THE WEEK AHEAD...

Los Angeles Times - - THE WEEK -

Com­ing Mon­day

The U.S. nu­clear en­ergy in­dus­try has had a bad sum­mer. First, con­struc­tion was halted on two South Carolina re­ac­tors af­ter cost es­ti­mates al­most dou­bled. Then, de­vel­op­ers of an­other nu­clear project in the South said costs had swelled from $14 bil­lion to over $25 bil­lion. It’s fair to ask if the in­dus­try has a fu­ture.

Fed may hint on rate hike

The Fed­eral Re­serve will re­lease an ac­count of its July pol­i­cy­mak­ing meet­ing Wed­nes­day. The min­utes could in­di­cate when of­fi­cials might hike a key in­ter­est rate again, and whether they will start re­duc­ing hold­ings of stim­u­lus as­sets in Septem­ber. The Fed ac­quired those as­sets dur­ing its quan­ti­ta­tive eas­ing cam­paign to boost the econ­omy af­ter the f inan­cial cri­sis.

State re­port on jobs is due

Cal­i­for­nia re­leases its em­ploy­ment re­port Fri­day, and econ­o­mists will be look­ing for more signs that the state’s long re­cov­ery may be slow­ing. The pre­vi­ous re­port, in June, marked the sec­ond time this year the state lost jobs month over month — an in­di­ca­tor that Cal­i­for­nia’s job en­gine may be sput­ter­ing. July’s re­port will help conf irm whether that slow­down is a blip or a trend.

‘Lo­gan Lucky’ vs. ‘Hit­man’

Steven Soder­bergh, di­rec­tor of “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Magic Mike,” re­turns Fri­day from early re­tire­ment with the ac­tion f lick “Lo­gan Lucky.” Soder­bergh f inanced and ar­ranged to re­lease the pic­ture with­out a stu­dio, re­tain­ing con­trol over pro­duc­tion and mar­ket­ing. Soder­bergh’s ex­per­i­ment faces Li­on­s­gate’s ac­tion-com­edy “The Hit­man’s Body­guard.”

Peb­ble Beach auto event

The world’s top col­lec­tors and re­stor­ers of vin­tage, an­tique and clas­sic cars are headed to the Mon­terey Penin­sula for seven days of car races, auc­tions and ral­lies. Mil­lions of dol­lars in ve­hi­cles will change hands be­fore the f inal blue rib­bons are given out Sun­day at the 67th an­nual Peb­ble Beach Con­cours D’El­e­gance, held on the fa­mous 18th hole of the golf course.

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