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United Airlines raises requirements for loyalty reward program’s most elite premium status

October 10, 2018 |

Starting next year, United Airlines will make it more difficult to reach the MileagePlus plans’ most elite status level — Premier 1K — but the carrier is offering a new perk for such top-tier fliers.

Starting Jan. 1, members of the loyalty reward program must spend a minimum of $ 15,000 and accumulate…


L.A. Times – Business

Report: Fire at World Food Program’s warehouse in Yemen

March 31, 2018 |

Yemen’s official news agency says a fire has broken out at storage facilities belonging to the World Food Program in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida.
FOX News

5 free programs you may not have heard of until now

March 10, 2018 |

As the saying goes, the best things in life are free: love, friends, and great software that works almost as well as a paid product. If you’re like me, you have probably shopped around for certain apps or programs, and then you balked at the price tag. “Is this really worth $ 200?” you ask yourself.
FOX News

Workplace wellness programs aren’t working, new research finds

February 4, 2018 |

Workplace wellness programs have two main goals: improve employees’ health and lower their employers’ healthcare costs. They’re not very good at either, new research finds.

For the study, 3,300 employees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were given a year of access to iThrive, a…


L.A. Times – Business

Some of California’s major utilities are trying to block the growth of government-owned electricity programs

September 10, 2017 |

Some of California’s big shareholder-owned utilities are working to thwart the expansion of government-owned electricity programs, including Los Angeles County’s proposed end run on traditional power providers.

San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. are seeking amendments to…


L.A. Times – Business

Public energy programs save customers money — at least in the beginning

April 30, 2017 |

Southern California Edison customers looking to cure their power-bill pain might find some relief in Los Angeles County’s new government-run energy program — but the track records of similar public energy efforts show that the initial cost advantage doesn’t last.

From California to Massachusetts,…


L.A. Times – Business

Trump Team Wants Info on Gender-Equality Programs

December 23, 2016 |

Donald Trump’s transition team has requested information from the State Department regarding “gender-related staffing, programming, and funding,” the Washington Post reports. Both the Post and the New York Times got their hands on a copy of the memo. The request specifies programs that “promote gender equality, such as ending gender-based…
Newser

The lowdown on new low-down-payment mortgage programs

October 30, 2016 |

Potential home buyers who can’t quite pony up the traditional 20% down payment have often had FHA loans as an alternative. But some lenders are shying away from these loans for legal and regulatory reasons.

Over the last few months, those same lenders have begun filling the gap with their own low-down-payment…


L.A. Times – Business

EpiPen maker boosts discount programs but holds price steady, despite outrage

August 26, 2016 |

Mylan is bulking up programs that help patients pay for its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment after weathering heated criticism about an average cost that has climbed more than 500% over the last decade.

But the drugmaker didn’t budge on its price, which has drawn ire both in Congress and from…


L.A. Times – Business

Nielsen will monitor Facebook to measure buzz about TV programs

January 21, 2016 |

Anyone who’s logged onto social media during a presidential debate, big football game or TV premier knows the flurry of posts can be just as captivating as the event on screen.

With that in mind, Nielsen said Wednesday it would begin measuring Facebook posts to determine how much buzz a television…


L.A. Times – Business