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  • All NFL teams will participate in 'Madden' esports tournament

    All NFL teams will participate in 'Madden' esports tournament

    NFL fans and gamers can play their way to the Super Bowl — if they're good enough at the newest edition of “Madden NFL 18.” Electronic Arts and the NFL on Monday announced they're teaming up to create an online tournament involving all 32 teams. It makes the NFL the first professional sports league...

  • FBI warns of spreading W-2 email theft scheme

    FBI warns of spreading W-2 email theft scheme

    The IRS is warning businesses about a sharp increase in email phishing scams involving employees' W-2 forms — scams that can put workers’ Social Security numbers and other crucial information in the hands of thieves. The government said 200 businesses, public schools, universities, Native American...

  • Google's newest Android operating system gets its official name: Oreo

    Google's newest Android operating system gets its official name: Oreo

    At the height of the day’s solar eclipse in New York, Google finally revealed the name of its latest Android operating system — in honor of another dark disc: the Oreo. The company turned the beloved cookie into a superhero based on the familiar Android robot logo. Google traditionally names its...

  • Stocks barely move as calm returns to the market

    Stocks barely move as calm returns to the market

    U.S. stocks were nearly flat Monday, as the Standard & Poor's 500 index steadied following back-to-back losses the last two weeks. This week may be a calmer one for the stock market, after an uncharacteristically bumpy stretch shook what had been an incredibly smooth ride higher for stocks this...

  • Elon Musk and AI experts urge U.N. to ban artificial intelligence in weapons

    Elon Musk and AI experts urge U.N. to ban artificial intelligence in weapons

    Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk has joined dozens of CEOs of artificial intelligence companies in signing an open letter urging the United Nations to ban the use of AI in weapons before the technology gets out of hand. The letter was published Monday — the same day the U.N.’s Group of...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: Complete list of Concours D'Elegance winners

    Pebble Beach 2017: Complete list of Concours D'Elegance winners

    The tallies are in, the judges’ ballots are all counted, and the trophies have all gone home with the winners. Here are the celebrants, listed by category, as provided by the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. COMPLETE LIST OF 2017 WINNERS Best of Show 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer Bruce...

  • Sempra Energy bids $9.45 billion for Oncor, topping Warren Buffett's offer

    Sempra Energy bids $9.45 billion for Oncor, topping Warren Buffett's offer

    Sempra Energy is buying Texas power transmitter Oncor for $9.45 billion in cash, wresting it away from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. Sempra said Monday that it will also pick up $9.35 billion of the company's debt. To gain possession of Oncor, Sempra will acquire the reorganized Energy Future...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: Final automobile auction numbers down from 2016

    Pebble Beach 2017: Final automobile auction numbers down from 2016

    A new record was set for a British car sale, a new record was set for a McLaren car sale, and a new auction house joined the action during the just-concluded Monterey Car Week, but the total auction sales figure was down slightly from 2016. RM Sotheby broke existing British car records when it...

  • China's Great Wall Motors considers bid for Fiat Chrysler's Jeep unit 

    China's Great Wall Motors considers bid for Fiat Chrysler's Jeep unit 

    Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors is considering making a bid to buy Fiat Chrysler's Jeep unit, spokespeople for the Chinese company said Monday, in a possible ambitious new step onto the global stage for one of China's fast-growing auto brands. Great Wall has yet to formally declare its interest...

  • California Inc.: Eclipse day is here, but be careful of some safety glasses

    California Inc.: Eclipse day is here, but be careful of some safety glasses

    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. Stocks took a pounding last week as the political turbulence in Washington and terror attacks...

  • Will tech companies bow to S&P's new Snap-inspired rules? Probably not

    Will tech companies bow to S&P's new Snap-inspired rules? Probably not

    When the company that produces the S&P 500 announced this month that it would exclude the corporate parent of Snapchat from its benchmark stock market index, the move was cheered by advocates of better corporate governance. It was seen as an overdue response to a disturbing trend, particularly...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: Guts, glory and glamour at Concours d'Elegance

    Pebble Beach 2017: Guts, glory and glamour at Concours d'Elegance

    Dawn broke over the Monterey Peninsula and found the 18th fairway at historic Pebble Beach Golf Links decorated with a sampling of the most beautiful motor cars ever made. The annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which caps the Monterey Car Week, attracts only automotive superlatives. Entrants...

  • Watch out for shady companies promising to help you repay student loans

    Watch out for shady companies promising to help you repay student loans

    Dear Liz: I'm 32 and have a little over $100,000 in student debt from undergraduate and graduate school. I'm trying to get my professional life on track, and I can’t figure out how to pay the loans off. Everything I see online seems shady. What are the questions I need to be asking myself? What...

  • Pebble Beach 2017: The VW van is back — but this time it's electric

    Pebble Beach 2017: The VW van is back — but this time it's electric

    Barely in time for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, Volkswagen has announced it will bring back the most iconic vehicle of the 1960s. The VW van will return sometime in the next two years, as the I.D. Buzz. But this time around, it’s not a four-cylinder, water-cooled gas burner. The...

  • China to limit overseas investments in real estate, sports

    China to limit overseas investments in real estate, sports

    China's government is moving to curb domestic companies' investments abroad in property, sports, entertainment and other fields, following a series of high-profile, multibillion-dollar acquisitions by Chinese firms. A document released Friday by the State Council, China's Cabinet, was the latest...

  • Don't have a ticket to 'Hamilton' yet? It's going to cost you

    Don't have a ticket to 'Hamilton' yet? It's going to cost you

    “Hamilton” holds the title of most expensive show ever at Pantages, and that’s for the authorized tickets sold directly through the theater and Ticketmaster. But those tickets are long gone, having sold out shortly after they went on sale in April. All that’s left are resale tickets sold through...

