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AUTOS
February 19, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Tesla Motors Inc. narrowed its losses in both the fourth quarter and the year as the electric car maker ramped up sales both in the U.S. and internationally and collected about $150 million from the sale of environmental credits. Shares of Tesla soared to a  record when it released the financial report after the stock market closed, rising $24.10, or 12.5% to $217.74 in after-hours trading Wednesday. Tesla said that it lost $16.3 million in the fourth quarter. That compared with a loss of $89.9 million a year earlier.
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BUSINESS
October 7, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
SpaceX is set to usher in a new era for NASA's space flight program when a towering white rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and heads to the International Space Station on a resupply mission.   If successful, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, will be the first private company to resupply the space station on a contracted mission for NASA. The company has a $1.6-billion contract to carry out 12 such cargo missions for the space agency in the coming years.
OPINION
May 10, 2013
Re "Tesla drives state credits to the bank," May 6 Tesla Motors is an example of an innovative, homegrown California industry. It is building ultra-clean cars and providing employment for 2,800 people in a formerly abandoned car factory. This success is not being subsidized by other car companies. Car manufacturers are not required to purchase credits (which Tesla can sell to its competitors), nor does the state's Air Resources Board establish a price. The credits are entirely an opportunity to provide additional flexibility to car manufacturers to comply with a program whose ultimate goal is to support the commercialization of cutting-edge clean technology vehicles, and ensure that we get as many of them as possible on our roads and highways as fast as possible.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2011 | By Mindy Farabee
In 2006, when director Chris Paine released "Who Killed the Electric Car?" the story of GM's short-lived, battery-powered EV-1, the villains were many, but consumer apathy played its role. With "Revenge of the Electric Car," Paine's entertaining follow-up, top GM exec Bob Lutz gives much credit for the company's 180 to consumer outrage. Wall Street might want to take notice of how quickly tides can change. "Revenge" follows the three-way race between GM, Nissan and Silicon Valley rogues Tesla Motors to bring an electric model successfully to market by centering on the three biggest personalities involved: Lutz, Nissan head Carlos Ghosn and Elon Musk, the PayPal mogul behind Tesla who goosed GM into action with his sexy gas-free sports car. Invited "behind enemy lines" as narrator Tim Robbins intones, by GM themselves in 2007, the filmmakers gained access across the board by promising not to release the film until the cars hit showrooms in 2011.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Should the state play a role in preventing obesity among its residents? State Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel) has introduced legislation that would levy a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, including sodas, as part of an effort to fight obesity among young people, The Times' Patrick McGreevy reported. The measure is meant to discourage people from consuming sweetened drinks, and the money collected would pay for a statewide childhood obesity prevention program through  a  Children's Health  Promotion Fund.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez and Andrea Chang
Monday tech news kicked off with a significant price cut to the Microsoft Surface RT tablet and a report that a woman in China was electrocuted while using her iPhone. Microsoft cuts price of Surface RT by $150 Microsoft reduced the price of its Surface RT tablets this weekend by $150. It's cheapest model now starts at $349, but there are plenty of other great tablets that start around that price. Chinese woman electrocuted using iPhone A 23-year-old woman in China was reportedly killed when she answered a call on her iPhone 5 while it was plugged into the wall for recharging.
AUTOS
March 28, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Tesla Motors Inc. has announced plans to reinforce the undercarriage of about 16,000 cars with high-strength shields to reduce the risk of damage from a crash starting a fire. Elon Musk, the electric car company's chief executive, outlined the retrofit Friday morning, at the same time the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it has signed off on the changes and was closing a probe into two fires that occurred in Tesla Model S sports sedans. The NHTSA did not ask Tesla to issue a recall for the Model S. “NHTSA has not identified a safety defect trend at this time that would justify the agency issuing a recall request letter,” the agency said.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos staged a technology demonstration over the weekend, aiming to show how quickly a half-baked idea with several years of obstacles ahead of it could garner fawning attention from the news media. Answer: about two nanoseconds. The idea is for the delivery of Amazon orders by little unmanned copters, or drones. Bezos calls it "Amazon Prime Air. " The judges are still conferring, but Bezos is expected to have lowered the previous record, set by Elon Musk of Tesla Motors in August with his proposal for a "hyperloop" rapid transit system between Northern and Southern California.  Hyperloop enthralled techno-fans and not a few credible transportation experts before fading out of public consciousness, a few days after flaring into press.
OPINION
March 17, 2014 | By Michael Shermer
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission last week voted to prohibit Tesla from selling its electric vehicles directly to consumers, a decision endorsed by the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers and Gov. Chris Christie. New Jersey is the third state, after Texas and Arizona, to block Tesla from direct sales, all under the guise of protecting consumers. Some free market. Of course, auto dealers prefer an arrangement in which they have exclusive rights to sell a certain manufacturer's product.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2005 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
The maiden flight of a new rocket designed to slash the cost of sending satellites into orbit has been rescheduled for mid-December after the maiden launch was scrubbed Saturday because of technical glitches. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., also known as SpaceX, a fledgling El Segundo rocket maker founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Elon Musk, hopes to shake up the aerospace industry with its Falcon 1 rocket.
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