N&O Career Articles

Takata scandal adds to the troubled history of automotive air bags

LOS ANGELES - Driving a 2002 Honda Civic, Huma Hanif was traveling on a highway outside Houston on March 31 when the high school student ran into a car in front of her.

Updated: May. 27, 2016 4:47 AM | Full Story

Senior drivers confront confusing proliferation of new car technology

CHICAGO - Before settling on a new 2014 Ford Edge SE, Cynthia Manson resisted sales pressure to move up to a trim level that had, along with a bigger price tag, more onboard technology and available options.

Updated: May. 27, 2016 4:47 AM | Full Story

Can Eva Longoria help ease an affordability crisis?

LOS ANGELES - Eva Longoria has lent her name to numerous causes: diversity in Hollywood, education, the plight of farmworkers and low-income Latina entrepreneurs.

Updated: May. 26, 2016 4:47 AM | Full Story

Small machine shop a big part of Space Launch System

Mankind's path to Mars winds through a small machine shop in this Los Angeles-area town.

Updated: May. 26, 2016 4:42 AM | Full Story

For Amazon exec Stephenie Landry, the future is Now

SEATTLE - In spearheading the launch of the superfast Prime Now delivery service, Amazon.com executive Stephenie Landry knew the challenge would be steep.

Updated: May. 25, 2016 10:37 AM | Full Story

For Amazon exec Stephenie Landry, the future is Now

SEATTLE - In spearheading the launch of the superfast Prime Now delivery service, Amazon.com executive Stephenie Landry knew the challenge would be steep.

Updated: May. 25, 2016 4:37 AM | Full Story

Why paid parental leave won't go national

LOS ANGELES - San Francisco is making labor history by becoming the first U.S. city to require employers to offer fully paid leave to new parents.

Updated: May. 24, 2016 4:37 AM | Full Story

Why a historic highway that united California's two halves may never reopen to cars

LOS ANGELES - Harrison Scott discovered the Ridge Route in 1955. Then 18, he was out freewheeling in a brand new Ford he'd bought with a loan from his parents.

Updated: May. 20, 2016 4:37 AM | Full Story

Looking sharp, eyewear retailer adjusts his focus

PHILADELPHIA - Since opening his own retail eyeglass business in 2002, Cliff Balter has known a number of indignities, including a recession that forced him to close a second store six months after opening it and two failed e-commerce efforts.

Updated: May. 19, 2016 4:37 AM | Full Story

Millennials living with their parents: How's that working out?

CHICAGO - After graduating from college in 2014, Dean Pearce, 24, weighed why he should or shouldn't continue to live with his parents. His conclusion: "The 'pro' is: You're never alone. The 'con' is: You're never alone."

Updated: May. 19, 2016 4:42 AM | Full Story

App-makers draw a bead on adult coloring books

LOS ANGELES - Since she got in on the adult coloring book craze two years ago, Cheri Brown has spent more than $400 on 50 books holding intricate sketches that she embellishes with Sharpies, colored pencils and gel pens.

Updated: May. 18, 2016 4:37 AM | Full Story

Small firms can now sell shares to fans through crowdfunding sites

LOS ANGELES - Like so many entrepreneurs these days, Adam Glickman believes his company is making the world a better place. In his case, it's doing so one funny condom at a time.

Updated: May. 17, 2016 2:27 PM | Full Story

Some firms save money by offering employees free surgery

Lowe's home improvement company, like a growing number of large companies nationwide, offers its employees an eye-catching benefit: certain major surgeries at prestigious hospitals at no cost to the employee.

Updated: May. 17, 2016 4:42 AM | Full Story

Firm tries to ensure opioids are not overprescribed

PHILADELPHIA - For many, the path from opioid use to heroin addiction begins at work when an injury sustained on the job is treated, or rather, over-treated, with painkillers such as Oxycontin or Vicodin.

Updated: May. 17, 2016 4:37 AM | Full Story

More investors seeking financial advice are turning to lower-cost options

WASHINGTON - When John Rocca began earning enough money to start socking some away for retirement about 10 years ago, he took a time-honored approach to investing: hiring a broker from a large investment bank. But, like more and more Americans recently, he soon decided that approach to retirement investing wasn't working for him.

Updated: May. 16, 2016 4:42 AM | Full Story

Dietitian on aisle four: Grocery stores are calling in health experts

CHICAGO - Has anyone tried quinoa before?"

Updated: May. 16, 2016 4:42 AM | Full Story

Take a closer look at that ATM � are you about to be skimmed?

CHICAGO - As a computer security researcher, Steve Manzuik says he's "a little more paranoid" than the average person when it comes to his credit and debit cards. He's familiar enough with ATM skimmers - devices that mimic an ATM's card reader to swipe card data - to say he could probably make one, if he desired.

Updated: May. 16, 2016 4:37 AM | Full Story