Southwest studying jets to verify safety
Southwest Airlines Co. grounded 43 planes to examine if they were structurally sound enough to carry passengers after acknowledging recently that it had missed required inspections of some planes for cracks. Southwest shares fell more than 9 percent before closing down 7.3 percent. The move announced Wednesday affects about 8 percent of Southwest's fleet and comes as it faces a $10.2 million civil penalty for continuing to fly almost 50 planes after the airline told regulators that it had missed required inspections of the planes.
New, colorful $5 bill in circulation today
Coming to a cash register near you: a $5 bill sporting some touches of color for the first time. The bill goes into circulation today. Abraham Lincoln, the nation's 16th president, is still on the front and the Lincoln Memorial remains on the back. To the naked eye, the most notable difference is color -- splashes of light purple at the center of the bill that blend into gray near the edges. Small yellow "05" numerals are printed to the left of Lincoln on the front and to the right of the memorial on the back. The Great Seal of the United States, which features an eagle and shield, will appear in purple to the right of the president's portrait. Arcs of purple stars border Lincoln and the seal. The note will feature an enlarged "5" printed in high-contrast purple ink in the lower right corner of the back of the bill. It also will have two watermarks and high-tech changes to make it harder for counterfeiters to knock off. The old $5 bills will continue to be accepted and recirculated until they wear out. The makeover of the $5 bill is similar to changes to $10, $20 and $50 bills. Next up for a new look: the $100 bill.
Sun partly powering Target in Manteca
The Target store on Spreckels Avenue in Manteca is running partly on solar power. In a press release, Target officials said the solar panel system installed at the store this month will provide 20 percent of the energy the store needs. Target's release said the solar panels were installed in cooperation with the California Solar Initiative, a state program that rewards companies for installing solar systems and reducing the drain on the state's electricity infrastructure.
Even in the storied Napa wine country, the foreclosure crisis is hitting home.