After big reopening, LA’s Angels Flight railway is closed again |Sep 5, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Angels Flight, billed as the world’s shortest railway, should be back in operation on Wednesday or Thursday, a representative of the company operating the 116-year-old funicular said Tuesday.

LA Times owner Tronc buys New York Daily News |Sep 5, 2017

NEW YORK — The owner of two of the country’s largest newspapers has purchased the New York Daily News, a tabloid that is famous for generations of hard-punching reporting and irreverent headlines but that has struggled recently to find its place in the digital age.

United Technologies to buy Rockwell Collins for $23 billion, creating aerospace giant |Sep 4, 2017

United Technologies Corp. agreed to buy Rockwell Collins Inc. for about $23 billion, creating an aerospace behemoth that can outfit warplanes and jetliners from tip to tail. Rockwell Collins shareholders will receive $140 a share in cash and stock, the companies said in a statement Monday.

Can MoviePass save theaters? Its CEO says his business plan works |Sep 4, 2017

Vegging out on the couch watching movies streamed from services like Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu is the great American pastime. But one startup is going against the grain to get people out of their homes and into the theaters.

Labor Day in SoCal: Which jobs are hot, which are not, and where |Sep 3, 2017

Where you work can affect what you earn in Southern California, and the coastal counties are the place to go for a bigger paycheck. For the

Activists, travel industry square off over aviation’s climate-changing consequences |Sep 3, 2017

When people debate air pollution in Southern California, images of the usual suspects arise — trucks belching diesel fumes, aging jalopies not yet snagged by the smog-testing authorities and smokestacks towering over refineries and other heavy industry.

Box office: Not even ‘Wonder Woman’ could save Hollywood from a summer slump |Sep 2, 2017

Labor Day marks the end of the summer movie-going season, but well before the holiday weekend’s first barbecue is fired up Hollywood studios and theaters nationwide have been getting torched.

More affordable housing? California could try these 9 wild ideas |Sep 2, 2017

Let’s be frank: This state’s housing affordability challenges have no simple cures. Once you give into that concept, many of the suggested fixes — options that bank heavily on traditional construction and subsidizing buyers in one form or another — seem too predictable and perhaps are unrealistic.

Here we go again: California does the Taxes Two-Step |Sep 2, 2017

At this point, it’s practically a California tradition. First, state judges find a loophole in California’s constitutional bulwark against new, higher taxes. Then conservative legislators and anti-tax activists rush in to patch the hole with a new ballot proposition.

Unemployment still low, but where are the raises? |Sep 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. job growth slowed in August as employers added 156,000 jobs, still enough to suggest that most businesses remain confident in an economy now in its ninth year of recovery from the Great Recession.

Wells Fargo fake account total grows to 3.5 million |Aug 31, 2017

NEW YORK — The scope of Wells Fargo’s fake accounts scandal grew significantly on Thursday, with the bank now saying that 3.5 million accounts were potentially opened without customers’ permission between 2009 and 2016.

Lyft extends service throughout 32 states |Aug 31, 2017

DETROIT — Lyft is driving into the countryside in an effort to raise ridership and steal market share from rival Uber. The much smaller Lyft announced Thursday that it is offering service to passengers in every corner of 32 U.

Lyft seizes opportunity as Uber tries to outrun troubles |Aug 31, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — When management upheaval, allegations of corporate espionage, and revelations of sexual harassment sent Uber into a public relations sinkhole, its long overshadowed rival Lyft shifted into overdrive.

What’s new at the Rose Bowl in time for UCLA football |Aug 31, 2017

Dog Haus, a Pasadena-based restaurant chain known for its gourmet hot dogs and sausages, is about to unveil a new eatery in the Rose Bowl. Dog Haus and the stadium’s management announced a multiyear partnership Wednesday, making Dog Haus the first restaurant to have a permanent location at the iconic venue.

Apple expected to unveil new iPhones, and they’ve set a date |Aug 31, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple’s faithful fans and investors won’t have to wait much longer to see what the iPhone maker has in store next. The company sent out invitations Thursday to set Sept.

LAX forecasts 888,000 travelers for Labor Day weekend; Friday busiest day |Aug 31, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Los Angeles International Airport officials are forecasting that 888,000 passengers will pass through LAX over the four-day holiday weekend beginning Friday. If that forecast holds true, the number would be a 4.

What Knott’s Scary Farm has planned for the 2017 Halloween Haunt |Aug 31, 2017

Admission to the Scary Farm announcement event at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park on Thursday, Aug. 31, had been sold out for weeks, a testament to the popularity of the annual Halloween happening.

This survey found the gap in pay between men and women tech workers in LA is growing |Aug 30, 2017

Women in the Los Angeles area are out-earning men in several key industries, but their pay in computer and math-related occupations still lags, according to a report released this week.

