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Taco Bell to Expand in Japan

A Tokyo-based restaurant operator said it would open franchises of Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. in Japan.

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Toba Puts $4M into Kids' Drink Maker

Toba Capital Management in Newport Beach has invested $4 million in Irvine-based True Drinks Inc.

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2 OC Hospitals on Top 50 List

Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, with campuses in Laguna Hills and San Clemente, placed among the top 50 hospitals in America, according to review organization Healthgrades Operating Co. Inc.

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Solis Gets Stake in Propane Company

Newport Beach-based private equity firm Solis Capital Partners LLC has invested in ICOM North America.

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Latino Focus for CSUF Center

The Orange County/Inland Empire Small Business Development Center at California State University-Fullerton plans to focus on Latino-American business owners with its third site here.

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Shorebreak Hotel Sells for $58.5M

Bethesda, Md.-based DiamondRock Hospitality Co. said it has bought the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach for $58.5 million.

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Irvine Software Firm Gets $19M

Irvine-based software company Mavenlink Inc. has raised $19 million in a recent funding round.

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Jet Blue Seeks Int’l Flights at Long Beach

John Wayne Airport’s neighbor to the north may add international flights after Long Island City, N.Y.-based JetBlue Airways Corp. asked Long Beach Airport to apply for a federal customs facility, according to a news report.

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Entrepreneur Media Invests in NY Firm

Entrepreneur Media Inc. in Irvine has invested in AlleyNYC, a company that leases shared work spaces on an hourly basis.

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Corinthian: Good News, Bad News

Corinthian Colleges Inc. got a reprieve from the California Student Aid Commission for one of its subsidiaries in the state, but its division in Canada filed for bankruptcy protection there after regulators closed the local campuses, according to news reports.

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Disney Names New Parks Boss

Disneyland Resort’s new top executive will be Bob Chapek, said the Walt Disney Co., as it named him chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts today.

Port Discord Starts to Seep Into OC

ECONOMY: Inventories, air shipments help blunt effects so far

Most Orange County-based companies that rely on seaborne shipments have so far managed to work around the labor dispute that’s jamming West Coast ports.

Quality’s New Quantity

Adoption of Electronic Medical Records Prompts Diversification at Software Maker

Quality Systems Inc. has gone from darling to diversification, and the shift in gears looks to be giving the Irvine-based medical software maker and its shares a shot in the arm.

Pyott’s Victory Lap; New at Modo Mio; Just-Right Joyce

You heard it here first back in November, when the Insider picked up on vibes that Actavis PLC might take the Allergan name once it got its deal for the Irvine-based drugmaker done.

Allergan Brand Equity Seen as Key to Top Billing

HEALTHCARE: Name better known than buyer in $71B deal

Actavis PLC’s recent decision to take on the name and ticker symbol of Allergan Inc. after it completes its $70 billion acquisition of the Irvine-based drugmaker next month brought plaudits from the local business community, where the move was hailed as a worthy acknowledgment and good business sense.