News Archive for February 26, 2015

  • In Job Islands, Work Is Plentiful but the Workers Are Not

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  • Making a Big Deal Over the Purim Spiel

    One of the best things about the Jewish Museum's annual Purim Ball is, really, how often do you get to go to a Purim ball?Almost never, you know? And, frankly, it's nice to get out of your box once in a while, even if it's just once every ...

  • Little Shelter for Fed’s Rate-Rise Ambition

    The Federal Reserve's core concerns on inflation are far from over.The Labor Department on Thursday said its measure of consumer prices fell 0.7% in January from December, putting it 0.1% below its year-earlier level. That marked its first ...

  • States Weigh Overhauls of How Police Lineups Are Handled

    DENVER—Jennifer Thompson was certain she remembered the face of the man who raped her in 1984. But she identified the wrong suspect to police, she later learned, a mistake that sent Ronald Cotton to prison for nearly 11 years for a crime he ...

  • Gas’s Drop Drives U.S. Into Deflation Territory

    The U.S. in January saw its first dip in overall consumer prices in more than five years. But the economy is far from the precipice of debilitating Japanese-style deflation.

  • U.S. Intelligence Officials Say Global Threats Persist From Russia, Terrorists

    WASHINGTON—The top U.S. intelligence official told a Senate panel Thursday that Russian-backed separatists would probably continue their advance through Ukraine this spring and that he favors providing lethal arms to help defend the area.

  • Sergeants’ Union, City Reach Deal

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration reached a tentative contract agreement with the Sergeants Benevolent Association, a move the mayor hailed Thursday as a major step forward following a period of roiling tensions with union ...

  • Photos of the Day: Feb. 26

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  • Standard Chartered CEO Peter Sands to Resign After Unrest at Bank

    LONDON—Standard Chartered PLC said Thursday that Chief Executive Peter Sands will step down in June and be replaced by former J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. executive Bill Winters, following a protracted campaign by shareholders and some ...

  • Two Condos Fused to Solve a Space Crunch

    Sometimes, the best next-door neighbor is … you.The low inventory of luxury condos has owners looking for alternative ways to solve their space crunch. Increasingly, that means combining two smaller condos to make one large unit. In New ...

  • Barnes & Noble to Keep Nook Business

    Barnes & Noble Inc. said Thursday it plans to spin off its college bookstore business into a separate publicly traded company by the end of August, but the company's plans to revitalize its Nook digital business remained unclear.

  • U.S.-Led Alliance Carries Out Airstrikes Against Islamic State

    The U.S.-led military coalition battling Islamic State carried out five airstrikes on Thursday in northeastern Syria, a U.S. military spokesman said, hitting an area where the extremist group is believed to hold more than 250 Christians ...

  • AB InBev Profit Lifted by U.S. Recovery

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  • The Mets Are Busy Trying Not to Work Too Hard

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.—The Mets held their first official full-team workout of the spring on Thursday, though it really wasn't a “first" at all. A majority of the players have been here for weeks already, and in some cases longer.

  • Novartis Amends Heart-Drug Trial

    Novartis AG is amending a clinical trial of a promising heart drug it's developing in order to address questions from doctors that the medication might contribute to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease.

  • Knicks Alive

    I don't mean to get carried away. I don't want to waste your time. I don't want to be the overenthusiastic friend, the one who is nagging you to respond to that text message from two weeks ago or buy the Taylor Swift record because it's ...

  • Matthew Goode Hits It Big With ‘Good Wife,’ ‘Downton Abbey’ Roles

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  • Why Won’t the Yankees Dump A-Rod

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  • ‘Henry V’ Review: The King’s Not Dead, Long Live the King! An extraordinarily fine small-scale production of Shakespeare’s play proves that it’s still worth performing frequently staged classics

    Orlando, Fla.Orlando Shakespeare Theatre is a puzzlement, a first-class drama company whose stature is too often obscured by unadventurous programming. It's only because I already knew how good Orlando Shakespeare is that I went out of my ...

  • U.S. Stocks End Mostly Lower

    The Nasdaq Composite Index resumed its march toward record highs Thursday, boosted by a rebound in Apple Inc. shares, even as other stock benchmarks inched lower.

  • Were Those Really the Good Old Days

    The top story in the fine-art business is the “rediscovery" (if that's the word—they were never lost) of a pair of privately owned bronze sculptures on display at England's Fitzwilliam Museum. A team of art historians now thinks they were ...

  • Saudi Arabian Convicted in 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings Trial

    A federal jury has found Khaled al-Fawwaz guilty of participating in a conspiracy by al Qaeda that led to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa—another win in the U.S. government's efforts to prosecute suspected terrorists in ...

  • Treasury to Auction $77 Billion

    The Treasury Department will auction $77 billion in debt next week. Details of the offerings (all with minimum denominations of $100):Monday: $26 billion in 13-week bills, dated March 5 and maturing June 4. Cusip number is 912796FK0. Also, ...

  • Ukraine Says It Will Pull Back Heavy Weapons as Situation in East Stabilizes

    MOSCOW—In the clearest sign yet that a cease-fire is taking hold, Ukraine's army said it would start pulling back heavy weapons from the front lines of its 10-month conflict with Russia-backed militants.

  • Shutterfly Faces Proxy Fight

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  • ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Review: Changing Its Tune

    Orlando, Fla.Now that Harper Lee is back in the news, it's likely that Christopher Sergel's workmanlike stage version of “To Kill a Mockingbird," which was already a staple of regional theaters throughout America, will be mounted even more ...

  • Amazon’s Twitch Site Bets on Poker

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  • Islamic State’s Scariest Success: Attracting Western Newcomers

    Islamic State's ability to lure thousands of Westerners is unprecedented in modern history, and may be its scariest success. It is especially disturbing because the bulk of these women and men flocking to Syria are relative newcomers to ...

  • Bayer Reiterates Plans to Divest Plastics Business

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  • Sears Extends Dismantling of Company

    Sears Holdings Corp. said it would split off as many as 300 of its best stores into a separate company by June, advancing the dismantling of the struggling retailer by hedge-fund manager Eddie Lampert.

