Friday, August 29, 2014

Angels rally in 10th for 4-3 win over Oakland

ANAHEIM — Howie Kendrick drove in Albert Pujols with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels opened a two-game lead atop the major league standings with a 4-3 victory Thursday night over the Oakland Athletics, who finished the game under protest over a ninth-inning obstruction call. Josh Hamilton had a […]

Prep football preview: Rio Vista looks to get back to playoffs

FAIRFIELD — Starting a sophomore quarterback on a varsity football team usually means something is not quite right. For the Rio Vista High football team, it means another shot at the playoffs. Or better, moving to the second round of the playoffs. In the 2013 campaign of coach Cliff Malta, the Rams finished 5-2, 3-1 […]

Carr’s 3 TDs lead Raiders past Seahawks 41-31

OAKLAND — With a fabulous finish to the preseason, rookie Derek Carr created a big question for the Oakland Raiders heading into the regular season. Carr threw three touchdown passes to make a case he should be Oakland’s starting quarterback as the Raiders beat the Seattle Seahawks 41-31 on Thursday night. Carr was almost perfect in the start in place […]

Borland returns pick for TD, 49ers beat Texans

HOUSTON — Chris Borland made one more big play to convince the 49ers he should be in the mix of linebackers to replace injured NaVorro Bowman. Borland, a third-round pick from Wisconsin, returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown, third-string quarterback Josh Johnson threw three TD passes and San Francisco beat the Houston Texans 40-13 on Thursday […]

Record-setting Petit leads Giants past Rockies 4-1

SAN FRANCISCO — One strike shy from a perfect game last September, Yusmeiro Petit refused to let another chance at baseball history slip away. Petit set a major league record when he retired his 46th batter in a row, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Thursday for their third straight win. “I think […]

Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters

HONG KONG  — Malaysia is preparing to unveil the latest overhaul of its beleaguered state-owned airline, which is reeling from twin disasters months apart that killed hundreds of passengers. Khazanah Nasional, the state investment company that owns 69 percent of Malaysia Airlines, said in early August it will announce details of the overhaul by the […]

IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

PARIS  — Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was put under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France’s finance minister. After a fourth round of questioning before magistrates on Wednesday, Lagarde said she was returning to her work in Washington, and called […]

SEC adopts rules on loan-backed securities

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators on Wednesday voted to require financial firms that sell securities backed by loans, like the kind that fueled the 2008 financial crisis, to give investors details on borrowers’ credit records and income. The Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the rules for securities linked to mortgages and auto loans on a 5-0 […]

Stocks drift higher; S&P 500 holds on to 2,000

Even in a daylong sideways drift, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index managed to eke out its third record close in three days. U.S. stocks ended essentially flat on Wednesday after spending much of the day wavering between tiny gains and losses. The S&P 500 notched a gain of one-tenth of a point over the […]

Reports: FBI probes JPMorgan hack

NEW YORK — The FBI is investigating a hacking attack on JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank, according to reports citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. A report on said Wednesday that the FBI is investigating an incident in which Russian hackers attacked the U.S financial system earlier this month in […]

Time Warner Cable says outages largely resolved

NEW YORK — Time Warner Cable said Wednesday that service was largely restored after a problem during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours. The company said it is still investigating the cause of the problem, which occurred with its Internet backbone – the paths that local or regional networks connect […]

Video games come of age as spectator sport

NEW YORK — Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play “Pac-Man.” And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like “Street Fighter II” and “Super Mario Bros.” But today there’s Twitch, the online network that attracts millions […]

Choosing chutney

By Judy Hevrdejs Chicago Tribune It’s time to spice up your pantry. OK, so you don’t have a pantry like your granny’s, one where she stored glistening jars of jams, jellies and pickles made with goodies from her garden. Maybe you don’t even have a garden. That shouldn’t prevent you from preserving summer’s flavors. Nor […]

Banishing the blues with healthy blueberry muffins

Ripe, plentiful blueberries are such a highlight of summer that some of us are prone to getting the blueberry blues during the rest of the year. Happily, imported and frozen blueberries make it easy to enjoy them all the time. In fact, if you’re really on your game, you can pick extra now and freeze […]

