How a shirt covered in swastikas ended up in a department store

By Kim Bhasin and Polly Mosendz | Bloomberg News The shirt looked, at first glance, quite simple, even humdrum-a short-sleeved, black button-down, from the streetwear label Airwalk, priced at $12.99, and patterned with tiny, white polka dots. Except they weren’t dots. They were swastikas, roughly 14,000 of them in all. A close-up of the shirt shows the tiny swastikas. The shirt had about 14,000 of them in all. (Bloomberg News) How exactly a shirt covered in swastikas made it through the design process, much less crammed into a rack in a Ross Dress for Less store in Florida where Bloomberg found it this week, can probably be chalked up to… Read More

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Bay Area residents seek the California dream — in Sacramento

Click here if you’re having trouble viewing the video on your mobile device. SACRAMENTO — They laugh at it now — the conversation that set in motion their move to a city that neither of them had ever seen. “What about Sacramento?” Cat Perez asked her wife, Aja Blue. “What about Sacramento?” Blue responded. After a decade of renting in San Francisco and a brief stint in Los Angeles, Blue and Perez became part of a great migration to one of the last affordable urban areas in the state. Drawn by lower housing prices, Bay Area residents are pouring into California’s capital and its surrounding areas, trading a temperate climate… Read More

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Costco foes launch new effort to derail store in Pleasanton

PLEASANTON — Voters here may get another chance at the ballot to stop plans for a Costco at the junction of Interstates 580 and 680. A group called Pleasanton Citizens for Responsible Growth announced Friday that it has begun collecting signatures to force a referendum ballot measure on the City Council’s 4-0 decision to amend the city general plan to allow a Costco on Johnson Drive. In November last year, 63 percent of city voters quashed an initiative measure to bar big-box stores within a 40-acre area that includes the site of the proposed Costco, the former Clorox headquarters. Citizens for Responsible Growth asserts the city has not been transparent… Read More

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Nissan execs taking pay cuts over bogus vehicle inspections

TOKYO — Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa and other executives of the Japanese automaker are returning a part of their salaries to show remorse over illegal vehicle inspections at the automaker’s plants in Japan. Saikawa did not say how big the pay cuts would be or who else would take them. He said “voluntary return of a part of his pay” started last month and will continue through March 2018, the end of the fiscal year. Earlier Friday, Nissan submitted to the government a report on its investigation into the scandal. It said the investigation found workers in training, not authorized to carry out inspections, were routinely conducting… Read More

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Report: Just 43 percent of potentially deadly Takata air bags have been replaced

DETROIT — A new report on recalls of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators shows that automakers have replaced only 43 percent of the faulty parts even though recalls have been under way for more than 15 years. The report, issued Friday by an independent monitor who is keeping tabs on the recalls, also shows that auto companies are only about halfway toward a Dec. 31 goal of 100 percent replacement of older and more dangerous inflators. The slow completion rate comes even though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began coordinating the recalls and phasing them in two years ago. Before that, the automakers were obtaining parts and distributing… Read More

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Anadarko Petroleum says it will up investment in Colorado’s Denver-Julesburg Basin in 2018

Anadarko Petroleum, the state’s largest oil and gas producer, plans to spend $950 million next year developing oil and gas wells in the Denver-Julesburg Basin, an increase over the $840 million it budgeted this year, according to an update the company provided to investors this week. Anadarko, based near Houston, plans to run five rigs and three completion crews in the basin northeast of Denver and forecasts its oil sales volume will jump 30 percent in 2018 from 2017. Colorado will continue to receive a larger investment allocation than the Delaware Basin in Texas, but not by much. The popular oil and gas play near the New Mexico border is… Read More

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