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Commerce Department report shows strong start to holiday shopping season
Retail sales for stores and restaurants were up 3.5 percent in November over the previous year, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported Thursday, pointing to a strong kickoff of the holiday shopping season despite earlier gloomy reports that shoppers weren't in a spending mood this year.
(Laura A. Oda/Staff)
Beastie Boys sue Oakland toy company GoldieBlox
The legal battle GoldieBlox thought it had laid to rest escalated on Tuesday when the Beastie Boys sued the Oakland toy company over a copyright dispute after it used the group's song in a video advertisement.
Mystery letter from Navy secretary surfaces at Bay Area address 67 years too late
A letter from former Navy Secretary James Forrestal apparently arrived at a home in Point Richmond in October.
The letter came 67 years late.
Concord woman runs 60K on 60th birthday
She ups the distance a few days later with another run, bringing her birthday total to 60 miles
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Tech giants popping up in shopping malls
From Google to Intel and HP, tech giants are descending on malls and shopping outlets to convert less tech-savvy consumers into gadget buyers by allowing them to swipe, type and tinker with the new technology.
49ers' Aldon Smith readjusting nicely five games back
Chatter has subsided about San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith's personal issues. Instead, he's again drawing attention for his on-field exploits.
( Doug Duran )
Young couples seek townhouses and condos with an urban feel
Buying instead of renting is a decision that’s being made by increasing numbers of young couples, according to experts, and it’s one that has Bay Area builders scrambling to meet the demand
Reminder: Muhammad Ali was able to do amazing things
Even at age 35, the best boxer in the world still had it. Full Story
Merry mishaps: When holiday decor goes bad
Many have dropped the ball while decking the halls. They may have knocked over a Christmas tree or blown fuses with an overabundance of festive bulbs, but these are sometimes the most memorable part of the holidays.
(John P. Filo/CBS )
Julie Chen criticizes Jenny McCarthy
'The Talk’ hosts says 'The View’ should not have hired the former Playboy model.
Bay Area residents live longer; here's why
Bay Area residents are among the nation's longest-lived people, surviving on average more than a decade longer than residents of rural Kentucky, West Virginia or Mississippi.
( Jeff Vendsel )
Mi Pueblo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Mi Pueblo, the festive Bay Area supermarket chain and icon of family-grown Hispanic businesses, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday, citing a dispute with its primary lender, Wells Fargo.