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Heinz and Kraft’s merger: A capitalist love story

Heinz and Kraft’s merger: A capitalist love story
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A Kraft Foods sign is displayed near its corporate headquarters August 5, 2003 in Northfield, Illinois. ; Credit: Tim Boyle/Getty Images Philadelphia cream cheese, Heinz ketchup and Oscar Mayer meats not only share fridge space in most American homes, they now make up the world’s fifth-biggest food and beverage company. H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft […]

Getting the best bang for your buck with video on demand

Getting the best bang for your buck with video on demand

An image showing the on-demand internet streaming media provider, Netflix, on a laptop screen.; Credit: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images With all of the choices that exist, picking the video on demand or streaming service that’s right for you can be a daunting (and potentially pricey) task. With price points below $10 a month, services like Netflix […]

The hefty price of replacing LA’s pipes

The hefty price of replacing LA’s pipes

LADWP crews working to repair water mains in a photo released Wednesday, July 30, 2014.; Credit: LADWP An L.A. Times review of a Department of Water and Power report revealed that it could cost as much as $15 billion dollars to fix the city’s aging pipe system. Many of the city’s pipes are nearly a […]

The Obama Administration rolls out new fracking regulations

The Obama Administration rolls out new fracking regulations

A high pressure gas line crosses over a canal in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014 near Lost Hills, California. ; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Big changes could be coming to the […]

Sacramento releases details on $1 billion drought-relief proposal

Sacramento releases details on $1 billion drought-relief proposal

Foliage and flowers the extremely low waters of Lake Success in the wake of recent storms but rain totals remain insufficient to break the worsening drought on February 11, 2015 near East Porterville, California. Many local residents, whose water wells have run dry, fill their tanks with free non-potable water for flushing toilets, bathing and […]

France battles so-called planned obsolescence of consumer appliances

France battles so-called planned obsolescence of consumer appliances

Customers look at Maytag and Whirlpool washers and dryers July 18, 2005 in New York City. ; Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images The joke goes if you want to know how long your new TV, phone or dishwasher will last, just check the warranty’s expiration. Not so in France, where a new law mandates manufacturers to […]

49ers linebacker Chris Borland retires at 24 due to head trauma concerns

49ers linebacker Chris Borland retires at 24 due to head trauma concerns

Chris Borland #50 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after a tackle against the New York Giants in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium on November 16, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ; Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images Fearing future head trauma, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland told ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Monday […]

Four-leaf clover, rabbit’s foot, is there really science to superstition?

Four-leaf clover, rabbit’s foot, is there really science to superstition?

The likelihood of finding a four-leaf clover, or shamrock, is estimated one in 10,000. Spilling salt and walking under a ladder are said to bring bad luck, while finding a four-leaf clover and carrying a rabbit’s foot somehow ensure good fortune. During playoffs, we’ve all heard of the playoff beard and the lucky charm an […]

CA water wasters go unchecked, as NASA scientist sounds dire warning

CA water wasters go unchecked, as NASA scientist sounds dire warning

The U.S. Drought Monitor records for California as of 12/4/14.; Credit: U.S. Drought Monitor All the rainfall California has been getting still hasn’t put a dent in the ongoing drought. Tomorrow, the State Water Board will meet to discuss putting in more restrictive water conservation law. Meanwhile, an AP enterprise piece has found that state […]

Outgoing Metro head, Art Leahy on biggest challenges to come

Outgoing Metro head, Art Leahy on biggest challenges to come

Metro CEO Art Leahy is leaving his post when his contract expires in April. ; Credit: Kitty Felde/KPCC Next month, Art Leahy will move from the top position at Metro to become the chief executive officer at Metrolink. While at Metro, Leahy supervised highway and transit projects worth over $14 billion. At Metrolink, he will […]