News Archive for March 30, 2015

  • McDonald’s to Test Expanded Breakfast Hours

    McDonald's Corp. soon will begin testing sales of McMuffins, Hash Browns and Hotcakes throughout the day, a sign of new Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook's willingness to experiment with a range of measures to reinvigorate flagging sales.

  • Regulators Intensify Scrutiny of Bank Boards

    WASHINGTON—U.S. regulators are zeroing in on Wall Street boardrooms as part of the government's intensified scrutiny of the banking system, shifting from light-touch oversight of bank directors to regular questioning.

  • The Little Bank That Could

    Washington has spent the years since the financial panic of 2008 targeting big banks for revenge, but as so often happens the politicians ended up shooting their smaller competitors. So congratulations to the Bank of Bird-in-Hand, which ...

  • UnitedHealth to Buy Catamaran for $12.8 Billion in Cash

    UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s deal to acquire Catamaran Corp. for about $12.8 billion in cash will bulk up its pharmacy-benefit business amid growing concern from employers and insurers about the rising costs of cutting-edge drugs.

  • Checking the IRS Overseas

    If you haven't heard of Fatca, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, consider yourself lucky. If you have, you're probably among the millions of Americans suffering financial pain from its overreach. In which case there's hope: Senator ...

  • Erdogan’s Assault on Freedom

    Turkish lawmakers on Friday approved new restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly. The bill allows police to open live fire on protesters carrying “injurious" weapons and to detain Turks without a prosecutor's order for up to 48 hours ...

  • Iraqi Forces Fight to Replant Flag in Strategic City

    MOVING IN: Iraqi security forces advanced outside Tikrit on Monday during clashes to retake the northern city from Islamic State militants.

  • Election Defeat Highlights Split in François Hollande’s Socialist Party

    PARIS—The drubbing President François Hollande's Socialist Party suffered in local elections has resurfaced deep conflicts within the French left and cast a dark cloud over his re-election hopes in 2017.

  • Meritocracies Care About Profits, Not Gender

    ASan Francisco jury late last week rejected a $16 million gender-discrimination lawsuit against a Silicon Valley venture-capital firm. This triumph of common sense, though, represents merely a minor setback in the feminist crusade against ...

  • Ensuring Religious Freedom in Indiana

    Last week I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, known as RFRA, which ensures that Indiana law will respect religious freedom and apply the highest level of scrutiny to any state or local governmental action that infringes on ...

  • Church Van Crashes Into Canal in Florida, Killing Eight

    FORT PIERCE, Fla.—The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service.

  • Indiana Lawmakers Move to Clarify Religious-Objections Law

    As corporations, public officials and even a rock band ratcheted up pressure on Indiana over its days-old religious-objections law, state lawmakers on Monday said they would try to find a way to clarify that the measure wouldn't allow ...

  • Concrete Jungle Dreams

    ‘There are only three places that have a ‘the' in front of their name," says the novelist Mary Higgins Clark (b. 1929), “the Vatican, the Hague, and the Bronx." But unlike the Vatican or the Hague, Ms. Higgins's hometown has long been ...

  • Trevor Noah to Succeed Jon Stewart as ‘Daily Show’ Host

    When comedian Trevor Noah describes what it was like growing up under South African apartheid as the son of a black South African mother and a white Swiss father, he brings deadly serious social issues into his standup routine, saying “I ...

  • The Great Political Reversal on Israel

    Will history mark the Obama years as the moment American Jewry split with the Democratic Party?The question has a special resonance in a month in which Barack Obama warns the Israelis they may no longer presume U.S. backing at the United ...

  • Blackstone’s Latest Fund Raises $14.5 Billion in Institutional Capital

    Flexing its muscles as the world's biggest real-estate investor, Blackstone Group LP has taken less than four months to raise a record $14.5 billion to buy properties around the globe.

  • Federal Horse Play in North Carolina

    One of the great prides of my home state of North Carolina is the Outer Banks. The narrow, 200-mile-long string of barrier islands sits off the North Carolina coast—a harrowing surprise for ships, but a peaceful and absurdly beautiful place ...

  • Jay Z Enters Music-Streaming Wars With Tidal

    Jay Z isn't the only star with a stake in the streaming-music company he recently bought. On Monday, the rapper was flanked on stage by more than a dozen fellow equity owners, including Beyoncé, Kanye West and Madonna, at a media event for ...

  • Knicks Fire D-League Coach Whitted, Promote Hodges

    If you thought the Knicks were struggling with a sense of direction, consider the situation with their D-League team. ...

  • Hillary Clinton Is Both Supportive and Skeptical of Iran Nuclear Talks

    WASHINGTON—The nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran had its beginnings in the statecraft of Hillary Clinton. Now she will have to navigate a set of sensitive political questions if an agreement reaches fruition.

  • Possible Failure of Iran Nuclear Deal Divides U.S., Israel

    As profound as the disagreement is between Israel and the U.S. over the substance of the nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran, the two countries disagree just as fundamentally over the consequences of failing to complete such a deal.

  • Former Federal Agents Charged With Stealing Bitcoin During Probe

    WASHINGTON—Two former federal agents were charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars of virtual currency during an undercover investigation into an online drug market, bringing an age-old law-enforcement problem into the ...

  • Rashid Johnson Trades Knowledge for Fresh Perspective

    At the end of next month, the artist Rashid Johnson will be celebrated at the annual Free Arts NYC Auction, where work by the likes of Alex Katz and Cindy Sherman will be sold to benefit the charity, which provides arts education to ...

  • The Fed Needs to Step Up Its Pace of Rate Increases

    The Federal Reserve now faces the tough task of unwinding the easy-money policy that has helped bring about the current solid economic upturn. But its projected path for increasing the short-term federal-funds rate over the next few years ...

