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  • Gas prices soar in California as supply shrinks Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 4:34 PM ET

    LONG BEACH, Calif.— Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest. The situation underscores the frustrating complexity of the gasoline market in California, where state environmental regulations...

  • 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.

  • LOS ANGELES— After reaching a tentative contract agreement that covers the West Coast's 29 seaports, dockworkers are clearing an immense backlog of cargo that accumulated as their negotiations with employers stalled. Consider this: The 24 container ships anchored Monday outside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach hold so much cargo that if all their...

  • Most West Coast ports bustling again after labor deal Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 12:03 AM ET

    OAKLAND, Calif.— Nearly all West Coast seaports began the work week with crews hustling to load and unload cargo ships that were held up amid a months-long dispute over a new contract for dockworkers. The exception Monday was the Port of Oakland, where problems persisted three days after negotiators for the dockworkers' union and for employers reached a...

  • Oakland dockworkers join others back in operation Sunday, 22 Feb 2015 | 5:20 PM ET

    OAKLAND, California— America's West Coast seaports are back at full operation, except in Oakland, California, which saw another work disruption Sunday that was quickly determined to be illegal by an area arbitrator, a spokesman for the Pacific Maritime Association said. An arbitrator found that longshoremen at the Port of Oakland took part in illegal work...

  • LOS ANGELES— Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually. They work 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle that handle about one-quarter of all U.S. international trade, much of it with Asia.

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

  • LOS ANGELES— Negotiators reached a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers on Friday evening, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually. They work 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle that handle about one-quarter of all U.S. international trade, much of...

  • 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

    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

    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

    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,...

  • 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. President Barack Obama, under pressure to weigh in on a labor dispute that has rippled through the U.S....