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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.
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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.
( Craig Ruttle )
One year after Newtown, the gun control debate rages on
The year since the Newtown school massacre has seen a boom in business for lobbyists and the gun industry, thousands more U.S. firearms deaths, congressional paralysis and a spate of new state laws that some claim protect the public and others claim infringe on basic rights.
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California report: Bay Area population gains are strongest in state
The Bay Area is the only region in California where more people are moving in from elsewhere in the United States than moving out, another sign of the tech industry's rebound and the creation of more jobs here, with Alameda and Contra Costa counties leading in domestic migration, according to a new state population report released Thursday.
( Marcio Jose Sanchez )
Cassidy: Hour of Code builds a deeper understanding of the power of computing
Sure, Code.org's push to have millions of kids spend an hour learning computer programming during the Hour of Code is a little gimmicky, but there is a big and important idea behind it all. And, oh yeah, it might be working.
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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.
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.