Saturday, April 19, 2014

TV/Local for Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20

Saturday’s TV sports Auto racing •Formula One, Chinese Grand Prix, at Shanghai, NBCSN, 11:30 p.m. Baseball College •West Virginia at Oklahoma, FCSC, 10 a.m. •Seattle at New Mexico St., FCSP, 11 a.m. •Loyola Marymount at BYU, BYUTV, noon •South Carolina at Auburn, CBSSN, 2 p.m. •Baylor at Kansas St., ESPNU, 5 p.m. •Arizona at USC, […]

Fed survey: Growth picks up across most of US

WASHINGTON — A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided. Ten of the Fed’s 12 regions reported an increase in economic activity, according to the Beige Book survey released Wednesday. In most places, the Fed described the improvement as “modest or moderate.” Only Cleveland and St. […]

Bank of America posts loss, hurt by legal charges

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  — Bank of America said Wednesday that it swung to a loss in the first quarter, hurt by $6 billion in legal charges. A LOSS: The Charlotte, N.C., bank reported a loss applicable to common shareholders of $514 million, compared with a profit of $1.11 billion a year earlier. The loss amounted to 5 cents a share. A year […]

IBM posts lower 1Q earnings amid hardware slump

NEW YORK — IBM’s first-quarter earnings fell and revenue came in below Wall Street’s expectations amid an ongoing decline in its hardware business, one that was exasperated by weaker demand in China and emerging markets. The world’s largest technology services company has been working to expand into new areas as its hardware business falters, but […]

Google’s 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip

SAN FRANCISCO — Google’s first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet’s most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas. The results announced Wednesday fell below analyst projections. Google’s Class A stock shed $17.10, or 3 percent, to $546.80 in extended […]

Boston Globe wins Pulitzer for bombing coverage

NEW YORK — An award that usually is met with cheers and jubilation instead came with a moment of silence, as The Boston Globe won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for its “exhaustive and empathetic” coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and the manhunt that followed. The Globe’s newsroom was closed to outsiders Monday, […]

Lindsay Lohan’s mom pleads guilty to DWI in NY

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.— Actress Lindsay Lohan’s mother has pleaded guilty in New York to a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. Newsday reports Dina Lohan also pleaded guilty to speeding during her court appearance Tuesday on Long Island. The Nassau County prosecutor says Lohan is expected to be sentenced June 3 to a conditional discharge and 100 […]

Strahan’s ‘GMA’ side job confirmed with his visit

NEW YORK — Michael Strahan has made good on reports that he’s joining “Good Morning America” by paying a visit to the ABC breakfast show on Tuesday. The former football star and current co-host with Kelly Ripa of “Live With Kelly and Michael” got a red-carpet welcome from the “GMA” team. Anchor Robin Roberts expressed […]

‘Heaven is for Real’ opens Wednesday

FAIRFIELD — “Heaven is for Real” leads this week’s box office openings with its debut Wednesday. The film, rated PG, centers on a young boy who says he visited heaven during a near-death experience. His statement is backed up with things his parents feel he couldn’t possibly know. Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly and Thomas Haden Church […]

Horoscopes for April 15, 2014

It sometimes takes a moment of doubt or the fear of losing someone to help us understand what we have in another person. The point is cosmically illustrated in the moment the full moon in Libra disappears in a shadow. The total lunar eclipse helps us understand the opportunity in our love lives and close […]

Parting ways with stuff, making space for more memories

Years ago, I had a stunning realization that has served me well in all my seasons since. Simply put, it is this: The mark of a good outing is how little stuff you have to drag along. I believe that to be absolutely true, whether the journey be a quick trip to the park or […]

Bridge April 15

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder REMEMBERING CAN BE TAXING Dick Gregory, a comedian, social activist and writer, said, “I wouldn’t mind paying taxes — if I knew they were going to a friendly country.” On tax day in the United States, let’s examine a deal that ought not to be taxing for someone who […]

Would you tell us about the alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous?

Dear Annie: I enjoy reading your column and agree with most of your advice, including your recommendations when it comes to handling alcohol addictions and binge drinking. I do not work in this field, but I’ve seen alternatives to AA that may be more palatable to some who are seeking assistance. Would you print this information, […]

Horoscopes for April 12, 2014

In a sense, you are always going for what sales people call “the close.” When you smile and someone smiles back, that’s a kind of close. When your request is fulfilled, that’s a close. Breaking down the details of interaction is favored under this Virgo moon. It might help you to see each small interaction […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THE DEFENSE TAKES A LOT OF PERSISTENCE In “The Electric Woman,” Marabel Morgan, an author of self-help books for married women, wrote, “Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time.” Why did she not make it excellence is […]

Rolling Stone flubs Constitution tattoo on cover

LOS ANGELES — Julia Louis-Dreyfus better hope her latest tattoo is a temporary one. The cover image of next month’s Rolling Stone magazine featuring the “Veep” star depicts a nude Louis-Dreyfus with a tattoo of the U.S. Constitution signed by John Hancock across her back. The problem is Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence, not […]

Smartphone trial judge annoyed by phones in court

SAN JOSE — So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world’s largest smartphone makers isn’t about stolen ideas. It’s getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has become increasingly frustrated during the first few days of […]

Toyota recalls 1.8M vehicles in the US

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 1.8 million vehicles in the U.S. for various safety problems, including air bags that may fail to deploy. The Japanese automaker announced the U.S. recall Wednesday as part of a broader recall of 6.39 million vehicles — and 27 Toyota models — globally. In the U.S., the […]

Twitter tweaks website to attract new users

NEW YORK — As Twitter looks to broaden its appeal beyond its 241 million users, the company is introducing a redesign of profile pages that includes bigger photos, more user controls and a distinct resemblance to Facebook. “Moment by moment, your Twitter profile shows the world who you are,” the company wrote in a blog […]

AP-GfK Poll: Most Americans say filing taxes easy

WASHINGTON — Struggling to figure out your federal tax return? You’re not alone, but you’re in the minority. With the tax filing deadline looming next week, a majority of Americans say completing a federal tax return is easy, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The findings defy conventional wisdom in Washington, where politicians have […]