  • ‘Sex Box’ Uncovered

    The premise of the new reality series “Sex Box" is that troubled couples can describe their problems to celebrity counselors before a live audience, go into an opaque box onstage, have sexual relations, and emerge ready to let advice from ...

  • A Town That Deserves Pity

    The second season of “Broadchurch" begins where the first left off: Joe Miller, a husband and father in an English seaside town has been arrested for the murder of a local boy. Joe (Matthew Gravelle) is about to face a hearing at which he ...

  • Overheard: Oil Drilling on Wall Street

    The exploration-and-production sector has grown adept at coaxing oil and gas from stubborn shale. Its other big talent: coaxing money from investors.

  • San Francisco Penthouse Under Construction Seeking a Record $49 Million

    A roughly 15,000-square-foot penthouse apartment in an under-construction tower in San Francisco is listing for $49 million, a price that may set a residential real-estate record for the city.

  • Investor Irving Kahn, Disciple of Benjamin Graham, Dies at 109

    Irving Kahn, one of the world's oldest professional investors and the most senior student of the father of financial analysis, Benjamin Graham, died Tuesday night of natural causes in his New York home. He was 109.

  • Pimco Outflows Hit Allianz’s Fourth-Quarter Profit

    FRANKFURT—Allianz SE's fourth-quarter results were overshadowed on Thursday by outflows at Pacific Investment Management Co., where clients continue to pull assets in the wake of a management shake-up at the U.S.-based bond fund last fall.

  • Resale Prices Tumble on Electric Cars

    Nissan Motor Co.'s Leaf electric car has been a big seller for Atlanta car dealer Pat Hoban over the past three years, thanks to its low monthly lease price. But as those car leases are beginning to expire amid cheap gasoline, the vehicle ...

  • Bring on the Apocalypse

    With Iran about to become an armed nuclear power and Islamist radicals like ISIS and Boko Haram on a rampage of mass beheadings, abductions, rapes and burnings alive—why has USA made a TV series about Jewish and Christian fanatics who will ...

  • Bring on the Apocalypse

    With Iran about to become an armed nuclear power and Islamist radicals like ISIS and Boko Haram on a rampage of mass beheadings, abductions, rapes and burnings alive—why has USA made a TV series about Jewish and Christian fanatics who will ...

  • Citigroup to Back Proxy Access for Investors

    WASHINGTON—Citigroup Inc. wants to ease its investors' ability to choose board members at the bank, joining a group of U.S. companies in opening up corporate elections.

  • This Pittsburgh Poet Has Fans in a Palace That Rhymes With Cluckingham

    PITTSBURGH—One of Billie Nardozzi's greatest strengths as a poet is persistence.“I do pretty much one a day—like the vitamins," he said after serving a visitor doughnuts at his kitchen table one recent afternoon.

  • Investors Pull $800 Million From Fortress Fund

    Investors asked to withdraw nearly $800 million from Fortress Investment Group LLC's flagship hedge fund over the past few months, a new setback for the closely followed manager Michael Novogratz.

  • IBM Pumps $4 Billion Into Cloud and Mobile Initiatives

    International Business Machines Corp. is in the same bind as many of its corporate-tech peers: how to foster fast-growing but unproven initiatives while lucrative older businesses are slowing down. Having identified a set of promising new ...

  • Leon Rausch on the End of Western Swing

    By the time Leon Rausch joined Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys as featured vocalist, in 1958, the group's popularity had waned, thanks to the rise of a new style of music that Mr. Wills, who is enshrined in both the Country Music and Rock ...

  • Asleep at the Wheel Releases ‘Still the King’

    It takes a lot of moxie for a onetime hippie from Philadelphia to move to Texas and build a career playing Western swing, one of the Lone Star State's most cherished musical traditions.

  • Sorry, Jeb, the Race Is Wide Open

    Thoughts on the 2016 presidential primaries:No one expects anything from the Democrats. They will back, accept or acquiesce in a coronation. This will not be called passive but disciplined. But when you think about it—one of our two major ...

  • BHP, Rio Tinto Hold Off Iron Ore’s Squeeze

    SYDNEY—The world's largest iron-ore mining companies have much in common with Big Oil right now: Each sector is grappling with slumping commodity prices cutting deeply into their financial results.

  • Plan to Sell Argentine Debt Collapses

    A bid by two global banks to sell bonds for Argentina in London collapsed, delivering a fresh setback to the cash-strapped South American nation amid a long-running feud with creditors.

  • ‘71’ Review: A Struggle to Survive Amidst The Troubles

    Yann Demange's “71," with an astonishing performance by Jack O'Connell, is big-screen storytelling stripped to its dramatic and visual essentials, and the result is nothing less than shattering. This fictional account of one British ...

  • ‘Focus’ Review: A Gift for Grift

    First the welcome news about “Focus," a glossy caper with exotic locations in which a consummate con artist falls for a gorgeous entry-level grifter. Will Smith is back in this world once again, having plumbed the depths of solemnity, if ...

  • ‘Queen and Country’ Review: Carry On Laughing, Learning and Loving

    In an industry afflicted by sequelitis, it has taken John Boorman almost three decades to make the sequel to his much-cherished “Hope and Glory," but “Queen and Country" turns out to be well worth the wait.

  • Invasion of the Friendly Movie Robots

    Robots are becoming more of a reality in everyday life, and movies have started to overhaul their depiction of them. They're gentler, friendlier and often better-looking.

  • Coca-Cola Sells $9.5 Billion in Euro-Denominated Bonds

    U.S. companies are barreling into European bond markets at the fastest clip since the financial crisis, taking advantage of record-low borrowing costs overseas.

  • Marie Kondo and the Cult of Tidying Up

    TokyoMarie Kondo, Japan's tidier-in-chief, sits ramrod-straight, watching a backstage video monitor in a Tokyo television studio. Ever since strangers on the street began recognizing her as the author of the global best seller, “The ...

  • KKR’s Struggling Energy Firm Weighs Debt Options

    KKR & Co.'s biggest bet in the oil patch is running out of gas.The private-equity firm has enlisted advisers to help its ward, Samson Resources Corp., wrestle with the multibillion-dollar debt load it took on when KKR in ...

  • The Open House Goes Over the Top

    More than 250 guests gathered at a home in Los Angeles's Pacific Palisades neighborhood last fall. Models swam in the pool, guests attired in all-white drank mojitos and a singer strummed an acoustic guitar. The guest of ...

