Saturday, April 18, 2015

Frederick’s of Hollywood reveals closing of retail stores

LOS ANGELES — After years of struggling to keep up with Victoria’s Secret, Los Angeles-based lingerie brand Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. is switching to a web-only retail model. The Los Angeles Times reports  that Frederick’s has closed all of its 94 brick-and-mortar stores in favor of e-commerce. A retail consultant says the brand could […]

Don’t plan to line up for Apple Watch next week

SAN FRANCISCO — If you’re planning on buying the new Apple Watch, don’t expect to walk into a store and leave with one next week. Apple, which began accepting advance orders for the watch last week, had previously said it would be “available” for sale in stores on April 24, at least for customers who […]

Google shaking up search recommendations on smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that’s expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information. The revised formula, scheduled to be released Tuesday, will favor websites that Google defines as “mobile-friendly.” Websites that don’t fit the […]

April 18, 2015 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Glaxo recalls flu vaccine due to potency problem

WASHINGTON — GlaxoSmithKline is recalling remaining doses of a popular four-in-one flu vaccine because of effectiveness problems. The company alerted U.S. customers Tuesday that the vaccine can lose potency over time and fail to adequately protect against some strains of the flu. The Flulaval Quadrivalent Thimerosal-free vaccine in prefilled syringes is designed to protect against […]

California home prices hit new 7-year high, sales rebound

SAN DIEGO — California home prices reached fresh seven-year-highs in March, a research firm said Friday, helping sales rebound from a two-month slide as some homeowners put their property on the market to reap gains. The median sales price for new and existing houses and condominiums was $397,000, up about 5 percent from $378,000 in […]

Ari Millen multiplies as male clones on ‘Orphan Black’

NEW YORK — No one was more surprised than Ari Millen to learn that this character on BBC America’s “Orphan Black” was not being killed off, but was being expanded. Millen was going from a supporting character as a creepy religious cult member to playing clones with a major story line in season three, which […]

Secrecy shrouds decade-old oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO — Down to just one full-time employee, Taylor Energy Company exists for only one reason: to fight an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that has gone largely unnoticed, despite creating miles-long slicks for more than a decade. The New Orleans-based company has downplayed the leak’s environmental impact, likening […]

European Union mounting antitrust case against Google

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s escalating legal attack on Google is likely to ignite a debate about whether the Internet search leader makes life more convenient for consumers or abuses its power to squeeze out rivals who might have something better to offer. The contrasting views of Google’s business practices came into sharper focus Wednesday […]

Target settles data breach lawsuits

NEW YORK — Target and MasterCard say they’ve agreed to settle lawsuits over the discounter’s pre-Christmas 2013 massive data breach. Target said late Wednesday it has set aside up to $19 million pretax for MasterCard issuers who were caught in the data breach that compromised 40 million credit and debit card accounts between Nov. 27 […]

Horoscopes: April 15, 2015

Meetings can be productive or a waste of time, depending on how much structure, organization and maturity is shown by the parties involved. But if you don’t show up, you won’t know. (Plus, they always talk about the one who doesn’t show up.) During this Venus and Saturn opposition, it’s better to show up and […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THE VITAL, CORRECT THIRD HAND HIGH Tom Lehrer, a mathematician, singer-songwriter, satirist and pianist, said, “On my income tax 1040 it says ‘Check this box if you are blind.’ I wanted to put a check mark about three inches away.” On tax day, let’s look at a deal many […]

Parenting: When a parent caves in

By Meghan Leahy, Special to The Washington Post Q: Since my 6-year-old daughter was born, my husband has been traveling for work 50 to 75 percent of the time. Re-entry after travel is really difficult for all concerned. The biggest issue is setting limits and aligning our parenting. My husband cannot set limits to save his […]

Horoscopes: April 14, 2015

Anything worth having is worth working for. The effort involved in obtaining an item is usually reflected in its cost. Mercury leaves Aries to focus in the realm of determined Taurus, the sign of money and appetite. It’s a time to get down to the business of deciding what we want and the amount of […]

Bridge April 14

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THE SECOND CARD GIVES THE COUNT Emo Philips, a comedian, said, “At my lemonade stand I used to give the first glass away free and charge five dollars for the second glass. The refill contained the antidote.” In bridge, the first card played in a suit gives some information, […]

Sports on TV for Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday’s TV sports Auto racing •FIA, World Endurance Championship, 6 Hours of Silverstone, at Towcester, England, FS1, 4 a.m. •IndyCar, Grand Prix of Louisiana, at Avondale, La., NBCSN, 11:30 a.m. •NHRA, Nationals, at Las Vegas, ESPN2, 5 p.m. (taped) Baseball College •South Carolina at Florida, SEC, 9 a.m. •Purdue at Illinois, Big Ten, 10 […]

This date in sports history for April 12, 2015

April 12 1941 — The Boston Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 to cap a four-game sweep in the Stanley Cup finals. 1942 — Byron Nelson wins his second Masters, edging Ben Hogan by one stroke. 1953 — Ben Hogan takes his second Masters with a five-stroke victory over Porky Oliver. 1954 — Sam […]

Japan looking to become a power in aviation

NAGOYA, Japan — At a tightly guarded factory in central Japan, Mitsubishi, a maker of the Zero fighter planes of World War II, is launching its MRJ regional jet and aiming to fulfill Japan’s long-cherished ambitions to regain status as a major aviation power. The company said Friday that a recent decision to push back […]

Apple watch sells out online in a half an hour

PALO ALTO — An online rush replaced the traditional overnight queues outside Apple stores Friday as the iconic tech company began taking orders and letting shoppers get their hands on its much-vaunted smartwatch for the first time. Eager customers placed online orders for the Apple Watch as soon as Apple’s website began accepting them, shortly […]

Majority of recalled GM vehicles have been repaired

DETROIT  — Fourteen months after General Motors started recalling more than 2 million small cars with faulty ignition switches worldwide, the company says it has repaired about 70 percent of the vehicles that are still on the road. The figures, which the company says are current as of Thursday, show that the switch replacements are […]

GE continues to streamline operations

NEW YORK — General Electric is leaving the lending business, a major source of both profit and risk, as it continues to whittle its focus down to an industrial core. The company said Friday that it will sell most of its GE Capital assets over the next two years, shedding businesses in a sector where […]

April 11, 2015 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged , | 1 Reply