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Toshiba to give Western Digital notice on closing memory sale

July 28, 2017 By Stephen Nellis (Reuters) – Toshiba Corp has agreed to give Western Digital Corp two weeks’ notice before closing any sale of a memory chip unit that would involve transferring joint venture shares that Western Digital claims give it a say in the $18 billion sale of the unit. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn on Friday approved an agreement between the two. Notice from Toshiba to Western Digital will give Western Digital the opportunity to come back to the court or an arbitration panel to…

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California debt Edward Vargo Money tax Top News 

Your Money: The high price of ignoring financial advice

July 25, 2017 By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) – People hire financial advisers with the very obvious goal of getting advice on how to handle their money. So why do investors often cut advisers out of consequential decisions? Some advisers say their threshold for wanting to know about a client’s out-of-budget expenditure is around $2,000. But sometimes clients skip picking up the phone and make financial decisions on their own, even when it is a big one. It can happen even with the best clients, who otherwise seem to…

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California Entertainment news TMZ Top News tour 

Justin Bieber apologizes for abandoning tour, says needs rest

July 25, 2017 By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pop star Justin Bieber has apologized to his fans for the sudden cancellation of the remainder of his world tour, saying he needed some rest after being on the road for two years. His manager, Scooter Braun, also apologized but said the Canadian-born Bieber’s “soul and well being” are the top priority. Bieber’s decision to pull out of the remaining 14 dates of his “Purpose” world tour, citing only “unforeseen circumstances,” caused concern and frustration among his fans but also…

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California Chester Bennington Entertainment Linkin Park Rapper Kendrick Lamar Top News 

Jay-Z reigns Billboard chart, Linkin Park sales surge 461 percent

July 24, 2017 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jay-Z ruled the Billboard 200 album chart for a second straight week with his confessional album “4:44,” while California alt-rock band surged back into the Top 20 after the suicide last week of frontman Chester Bennington. Jay-Z’s “4:44,” in which he admits and regrets cheating on his wife Beyonce, sold another 86,000 copies, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan on Monday. Linkin Park’s May release, “One More Light,” soared 461 percent for the week to land in 17th place on the Billboard 200…

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Blade Runner California Entertainment Leslie Adler Los Angeles Top News 

‘Blade Runner’ sequel a siren song for director Villeneuve

July 22, 2017 By Piya Sinha-Roy SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Canadian director Denis Villeneuve had fended off numerous requests to direct big-budget sequels until he was approached to make a follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 neo-noir sci-fi film “Blade Runner.” “I accepted to do ‘Blade Runner’ because it was meaningful,” Villeneuve, the director of last year’s cerebral alien sci-fi film “Arrival,” told Reuters. “The resonance of the first movie in my life, the love I have for it, it’s worth it to take that risk,” he added. “Blade Runner 2049,”…

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California lawsuit Lyft Tech Tesla Top News 

Lyft accelerates efforts to develop self-driving cars

July 21, 2017 By Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Lyft Inc has formed a self-driving car division, company executives said, a bold investment for the second-largest U.S. ride-services firm as it jockeys for position in the highly competitive autonomous vehicle race. The executives said on Thursday the company would soon open a facility in Palo Alto, California, that would eventually be staffed by “several hundred” engineers. Lyft engineers will collaborate there with autonomous vehicle experts from other companies to build self-driving systems. “We are putting down the accelerator significantly…

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California Entertainment Linkin Park Palos Verdes suicide Top News 

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington dead in apparent suicide: coroner

July 21, 2017 By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, was found dead on Thursday of apparent suicide a week before the California alt-rock band was due to embark on a U.S. tour. Bennington, 41, known for his powerful, belting vocals, died at his Palos Verdes home near Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said. Spokesman Brian Elias said the death was being handled as an apparent suicide, and celebrity website TMZ, citing law enforcement sources, said Bennington had hung…

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Business California Chevy Bolt GM United States 

GM extends shutdown at Chevy Bolt plant as inventories swell

July 18, 2017 By Nick Carey and Joseph White ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich./DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co has extended a shutdown at the Michigan factory that builds the new Chevrolet Bolt electric car as part of a broader effort to get control of bulging inventories of unsold vehicles in the United States. GM’s vehicle inventory in the United States hit a 10-year high in June at 105 days supply. The company in April told investors it expected inventories would decline to a 90-day supply at the end of June, and…

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Business California court Justice Department VW 

U.S. EPA chief says to treat diesel emissions cheating ‘very aggressively’

July 11, 2017 By Valerie Volcovici and David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said the agency must ensure Volkswagen AG’s excess diesel emissions is not repeated, and will treat improper behavior by automakers “very aggressively.” Since Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 to illegally using software to evade emissions regulations, the EPA has been investigating diesel issues in a number of other automakers including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Daimler AG . In March, VW pleaded guilty to three felonies in a U.S. court and…

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California change Danny Murphy Money spending Top News 

Your Money: Will a countdown clock to retirement help you save?

July 11, 2017 By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) – If you knew that buying a daily $4 cup of coffee would delay your retirement and make you work exactly four months, 17 days and 9 hours longer, would that finally entice you to skip it? Visualizing the time left until retirement and seeing how certain spending habits affect your goal are the purpose of the new Pretirement app. “When we are saving money, it’s not obvious that you can’t buy something,” said Danny Murphy, the app’s designer. Pretirement…

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