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  • US port employers seek mediation in dockworker talks Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 9:20 PM ET
    A longshoreman walks on bags of rice in a cargo ship at the Port of West Sacramento in California

    Shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports requested federal mediation on Monday in their contract talks with the union for 20,000 dockworkers.

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 22- Shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports requested federal mediation on Monday in their contract talks with the union for 20,000 dockworkers, saying the two sides remain far from a deal after seven months of negotiations. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has so far resisted previous calls by the...

  • Officials from the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union resumed negotiations on Thursday morning at the San Francisco headquarters of the association, said Craig Merrilees, a spokesman for the union. The waterfront cargo slowdowns have coincided with prolonged labor talks between 20,000 dockworkers and the...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 17- Negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports remain far from a deal with union dockworkers after seven months of contract talks, the companies said on Wednesday, again blaming the union for waterfront cargo slowdowns. The Pacific Maritime Association statement came a day before the companies were slated...

  • VANCOUVER, Dec 16- The gridlock at U.S. West Coast ports that has forced McDonald's to ration French fries at its Japanese restaurants and interrupted supplies to retailers such as Lululemon is unlikely to be alleviated by routing cargoes through Canada, whose Pacific ports face their own problems. Tensions are mounting as talks to resolve longstanding...

  • Gwyneth Paltrow flexes her entrepreneur muscles Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    Gwyneth Paltrow's new ventures in blow-dry bars, hair products and e-commerce reveals she may be far more than just an actress.

  • Court settles California undersea border dispute Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:58 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— The U.S. Supreme Court waded into the Pacific Ocean to settle a long-running dispute Monday over where California ends and federal offshore lands begin. Both sides have been trying to reach agreement since the mid-50s after Congress passed the Submerged Lands Act. "It's a huge achievement after all this time," said Sheri Pemberton of the California...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 15- The union for 20,000 dockworkers and a group of their employers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports say they are making slow but steady progress in months-long contract talks seen by the shipping industry as a contributing factor in chronic cargo backups. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association,...

  • 14 cities get Bloomberg 'innovation team' grants Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Fourteen cities ranging from Long Beach, California, to Jerusalem are getting up to $3 million from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create "innovation teams" to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues, the foundation announced Monday. Winners range in size from Centennial, Colorado,...

  • One person was found dead on Friday in a rain-swollen flood-control channel in the Orange County town of Garden Grove, which could mark the third storm-related fatality on the West Coast since Thursday. The Ventura County Fire Department said its personnel responded to 37 calls for assistance due to flooding and a second-story balcony collapsed in the Los...

  • The 'Waze Craze,' and why it upsets people in LA Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 2:54 PM ET
    A San Fernando Valley, Calif., neighborhood is used as a traffic shortcut.

    Google-owned GPS app Waze has ticked off residents in neighborhoods that suddenly find themselves popular thoroughfares.

  • SF, LA sue Uber, settle with Lyft Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 6:56 PM ET
    The Uber app on a mobile phone in Madrid, Spain.

    Los Angeles and San Francisco filed a consumer protection suit against Uber, accusing the car service provider of unlawful business practices.

  • The company has lagged the wider U.S. logistics market this year that boosted results of rivals such as C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc, XPO Logistics Inc and Expeditors International of Washington Inc.. While shares of C.H. Robinson and XPO have jumped about 60 percent and 25 percent in the past year, UTi shares have dropped about 30 percent. Analysts on average were...

  • Apple's hiring a social media guru in LA Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 11:51 AM ET
    Beats headphones and iPod Touch.

    Apple is looking for a head of social media and content to be based in the same city as its Beats Electronics division, 9to5mac.com reported.

  • Obama's net neutrality bid divides rights groups Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 10:54 AM ET
    Nicol Turner-Lee, vice president of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council and part of a group that thought President Barack Obama’s call to regulate broadband Internet service as a utility would harm minority communities, in Washington, Dec. 3, 2014.

    As the net neutrality battle wears on, civil rights groups have come out to support both sides of the issue. The New York Times reports.

  • Massive Los Angeles fire forces freeway closures Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 10:24 AM ET
    Los Angeles County firefighters battle a fire at an apartment building under construction next to the Harbor CA-110 Freeway in Los Angeles, early Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.

    Hundreds of firefighters battled a huge fire at an under-construction apartment complex in Los Angeles early Monday, NBC News reports.

  • A huge fire broke out at around 1:20 a.m. PT on Monday in downtown Los Angeles at a large apartment complex that was under construction. There were no injuries reported.

  • CBS, Dish shake hands on new deal after hardball Saturday, 6 Dec 2014 | 9:29 AM ET
    A field service specialist for Dish Network installs a satellite television system at a residence.

    CBS and Dish Network reached an agreement over a new distribution deal, both companies announced on Saturday, bringing an end to a long running feud.

  • How to tally (and spend) year-end travel perks Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 PM ET
    Airplanes are on view from an Observation Gallery at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

    Frequent travelers, take heart: the time of the year is here that marks the perfect opportunity to take stock of accumulated points.

  • BMW connects with Spotify  Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau and Ian Robertson, BMW Group, discuss the integration of Spotify into BMW cars and how the automaker is incorporating more technology into its new automobiles.