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15-Acre USC Village to Open Thursday

The student-housing hub called USC Village, one of the largest developments ever built in South Los Angeles, is set to open to fanfare Thursday.

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Public Charter Operator JetSuiteX to Launch Burbank-San Jose Service

Irvine-based air public charter operator JetSuiteX announced Wednesday it will start service next month from Hollywood Burbank Airport to San Jose International Airport.

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Meal Kit Service Chef’d Raises $25 Million from Smithfield Foods Inc.

El Segundo-based meal kit delivery service Chef’d has raised $25 million from Smithfield, Va., pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc., the investor announced Monday.

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German Grocer Aldi Partners with Instacart to Offer Delivery in Los Angeles

German discount grocer Aldi Inc. announced Monday that it plans to debut a grocery delivery service through Instacart in Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta later this month. Aldi, which mainly sells products with its own label, has almost 1,700 stores in 35 states, according to a press release. About 15 of its stores are in L.A. County.

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Cargo Volumes Hit Records at Long Beach, Los Angeles Ports

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which together make up the nation’s largest port complex, set new records in cargo movement last month.

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DineEquity Inc. to Close More Than 100 Applebee’s Restaurants

Glendale-based restaurant company DineEquity Inc. has revised its expectations for its Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill concept, saying during its second-quarter earnings call Thursday that it expects between 105 and 135 locations to close this year.

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Aquatic Farm Flexes Mussels Offshore

FOOD: Catalina Sea Ranch takes crack at shellfish sales.

Catalina Sea Ranch looks to plumb the depths of consumer demand for shellfish.

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Hotels Stay Hot With 2017 Deals

Hotel acquisitions continue on pace in 2017 without reservations.

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Will Lawyers Favor Judge Database?

Gavelytics hopes to make case with courtroom information on L.A. Superior Court jurists.

Gavelytics hopes to court lawyers with its database on Los Angeles Superior Court judges.

Natural Food Chain Pursues Organic Growth Plan

Erewhon will add outpost in Santa Monica; relocate HQ, kitchen to downtown L.A.

Natural food store Erewhon is picking up the pace with its expansion across Los Angeles County.

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Daily Flight Service from LAX to Hong Kong Launching in December

Hong Kong Airlines on Tuesday announced it is launching nonstop flights between Los Angeles International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport on Dec. 18.

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New Alternative Restaurant Dine-In App Launches in Los Angeles

Some local restaurants are trying a new alternative to delivery to bring in customers with an app that launched in Los Angeles County Tuesday.

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Beverage Investor Pins Hopes on Hard Stuff

First Beverage Group may spike new fund with alcoholic drink makers.

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Congress Might Clear Fees at LAX for Takeoff

Senate mulls plan to raise passenger facility charge; major airlines oppose hike.

Los Angeles International Airport is a step closer to receiving tens of millions of additional dollars each year in passenger fee revenues, just as its multibillion-dollar modernization program has kicked into full gear.

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Buyer Locks Up Cybersecurity Firm for $240M

Pasadena-based Guidance Software’s digital forensics drew offer from OpenText.

Waterloo, Ontario-based OpenText, a content management system developer, is set to acquire forensic security firm Guidance Software Inc. of Pasadena for $240 million in cash.

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