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Stocks Fall

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 52 points in early Wednesday trading to 18,871. The S&P 500 fell 5 points to 2,175. The Nasdaq fell 4 points to 5,272. The LABJ stock index stayed steady at 227.

Estee Lauder to Buy Too Faced for $1.45 Billion

Estee Lauder Cosmetics has agreed to buy Los Angeles-based cosmetic company Too Faced for about $1.45 billion, Bloomberg reports. Too Faced will help Estee Lauder expand in e-commerce and specialty stores, and will be the biggest acquisition in the beauty brand’s history.

AEG Partners with Toshiba in Multimillion-Dollar L.A. Live Deal

Fans visiting L.A. Live will get to witness a new look at the downtown sports and entertainment center. Anschutz Entertainment Group and Toshiba announced a global multiyear deal on Tuesday that gives the downtown sports and entertainment presenter a chance to offer fans interactive installations and LED digital screens across venues in North America and Europe. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Wanda Group to Compete with Disney in China

Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group will be spending nearly $15 billion on a theme park and more than a dozen malls in China’s Hunan province that will compete with Walt Disney Co.’s new $5.5 billion theme park in Shanghai, the Los Angeles Times reports. The company will spend more than $7 billion on a Wanda City theme park and another $7 billion on 15 shopping plazas.

Porsche Opens $60 Million L.A. Experience Center

Porsche Motorsports North America has opened their 53-acre driving course in Carson, the Los Angeles Times reports. The $60 million “Experience Center” includes a 4.1-mile track that features water hazards and a slalom driving area, and the building includes a restaurant, car museum, conference center, and Porsche “laboratory.”

Stocks Mixed

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 41 in early Tuesday trading to 18,828. The S&P 500 fell 6 points to 2,170. The Nasdaq rose 44 points to 5,263. The LABJ stock index stayed steady at 227.

American Apparel Again Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Less than a year after emerging from bankruptcy under new leadership, American Apparel has again filed for Chapter 11 protection.

‘Strange’ and ‘Trolls’ Continue to Dominate BO

“Doctor Strange” retained the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row, adding $43 million in the U.S. and Canada to its gross of $153 million domestically and $493 million worldwide, the Los Angeles Times reports. DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls” took in an additional $35.1 million, bringing its total gross to $94 million at the domestic box office since its opening last week.

Sumner Redstone’s Grandchildren Take the Reigns

Previously undisclosed conversations between media mogul Sumner Redstone’s 30-year-old grandson Tyler Korff and ousted Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman set the stage for a peaceful transfer of power when the company’s board was overhauled in August, The Wall Street Journal reports. Other younger family members have also taken more prominent roles in the family business.

Stocks Mixed

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 42 in early Monday trading to 18,890. The S&P 500 rose 4 points to 2,167. The Nasdaq fell 3 points to 5,234. The LABJ stock index stayed steady at 226.

Stocks Fall Again

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 15 points in early Friday trading to 18,793. The S&P 500 fell 6 points to 2,161. The Nasdaq fell 16 points to 5,192. The LABJ stock index rose 1 point to 225.

Los Angeles Has Competition for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

The Los Angeles City Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to support building Star Wars creator George Lucas’ futuristic-looking Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Exposition Park, The Mercury News reports. The Bay Area is also interested in the museum and San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors have already thrown their support behind building the five-story museum on Treasure Island.

Snapchat Debuts Video Camera Sunglasses

Hundreds of people lined up for hours on Thursday to buy a pair of Snapchat Spectacles out of a pop-up vending machine called Snapbot after their debut on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports. The $130 video camera sunglasses are the Venice company’s first attempt at wearable technology and include a camera that takes circular-cropped videos up to 30 seconds each that can be transferred wirelessly to the Snapchat smartphone app.

ESPN Cable Revenue Declines

Operating income for Walt Disney Co.’s cable networks segment, which includes ESPN, fell 13 percent to $1.45 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports. A 13 percent fall in ESPN ad revenue was driven by more money flowing to advertising during the Olympic Games on rival NBCUniversal, as well as a decrease in fantasy-sports advertising, and loss in cable and satellite-television subscribers.

Villaraigosa to Run for Governor

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is running for governor in 2018 after taking a break from politics since leaving City Hall three years ago, the Daily Mail reports. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, state Treasurer John Chiang, and Delaine Eastin, former state schools’ chief, have also announced their intention to run.