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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The hair trade is a billion-dollar global industry

You’ve probably heard of a hair shirt — it’s rough, woven out of goats’ hair and worn as penance.

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Now imagine a wedding garment fashioned from human hair.

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Why you should care about real estate dual-sales ruling

The California Supreme Court last week affirmed an appeals court ruling that a real estate agent owed fiduciary duties to the buyer — not just the seller — in a case in which one brokerage represented both sides of the deal.

The case, involving the issue of “dual agents," has been of widespread interest in the real estate industry.

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San Fernando Valley median home price rises to $625,000 again

Home prices remained expensive in the San Fernando Valley during the month of October with the median price hitting $625,000 for the second time this year while sales declined once again, according to a trade association.

Last month, the median price increased 11 percent from a year earlier and gained $5,000 from September, according to the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors.

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Cyber Monday now a multi-day event

It’s not on par with discovering that light can bend, but retailers are coming to grips with e-commerce’s rapid approach to parity with brick-and-mortar stores, causing some to blur the line for Cyber Monday.

Walmart offered online deals Black Friday, the day traditionally reserved for running through the aisles to get holiday deals.

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We went inside Newegg’s warehouse to see what Cyber Monday is like for an online retailer

Online retailers were buzzing with activity Monday as workers across the country packaged, labeled and shipped hundreds of thousands of orders for Cyber Monday.

But few were as busy as Newegg Inc.

The Industry-based company’s two warehouse/distribution centers on Rowland Street were running fast and furious Monday, shipping such items as computer hardware and software, printers, cellphones and virtual reality headsets.

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RIP #OscarsSoWhite? 2016 ‘best year ever’ for blacks in film, critics say

After two consecutive years of being put in 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 report released Monday.

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

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Cyber Monday transforms as shoppers are more connected

NEW YORK — The Monday after Thanksgiving is still a time when millions of Americans pause to check out online deals and check off items from their gift list — but a one-day Cyber Monday frenzy appears to be going the way of the dial-up modem.

Shoppers who have high-speed connections at home and on their phones are pouncing on deals that stores are spreading out over several days, leaving the so-called Cyber Monday online shopping bonanza in danger of losing its title as the top online sales day.

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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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