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    Mann Packing recalls some bagged vegetables and salads because of listeria concerns

    Vegetable supplier Mann Packing has issued a voluntary recall for a number of bagged vegetables, salads and other vegetable products sold in the U.S. and Canada due to a potential risk of listeria contamination. The Salinas, Calif., firm said last week it issued the recall “out of an abundance...

  • Amazon says it received 238 proposals for second headquarters

    Amazon says it received 238 proposals for second headquarters

    Amazon said Monday that it received 238 proposals from cities and regions in the United States, Canada and Mexico hoping to be the home of the company's second headquarters. The online retailer kicked off its hunt for a second home base in September, promising to bring 50,000 new jobs and spend...

  • Cisco Systems buying BroadSoft for $1.9 billion cash

    Cisco Systems buying BroadSoft for $1.9 billion cash

    Cisco Systems Inc. will pay about $1.9 billion cash to buy BroadSoft Inc. in a move aimed at expanding its communications software offerings. The networking technology giant is paying $55 per share, marking a 2% premium to Broadsoft's closing price on Friday. Gaithersburg, Md.-based BroadSoft provides...

  • California Inc.: Tech event looks at the coming robot takeover

    California Inc.: Tech event looks at the coming robot takeover

    Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section. I'm Business columnist David Lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week. Some good economic news from the Golden State: We added 52,200 net new jobs in September,...

  • What would happen if Amazon brought 50,000 workers to your city? Ask Seattle

    What would happen if Amazon brought 50,000 workers to your city? Ask Seattle

    Amazon.com has driven an economic boom in Seattle, bestowing more than 40,000 jobs upon a city known for Starbucks coffee and Seahawks fandom. Its growth remade a neglected industrial swath north of downtown into a hub of young workers and fixed the region, along with Microsoft before it, as a...

  • JetBlue to remove its fares from several online travel booking sites

    JetBlue to remove its fares from several online travel booking sites

    JetBlue Airways is removing its fares and schedules from 11 online travel booking sites, saying the move will cut costs and help keep fares low. The decision follows the lead of Southwest Airlines, which has long kept its booking information from some of the most popular online travel sites. Delta...

  • Elon Musk gets OK to start digging in early step toward hyperloop dream

    Elon Musk gets OK to start digging in early step toward hyperloop dream

    Maryland has given transportation pioneer Elon Musk permission to dig tunnels for the high-speed, underground transit system known as a hyperloop that Musk wants to build between New York and Washington. Representatives of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday the state has issued a conditional...

  • Hotel rooms near L.A. Convention Center have nearly doubled but aren't enough, city study finds

    Hotel rooms near L.A. Convention Center have nearly doubled but aren't enough, city study finds

    For years, tourism advocates in Los Angeles have bemoaned the shortage of hotel rooms near downtown’s convention center, saying the city needs thousands more to draw the nation’s biggest conventions. Thanks to a construction boom over the past four years, the city has nearly doubled the number...

  • Workers at iPhone supplier in China protest unpaid bonuses

    Workers at iPhone supplier in China protest unpaid bonuses

    Hundreds of workers streamed through dark streets, blocking an entrance to an Apple iPhone supplier's factory in eastern China to protest unpaid bonuses and factory reassignments, two witnesses and a U.S. nonprofit group said Thursday. Jabil Inc., which runs the Green Point factory in Wuxi city,...

  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is plug-in, off-road ready

    Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is plug-in, off-road ready

    It was an offer too good to refuse: Take a helicopter ride from Long Beach to Avalon, then spend the day driving the unpaved back roads of Santa Catalina Island in an SUV. It didn’t matter that the exploring would be done in a Mitsubishi. With an invitation to explore some of the “no cars allowed”...

  • Investigation launched after actress tells LAPD she was raped by Harvey Weinstein

    Investigation launched after actress tells LAPD she was raped by Harvey Weinstein

    An Italian model-actress met with Los Angeles police detectives for more than two hours Thursday morning, providing a detailed account of new allegations that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her at a hotel in 2013. She is the sixth woman to accuse Weinstein of rape or forcible sex...