  • Notable & Quotable: Bill Clinton on Religious Freedom

    From President Bill Clinton's remarks at the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on the White House South Lawn on Nov. 16, 1993:

  • T-Mobile Emerges a Wireless Auction Winner

    Maybe T-Mobile USA Inc. was a big winner in the recently completed government wireless auction after all—with AT&T Inc. picking up the bill.

  • Nuclear Deal Could Drive Foreign Investors to Iran Stocks

    TEHRAN—If Iran reaches a nuclear deal and sanctions are lifted, Western investors are likely to queue up to invest in the country.The first stop for much of that money, at least initially, could be the Tehran Stock Exchange.

  • Airbus Scrapped ‘Auto Avoid’ Technology

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  • It’s Crunch Time for Puerto Rico

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  • Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Was Treated for Suicidal Tendencies

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  • Key Senator to Take Closer Look at FTC-Google Meetings

    WASHINGTON—A key U.S. senator plans to ask the Federal Trade Commission for information about meetings it had with Google Inc. executives while the FTC was investigating the company for possible antitrust violations.

  • What’s News—

    Business & Finance*** Italian online fashion retailer Yoox said that it was in talks about a possible “business combination" with Net-A-Porter, the Web-based clothing seller owned by luxury giant Cie. Financière ...

  • A Shrewd Oil Call Reverses Fortunes for Lucky Few

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  • Iran’s Supreme Leader Holds Key to Nuclear Deal

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland—With a key deadline just hours away, U.S. and European officials said nuclear negotiations were imperiled by deep uncertainty over whether Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei would sign off on the necessary ...

  • Nigeria Challenger Builds Vote Lead

    Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari built a wide lead in Nigeria's elections on Monday, raising the prospect of a 1980s-era strongman being elected to lead the emerging but troubled country.

  • SEC Files Fraud Charges Against Lynn Tilton, Patriarch Partners

    Flashy financier Lynn Tilton and her Patriarch Partners LLC are facing allegations that they defrauded investors by hiding the true value of loans in some funds managed by the private-equity firm.

  • McDonald’s Attorney Says Company is Victim of Union Attack on Brand

    As legal proceedings got under way in a labor dispute that could upend the relationship between big retailers and their franchisees, an attorney for McDonald's Corp. told a federal administrative judge the company is the victim of a ...

  • MillerCoors Caught in a Downdraft

    MillerCoors LLC has a problem: It hasn't named a new CEO.It's the latest sign of trouble at a joint venture formed seven years ago to create a more formidable No. 2 in the U.S. to global giant Anheuser-Busch InBev NV., which then had about ...

  • Energy’s New Legal Threat: Earthquake Suits

    PRAGUE, Okla.—After an earthquake toppled her chimney, sending rocks crashing through the roof and onto her legs, Sandra Ladra didn't blame an act of God. She sued two energy companies, alleging they triggered the 2011 quake by injecting ...

  • Keep Digging for China Recovery Hopes

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  • Easier Than Ever to Shake Up Japan Inc.

    Activist investors have never had it so good in Japan.Under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the government has pushed companies to improve governance and boost shareholder returns. A new law requires at least one independent director on ...

  • UnitedHealth Sets Sale With Catamaran

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  • Britain Uses Tax Breaks to Lure Digital-Game Developers

    LONDON—The British government is hoping to score big by offering millions of dollars of tax breaks to lure digital-game developers.Governments around the world have long offered tax incentives to persuade movie studios to set up local ...

  • Intel May Have to Bet Big With Altera

    Intel is apparently thinking big. That is the right move, but will come at a price.

  • FTC Requests More Information From Staples, Office Depot Regarding Merger

    The Federal Trade Commission has requested additional information from Staples Inc. and Office Depot Inc. in connection with the pending $6.3 billion deal to combine the companies.

  • Court Allows City to Ban Worship in Schools

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case challenging New York City's right to bar religious groups from worshiping in public-school buildings, signaling an end to a decades-long legal battle over the policy.

  • Why E-Commerce Can Be a Big Pain for India’s Deliverymen

    NEW DELHI—One morning, Ashok Kumar hoisted a huge, 110-pound pack jammed with books, cellphones, bluejeans and other items onto his back and cinched the shoulder straps.

  • Jesse Malin, a Punk Prodigy, Keeps on Playing

    Fans crowd the front of the stage at a small club in downtown Manhattan, pogo-dancing and cheering wildly as the black-clad singer thrashes at his guitar and leads the band through three-chord crescendos.

  • Caring for Alzheimer’s: How Three Couples Cope

    Philadelphia“Have you childproofed the house yet? Take all the knobs off the stove."The advice wasn't from a nervous new parent, but from Bill Clinton, a 74-year-old who takes care of his wife who has Alzheimer's disease. Mr. Clinton was ...

  • Mets Bolster Bullpen With Trades for Two Lefty Relievers

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  • Gunmen Kill Ugandan Prosecutor

    KAMPALA, Uganda—The lead prosecutor in the trial of al Qaeda-affiliated militants charged in a 2010 terror attack was shot and killed by two motorcycle-riding gunmen on Monday, in what police described as a well-planned assassination.

  • Renée Fleming on Broadway and a Musical ‘Dr. Zhivago’

    ‘Airline Highway'Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 261 W. 47th St. (212) 239-6200airlinehighwaybroadway.com Previews begin Wednesday In Lisa D'Amour's new play, which had its premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in December, the denizens of a ...

  • A Seamless Meeting at the New York Philharmonic

    If you want to take the pulse of contemporary orchestral composition, the New York Philharmonic, which mostly offers settled repertory for musically conservative listeners, has not typically been the place to look, Alan Gilbert's efforts to ...

  • Lessons in Team Work and Improvisation

    Austin, TexasDuring its surprising, occasionally thrilling shows here at the recent South by Southwest Festival, Son Lux, which is on tour now, seemed to be inventing a new musical form that melded power rock and ...

  • Investors Wary on WWE Subscriber Outlook

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  • Spring Puts Bounce in Housing Market

    Thedemise of the housing recoveryhas been greatly exaggerated.Despite the fact that bond yields—and, therefore, mortgage rates—did precisely the opposite of what Wall Street expected in 2014 by staying low, the pace of home-price ...

