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California Inc.: How it will be, there's one for you, 19 for me — here comes the tax man

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. The up-and-down stock market ended Friday on a down note. It wasn’t a good sign for investors...
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Dodgers' bullpen strategy falters in 3-2 loss to Marlins
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:30:00 +0200
Kenley Jansen stood idle on a bullpen mound as the door opened for Tuesday’s ninth inning. Another pitcher trotted toward the diamond to preserve a tied score. It was not a save situation, but the assignment used to belong to Jansen. The orthodoxy of...
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Angels' Shohei Ohtani throws over 100 mph in latest learning outing
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:25:00 +0200
The electronic panels covering the façade of Minute Maid Park’s suite level displayed the velocity of the called strike in miles per hour: 101. Three pitches later, Shohei Ohtani unleashed another four-seam fastball on the outer part of the plate to...
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Andrelton Simmons hits two home runs and Angels hold off Astros 8-7
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:20:00 +0200
Mike Trout hit his major league-leading 10th homer and the Angels overcame another shaky start by Shohei Ohtani to beat the Houston Astros 8-7 Tuesday night, tying a team record with their 11th straight road win. Andrelton Simmons homered twice with a...
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MLB: Commissioner Rob Manfred likes pace of play
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:25:00 +0200
Commissioner Rob Manfred is encouraged by the pace-of-play changes in MLB games. Speaking in Toronto on Tuesday, Manfred said the new rules have sped up games without any disruption. Mound visits without pitching changes averaged 3.79 per game through...
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NBA playoffs: 76ers advance to second round of playoffs with Meek Mill in attendance
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:05:00 +0200
Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons shined again in front of rapper Meek Mill, and the dominant duo ushered the nightmares-into-dreams Process of the Philadelphia 76ers into the second round with a 104-91 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. The 76ers, winners...
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U.S. is way behind other nations on workers' readiness for jobs of the future, report says
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:05:00 +0200
The United States lags behind other countries in readiness for an increasingly automated world, placing ninth on a ranking of 25 advanced economies, according to a new report from Swiss technology giant ABB. South Korea, Singapore, Germany and Canada...
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First day of testimony in Todd McNair trial focuses on NCAA liaison who labeled him a "lying, morally bankrupt criminal"
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:05:00 +0200
Fifteen minutes before the lunch break ended Tuesday, a juror dozed near the end of a quiet hallway in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. The first day of testimony in former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair’s trial against the NCAA seemed to have...
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Zack Cozart is getting used to moving around the Angels' infield
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 03:35:00 +0200
He was a shortstop for life, until he became a third baseman for the Angels, until the team was forced to move him to second. Except on Monday, when Zack Cozart was, out of necessity again, returned to short. That all this shifting around hasn’t been...
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With in-car delivery, Amazon tests whether customers will sacrifice privacy for convenience
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 03:15:00 +0200
At a time of heightened concern about user privacy, one of the world’s biggest technology companies is seeking access to one of users’ most private places: the trunks of their cars. Amazon Inc. on Tuesday launched what it calls In-Car Delivery, which...
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Dodgers send prospect Walker Buehler to minors but it might not be for long
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:50:00 +0200
After five scoreless innings in his first big league start Monday, Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler reported to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday as part of a procedural maneuver that lines him up to start again during a doubleheader Saturday in San Francisco....
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In tiny Illinois town, residents hesitate to acknowledge accused shooter as one of their own
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:30:00 +0200
Four hundred miles from Nashville, in a small, bedroom community surrounded by Illinois farmland and divided by a winding, two-lane road, news of the fatal Waffle House shooting roared into town like an unexpected storm. The town of 16,000, which touts...
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Thunder's Russell Westbrook fined $10,000; Cavaliers' George Hill is questionable for Game 5
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:25:00 +0200
Russell Westbrook has been fined $10,000 and assessed a postgame technical foul for initiating a confrontation with Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert on Monday. The league made the announcement Tuesday. The Oklahoma City Thunder guard came onto the court as...
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Trump suggests his Veterans Affairs nominee may want to withdraw as allegations swirl
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 01:50:00 +0200
President Trump on Tuesday openly nudged Dr. Ronny Jackson toward withdrawing as his nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, publicly raising the idea shortly after senators canceled a confirmation hearing in order to investigate allegations...
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In echo of Parkland shooting outrage, anger rises in Mexico after film students were killed and dissolved in acid
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 01:20:00 +0200
The gruesome case of three Guadalajara film students who were kidnapped, beaten and killed — and their bodies dissolved in acid — was generating outrage Tuesday across Mexico and on social media. The internet was awash with denunciations and somber...
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UCLA's Cody Riley joins Kris Wilkes, Jaylen Hands in declaring for the NBA draft
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 01:05:00 +0200
Cody Riley could give new meaning to being one and done. The UCLA freshman forward who played in one exhibition game before a shoplifting scandal led to a season-long suspension was on a list of 236 players who filed as early entry candidates for the...
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