strange political bedfellows, as the American Civil Liberties Union and the conservative Parents Television Council separately asked regulators to reject the deal.

Each group told the Federal Communications Commission that Sinclair would be...Read more

Supermarket giants play role in mistreatment of global food workers, report says

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The global anti-poverty organization Oxfam issued a report Thursday saying that supermarket giants such as Whole Foods, Costco, Walmart and the owner of Landover, Md.-based Giant Food share responsibility for widespread suffering of farmers and other food producers around the world.

Oxfam said it hopes the new research will shed light on ...Read more

As smaller marijuana businesses get squeezed, state revenue takes a hit

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Tyler Kearns, owner of the cannabis cultivation company Seven Leaves, stood in one of his half-dozen temperature-controlled grow rooms on a recent day, surveying a crop derived from the same mother plant.

"We have really tried to educate the general public through talks, tours, communication and presentations," Kearns said...Read more

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigns after relationship with employee

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Brian Krzanich abruptly resigned as chief executive of Intel Corp. on Thursday after the giant chip maker found that he had a past consensual relationship with an Intel employee that violated the company's policies.

Robert Swan, Intel's chief financial officer, was named interim CEO while the company searches for a permanent chief executive.

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Vandalized homes, spying, a knife and restraining orders: Inside a billionaire couple's nightmarish divorce

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LOS ANGELES -- The usual question asked when an ordinary couple's marriage comes apart is: "Can there be life after divorce?"

That's not the case with the billionaire couple Bill and Sue Gross, who were divorced in 2017 after 32 years of marriage. With them, the question is: "When will the nightmare end?"

The pair's divorce was enormously ...Read more

States stand to pocket billions as Supreme Court rules internet businesses must collect sales taxes

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Thursday standardized taxing rules for traditional retailers and online transactions, ruling that states and localities may collect sales taxes on all purchases over the internet.

By a 5-4 vote, the justices that ruled that online sellers can be required to collect state and local taxes from customers even if ...Read more

Real estate Q&A: My new house has a sinkhole. Is the seller liable?

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Q: We bought a house with a major problem, a covered-over sinkhole, that was not disclosed to us. No one wants to help us with it -- our agent, the seller, everyone has turned his or her back. The house is so torn up to fix the problem that we have been staying in a hotel. Is there anything we can do? -- Edythe

A: Most people have heard the ...Read more

The Mortgage Professor: Refinancing in a time of rising rates and property values, part 3

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While rising interest rates have sharply reduced the number of mortgage borrowers who can refinance into a lower rate, rising home prices create opportunities for some borrowers to refinance into mortgages that are less costly in other respects. Previous articles looked at refinancing a mortgage that is burdened by mortgage insurance, or by a ...Read more

Ann Marie van den Hurk: Summer reading suggestions for the entrepreneur in all of us

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It is finally summer and time for some vacation away from the office. It feels good, doesn't it?

For many of us, this time includes a goal to disconnect from our digital devices. It's a big goal in our highly digitalized lives where we have all forms of entertainment at our fingertips.

And it's not easy. In fact, Pew Research Center observed ...Read more

Consumer Confidential: Trump's pick for consumer agency chief has never stood up for consumers

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President Trump has picked a nominee for director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and, true to form, he's made a bad choice.

Trump this week will nominate Kathy Kraninger, a little-known White House budget official, to serve as the nation's top consumer watchdog.

She has no experience in consumer advocacy, no experience as a ...Read more

Real estate booms along Koreas' border

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TONGIL-CHON, South Korea -- In 1993, a land speculator arrived in this remote South Korean village of rice, bean and ginseng farmers, and liked what he saw.

Never mind the heavily fortified border with North Korea just a few miles away, the occasional land mine explosions or the North Korean propaganda blaring from loudspeakers at odd hours. ...Read more

Where are the worst places to live in the U.S.? Three of them are in Miami-Dade.

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MIAMI -- South Florida has been saddled with the "Paradise Lost" label since that unflattering Time magazine cover in 1981. Now, another quality- of-life list asserts that things are still bad down here at the bottom of the Sunshine State. Three Miami-Dade County cities -- Miami, Miami Beach and Homestead -- rank among the 50 Worst Places to ...Read more

Are tiny homes the new American Dream? County fair offers a glimpse

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It's 2018 and the American Dream looks slightly different. The big house has been replaced with a ... tiny house. The white picket fence is now four wheels. The 2.5 kids are missing and the dog ... OK, the dog is still there and he's probably living a better life than you.

A vision of this new ever-dynamic dream was on display at the Santa ...Read more

Airbnb-style rentals are a growing cash cow for developers and owners

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South Florida real estate agent Sara Dorfman hit the jackpot this month when she arranged the sale of a multi-unit complex in Fort Lauderdale's Victoria Park for $1.65 million. The chief selling point: The property was set up for vacation home rentals. And the buyer is eager to continue that business.

"We see more investors who are looking to ...Read more