  • Review of ‘Björk’ at the Museum of Modern Art: An Unlikable Crowd-Pleaser

    New YorkThe critical rage directed at MoMA since the opening of its Björk show has surprised many observers even if in hindsight the reaction was overdue. Years of simmering frustration with the museum as it lurches through a public ...

  • Germanwings Crash Comes Amid Labor Strife at Lufthansa

    The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 comes at a delicate moment for labor relations at the budget airline's parent company, Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

  • A Spice to Help Ease Pain After Exercise

    Daily saffron supplements were more effective at preventing muscle weakness and pain after a bout of strenuous exercise than anti-inflammatory drugs, according to a study in the March issue of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. ...

  • Vail Resorts to Buy Australian Ski Resort Perisher

    Vail Resorts agreed to acquire Perisher Ski Resort for about $136 million, a deal that marks its first international expansion.Perisher, based in New South Wales, Australia, operates across the continent and is the southern hemisphere's ...

  • Boxing’s Magic Number: 147 Pounds

    The rest of the civilized world is drawn to round numbers: 100th birthdays, 50th wedding anniversaries, .300 batting averages. But in boxing, which isn't quite so civilized, an odd number has for decades held a special mystique: 147

  • Oil Prices Fall as Supplies Rise Further

    Oil prices fell Monday on concerns about a growing oversupply in the market and the potential of an Iranian nuclear deal.Light, sweet crude for May delivery settled down 19 cents, or 0.4%, to $48.68 a barrel on the New York Mercantile ...

  • Chinese Food Giant Explores Deals in U.S. Cofco is bulking up to become the Chinese answer to Cargill

    Chinese food company Cofco Corp. is on a determined shopping spree.In a few short years, Cofco has spent a couple billion dollars quietly buying up Australian cane fields, French vineyards and soybean pastures in Brazil, helping it become ...

  • Blackstone to Buy Three Hotels From Paulson Consortium for $1.2 Billion

    Blackstone Group LP has agreed to pay more than $1.2 billion to a consortium led by Paulson & Co. for three large hotels in Orlando, Fla., and Scottsdale, Ariz., according to people familiar with the matter.

  • The Toll of Alzheimer’s on Loved Ones

    Caring for Alzheimer's: How Three Couples CopeCorrine Sylvia and Donald Nye in their Philadelphia co-op apartment. Donald was diagnosed last year and he and Corrine have planned as best they can to prepare to manage his care as his health ...

  • In Russia, Exhibition Seeks to Show Ivan Wasn’t So Terrible

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—Alexander Myasnikov says foreign enemies have unfairly tarred this Moscow leader as a murderous despot who bumped off his enemies and invaded his neighbor.

  • Enterprise Products CEO to Retire

    Enterprise Products Partners LP said Chief Executive Michael Creel will retire at year's end after leading the company for five years, to be replaced by Chief Operating Officer A. James Teague.

  • Mountain Climbing: Work Your Way Up From Beginner to Advanced Climbs

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  • Kennedy Institute Unveils Replica of U.S. Senate Chamber

    BOSTON—Vice President Joe Biden presided and Senate Chaplain Rear Admiral Barry C. Black offered the opening prayer Monday in a Senate chamber that very closely resembled the one in the U.S. Capitol, but is located more than 400 miles north ...

  • NCAA Tournament: Dynamic Duo Leads Wisconsin Back to Final Four

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  • U.S., U.K. Warn of Potential Interference in Nigeria Vote Count

    A girl walked past election posters in the city of Kaduna on Monday, as Nigerians awaited the results of a hotly contested and messy presidential election.

  • Prosecutors Rest Case in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

    BOSTON—Federal prosecutors rested their case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Monday, ending on a wrenching note as their final witness described the death of the youngest victim in the April 2013 Boston Marathon attack.

  • RBS Investment Bank Chairman Rory Cullinan to Leave Lender

    The chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC's investment bank, Rory Cullinan, will leave the lender next month after a disagreement over the bank's strategy, the bank said in a statement Monday.

  • Thomson Family Invited Banker to Fill Role at Trust

    Canada's Thomson family recently approached one of the country's best-known bankers about taking on the role of “protector" for the trust that holds their controlling stake in Thomson Reuters Corp., according to a person familiar with the ...

  • Asian Morning Briefing: U.S. Stocks Rally

    MARKETS AT A GLANCE(Data as of approximately 5 p.m. ET) LAST CHANGE % CHG DJIA 17976.3 263.65 1.49% Nasdaq ...

  • One Person Killed in NSA Fort Meade Incident

    One person died Monday after two people tried to drive through a gate at the National Security Agency south of Baltimore, prompting NSA police to shoot at the car before it crashed into a police vehicle blocking a road, the agency said.

  • ABN Amro Executives Renounce Pay Rises

    AMSTERDAM—Dutch bank ABN Amro Group NV said Sunday that its top executives returned a pay increase following criticism from lawmakers.The state-owned bank said six board members renounced an allowance of €100,000 ($109,000) that each had ...

  • Cofco’s Push Into U.S. Won’t Be Easy

    A foray into the U.S. isn't likely to come easily for China's biggest grain trader.Cofco Corp. hopes to gain a foothold in the world's largest agricultural exporting nation through acquisitions or alliances with rivals. But the state-owned ...

  • U.S. Stocks Rally

    U.S. stocks rose sharply, rebounding from last week's losses, buoyed by a spate of deal announcements in the health-care sector.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 263.65 points, or 1.5%, to 17976.31, while the S&P 500 rose 25.22 ...

  • AIG Chairman Steve Miller to Step Down in July

    Robert S. “Steve" Miller intends to step down in July as chairman of American International Group Inc. after five years in the role, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

  • High Expectations for French Soccer Coach Deschamps

    Before France took the field against Brazil on Thursday night for another symbolic rematch of the 1998 World Cup final, the federation trotted out five of its household names—Zinedine Zidane and friends. They were all players who had been ...

