Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The 1800s tech that’s still the fast way to send cash

In a world where technology makes so much possible in an instant, moving money can still be a waiting game. With smartphones, you can send cash to friends in just a few taps — but it can take one to three days before it shows up in the bank. One trusty way to receive money […]

USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be ‘devastating’

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The nation’s poultry industry may have to live with a deadly bird flu strain for several years, which would be “devastating,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief veterinary officer said this week. Dr. John Clifford also said that while new cases should drop to close to zero once the weather warms […]

As Germans block Danish wind, a new feud tests crisis-weary EU

FRANKFURT, Germany — The Danes generate excess wind power. The Germans, their neighbors, are seeking to ramp up their use of clean-energy sources. A perfect match, right? Not quite. In a growing spat that is undermining the European Union’s 150 billion euro ($160 billion) program to strengthen the bloc’s electricity links, leaders in Bavaria and […]

April 19, 2015 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Small investors blame bad advice from brokers for big losses

NEW YORK — Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. She wound up losing a fortune. Her broker, David Harris, advised her to sell $400,000 worth of relatively safe municipal bonds, she says, and sink the proceeds into real estate and energy partnerships in hopes of earning more income. She had received the money from a settlement […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged

Comcast gets social to shake bad customer-service reputation

NEW YORK — Comcast is adding more social media representatives as it tries to work on its reputation for inefficient, unresponsive or just plain rude customer service. It is tripling the size of its social media team to 60, and could add more. That’s just a tiny percentage of the thousands of customer service people […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged

Finance Lab: He’s $90,000 in debt and six years from retirement

  English Brent Taylor is just a few years from retirement, but before he can take it easy, he needs to tackle a burden more seniors are carrying: debt. At 67, Taylor is working to pay off close to $90,000 in debt before he leaves his full-time job with the help desk for James Madison […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged ,

More want local beef, but fewer want tough job of cutting it

DES MOINES, Iowa — Kent Weise loves his work, but after 38 years slaughtering cattle, lugging carcasses that can weigh more than 1,000 pounds and slowly, methodically slicing cuts of meat, he understands why few people want to go into the business anymore. “It’s killing cows. It’s blood and guts,” said Weise, who runs a […]

March 15, 2015 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged ,

Aerosmith to perform at Hall of Fame weekend

CANTON, Ohio — Appropriately, the first Pro Football Hall of Fame concert on inductions weekend will be headlined by Hall of Fame rockers Aerosmith. The inaugural Concert for Legends will he held Aug. 7 at the Hall of Fame Stadium. “The Hall is thrilled to have legends of the music world honor the legends of the […]

March 13, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Early Look: How does Apple Watch stack up vs rival watches?

Anick Jesdanun SAN FRANCISCO — Apple made a strong case for how you can use its upcoming Apple Watch, and the device stacks up well against the competition. If you’ve waited for the Apple Watch to decide on a smartwatch, here are some things to consider in weighing whether you really need one. You’ll need […]

April 05, 2015 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged ,

Holmes keeps the lead; McIlroy loses his temper

DORAL, Fla. — J.B. Holmes kept his lead. Rory McIlroy lost his cool. Holmes was 11 shots worse than his tournament record-tying 62, finishing with a tee shot in the water and a double bogey on the 18th hole Friday for a 1-over 73. That still was enough to take a two-shot lead over Ryan […]

March 07, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Gordon wins 1st pole at Las Vegas in final start at track

LAS VEGAS — Jeff Gordon, preparing for his final start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, won the pole for Sunday’s race — his first career pole at the track. It’s the 79th pole of Gordon’s career and leaves just Kansas and Kentucky as the only active tracks where he’s yet to win a pole. Kentucky […]

March 07, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Chrysler recalls minivans, SUVs to fix ignition switches

DETROIT — About 703,000 Fiat Chrysler SUVs and minivans will have to go back to the shop to fix malfunctioning ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall unexpectedly. Chrysler also is warning owners to remove everything but the ignition key from their key rings until repairs can be made. The switches can slip […]

March 08, 2015 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged ,

Recalls this week: hand vacuum accessories

Attachments for a hand vacuum are being recalled because of a defective interior fan that can break out of the housing unit. Other recalled consumer products include a baby bassinet and motion lamps that look like a coral reef. Here’s a more detailed look: HAND VACUUM ACCESSORIES DETAILS: The vacuum accessory was sold with the Dirt Devil Scorpion Turbo […]

March 08, 2015 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged ,

AP Exclusive: Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

BILLINGS, Mont. — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S. The projection […]

March 01, 2015 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged ,

Smart spending: Psychology on order: How restaurants get you to spend more

Candice Choi NEW YORK — You may think you’re immune to transparent sales pitches like “Do you want fries with that?” But the tactics restaurants use to nudge you into spending a little extra may be subtler than you realize. Here’s a look at a few ways companies get you to spend (and eat) more […]

March 08, 2015 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged ,

Commission ideas draw bipartisan praise on hill

There is rising confidence across the Senate and House armed services committees that 2015 will be the year Congress passes legislation to modernize military compensation, with an alternative to traditional 20-year retirement and perhaps replacing the triple-option Tricare health program. After decades of rejecting military compensation studies, whether from teams of Pentagon analysts or independent […]

February 08, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Vaca graduate completes basic training

Air Force Airman Katherine D. Wilson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Wilson is the daughter of Julia and David Wilson of Vacaville. She is a 2013 graduate of Vacaville High School.

February 08, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,