| May 9, 2012
| 9:03 AM
After dealing with floods, earthquakes and a super-strong yen, Toyota Motor Corp. is following a fourth quarter in which income quadrupled with a similarly optimistic forecast for 2013.
The Japanese car company, which last year relinquished the title...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 10:17 AM
Sharp Corp., once a titan among Japanese electronics manufacturers, now isn’t sure it’ll be able to crawl out of a financial pit made deeper by ruthless competition and relentless losses.
Reporting yet another round of dismal earnings, the...
| May 30, 2012
| 8:28 AM
The European Union’s executive body is calling for a “banking union” to centralize efforts to deal with the region’s economic turmoil – especially in Spain, which is racked by high unemployment and severe debt.
| Jun 6, 2012
| 12:01 PM
The European Central Bank is keeping its benchmark interest rate steady at 1%, handing off the responsibility of righting the struggling Eurozone to its disparate governments.
Mario Draghi, the bank’s president, said Wednesday that although the...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 10:30 AM
Chancellor Angela Merkel says her country is a lot of things, including “the economic engine and … the anchor of stability in Europe.” But what Germany is not, she said, is Superman, sweeping in with euro zone deposit guarantees and...
| Jul 26, 2012
| 8:18 AM
Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, pledged Thursday that the institution “is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro,” sending financial markets soaring around the world.
The Dow jumped more than 250 points in...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 9:15 AM
They shop, they drink, they dine, they kvetch. They turn otherwise ordinary rooms into polished interiors, and then ... they go shopping again. They are the stars of “Million Dollar Decorators,” the Bravo reality series that started its second...
| Nov 23, 2011
Nearly every Sunday morning, Thanksgiving and Christmas for almost three decades, the man they called Father Dollar Bill, Father Dollar or just D.B. for Dollar Bill showed up on a skid row sidewalk. He was a white-haired man in a red sweater and a Notre...
| Dec 29, 2011
Dear SOS: I am in love with a cookie from Euro Pane in Pasadena. It is the mocha cookie. We were in the restaurant last weekend, and I asked for the recipe, and they laughed at me. I thought you might have a better chance.
| Aug 21, 2011
Until recently, my relationship with central California's magnificent Big Sur coast was all about the drive. Ninety-three miles of zigzagging, fog-attracting, life-affirming, white-knuckling Highway 1 to savor from behind a windshield during the day and...
| Oct 27, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Here's your throat-clearing Thursday roundup of consumer news from around the Web: -- Federal regulators aren't kidding around when it comes to toy safety. The Consumer Product Safety Commission slapped a $1.3-million fine on a toy company that sold...