Kmart will close San Leandro store

10/24/2014 04:48 PM PDT
Kmart is closing its store in San Leandro in December, the store's parent company confirmed Friday, in a blow to the East Bay's retail scene just ahead of the crucial holiday shopping season. 
Ford goes zero-emissions with a Pedego electric bike
10/24/2014 04:18 PM PDT - Ford Motor, as part of its commitment to putting more lower-emission vehicles on the road, has done a deal with an Irvine-based electric bicycle company Pedego 

US official: Auto safety agency under review
10/24/2014 04:04 PM PDT - Transportation officials are reviewing the 'safety culture' of the federal agency that oversees auto recalls, a senior Obama administration official said Friday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been criticized by lawmakers and safety advocates for not acting aggressively enough regarding millions of vehicles with defective air bags or faulty ignition switches. 

Pandora declines as listener growth slows in third quarter
10/24/2014 03:57 PM PDT - Pandora Media declined the most in six months after the largest Internet radio service reported user growth slowed in the third quarter.

FCC: Phone companies posted private info online
10/24/2014 03:52 PM PDT - wo phone companies -- TerraCom and YourTel America -- unwittingly posted the Social Security numbers, driver's licenses and other sensitive data of up to 300,000 clients to the Internet, an investigation found, and federal regulators said Friday they plan to fine the companies.  

Biz Break: Pandora and Apple struggle with unsettled music industry
10/24/2014 04:29 PM PDT - Today: Pandora plummets as Apple plots its next move in consumer music, an industry that still hasn't settled on a solid digital distribution method. Also: Earnings create Wall Street chaos. 

Google grows with $1.6 billion in Silicon Valley property deals
10/24/2014 03:07 PM PDT - Google is accelerating a real estate deal spree, spending $585 million to buy more than half of a Silicon Valley office park and agreeing to lease an entire campus in development to make space for its growing workforce.  

Out-of-patience investors sell off Amazon
10/24/2014 02:53 PM PDT - Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' invest-and-expand strategy flooded into the stock as the company revolutionized shopping, upended the book industry and took on the cloud -- even though its vast range of initiatives ate up all the company's profits.  

Apple CEO Tim Cook visits China, meets with vice premier
10/24/2014 03:54 PM PDT - In a visit to China, Apple CEO Tim Cook touted the country's importance to Apple. In addition to meeting the vice premier, he visited a Foxconn factory where the company's devices are assembled.

Market jolt is reality check for investors
10/24/2014 02:49 PM PDT - Sometimes a little fear is healthy for stock investors. Nine days ago, after a series of sharp sell-offs, the Standard & Poor's 500 index was down 7.4 percent from its September record as fears of a global economic slowdown intensified. Stocks have surged back this week, thanks to strong corporate earnings, and on Friday the S&P 500 had its best gain in nearly two years. 

(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)
Home update stays true to historic roots

The 1926 five-bedroom, four-bath Spanish Revival house had not been touched in years, and it was in desperate need of an update. Although its new owners took 60 percent of the house down to the studs, for them the remodel was about staying true to the home's roots -- both architecturally and historically -- while bringing it into the 21st century. Check out how they did that. 
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'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' canceled

TLC axes show after evidence surfaces that star Mama June had resumed a romance with a convicted child molester.