Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies at 74

Sep 12, 2014

Jaws actor from Bond films Richard Kiel dies at 74

Richard Kiel, the towering actor best known for portraying steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond films, has died. He was 74. Kelley Sanchez, director of communications at Saint Agnes Medical Center, confirmed Wednesday that Kiel was a patient at the hospital ...

Sep 11, 2014

First death reported from Napa earthquake

Sheriff’s officials have reported the first death linked to last month’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake in California’s wine country. The sheriff’s office says 65-year-old Laurie Anne Thompson was struck in the head by a television while at her Napa home during the Aug. 24 quake. She ...

JR East to bid for high-speed railway project in California

Sep 6, 2014

JR East to bid for high-speed railway project in California

East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) plans to take part in international bidding this fall to supply railcars for a high-speed railway line planned in California, JR East sources said Friday. The line would link San Francisco to Anaheim and cost around $67.6 billion ...

Sep 5, 2014

Japanese consortium vying for California high-speed rail project

A Japanese consortium that includes East Japan Railway Co. is determined to win a high-speed rail project in California, the company’s chairman said on Thursday. The Japanese team is ready to propose the nation’s Shinkansen bullet train system, which is known for its high ...

California quake hastens calls for warning system

Aug 27, 2014

California quake hastens calls for warning system

The earthquake that jolted California’s wine capital may have caused at least $1 billion in property damage, but it also added impetus to the state’s effort to develop an early warning system that might offer a few precious seconds for residents to duck under ...

Napa wineries may get quake aid

Aug 26, 2014

Napa wineries may get quake aid

The United States’s premier wine-producing region is assessing damage from the strongest earthquake to strike Northern California in 25 years and may receive aid from the federal government. “You have to accumulate data and determine the extent” of the damage, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack ...

As dry spell bites, Californians tear out lawns

Aug 25, 2014

As dry spell bites, Californians tear out lawns

Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn’t keep green, no matter how much he watered it, so he decided to tear it out. Three years later, he brims with pride at his new front yard in Long Beach, California, carpeted with ...

Strong quake rocks California wine country, injuring dozens

Aug 25, 2014

Strong quake rocks California wine country, injuring dozens

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked wine country north of San Francisco early on Sunday, injuring more than 100 people, damaging historic buildings, setting some homes on fire and causing power outages around the picturesque town of Napa. The quake, the biggest in the region ...

Aug 25, 2014

California governor declares emergency from quake

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for the part of California’s wine country hard-hit by a large earthquake. The governor issued a proclamation directing state agencies to help respond to the 6.0-magnitude quake that struck early Sunday about 6 miles (10 ...

California sushi chefs rejoice at end of glove law

Aug 22, 2014

California sushi chefs rejoice at end of glove law

A California law that required workers to wear gloves while handling “ready-to-eat” food has been repealed months after its introduction, allowing sushi chefs to once again offer delicacies to customers in the traditional fashion. Ready-to-eat foods don’t require additional cooking or heating when served ...