• Nation and World

    Texas ranchers seeking alternative incomes

    GAIL, Texas (AP) The Muleshoe Ranch's profits were chopped in half when the drought withered pastures, dried up stock tanks and forced the owner to move most of his cattle out of state.Three years later, the sprawling 33,000-acre West Texas...

    By Betsy Blaney And Emily Schmall, Associated Press|

  • Business

    Bay Area holiday travel season should be one for the record books

    Ho-ho-hold on to your hats ... the holiday travel season is about to erupt.

    By Patrick May and Mark Gomez|

  • Nation and World

    Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil future

    MIAMI (AP) One of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet sits just off Cuba's northwest coast, and the thaw in relations with the United States is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the action.It's a prospect welcomed...

    By Jennifer Kay And Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press|

  • Nation and World

    Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan

    Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business.Over at newswire Kyodo News, just after the FBI formally blamed...

    By Tomoko A. Hosaka, AP Business Writer|

  • Nation and World

    Tick-tock: Tips for last-minute shoppers

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The clock is ticking, and your holiday shopping list isn't complete.Don't fret you aren't alone.The National Retail Federation found that only about half of shoppers had finished shopping as of Dec. 10. That means tens of...

    By Sarah Skidmore Sell, AP Business Writer|

  • General news

    LA Dodgers chart new course with rebuilt roster

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Andrew Friedman has thoroughly overhauled a 94-win team in his first two months running the Los Angeles Dodgers. None of his myriad moves made a bigger, more baffling splash than his trade of popular slugger Matt Kemp and $32...

    By Greg Beacham, AP Sports Writer|

  • General news

    Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.The 9th U.S....

    By Paul Elias, Associated Press|

  • Nation and World

    A look at large coal ash spills in the US

    The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, called coal ash, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. The Obama announcement ended a...

    By The Associated Press|

  • Nation and World

    EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in...

    By Dylan Lovan, Travis Loller And Dina Cappiello, Associated Press|

  • Business

    Who sold what, published Dec. 20, 2014


    For the Mercury News|

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