  • Dutch-Led Probe of MH17 Crash Says Buk Missile Launch is Primary Theory

    The Dutch-led probe into last year's downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over east Ukraineannounced that its primary theory so far is that a Buk surface-to-air missile launched from rebel-held territorywas responsible for bringing down ...

  • Nigerian Protesters Claim Vote-Rigging

    Protesters in River State call for a halt to presidential elections, citing irregularities. The top two contenders were in a tight race. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.)

  • Venture Money Floods Into Indian Startups

    GURGAON, India—Vikram Chopra spent the past three years building an online furniture-shopping site for Indian consumers that was funded mainly by annual capital injections from a German technology incubator.

  • Warming the Bench for Kentucky’s Stars

    Sam Malone and Brian Long are the only seniors who have played for Kentucky's basketball team for four years. You almost certainly won't see them this weekend in the Final Four, though. They're the walk-ons at the end of the bench with a ...

  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Found Guilty of Corruption

    TEL AVIV—A court on Monday found former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert guilty of fraud and breach of public trust after retrying the corruption case that forced him to relinquish the office six years ago.

  • The Family Behind Ireland’s Artisanal-Food Renaissance

    DESPITE RAIN falling in buckets on the Irish countryside for the better part of a week and a howling wind from the Celtic Sea littering debris on County Cork's winding roads, the dining room at Ballymaloe House is full. Tonight, as on most ...

  • Haroon Aswat Pleads Guilty to Terrorism Charges

    Haroon Aswat pleaded guilty Monday to terrorism charges related to his efforts to establish a terrorist training camp in the U.S., the Department of Justice said.

  • When the Daily Grind Gets Him Down, He Goes Up a Mountain

    At just 31 years old, Aaron Ollivier was burned out. The antidote, he found, was rediscovering an activity he enjoyed as a teenager and college student: climbing. He remembered the hobby gave him the freedom to shed his worries and just ...

  • Patients Bounce Back Faster From Surgery With Hospitals’ New Protocol

    Hospitals are starting to abandon the time-honored drill for surgery patients— including fasting, heavy IV fluids, powerful post-op narcotics and bed rest—amid growing evidence that the lack of nutrients, fluid overload and drug side ...

  • Swiss Bank BSI to Pay $211 Million Penalty in U.S. Tax Case

    ZURICH—The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday that BSI SA is the first Swiss bank to successfully navigate a self-reporting program for hidden American accounts.

  • Mrs. Clinton’s ‘Vicious’ Circle

    Let's begin this week with last week's Friday-afternoon news dump: “We learned today, from her attorney, Secretary [Hillary] Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server," ...

  • The Search for a Better Definition of Pain

    Since her diagnosis for multiple sclerosis in 2009, Tamara Michel is regularly asked at medical appointments to rate her pain on a scale of 1 to 10.

  • Prada Profit Fell 28% in 2014

    Italian fashion house Prada said Monday it will try to revive customers' interest after 2014 profit took a deep dive, and will focus on cutting costs and strengthening its existing store network rather than expanding.

  • Divisions in Congress Hamper Pacific Trade Deal

    Wavering support in Congress has emerged as the biggest obstacle holding up completion of a 12-nation Pacific trade pact under negotiation for nearly a decade.

  • Dollar Gains Ahead of U.S. Jobs Report

    The dollar rose against the euro and yen Monday, as investors hopped back into the U.S. currency ahead of key data later in the week.The euro was recently down 0.6% to $1.0821, while the dollar gained 0.9% to 120.17 yen.

  • Barack Obama Ramps Up Lobbying on Iran as Deadline Looms

    As negotiations with Iran on a nuclear deal come down to the wire, the White House is ramping up a yearlong campaign to persuade lawmakers and the public to support an agreement.

  • Putin Wins France’s Election

    Vladimir Putin did just fine in France's nationwide local elections, which concluded with a second and final round of voting on Sunday. Right-wing and far-right parties with leaders who cozy up to or embrace the Russian president got a ...

  • Airstrikes Hit Yemen Refugee Camp, Says Doctors Without Borders

    A humanitarian organization said a refugee camp in northern Yemen was hit by heavy fire Monday morning, killing at least 29 people and injuring 34, amid a Saudi Arabia-led campaign of airstrikes against Houthi rebels.

  • Barack Obama Ramps Up Lobbying on Iran as Deadline Looms

    As negotiations with Iran on a nuclear deal come down to the wire, the White House is ramping up a yearlong campaign to persuade lawmakers and the public to support an agreement.

  • Putin Wins France’s Election

    Vladimir Putin did just fine in France's nationwide local elections, which concluded with a second and final round of voting on Sunday. Right-wing and far-right parties with leaders who cozy up to or embrace the Russian president got a ...

  • Airstrikes Hit Yemen Refugee Camp, Says Doctors Without Borders

    A humanitarian organization said a refugee camp in northern Yemen was hit by heavy fire Monday morning, killing at least 29 people and injuring 34, amid a Saudi Arabia-led campaign of airstrikes against Houthi rebels.

  • Aston Martin May Build Electric Rapide Sports Car in 2-3 Years, CEO Says

    Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. may build an electric version of its Rapide sports car in two to three years as a part of its plan to overhaul its lineup and add several new models, said Chief Executive Andy Palmer in an interview.

  • Wintry Hit Seen in Soft Spending

    Americans are deferring spending for now in favor of saving, a cautiousness that has restrained broader economic growth despite signs household outlays may rebound later in the spring.

  • ECB Bond-Buying Program Could Hinge on German Debt Supply

    The European Central Bank may have to tweak the rules of its massive bond-buying program because German debt is in short supply.The ECB plans to buy €60 billion ($65 billion) of assets each month until at least September 2016 to kick-start ...

