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^As LA ports automate, some workers are cheering on the robots<

WRK-PORTS-AUTOMATE:LA _ Day after day, Walter Diaz, an immigrant truck driver from El Salvador, steers his 18-wheeler toward the giant ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Will it take him a half hour to pick up his cargo? Or will it be as long as seven hours? He never knows.

Diaz is paid by the load, so he applauds the arrival of more waterfront robots, which promise to speed turnaround times at a port complex that handles about a third of the nation's imported goods.

"I'm for automation," Diaz says. "One hundred percent. One hundred percent."

1950 by Margot Roosevelt in Long Beach, Calif. MOVED


^Why solar is seeing a boost during California's wildfires<


"Calling it an 'uptick' would be an understatement," said Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Cinnamon Energy Systems, a Silicon Valley-based solar company. Cinnamon said the level of inquiries has more than doubled and his company "had just about the best month ever" in its seven-year history.

"There's a lot of people who said, 'I've been hesitant to put in solar and now I want to put in solar and a battery, too.' And there's a lot of people who have existing systems but now they want to add a battery."

1000 by Rob Nikolewski. MOVED


^New questions raised on safety of both Boeing 737 Max and 787 Dreamliner<


The revelations, contained in a letter from the leaders of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, come a week after they chaired an intense public hearing where Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg was grilled about the 737 Max crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people.

1250 by Dominic Gates. MOVED


^Bruising labor battles put Kaiser Permanente's reputation on the line<


The ongoing labor battles have undermined the health giant's once-golden reputation as a model of cost-effective care that caters to satisfied patients _ which it calls "members" _ and is exposing it to new scrutiny from politicians and health policy analysts.

As the labor disputes have played out loudly, ricocheting off the bargaining table and into the public realm, some critics believe that the nonprofit health system is becoming more like its for-profit counterparts and is no longer living up to its foundational ideals.

1350 by Anna Almendrala. MOVED


^Instagram will remove 'likes' from posts for some US users<

CPT-INSTAGRAM:BLO _ Facebook Inc.'s Instagram plans to remove the number of "likes" visible on posts for some users in the U.S. to decrease competitive pressure among people on the photo-sharing service.

Instagram has been hiding like counts in some markets since April, beginning in Canada, and later expanding to Japan and Brazil. The U.S. is one of Instagram's largest markets with more than 106 million users, according to data analyst EMarketer. Instagram boss Adam Mosseri told NBC in October that the effort was meant to "make Instagram feel less pressurized, to make it less of a competition."

450 by Kurt Wagner in San Francisco. MOVED



^As Chicago considers minimum wage proposal, a new study finds that black female tipped workers are struggling to make ends meet<

WRK-TIPPED-WORKERS-CHI:TB _As Chicago considers a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021, a new study shows that black female workers in tipped positions in the city struggle to make ends meet.

One Fair Wage, a New York-based nonprofit that advocates for ending the subminimum wage, the lower wage that tipped workers collect, released a report on Thursday that found more than 27% of black workers in Chicago's dining industry were living in poverty, compared to about 18% of white workers in the same occupation.

500 by Abdel Jimenez in Chicago. MOVED


^Walgreens has more stores worldwide. CVS fills more prescriptions. Both are trying to compete as the pharmacy business changes.<


Walgreens and CVS are taking different approaches to changes in consumer shopping behavior and the pharmacy business.

Here's how they stack upl

500 by Abdel Jimenez. MOVED


^Booking.com case gets Supreme Court review in trademark test<

SCOTUS-BOOKINGDOTCOM:BLO _ The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to use a case involving Booking.com to consider whether businesses can get federal trademark protection for website names that center on a commonly used word.

The justices said they will hear a Trump administration appeal of a ruling that said Booking.com, owned by Booking Holdings Inc., should be put on a government registry that provides nationwide benefits.

300 by Greg Stohr in Washington. (Moved as a Washington story.) MOVED


^Kim Kardashian enters China's influencer world. She says she'd love to eat hot pot and play mah-jongg<

CHINA-KARDASHIAN-INFLUENCER:LA _ Twelve million people watched as Kim Kardashian West opened a mah-jongg set on screen, displaying the domino-like tiles of the popular Chinese game.

The Los Angeles-based reality TV celebrity was speaking on a livestream channel run by Chinese influencer Viya, a spunky, bright-eyed woman in her 30s with more than 9 million followers on China's e-commerce platform Taobao, many of whom are die-hard fans who call themselves "women of Viya."

Every night, the livestream shopper hawks cosmetics, purses, apparel and snacks online.

