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Got an Amazon return? Kohl’s soon will send it back for you

By Samantha Gowen @sammigo on Twitter|

Toys ‘R’ Us files for bankruptcy but keeps stores open

NEW YORK — Toys ‘R’ Us, the toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season — and says its stores will remain open...



  • Industry regulation

    Appeals court takes foie gras off the menu in California

    LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court reinstated California’s ban on foie gras Friday, finding that a state law preventing sales of the luxury liver pate made by force-feeding ducks and geese was not pre-empted by the federal government’s authority to regulate poultry products. Animal rights activists and lawmakers who pushed the ban through the Legislature said the process of fattening the livers of the animals was cruel and inhumane. PETA celebrated the...

    By BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press|

  • Wildlife population control

    The Hawk Pros bring in trained hawks, falcons to keep other pesky birds away

    Think of them as bird bouncers of the sky. When Danny, Riley or Esperanza take to the air, pigeons that are apt to create a mess quickly scatter. And that’s exactly what The Hawk Pros hopes will happen. The Camarillo-based business provides trained hawks and falcons whose job is to keep pigeons and other problem birds away, whether they’ve left their mess at an outside dining area or near the entrance to a public...

    Kevin Smith

  • Hiring and recruitment

    Need a job? Target to hire 100,000 seasonal employees across 1,800 stores

    If you’re looking for a job, Target’s got your number. The Minneapolis-based retailer announced Wednesday that it plans to hire an estimated 100,000 seasonal workers for the holidays. That’s a 43 percent increase over the 70,000 who were hired last year and it will include 8,000 new hires in the greater Los Angeles area. The company has a multitude of openings for cashiers, food service workers, sales floor associates...

    Kevin Smith

  • Restaurant operators

    Porto’s Bakery in West Covina finally a go, here’s the schedule

    Porto’s Bakery & Cafe could break ground on its fifth location in West Covina later this fall now that the city has given the family-owned business permission to demolish an existing vacant building and construct a new restaurant with outdoor patio. On Tuesday, the city’s Planning Commission voted 4-0 to approve the precise plan to demolish...

    Stephanie K. Baer

  • Technology

    Apple unveils $999 iPhone X with facial recognition

    CUPERTINO, Calif. >> Apple has broken the $1,000 barrier with its latest, and most expensive, phone, the iPhone X. With a price starting at $999 and a host of new features, the phone will be a big test for both Apple and consumers. Will people be willing to shell out really big bucks for a relatively fragile device that’s become an essential part of daily life? On Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook called the iPhone X “the biggest leap forward” since the first...

    By Michael Liedtke and Barbara Ortutay The Associated Press|

  • Technology

    Robotic arms, likely to replace humans at manufacturer-employers, featured at WESTEC 2017

    The future of manufacturing — which looks a lot more robotic and a lot less human — is on display as WESTEC 2017 kicked off its three-day run at Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday. The annual trade show highlights some of the latest technologies in manufacturing, leaving little doubt that automation is not the coming king, it’s the king that is here. At the Lyndex...

    Kevin Smith

  • Political issues

    Local community things to know and do for the Whittier area for Sept. 12, 2017

    WHITTIER Professor to speak on China Robert Marks, a Richard & Billie Deihl distinguished professor of history at Whittier College, will speak at the Whittier Sunrise Rotary Club at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on “China and the World Today” at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 Villaverde Drive. Marks will address issues ranging from China’s economy and environment, to its strategic visions and plans. Marks is the author of a number of...


  • Airport operation

    How ONT is trying to attract San Gabriel Valley residents to fly out of Ontario

    ONTARIO >> Ontario International Airport officials have long envisioned tapping into the San Gabriel Valley’s Chinese-American population as a means to bolster traffic at the facility. Two recent developments could help make that a reality. First, a former president of Pasadena-based East West Bank — founded to serve the Chinese-American community — has been named the newest member of the Ontario International Airport Authority, the airport’s...

    By Liset Marquez @Journaliset on Twitter|

  • Air travel

    Why a Pasadena resident cares if you travel out of Ontario airport

    ONTARIO >> As part of a plan to woo San Gabriel Valley residents to Ontario International Airport, a Pasadena resident has taken a seat on its five-member governing body. The city of Ontario has the ability to name four of the five members of the Ontario International Airport Authority, and with a recent resignation, officials have tapped Julia Gouw as a replacement, despite living 35 miles to the west of the airport. It’s all part of a strategy to increase the...

    Liset Márquez

  • Space industry

    SpaceX close to landing rocket boosters next to its Southern California launch site

    SpaceX, which has launched three rockets this year from Vandenberg Air Force Base and landed all three boosters on an off-shore barge, has built a permanent landing pad at the base to replace ocean recoveries. The Hawthorne company’s 1.6-acre circular concrete landing pad was recently constructed directly west of its launchpad at Space Launch Complex 4 in the hills outside Lompoc. It could be in operation as early as this year. While

    Sandy Mazza

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