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Anthem’s exit leaves thousands without health insurance choice in California

By Ana B. Ibarra California Healthline|

Gas company could clear monitoring site from Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Preliminary results show a residential neighborhood that once experienced ele...

By Liset Márquez|

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  • Government pay

    California’s top public salaries go to coaches, doctors

    The best-compensated public employee in California last year was UCLA football coach Jim Mora, who made $3.57 million according to new pay data for 2016 the state controller released Tuesday. Mora, who has a 41-24 record in his first five seasons as the Bruins’ coach, signed a contract extension in June 2016 that could pay him $3.75 million in the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Gov. Jerry Brown, by comparison, got a raise to $190,100 in December. The Nos. 2 and 3 spots went...

    By Teri Sforza tsforza@scng.com @terisforza on Twitter|

  • Movie theater operation

    AMC is not happy about MoviePass’ $9.95-a-month movie-going pass

    Perhaps a $9.95-a-month movie-going subscription was too good to be true. MoviePass made the media rounds on Tuesday with its new, Netflix-esque plan to attract movie lovers to the theaters. For just $9.95 a month, MoviePass said subscribers can watch one movie a day at theaters under its plan. While consumers may have loved it, AMC — MoviePass’ biggest movie theater partner — did not. AMC on Wednesday publicly denounced MoviePass’s plan, saying...

    By Seung Lee slee@ bayareanewsgroup.com|

  • Financial markets

    Stocks tumble to worst loss in 3 months in broad selling

    NEW YORK — U.S. stocks plunged Thursday as losses for Cisco Systems hurt technology companies while Wal-Mart declined after its latest quarterly report. Banks also dropped as bond yields and interest rates sank for a second day. It was the second-worst day for stocks this year, which has seen few large declines. Along with technology companies and retailers, transportation companies skidded and all of the industrial, financial and basic materials companies in the S&P 500...

    By MARLEY JAY AP Markets Writer|

  • Hacking

    HBO regains control of hacked social media accounts for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘John Oliver’

    NEW YORK (AP) — HBO says it has regained control of its social media accounts after the latest security breach to hit the entertainment company. The hacking group OurMine on Wednesday night took over several of HBO’s Twitter accounts, including ones for “Game of Thrones” and John Oliver’s show. The group posted that “we are just testing your security” and asked HBO to contact it for an upgrade. HBO said in a statement Thursday that...

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  • Economy

    Southern California rent costs soaring twice as fast as inflation

    The cost of renting one’s residence in Southern California has doubled in 17 years — a jump practically twice as fast as the overall cost of living, according to the regional Consumer Price Index. Since the turn of the century to July, this measurement of local rents is up 102 percent vs. a gain of 53 percent for the overall CPI for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Nationwide, rent costs rose 72 percent in the same...

    By JONATHAN LANSNER jlansner@scng.com|

  • Amusement and theme parks

    Knott’s Berry Farm announces new roller coaster, Hangtime, where riders will reach 57 mph

    BUENA PARK >> Sixteen riders will ascend 150 feet at a 90-degree angle. At the roller coaster’s apex, they will pause to catch their breath. Then the track will seem to vanish — sending thrill-seekers plunging down what is billed as California’s steepest roller coaster drop. On Wednesday, Aug. 16, in concert with National Roller Coaster Day, Knott’s Berry Farm revealed its newest attraction, Hangtime, the first coaster of its kind on the...

    Brian Whitehead
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  • Real Estate

    Rent burden in Los Angeles, Orange County ranked nation’s worst; Inland Empire 17th highest

    The rent check hurts in Southern California. The typical renter in Los Angeles and Orange counties started 2017 paying the nation’s biggest slice of their household income to the landlord, while Inland Empire tenants had the 17th highest rent burden. That’s according to online property tracker Zillow’s measurement of rent affordability. These analysts compare local rents with typical wages. I tossed their data into my trusty spreadsheet to find how...

    By Jonathan Lansner|

  • Agriculture

    Avocado shortage: A perfect storm of problems is causing a surge in prices

    It wouldn’t be late summer without a surge in avocado prices. But don’t panic just yet. Trendy avocado toast and guacamole are not expected to disappear from your favorite restaurant. The shortage comes as California supplies are drastically low, triggering demand for avocados from Mexico and Peru. But imports have been inconsistent. With the California season winding down, the industry is facing a perfect storm. “The avocado market is crazy right...

    Nancy Luna
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  • Restaurant operators

    Inland Applebee’s locations safe, franchise owner says

    A private franchising company that owns and runs more than a dozen Applebee’s restaurants in the Inland area says reports of closures will not affect its properties. Flynn Restaurant Group officials, reacting to reports last week from Dine Equity that 105-135 of its Applebee’s restaurants would close, said franchise properties it operates are safe from closure. The group “has no...

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  • Business

    Congressman Issa joins effort to get “Made In USA” label back on Ontario company’s Maglite flashlights

    ONTARIO >> Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Vista, has joined the fight to allow Ontario-based Mag Instrument Inc. to return the “Made in USA” phrase to its line of Maglite brand flashlights. After visiting the company’s south Ontario headquarters Tuesday, and touring several of its manufacturing lines, Issa said he plans to introduce House legislation that would create a national standard for use of the phrase which would supercede state...

    Jim Steinberg
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