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Delta Air Lines tries letting passengers use fingerprints as boarding passes

July 23, 2017 |

Where’s your boarding pass? Forget it. Delta Air Lines is letting some passengers board planes with just their fingerprints.

Delta announced this week that travelers who are members of its SkyMiles loyalty program and enrolled in Clear, a third-party biometric screening program, can choose to use…


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Freedom of speech doesn’t end once you enter a homeowner association

July 23, 2017 |

Question: I live in a common interest development with a homeowner association board that aggressively stifles residents’ freedom of speech.

During association elections, the board makes ample use of newsletters, meetings and minutes, association media, the recreation room and other channels to…


L.A. Times – Business

Qatar Airways CEO apologizes for ‘grandmothers’ comment, but rivals aren’t forgiving

July 22, 2017 |

The chief executive of Qatar Airways has never minced words when talking about his U.S.-based rivals.

But Akbar Al Baker admits he went too far earlier this month when he compared the crews on his airline with those of U.S.-based carriers.

“By the way, the average age of my cabin crew is only 26…


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Wi-Fi at LAX has improved but is still slower than many other airports

July 22, 2017 |

If you have been stuck waiting for a flight at Los Angeles International Airport lately, you may have noticed that the speed of the free Wi-Fi in the facility has improved in the last year.

Still, LAX’s free Wi-Fi speed ranks 11th among North America’s busiest airports, Seattle-based technology…


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From the land of sun and fun comes the ultimate selfie accessory: fancy pool floats

July 22, 2017 |

Taylor Swift’s Instagram shots with Funboy’s luxury, artsy pool floats went viral, and the Venice company soared.
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Disneyland brings back attractions that were closed for Star Wars land construction

July 22, 2017 |

A year and a half after they were closed to make way for construction of a new Star Wars land, four Disneyland attractions along the Rivers of America are set to reopen.

The Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes and the Disneyland Railroad will relaunch July…


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Gender discrimination controversy grows at fabled Salk Institute

July 22, 2017 |

Accusations of gender discrimination are growing at the Salk Institute, where a third female professor has sued the La Jolla science center for allegedly giving preference to men in pay, promotions, grant funding and leadership positions.

Beverly Emerson, a prominent biochemist who studies how…


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SpaceX may have canceled Red Dragon Mars mission

July 22, 2017 |

SpaceX may have canceled its mission to Mars with a Red Dragon capsule that was set for 2020.

Company Chief Executive Elon Musk retweeted a story late Friday afternoon titled “SpaceX skipping Red Dragon for ‘vastly bigger ships’ on Mars” that was published on Tesla enthusiasts blog Teslarati.

The…


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Stocks slip as energy prices fall and 10-day tech rally ends

July 21, 2017 |

U.S. stocks finished slightly lower Friday as energy companies fell with oil prices and a 10-day rally for technology companies came to an end. But Wall Street mostly avoided the sharp losses that hit European stocks.

The price of U.S. crude oil fell 2.5% and pulled energy stocks lower. Technology…


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‘The yellow light is on’: California loses 1,400 jobs as economy shows signs of slowing

July 21, 2017 |

California’s economic engine quieted in June as employers reduced their payrolls by 1,400, according to a report Friday by the state’s Employment Development Department. It was the second month this year that the state lost jobs.

The unemployment rate stayed flat at 4.7%, the lowest rate since…


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