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California could scrap mandatory cancer warning labels on coffee in 2019

August 17, 2018 |

Starbucks will be serving gingerbread lattes by the time state regulators decide whether coffee should come with a cancer warning.

The California agency in charge of regulating carcinogenic substances held its last hearing at which public comments would be taken Thursday in Sacramento, a 90-minute…


L.A. Times – Business

Utah Firefighter Killed Battling California Blaze

August 14, 2018 |

Authorities say a Utah firefighter has died battling the largest recorded blaze in California history. Authorities say the man died Monday night at a hospital after he was injured at the site of the Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco. Details haven’t been released. Firefighters from all over the…
Newser

McDonald’s plans to modernize 550 California outlets with ordering kiosks and table service

August 14, 2018 |

McDonald’s Corp. and its franchisees plan to spend $ 390 million to update 550 McDonald’s restaurants in California through 2019.

McDonald’s is modernizing its dining rooms, installing new digital menu boards and providing self-order kiosks inside its restaurants, among other improvements.

The kiosks…


L.A. Times – Business

Can consumer loans ever be so expensive they break the law? The California Supreme Court says yes

August 13, 2018 |

California’s high court has ruled that interest rates on consumer loans can be so high that they become “unconscionable” and, therefore, illegal — a decision that could upend the state’s subprime loan market.

In a unanimous opinion released Monday morning, California Supreme Court justices said…


L.A. Times – Business

California jury awards $289 million to man who claimed Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide gave him cancer

August 11, 2018 |

A San Francisco jury on Friday found Monsanto liable for a school groundskeeper’s lymphoma that he said developed after years of applying the company’s trademarked Roundup weed killer.

The $ 289-million verdict in San Francisco County Superior Court is certain to add momentum to a multi-front battle…


L.A. Times – Business

‘Lives Are at Stake’: Feds Slam California Water Rules

August 9, 2018 |

President Trump has apparently inspired the feds to alter California water rules regarding wildfires, Fox News reports. “Governor Jerry Brown must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean,” Trump tweeted Monday . “Can be used for…
Newser

Bees at risk from common crop pesticides, California study finds

August 3, 2018 |

California farmers could face more restrictions on how they combat crop-eating insects after a state report concluded that one class of pesticide poses a significant risk to bees that pollinate almonds and other crops.

The conclusion, published this week by the state Department of Pesticide Regulation,…


L.A. Times – Business

Tainted McDonald’s and grocery-store salads linked to California produce company, FDA says

August 2, 2018 |

A California produce company has been linked to a multistate outbreak of illnesses from parasites found in wholesale bagged salad mixes, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Fresh Express, based in Salinas, supplied bagged salad mixes tainted with cyclospora to McDonald’s franchises…


L.A. Times – Business

Seven Argosy University and Art Institute locations in California to cease operations, lay off hundreds of employees

August 1, 2018 |

Seven Argosy University and Art Institute campuses across California will cease enrollment and operations, resulting in at least 700 employee layoffs.

Parent organization Dream Center Education Holdings LLC said in a statement Tuesday that it would be “discontinuing campus-based programs” at Argosy…


L.A. Times – Business

Northern California wildfire 9th most destructive in history

July 31, 2018 |

Thousands more are fleeing their homes after wildfires surged near a small lake town in Northern California while farther north firefighters made progress in a battle against a deadly blaze.
FOX News