  • Mushroom Stroganoff

    At Kachka in Portland, Ore., they make their Stroganoff using house-made smetana, a Russian sour cream. If you have access to a Russian grocery, you can substitute that for the crème fraîche called for here.

  • Confederations Cup Won’t Be Played in Qatar in 2021

    FIFA, world soccer's governing body, on Thursday said it would move the 2021 Confederations Cup from Qatar to another Asian country.Qatar is hosting the 2022 World Cup, likely to be played in either November or December. The Confederations ...

  • Penn Virginia Exploring Sale of Company

    Energy producer Penn Virginia Corp. is exploring a sale as its stock price has declined, its reserves have lost value and billionaire George Soros has urged the company to find a buyer.

  • Judge Sides With Adrian Peterson Over Suspension

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson may be one step closer to playing in the NFL again after a judge ruled against his suspension on Thursday. Peterson was banished after a child abuse charge in September and was suspended until ...

  • U.S. Steel Prices Tumble in February

    Domestic steelmakers in the U.S. slashed prices in February to cope with a flood of imports juiced by the strong dollar, a move that will pressure their profit margins and reduce costs for buyers of steel, including auto makers.

  • India to Spend $137 Billion to Upgrade Railways

    NEW DELHI—India plans to spend 8.5 trillion rupees ($137 billion) over the next five years to expand and modernize its vast railway network.

  • Qualcomm, Allies Push for New Wireless Standard

    Mobile-technology companies meeting at a major industry conference in Barcelona next week face a big issue: how to cope with exploding demand for wireless capacity. Qualcomm Inc. and others are backing one response—but not everyone is ...

  • TiVo, Others Buy Scraps of Aereo at Bankruptcy Auction

    Aereo Inc., the defunct TV-streaming service that once promised to revolutionize the way consumers watch network television, was sold for parts this week to TiVo Inc. and other buyers at a bankruptcy auction.

  • Spring Fashion’s ’70s Look Is Not So Far Out

    BELL-BOTTOMS, SHIRT FRILLS and platform boots. For a season that's shaping up to be menswear's big throwback to the 1970s, the decade's most recognizable hallmarks are conspicuously absent—but it's far from an oversight. Unlike some of ...

  • Big-Data Software Firm Splunk Reports Rise in Revenue

    Big-data software company Splunk Inc. on Thursday said its revenue in the January quarter rose 48% and the company increased its guidance for the current year.

  • Army’s 101st Airborne Wraps Up Ebola Mission in West Africa

    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division has formally ended its mission to help counter the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.The division headquarters has “cased its colors," wrapping up its deployment in Liberia. In the coming days, ...

  • New York’s Daily News Exploring Possibility of Sale

    The Daily News, the nearly century-old New York tabloid that is the seventh-largest daily newspaper in the U.S., is exploring the possibility of a sale, its owner said Thursday.

  • Broadband Investors Should Wake Up to Net Neutrality

    After years of fearing it like the boogeyman, Wall Street may have gotten a bit too comfortable with the government's latest version of net neutrality.

  • India Looks for Budget to Deliver on Promises

    NEW DELHI—Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government releases its first full-year budget on Saturday amid concerns that the nine-month-old administration has so far promised much more than it has delivered in its campaign to revive ...

  • How to Give Standard Chartered Breathing Room It Needs

    “Today is all about people," insisted Standard Chartered's chairman, Sir John Peace, as he abruptly kicked Chief Executive Peter Sands out of his job. Bill Winters, former head of J.P. Morgan's investment bank, will arrive in May to succeed ...

  • Live Nation Entertainment Posts Decline in Revenue

    Live Nation Entertainment Inc. on Thursday posted a 3% revenue decline for the fourth quarter and had a wider loss because of an impairment charge.

  • An All-Americas Concert at Lincoln Center

    Keith Jarrett Carnegie Hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, (212) 247-7800 TuesdaySometimes I think that I actually prefer Mr. Jarrett on recordings—such as his beautiful “Rio" (2011)—where we can be spared both his ...

  • American Realty Capital Properties Shareholders Calling for Board Shake-Up

    Shareholders of American Realty Capital Properties Inc., the real-estate investment trust founded by investor Nicholas Schorsch, are calling for a shake-up of the company's board.

  • Diner Dash: Del Frisco’s vs. Darden

    Let them eat cheesecake!While sit-down eateries have had it tough for the past several years, some have been thriving. Aside from serving the right type of cuisine, the recipe for success has been to target well-off customers. Now the ...

  • Hershey Names Patricia A. Little as Financial Chief

    Hershey Co., which said in September that Chief Financial Officer David W. Tacka was retiring, on Thursday named Patricia A. Little to succeed him, effective March 16.

  • Canadian Banks Shrug Off Weakening Economy

    Canada's banking sector is showing signs of resilience amid a weakening domestic economy, with three of the biggest banks raising their dividends and the largest reporting a record profit.

  • 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.

    Good morning,War of WordsTensions between U.S. and Israeli officials have been growing ahead of a planned visit to Washington next week by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Our story examines the extent of the rift between the two ...

  • Chico’s To Close Stores, Cut Head Count

    Chico's FAS Inc. unveiled plans Thursday to cut its capital spending, accelerate stores closures and cut jobs as the women's specialty retailer seeks to shore up its finances.

  • New Zealand Fund Files Debt Proceedings Against Novo Banco

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand—The New Zealand Superannuation Fund confirmed Friday it had filed debt-recovery proceedings in a U.K. court against Novo Banco, a bank formed by the Portuguese central bank resulting from the collapse of Banco ...

  • Gap Rehires Veteran to Revive Namesake Stores

    Gap Inc. announced plans Thursday to bring back a company veteran to help revive its struggling namesake stores, where sales at its established stores declined during the holiday quarter.

  • Israeli Opposition Leader Calls on Premier to Cancel Congress Speech

    TEL AVIV—Benjamin Netanyahu's main election rival called on him to scrap a planned visit to the U.S. next week to address the U.S. Congress on Iran, adding to criticism from the Obama administration and Democratic lawmakers over the planned ...