  • The Risk of Having High Blood Pressure Just at the Doctor’s Office

    People who suffer from white-coat hypertension—the term for blood pressure that only goes up at the doctor's office—may be at increased risk of health problems associated with true hypertension, according to a meta-analysis in the April ...

  • U.S. Government Bonds Pull Back As Stocks Rally

    U.S. Treasury bonds pulled back on Monday as broad price gains in global stocks sapped demand for haven assets.Investors piled into equity markets driven by hope that policy makers in the world's second largest economy may implement fresh ...

  • Photos of the Day: March 30

    Iraqi security forces run to plant the national flag as they surround Tikrit during clashes to regain the city from Islamic State militants.

  • Rock Star Bob Geldof Spearheads U.S. Private-Equity Push Into Ethiopia

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia—A generation ago, this African nation was a magnet for Western charity. Today, some of America's richest deal makers are delivering something new: investment.

  • Gold Falls on Dollar Strength, Firmer Equities

    Gold prices fell Monday as the dollar advanced against other currencies and as a rally in stocks prompted some investors to sell the precious metal.

  • Brazil Has No Room for Errors, Finance Minister Says

    SÃO PAULO—Brazil's policy makers have run out of quick fixes for the country's economic problems and the government has no room for mistakes as it implements new policies to get its budget in order and spur growth, Finance Minister Joaquim ...

  • Commodity Prices Receive Boost From Fed Uncertainty

    A pause in the dollar's ascent has bolstered many commodities markets, lifting prices on raw materials ranging from copper to orange juice.An eight-month rally in the greenback stalled earlier this month after the Federal Reserve signaled ...

  • Vestas Chairman Vows to Keep Company Danish

    Vestas Wind Systems chairman Bert Nordberg said Monday that he would fight any takeover attempt that would end its being a Danish company, and he would be disappointed if the Danish wind turbine manufacturer returned to losses after a ...

  • Air Canada Plane Missed Runway in Crash Landing

    An Air Canada flight that crash landed at Halifax International Airport very early Sunday touched down more than 1,000 feet shy of the runway and hit an antenna array which caused the plane to lose its landing gear, safety investigators ...

  • StubHub Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Ticketmaster

    StubHub has filed a lawsuit against Ticketmaster and the front office of the National Basketball Association's Golden State Warriors, alleging that the two collaborated to cancel fans' tickets when they used StubHub to resell them.

  • The Key to Crossing the Street Safely: Eye Contact

    To reduce the chance of getting hit when crossing a street, pedestrians might want to stare at the oncoming drivers, a study suggests.Drivers stopped more often if pedestrians looked directly into their eyes as the car approached the ...

  • Tesla Motors to Unveil New Product April 30

    Tesla Motors Inc. will unveil a new product on April 30 that isn't a car, but is likely a stationary battery storage system.“Major new Tesla product line—not a car—will be unveiled at our Hawthorne Design Studio on Thurs 8pm, April 30," ...

  • Philippine Military Ends Campaign Against Islamist Rebel Group

    MANILA—The Philippine military on Monday halted a five-week offensive against a militant Islamist rebel group that has displaced more than 120,000 people on the southern island of Mindanao.

  • Volkswagen’s Golf R: An Obsessive Return to Form

    GENEVA TO BARCELONA is about 1,000 kilometers and a solid 10 hours in the driver's seat, if you take the scenic route. My borrowed 2015 Volkswagen Golf R (four-door compact hatch) and I were wheels up at 0700, getting acquainted as we ...

  • If the West Is Serious About the AIIB

    Tuesday is the deadline for countries to sign up as founding members of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Distinct and different from the World Bank, which Western leaders established as a pillar of the post-World War II ...

  • A Powerful Message From America’s Frustrated Allies

    The new China-initiated Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank is a greater setback for the U.S. than many realize. Despite the Obama administration's efforts to persuade its longtime allies not to invest in the bank, they are pouring their ...

  • Fortune Brands Agrees to Acquire Cabinetry Maker Norcraft

    Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc. agreed to acquire kitchen and bathroom cabinet maker Norcraft Cos. for about $514 million.Fortune Brands, whose brands include MasterBrand cabinets, Moen faucets and Master Lock and SentrySafe ...

  • ANA Seeks Growth Beyond Japan

    TOKYO—ANA Holdings Inc.'s new president said the company expects revenue from international passengers to soar to ¥800 billion ($6.71 billion) over the next decade, which would be more than double the contribution last fiscal year, as the ...

  • Police Make Progress in Opening Access Route to Germanwings Crash Site

    PARIS—French police made progress Monday toward opening up a full access route to the site where the Germanwings plane smashed into the French Alps, as they continue to search for the second black box to glean more details on what happened ...

  • Netflix Adds Two Directors to Board

    Netflix Inc. added two directors to its board Monday, bringing the total number of directors to nine.The Los Gatos, Calif.-based company said it appointed Anne Sweeney, the former co-chair of Disney media networks and president of ...

  • Deadline Delayed for Schlumberger, EDC Deal in Russia

    LONDON—Russia's largest onshore oil drilling firm Eurasia Drilling Co. Ltd. said Monday it would extend a final deadline on a proposal to sell a stake to oil-field services giant Schlumberger Ltd. for about $1.7 billion.

  • Beyond Botox: New Anti-Aging Treatments That Will Leave You Looking Like Yourself

    AS MY FRIENDS and I lounged on couches this past awards season, assessing what traveled down the Oscars' and Golden Globes' red carpets, we developed a drinking game: “Find the Frozen Face." Once we started, the over-injected foreheads, ...

  • China Agrees to Delay Implementing Bank Technology Rules

    BEIJING—China has agreed to delay implementing new bank technology rules that U.S. companies see as a “troubling" hurdle to doing business in China, but the U.S. wants these rules suspended outright, a senior U.S. Treasury official said ...

  • NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg Urges Closer Cooperation with European Union

    BRUSSELS—The European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization must find ways to cooperate even more closely and that it is critical for European countries to spend more on defense, the military alliance's chief said Monday.

