October 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After months of insisting the House should take up the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate in June, President Obama changed tactics Thursday and said he might consider GOP proposals to overhaul separate parts of the immigration system. The White House is hoping that public anger at the 16-day government shutdown has so badly damaged the GOP that House Republican leaders will consider immigration reform as a way to improve their popularity with moderate voters.
October 23, 2013 |
Weekend visitors to Las Vegas seeking a less-frenetic experience may want to grab this bargain: an all-inclusive stay at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, overlooking a beautiful lake about 40 minutes east of the Strip. The deal: The All-Inclusive Weekend Package is priced at $199 per couple per night. The special rate, which the hotel says represents a 44% savings, includes a breakfast buffet, plus lunch and dinner in Rick's Café. All non-alcoholic drinks are also included.
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October 17, 2013 |
A suspicious device found at Geary and Stockton streets that briefly shut down Union Square in San Francisco on Thursday was cleared and determined to be a false alarm, police said. Authorities received a call from near Market and Powell Streets, a short walk away from the popular Bay Area city landmark, about 11:50 a.m. Police later said the package was found in the intersection at Geary and Stockton streets. The entire area was shut down to traffic and pedestrians as the city's municipal railway service skipped a stop at the square, according to police.
October 17, 2013 |
Arizona's red-rock country goes on sale for the holidays with a family-minded package from Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa. It includes a holiday meal and daily breakfast for four - and you can bring the dog too. The deal: Away for the Holidays waives the daily $18 resort fee and the $50 pet fee for guests who come to spend the holidays. The package also includes a Thanksgiving or Christmas buffet for two adults and two children. The hotel says the package price represents a 25% savings on room and the included extras.
October 14, 2013 |
Itching to get out on the slopes? The on-the-mountain Ritz-Carlton at Northstar offers an early winter package that includes a room and two lift tickets. Prices start at $299 midweek and $399 on weekends, a good savings at this luxury hotel for skiers and snowboarders who want a pre-holiday getaway. The deal: This isn't a budget ski motel bargain but rather a good price on luxe digs for those who want to sample the AAA Five Diamond resort and save on daily lift tickets. The First Tracks Ski Package at the ski-in-ski-out Lake Tahoe-area hotel is offered during the first two weeks of December.
October 4, 2013 |
A dispute between Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting unit and a small cable operator has turned particularly nasty and is shining a brighter light on how programmers package their channels for sale to distributors. Cable One, which has 730,000 subscribers in 19 states, recently dropped several Turner-owned cable networks, including CNN, TruTV and HLN, rather than agree to pay more money to carry them under a new deal. However, Cable One wanted to continue carrying TBS, TNT and Cartoon Network and was willing to pay the higher fees Turner was seeking for those channels.
October 4, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law legislation that was heavily lobbied by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and aimed at boosting sales of high-tech goods and services. Four measures, part of a package of 18 business-friendly bills approved Friday, seek to ease the regulatory burden on developers of smartphone-based payment systems; reverse a retroactive tax hike on investors in small start-up companies, and create a "Made in California" program to help market innovative, locally manufactured consumer products.
September 29, 2013 |
The letter was two sentences long, addressed to "Dear Mr. Rossellini" and signed "Ingrid Bergman. " Like many moviegoers in the late 1940s, the actress was deeply affected by "Rome, Open City" and "Paisan," Roberto Rossellini's landmarks of neorealist cinema. Alone among the Italian director's admirers, she offered her star power and talents, as "a Swedish actress who speaks English very well," in hope of an on-screen collaboration. Rossellini accepted eagerly. But any expectation that Bergman's high profile would heighten his clout at the box office were dashed.
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September 24, 2013 |
Two San Diego brothers pleaded guilty Monday to defrauding sports fans by persuading them to pay for tickets, hotel accommodations and airline flights for out-of-town events and then failing to provide "nearly all the services. " Anthony Casias and his twin, Leopold Casias Jr., 63, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in running their business, L&T Sports Events Inc. One elderly victim told prosecutors that the brothers persuaded him to spend money that he had saved for his cremation.
September 16, 2013 |
Grand Teton National Park is glorious in the fall, so what better way to appreciate it than with a new lodging-and-tour package that will take visitors to the park's back country in search of wildlife. The Wyoming Inn , near Jackson Hole's town square, and Eco-Tour Adventures have teamed up for this package that includes three nights' lodging and a full-day eco-tour for two, for $389.99 per person, double occupancy. Using four-wheel-drive vehicles, Eco-Tour guides will take guests through Grand Teton National Park to remote back-country habitats to search for moose, elk, black bears, bald eagles and other wildlife.