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6/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback

In a bid to end back-room deals between utility companies and their state regulators, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders proposed a sweeping overhaul of the California Public Utilities Commission on Monday, tightening ethics rules and handing some of its powers...
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6/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback

Brown, lawmakers reach pact on transparency, accountability Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to significant reforms at the California Public Utilities Commission, which has been under criminal investigation over the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant and finds itself...
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6/27/2016
Posted by Mark Reback

As the big Mercedes-Benz sedan roars down U.S. 101 south of San Francisco, it closes on an old pickup truck cruising along in its lane. The driver flicks the turn signal for a pass but then, unexpectedly, takes his hands off the wheel. The new sedan pauses for two...
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6/21/2016
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Your TV’s set-top box is ratting you out to advertisers. At least that’s the contention of consumer groups that have filed complaints with federal authorities demanding a crackdown on overzealous data collection. The complaints to the Federal Communications...
News Story
6/20/2016
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California's health plan regulator approved Aetna Inc.'s acquisition of Humana Inc. with conditions that boost scrutiny of proposed premium rate increases and require that the merged plan keep small group rate increases to a minimum. The Department of Managed...
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6/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback

Washington — Ford, Volvo, Google, Uber and Lyft are stepping up their lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill as lawmakers begin to craft regulations for self-driving cars, and they have hired a former National Highway Transportation Safety Administration chief to be...
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6/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback

Aetna and Humana are one step closer to merging after approval from the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC). The merger will affect about 1.5 million people currently enrolled in health plans through the two insurers. This is the third health insurance...
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6/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback

As the driverless car gets closer to reality, so too does the dilemma of how to insure the car and its owner. The auto insurance industry faces upheaval in the next 25 years as the migration to autonomous safety features -- and ultimately a self-driving car -- shifts...
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6/17/2016
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As the sharing economy continues to grow, bureaucrats across the country are making sure they don’t miss out on the chance to get in the way of innovation. San Francisco passed tough regulations on home-sharing last week, but another California city is jumping on...
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6/16/2016
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A potential natural gas shortage that could develop later this year due to a lack of storage capacity following the Porter Ranch gas leak could hamper the five Los Angeles area refineries that make gasoline. To assess the risk, the California Energy Commission is...