  • China Lowers Down Payments for Buyers of Second Homes

    SHANGHAI—China is ramping up efforts to support its flagging housing market in a new sign that Chinese leaders are worried about economic growth.

  • U.S. Hedge Fund PSAM Takes Aim at Vivendi’s Bolloré Again

    PARIS—Tensions bubbled up again Monday between Vivendi SA and a U.S. hedge fund over what the company should do with its large cash pile.P. Schoenfeld Asset Management LP—which is pushing Vivendi to boost cash returns—in its latest salvo ...

  • A Local Bank in Amish Country Flourishes Amid Dearth of Small Lenders

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  • European Stocks Shrug Off Uncertainty over Greece

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  • Ireland’s Culinary Movement

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  • Death Toll From Flooding in Northern Chile Rises to 17

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  • American Realty Capital Properties Revenue More Than Doubles

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  • Chile Central Bank Sees 2015 GDP Growth of 2.5% to 3.5%

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  • Profit at iPhone Assembler Foxconn Rose 22% Last Year

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  • Bacardi Ltd. Acquires Angel’s Envy Bourbon Brand

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  • Dunkin’ Donuts Considers All Cage-Free Eggs

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  • Canada Finance Minister to Meet With Economists

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  • Voices: Mark Tepper, on Life After a Client Sells the Business

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  • China to Delay Some Bank Technology Rules

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  • Another Bangladeshi Blogger Hacked to Death

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  • GNC, N.Y. Reach Pact on Herbal Supplements

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  • ECB Bond-Buying Brings Another Market Mystery

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  • Korea Aerospace Industries Preferred Bidder for New Fighter Jet

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  • Salus Changes Mind About New Bid for RadioShack

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  • GM Ignition-Switch Death Toll Rises to 77 People

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  • Australia Considers Tax Changes to Fix Battered Finances

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  • U.K.’s Biggest Banks Subject to Stress Test

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  • DuPont Board Approves Governance Changes for Chemours Spinoff

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  • AAR Swings to Loss on Big Write-Down, Weaker Sales

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  • U.S. Pending Home Sales Up 3.1% in February

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  • Final Four, Familiar Question: Who Stops the Cats

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  • Japan Clips Thailand’s Wings With Airline Ban

    BANGKOK—Thai authorities said Monday they will use military-provided powers to improve a poor safety rating from the International Civil Aviation Organization that prompted Japan to ban Thai carriers from adding new flights last week.

  • G-20 Leak Revealed World Leaders’ Personal Details

    CANBERRA, Australia—Australian authorities inadvertently revealed personal details of world leaders, including their passport numbers, by accidentally emailing the information to organizers of a soccer tournament.

  • ‘Seven Words’ Translated and ‘Don Carlo’ Returns

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  • EU Approves $13 Billion Biomet-Zimmer Merger, Subject to Asset Sales

    BRUSSELS—Zimmer Holdings Inc. secured approval in the European Union for its $13 billion acquisition of fellow orthopedic-device maker Biomet Inc. after agreeing to sell three businesses in Europe to assuage antitrust concerns.

  • China Evacuates Citizens From Yemen

    China said it successfully evacuated more than 600 nationals from conflict-torn Yemen and conducted an air force drill on Monday over the western Pacific Ocean—two operations that illustrate the country's growing military capabilities.

  • Amgen Granted FDA Priority Review for Expanded Use of Kyprolis

    Amgen Inc. said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted priority review status to its supplemental new drug application for Kyprolis to treat patients with relapsed multiple myeloma who have received at least one prior therapy.

  • Ecuador’s Economy Grew 3.8% in 2014

    QUITO—Ecuador's economy expanded by 3.8% last year, weaker than the 4.6% growth rate registered in 2013 and below the official target of between 4.5% to 5.1%, the nation's central bank said Monday.

  • Malakoff to Test IPO Appetite Next Week

    Malaysian power producer Malakoff Corp. Bhd, plans to start testing investors' appetite next week for an initial public offering that is meant to raise as much as $740 million, people familiar with the matter said Monday.

  • Lawsuit Exposes Tensions in Canadian Media Clan

    A lawsuit aimed at a member of Canada's Thomson family alleges serious governance lapses involving the company through which the country's richest family controls media giant Thomson Reuters Corp.

  • Alibaba, BMG Sign Music Distribution Deal for China

    Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has signed a digital music distribution deal in China with BMG, the music division of Germany's Bertelsmann, as the e-commerce giant and its Chinese rivals race to beef up their online entertainment offerings.

  • Pressure on Denmark’s Currency Peg Eases

    Denmark sold short-term debt Monday for the first time in two months, in an apparent sign that a period of intense pressure on the country's currency peg is easing.

  • Alcoa to Completely Stop Smelting in Brazil

    Alcoa Inc. plans to stop smelting completely at its Brazilian facility by the middle of April as part of its continuing plan to lower costs.

  • China Shares Surge on Easing Hopes

    Chinese stocks surged Monday after Beijing signaled it can ease monetary policy to lift sluggish growth, with indexes in Hong Kong and Shanghai chalking up their biggest one-day gains in months.

  • Eurozone Business Confidence Jumps in March

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  • Abbott Labs Files to Sell Nearly a Third of Its Mylan Stake

    Abbott Laboratories filed to offer nearly a third of its stake in Mylan NV that it got from the recent sale of a portion of its generic-drugs business to the Netherlands-based drug maker.

  • How Jeffrey Katzenberg Is Rewriting DreamWorks’ Script

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  • Economists Again Cut Growth Forecasts for Brazil

    SÃO PAULO—Economists again cut their growth forecasts for Brazil in 2015 and for next year, as Latin America's largest economy struggles to regain traction.

  • BioDelivery Trial for Pain Treatment Didn’t Meet Primary Goal

    BioDelivery Sciences International Inc. on Monday said its treatment for pain related to diabetic neuropathy wasn't found to be more effective than a placebo in a clinical trial.