This is what's known in China as "social commerce," a full fusion of social media and online shopping. In China's online ecosystem, where e-payments, livestreaming and e-commerce are fully integrated _ as if Amazon, Instagram and Paypal all existed on one platform _ influencers such as Kardashian have become a major driver of consumption.

That drive is ramping up as Nov. 11, China's "Singles' Day" and the largest shopping day of the year, approaches.

1000 by Alice Su in Beijing. (Moved as a world story.) MOVED


^US is focusing on vitamin E as cause of vaping lung injuries<


A study of fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients battling the condition found all of them had signs of vitamin E acetate, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.

450 by Michelle Fay Cortez. (Moved as a national story.) MOVED



^Those classic Shelby race cars in 'Ford v Ferrari' aren't what they seem<


They didn't. The filmmakers borrowed modern versions of those vehicles from Irvine-based Shelby Legendary Cars and its parent company, Superformance, the only companies in the world licensed by the legendary race car designer to build and sell new versions of the Ford GT40s and Cobras that made their namesake into a supercar superhero.

1200 by Charles Fleming. MOVED


^Wrench, Seattle mobile car-repair company, raises $20M to fuel expansion<

AUTO-WRENCH:SE _ In just three years, Seattle-based Wrench has expanded into all 50 states, swallowed two similar startups and raised more than $30 million.

The company's app allows vehicle owners to book house calls for such problems as battery and radiator replacements, oil changes and brake jobs. Wrench announced this week it has raised $20 million in its most recent round of funding, led by Vulcan Capital. Longtime investor Madrona Venture Group, along with Tenaya Capital and Marubeni Corp., participated as well.

600 by Keerthi Vedantam in Seattle. MOVED


^Uber says it may have to pay Waymo for self-driving car technology<


In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Uber said that it "will likely" have to either enter a licensing deal with Google's Waymo, or make some high-priced changes to its autonomous driving software, after an independent software expert found Uber to still be using some Waymo technology after the two companies reached a legal settlement to their case in February 2018.

350 by Rex Crum. MOVED


^Motor City stakes claim to be capital of autos' future<

AUTO-DETROIT-FUTURE:DTN _ The Motor City's historic strength in manufacturing is enabling it to become the center for the future of the automotive industry.

Just a few years ago, conventional thinking assumed Silicon Valley's tech heavyweights held the upper hand in producing the next generation of vehicles. That was before the extensive problems experienced by electric-vehicle start-up Tesla Inc. in building EVs at its California plant, among other challenges to the tech-will-prevail thesis.

1100 by Kalea Hall in Detroit. MOVED



^Auto review: With the Levante GTS, Maserati proves its mastery of Ferrari-powered SUVs<


But automakers were reacting to a fundamental shift in what people desire in an automobile: the need for cargo hauling utility. San American trip to the supermarket requires more lifestyle debris than Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen needed to reach the South Pole for the first time in 1911.

This is why consumers find any vehicle other than an SUV a non-starter, and why vehicles like the 2020 Maserati Levante GTS exist.

750 by Larry Printz. MOVED


^Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride twins battle for best 3-row SUV<


Introduced, respectively, at the 2018 Los Angeles and 2019 Detroit auto shows, the Palisade and Telluride wowed with good looks and high-tech interiors. But as these vehicles have come to market, the automotive world is realizing they offer game-changing value.

Both feature luxury styling, that _ when paired with their standard content _ should make anyone question why they are paying tens of thousands more for a three-row luxury sport-utility.

1250 by Henry Payne. MOVED


^2019 Ford Expedition pulls like a beast, drives like a Winnebago<


The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 powering the Expedition _ the only engine choice _ produces 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Motor Trend says it hits 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, but it sure feels like trying to navigate a single-family house along the way. The Expedition doesn't hold a straight line well under duress, starting or stopping.

800 by Scott Sturgis. MOVED




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^Life-changing companions: How to afford a service dog<


2650 by Bankrate staff. MOVED


^Carla Fried: This Thanksgiving, have a chat with your loved ones about Medicare <


A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that barely one in 10 Medicare enrollees who paid for a supplementary policy to cover prescription drug costs made a switch. But among those who did bother to shop around, half were able to reduce their annual premium by at least 5%.

1100 by Carla Fried. MOVED



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^Motormouth: Wash your undercarriage regularly this winter<


700 by Bob Weber. MOVED


^Under the Hood: Indicator-based maintenance recommendation systems are not ideal<


550 by Brad Bergholdt. MOVED


^The Week Ahead: The hearing you may not hear about<


On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Jerome Powell is scheduled to testify before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. It is a semi-regular appearance for the top central banker to share his view with Congress. But he won't be the one in the spotlight.

400 by Tom Hudson. MOVED



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