  • Corrections & Amplifications

    The number of Internet-connected objects is expected to rise to 25 billion in 2020 from three billion in 2013, according to Gartner, a research company. A Business & Finance article Thursday about chip designer ARM Holdings PLC ...

  • Bondholders Wary of Caesars’ Bid for a Bankruptcy Examiner

    The bankrupt main operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp. has asked that an outsider be summoned to probe alleged insider-led looting of the gambling operation, a request slated for court review next week.

  • Penney Posts Surprise Loss

    J.C. Penney Co. posted a surprise loss for the holiday quarter as operating expenses ticked up, though the department-store operator reported stronger-than-expected sales growth.

  • Asian Morning Briefing: U.S. Stocks End Mostly Lower

    MARKETS AT A GLANCE(Data as of approximately 5 p.m. ET) LAST CHANGE % CHG DJIA 18214.42 -10.15 -0.06% Nasdaq ...

  • Classic Joke

    Striking a nuclear agreement with Iran is the idée fixe of President Obama's foreign policy, and that naturally has Israel, the most proximate target of the Tehran regime's hatred, worried. For his sins—and they are many—Secretary of State ...

  • 278

    Number of NHL players who have played in a game this season who were born after Jaromir Jagr made his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 1990. The 43-year-old Jagr was traded by the New Jersey Devils to the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

  • Three Brooklyn Men Arrested and Accused of Plot to Join Islamic State

    Three Brooklyn, N.Y., men were arrested Wednesday and accused of plotting to join or aid Islamic State in Syria, offering a glimpse into the militant group's recruiting tactics—and how U.S. counterterrorism officials are fighting back.

  • Brazil’s Top Prosecutor Warned About Possible Risks to His Safety

    SÃO PAULO—Brazil's top prosecutor, Rodrigo Janot, has been warned by the country's justice minister about possible risks to his safety, according to a person familiar with the situation.

  • Dollar Rallies After U.S. Economic Data

    The dollar soared to a monthly high against the euro on Thursday on expectations of higher U.S. interest rates and in anticipation of Europe's massive stimulus program.

  • Morgan Stanley’s Wealth-Management Strategy Head Retires

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  • The Royal Touch as Monaco Drubs Aristocrat Arsenal

    LONDON — After any big victory in the Champions League, soccer teams are always thrilled to parade their manager and players before the media. But how many clubs can also send out a reigning monarch?

  • Greta Van Susteren Cuts the Price on Her Maryland Home

    Fox News host Greta Van Susteren and her husband, John Coale, have reduced the asking price on their 18th-century Annapolis, Md., home to $1.825 million, down from $2.1 million last April.

  • Two Bank of America Directors Won’t Seek Re-Election

    Bank of America Corp. said directors Charles Holliday and Clayton Rose have opted not to seek re-election to its board, and Neil Cotty is leaving his role as chief accounting officer.

  • ‘Feeling Certain’ and Other Mistakes That Trip Up Investors

    With the S&P 500 near an all-time high and the Nasdaq Composite approaching the 5000 mark for the first time since the dot-com bubble, it may feel like investing is easier than ever. It is times like these when paying attention to what ...

  • FCC Votes to Allow Municipal Broadband, Overruling Two States’ Laws

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  • Greek Bailout Deal Boosts Deposits to Banks

    ATHENS—Greece's interim deal with its eurozone partners last week has helped calm nervous depositors, senior banking and government officials say, reversing a weekslong savings outflow from the country's cash-strapped banks.

  • Rule, Bohemia

    A Haute-Boho Look for Your Home1939 | Doris Duke jams with Olympic swimmer Sam Kahanamoku in a room decorated with suzanis that cover her sofa, pillows and wall.

  • An Insiders’ Guide to Delhi, India

    OLD DELHI, NEW DELHI. It is easy to think of the sprawling metropolis of Delhi, which encompasses both, as cleaved neatly into two halves: After all, New Delhi has the broad, orderly boulevards laid out by English architect Edwin Lutyens in ...

  • U.K. Migration Surges, Stoking Debate Over EU Membership

    LONDON—The U.K.'s net migration has risen to its highest level for almost a decade, leaving Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to reduce it in tatters and adding fuel to the debate about immigration and Britain's membership of the ...

  • Brazilian Truckers Continue Blockades Despite Agreement

    SÃO PAULO—Brazilian truckers protesting higher taxes and low incomes continued to block highways around the country Thursday despite an agreement announced Wednesday night by the government and truckers' unions intended to end the protests.

  • Houthi Leader Accuses Saudi Arabia of Destabilizing Yemen

    SAN'A, Yemen—The leader of Yemen's Houthis, the minority group whose militants took over the government three weeks ago, accused neighboring Saudi Arabia on Thursday of destabilizing the country and financing enemies of the state.

  • Judge Dismisses Icahn’s Malpractice Suit Against Wachtell

    A judge dismissed Carl Icahn's malpractice lawsuit against his longtime foe, law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, dealing the billionaire investor a blow in a bitter dispute over his 2012 takeover of CVR Energy Inc.

  • Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf Gets $1 Million in Restricted Stock

    Wells Fargo & Co. Chairman and Chief Executive John Stumpf was awarded about $1 million worth of restricted stock as part of his 2014 compensation, according to a bank regulatory filing Thursday.

  • RBS to Reduce Global Footprint

    LONDON—Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC on Thursday said it will spend billions of pounds to dismantle its global investment bank—including pulling back sharply in the U.S.—as it announced its seventh annual loss in a row.

  • U.S. Government Bond Prices Fall

    U.S. government bonds sold off Thursday for the first time this week as an upside surprise in U.S. inflation indicator and solid business spending raised anxiety over the Federal Reserve's interest rate outlook.

  • Join the Suede Brigade

    WHEN KARL LAGERFELD SENT his feminist banner-bearing Chanel models down a Parisian street-like runway for spring, they were clad in supple khaki-green suede shirts with silk cuffs, and pale pink suede pants with matching belted jackets. It ...

  • Oil Prices Fall Sharply on Bearish Supply Outlook

    U.S. oil prices slid to their lowest level in nearly a month Thursday as growing crude inventories weighed on the market.U.S. oil stockpiles rose to their highest level in about 80 years last week, according to data released Wednesday by ...