  • There are established safeguards that can help ensure a board election is fair

    There are established safeguards that can help ensure a board election is fair

    Question: We are about to have another board election at our homeowner association, and I am concerned about tales I hear about rigged elections at other associations. The gist of these stories is that a corrupt manager colludes with complicit board members to control elections and dissuade newcomers...

  • Uber's Travis Kalanick punches back against the Benchmark lawsuit targeting him

    Uber's Travis Kalanick punches back against the Benchmark lawsuit targeting him

    Uber’s co-founder and former chief executive, Travis Kalanick, has struck back at venture capital firm Benchmark. In seeking to dismiss a fraud lawsuit Benchmark filed against him, he called the suit a “smear campaign” and characterized the firm’s partners as ruthless opportunists who staged an...

  • Hollywood musicians are backing a new bill that seeks to stop runaway film scoring

    Hollywood musicians are backing a new bill that seeks to stop runaway film scoring

    The livelihoods of Hollywood musicians have long been under siege as major movie and TV productions continue to outsource scoring to other states as well as abroad. Local instrumentalists have tried pressuring the major studios to bring more scoring back to Los Angeles and many are backing a new...

  • Stocks fall further to end a rough week

    Stocks fall further to end a rough week

    U.S. stocks slumped in the final minutes of trading Friday and ended a rough week with more losses. Bad news from sporting goods retailers weighed on the market. On Thursday, stocks took their biggest loss in three months. On Friday, they opened lower after retailers Foot Locker and Hibbett Sports...

  • How long can the stock market ignore the troubles in Washington?

    How long can the stock market ignore the troubles in Washington?

    A CEO mutiny against President Trump. An escalating nuclear threat with North Korea. Uncertainty about healthcare reform. The departure of top Trump strategist Steve Bannon. So far the mounting turmoil has not rattled Wall Street to a significant degree, with the stock market still hovering near...

  • California adds 82,600 jobs in July; unemployment rate ticks up to 4.8%

    California adds 82,600 jobs in July; unemployment rate ticks up to 4.8%

    July was California employers’ biggest month of hiring in more than a year as the state continued its steady economic growth, although unemployment also ticked up, according to data released Friday by the state’s Employment Development Department. California’s net gain of 82,600 jobs accounted...

  • Horror video start-up Crypt TV is building a scary universe for the smallest screens

    Horror video start-up Crypt TV is building a scary universe for the smallest screens

    Budding filmmaker Landon Stahmer’s creepy three-minute film “The Look-See,” about a woman terrorized by a monster in a bathroom stall, has amassed 5.5 million views since it premiered on Facebook last month. Not bad for a $4,000 production filmed in one day at a Burbank church. “That's really where...

  • Pebble Beach car show boasts of greater diversity

    Pebble Beach car show boasts of greater diversity

    Organizers of the upcoming 67th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance say there will be something new on the storied 18th green this year: diversity. The glamorous automotive beauty contest, held Sunday and capping a weeklong cavalcade of car shows, auctions and rallies, attracts the world’s wealthiest...

  • A raise erased by higher healthcare costs

    A raise erased by higher healthcare costs

    Question: After my husband receives his annual review and cost-of-living raise, he will be in a new pay bracket. When this happens, the cost of his health insurance will increase as well -- way beyond the raise he would receive -- so he will be bringing home significantly less in his paycheck....

  • Fox CEO James Murdoch criticizes Trump over response to Charlottesville

    Fox CEO James Murdoch criticizes Trump over response to Charlottesville

    James Murdoch, chief executive of Fox News’ parent company, became the latest corporate leader to blast President Trump over his response to the recent racially charged attack in Charlottesville, Va. “[W]hat we watched this last week in Charlottesville and the reaction to it by the president of...

  • Power grid operator offers alternatives to natural gas plant but at higher cost

    Power grid operator offers alternatives to natural gas plant but at higher cost

    The manager of California’s electric grid told state regulators that clean energy could be substituted for a proposed natural gas plant in Ventura County but at a higher cost. A 46-page report issued late Wednesday by the California Independent System Operator offered three alternatives to building...

  • Stocks tumble. It's their worst day in 3 months

    Stocks tumble. It's their worst day in 3 months

    U.S. stocks plunged Thursday as losses for Cisco Systems hurt technology companies while Wal-Mart declined after its latest quarterly report. Banks dropped as bond yields and interest rates sank for a second day. It was the second-worst day for stocks this year, which has seen few large declines....

  • Cutting off white supremacists: Apple Pay, Cloudflare and PayPal join the trend

    Cutting off white supremacists: Apple Pay, Cloudflare and PayPal join the trend

    Apple, Cloudflare and PayPal have joined the parade of companies cutting off services to white nationalists after an anti-racist counter-protester was killed and others were injured in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. In statements circulated among employees and published online, the companies...

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  • 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...

  • 5 steps to creating happiness in your workplace

    5 steps to creating happiness in your workplace

    Each workday, the average American spends 8.8 hours at work or on work-related activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s even more time than people spend sleeping. And because we spend so much time at work, it's in your and your employer’s best interest to make workplaces...

  • 6 pet-related businesses you can start today

    6 pet-related businesses you can start today

    Starting your own business can nurture your entrepreneurial spirit, earn you some money and give you the opportunity to spend more time with your family — including your pets. So what job can you do that doesn't necessarily require a degree, affords you time flexibility, is in a growing industry...

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