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Calif. tech firm develops ‘smart yard’ system to control watering with iPhone app, WiFi

| | Jul 23 2016 - 6:51pm | Comments

IRVINE, Calif. — David Witting was enjoying July 4th fireworks with a few friends on his Irvine patio when, suddenly, his garden sprinklers went off.

  • | Posted: Jul 11 2016 - 12:05am

    BOSTON — A man who left about $187,000 cash in a Boston taxi has been reunited with his money thanks to an honest cabbie, police said Tuesday.

  • | Posted: Jul 10 2016 - 12:05am

    Balancing a ceiling fan typically poses little challenge for a good handyman. However, not many people realize it’s something they can do.

  • | Posted: Jul 10 2016 - 12:05am

    The Pride of Barbados is one of the most beautiful tropical plants for the home landscape. As the name suggests, it is the national tree of Barbados the island paradise in the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles.

  • Posted: Jul 9 2016 - 12:06am

    PARIS, Ark. — An inmate who escaped a northwestern Arkansas jail showed up at a nearby bar a week later, ordered a beer and declared he was turning himself in.

  • | Posted: Jul 5 2016 - 12:05am

    BORDEAUX, France — For centuries Bordeaux has been the corporate center of French winemaking, known for luscious wines, elegant chateaus and shrewd wine-sellers. Now there’s a new twist: More consumers want vineyards to use organic or sustainably farmed grapes, and so wineries are responding by mixing tradition with high-tech quality control.

  • | Posted: Jul 5 2016 - 12:05am

    The upcoming summer Olympics have me dreaming of a bucket-list trip to Brazil, and because my dreams usually feature food, I’m also hankering for some black beans made in my incredibly heavy stone bean pot a dear friend of mine lugged all the way back from his Brazilian vacation years ago.

  • | Posted: Jul 5 2016 - 12:05am

    This week’s recipe puts a Brazilian twist on an American staple, succotash. It should be just the ticket in August, when millions of us watch the Olympics being played in Rio de Janeiro.

  • | Posted: Jul 4 2016 - 12:05am

    NEW YORK — Catching a train at New York’s crowded Penn Station is no thrill. But a development team has proposed a novel plan to overhaul the station: Build a 1,200-foot thrill ride on top of it and pay for renovations by charging $35 a ticket.

  • | Posted: Jun 29 2016 - 10:40am

    Offered for sale at a public auction Wednesday evening at Sotheby’s in London, the 1,109-carat stone failed to sell when it did not meet the minimum reserve, a price that was not specified.

  • Posted: Jun 29 2016 - 12:05am

    BERLIN — German authorities say an elderly man in Bavaria has recovered his fortune, which he’d hidden at home for safety only to have recent floods make the building uninhabitable.

  • | Posted: Jun 28 2016 - 10:17am

    Summertime is harvest time for sweet stone fruits: apricots, peaches, plums, nectarines and plumcots, a hybrid of a plum and an apricot. Plumcots have been around at least since the days of Luther Burbank, who named them. They’re also known as apriplums.

  • | Posted: Jun 28 2016 - 10:17am

    If you’ve ever been through a kitchen remodel, you know what a pain it is to be without a stove. My home kitchen is getting a facelift, including a new range/stove. Thanks to my grill with a side burner I can still cook just about everything, but I’ve also turned to prepared foods and no-cook dishes.

  • | Posted: Jun 28 2016 - 10:17am

    I try to get fish on my family’s table two or three times a week. The research describing the incredible heart and brain benefits to eating fish, especially fatty fish like salmon, is compelling.

  • | Posted: Jun 21 2016 - 12:06am

    This Atlantic Beach Pie recipe comes from Bill Smith, long-time chef of Crook’s Corner restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. When I first tasted it, I went into a pie-induced trance. I have a fuzzy memory of finishing the pie, sharing it with my dinner companion, forks nudging each other for the final bites.

  • | Posted: Jun 21 2016 - 12:06am

    Chicken wings are wonderful, but Buffalo Chicken Wings are on another level — and that’s thanks to the sauce. Defined by blue cheese, celery and hot sauce, Buffalo sauce could glorify any number of dishes. (Imagine how luscious it would be on a steak!) Looking ahead to the Fourth of July and its picnics, I wondered what would happen if I Buffalo’d some potato salad.