Apple's deal with Indian ride-hailing firm Ola hints at bigger connected car ambitions

Los Angeles Times

Apple may have scrapped its plans to build self-driving cars, but if its recent deal with Indian ride-hailing firm Ola is anything to go by, the tech giant's auto industry ambitions are far from over. Ola, India's largest ride-hailing company, announced Tuesday that it is partnering with Apple to offer Apple Music as part of the in-car experience. The firm, which also announced partnerships with Sony, Qualcomm and Audio Compass, said the service will be made available in some of its vehicles as part of a platform called Ola Play. When passengers book an Ola ride, they will be able to interact with an in-car tablet to control the vehicle's air conditioning, music, watch videos and even read ebooks. "Cars were initially built for the driver," Ola Chief Executive Bhavish Agarwal said during a news conference reported on by India media outlet YourStory.


In praise of bus travel, the least glamorous but most lovable way to travel

Los Angeles Times

Some 40 million people ride intercity buses in the U.S. every year, and I'm one of the regulars. On Thanksgiving Day (poor planning), my kids and I will take a five-hour ride to visit my parents. The thinly upholstered seats have a bucket curve that subtly insults the human skeleton. In the bristles are no doubt microbes more diverse than even our great nation. The motor coach is far and away the least glamorous way to travel -- but also, perhaps, the most lovable.


Two bodies found in Orange County home of former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon

Los Angeles Times

The bodies of a man and woman were found Wednesday in the Orange home of former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon. Robert Gordon, 68, and Sharon Gordon, 57, were discovered at 5 p.m. in the 1400 block of North Kennymead Street, according to the Orange County Sheriff's-Coroner Department. Property records show Robby Gordon has owned the home since 1989. Few details about the couple's death have been released, but Lt. Fred Lopez told KTLA-TV that family members asked a neighbor on Wednesday to check on the couple's welfare. The neighbor entered the home and discovered the two were dead.


Protests rage outside Trump rally in Orange County: roads closed, police car smashed by crowd

Los Angeles Times

Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Donald Trump held a rally Thursday night, stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition to the Republican presidential candidate. Traffic came to a halt as a boisterous crowd walked in the roadway, some waving American and Mexican flags. At one point, a demonstrator stomped on a police cruiser, its windows smashed to pieces. "Dump the Trump," said one sign. "I'm protesting because I want equal rights for everybody, and I want peaceful protest," said 19-year-old Daniel Lujan, one of hundreds in a crowd that appeared to be mostly in their late teens and 20s.


Wells Fargo scandal prompts Los Angeles to crack down on banks that do business with city

Los Angeles Times

When the city of Los Angeles shops around for a new bank next year, it will ask institutions to promise that they do not engage in sales practices that harm consumers, a move spurred by revelations of widespread sales abuses at Wells Fargo & Co. The City Council on Tuesday approved a motion from Councilman Paul Koretz requesting that the city's Office of Finance require banks bidding for the city's business to certify that their practices are not predatory, though it's not clear what specific practices might be banned. It also voted to ask the city attorney's office to draft an ordinance that would amend the city's responsible banking ordinance to include more protections for whistle-blowers who report suspected illegal bank activity to authorities. "It's my hope and goal that the steps we've taken today will protect the financial health of our city and stop banks who receive large amounts of taxpayer dollars from ripping off Los Angeles residents," Koretz said in an emailed statement. Wells Fargo now provides the bulk of the city's banking services under a 2008 contract, which is set to expire next year but can be extended until June 2018.