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Oil Price Drop Will Both Help, Hurt Economy

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses. The latest slide follows OPEC’s decision to leave its production target at 30 million barrels a day. Member nations of the …

Secret Donors Buffeted House Races in 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Washington — Last June, Scott Renfroe, a Colorado state senator running in a crowded GOP congressional primary, was hit with a slashing attack ad that accused him of supporting “taxpayer-funded bailouts” for a failed local bank. “Not conservative,” declared the ad run by a Denver-based nonprofit called Citizens for a Sound Government. The spot hit two weeks before the primary, which Renfroe lost …

Nationwide Black Friday Gets a Little Less Frenzied

Saturday, November 29, 2014

New York — Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year. There were squabbles here and there, and elbows got thrown, but the Friday morning crowds appeared smaller than usual and less frenzied, in part because many Americans took advantage of stores’ earlier opening hours to do their shopping on Thanksgiving Day. …

Neighbors Have Different Opinions of Shooter in Austin, Texas

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Austin, Texas — Larry Steven McQuilliams, the shooter who opened fire on several downtown Austin buildings Friday morning, had moved to Austin a year and a half ago looking for a fresh start that he failed to find, one of his neighbors said. McQuilliams had lived up north …

Study: Kids Need Sunlight

Saturday, November 29, 2014

It’s long been thought kids are more at risk of nearsightedness, or myopia, if they spend hours and hours in front of computer screens or fiddling with tiny hand-held electronic devices. Not true, scientists say. Research suggests that children who are genetically predisposed to the visual deficit can …

Scores Dead in Blast at Nigerian Mosque

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Kano, Nigeria — Multiple explosions tore through the central mosque in Nigeria’s second-largest city on Friday, killing 35 people, police said. One-hundred and fifty others also sustained various degrees of injuries in the blasts in the city Kano, …

Rice Wins NFL Appeal

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice prevailed Friday in his appeal of his indefinite suspension by the National Football League for a highly publicized domestic violence incident and is eligible to return to the field. The ruling was viewed by players’ representatives and some league observers as …

Redmayne Challenged To Portray Hawking

Friday, November 28, 2014

Toronto — At age 32, Eddie Redmayne is still boyish, with freckles not always visible on screen, a generous head of hair, a wardrobe that includes both a black leather jacket and Converse sneakers, and a humility about …

There’s Nothing Personal, but Katie Holmes Is All Business

Friday, November 28, 2014

“This is going to make us cry, isn’t it?” Katie Holmes asked me. We were sitting in a screening room on the Sony lot, waiting for the movie Foxcatcher to start. She’d rushed into the near-empty theater a few minutes late, an overstuffed purse slung over her shoulder. …

Russia Understands Religion

Friday, November 28, 2014

Washington — I’m not sure if it was out of personal preference or as a concession to his interviewer that Dmitry Sverdlov asked to meet me at a 1950s-style American diner in Moscow’s Kitay-gorod neighborhood. With the Beach Boys harmonizing on the jukebox and Marilyn Monroe and James …

Taliban Attack Rocks Afghanistan District

Friday, November 28, 2014

Kabul, Afghanistan — Taliban fighters staged an attack Thursday evening in an upscale district in the Afghan capital Kabul. Witnesses described multiple explosions and bursts of gunfire in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, which contains numerous foreign embassies …

Police: Men Planned St. Louis Bomb 2 allegedly planned to bomb Gateway Arch, kill local prosecutor and police chief

Friday, November 28, 2014

St. Louis — Two men indicted last week on federal weapons charges allegedly had plans to bomb the Gateway Arch — and to kill St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Tom Jackson. Sources close to the investigation said they were uncertain whether …

OPEC Keeps Oil Output on Hold

Friday, November 28, 2014

Vienna — Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result. Oil prices fell sharply on the …