  • What to Do in Delhi, India

    Insider's Guide to DelhiKingdom of DreamsHumayun's TombInside the main chamber of Humayun's TombLodhi HotelHazrat Nizamuddin Auliya DargahA dish from Le Bistro Du Parc

  • Mexico Sells €2.50 Billion in Euro Bonds Due 2024 and 2045

    MEXICO CITY—The Mexican government sold €2.5 billion in nine-year and 30-year bonds Thursday, securing record low yields for the maturities and completing most of its international capital markets financing needs for 2015, a Finance ...

  • Gold Rises on Chinese Demand

    NEW YORK—Gold prices rose Thursday but pared their gains for most the day as a stronger dollar eroded support from signs of demand for the precious metal in China.

  • Ukraine Dials Back on Latest Attempt to Halt Currency Free Fall

    Ukraine's central bank abruptly reversed a broad ban on foreign-currency purchases Thursday, a day after imposing the measures in an attempt to halt the hryvnia's free fall.

  • Restoring Productivity Through Innovation

    Digital technology can increase productivity. And yet, since the digital revolution of the 1990s, productivity growth in the European Union has slipped behind that of the U.S. and its other leading trade partners. Europe's current economic ...

  • Build a Healthy Private Economy to Fight Ebola

    This year, according to World Bank estimates, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will collectively lose at least $1.6 billion in economic growth as a result of Ebola. There is no question that West Africa has benefited from the help of ...

  • Vale Posts Loss as Iron-Ore Prices Dive

    RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazilian mining giant Vale SA reported a net loss in the fourth quarter as iron-ore prices fell by nearly half, the local currency weakened and impairment charges continued to pile up.

  • Dave Barry: The Greatest (Party) Generation

    Looking back, I think my parents had more fun than I did.That's not how it was supposed to be. My parents belonged to the Greatest Generation; they grew up in hard times. My mom was born in Colorado in an actual sod hut, which is the kind ...

  • Auto Makers Tap Safety, Engineering Advisers for Takata Probe

    A group of car makers hired a former top U.S. auto-safety regulator and an engineering firm to lead a probe into Takata Corp. air bags prone to explode too violently.

  • Captain America Won’t Save Us

    You have to feel sorry for the Democrats. In a world warming to presidential politics, what do they talk to each other about? Nearly two years from the election, they've already got their launch vehicle in place, former everything Hillary ...

  • Popular Pups: AKC Announces Top 10 Breeds of 2014 - Photos

    1. Labrador retriever. The American Kennel Club announced that the breed tops the most-popular list for the 24th consecutive year, continuing the longest reign as the nation's top dog in the AKC's history.

  • The Best Suede Styles for Spring

    Join the Suede BrigadeSuede hints at, rather than flaunts, curves—as seen in Altuzarra's relaxed hourglass spring silhouettes—and leaves a discreet waft of money in its trail.

  • Premier Oil Looking to Acquire U.K. North Sea Assets, Says CEO

    LONDON—Premier Oil PLC is looking to acquire assets, particularly in the U.K. North Sea, now that oil prices appear to have stabilized, Chief Executive Tony Durrant said Thursday.

  • Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Bill Could Offer Roadmap for Creditors

    A bill that would give Puerto Rico's government agencies access to the same bankruptcy protections provided to cities such as Detroit would provide a road map for investors if one or more runs out of money, a senior government official told ...

  • European Court Keeps Possibility of Refugee Status Alive for U.S. Deserter

    A top European court Thursday kept the path open for an American soldier to seek refugee status in Germany after he deserted to avoid serving in Iraq, where he argued he would have had to commit war crimes.

  • A Haute-Boho Look for Your Home

    IF THE CATWALKS IN LONDON this week are any indication, fashion's crush on the 1970s is developing into an unapologetic obsession. And the boho-chic aesthetic that's dominating the spring runways is carrying over into interior design as ...

  • EU Foreign-Policy Chief Sees Progress on Iran Nuclear Talks

    BRUSSELS—Nuclear talks between Iran and six major powers are getting close to agreement after more than a decade of diplomacy, the European Union's foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on ...

  • AMC Networks Ad Revenue Jumps on Demand for Original Programming

    AMC Networks Inc. said its advertising revenue surged in the fourth quarter, thanks to strong demand for original programming like “The Walking Dead" as well as its recent investment in BBC America.

  • Goldman Names Michael Carr, Gilberto Pozzi Co-Heads of Global M&A

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. shook up its vaunted mergers-and-acquisitions operation, promoting two bankers at the firm to global co-heads of the group.

  • BOE Overhauls Relationship with Financial Markets

    The Bank of England Thursday announced an overhaul of the way it gathers information from and monitors the activities of participants in the financial markets, following a series of scandals involving London's financial industry.

  • Images From ‘The Stedelijk Museum in the Second World War’

    Art With Question MarksA researcher sits at his makeshift desk inside a vault housing precious artworks that Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum protected from Nazi looters.

  • Relief Planned for India’s Railways

    Indian passengers board a train through an emergency window to get a seat at a railway station in Jammu Thursday. India plans to spend $137 billion over the next five years to expand and modernize its railway network.

  • Prosecutors Recommend Royal Bank of Canada Unit Face Criminal Charges

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    Government bonds across the eurozone soared to record levels on Thursday as investors anticipated the start of the European Central Bank's bond-buying program, which comes at a time when high-rated eurozone debt is in short supply.

  • Afghanistan Makes History With First Cricket World Cup Win

    The remote city of Dunedin in south New Zealand secured an unlikely place in Afghan hearts on Thursday as it became the setting where Afghanistan sports history was made.

  • A Home to Feed the Spirit

    A California Couple's OasisLinda and Shaheen Sadeghi bought this Laguna Beach home in 2012 for $4.8 million. The house, set on a 27,000-square-foot lot, had been listed in 2008 for $15 million.

  • Downgrade of Brazil Oil Giant Stirs Wider Concern

    SÃO PAULO—A decision by a major credit-rating firm to downgrade to junk status the debt of Petróleo Brasileiro SA is stoking fears that Brazil's sovereign rating could be next.

