By Maura Dolan, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Mindful of the Supreme Court ruling against Proposition 8, California initiative sponsors build in language so they can defend their measures if the state does not.
SAN FRANCISCO — Anxious about last summer's ruling on Proposition 8, sponsors of California ballot measures are going to considerable lengths to ensure they will be able to...
By Christopher Cadelago & Phillip Reese, SACRAMENTO BEE
Dawn and Nick LaPolla of Fair Oaks are solidly middle class, and they aren’t uninsured.
Yet their required switch to a new health insurance plan under federal changes puts them at a financial crossroads.
If they earn less than $94,200 a year, the family of four’s preferred plan through the California health exchange would cost about $...
By Thomas C. Frohlich, 24/7 WALL STREET
Fraud and scams cost Americans more than $1.6 billion last year. According to a report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there were more than 2 million cases of fraud in 2013, down slightly from the previous year.
On average, there were 500 complaints per 100,000 residents in the 50 states. Eight of the 10 states with the highest rates had...
By Tiffany Hsu, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Albertsons is making a play for the top spot in the U.S. grocery industry with the purchase of rival Safeway for more than $9 billion in cash and stock.
Safeway, now the second-largest chain behind Kroger Co., owns the Vons and Pavilions brands in Southern California. With the purchase, Albertsons would operate more than 2,400 stores, compared...
By Vicky Nguyen, Liz Wagner, Scott Pham and Felipe Escamilla, NBC BAY AREA
Sources say workers are being exposed to radiological contamination at Hunters Point, that soil is being shipped to Bay Area landfills without being screened and that public health is at risk
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Trucks have begun leaving Hunters Point, moving tons of soil from Parcel C, a 77-acre piece of...
By Thomas Harman, BEST WIRE
WASHINGTON -- Advocates and opponents of California's Proposition 103 are debating whether it has helped consumers 25 years after its passage. Some say the debate is being used to sway voters who will determine whether measures similar to Proposition 103 should be applied to health insurance in the state this fall.
Passed in 1988, the...
By Timm Herdt, VENTURA COUNTY STAR
SACRAMENTO — Credit cards embedded with microchips, which have dramatically reduced fraud around the world, are on their way to U.S. consumers, financial experts told California lawmakers on Tuesday.
But they cautioned the transition will be slow and costly, and it will not be a cure-all to problems such as the massive security breaches...
By Melanie Mason, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Lawyers and consumer groups are getting signatures for a ballot measure to increase 1975's pain and suffering limit of $250,000. Doctors and insurers have already raised $33 million to fight it.
SACRAMENTO — A protracted political battle over California's medical malpractice law may be coming to a new front: the voting booth.
By Troy Wolverton, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS
At first glance, Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable may not look like it would matter much to the Bay Area, since only Comcast is available here. But the deal is bad news for both local Comcast customers and for Silicon Valley's Internet companies.
The merger would not only unite the nation's two largest cable companies,...
By Ryan Nakashima with Brian Watt, KPCC 89.3 FM Pasadena, CA
Comcast Corp. will buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for about $45.2 billion in a deal that combines the nation's top two cable TV companies and would create a dominant force in both creating and delivering entertainment to U.S. homes.
The all-stock deal was approved by the boards of both companies. It is expected to close by the end of the year,...