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Fashion brands — including several L.A. retailers — are dying off as consumer habits change

March 20, 2017 |

American Apparel bit the dust. So did Nasty Gal. BCBG Max Azria filed for bankruptcy, along with teen retailer Wet Seal.

The fashion industry has long been a fickle beast, with trends rising and dying sometimes in the space of weeks. But changing consumer habits — including the emergence of e-commerce…


L.A. Times – Business

Netflix Makes Big Change to Ratings System

March 17, 2017 |

After years and more than 10 billion ratings under its 1 to 5-star system, Netflix is ditching the system in favor of one where you just give a movie a thumbs up or thumbs down. The company says it settled on the new system after testing it with hundreds of…
Newser

Tesla May Bring Big Change to Car Insurance

February 24, 2017 |

If cars are becoming safer as they incorporate self-driving features—the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last month confirmed Tesla’s first-gen Autopilot reduced Tesla vehicles’ crash rate by 40%—consumers and experts alike are wondering when auto insurers will slash rates to reflect the minimized risk. Tesla CEO Elon Musk…
Newser

CNN

Cubans anxious about change in US relations under Trump

February 8, 2017 |

As US President Donald Trump lashes out at US enemies and allies alike, many Cubans wonder which Trump they will face.
CNN.com – RSS Channel – Regions – Americas

Stink Bugs Can Change the Taste of Your Wine

January 27, 2017 |

Bugs wind up in most things we consume, organic and otherwise. It’s so common and hard to avoid that the FDA sets allowable levels, notes the American Council on Science and Health . It’s no surprise, then, that stink bugs , which have a fondness for grapes, can end up in wine….
Newser

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director says Trump won’t change agency’s aggressive efforts

January 25, 2017 |

The nation’s top consumer financial watchdog, who some Republicans want President Trump to fire, said Tuesday that the new Republican administration won’t change his approach to aggressively hold banks and other financial firms accountable.

Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection…


L.A. Times – Business

CNN

This village will relocate because of climate change

January 19, 2017 |

Residents of Shishmaref, Alaska, voted in August 2016 to relocate because of climate change. The coast is thawing and eroding, toppling a home into the sea and forcing others back from the edge.
CNN.com – RSS Channel – World

CNN

How climate change has affected the world

January 19, 2017 |

CNN’s John Sutter was in Shishmaref, Alaska, to explain how climate change has affected the world this year.
CNN.com – RSS Channel – World