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JPMorgan breach heightens data security doubts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New details on a cyberattack against JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s computer servers this summer add to increasing doubts over the security of consumer data kept by lenders, retailers and others.

October 03, 2014 6:54 am
Can't buy me love? 5 engagement ring buying tips

Can't buy me love? 5 engagement ring buying tips

You're in love and ready to buy an engagement ring.

June 15, 2014 9:30 am

U.S. stocks recover; Tiffany shines on earnings gain

Major U.S. stock indexes mounted a solid comeback Wednesday, recovering their losses from the prior day and finishing on track for a weekly gain.

May 21, 2014 5:25 pm

Stocks end slightly lower on China growth worries

Stocks drifted to a slightly lower finish Monday as investors sifted through a blend of discouraging economic data from China and Japan as well as ongoing uncertainty over Russia's incursion into Ukraine.

March 10, 2014 5:19 pm

Tips to stay fit without breaking the bank

LOS ANGELES | The start of a new year inspires many of us to commit to get fit and live healthier.

January 01, 2013 7:18 am

To tip or not to tip?

It's probably not the first concern on travelers' minds when they set out on an international vacation, yet it's an issue that presents itself early and often.

July 07, 2012 12:00 am

Study: California home to priciest housing markets

LOS ANGELES | Californians rave about year-round sunshine, temperate climate and easy access to surfing, snowboarding and everything in between. But when it comes to getting the most out of their homebuying dollar, they've got nothing on homeowners in the Midwest, a new study suggests.

September 13, 2008 12:00 am

Homebuyers urged to seize down payment aid

LOS ANGELES | Homebuilders are always trying to sell their homes, but these days they have an extra incentive -- beating the clock.

August 31, 2008 12:00 am

Home sweet condo -- how to get there

For many aspiring homeowners, buying a condominium is an affordable way to transition from being a renter and begin reaping the benefits of homeownership without a lot of the added costs involved in maintaining a house with a yard on a piece of property.

August 21, 2008 12:00 am

Many likely to remain priced out of housing market

Doug Gylfe still can't afford to buy a home in Torrance, Calif., despite a 23 percent drop in prices. And Congress isn't helping.

July 20, 2008 12:00 am

Housing bust takes toll on contractors, economy

LOS ANGELES | Robert Lindsey was not surprised by new data last week that showed new home sales have fallen more than 40 percent from their peak almost three years ago. He can tell from his company's bank account.

June 04, 2008 12:00 am

Countrywide's home loan delinquencies surge, stock drops

LOS ANGELES | Countrywide Financial Corp., its stock pummeled this week by rumors of bankruptcy and lackluster housing market forecasts, said Wednesday the percentage of borrowers who missed payments on home loans last month rose, signaling worsening trouble for the nation's largest mortgage…

January 10, 2008 12:00 am

Countrywide shares tumble amid rumors of bankruptcy

LOS ANGELES | Shares of Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation's largest mortgage lender, partially recovered from a midday plunge Tuesday after the company denied rumors that it was planning to file for bankruptcy protection.

January 09, 2008 12:00 am

Mattel apologizes to China over recalls, tries to save face with its top supplier

LOS ANGELES | Mattel Inc. tried to save face Friday with Chinese officials, taking the blame for the recent recalls of millions of Chinese-made toys as it strives to mend a strained relationship with the nation that makes most of its toys and fattens its profit.

September 22, 2007 12:00 am

U.S. foreclosures rise sharply in July

LOS ANGELES | The number of foreclosure filings reported in the U.S. last month jumped 93 percent from July of 2006 and rose 9 percent from June, the latest sign that homeowners are having trouble making payments and finding buyers during the national housing downturn.

August 22, 2007 12:00 am

Taco Bell aims to persuade customers its food is safe after outbreak

LOS ANGELES | Taco Bell Corp. launched a newspaper ad blitz and sent its president on a string of media interviews Tuesday to persuade customers that its food is safe -- even as the cause of the E. coli outbreak linked to the fast-food chain remained a mystery.

December 13, 2006 12:00 am

Universal Music gets even

Universal Music Group is suing the operators of two video-sharing Web sites, claiming they illegally let users share music videos and other copyright material without permission.

