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  • LOS ANGELES, April 1- Cargo congestion at the two busiest U.S. container ports has eased considerably in the six weeks since West Coast dockworkers and shippers reached a tentative labor deal, but port officials said it would take several more weeks for freight traffic to return to normal. The most obvious sign of improved cargo flow through the ports of Los...

  • LONG BEACH, Calif.— A woman who police say is at the center of a scheme to kidnap babies to claim as her own calls herself a mogul, a motivational speaker, a poet, a songwriter and one of the "kindest women you will ever meet," on her many websites. We don't know, " Long Beach police Lt. Lloyd Cox said, adding that the 47- year-old D'Milian was searching for children with a dark...

  • Woman accused of kidnap plot claimed to be business coach Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:35 AM ET

    LONG BEACH, Calif.— A woman who is accused of masterminding a scheme to kidnap two babies and pass them off as her own after she told her married boyfriend she'd given birth to his twins has worked as a self-styled business mogul with hundreds of podcasts, websites and a book to her name, records searches revealed Thursday. There was no hint of D'Milian's alleged...

  • WASHINGTON, March 10- Boeing Co said on Tuesday it was optimistic about extending production of its F/A-18E/F and EA-18G fighter jets beyond 2017 given possible foreign orders and U.S. Navy officials' recent statements about the need for more planes. He said Boeing needed to decide by midyear, even before Congress passes a budget for fiscal 2016, whether to...

  • Pick the million dollar LA home   Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:52 AM ET
    Pick the million dollar LA home

    CNBC's Diana Olick tours three glamorous homes in Los Angeles, and Dolly Lenz, CNBC contributor reveals which one comes with a million dollar price tag.

  • Want a custom suit? Good luck finding a tailor Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 11:40 AM ET
    Custom suit

    Prices are rising for custom suits, and it's taking longer to make them, because there is a shortage of quality tailors.

  • Want muscles? Rice is the new meat Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 12:12 PM ET
    Darin Goka

    Americans have been on a protein-adding craze, throwing powder into smoothies and sprinkling it on foods.

  • Home builders cater to wealthy in lukewarm market Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:14 AM ET
    A worker stands near a home under construction at the Toll Brothers Inc. Jupiter Country Club housing development in Jupiter, Florida.

    Home builders are increasingly targeting the wealthy as the housing market remains tepid, The New York Times reports.

  • Strike or lockout: What's the difference? Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 9:20 AM ET
    Container ships sit docked in a berth at the Port of Oakland on Feb. 17, 2015.

    West Coast dockworkers and shippers can't even agree on whether the slowdown is a lockout or partial strike. But the difference matters.

  • Variety's Oscar predictions   Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 6:38 AM ET
    Variety's Oscar predictions

    Variety's senior film reporter Brent Lang shares his predictions for Sunday's Oscar winners.

  • Your food is on its way, Barcelona Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 2:50 PM ET
    UberEATS app

    Uber launched a food-delivery service, UberEATS, in Barcelona on Wednesday.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 18- Two U.S. Cabinet secretaries joined congressional leaders, three governors and a big-city mayor on Wednesday in pushing shipping lines and the dockworkers' union to settle a contract dispute that has led to months of turmoil and cargo backups at 29 West Coast ports. Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker weighed in...

  • Why port dispute may spark more 'made in America' Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 5:07 PM ET
    Port fight, retail bite

    A retail expert says that retailers will start planning ahead for similar scenarios by crafting contingency plans.

  • Backed up cargo at LA port   Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 10:54 AM ET
    Backed up cargo at LA port

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the lengthy time projection to unclog the system after delays due to the port dispute.

  • Labor Secretary Tom Perez met contract negotiators for shipping companies and the dockworkers' union in San Francisco on Tuesday, urging them to settle a dispute that has led to months of clogged cargo traffic and other disruptions at West Coast ports. Perez was sent to California by President Barack Obama, who has come under mounting pressure to intervene in...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 17- U.S. West Coast ports that were closed to incoming cargo vessels during the holiday weekend reopened in full on Tuesday as Labor Secretary Tom Perez arrived in San Francisco seeking to broker a settlement ending months of shipping disruptions. "Secretary Perez has meetings with both parties today in San Francisco," spokeswoman Xochitl...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 17- U.S. West Coast ports that were closed to incoming cargo vessels during the holiday weekend reopened in full on Tuesday as Labor Secretary Tom Perez arrived in San Francisco seeking to broker a settlement ending months of shipping disruptions. But there was no immediate word on exactly when or under what conditions he would join in talks...

  • Port issues to hit consumer?   Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 8:32 AM ET
    Port issues to hit consumer?

    Some delays have now reached up to two weeks at the LA port, explains MEMA CEO Steve Handschuh. He discusses the expense of redirecting these shipments.

  • US official overseeing West Coast port talks Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 6:02 AM ET
    Ships gather off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California in this aerial photo taken February 6, 2015.

    West Coast seaports that were all but shut over the holiday weekend because of a contract dispute are reopening, the AP reports.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 16- A partial shutdown of 29 U.S. West Coast ports stretched into a third day on Monday ahead of the U.S. labor secretary's scheduled arrival in San Francisco to try to broker a settlement ending months of disruptions on the cargo-clogged docks. Neither the International Longshore and Warehouse Union nor the shipping companies' bargaining agent,...