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Pinturault wins men’s World Cup giant slalom in Japan

YUZAWA, Japan — Alexis Pinturault led a 1-2 finish for France in the men’s World Cup giant slalom on Saturday. Pinturault, who was second after the first run, used a blistering second run of 1 minute, 17.78 seconds to finish 0.51 ahead of compatriot Mathieu Faivre. Massimiliano Blardone of Italy was third, 0.67 off the […]

Kentucky coach Calipari thrown out of South Carolina game

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Kentucky coach John Calipari was thrown out of another road game against South Carolina, although this one had a much better ending for the Wildcats. Calipari was ejected and had to be held back by three players after receiving two technical fouls less than 3 minutes into the 22nd-ranked Wildcats 89-62 victory […]

Signups for Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016

Editor’s note – To have an announcement run in Signups, send information to [email protected] PARADISE VALLEY WOMEN’S 18-HOLE GOLF GROUP REGISTRATION — Registration for the current season is ongoing. The group meets for play every Monday at 8 a.m. For more information, call 864-0486. RANCHO SOLANO WOMEN’S GOLF CLUB REGISTRATION — Open to women 18 […]

Hometown report for Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016

Youth basketball Fairfield PAL 3-on-3 FAIRFIELD — Omaid Babrakzai of Rodriguez High, DarJae Michael Lewis of Grange Middle School and Loiy Saeed of Sem Yeto display medals earned for winning the Fairfield Police Activities League Kings of the Court competition with a six-game lead, Feb. 5. Games are 10-minutes in length and are played back-to-back […]

Entertainment Calendar: Feb. 12, 2016

ART EXHIBITS Arts Benicia: “Art of a Community,” through Feb. 21; Open house and family art day, 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 20; open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday during exhibitions, 991 Taylor St., Suite 114, Benicia. Free. 747-0130, www.artsbenicia.org. Benicia Plein Air Gallery: Dixie Mohan, February’s featured artist; reception 5 to 7 p.m. […]

Insurers back proposed California health plan tax

SACRAMENTO — Most of California’s health insurance companies are supporting Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to restructure a tax on health plans. The California Association of Health Plans told a state Assembly committee on Wednesday that the proposal would secure funding for Medi-Cal while “protecting affordability” of insurance premiums. Cigna Life and Health Insurance Company remains […]

Twitter tweaks its timeline in pursuit of more users

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter is tweaking the way that tweets appear in its users’ timelines in its latest attempt to broaden the appeal of its messaging service. The change announced Wednesday moves Twitter closer to a formula that Facebook uses to determine the order of posts appearing in its users’ news feeds. It’s a risky […]

Asahi offers to buy Peroni, Grolsch beers from AB Inbev

LONDON — Budweiser-maker AB InBev has received a binding offer of 2.55 billion euros ($2.85 billion) for the European beer brands Grolsch, Peroni and Meantime – a sale that is meant to address regulatory concerns about its mega merger with SABMiller. The offer by Japanese brewer Asahi Group Holdings, if accepted following an employee consultation, […]

Computer as driver? ‘Yes’ from feds boosts self-driving cars

DETROIT — Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government’s highway safety agency has decided. The redefinition of “driver” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is an important break for Google, which is developing self-driving cars that get around without steering wheels, pedals — or […]

Yellen: Persistent economic weakness could slow rate hikes

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Wednesday that global weakness and falling financial markets could depress the U.S. economy’s growth and slow the pace of Fed interest rate hikes. But Yellen made clear that the Fed won’t likely find it necessary to cut rates after having raised them from record lows in December. […]

Budweiser didn’t pay for Manning’s post-Super Bowl shout out

LOS ANGELES — No, Anheuser-Busch didn’t pay Peyton Manning to say he’d be drinking a lot of Budweiser after winning the Super Bowl. The company’s verified Twitter account said late Sunday, “We didn’t know the shout out was coming either, but we’re glad it did.” A-B marketing director Lisa Weser also tweeted, “Budweiser did not […]

Mazda recalls SUVs due to risk of fuel filler pipe ruptures

DETROIT — Mazda is recalling some SUVs because the fuel filler pipe can rupture in a rear crash and cause a gas leak and possible fire. The recall covers nearly 237,000 CX-5 SUVs from the 2014 and 2015 model years. The problem was discovered in crash testing when the pipe ruptured and spilled fuel that […]

How to fix the euro: Top bankers urge closer ties

FRANKFURT, Germany — The top central bankers from France and Germany are joining in an appeal to fix longstanding flaws in the euro currency by more closely integrating their economies and putting more authority over financial policies at the European level. Francois Villeroy de Galhau and Jens Weidmann argue in an article Monday in the […]

Feds find Fiat Chrysler gear shifters can confuse drivers

DETROIT — Electronic gear shifters on some newer Fiat Chrysler SUVs and cars are so confusing that drivers have exited the vehicles with the engines running and while they are still in gear, causing crashes and serious injuries, U.S. safety investigators have determined. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in documents posted during the weekend, […]

Honda to recall new Civics because engines can fail

DETROIT — Honda is recalling about 45,000 newly redesigned Civic compact cars in the U.S. and Canada because the engines can fail and stall while being driven. The recall affects 2016 Civics equipped with 2-liter four-cylinder engines. Documents filed by Canadian safety regulators say that a circular clip around the pistons may be missing or […]