  • Stitch Fix, an online clothing styling service, files for IPO

    Stitch Fix, an online clothing styling service, files for IPO

    Stitch Fix Inc., an online clothing styling service, has filed to go public. The company is one of several that ships shoppers clothing to try on at home before they buy. With Stitch Fix, customers pay $20 to receive five clothing items. Customers can ship back whatever they don't like or they'll...

  • Senate Democrats fail in first attempt to save state and local tax deduction

    Senate Democrats fail in first attempt to save state and local tax deduction

    Senate Democrats on Thursday failed in their first attempt to save the state and local tax deduction, which helps many residents of California and other high-cost states reduce their federal income tax bills. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 52 to 47 to reject an amendment that would have...

  • U.S. unemployment claims fall to the lowest in 44 years

    U.S. unemployment claims fall to the lowest in 44 years

    The number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since Richard Nixon was president. The Labor Department said Thursday that claims for jobless aid dropped by 22,000 to 222,000, the fewest since March 1973. The less volatile four-week average slid by 9,500...

  • Stocks’ last-minute rebound nudges S&P 500 and Dow to new highs

    Stocks’ last-minute rebound nudges S&P 500 and Dow to new highs

    A last-minute surge nudged U.S. stock indexes mostly higher Thursday, barely extending the market's winning streak and milestone-setting run. The Standard & Poor's 500 index and Dow Jones industrial average closed higher for the fifth straight day, each posting new highs. The other indexes finished...

  • Weinstein Co. employees: 'We did not know'

    Weinstein Co. employees: 'We did not know'

    A group of Weinstein Co. staffers responded to sexual harassment and assault allegations against their company’s disgraced co-founder Harvey Weinstein on Thursday, saying they did not know he was a “serial sexual predator.” The statement, signed by unnamed “select members of the Weinstein Company...

  • Workers' lawsuit accuses ritzy Terranea Resort of wage theft

    Workers' lawsuit accuses ritzy Terranea Resort of wage theft

    Workers at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes have sued the ritzy hotel, contending they aren’t paid for the time they spend waiting to get uniforms before each shift and being driven on a bus from a remote parking lot. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, names...

  • FDA approval of lymphoma therapy shows Gilead's purchase of Kite was a good bet

    FDA approval of lymphoma therapy shows Gilead's purchase of Kite was a good bet

    Gilead Sciences Inc.’s stock rose Thursday after the biotech company’s Kite Pharma unit gained federal approval for its flagship cell-treatment therapy for adults with advanced lymphoma. The Food and Drug Administration’s approval Wednesday of Kite’s treatment represented a rapid payoff for Gilead....

  • Irvine wants to put Amazon's second headquarters in the Spectrum

    Irvine wants to put Amazon's second headquarters in the Spectrum

    Irvine has unveiled its proposal to win Amazon’s second headquarters, joining cities from across the country that are vying to lure the tech giant and tens of thousands of new jobs. With bids due Thursday, the city and its joint partner the Irvine Co. said they want to put Amazon in the Irvine...

  • Lyft gets $1-billion investment, led by Google's parent company

    In the topsy-turvy world of tech, an investor can fund a company one minute and sue it the next. It also can turn around and fund a competitor, which is what Google’s parent company did when it announced Thursday that its growth equity fund led a $1-billion investment in Lyft, four years after...

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    Make holiday shopping for your clients easy this year

    The holidays are known as the most wonderful time of the year, but they're also a great opportunity for reflection, particularly in a business setting. This is the time of year when you can look back on the last 12 months and appreciate everyone who helped make the year a success for your business....

  • Think outside the bank: How to get a business loan online

    Think outside the bank: How to get a business loan online

    In business, dreams are easy. Finding the money to make them happen, however, can be difficult. Even established, successful businesses can get turned away for loans at banks. This was the case for Sole Bicycles, a popular maker of stylish and high-performance bikes based in Venice Beach, California....

  • 5 big changes for today's small businesses

    5 big changes for today's small businesses

    A generation ago, the notion of a small business owner meant something very different. You pictured a person who owned their own storefront, often named after themselves, and every day they were the first to arrive and the last to leave. They worked tirelessly for their customers, and their reward...

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