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Weather pattern makes following wood burning rules more critical

Residents of the San Joaquin Valley are being asked to pay close attention to residential wood-burning rules as the Valley experiences some of the worst wintertime air quality on record.

January 19, 2012 | | Local Business


Microsoft 2Q beats Street despite soft PC

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Microsoft Corp. battled through a weak PC market to post flat earnings in the final quarter of 2011, boosting sales of servers, Xbox games and its Office productivity software while trimming losses at its Bing search engine.

January 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Fewer layoffs, lower inflation lifts economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - The economy is off to a fast start in 2012.

January 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple starts selling interactive iPad textbooks for high schools

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple Inc. on Thursday launched its attempt to make the iPad a replacement for a satchel full of textbooks by starting to sell electronic versions of a handful of standard high-school books.

January 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Popular file-sharing website Megaupload shut down

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - One of the world's most popular file-sharing sites was shut down Thursday, and its founder and several company officials were accused of facilitating millions of illegal downloads of films, music and other content.

January 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google's 4Q disappoints as advertising prices sink

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - What was supposed to be a celebration of the most prosperous quarter in Google's 13-year history instead turned into a major letdown.

January 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Woodside Homes launches ‘40 homes in 40 days’ sales event at neighborhoods

To get a jump on the upcoming spring selling season, Woodside Homes has started a "40 Homes in 40 Days" sales event at communities throughout the Sacramento and Modesto regions. With a lofty goal of selling 40 homes in 40 days or less, the sales teams at all Woodside Homes communities are receiving daily updates and the authorization to do whatever they can to help homebuyers purchase a new home now.

January 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Investors like the back -to-basics Bank of America

NEW YORK (AP) - Bank of America is back to basics - slimmed down, stripped of its swagger and no longer the biggest bank in the country. And investors, after pummeling the company for two years, finally like what they see.

January 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Applying new home trends to remodeling

A significant shift in consumer preference in new home purchases is the latest by-product of the still-struggling economy. The residential construction market is shrinking and so are houses.

January 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Mortgage settlement between banks, states getting 'close'

WASHINGTON (AP) - A $25 billion settlement between the nation's major banks and U.S. states over deceptive foreclosure practices during the housing crisis is nearing completion.

January 19, 2012 | The Associated Press | HOME SCENE


Update countertops for a song

Everyone loves granite for kitchen and bath countertops, but many homeowners find this option for adding value to their home, too pricey. When considering a kitchen update I found that granite typically costs $50 to $100 per square foot (including installation).

January 19, 2012 | By ASHLEY FLEMING Special to the Bulletin | HOME SCENE


Priceline sends Shatner's Negotiator over a cliff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - William Shatner's stalwart Capt. James T. Kirk died in the line of duty. Now the actor's bargain-touting Priceline Negotiator is headed heroically to his final frontier.

January 19, 2012 | | People & Entertainment


Nation news briefs

NEW BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ALBUM OUT MARCH 6: NEW YORK (AP) - Bruce Springsteen's new album, "Wrecking Ball," will be out March 6, and he's just released a new single, "We Take Care of Our Own."

January 19, 2012 | | People & Entertainment


On the Call: Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf on mortgages

NEW YORK (AP) - Wells Fargo reported gains in its mortgage business for the fourth quarter on Tuesday.

January 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


Rate on 30-year mortgage down to record 3.88 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage fell again this week to a record low. The eighth record low in a year is attracting few takers because most who can afford to buy or refinance have already done so.

January 19, 2012 | | HOME SCENE


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Escaping email: Vision or hallucination?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email.

July 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


McDonald’s could be liable for labor practices in franchises

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's is coming under intensifying pressure for labor practices at its U.S. restaurants.

July 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


OKCupid, Facebook not alone in studying consumers on the sly

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Think you're in control? Think again.

July 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Small cars fare poorly in federal front crash testing

DETROIT (AP) - The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.

July 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Air rules assailed as too much, too little

DENVER (AP) - Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough.

July 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Twitter 2Q results soar, stock flies high

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The little blue bird is flying high. Stronger-than-expected financial results pushed Twitter's stock sharply higher on Tuesday after the short messaging service said its revenue more than doubled in the second quarter.

July 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Indiana sheriff gave prostitute uniform

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) - A southern Indiana sheriff accused of patronizing a prostitute gave the woman a deputy's badge and uniform so she could get hotel discounts, then later encouraged her to get rid of the evidence, authorities said Tuesday.

July 29, 2014 | | Nation


Last crew member of Enola Gay dies

ATLANTA (AP) - The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, has died in Georgia.

July 29, 2014 | | Nation


Alabama man pleads not guilty in kitten killings

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama man accused of killing kittens he found on a website pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty Tuesday and received a court-appointed lawyer to defend him during a trial set for later this year.

July 29, 2014 | | Nation


2 dead, 2 hurt in Vegas crime spree

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two men were killed and two women were seriously injured Tuesday in a wild Las Vegas crime spree that included a carjacking, two home invasions, a stabbing, a fake hostage situation and a deadly police shooting.

July 29, 2014 | | Nation


Texas marijuana fields valued at $175M

GOODRICH, Texas (AP) - Authorities in East Texas said Tuesday that they have cleared more than two dozen marijuana fields that were discovered over the weekend in the woods and which contained about 100,000 plants worth an estimated $175 million.

July 29, 2014 | | Nation


2 charged in death of teen who stole bike

CLEVELAND (AP) - Two northeast Ohio brothers used separate cars to fatally hit a 17-year-old boy who had robbed them of a dirt bike at gunpoint in Cleveland, police reports said.

July 29, 2014 | | Nation


Girl struck by plane on beach dies

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family died from her injuries, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

July 29, 2014 | | Nation


Woman forgives husband who left son in hot car

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut woman whose 15-month-old son died this month after her husband left him in a car on a hot day said Tuesday he's an amazing father and she forgives him.

July 29, 2014 | | Nation


Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A 9-year-old girl who was struck by a plane that crash-landed on a beach while she vacationed with her family died from her injuries, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

July 29, 2014 | | Nation


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