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California Sues Feds Over Cancelled Rail Funds

May 22, 2019 |

California sued Tuesday to block the Trump administration from cancelling nearly $ 1 billion for the state’s high-speed rail project , escalating the state’s feud with the federal government. The Federal Railroad Administration announced last week it would not give California the money awarded by Congress nearly a decade ago, arguing that…
Newser

Suspect in custody after police chase RV in Southern California; dog seen tumbling from vehicle

May 22, 2019 |

A suspect was in custody following a high-speed police chase of a mobile home in Southern California on Tuesday evening. At one point, a dog was seen tumbling out of the suspect’s badly damaged vehicle but appeared to walk away unscathed.
FOX News

California regulators aren’t taking action against care homes that cheated workers

May 21, 2019 |

Across California, at least 20 companies providing care for elderly, disabled and mentally ill people continue to operate illegally after being cited for failing to pay their workers more than $ 1.4 million in back wages and penalties.

“There’s no accountability,” said Hina Shah, an associate law…


L.A. Times – Business

Teen Admits to Stealing Isaac the Lemur From a California Zoo

May 21, 2019 |

Federal prosecutors say a man has agreed to plead guilty to stealing a ring-tailed lemur from a Southern California zoo, the AP reports. The US attorney’s office says in a news release that 19-year-old Aquinas Kasbar of Newport Beach agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of unlawfully taking…
Newser

California Inc.: China accelerates plans for self-driving cars

May 20, 2019 |

Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section.

I’m Business columnist David Lazarus, and here’s a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week.

Friday brought news that California gained 46,000 jobs last month, while the unemployment…


L.A. Times – Business

California gains 46,000 jobs as unemployment stays near record low

May 18, 2019 |

The California economy surged forward in April as employers added 46,000 net jobs and unemployment held steady at 4.3%, near a record low, according to data released Friday by the state’s Employment Development Department.

Last month’s gains marked an improvement over March, when payrolls in the…


L.A. Times – Business

Regulator says California might make dramatic moves if Trump relaxes emissions standards

May 16, 2019 |

A top California environmental regulator is threatening to enact tough new pollution rules — including an unprecedented ban on cars burning petroleum-based fuels — in response to a Trump administration plan to relax vehicle emission standards.

California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols…


L.A. Times – Business

Sick California Teachers Get a Bill for Their Substitute

May 10, 2019 |

A California teacher battling cancer has to pay for her substitute, but school district officials say it’s not their fault. “This is not unique to San Francisco,” a spokesperson emailed BuzzFeed , saying it’s all in the state’s Education Code. “This is not a district-only rule.” The Chronicle had reported that…
Newser

Insurance claims from November’s deadly California fires top $12 billion

May 8, 2019 |

Insurance claims have topped $ 12 billion for the November wildfires in California, making them the most expensive in state history.

The figure released Wednesday by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara covers the Camp fire that destroyed the Northern California town of Paradise as well as the Woolsey…


L.A. Times – Business

Slain son’s ATM records may help track down killers, grieving California dad says

May 5, 2019 |

The father of a California man who was killed while vacationing in Mexico last year recently spotted a potential clue that could help investigators locate his son’s killers.
FOX News