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Americans are optimistic about their financial future — but that may not benefit President Trump or the Republican Party.

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The electric car maker said the driver, who was killed in the accident, did not have his hands on the steering wheel for six seconds before the crash, despite several warnings from the vehicle.

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New tech jobs in Silicon Valley may be getting all the attention — but California's top region for job growth is actually just east of Los Angeles.

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ACLU alleges pregnancy discrimination at West Coast ports

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A Los Angeles port worker says she was penalized on the job for having a child. Now, she's filed charges against a dockworkers union and a group representing port companies.

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Facing mounting criticism, Facebook makes changes to privacy controls

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Under intense public and regulatory scrutiny over how it allowed unauthorized access to millions of its users' data, the network has made it easier for people to see what information they've shared.

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The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled nearly 3 percent Thursday after the Trump administration announced plans to impose tariffs on Chinese imports.

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During recent fires and mudslides in Southern California, supermarkets have stayed open when other businesses in affected areas start to close down.

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