| Aug 6, 2013
| 7:14 AM
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly plunged in June to its lowest level since late 2009 as exports jumped to a record high, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.
A decrease in imports, particularly crude oil, also helped the deficit drop...
| Jan 30, 2014
In his State of the Union message, President Obama suggested apprenticeships, tax reductions on new investments, and building new infrastructure as ways to increase jobs and reduce inequality in America.
But he said virtually nothing about what is...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 3:26 PM
Famed Berkeley wine importer Kermit Lynch is making the rounds in southern California starting next weekend to promote the 25th anniversary edition of “Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France.” The book, first...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 8:20 AM
I don't need to tell you it's freezing outside, but I do need to remind you that if you're hibernating in your apartment without a bottle of wine in your Snuggie-covered lap, well, you're doing it wrong. As crockpots buzz to life, it's the time of year to...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 12:30 PM
HONG KONG -- Which Hollywood films will get into China through the import quota system is a guessing game that was in full swing last week at CineAsia, the last significant Asian film trade convention of the year.
The convention and trade show, held in...
| Dec 28, 2013
Since the 19th century, French Champagne producers have skillfully cultivated an image of full-tilt glamour and luxury, spending millions promoting their brands. That would include sponsoring athletic competitions, society events and the $400,000 in...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 5:07 PM
WASHINGTON — Rising American exports and surging energy production at home are narrowing the nation's typically large trade deficit, lifting the growth prospects for the economy and the job market.
For the second straight month, American exports...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 1:00 PM
ARTOIS, Calif. — Nestled in a corner of the Sacramento Valley known for its rice, almonds and walnuts, densely packed rows of manicured olive trees stretch toward the horizon.
This 1,700-acre spread is the domain of California Olive Ranch, an...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 12:30 PM
For years, China has held substantial economic promise, with the outsized growth many have long envisioned only recently beginning to come to fruition. During this time, U.S. media and entertainment (M&E) companies have been quietly chipping away at the...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 5:25 PM
A stocky onetime mortgage broker is speeding through Costa Mesa in an old pickup with two pounds of weed in a paper bag. He wears gray cargo shorts and flip-flops and a faded cap with the image of a marijuana leaf stitched on the front. He just smoked a...
| May 18, 2013
Sofia Solomon didn't invent cheese, of course, but she is credited with helping to introduce many Chicagoans to the delights of artisan cheeses, notably those made by this region's cheesemakers.
So successful has Solomon's quest been that it's hard to...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 8:23 AM
In an effort to avoid illness outbreaks from imported foods, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed new rules that would require importers to verify that their suppliers' standards are on par with those of domestic growers and processors....