  • Nissan’s Infiniti Shifts Gears in Race With Luxury Rivals

    YOKOHAMA, Japan—The new head of Nissan Motor Co.'s luxury division, Infiniti, said Thursday that he would focus on improving customer service in a bid to close the yawning gap with the German premium brands that dominate the segment.

  • Fortress Investment Posts Stronger-Than-Expected Results

    Fortress Investment Group LLC posted stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter results on higher management fees and incentive income.Shares edged up more than 2% in morning trading but are down about 5% over the past 12 months.

  • Robert Parker Steps Down From Bordeaux Futures

    LONDON—Robert M. Parker Jr., widely regarded as the world's most powerful wine critic, has announced he will no longer taste Bordeaux en primeur.

  • A California Couple’s Oasis

    Shaheen and Linda Sadeghispend their days in a cacophony of design. Trained as fashion designers, they began conceiving, building and managing innovative retail spaces in the early 1990s in Orange County, Calif. They are acclaimed for their ...

  • New Standard Chartered Head Bill Winters Draws Rave Reviews

    LONDON—Bill Winters, a longtime investment banker at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., hasn't worked in Asia or Africa. He lacks experience in commercial or retail banking. He's never run a bank.

  • Brazil’s Unemployment Jumps in January

    SÃO PAULO—Brazil's unemployment rate jumped to the highest level in more than a year in January, raising pressure on President Dilma Rousseff as her government is increasing taxes and reducing spending.

  • Catamaran to Buy Healthcare Solutions for $405 Million

    Catamaran Corp. has agreed to buy Healthcare Solutions Inc. from Brazos Private Equity Partners LLC in a $405 million all-cash deal expected to boost the pharmacy-benefit manager's presence in the workers' compensation market.

  • A Week in the Life of ‘Scandal’ Star Joshua Malina

    Wake up at 5:49 (I have an OCD-ish aversion to even numbers). Before prepping school lunch for my daughter, I skim the first of Chaucer's “Canterbury Tales." I have no interest in and little understanding of the material, but I feel it'll ...

  • The SEC Caves on China

    U.S. stock-market regulators say they promote transparency and fair play, but this month the Securities and Exchange Commission quietly carved out a China-size exception: When Chinese companies list on U.S. markets, basic auditing rules ...

  • German Lower House of Parliament Expected to Back Extension to Greece Bailout

    BERLIN—German lawmakers are set to approve a four-month extension of Greece's bailout on Friday despite mounting irritation in Berlin at the tone of the left-wing government in Athens.

  • Maersk Group Has No Plans to Dispose of Maersk Oil

    LONDON—Falling oil prices have taken a toll on Maersk Oil, the energy unit of A.P. Moeller Maersk, but the chief executive of the Danish conglomerate, also known as Maersk Group, said there are no plans to dispose of the unit, and the ...

  • Milan Fashion Week Highlights: Gucci, Francesco Scognamiglio, Fausto Puglisi and Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s No. 21

    Highlights from Milan's Fashion Week.1. Gucci: The Rise of the NerdsTom Ford has finally left the room, as far as Gucci is concerned.Alessandro Michele made his debut as the Italian luxury brand's designer on Wednesday, bringing an entirely ...

  • Noble Group Profit Falls Sharply

    SINGAPORE—Singapore-listed commodities trader Noble Group Ltd. said its net profit nearly halved last year after the value of one of its associate companies fell sharply, on the same day it refuted fresh criticism of its accounting ...

  • Citi, Wells Fargo Detail Regulatory Issues

    Citigroup Inc. said Wednesday that the Treasury Department and California regulators are looking into its Banamex USA unit.The Treasury and regulators have asked for information related to the bank's compliance with anti-money-laundering ...

  • BYD Preliminary 2014 Net Profit Down 21%

    SHANGHAI—Chinese car and battery maker BYD Co. said Thursday its 2014 preliminary full-year net profit fell by around 21% as increased competition in the market for conventional carscombined with a slowdown in China's auto marketto take a ...

  • British American Tobacco to Sue U.K. Government If Plain Packaging Law Approved

    LONDON—British American Tobacco PLC said Thursday it would sue the U.K. government if it approves “plain packaging" proposals to ban branding on cigarette packs.

  • Canadian Inflation Stronger Than Expected in January

    OTTAWA--Canadian inflation was firmer than expected in January, adding weight to the growing view that the Bank of Canada may not cut interest rates at next week's policy meeting.

  • U.S. Jobless Claims Up to 313,000 Last Week

    WASHINGTON—The number of Americans seeking first-time unemployment benefits rose last week, but the broader trend suggests a steadily healing labor market.

  • Europe Business Groups Want New China Banking Security Rules Scrapped

    BEIJING—European technology and banking business groups have criticized China's pending new cybersecurity rules, calling them a disguised technology-transfer program.

  • Adviser-Client Debate: Stay In Stocks or Get Out

    It was 2009 and the nation was in the throes of the financial crisis.The markets were down significantly, and Henry Asher's client of more than 20 years was growing increasingly uneasy. He called Mr. Asher to schedule a breakfast meeting to ...

  • Nevada, Other States Target Construction-Defect Lawsuits

    Lawmakers in several states, led by Nevada, are moving to rein in construction-defect laws, a change that would curtail allegedly frivolous litigation but also make it more difficult for homeowners with legitimate claims to sue home ...

  • Ukraine’s Naftogaz Withheld Payment After Russia Cut Gas Supplies

    BRUSSELS—The chief executive officer of Naftogaz, Ukraine's state-owned natural gas company, said Thursday he couldn't authorize paying Russia for March gas supplies because of a sharp drop in the amount of gas delivered by OAO Gazprom ...

  • FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules Expected to Unleash Court Challenges

    WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission's plan for regulating how Internet providers treat traffic on their networks is expected to unleash a number of court challenges and put pressure on Congress to settle the legal morass ...

  • U.S. Durable-Goods Orders Rose in January

    WASHINGTON—Demand for big-ticket manufactured goods rebounded last month, suggesting the economic recovery remains on track while also hinting at sluggish business spending.

  • Oil-Wealthy Clients Forced to Trim Spending

    Before the recent plunge in prices, a long oil and gas boom created lots of new millionaires, just as it made many old ones that much richer. Now those whose wealth depends on energy markets are having to cut back on luxuries and watch ...