Construction firms can’t find enough skilled workers amid too much demand for fixing up homes, granny flats |Aug 30, 2017

Construction firms are grappling with a shortage of workers, and contractors in California and other western states are among the hardest hit. That’s the upshot of an industry-wide

What grocery shoppers want: Low prices, one-stop shopping |Aug 30, 2017

NEW YORK >> Lower prices and convenience are high on the shopping list of what people want when it comes to groceries. The splashy price cuts Amazon made as the new owner of Whole Foods attracted some curious customers.

Trump pushes tax overhaul to ‘bring back Main Street’ |Aug 30, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. >> President Donald Trump launched his fall push to overhaul the nation’s tax system by pledging Wednesday that the details-to-come plan would “bring back Main Street” by reducing the crushing tax burden on middle-class Americans, making a populist appeal for a proposal expected to heavily benefit corporate America.

Local leaders oppose state law that could turn utility poles into cell phone towers |Aug 30, 2017

Local political and community leaders voiced staunch opposition Wednesday to a proposed state law they have branded a big “power grab” by the telecommunications industry. The legislation, Senate Bill 649, aims to streamline bureaucratic processes for telecommunications giants, such as Verizon and AT&T, by stripping local governments of their ability to impose conditions — aesthetic or otherwise — on “small-cell” wireless transmitters, a relatively new development intended to enable the next generation of wireless (5G) networks, an as-yet unproven technology.

LA County seeking more contracts with small businesses |Aug 29, 2017

Los Angeles County is looking to put more contracts into the hands of small business owners. The county’s

Ex-employees accuse LA radio stations of bullying, firing them for joining union |Aug 29, 2017

Two men who worked for one of the nation’s largest Spanish-language radio networks said Tuesday they were forced to work double shifts and denied meal breaks by the broadcaster. Felix Castillo, a former on-air talent known as DJ Mr.

Move over Two-Buck Chuck: Target debuts $5 California Roots wine |Aug 29, 2017

Two-Buck Chuck, you’ve got some company.Target on Monday announced it’s rolling out a new line of bargain wines, a $5 bottle called California Roots.The wine comes in five blends made from California grapes: chardonnay, pinot grigio, moscato, cabernet sauvignon, and a red blend.

New emission-cutting technology expected for Torrance refinery |Aug 29, 2017

A yearlong pilot project using new technology designed to cut nitrogen oxide emissions at the Torrance refinery is expected to win approval Friday from the governing board of the region’s air pollution watchdog.

What business exodus? California tops in U.S. for company creation |Aug 28, 2017

Toyota’s leaving. Nestle USA, too. Also Chevron and Occidental Petroleum. To name a few more. Even the headquarters of Jamba Juice and Carl’s Jr. So with much talk about companies supposedly fleeing California en masse — purportedly due to unfriendly conditions for business — would you be surprised if I told you the state had the nation’s largest increase in the number of companies between 2014 and this year? I tossed into my trusty spreadsheet tallies of “commercially-active businesses” by state from reports by American Express and Dun & Bradstreet.

Yogurtland tests soft-serve ice cream as frozen yogurt industry sales plummet |Aug 28, 2017

Yogurtland is expanding its frozen yogurt line to include soft-serve ice cream – a move made as the once-thriving froyo industry is experiencing a major meltdown. With pressure mounting from innovative and indulgent purveyors like Creamistry, the froyo company is testing soft-serve chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

US interior secretary urges gold-mining ban near Yellowstone |Aug 28, 2017

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he wants to speed up a proposal to block new gold mining claims on forested public land near Yellowstone National Park and will consider blocking other mining.

There’s nearly 200,000 bees on this Pasadena office rooftop. Here’s how they’re helping the species survive. |Aug 28, 2017

You might say business is really buzzing atop a Pasadena office building. The “business” consists of four active beehives stacked neatly in twos near the east end of the roof at 1055 E.

How should Los Angeles and Long Beach ports clean the air? |Aug 28, 2017

The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach have promised to get to near zero emissions at the nation’s busiest port complex – but just how to achieve that ambitious goal is still being debated.

LAX program for Uber and Lyft matches drop-offs and pickups to speed vehicles through |Aug 28, 2017

Lyft and Uber riders at Los Angeles International Airport will spend less time waiting curbside for their ride if a new program at the airport is a success. Dubbed Rematch, the program pairs ride-hailing drivers dropping a passenger off at the airport with another traveler waiting to be picked up.

Can California get 100 percent of its electricity from renewables? |Aug 28, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The City Council threw its weight Monday behind legislation that would require California to deliver 100 percent of its electricity from renewable and carbon-free sources by 2045.

Amazon’s Whole Foods enters a new era. Here’s why you should care |Aug 28, 2017

Amazon kicked off its first day as the owner of Whole Foods by slashing prices, adding its logo on signs and setting up a stand of “farm fresh” Amazon Echo voice-assistant devices by store entrances.

