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Tech firms bump up perks to recruit, retain

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's ring-shaped, gleaming "Spaceship Headquarters" will include a world class auditorium and an orchard for engineers to wander. Google's new Bay View campus will feature walkways angled to force accidental encounters. Facebook, while putting final touches on a Disney-inspired campus including a Main Street with a B-B-Q shack, sushi house and bike shop, is already planning an even larger, more exciting new campus.

April 01, 2013 | | BUSINESS


Stocks soar on Black Friday; tech leads the way

The stock market enjoyed some Black Friday cheer, rising sharply as shoppers braved the annual post-Thanksgiving rush. Major stock indexes closed one of their best weeks of the year.

November 23, 2012 | | BUSINESS


2012 Nissan Altima: Efficient & loaded

TRACY – Now may be the time to look into the 2012 Altima.

March 14, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | BUSINESS


Volkswagen rolls out the ‘Man Beetle'

The Volkswagen New Beetle is a charmer for design and as cute as its namesake, with some clever features. But give me a VW Golf GTI any day, which used to share a platform and engines. It was much more spirited to drive and had more functional interior space.

March 14, 2012 | | BUSINESS


How to keep your car running for years longer than most

If you've been in an auto dealer's showroom recently, you won't be surprised to learn that the average price of a new car is approaching $30,000. While there's no getting around the price you have to pay for a new automobile, there are plenty of things you can do to make sure you won't have to make the same investment again anytime soon.

March 14, 2012 | | BUSINESS


Pilot ferry shuttle begins at North Tahoe in June

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - A pilot ferry program is scheduled to begin shuttling passengers around Lake Tahoe's north shore this summer in what backers hope is a precursor to a trans-Tahoe boat service.

March 14, 2012 | | BUSINESS


New, more efficient cars could save you gas money

DETROIT (AP) - Gasoline prices are headed for record highs this spring. If that happens, a new, more fuel-efficient car may be worth the investment.

March 14, 2012 | | BUSINESS


Buick LaCrosse: Definitely not your father’s car

PALO ALTO – Buick has gone through some fascinating changes through the years. Remember when it was only old guys that drove Buicks? That stigma made it difficult to sell to the younger and mid-age car buyers and probably still affects sales today. Then in a strange twist Buick became the top selling brand in China – having never been to China, I don't understand that.

March 14, 2012 | By BARBARA SCHAFFER Auto Digest | BUSINESS


San Diego Bay: Make your own three-hour tour

If all things nautical hold some fascination for you, the San Diego waterfront offers a special way to get up close and personal with the many maritime activities on this intriguing bay. Just step aboard your rental boat and you'll be the skipper of your own "three-hour tour."

March 14, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY California Weekend | BUSINESS


Eric Waterford graduating from the University of Portland as one of the winningest players in the s

Just four years ago Eric Waterford from Modesto Christian was named the most valuable basketball player of the Trans Valley League and named to the all-tournament team of the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic.

March 08, 2012 | By MARGARITA SOTO Manteca Ford | BUSINESS


Making a difference in our community every month

In January, Phil Waterford's Manteca Ford & Exotic High Line chose Susan G. Komen for the Cure in an effort to raise awareness, fight breast cancer and ultimately find a cure. Do you know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer? Do you know someone who knows someone who has breast cancer? Do you know someone who has survived breast cancer?

March 08, 2012 | By MARGARITA SOTO Manteca Ford | BUSINESS


UFO Over Woodward Park or is he just dreaming...

If you see an unidentified flying object over Woodward Park in Manteca with bright neon lights that sometimes just hovers about 10,000 feet, it's probably just Phil Waterford enjoying one of his favorite pastimes. "I have many hobbies, but one of my favorite hobbies is flying my radio controlled airplanes, gliders, drones and helicopters. I also have many radio controlled cars, but enjoy flying and building the planes the most."

March 08, 2012 | By Margarita Soto Manteca Ford | BUSINESS


Manteca Ford to raffle TWO Ford Fiestas to help stage Memorial Day Celebration

Every year Manteca plays host to the largest Memorial Day Celebration of its kind on the West Coast. Pastor Mike Dillman, of the Place of Refuge Church, and hundreds upon hundreds of volunteers are preparing to make this year's event even larger!

March 08, 2012 | By SARAH McDANIEL Manteca Ford | BUSINESS


Audi 6: Another winner in long line of success

We have always maintained the product is king in the car business, and automakers turning out the best products have the best chance of winning. Audi has certainly been a good example of that rule of thumb in recent years producing a stable of outstanding new vehicles with names like R8, TT, A3, A4, A7, A8, Q7 and the market has rewarded Audi with significant sales increases. The most recent addition to that first-rate lineup is the new mid-level A6 sedan.

March 07, 2012 | By BARBARA & BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | BUSINESS


San Francisco loaded with family attractions

While San Francisco sometimes likes to tweak the more conservative parts of the country with local politicians' unusual views on the military and the city's edgy reputation on social issues, this venerable and beautiful city has a surprising package to offer vacationing families.

March 07, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY CaliforniaWeekend.com | BUSINESS


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