By David Downey, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
State legislators seek answers for California's much higher gasoline costs
As Inland Southern California motorists forked out more than 80 cents per gallon more than the national average for gasoline Tuesday, state lawmakers questioned the recent wild swings in prices and urged regulators to do more to reduce market volatility.
By Samantha Masunaga, Jessica Wohl & Dean Starkman, LOS ANGELES TIMES
Consumers' growing appetite for healthier fare is pushing together two of the world's largest processed-food companies — a deal that would combine an extensive shopping list of household names including Heinz Ketchup, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Oscar Mayer Wieners and Jell-O.
H.J. Heinz Co.'s plan to buy Kraft Foods Group Inc....
By Tiffany Hsu, LOS ANGELES TIMES
State senators investigating a recent surge in California pump prices at a Tuesday hearing grappled with price-fixing accusations and pressure to shift to alternative fuels.
Members of the transportation, housing and energy, utilities and communications committees questioned why retail gasoline prices in California rocketed past prices in the rest...
By Timm Herdt, VENTURA COUNTY STAR
SACRAMENTO -- Gasoline prices in California, which typically run about 30 cents higher than the national average, have spiked to nearly a dollar higher over the past month in one of the sharpest run-ups in U.S. history.
From Feb. 1 to March 2, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in the state jumped from $2.43 to $3.40, and the climb...
By Jon K. Brent, KION TV-5 CBS - Santa Cruz, CA
Group tells Senate committee this latest price increase was orchestrated by refineries
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A consumer watchdog report says California oil refineries have about half as much gasoline on hand compared to the rest of the country. Tuesday a consumer advocate told a Senate committee the situation has lead to a spike in gasoline prices...
By Judy Lin, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State lawmakers on Tuesday questioned the recent wild swings in California's gas prices and asked whether regulators can do more to reduce market volatility while government promotes alternative fuels to increase competition.
"How can such a well-functioning market be subject to such volatility?" asked Sen....
By Matier & Ross, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Critics couldn't help but note that the state Franchise Tax Board's decision in August to yank the tax-exempt status of not-for-profit Blue Shield of California came only days after we reported that the company was
spending millions for a luxury box at Levi's Stadium.
"The skybox fell on their head," Jamie Court of Consumer...
By Wendy Davis, THE DAILY ONLINE EXAMINER
The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to reopen an antitrust investigation into Google, in light of this week's news that a 2012 staff report recommended taking the company to court.
Consumer Watchdog also is urging the Senate to examine how Google “escaped prosecution for its anticompetitive...
By Matt Weinberger, BUSINESS INSIDER
In the wake of yesterday's leaked FTC report indicating that Google threatened web sites with removal from its search engine if they didn't let Google use their content, the backlash against Google is rising again.
A few years ago, Google faced a lot of criticism, for everything from letting some of its Street View cars collect people...
By Jennifer Abel, CONSUMER AFFAIRS
Yet the FTC publicly announced the exact opposite conclusion.
The Wall Street Journal has acquired and released internal Federal Trade Commission documents that raise some interesting questions about the FTC's official handling of an antitrust investigation into Google's practices.
Specifically, FTC staff members...