E-bikes, combining pedaling with battery power, shift to higher sales gear |Aug 27, 2017

Christine Branom did something this summer that would chill most Southern Californians to the bone. She sold her car. And bought an electric bike. Now, the human-resources specialist commutes daily, sweat-free, to work from Marina del Rey to Playa del Rey — sometimes in heels and a dress.

Student Hyperloop team sets speed record at Hawthorne competition |Aug 27, 2017

Technical University of Munich’s Hyperloop prototype pod hit a record speed of more than 200 mph in the second annual competition for young engineers in Hawthorne on Sunday. The victory drew ecstatic cheers from the team and praise from

California’s housing crisis — it’s even worse than you think |Aug 27, 2017

Half the state’s households struggle to afford the roof over their heads. Homeownership—once a staple of the California dream — is at its lowest rate since World War II. Nearly 70 percent of poor Californians see the majority of their paychecks go immediately to escalating rents.

Amazon to cut Whole Foods prices when $14 billion purchase closes Monday |Aug 26, 2017

Whole Foods is famous for its flawless organic produce, fresh natural meats and sky-high prices. But now, as the high-end grocery chain becomes part of e-commerce giant Amazon, some of those prices will be coming down.

Metal-treating companies push back against air regulators’ methods |Aug 26, 2017

The businesses — often housed in no-frills, boxy buildings scattered through industrial districts — dot Southern California, from San Bernardino to Los Angeles. The mom-and-pop-size companies that supply aerospace giants with specialized metal parts are now locked in a battle with air regulators who are stepping up their scrutiny of the processes that take place in those structures.

Californians have twice as much debt as income. That could mean trouble if another recession hits. |Aug 25, 2017

A newly released ranking of states mostly likely to survive the next recession finds California on shaky ground. The report from

VW engineer gets prison, $200,000 fine in diesel scandal |Aug 25, 2017

DETROIT (AP) — A Volkswagen engineer who had a key role in the company’s diesel emissions scandal was sentenced Friday to more than three years in prison and a $200,000 fine, a steeper punishment than prosecutors requested.

Criticized OneWest’s parent company investing in low-income communities |Aug 25, 2017

The parent company of highly criticized Pasadena-based OneWest Bank will spend a recent $2.5 million equity investment on low-income and distressed communities,

After trespasser’s deadly fall from crane, LA port officials beef up security |Aug 25, 2017

Los Angeles officials said Friday they have tightened security around the nation’s busiest port in response to an incident last week during which a man driving a stolen vehicle blew past security gates, scaled a 120-foot crane, stripped off his clothes and plummeted to his death.

In LA visit, Trump’s labor chief says Ronald Reagan was great for unions |Aug 24, 2017

The Trump administration’s labor secretary came to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Thursday, promising to honor the nation’s 40th president with a posthumous induction into the

Kmart shoppers in Valencia sad but not surprised to learn of store’s impending closure |Aug 24, 2017

VALENCIA >> The Blue Light Special is dimming a little further after Sears Holdings Corp. announced it will shutter 28 Kmart stores, including the one in Valencia. Longtime customers said they were disappointed to learn the Kmart at 23222 W.

Why are spectators drawn to a SpaceX rocket launch? So many reasons |Aug 24, 2017

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE >> Thousands of people descended on the hills just outside Lompoc on Thursday to watch SpaceX’s fifth West Coast launch of a 23-story-tall Falcon 9 rocket with 1.

‘I cried’: Seamen say good-bye to Seafarers chapel that served as a home away from home |Aug 24, 2017

The Rev. Paul Hwang first walked up the steps of the International Seafarers Center of Long Beach/Los Angeles as a young pastor more than 30 years ago. Now gray-haired, Hwang gave his last sermon Sunday at the small trailer that housed the center’s chapel for generations.

First-ever water tax proposed to tackle unsafe drinking water in California |Aug 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO >> For the first time Californians would pay a tax on drinking water, 95 cents per month, under legislation to fix hundreds of public water systems with unsafe tap water — a problem that’s most pervasive in rural areas with agricultural runoff.

Dig it: Hawthorne approves Elon Musk’s test tunnel beneath city streets |Aug 23, 2017

Hawthorne leaders have signed off on construction of tech tycoon Elon Musk’s first test tunnel for electric vehicles extending west from SpaceX headquarters. The City Council approved the two-mile underground track Tuesday night in a 4-1 vote, with only Councilman Nilo Michelin dissenting.

Uber and Lyft drivers to protest low pay at LAX |Aug 22, 2017

LOS ANGELES — A demonstration planned by ride sharing drivers at Los Angeles International Airport is expected to cause some traffic delays at the Central Terminal Area today. The demonstration organized by Uber and Lyft drivers over their pay does not have anything directly to do with LAX.