Thursday, November 27, 2014

FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system — 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI. At no time of year is this problem more urgent. […]

US new home sales up 0.7 percent in October

WASHINGTON — Sales of new U.S. homes edged up modestly in October, led by a big jump in activity in the Midwest. New home sales advanced 0.7 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 458,000, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. The result followed a smaller 0.4 percent gain in September and put […]

US agency threatens to act against air bag maker

DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators threatened fines and legal action against Takata Corp. Wednesday unless the company admits that its driver’s air bag inflators are defective and agrees to a nationwide recall. In a letter to Takata’s Washington office, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Japanese company until Tuesday to file paperwork declaring […]

Twitter now tracks other apps you’ve installed

NEW YORK — Twitter said it is now tracking what other apps its users have installed on their mobile devices so it can target content and ads to them better. Twitter Inc. said Wednesday that users will receive a notification when the setting is turned on and can opt out using settings on their phones. […]

Health insurance sign-ups coming to shopping malls

CHICAGO — The Obama administration will promote health insurance coverage at shopping malls starting on Black Friday and continuing through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, officials announced Wednesday. They said more than 462,000 people selected a private insurance plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through the online marketplace The […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THE INTERNET COMES TO BRIDGE MAGAZINES In the last 12 months, two bridge magazines have gone from printed editions to email versions. This greatly reduces costs and allows for a much bigger product. For example, the October edition of Bridge Magazine ( ran to 98 pages. And it appears […]

Horoscope for Nov. 26, 2014

It’s a two-toned day, with the moon crossing from organized Capricorn to creative Aquarius. Preparations made in the early day will help you make the most of a lucky arrangement of Venus and Uranus in the afternoon. Happy accidents, surprise visits and fortuitous coincidences will be featured — all more significant than they seem. ARIES […]

The man I’m seeing makes no effort to get to know my kids

Dear Annie: My boyfriend, “Darrin,” and I have been seeing each other for five years. I love him and feel loved by him. He is affectionate and a great listener. I have grown children who are free to pop in and out of my house whenever they please. We also have many extended family get-togethers […]

I love her, but she doesn’t measure up to my friends. Should I move on?

By Demetria L. Lucas Q: My girlfriend is 29, working at a call center, in school for her bachelor’s degree and living with her parents. Sadly, she’s a late bloomer. While I wish she was more established, I’m OK. My mother, though, thinks I’m settling. I love my girl, but my circle includes doctors, attorneys, […]

Horoscopes: Nov. 25, 2014

Mercury and Saturn align to agitate us and test our boundaries. In a related story, don’t be surprised if loved ones want you to buy them something today. Is this just an attention-getting ploy? If so, give them the attention and don’t make the purchase. Sure, buying things is one way to show you care, […]

Bridge Nov 25

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder THE NUMBER-ONE MAGAZINE ANYWHERE The Bridge World ( is the top-rated bridge magazine. It is edited by Jeff Rubens and published monthly. (I am the Associate Editor.) It is aimed primarily at serious tournament players. It has lengthy reports on the top team events in the United States and […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014

TV sports Auto racing •Formula One, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, NBCSN, 4:30 a.m. Basketball College men •Florida St. vs. UMass, at Uncasville, Conn., ESPNU, 9 a.m. •Puerto Rico Tip-Off, fifth place, at San Juan, Puerto Rico, ESPNU, 11 a.m. •Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at St. Louis, FCSC, 11 a.m. •Notre […]

This date in sports history for Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014

Nov. 23 1947 — Sammy Baugh throws six touchdown passes as the Washington Redskins beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 45-21. 1958 — Bobby Mitchell of the Cleveland Browns returns a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns in a 28-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. 1968 — Houston scores 49 points in the fourth quarter to […]

How a ‘tiny hamster’ video gets made

There’s still a month left in the year, but it’s probably not too soon to crown “Tiny Hamster” the breakout animal-meme franchise of 2014. Since his debut in April, this oddly adorable rodent has eaten oddly adorable burritos. He’s tried birthday cake and devoured hot dogs. (Though the hot dogs were made of grapes, dates […]

Nut Tree to donate vintage barn doors to ReStore

VACAVILLE — The Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity ReStore will be the recipient of the vintage barn doors from the original Nut Tree roadside business, billed “California’s Legendary Road Stop,” located at 1661 E. Monte Vista Ave. The current configuration of the Nut Tree is donating the doors Friday to the Fairfield establishment. ReStore accepts donations to […]

JetBlue to add bag fees on cheapest tickets

JetBlue will add bag fees and squeeze seats a bit closer together as it tries to boost profit. The airline said Wednesday that it will create three ticket classes beginning in the first half of 2015, and only the top two include at least one free checked bag. Other big airlines have added fees on checked […]

November 20, 2014 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged , | 1 Reply

US stocks drift lower after release of Fed minutes

U.S. financial markets pulled back slightly from their most recent record highs Wednesday, ending lower for the first time this week. The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index mostly hovered slightly below the all-time high closes set a day earlier. Investors sifted through a batch of favorable corporate earnings as they […]

Automakers debut key models at L.A. Auto Show

LOS ANGELES — One out of every 10 new vehicles sold in the U.S. last year was purchased in California. So it’s no wonder automakers save some of their most important introductions for the Los Angeles Auto Show. As usual, green cars are a focus in eco-conscious L.A. Toyota is showing its emission-free hydrogen fuel-cell car, the […]

Yahoo replaces Google as Firefox’s default search

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo will supplant Google’s search engine on Firefox’s Web browser in the U.S., signaling Yahoo’s resolve to regain some of the ground that it has lost in the most lucrative part of the Internet’s ad market. The five-year alliance announced Wednesday will end a decade-old partnership in the U.S. between GoogleInc. and the Mozilla Foundation, […]

November 20, 2014 | Posted in Business and Real Estate | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Showdown looms between US gov’t, air bag maker

DETROIT — A showdown is looming between U.S. safety regulators and a Japanese company that makes air bags linked to multiple deaths and injuries. Car companies and the driving public are caught in the middle. The air bag inflators can explode with too much force, sending metal shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Takata Corp. insists that current […]

Sport Chalet offers underwater photos with Santa

VACAVILLE — Sport Chalet will once again offer an unusual holiday photo opportunity in December. For the past 15 years, the company has given customers the chance to suit up with Santa for a free underwater photo. This year’s opportunity is from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at 1621 E. Monte Vista Ave., Unit C, in Vacaville. Participants […]