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  • HOUSTON, July 21- California refiners remain far behind peers elsewhere in the country in replacing expensive imports with cheaper North American crudes from a new production boom. More than half of the 1.7 million barrels of crude processed by California refineries each day is imported, largely from Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Iraq and Colombia.

  • Hot trends in Los Angeles' tech startup scene Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    The fourth annual Siemer Summit ended yesterday—a meeting for startups looking to pitch their ideas, and for VCs looking for the next big thing.

  • Los Angeles skyscraper to get observation deck Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 2:11 PM ET

    The 72- story U.S. Bank Tower will see about $50 million worth of improvements, including an upgrade of the lobby, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The downtown tower's new owners hope to make the building a busy tourist attraction to rival New York's Empire State Building and Chicago's Willis Tower, both of which are more than 100 stories tall.

  • California hearing addresses oil refinery rules Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 3:28 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Residents of modest neighborhoods near three of the largest oil refineries in California called on the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to crack down on plant emissions, saying the pollution is choking their children and endangering their health.

  • Truckers at 2 Calif. ports OK cooling off period Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 5:03 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach agreed Saturday to a cooling-off period following five days of striking that briefly shut the massive ports.

  • Booked! 20 busiest airports for July 4 travel Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 2:48 PM ET
    Passengers at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

    The Friday start to the long holiday weekend is shaping up to be the busiest travel day of the summer, according to forecasts.

  • Bill Allen, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, gives his thoughts on the potential costs of a West Coast port strike.

  • Supply chain shakeup     Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 1:22 PM ET

    As the west coast port strike looms, billions of dollars are at risk. Discussing the potential use for rail, and risks involved with a potential strike, with Sri Laxmana, C.H. Robinson global supply director.

  • Port strike threat     Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 1:20 PM ET

    West coast dockworkers' contract expires Tuesday at 5pm PT. CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the businesses involved with the ports.

  • Los Angeles finally approves airport transit link Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    LAX Airport could get a transit link to the Metro as soon as 2022.

  • Still time to get travel bargains for July 4 Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 9:25 AM ET
    Atlantic City, New Jersey, hosts one of the largest fireworks displays in the United States.

    Hotel and air rates in many destinations are either flat or lower than 2013, but July 4 travel is up for a third year in a row.

  • Why capping parking tickets at $23 is a great idea Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 4:36 PM ET

    There's a movement in L.A. to cap parking ticket fines at $23. Here's why that's a great idea and won't crush revenue, says Jake Novak.

  • One argument for selling the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 11:54 AM ET
    Fans celebrate after the Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers to win the Stanley Cup on June 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

    Sitting atop LA's shaky sports scene, the Stanley Cup champs may never fetch a higher price for their corporate owners.

  • These 4 US cities could host the 2024 Olympics Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 2:31 PM ET
    The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the closing ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles, 12th August 1984

    Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington are the cities still in the running for a possible U.S. bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

  • JetBlue adds Mint class with lie-flat seats, suites Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 7:19 PM ET
    JetBlue launches Mint, a new high-end business class cabin, to capture the cross country business traveler.

    Starting Sunday, JetBlue will offer business-class seats from $599 on its Los Angeles to New York route.

  • Dunkin' Donuts shops to return to California this year Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 5:45 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, June 10- Dunkin' Donuts on Tuesday said franchisees will open five "traditional" shops in California before the end of 2014, ending the coffee and baked goods chain's dozen-year absence from the nation's most populous state.

  • Donald Sterling to fight for Clippers     Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    Investor Kevin O'Leary of "Shark Tank," weighs in on Donald Sterling's fight to keep the Los Angeles Clippers. O'Leary says this matter will not be resolved until Sterling is dead.

  • E3 trade show may pull the plug on Los Angeles Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | 3:12 PM ET
    Gamers participate in a video game at the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, June 12, 2013.

    The video game trade show will operate in downtown Los Angeles through 2015, but venue issues have made its future location uncertain.

  • LA doctor charged with $33 million Medicare fraud Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | 5:15 PM ET

    A Los Angeles doctor has been charged with helping bilk Medicare out of more than $33 million.

  • NHL's Bettman: Huge demand to 'get in'     Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, discusses the Stanley Cup finals and how hockey has rebounded since its labor lockout in 2012-2013. Bettman also weighs in on Steve Ballmer's purchase of the L.A. Clippers.