  • Teva to Acquire Auspex in $3.2 Billion Deal

    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. agreed to acquire Auspex Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a deal valued at roughly $3.2 billion, increasing the Israel-based drug maker's presence in the market for treatments for central nervous system disorders.

  • U.N. War Crimes Tribunal Orders Serb Nationalist Vojislav Seselj Back to Detention

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands—Appeals judges at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal say Serbian far-right leader Vojislav Seselj has breached conditions of his provisional release and must return to the court's cellblock in The Hague.

  • Nigeria Vote Counting Begins Following Delays

    Vote counting got under way in Nigeria on Monday in an election beset by technical glitches at polling stations, militant attacks and calls from the leading challenger's supporters for the cancellation of the vote in one state.

  • China Delivers Stronger Medicine in House Call

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  • The 10-Point. A personal, guided tour to the best scoops and stories every day in The Wall Street Journal, from Editor in Chief Gerard Baker.

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  • Intesa Sanpaolo, Blackstone to Fund Italian Medium-Size Firms

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  • Cal-Maine Foods Sales Rise 11% on Strength in Specialty Eggs

    Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported that sales grew 11% in the third quarter due to increased demand, especially for specialty eggs, in the holiday period.

  • Horizon Pharma to Buy Hyperion Therapeutics

    Horizon Pharma PLC has agreed to purchase Hyperion Therapeutics for $955.7 million in cash, in a move to expand its drug portfolio by adding two treatments for a rare metabolic condition.

  • Needle Exchanges Gain Currency

    Evidence that HIV and hepatitis C are spreading among intravenous drug users is prompting more state and local officials to consider setting up needle exchanges—including some who had been resistant to such programs.

  • Bordeaux Futures: What’s The Upside of Buying En Primeur

    EN PRIMEUR WEEK in Bordeaux is always frenetic. As one château-owner once remarked, it's like the Oscars, the Cannes Film Festival and Formula One coming to town for five days. I'm among the thousands of wine professionals, merchants, ...

  • Japan Gets Word Out With Books in English

    TOKYO—Japan's government is paying to have Japanese-language nonfiction books translated into English, with the first works to be produced under the program arriving in American libraries this month.

  • Abu Dhabi’s IPIC Eyes More Energy Investments

    ...

  • Use of China’s Yuan as Global Payment Currency Falls

    China suffered a second setback in as many weeks in its drive to boost the use of its currency abroad, even as the country steps up efforts to open up its capital account.

  • Volvo to Open Plant in the U.S. State to be chosen in a month

    After years of losing out to Mexico in the race for new automotive assembly plants, the U.S. is about to notch a victory.Volvo Car Corp., owned by a Chinese company, will spend $500 million to build a new vehicle plant in the U.S. The ...

  • GM, Ford Make a Play for China’s Luxury-Car Buyers

    DETROIT—The American premium sedan is going on a road trip. Destination? China.The two biggest U.S. auto makers will unveil new passenger cars at the New York International Auto Show later this week. While earmarked for sale in the U.S. and ...

  • Japan Industrial Output Falls

    TOKYO—Japanese industrial production contracted for the first time in three months in February, the latest data indicating continued sluggishness in Japan's economy.

  • NFL Expanding Hospitality Services

    The NFL is joining with two investment firms on a venture to build up the league's premium hospitality business.The yet-to-be-named new company will have investments from the NFL, Bruin Sports Capital, led by former IMG President George ...

  • Photos: Fans of Japanese Comics and Animation Gather at the Otaku Summit

    What organizers billed as the world's first Otaku (geek) Summit in Chiba, outside Tokyo, drew visitors from around the world on March 28.People dressed as anime characters pose for photographers at the two-day Otaku Summit.

  • See The Wall Street Journal’s Front Page

    See The Wall Street Journal's Front Page

  • Mourning Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew

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  • A New Normal for Defense Contractors

    The U.S. Army has borne the brunt of Pentagon budget cutsin the past five years, prompting a flurry of deal-making among suppliers and forcing others to leave the business.

  • EIG Global Energy to Invest $1 Billion of Debt and Equity in Breitburn

    EIG Global Energy Partners agreed to invest $1 billion in Breitburn Energy Partners LP, a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company, as energy producers turn to alternative capital sources in an effort to bolster their ...

  • Life Is a Cabaret When the Rosé Flows

    Last year, the art collector Peter Brant bought an East Village building on Sixth Street for $27 million that previously had belonged to the late artist Walter de Maria. Before that, it had been a Con Ed substation.

  • Cuomo, New York Lawmakers Reach a Budget Deal

    ALBANY—Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders struck a deal late Sunday evening for a state budget that will implement new income-disclosure policies for lawmakers and changes to the teacher-evaluation process and teacher-tenure ...

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  • Bald Eagles Could Find a Home in New York

    Scientists say the bald eagle could soon join Colin Powell, Sonia Sotomayor and Big Bird as illustrious Americans who have called the Bronx home.

  • Greater New York Watch

    BRONXMan Accused of Killing Girlfriend, Storing BodyAuthorities arrested a Bronx man over the weekend after he allegedly strangled his girlfriend and kept her body in an apartment for days, police said.

  • Two Bodies Pulled Out of Rubble of NYC Explosion

    Investigators found two bodies Sunday in the rubble of Thursday's explosion and fire in Manhattan's East Village, according to the New York Police Department.

  • Ambitions Take Toll on Political Partnership in Trenton

    TRENTON—The political lovefest between New Jersey's two most powerful politicians appears to be cooling, and that could diminish the prospects for significant bipartisan legislation in the next two years.

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  • Canadian Filmmaker Arrested in Iran, CBC Says

    A Canadian resident has been arrested in Iran, according to a published report late Sunday.The man, identified as Mostafa Azizi, is a Toronto-based filmmaker, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., the country's public broadcaster.