Usain Bolt ends injury-plagued season early

ZURICH — Usain Bolt has decided to end his injury-plagued season early, having competed in just three races in 2014. Organizers for Thursday’s Diamond League meeting in Zurich said Sunday that Bolt had withdrawn from the event’s 100-meter race and will not compete again this season. The decision comes a day after the Olympic champion and world […]

Stores coming and going in Fairfield, but big holes remain

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield is seeing a churn of retail businesses that has left some buildings empty, including some major ones. “Today, if someone drives around town, they may see a number of buildings that are vacant,” Fairfield Senior Economic Development Manager Karl Dumas said. “Quite a few of them have active deals working on them. It’s […]

Wall Street inviting, if unlikely, terrorist target

I was listening to Stuart Varney on Fox News when he asked, “If ISIS is intent on blowing up a major U.S. city, how can we stop them?” Well, their predecessors in terror, the Italian anarchists known as Galleanists, gave it a pretty good try Sept. 16, 1920, across from the JP Morgan building on […]

On the money: 4 keys to appealing a rejected insurance claim

Tom Murphy Keep calm and take notes. Stay true to this principle and you can improve your odds of successfully fighting a health insurer’s claim rejection. Experts who help with the appeals process say patients have a 50 percent chance or better of prevailing. They say a winning argument may require heavy doses of research […]

Local boxers make weight and are ready to fight

FAIRFIELD — The only thing two local boxers had on their mind 24 hours before a nationally televised fight is a little rest and relaxation. Manuel “Tino” Avila and Ryan “Rhino” Bourland are now one step and one night closer to their fights at the Allan Witt Sports Center after making weight at the weigh-in at […]

Serena Williams to face Townsend in Open 1st round

NEW YORK — Serena Williams will face an up-and-coming American player in the first round of the U.S. Open. The 32-year-old Williams has won 17 Grand Slam titles. At age 18, Taylor Townsend is in her third major tournament. Townsend is a former top-ranked junior player who reached the third round at the French Open […]

Loose sod at new Levi’s Stadium removed

SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers were working to re-sod the field at new Levi’s Stadium on Thursday, a day after a public workout was cut short and moved to the regular practice fields because players were slipping. San Francisco hosts the San Diego Chargers at the $1.2 billion stadium on Sunday at 1 […]

Raiders’ Woodson returning to Lambeau, faces Pack

GREEN BAY, Wis. — One of the NFL’s top quarterbacks learned from one of the best defensive backs in the game. With Charles Woodson leading the defense and Aaron Rodgers running the offense, the Green Bay Packers had a remarkable run of success that included a Super Bowl win and a 15-1 record the following […]

Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

LOS ANGELES — Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company’s board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant. Ballmer says he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, civic contributions, study and teaching a business class at Stanford in the fall. Microsoft […]

Competition heats up for Tesla’s gigafactory

Tesla Motors’ plan to build a massive battery manufacturing plant – its “gigafactory” – has set off fierce competition for the country’s biggest economic development prize in years. As the five states under consideration intensify efforts to land the factory and its 6,500 jobs, speculation about who holds the lead is rampant and changes by the day. […]

No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook

NEW YORK — Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother of a 1-year-old in Mountain View, California, “a little uncomfortable.” “I just have a vague discomfort having her photograph out there for anyone […]

Trolls take over the Internet

I was aware of some of the awful things the Internet can be used for, but I wasn’t aware of the extent of this one or what it was called. Many of you may be aware of what is known as trolling and may even be a victim of it. I have mentioned the incredible profits […]

JSJ Electrical Display creating Jelly Belly sign

Editor’s note: This is the first of three articles looking at how JSJ Electrical Display manufactures and erects a new Jelly Belly sign. FAIRFIELD — A landmark of a Jelly Belly sign is being born at the local offices of JSJ Electrical Display. The sign is to be 70 feet tall and topped by an American flag. […]

Men: Try a broccoli and pizza portfolio

For some of us, it’s hard to give up on the idea that investing should be exciting. Picking stocks can be fun, after all, and there’s nothing like getting your timing right and bragging about it later with friends. For all the accumulated wisdom about asset allocation, risk, diversification and discipline, some people seem bound […]