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American confidence is up and so is spending this year

American confidence is up and so is spending this year

WASHINGTON — Consumer confidence reached its highest level in more than nine years according to the Conference Board’s consumer confidence index. The index registered a 107.1 in November, up from…

Banking options still a struggle for a quarter of Californians

Banking options still a struggle for a quarter of Californians

WASHINGTON — More than a quarter (25.3 percent) of Californians either have no bank account or are underserved by the banking industry according to a recently released survey by the FDIC.…

PG&E looks to halt scammers

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric is hoping to warn its customers about telephone, mail, email and door-to-door/in-person scams. The scams involve criminals posing as utility company representatives and demanding…

San Joaquin County’s population to hit 1 million by 2040, study says

San Joaquin County’s population to hit 1 million by 2040, study says

STOCKTON  — The Central Valley’s population is booming. A new study from the San Joaquin Council of Governments, Stanislaus Council of Governments, Merced County Association of Governments and the Business…

California rejects Volkswagen recall plan for 3-liter diesel cars

The California Air Resources Board has rejected Volkswagen’s recall plan for some of its passenger cars. The agency says the plan is short on details and wouldn’t let the board…

BAC Community Bank earns five-star ranking

STOCKTON — BAC Community Bank has earned a five-star rating from BauerFinancial Inc. which rates banks and credit unions nationwide. The company rates institutions from best to worst on a…

Bank of America to add cardless technology to ATMs

Bank of America to add cardless technology to ATMs

MOUNTAIN ViEW — Bank of America announced plans to expand cardless technology to 5,000 ATMs by year-end starting this month. They will roll out the technology to 2,400 ATMs across…

FDA makes first nutrition label changes since 1994

FDA makes first nutrition label changes since 1994

WASHINGTON — Nutrition fact labels on food packages will soon look different, with calories listed in bigger, bolder type and a new line for added sugars. The changes were proposed…

Contractors sting nets 9 local workers

Contractors sting nets 9 local workers

SACRAMENTO  — A sting operation by the Contractors State License Board has netted nine local contractors suspected of  contracting without a license. The board used two websites, Thumbtack.com and Craigslist.org…

Poll finds support for warning labels on sugary drinks

Poll finds support for warning labels on sugary drinks

Nearly four of five registered voters in California are in favor of labeling sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda, according to KQED’s “State of Health” reports. The program cited a statewide…

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