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Real estate Q&A: No permit for shutters could be headache for homeowner

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Q: I had shutters installed after Hurricane Wilma, but the guy who did the work did not get a permit. What are the consequences for me now, if any?

-- Lynn

A: You are right to be concerned and should get this resolved before it becomes a problem. The permitting process is about much more than just paying money to your local government. After ...Read more

On the House: 'We Can Buy Your Home As Is,' the letter says, but be careful

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The letter arrived in Robin Roberts' mailbox innocently enough late last year. The envelope bore her name and her address. Neatly folded inside was a piece of paper, what appeared to be a handwritten note.

Basically, the letter said, someone had noticed her house. And in no uncertain terms, it asked: Would she consider selling it to them?

"I'm...Read more

Tesla reports fourth-quarter and full-year results, says Model 3 on track

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tesla Inc. lost $674.9 million on $7 billion in sales last year and lost $121.3 million for the fourth quarter on $2.2 billion in sales, the company said Wednesday.

Annual revenue rose 73 percent thanks to 76,230 deliveries of the company's Model S and Model X electric luxury vehicles.

Given the company's grand ambitions and ...Read more

Bojangles' chicken makes changes it hopes will please food activists

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Amid pressure from activists groups, Charlotte-based Bojangles' says it is in the process of phasing out chicken raised on antibiotics.

Led by the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group and the Charlotte blogger Food Babe, activists on Tuesday delivered a petition with more than 12,000 signatures to the Bojangles' ...Read more

Brad Grey leaves struggling Paramount Pictures as search for new studio chief begins

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LOS ANGELES -- Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey has finalized his exit from Viacom Inc. after 12 years managing the legendary movie studio that has struggled to produce box-office hits.

Grey's departure, which was telegraphed last week and announced Wednesday, takes effect immediately. It comes as Viacom's new chief executive, Bob Bakish, ...Read more

White House says Melania isn't in business; so why are her companies still active?

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WASHINGTON -- First lady Melania Trump has several companies that are still active enterprises, raising questions about whether they will be used for profit while she is in the White House.

Beyond the 564 companies listed in then-candidate Donald Trump's May 2016 financial disclosure were seven companies associated with his wife.

All but one ...Read more

Fed officials indicate another interest rate hike could come 'fairly soon'

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WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve policymakers said at their latest meeting that another small hike in a key interest rate could come "fairly soon," opening the door a bit wider to an increase next month, according to minutes of the meeting released Wednesday.

Fed officials reiterated their "considerable uncertainty" about the fiscal policies of ...Read more

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

How Israel became a leader in cybersecurity and surveillance

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Israel, with a population of just 8 million people, has become a powerhouse in cybersecurity. Only the United States has greater strength in the field.

"In Israel, there are 420 companies in the field of cybersecurity that get funded by venture capital," said Lior Div, chief executive and co-founder of Cybereason, a company ...Read more

The Mortgage Professor: Emerging tight money may hit the mortgage market hard

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Rising interest rates reduce the demand for housing by increasing the monthly payment on the mortgage most borrowers need to finance a purchase. In today's market, a consumer with good credit and the capacity to put 20 percent down, looking to borrow the $200,000 needed to purchase a $250,000 house, can obtain a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 4 ...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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