The Gymboree and Crazy 8 youth clothing stores at Valley Plaza will close, along with 378 others across the United States and Canada, after the San Francisco-based retailer announced late Wednesday it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, its second such action in as many years.

Retired state Sen. Jean Fuller has joined the board of directors of Tejon Ranch Co., the real estate development and agribusiness company based in Lebec.

The familiar thump of the newspaper on your doorstep; the friendly wave of the delivery person while a groggy homeowner says hello, wearing a robe and slippers; and the image of printed words displaying local interest issues splayed out in print form on the breakfast table next to hot cups o…

The now-defunct Bakersfield Investment Club was one of the city’s biggest financial scams in recent memory. A complex resolution 2½ years in the works is coming to a head this month. More than 200 investors will likely take losses totaling about $8 million. Here’s a synopsis of what happened:

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, accounting for an estimated 10 percent to 15 percent of annual sales for major retailers. Stores have rolled out online and in-store discounts gradually, while shoppers have prepared by researching deals ahead of time and planning their moves.

The one day a year when shoppers expect insanity was instead calm and orderly Friday morning, a reversal many attributed to online sales and the growing trend of major retailers opening for business on Thanksgiving.

Black Friday bargains can take so many different forms these days — free shipping, promotional codes, digital coupons — how's a shopper supposed to see beyond the price tag and spot the best overall deal?

The longest lines on Black Friday often lead to big-box retailers, which isn't surprising given the resources they invest in the start of the holiday shopping season. But they're hardly the only stores looking to rack up big sales this week.

Kern County oil producers do not expect the recent decline in barrel prices to result in widespread layoffs, though some said caution and reassessment of upcoming drilling projects may be in order.