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  • New Vikings stadium lifts city, state official says

    New Vikings stadium lifts city, state official says

    The new, $1.1 billion stadium built in downtown Minneapolis for the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings, partly with taxpayer funding, is already an architectural and economic success, said Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the state agency that owns and operates the venue. Kelm-Helgen...

  • California ties for first place in energy efficiency

    California ties for first place in energy efficiency

    California finished in a tie with Massachusetts for first place in a ranking of states employing energy efficiency measures released Tuesday. "The states continue to be a laboratory for change, where we get some of the best ideas for energy efficiency," said Steven Nadel, executive director of...

  • Can your employer forbid you from talking politics at work?

    Can your employer forbid you from talking politics at work?

    You are a top manager at a San Diego company. The day after the first presidential debate, one of your subordinates comes to you very upset. Earlier that morning, a co-worker had demeaned his intelligence and ethics in an aggressive and angry way when he disclosed his preferred candidate for president....

  • Xencor grows in San Diego

    Xencor grows in San Diego

    Antibody-based drug developer Xencor has expanded its San Diego operations, the Monrovia-based biotech said last week. The San Diego office now has 17 employees, said president and CEO Bassil Dahiyat. It had about four when it was opened about two years ago, They’re handling clinical development...

  • Software firm Certona raises $30M

    Certona, a San Diego predictive analytics software firm focused on e-commerce, has raised $30 million in new funding led by Primus Capital. Founded in 2004, Certona called the financing a minority recapitalization in a statement last week.  The money will be used for expansion and product development...

  • For the first time, digital to make up 10% of holiday sales

    For the first time, digital to make up 10% of holiday sales

    Holiday retail e-commerce sales are expected to balloon to nearly $95 billion in the U.S. this season, growing 17 percent over 2015 and accounting for more than 10 percent of total holiday retail for the first time in history, according to a new report.  The figures, released Tuesday by digital...

  • Uber now has gift cards too

    Uber now has gift cards too

    Lyft has gift cards, and now Uber does, too. The ride-hail giant Monday announced its plans to sell physical cards at 35,000 brick-and-mortar locations across the country. Uber gift cards will be sold at U.S. Walmart, Target and CVS stores in the coming weeks, with cards available in denominations...

  • Biocom Life Science Catalyst winners named

    Biocom Life Science Catalyst winners named

    Biocom, the San Diego-based life science trade group, has named 10 winners of its new Life Science Catalyst Awards. Presented along with with San Diego Venture Group, the awards recognize rising stars in research, technology and business fields who have made a lasting contribution to the region’s...

  • Not received an electric bill from SDG&E lately? You're not alone

    Not received an electric bill from SDG&E lately? You're not alone

    KorieXan Timcke, the secretary who handles expenses at the Santee-Lakeside Elks Lodge, received a shock when she came into work one day in August. The San Diego Gas & Electric bill for the lodge had reached $3,000. “They didn’t bill us for three months,” said Timcke, who didn’t notice anything...

  • Molecular switch may boost cancer immune therapy: Study

    Molecular switch may boost cancer immune therapy: Study

    Cancer immunotherapies have progressed spectacularly in recent years, placing some patients who were nearing death into total remission. But results are uneven, and far from a general cure. A team led by UC San Diego researchers may have found a way of making these cancer immunotherapies more potent...

  • Consider other options before paying off car

    Dear Liz: In January, I used financing to buy a used car, and now I have about $8,000 left to pay off. I recently received a windfall and can pay off that debt in full. Is there any reason to not go ahead and do that? This car loan is my only current debt. However, I do anticipate buying a home...

  • Clean vehicle rebate funding reinstated

    Clean vehicle rebate funding reinstated

    California's clean-car rebates are back on the road. In June, buyers of vehicles that qualify under the state’s zero-emissions program began receiving notices they had been placed on a waiting list to receive their money from the state's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), due to a legislative...

  • Apple shows up to messaging wars

    Apple shows up to messaging wars

    Doodles, stickers, animated kisses and games. Apple has sandwiched these digital diversions into the latest version of its messaging app, which also now comes with its very own marketplace. Update your phone to iOS 10 and you, too, can get lost in a rabbit hole of innocuous text exchanges. ` Because,...

  • Innovative companies fuel region's life sciences

    Innovative companies fuel region's life sciences

    Here's a look at five businesses that epitomize some of the industry's major areas of focus

  • Brace for a new round of tourism tax lawsuits

    Brace for a new round of tourism tax lawsuits

    City faces $100M claims, hotel owners may be next

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