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  • Health care reform

    Republican health care reform bill all but dead as Sen. Susan Collins joins opponents

    WASHINGTON >> The last-gasp Republican drive to tear down President Barack Obama’s health care law essentially died Monday as Maine Sen. Susan Collins joined a small but decisive cluster of GOP senators in opposing the push. The Maine moderate said in a statement that the legislation would make “devastating” cuts in the Medicaid program for poor and disabled people, drive up premiums for millions and weaken protections Obama’s law gives people with...

    By Alan Fram The Associated Press|

  • Mortgages

    Reverse mortgage reforms create stampede among would-be borrowers

    A rules change that will raise fees and reduce loan amounts for reverse mortgages apparently has created a nationwide rush to get new loans completed before the reforms take effect Monday, Oct. 2. Agencies providing financial counseling needed for such loans have been swamped, and a leading industry group has appealed for waivers and extensions so more borrowers will qualify under the old rules. “Our industry is currently inundated,” said Julie Martinez, a reverse...

    By Jeff Collins JeffCollins@scng.com @RegJeffCollins on Twitter|

  • Minimum wage

    Target will raise minimum hourly wage to $15 by the end of 2020

    NEW YORK >> Target Corp. is raising its minimum hourly wage for workers to $11 starting next month and then to $15 by the end of 2020, a move it says will help it hire and keep the best employees and make shopping a better experience for customers. The initiative announced Monday is part of the discounter’s overall strategy to improve its business, which includes remodeling stores, expanding its online services and opening up smaller urban locations. Target quietly...

    By Anne D’innocenzio The Associated Press|

  • Health care industry

    Beach Cities Health District to give virtual 3D tour of planned campus revamp

    The Beach Cities Health District is gearing up to unveil plans for a long-envisioned revamp of its 11-acre campus in Redondo Beach. Next month, residents of the South Bay beach cities will get a virtual, 3D glimpse of conceptual plans to make over the Prospect Avenue campus with a senior living facility with up to 400 units and much-needed infrastructure upgrades to the district’s aging four-story medical building. A...

    Megan Barnes
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  • New residential construction

    San Pedro’s Highpark housing development delayed — again

    More delays have pushed back house construction on San Pedro’s much-watched future housing site on 61.5 acres along Western Avenue. Permits and hookups for utilities and other infrastructure groundwork for Highpark have taken longer — and been more complicated — than anticipated, according to those who have...

    Donna Littlejohn
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  • Construction and engineering

    Construction workers in California among highest-paid in the nation

    Construction workers in California are among the highest paid in the nation, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fixr.com, an online website that provides cost guides, comparisons and other information for people looking to do remodeling or repair projects, crunched the Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers to create a state-by-state ranking of average hourly wages for workers in the industry. California ranked 10th highest California landed 10th...

    Kevin Smith
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  • Space industry

    How El Segundo’s Aerospace Corp. is working to prevent ‘space junk’ collisions

    When blackened tanks from a Hawthorne-made SpaceX Falcon 9 second-stage rocket accidentally rained down onto an Indonesian island last year, the nation got a palpable encounter with a problem known as “space junk.” Luckily, the rocket-propellant tanks that survived the white-hot burn of the Earth’s outer atmosphere didn’t hit any people or animals, even...

    Sandy Mazza
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  • Health care reform

    Last-stab Republican Obamacare repeal and replace bill dealt fatal blow by McCain

    WASHINGTON >> Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party’s years of vows to kill the program. It was the second time in three months the 81-year-old McCain emerged as the destroyer of his party’s signature promise to voters. “I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats,...

    By Erica Werner and Alan Fram The Associated Press|

  • Municipal governments

    Toyota campus sale pending, Torrance mayor announces in annual address

    Torrance Mayor Pat Furey announced Friday that Toyota’s vast campus, which the automotive giant is largely vacating this year to move to Texas, has been purchased by an unidentified buyer. “Did anybody notice anyone in the room sweating?” he deadpanned at the annual State of the City address sponsored by the local chamber of commerce. “Maybe the buyer of the Toyota property is in this room?” Furey separately confirmed that

    Nick Green
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  • Airport security

    New passport app at LAX aimed at moving arriving travelers through security quickly

    The addition of a mobile passport app to Los Angeles International Airport will help travelers pass through security checkpoints faster, the airport and U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday. Mobile Passport Control can now be used at terminals 2, 4, 7 and Tom Bradley International Terminal and is the first authorized app to expedite passenger arrival into the U.S. Eligible U.S. and Canadian citizens may voluntarily submit their...

    By City News Service|

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