  • U.S. Watch

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  • Duke to Make 16th Final Four Appearance After Win Over Gonzaga

    HOUSTON—In another NCAA tournament, the kind marked by upsets that defy logic and teams that outplay their stature, Gonzaga would have been a perfect fit for the Final Four. With 35 wins, the Bulldogs were the running, hot-shooting ...

  • Brook Lopez Leads Nets Back Into Postseason Contention

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  • Jacob Lindgren Is on the Cusp of the Big Leagues

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  • Nigerian Elections Marred by Violence, Glitches and Anger

    TEMPERATURES RISING: The government extended the presidential vote into Sunday after poling stations were attacked and others suffered delays. Results are expected Tuesday.

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  • Photos: Fans of Japanese Comics and Animation Gather at the Otaku Summit

    What organizers billed as the world's first Otaku (geek) Summit in Chiba, outside Tokyo, drew visitors from around the world on March 28.People dressed as anime characters pose for photographers at the two-day Otaku Summit.

  • See The Wall Street Journal’s Front Page

    See The Wall Street Journal's Front Page

  • Mourning Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew

    Singapore Turns Out for Lee Kuan Yew's FuneralPeople line the streets of Singapore in the rain ahead of the start of the state funeral procession for the late Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday.

  • A New Normal for Defense Contractors

    The U.S. Army has borne the brunt of Pentagon budget cutsin the past five years, prompting a flurry of deal-making among suppliers and forcing others to leave the business.

  • EIG Global Energy to Invest $1 Billion of Debt and Equity in Breitburn

    EIG Global Energy Partners agreed to invest $1 billion in Breitburn Energy Partners LP, a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company, as energy producers turn to alternative capital sources in an effort to bolster their ...

  • Life Is a Cabaret When the Rosé Flows

    Last year, the art collector Peter Brant bought an East Village building on Sixth Street for $27 million that previously had belonged to the late artist Walter de Maria. Before that, it had been a Con Ed substation.

  • Cuomo, New York Lawmakers Reach a Budget Deal

    ALBANY—Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders struck a deal late Sunday evening for a state budget that will implement new income-disclosure policies for lawmakers and changes to the teacher-evaluation process and teacher-tenure ...

  • Burgers With Farm-to-Tribeca Roots

    Burgers rule the roost at this freshly minted Tribeca outpost of the Grazin' Diner in upstate New York.Grilled, and lightly seasoned, the ground beef comes from 100% grass-fed cattle raised at the owners, Dan and Susan Gibson's, family farm ...

  • Bald Eagles Could Find a Home in New York

    Scientists say the bald eagle could soon join Colin Powell, Sonia Sotomayor and Big Bird as illustrious Americans who have called the Bronx home.

  • Greater New York Watch

    BRONXMan Accused of Killing Girlfriend, Storing BodyAuthorities arrested a Bronx man over the weekend after he allegedly strangled his girlfriend and kept her body in an apartment for days, police said.

  • Two Bodies Pulled Out of Rubble of NYC Explosion

    Investigators found two bodies Sunday in the rubble of Thursday's explosion and fire in Manhattan's East Village, according to the New York Police Department.

  • Ambitions Take Toll on Political Partnership in Trenton

    TRENTON—The political lovefest between New Jersey's two most powerful politicians appears to be cooling, and that could diminish the prospects for significant bipartisan legislation in the next two years.

  • Dom Pérignon Tasting Event Features Rare Pinks

    ...

  • Ralph Pucci’s Unique Bodies of Work

    One night in June of 1986, there was a fashion opening at a SoHo loft for Barneys New York. With more than 1,000 attendees—both uptown fashionistas and downtown bohemians, including art superstars Keith Haring and Andy Warhol—the ...

  • Canadian Filmmaker Arrested in Iran, CBC Says

    A Canadian resident has been arrested in Iran, according to a published report late Sunday.The man, identified as Mostafa Azizi, is a Toronto-based filmmaker, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., the country's public broadcaster.

  • U.S. Watch

    FLORIDASpring-Break Shooting Stirs Officials' ConcernA house party that dissolved into a hail of gunfire and left seven people hurt has officials on the Florida Panhandle pondering what to do with a spring-break season they say has gotten ...

  • Chinese Company Makes Sharply Lower Bid for PanAust

    SYDNEY—A Chinese company returned with a sharply reduced takeover bid for Laos-focused PanAust Ltd. that values the copper and gold miner at 1.11 billion Australian dollars (US$860 million), indicating the world's second-biggest economy is ...

  • Duke to Make 16th Final Four Appearance After Win Over Gonzaga

    HOUSTON—In another NCAA tournament, the kind marked by upsets that defy logic and teams that outplay their stature, Gonzaga would have been a perfect fit for the Final Four. With 35 wins, the Bulldogs were the running, hot-shooting ...

  • Brook Lopez Leads Nets Back Into Postseason Contention

    If the Nets (32-40) do make the playoffs, and Sunday's 107-99 win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers was a step toward that end, center Brook Lopez deserves the bulk of the credit.

  • Jacob Lindgren Is on the Cusp of the Big Leagues

    There is a video on YouTube with nearly 70,000 views, depicting a group of college baseball players from Mississippi State calling themselves the Bench Mobb, rapping about their antics and their team amid a run to the College World Series ...

  • MoneyBeat: Win Streak Eludes S&P

    The S&P 500's inability to string together a winning streak is on the cusp of reaching record levels.Friday was the 28th trading session since the S&P 500 chalked up gains on back-to-back days. That has happened only twice since the ...

  • Nigerian Elections Marred by Violence, Glitches and Anger

    TEMPERATURES RISING: The government extended the presidential vote into Sunday after poling stations were attacked and others suffered delays. Results are expected Tuesday.

  • What’s News—

    Business & Finance*** Facebook, banned in China, tapped a second local partner to reach advertisers and is working to draw business from Chinese firms.

  • What’s News—

    Business & Finance***Li Ka-shing's venture-capital fund, run by his companion Solina Chau, is accelerating investments from Israel to Silicon Valley.

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