Report says blacks, Latinos losing economic ground 

(AP) — African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income as the United States pulls itself out of the Great Recession, the latest State of Black America report from the National Urban League says.

3 meningitis deaths reported in Los Angeles County

(AP) — Three of eight people who contracted bacterial meningitis this year have died, and all three had sex with other men, Los Angeles County health officials said.

LA mayor quickly vies for Letterman's 'Late Show'

(AP) — With David Letterman retiring, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is wasting no time trying to restore the balance of late-night talk to the West Coast.

Nest disables feature on smoke alarms

(AP) — The high-tech home monitoring device company Nest Labs is disabling a feature on its smoke alarms due to the risk that owners could unintentionally turn off the device with the wave of a hand.

Mozilla CEO resigns after furor over gay rights 

(AP) — Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO after protests of his support of a gay marriage ban in California.

Yahoo adds more security to thwart surveillance

(AP) — Yahoo has added more layers of security in its effort to shield people's online lives from government spying and other snooping.

FireChat ignites new way to communicate on phones

(AP) — A new mobile messaging application called FireChat is empowering nearby smartphone users to stay in touch even when there's no cellular service or Internet connection.

Tesla to appeal changed New Jersey car regulations

(AP) — Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey's ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks.

San Francisco denies appeal over employee shuttles

(AP) — San Francisco officials have shot down an environmental appeal meant to stall a program allowing private employee shuttles operated by tech giants such as Facebook and Google to pay to use public bus stops.

Economists: California drought impact to be minor

(AP) — California's drought won't dry up the economy, but it may slow job growth marginally if it persists over several years, according to a forecast released Wednesday that stresses the state's thirsty history.