Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BofA reaches $17B settlement with US

WASHINGTON — Bank of America has reached a record $17 billion settlement to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday. One of the officials, who spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the announcement […]

Brine firm sues over biblical fracking billboard

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds. Austin, Texas-based Buckeye Brine alleges in a July lawsuit that the billboards paid for by Michael […]

Apple’s stock bounces back to hit a new high

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple’s stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors’ renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook’s ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs. The milestone represents a dramatic turnaround in sentiment since Apple’s shares reached its previous split-adjusted peak of $100.72 in September […]

Horoscopes: Aug. 20, 2014

The moon checks back in to her home base in Cancer and starts getting cozy. There’s a sense of relief in the air, like we no longer need to pretend. All of the uncomfortable clothes come off, metaphorically speaking, and we feel free to exist in a more natural form. Let down your guard and […]

Our daughter says she hates her mother and refuses to talk to us

Dear Annie: Eight months ago, our highly educated 43-year-old daughter informed my wife that she hates her. She put on a humiliating performance in front of her two children, a stepchild, her husband and us. We don’t understand this at all, but she now wants nothing to do with us. We do not deserve such treatment. […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder LISTEN CLOSELY TO THEIR BIDDING Jeff Lynne, who has had a stellar musical career, in particular with the Electric Light Orchestra and the Traveling Wilburys, and has gone on to become a major record producer, said, “I think from the age of 13, I really wanted to be a […]

Horoscopes: Aug. 19, 2014

The Gemini moon contributes intellectual energy and excellent juju for our lines of communication. If there’s something you’ve been wanting to get across but you weren’t quite sure how to say it, the inspiration will hit now, and you’ll find the right words – or, more than likely, the thing that will communicate even better […]

Randall: Top 10 things (about me) just for children

I get a lot of odd requests. This was the first of its kind. In September, I’m to speak in several places in Indiana, including an elementary school in a small town called Hope. Usually, I speak to grownups, not children. Grownups are less demanding. If you bore them, they may heckle you or start […]

Bridge Aug 19

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder GET INTO THE HABIT OF GOOD HABITS Confucius said, “Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that carry them far apart.” That certainly applies to bridge players — although claiming that all players’ natures are alike would be stretching the truth. This week we are exploring some common […]

Gary Falati: The unofficial ‘Mr. Fairfield’

FAIRFIELD — “Mr. Fairfield” is not a title given out in a local beauty pageant and in fact, it isn’t an official title at all. A personalized calendar given to near-lifelong Fairfield resident Gary Falati dubbed him as such after listing his numerous accomplishments. Falati was on the Fairfield City Council for 19 years (1974 […]

Solano libraries mark 20 years of literacy services

I first visited Solano County in my early 20s. Coming from the East Coast, the golden hills and the fruit orchards of the Suisun Valley posed a unique setting for the pleasant pace of this young, growing city of Fairfield. However, I know that it’s the people who have kept me here for almost 40 years – people […]

Math program so much more than learning algebra

David Isom is the president of the Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board. He is also the Rev. David Isom, senior pastor at St. Stephen CME Church on Union Avenue in Fairfield. The Rev. David Isom invited me to a special graduation of young people: thirty-two students who had taken their summer to learn algebra by attending the 2014 California […]

Wearable devices are unlikely to be big sellers, analysts say

Is wearable tech already wearing thin? Despite the hype for upcoming products from Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., a number of analysts say Internet-connected personal devices such as smartwatches and fitness bands – so-called wearables – will be hard-pressed to reach the same sales heights as smartphones and tablets. That’s because nearly every selling […]

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