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The Port of Long Beach Reports Slight Decrease in Cargo Volume in July

Container volume at the Port of Long Beach declined by 7.7 percent in July compared to the same month in 2015.

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Online Postage Company Adds Shipping to Bag

INTERNET: Stamps.com’s acquisitions continue to deliver for shareholders.

Stamps.com pursues package deals with the acquisition of shipping services.

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Play Maker

CEO Isaac Larian is game for more time in court to protect MGA’s line of Bratz dolls from Mattel

MGA’s Isaac Larian reveals how a dishwashing job played into his toymaking career.

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Ex-Hangar Lands Tech Giant

Google sees big office space opportunity in former residence of Spruce Goose

Google advances plans to relaunch the former Spruce Goose hangar as a massive office space.

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Vehicle-Sharing Service Taps Electric SUV Buzz

TRANSIT: New venture to allow customers to order rides in Tesla’s Model X.

A new vehicle-sharing service is being launched to fight traffic congestion on L.A. roads.

BNSF Seeks to Overturn Judge’s Decision to Halt Rail Yard’s Expansion

BNSF Railway Co. said yesterday it will appeal a judge’s decision against the company’s $500 million project to expand a rail yard at the Port of Los Angeles.

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Long Beach Approves $46.4 Million Program to Battle Pollution

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners will give $46.4 million to mitigate the impacts of the port-related air pollution in adjacent communities.

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Cigar Maker Meets its Match

Tobacco company wedded to line of custom marriage- related smokes.

Custom Tobacco’s cigar rolling service is booming during summer wedding season.

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Mattel Acquires License for ‘Jurassic World’ Toys

El Segundo toy maker Mattel Inc. said today it won the toy license for the upcoming new “Jurassic World” film.

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Spirited Offer Draws Ad Execs

Duo pours themselves into developing unique take on Absolut Co.’s Our/Vodka.

Steven Ocheltree and Tyler Simmons seek to bottle L.A.’s spirit with their venture for Our/Vodka.

Cake Figurines Find Sweet Spot

Swirly Celebrations crafts custom characters to cover range of wedding parties.

Swirly Celebrations positions its cake figurines as a top attraction for weddings.

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3-D Printers Could Shape Future for Toymaker

MANUFACTURING: Mattel pitches pricey device for use at home by children.

Toy giant Mattel makes a play for creative kids with pricey 3-D printers to be used at home.

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Trucking Firms Suspect Amnesty Won’t Deliver

SHIPPING: Employers in drive classification fight give state program a pass.

Trucking firms facing fines over driver misclassification are steering clear of an amnesty program.

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Apparel Maker Folds Schedule

CLOTHING: Hale Bob drops calendar for see now, buy now.

Hale Bob has decided it’s time to ditch seasonal apparel rollouts for a see now, buy now approach.

Forever 21’s Exclusive Shipper Breaks Ties with Fashion Retailer

Fast fashion retailer Forever 21 appears to be falling victim to the recent slowdown seen by cohorts H&M, Urban Outfitters, and even larger retailers such as Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.