  • United Warns Pilots After Cockpit Errors

    Top officials at United Airlines have sent a dramatic safety warning to pilots following several serious incidents caused by errors in the cockpit.

  • Al Jazeera Trio in Paris Were Filming Report on Mystery Drones

    PARIS—Three Al Jazeera journalists who were detained by French police for flying a drone in a city park were freed Thursday morning, said a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor's office.

  • SEC Probes Companies’ Treatment of Whistleblowers

    The Securities and Exchange Commission is probing whether companies are muzzling corporate whistleblowers.In recent weeks the agency has sent letters to a number of companies asking for years of nondisclosure agreements, employment ...

  • U.S., Israel Trade Barbs Over Iran Talks

    Top U.S. officials sharpened efforts to undermine Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of his visit to Washington next week as tensions rose over his push to scuttle a possible nuclear deal with Iran.

  • GM to Close Indonesia Plant, Cut About 500 Jobs

    General Motors Co. said Thursday it will shut its Indonesia assembly plant and cut 500 jobs in one of the boldest moves yet by the auto maker to revamp its struggling international operations.

  • Apple Throws a Wrench Into Nasdaq’s Gearbox

    The Nasdaq Composite Index's longest winning streak in more than five years ended with a whimper at the hands of a surprising culprit: a pullback in the world's most valuable company, Apple Inc.

  • Sempra Energy Earnings Rise on Latin America Growth

    Sempra Energy said that growth in its Latin American units as a result of tax reform and favorable currency rates led to stronger-than-expected earnings in the December quarter, though revenue missed expectations.

  • Ford Hires 400 New Factory Workers in Canada

    Ford Motor Co. has added 400 new factory workers to its ranks—this time in Canada.The Dearborn, Mich., auto maker says it has brought the workers on board to supplement the 1,000 new employees hired last year at its Oakville, Canada, plant ...

  • Is There Anything Better Than a Plate of Buttery Egg Noodles

    ALMOST ANY PARENT of a finicky kid has been there. You're in a restaurant with proper, adult, interesting food. You've ordered diver scallops aptly plated with a bright sea-buckthorn emulsion; the kitchen was good enough to bring your young ...

  • Haluski Recipe

    This comforting heap of buttery cabbage, onions and noodles is Mr. Hooper's take on one of the iconic dishes of Pittsburgh, brought to the city by Eastern European immigrants.

  • Fresh Egg Noodles Recipe

    Active Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 1 hour Serves: 6-8This recipe for rustic, hand-rolled egg noodles comes from chef Trevett Hooper of Legume in Pittsburgh. “When I make Italian-style egg noodles, I use more yolk and no water," he said. ...

  • Hutchison Continues Pivot to Europe

    HONG KONG—Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing's Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. continues to reduce its exposure to Hong Kong and China in favor of Europe as the ports-to-telecoms conglomerate seeks more predictable and lucrative returns.

  • AirAsia Posts 4th-Quarter Loss But Predicts Stronger Future

    SINGAPORE—AirAsia Bhd., recovering from the crash in December of a plane at its Indonesian affiliate that killed 162 people, swung to a loss in the fourth quarter of 2014 but painted a brighter picture for the current year.

  • Maersk Looking to Order 11 New Megaships in Second Quarter, Says CEO

    LONDON—Denmark's Maersk Line, the world's biggest container-shipping company by capacity, is considering ordering 11 container megaships from Asian ship builders in the second quarter of this year, the company's chief executive officer said ...

  • Toronto-Dominion Bank Profit Rises

    Toronto-Dominion Bank increased its dividend Thursday as it reported a fiscal first-quarter profit that was slightly higher than a year earlier, meeting analysts' expectations, on higher results from its Canadian and U.S. retail operations.

  • Loblaw Profit More Than Doubles, Revenue Up Nearly 50%

    Canadian grocer Loblaw Cos. said Thursday its fourth-quarter profit more than doubled and revenue climbed nearly 50%, outpacing analyst expectations as it continued to benefit from its acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp.

  • Iberdrola Buys U.S. Power and Gas Distributor UIL

    MADRID—Spanish power utility Iberdrola SA said Thursday it has agreed to buy U.S. power and gas distributor UIL Holdings Corp. in a cash-and-stock deal that values the company at $3 billion.

  • World Cup Fueled Brazil AmBev’s 2014 Investments

    SÃO PAULO—Companhia de Bebidas das Americas, or AmBev, the brewer of beer brands such as Skol and Brahma, invested more than expected in its Brazil operations last year due to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, despite the country's sluggish economic ...

  • Hercules Offshore Says Saudi Aramco Terminates Drilling Contract

    Hercules Offshore Inc. said Thursday that Saudi Aramco—the world's largest oil producer—has terminated its drilling contract for its Hercules 261 rig, the latest casualty of the collapse in oil prices.

  • SeaWorld Attendance, Revenue Continue to Decline

    SeaWorld Entertainment Inc., which has tried to turn the tide against the controversy over its handling of killer whales, said its attendance and revenue continued to decline in the fourth quarter.

  • Greece Struggles to Get Citizens to Pay Their Taxes

    ATHENS—Of all the challenges Greece has faced in recent years, prodding its citizens to pay their taxes has been one of the most difficult.At the end of 2014, Greeks owed their government about €76 billion ($86 billion) in unpaid taxes ...

  • Kohl’s Holiday Quarter Tops Expectations

    Kohl's Corp. said results in its holiday quarter topped expectations on broad-based sales strength, while the retailer gave an in-line outlook for its newly-started fiscal year.

  • Suicide Bomber Hits NATO Convoy in Kabul

    KABUL—A suicide bomber struck the security team of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's top civilian representative in Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least two people, Afghan and international officials said.

  • Sime Darby to Delay IPO of Automobile Business

    KUALA LUMPUR—Malaysia's Sime Darby Bhd., the world's largest listed palm-oil producer, said Thursday it will delay a planned initial public offering of its automotive arm until the second half of this year, citing market conditions.

  • A Visit to the Kitchen of the British Royals’ Favorite Chef

    IT'S BEEN 40 YEARS SINCE Swiss-born chef Anton Mosimann introduced Britain to his very own version of the French nouvelle cuisine. Influenced by the time he spent cooking in Japan in 1970, he was an early advocate of healthy food, made with ...