October 20, 2006 12:00 am

Russian Web operator protests downloading lawsuits

The operator of a Russian Web site that sells music cheaply went on a media offensive Tuesday to deny accusations that it violates copyrights on songs by major artists.

October 20, 2006 12:00 am

Russian site goes on media offensive to deny violating copyright laws with sale of cheap music

LOS ANGELES | The operator of a Russian Web site that sells music cheaply went on a media offensive Tuesday to deny accusations that it violates copyrights on songs by major artists.

October 19, 2006 12:00 am

Anti-piracy technology could hurt YouTube's rebel reputation

LOS ANGELES | A technology designed to detect copyright material could give YouTube a needed dose of legal legitimacy and calm any concerns Google Inc. has about spending $1.65 billion on the Internet video site. But that same technology could hurt YouTube's edgy appeal.

October 14, 2006 12:00 am

Illegal file-sharing on the rise in college

LOS ANGELES | As a college freshman, Will Mount feasted on the free but mostly illegal music available through online file-sharing software such as Kazaa.

August 21, 2005 12:00 am

Fake critic blurbs will cost Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures Entertainment must pay $1.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the studio of citing a fake movie critic in ads for several films.

August 07, 2005 12:00 am

Sonos system gets the sound out

LOS ANGELES | Keeping the tunes going at a house party -- even different songs in multiple rooms -- gets a lot simpler with a new digital music system that lets you wirelessly tap into music stored on a computer.

February 26, 2005 12:00 am

Barbie gets a makeover

LOS ANGELES -- Barbie's going through a mid-life crisis.

November 26, 2004 12:00 am

Warner Music cutting suggested retail price on many older albums

LOS ANGELES -- Warner Music Group, the company behind Madonna, Missy Elliott and Rod Stewart, is reducing the suggested retail price on more than 1,700 albums beginning next week in a bid to spur CD sales.

May 09, 2004 12:00 am

Wal-Mart goes ballot shopping

LOS ANGELES -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has gotten more headlines lately for aggressive electioneering than for discount retailing.

May 01, 2004 12:00 am

Guitar Center uses big-box strategy to dominate market

The year was 1964. The Beatles had conquered America, and the first Guitar Center store opened in Hollywood, Calif., selling instruments and amplifiers to a generation eager to play rock 'n' roll.

April 11, 2004 12:00 am

Music sales turnaround continues

LOS ANGELES -- Online file-sharing and other digital piracy persist, but a gradual turnaround in U.S. music sales that began last fall picked up in the first quarter of this year, resulting in the industry's best domestic sales in years.

April 10, 2004 12:00 am

Recording industry sues alleged music swappers

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The recording industry sued 532 people Tuesday, including scores of individuals using computer networks at 21 universities, claiming they were illegally sharing digital music files over the Internet.

March 24, 2004 12:00 am

Barbie struggles with competition

El SEGUNDO, Calif. -- For the first time in Ken Grow's 27 years as a toy retailer, Barbie lost ground to a rival fashion doll during the holiday season.

December 26, 2003 12:00 am

More labor conflicts expected over health care costs

LOS ANGELES -- When West Coast longshoremen and shipping companies ended their labor dispute in January, union officials boasted that the new contract would set a standard for organized labor.

October 19, 2003 12:00 am

Recording industry sues hundreds of individual music swappers

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The recording industry filed hundreds of lawsuits Monday accusing individual music lovers of illegally downloading and sharing songs over the Internet.

September 08, 2003 12:00 am

Music marketing adopts sticky new method

LOS ANGELES -- Pop singer Rachel Farris is far from a household name, but a new spin on marketing could change that.

July 01, 2003 12:00 am
Troubled tourism

Troubled tourism

MIAMI -- The prospect of a U.S. war with Iraq has the nation's already troubled tourism industry bracing for even harder times.

March 08, 2003 12:00 am
Sick-day vacation

Sick-day vacation

MIAMI -- Emily Strauss had heard all about the hundreds of cruise ship passengers who ended up spending their dream vacations in their cabins because of diarrhea and nausea.

December 07, 2002 12:00 am
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