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If California's a 'bad state for business,' why is it leading the nation in job and GDP growth?

latimes.com — State and federal statistics released as recently as Friday make it clear: California is smoking hot, economy-wise. The state gained 40,300 jobs in June, and 461,000 over the year. As a gain of 2.9%, that was the best 12-month record of any large state except Florida, which won by a nostril with a gain of 3%, and much better than the nation as a whole (1.7%).

Should we pay women to donate their eggs for research? No, and here's why.

latimes.com — "Not everything in life is for sale, nor should it be." That's what California Gov. Jerry Brown said in 2013 when he vetoed a bill allowing women to be paid to donate their eggs for scientific research. "In medical procedures of this kind," he added, "the long-term risks are not adequately known.

Prenda's 'porno-trolling' bullying lawyers get slapped down in court - again!

latimes.com — Of all the dishonest, dissembling lawyers at large in our country, one must tip one's hat to the "porno-trolling" bullies who once operated as Prenda Law. Remember Prenda? Its scheme was to collect Internet addresses of computers that might have been used to download pornographic movies for free.

How Trump's V.P. choice could throttle his fundraising chances

latimes.com — The Trump campaign's fundraising record thus far is nothing to brag about. But legal authorities have begun noticing that by choosing a sitting governor, Indiana's Mike Pence, as his running mate, Donald Trump has probably shut down any hope of big contributions from Wall Street.

FTC moves against Herbalife, but leaves a question: Why is this company still allowed in business?

latimes.com — The legal complaint and settlement with Herbalife unveiled Friday by the Federal Trade Commission answers several questions about the Los Angeles-based nutritional supplement marketing company, but leaves the most important question wide open. The answered questions involve Herbalife's business model. The FTC says in its complaint, filed Friday in Los Angeles Federal Court: Yes, Herbalife's business model is deceitful.

Feds say Prime Healthcare has figured out how to make money from hospitals - through fraud

latimes.com — Making a profit in the hospital business is tough. At least, that's the explanation for the surge in hospital mergers we've been seeing recently. According to the federal government, however, one California-based hospital chain has figured out how to squeeze the absolute maximum income from Medicare and other government programs and send the money directly to its bottom line.

The Zika crisis: How Congress abandoned its duty to govern

The NLRB strikes another blow against employers shortchanging workers

latimes.com — Labor regulators have had their hands full keeping track of all the methods employers use to disavow responsibility for their employees. In a decision issued Monday, the National Labor Relations Board drew a firm line through one maneuver that has hamstrung union organizing in shops that employ "permatemps" and contract workers side by side with direct employees.

Man bites dog: Anaheim's mayor pushes back against a tax giveaway to Disneyland

latimes.com — The Walt Disney Co., like other corporations that rank as their host towns' biggest employers and taxpayers, often has a tendency to come off like the owner of a company town. That's the case in Anaheim, the home of Disneyland, which hasn't been known in recorded history to deny Disney much of anything.

Economic inequality is the cause and the consequence of our racial problems

latimes.com — The eruption of community protests that followed the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile last week placed the spotlight once again on racial disparities in American society. But one aspect that again received less attention than it deserved is economic disparity. That's important because it's pervasive in the U.S.
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Should we pay women to donate their eggs for research? No, and here's why.  http://fw.to/IyTSpEZ 

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Jul 22, 2016

Should we pay women to donate their eggs for research? No, and here's the reason:  http://fw.to/IyTSpEZ 

Jul 22, 2016

If California's a 'bad state for business,' why is it leading the nation in job and GDP growth?  http://fw.to/8aWtMiW 

Jul 22, 2016

Should we pay women to donate their eggs for research? No, and here's why.  http://fw.to/IyTSpEZ 

Jul 22, 2016

Prenda's 'porno-trolling' bullying lawyers get slapped down in court — again!  http://fw.to/6J4ioPO 


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