| Feb 7, 2013
| 8:11 AM
Shoppers trod carefully in January, lured into stores by retailers dangling post-holiday clearance deals but spending sparingly to balance out higher payroll taxes and lingering economic uncertainty.
Same-store sales at major retailers such as...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 11:42 AM
Three new Lay's potato chip flavors will hit grocery stores next week.
Only one will prevail and be added as a new chip flavor to Lay's product line.
Frito-Lay launched a promotional campaign titled "Do Us a Flavor," in which consumers nominated...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 11:32 AM
The 13-year-old New Jersey girl who started a petition for boy-friendly Easy-Bake ovens will meet Monday with Hasbro, the company that makes the kitchen toy.
In a statement, Hasbro said it invited McKenna Pope and her family to make their case at its...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 6:22 PM
McKenna Pope, the 13-year-old girl who petitioned toy maker Hasbro for an Easy-Bake oven suitable for both girls and boys, will get what she’s been asking for.
After meeting with the New Jersey girl at its Rhode Island headquarters Monday,...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 11:44 AM
What to get a little boy for Christmas that isn’t the usual toy car set, video game or sports item? One fresh-faced activist suggests an Easy-Bake Oven.
McKenna, 13, is petitioning toy maker Hasbro to stop marketing the kitchen set only to young...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 1:43 PM
Days before Black Friday is a less than ideal time for Elmo, the inspiration for some of the most popular toys ever created, to have his name associated with allegations of sexual misconduct.
Depending on who’s being asked, the resignation of Elmo...
| May 12, 2010
Occupation: Former chief executive, EBay online auction business
Age: 53, born Long Island, New York
City of residence: Atherton (Bay Area)
Personal: husband Griffith Harsh, two sons
Education: Bachelor's degree in...
| Oct 5, 2010
Puppeteer for 'Pufnstuf,' 'Pee-wee's Playhouse
Van Snowden, 71, who inhabited the costumed character H.R. Pufnstuf in the 1970 film and was the lead puppeteer on "Pee-wee's Playhouse" on television, died of cancer Sept. 22 at a Burbank...
| Jun 2, 2010
Chris Haney, a former Canadian journalist whose fascination with entertaining, barely useful tidbits of information led him to co-create the bestselling board game Trivial Pursuit, died Monday in Toronto. He was 59.
He had been in poor health the last...
| Apr 13, 2012
| 4:39 PM
Battleship, a board game with no characters or plot, is now a feature film, opening internationally this week and May 4 in the U.S. Early reviews say the film's storytelling takes a back seat to its explosions....
| Apr 19, 2012
| 4:38 PM
The rainbow-hued fantasy world of “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic,” a reboot of a classic kids TV series airing on cable network the Hub, has found its way into the hearts of an unexpected demographic: adult men....