  • EU Invites Russia, Ukraine Energy Ministers to Gas Supply Meeting

    BRUSSELS—The European Union has invited the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers to a meeting in Brussels on Monday to try to resolve the conflict over gas supplies, according to two EU officials.

  • Eurozone Recovery Hopes Buoyed by Lending and Jobless Data

    Hopes for a recovery in the eurozone economy this year were aided Thursday by figures showing bank lending to the private sector declined only slightly in January, while jobless numbers continued to fall in Germany.

  • Travel Tips: Why It Pays to Be Patient

    Tim Gurner is the founder and chief executive of property-development company Gurner, which is building luxury apartments in Brisbane inspired by New York's Flatiron Building. The 32-year-old Melbourne-based Australian spoke with the ...

  • Prince William Arrives in Tokyo

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  • Volvo CEO Expects Turnaround in U.S.Auto maker’s strong sales in China offset declining performance in North America

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  • AIA Full-Year Profit Rises on China Business

    HONG KONG—AIA Group Ltd.'s full-year profit rose 22%, lifted by surprisingly strong growth in China.AIA is the only wholly foreign-owned insurer in China, where it reported the highest growth among its operating other markets, posting 55% ...

  • Mizuho to Buy RBS’s U.S. Loan Assets

    TOKYO—Mizuho Financial Group Inc. said Thursday that it has agreed to purchase the U.S. loan assets of Royal Bank of Scotland Group for around $3 billion, as Japanese companies snap up overseas assets at a record pace.

  • China Could Be Capital for AIA

    AIA Group, the pan-Asian insurer that was split off from the remains of American International Group, is growing fast from Malaysia to Hong Kong. But it's China that holds the most promise for growth, if regulators oblige.

  • China, Japan Stock Markets Lead Gains in Asia

    Chinese stocks jumped on Thursday as hopes for more measures by the government to stimulate the economy gave financial and construction stocks a boost, while Japan's stocks rose to a fresh 15-year high, following a relatively benign ...

  • Communist Party Mints Xi-Branded Slogan

    BEIJING—China's government on Wednesday began widely promoting a political philosophy credited to President Xi Jinping in a bid to burnish his Communist Party credentials as he solidifies his grip on power.

  • Embattled Aquino Struggles to Salvage Philippines Peace Deal

    MANILA—President Benigno Aquino III, battling criticism over his leadership, is struggling to salvage a landmark peace deal with Islamic rebels one month after 44 policemen died during a bungled counterterrorism raid in the southern ...

  • Taco Bell Makes a Run for Japan’s Border

    TOKYO—Japan has no shortage of U.S.-style fast-food restaurants, from burgers to pizza, but something that hasn't been on the menu is burritos and quesadillas. That is about to change, however, as Irvine, Calif.-based Taco Bell is planning ...

  • Deutsche Telekom Helped by U.S. German Telecom Company Made Market Gains on its Home Turf

    BONN, Germany—Deutsche Telekom AG said Thursday that it narrowed its losses in the fourth quarter, helped by its growing dependence on the U.S. and market gains on its home turf.

  • South Korea Legalizes Adultery

    SEOUL-South Korea's constitutional court on Thursday scrapped the nation's criminal anti-adultery law, saying it infringed upon personal freedom.

  • Virtus Health Aims to Reproduce in U.K.Australia’s biggest in vitro fertilization company plans to boost overseas expansion

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  • South Koreans Are on a Debt Binge

    SEOUL—South Koreans are on a borrowing binge. Cheap credit is fueling rapid growth in household debt, which clocked its biggest quarterly gain on record at the end of 2014, according to official data.

  • Thales Net Profit Down 12% in 2014

    LONDON—French defense and aerospace equipment maker Thales SA on Thursday said adjusted net income fell 12% last year after problems at its affiliated DCNS naval shipyard.

  • For Sandy-Struck Eatery, a New Start

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  • City-State Fight on Schools

    ALBANY—Mayor Bill de Blasio made a bid Wednesday for permanent mayoral control of New York City's public schools, pitting him against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in yet another high-profile issue that showcased the tensions between the two Democratic ...

  • City Alters Course on Circumcision Ritual

    Thirty miles north of New York City, public-health officials in Rockland County use DNA testing to identify the source of a herpes simplex virus 1 infection in any infant boy from the area's ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities.

  • Puddle Jumper: Hunter Tries To Sell More Than Wellies

    LondonInside a $148 rubber rain boot is the design DNA of a global lifestyle brand—or so Hunter Boot Ltd. hopes.Hunter, founded in 1856 and best known for the Wellington boot it introduced a century later, is in the midst of an ambitious ...

  • Christie Says He Is Focused on New Jersey

    MOORESTOWN, N.J.—Gov. Chris Christie refuted the notion that eyeing a presidential run in 2016 has distracted him from his job as governor, and said that the one last fiscal problem he needed to tackle in New Jersey was its underfunded ...

  • Ways to Help Disguise Your Thinning Hair

    Thinning hair can strike men and women. But there are ways to mask it with style, says Diana Schmidtke, a Los Angeles-based stylist.Ms. Schmidtke employs a number of techniques. “Coloring someone's hair one to two shades darker is going to ...

  • Sanofi Wins Approval For New Insulin Drug, An Early Test For New CEO

    Sanofi SA said late Wednesday it got a green light from U.S. regulators to sell its new insulin product Toujeo, a crucial launch for the French drug maker as it struggles to keep a firm grip on the all-important diabetes market.

  • Photos: A Funeral for ‘Aibo’ Robot Dogs at a Temple Near Tokyo

    In Japan, Dog Owners Feel Abandoned as Sony Stops Supporting ‘Aibo'Engineers of A FUN, a company that repairs Sony's Aibo robot dogs, hold “dead" Aibo prior to their funeral at a temple in Chiba, east of Tokyo, on Jan. 26. Like organ ...

  • A Billion-Dollar Startup: Gear for Serious Gamers

    The WSJ's Billion Dollar Startup Club has identified 73 private companies that have been valued at $1 billion or more by venture capitalists. Here are two members of the club. Explore the full list at wsj.com/billionclub.

  • Lokai Bracelets, Now in Blue to Benefit Charity: Water

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