Car sales strengthen in September


Despite the European debt crisis, the lack of job growth in the U.S. and other generally depressing economic news, auto sales continue to tick along.

The retail sales rate for new vehicles in the U.S. this month looks “much stronger than in August,” according to J.D. Power & Associates, which gathers sales data from about 8,900 dealers. That’s about half of all the dealers selling cars nationally.

Mozza and Hatfields among OpenTable’s top foodie restaurants

mozzarella bar of Osteria Mozza

Online reservation service OpenTable is out with its annual list of 50 favorite eateries for “foodies,” culled from more than 10 million restaurant reviews.

Sixteen of the spots are in California; 10 of them in San Francisco, Oakland or Berkeley. The choices include restaurants that regularly find themselves on lists -– such as the one last month ranking expensive eateries, which was topped by French Laundry near Napa.

Eric Schmidt denies ‘cooking’ search results

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt testifies at Senate hearing

Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt on Wednesday denied that his company “cooked” its search results to send Internet users to its own growing stable of online services.

Schmidt defended his company’s search rankings and other business practices at a Senate hearing Wednesday examining complaints from competitors that the Internet search giant is…

Long-term Treasury bond yields dive on new Fed plan


Long-term Treasury bond yields are plummeting Wednesday after the Federal Reserve confirmed it would shift more of its mammoth Treasury portfolio toward longer-term securities. Although the Fed’s decision, announced in its post-meeting statement, had been expected, the volume of purchases…