FAA: More registered drone operators than licensed pilots

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration says there are now more registered drone operators in the U.S. than there are licensed pilots. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a legal forum on Monday that the agency passed the milestone last week when it topped 325,000 registered drone owners. There are 320,000 licensed pilots of manned aircraft. […]

India Internet ruling blocks Facebook ‘Free Basics’ program

SAN FRANCISCO — India’s government has essentially banned a Facebook program that sought to connect with low-income residents by offering free access to a limited version of the social network and other Internet services. The ruling is a major setback for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who had lobbied hard for the program as part of […]

Greyhound Lines resolves alleged ADA violations

WILMINGTON, Del. — Greyhound Lines has agreed to pay $300,000 to certain bus passengers and a $75,000 civil penalty to resolve allegations that it repeatedly violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under the terms of a consent decree filed Monday in Delaware, the company also will implement several reforms, including hiring an ADA compliance manager. […]

Chipotle urges workers to stay home if they’re sick

NEW YORK — Chipotle repeatedly told employees they need to stay home if they feel sick and the restaurant chain kept all its U.S. locations shuttered early Monday as executives went over new food safety procedures. The presentation for workers, which comes after Chipotle has been slammed by a series of food scares, was broadcast […]

Stocks fall sharply as banks, tech sector take a beating

A steep sell-off in stocks got a little less bad by the end of the day, but it still left indexes down sharply for the second day in a row. Banks and technology shares fell sharply Monday. Facebook sank 4 percent and Amazon, which more than doubled last year, lost 3 percent. The losses brought […]

Quality control chief leaves scandal-hit Volkswagen

FRANKFURT, Germany — Volkswagen says its quality control chief is leaving the company. Frank Tuch, 48, is being replaced as the company deals with a scandal over diesel vehicles equipped to cheat on emissions testing. He is being succeeded by 58-year-old Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler, until now head of technical development at the company’s commercial vehicles brand. […]

Skiing: Snow report for Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

California Alpine Meadows — Sun 6:54 am packed powder machine groomed 73 – 109 base 85 of 100 trails 85% open, 13 of 13 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-4p; Sat/Sun: 9a-4p; Badger Pass — Sat 1:14 pm packed powder machine groomed 60 – 78 base 10 of 10 trails 100% open, 1 mile 80 acres, 4 of […]

This date in sports history for Feb. 8

Feb. 8 1936 — Jay Berwanger, a University of Chicago halfback and Heisman Trophy winner, is the first player ever selected in the NFL draft. He is chosen by the Philadelphia Eagles, who trade his rights to the Chicago Bears. 1950 — Man o’ War is selected the greatest horse of the half century by […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 8-9, 2016

Monday’s TV sports Basketball College men •Louisville at Duke, ESPN, 4 p.m. •Oklahoma St. at TCU, ESPNU, 4 p.m. •St. John’s at Georgetown, FS1, 4 p.m. •Colgate at Army, CBSSN, 4:30 p.m. •Texas at Oklahoma, ESPN, 6 p.m. •Notre Dame at Clemson, ESPNU, 6 p.m. College women •Purdue at Wisconsin, Big Ten, 4 p.m. •UConn […]

Willett leads in Dubai after third round

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Danny Willett shot a second successive round of seven-under par 65 to enjoy a one-shot advantage on top of the Dubai Desert Classic leaderboard after the third round Saturday. The Englishman, who made a gallant attempt to win the European Tour number one crown but eventually finished second to Rory […]

Pavin takes 1-shot lead into final round on Champions tour

  BOCA RATON, Fla. — Corey Pavin birdied his last hole Saturday to shoot a 4-under 68 and take a one-shot lead over close friend Tom Lehman into the final round of the Allianz Championship. Pavin made a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 68 that has him at 10-under 134 after […]

Ha Na Jang’s late birdie leads to 1st LPGA Tour title

OCALA, Fla. — Ha Na Jang had to go the final 36 holes with the best player in women’s golf to capture her first LPGA Tour title Saturday. Lydia Ko turned out to be more of a cheerleader than a challenge. Ko fell back in surprising fashion with three bogeys and a double bogey in […]

Hometown report for Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Bocce Fairfield Bocce Federation Winter League standings as of Saturday: Tuesday AM 1st place:  Bocce Friends 2nd place:  Los Bandidos 3rd place: No Mercy Wednesday AM 1st place: Roll’em 2nd place: Oh Sugar 3rd place: Paesanos Thursday AM 1st place:  Red Devils 2nd place: Mamas & Papas The Fairfield Bocce Federation is at the Bocce […]

Signups for Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Editor’s note – To have an announcement run in Signups, send information to [email protected] PARADISE VALLEY WOMEN’S 18-HOLE GOLF GROUP REGISTRATION — Registration for the current season is ongoing. The group meets for play every Monday at 8 a.m. For more information, call 864-0486. RANCHO SOLANO WOMEN’S GOLF CLUB REGISTRATION — Open to women 18 […]

Danny Lee takes Phoenix Open lead in front of record crowd

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Danny Lee knew there was a huge crowd Saturday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He still was amazed when told just how many people packed TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course. “Two-hundred thousand?” Lee asked, making sure he heard right. Actually, an estimated 201,003 — the largest crowd in golf history. “Wow! This […]

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