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Stocks open slightly higher; tech and energy companies edge up

Stocks are opening slightly higher as technology and energy companies inch upward. Seagate Technology rose 1.2% in early trading Monday, and Chevron rose 0.5%. General Electric fell 2% after the company named a new director to its board and announced the departure of its chief financial officer...
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Ghost of Justice Scalia looms as Supreme Court debates religion and civil rights law
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100
The ghost of Justice Antonin Scalia often hangs over the Supreme Court, perhaps never more so than as the justices struggle with the case of the Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage. Scalia often spoke of his strong...
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For tenants on the edge, paying the rent often takes more than half their income
Sun, 03 Dec 2017 16:00:00 +0100
Even before their latest rent increase, Barbie Thompson and her husband, Juan, could barely afford the Rancho Santa Margarita apartment where they raised two children. The company that paid her around $13 an hour to distribute samples at Costco often...
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It was a bumpy start for kicker Travis Coons, but he seems to have found his home with the Chargers
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:20:00 +0100
Travis Coons’ tenure with the Chargers started with a clang, not a bang, which is not what you want when you’re an NFL kicker. The third kicker employed by the team this season, following the ineffective Younghoe Koo and the injured Nick Novak, Coons...
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SpaceX launches supplies for NASA with used booster rocket for first time
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:05:00 +0100
SpaceX used a previously flown rocket and spacecraft to launch supplies for NASA to the International Space Station on Friday morning, marking the first time the space agency — or any U.S. government agency — used one of the Hawthorne company’s...
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U.S. stocks move higher in early trading
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:45:00 +0100
U.S. stocks moved broadly higher in early trading Friday, erasing modest losses from the day before. Banks, healthcare companies and consumer products makers were among the biggest gainers. Investors weighed the latest batch of company earnings news....
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With the rise of SpaceX and Rams stadium, Hawthorne's industrial areas are becoming hip
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:00:00 +0100
The scent of beer spills into the brick-walled taproom at Los Angeles Ale Works, a craft brewery that opened earlier this year on a quiet industrial block in Hawthorne, Calif. Behind the brewery, a boutique letter press company prints cards, wedding invitations...
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What will Disney theme parks do with Fox properties like X-Men and the Simpsons?
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0100
Not long after Disneyland opened in Anaheim, creator Walt Disney noticed a cowboy character from Frontierland strolling through the futuristic world of Tomorrowland. The clash of themes bothered Disney so much, according to theme park historians, that...
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If your doctor asks you to say 'Ahhh' during a pelvic exam, it may be a sign of physician fatigue
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0100
In the future, when robots are our doctors and we find ourselves describing our symptoms to an online portal, we’ll miss the foibles of the physicians who once cared for us. But until then, we can still laugh at the very funny things that our very human...
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Drug industry lawsuit shows it wants to keep patients in dark on pricing
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100
The drug industry really, really doesn’t want you to know that it’s ripping you off with frequent and questionable price increases for prescription meds. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the industry’s main lobbying group,...
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Mexico scores big tourism gains after hurricanes devastate Caribbean islands
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100
When devastating hurricanes pummeled Texas, Florida and several Caribbean islands this summer, vacationers didn’t stay home and mope. Instead, airline data show that many travelers rebooked their vacations in Mexico. From October 2017 through March...
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An American (musical) in Paris. Once seen as lowbrow, Broadway shows now ride high in France
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100
Outside Paris’ magnificent Grand Palais, just off the Champs Elysees, theatergoers stood in the drizzle to see “Singin’ in the Rain.” It was cold and wet, but the Christmas lights were sparkling and those in line seemed in the mood for a little...
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Islamic State’s self-styled capital is in ruins and its population scattered. Who will rebuild Raqqah?
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100
The crowd was seething with frustration. “We want to go inside!” one man yelled. “They told us when Raqqah is liberated we can go home.” Some of the U.S.-backed fighters who drove Islamic State militants from the Syrian city in October tried to...
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Roy Moore accusers feel vindicated by his Senate defeat
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100
For Tina Johnson, Roy Moore’s defeat is just beginning to sink in. Johnson, one of the women who accused Moore of sexual misconduct as he ran for U.S. Senate in Alabama, had never voted before Tuesday. Watching returns with family and friends in Gadsden,...
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Lakers' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope misses game against Cavaliers for a personal matter
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:25:00 +0100
Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was not with the team Thursday night for their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Lakers said Caldwell-Pope was attending to a personal matter. Caldwell-Pope is averaging 14.2 points and has started at shooting...
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NBA: Karl Anthony-Towns leads Timberwolves past Kings
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:00:00 +0100
Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 points and 14 assists in his league-leading 23rd double-double, Jimmy Butler added 21 points and nine assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves cruised to a 119-96 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night. Andrew Wiggins...
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