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Trump's labor pick is no fan of California's overtime, rest break rules

Trump tapped Andrew Puzder, who runs the parent company for Carl's Jr. Despite the burger chain's long history in California, Puzder said they would grow elsewhere.
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LA Times journalists vote to unionize amid turmoil

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LA Times journalists vote to unionize as the paper's publisher, Ross Levinsohn, faces allegations of past "frat house behavior", and inappropriate conduct.

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LA could be the home of Amazon's second headquarters

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It's the only city in California to make the cut. The new headquarters could employ as many as 50,000 people.

The mudslide closure of the 101 is hurting Santa Barbara businesses

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A Santa Barbara County flower grower says a trucking route that usually takes three hours is now taking eight.

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Businesses take a hit after disasters close highway 101

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Stores and restaurants near the areas ravaged by fires and mudslides are struggling to stay open with traffic cut off.

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Will the GOP's tax plan grow the economy?

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Not by much, say most economists. Here's why.

Lawsuit alleges Google discriminates against conservative white men

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A former Google engineer was fired after he criticized the company's diversity efforts and suggested that innate differences between men and women explain gender gaps in the tech sector.

Thomas Fire: Insurers sent private fire crews to threatened homes

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Private fire crews, a service once reserved for high-end insurance clients, are increasingly being sent to less costly homes during wildfires

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Trump 'so happy' black unemployment at a historic low

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The President boasted about unemployment for African-Americans hitting a record low of 6.8 percent in December.

Some SoCal Subway franchisees frustrated by $5 footlong deal

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Some Southern California franchises won't offer the deal because of rising rents, wages and operating costs. Others say it's worth it to get customers in the door.

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Autonomous car startup Aurora signs deal with VW and Hyundai

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The ambitious partnership aims to put autonomous vehicle technology on the market within three years.

You'll be shelling out more for eggs in 2018

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High demand, bird flu and insecticides have driven prices higher, but there is a sunny side. Producers may be increasing the size of their laying flocks.

California can't prevent credit card surcharges, court rules

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The case dealt with swipe fees that merchants must pay credit-card issuers each time a customer charges a purchase. The state attorney general's office says surcharges at the cash register mislead customers about a product's true cost.

​Revised suit faults Google for asking hires about prior pay

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The four women in the suit filed Wednesday allege they were underpaid by Google compared with their male counterparts.

LA Times employees to vote on unionizing

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The organizing campaign has been driven by fears that years of job cuts will continue, along with growing concerns about the paper's new leadership.

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Tax changes could hurt affordability at housing market's high end

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Thanks to the tax overhaul, buying a home will get more expensive in some places in 2018. That's because of new restrictions on how much mortgage interest and property taxes homeowners may deduct.

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California pot shops report steady crowds

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Sales were brisk in the shops lucky to score one of the roughly 100 state licenses issued so far. SoCal locations include Santa Ana, San Diego and the Palm Springs area.