News: 2016 the best year ‘ever for blacks in cinema,’ critics group says

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2016 the best year ‘ever for blacks in cinema,’ critics group says

After two consecutive years of being put on the hot seat because no actors of color were nominated for an Oscar, Hollywood has turned a corner in bringing more diverse movies to audiences, according to a new report released Monday.

Citing an historic uptick in films representing the black experience, including “Barbershop: The Next Cut," “Central Intelligence," and the critically acclaimed dramas “Fences" and “Loving," the Los Angeles-based African American Film Critics Association has declared 2016 the best year “ever for blacks in cinema.

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Here’s how to keep ‘porch pirates’ from snagging your Cyber Monday deals

Holly Craft loves how technology thwarts porch pirates from stealing her packages.

The Ring Video Doorbell security system sends her an alert when someone such as a delivery person triggers the motion sensor. If Craft is not home, she can call a neighbor to grab the package before a thief does.

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California educators aim to get more girls into science classes, careers

They pretended to be computer scientists, learned about driverless cars and built space towers from spaghetti, string and masking tape.

The 200 female high school students got a taste of science careers at a recent workshop in Riverside, inspiring them to try to poke more holes in the glass ceiling.

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Black Friday, Thanksgiving weekend shoppers spent less due to discounts

NEW YORK >> Thanksgiving weekend shoppers picked up hot toys, TVs and new Apple products, buying both online and in stores, but spent less per person because of rampant discounting that they’ve come to demand.

Once all the receipts are in, customers look to have spent an average of $289.19 over the four-day weekend, down nearly 3.

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Uncertainty gives health insurance industry a case of heartburn

Six years into building its business around the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s $3 trillion health care industry may be losing that political playbook.

Industry leaders, like many voters, were stunned by the election of Donald Trump and unprepared for Republicans’ plans to “repeal and replace" Obamacare.

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Wage theft is common in garment manufacturing in Southern California

Beating drums and waving hand-lettered signs, 40 garment workers marched in front of a Los Angeles Ross Dress For Less outlet chanting “Ross Stores, you can’t hide! We can see your greedy side!"

Among the protesters on a sunny Saturday before Thanksgiving, Maribelia Quiroz, 46, mother of three, said she stitches blouses for Ross at a downtown contractor, earning $300 a week for up to 60 hours of work, with no overtime.

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Southern California is national leader in pay hikes. Again!

Southern California is again the pay-raise champ among major U.S. markets.

The federal government’s Employment Cost Index for the five-county area showed local wages and salaries gaining 3.8 percent in the year ended in September. That’s the best among 15 major U.S. markets tracked and it was the third consecutive quarter that local wage hikes topped this national ranking.

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Why Southern California’s solar surge is not what you think

Sunny California continues to lead the nation in rooftop solar installations, but that’s not what’s most surprising about the new numbers from state utility regulators.

Solar’s greatest appeal is not in any tony enclave of wealthy liberals. It’s in suburban, middle-class cities that are mostly Republican strongholds, an analysis of data from Southern California Edison’s service area shows.

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