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Fortune-teller cases seem to be on the rise

According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, over the past 20 years the percentage of Americans visiting fortune tellers and psychics has remained steady at 15 percent. $25 million scam In September, a [Read entire story]

The past catches up with PokerStars in New Jersey

For months, online gambling companies have been scrambling to make the roster of companies that will be allowed to offer legal gambling in New Jersey. The world's biggest online gambling companies, several with [Read entire story]

Chevron judge’s odd days on witness stand

The San Ramon oil company presented troubling evidence last week suggesting that the former Ecuadoran judge who claims to have written the lengthy judgment supporting that verdict didn't do anything of the kind. Chevron [Read entire story]

Ship traffic for Nov. 10

Due to arrive Sunday SHIPFROMPORTMSC RomaLong BeachOAK NYK LeoLos AngelesOAK Sarah SchulteLos AngelesOAK Due to depart Sunday SHIPTOPORTCosco Long BeachDalian, ChinaOAK MOL MarvelSeattleOAK NYK LeoUnknownOAK Sarah [Read entire story]

Twitter has left its early investors happy

The contours were familiar: A hot social media company going public with investors baying to buy its stock. Yet the outcome of Twitter's initial public offering was far different from Facebook's, underscoring the [Read entire story]

Investigation demanded into latest Tesla crash

SAFETYTesla fire stirs probe demandClarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety in Washington, wants the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to review the third Tesla Model S crash in six [Read entire story]

Interior chief Jewell distills U.S. energy policy

Speaking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Jewell had just given a vivid description of the toll that global warming is already starting to take on the environment. [...] yet her department leases public land [Read entire story]

Gap shares hit 15-month daily high on sales gains

Gap climbed the most in 15 months after saying it expects quarterly profit to surpass analysts' estimates, helped by gains in sales. "Of all the apparel retailers, Gap is still better positioned to gain share," said [Read entire story]

Ship traffic for Nov. 9

Due to arrive Saturday SHIPFROMPORTCosco Long BeachLong BeachOAK MOL MarvelLos AngelesOAK Neptune LeaderLos AngelesBNC Zim PusanLong BeachOAK Due to depart Saturday SHIPTOPORTAPL KoreaYokohama, JapanOAK Cap [Read entire story]

Tesla Model S fires lead to investor lawsuit

In a fitting finale to a week Tesla Motors executives would rather forget, a law firm announced Friday that it had filed a class-action suit against the electric car maker for allegedly misleading investors over the fire [Read entire story]

Rare disease drug developer Ultragenyx jumps toward IPO

Capitalizing on two hot trends — rare disease drug development and Wall Street's resurgent interest in biotech companies — Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. filed plans Friday to go public. The Novato company, founded [Read entire story]

Kaiser Permanente profit slips to $635 million in September quarter

Kaiser Permanente profit slips to $635 million in September quarter

Kaiser Permanente's revenue rose to $13.2 billion in the September quarter, up from $12.5 billion a year earlier in the same quarter. But Kaiser's profit fell to $635 million in the third quarter, down from $803 million [Read entire story]

Housing wave splashes over Orinda, 400 new homes coming soon

Housing wave splashes over Orinda, 400 new homes coming soon

For the first time in decades, Orinda is experiencing a surge in new housing with close to 400 housing units under construction. The affluent East Bay city was almost completely devoid of new homes for about two [Read entire story]

Interior Sec. Jewell: U.S. can pump oil and fight climate change

The question U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell faced Thursday night cut right to the heart of America’s energy debate. Speaking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Jewell had just given a vivid [Read entire story]

5 top venture capital-funded cleantech deals

The past decade has shown fluctuations in worldwide investment in clean energy. In the greater Bay Area, nearly $732 million in venture capital cleantech deals went through and are reflected on this year’s List. In [Read entire story]

Jose Ramos gets spotlight at Sabrosa, opening in the Marina

Jose Ramos gets spotlight at Sabrosa, opening in the Marina

Up-and-coming chef Jose Ramos, known as the founding cook at Nopalito and most recently one of the main hands in the kitchen at Oakland's Nido, has become somewhat of a darling in the local Mexican food scene. But while [Read entire story]

Restoration Hardware moves into the art business

While money can't buy taste, for multi-million dollar retailer Restoration Hardware, it can buy a whole lot of other things. The Corte Madera-based home furnishing company — which last year rebranded as RH — has [Read entire story]

Trumark digging Cow Hollow development

Trumark digging Cow Hollow development

The first of Trumark Urban’s seven San Francisco condominium projects has a name and a web site. The 27-unit development under construction at 1501 Filbert St. — a rare Cow Hollow housing project — will be called [Read entire story]

Cracking open the vault on our Twitter archives

Cracking open the vault on our Twitter archives

It finally happened. Twitter debuted on the public exchange and soared higher than most expected. The micro-blogging service that quickly became a central tool in politics, news delivery, human rights and social [Read entire story]

Twitter ready for acquisitions with nearly $2 billion to spend

Twitter ready for acquisitions with nearly $2 billion to spend

Twitter Inc.'s successful initial public offering Thursday puts the company in position for a shopping spree that will help it grow. VentureBeat reports the company's high valuation will demand growth and set Twitter on [Read entire story]