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Detroit Reaches Deal With Fire, Police Retirees That Doesn’t Cut Pensions

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Detroit — A major association representing Detroit’s police and fire retirees has agreed to support a deal with the City of Detroit in which uniformed pensioners would not receive cuts to their monthly pension checks. The deal, revealed Tuesday afternoon by Detroit bankruptcy mediator Gerald Rosen, comes as the city is also close to reaching a settlement with its Official Committee of Retirees and two independently run pension fund boards. …

Congress Lets Highway Money Dry Up

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dayton, Ohio — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. Transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government’s Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay …

Nigerian Gunmen Seize S choolgirls

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Johannesburg — Dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls were loaded into vehicles by armed militants and driven off in the middle of the night, according to Nigerian officials. The gunmen assaulted a boarding school in the town of Chibok, in the country’s northeastern Borno state, on Monday night and ordered the students into three trucks and a bus, according to officials who spoke to Nigerian …

Man Brings Books Back to Iraq

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Baghdad — Bathed in the rainbow-colored light of an old Baghdadi window, Ali al-Makhzomy explained his plan to get technology-obsessed young Iraqis to read books — old-fashioned books, with pages. Outside the cafe where he sat, concrete blocks …

Google Glass Users Receive Mostly Warm Reception

Saturday, April 12, 2014

San Francisco — At 6 feet 4 inches, JR Curley is used to getting noticed. Just not like this. Ever since he got a pair of Google Glass in November, he has been turning heads at the grocery …

Miss Manners: Change the Subject to Silence Guest

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: I am a political appointee. At a dinner party recently where I was a guest, one of the other guests asked about a controversial policy issue relevant to my agency. I attempted to answer factually, but this seemed to inflame the guest further (she had …

Around the Remote: ‘Fargo’ Goes From Movie to TV Series

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Don’t Miss: Fargo — This instantly addictive 10-part drama series captures the spirit of the beloved 1996 Coen Brothers cult hit, but presents an all-new “true crime” story with new characters. Among them is Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), a mysterious and manipulative drifter who lures hapless small-town …

To Your Good Health: Teeth Grinding Is Common in the Elderly

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My mother-in-law is 95 and lives in a nursing home. Sometimes when we visit, I can barely stand to be in her presence because she savagely grinds her teeth, making an awful grating, creaking noise. Could there be some medical reason for this? — L.D. …

Pew: ‘Gotcha’ Rules Still Needed

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The nation’s biggest banks are doing a better job of clearly disclosing key terms and fees on checking accounts, but more rules are needed to protect consumers from “gotcha” overdraft fees and from signing away rights for settling disputes, according to a new study by The Pew Charitable …

‘Blood Moon’ Coming Tuesday

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Mark your calendars, sky watchers: Tuesday’s total lunar eclipse will turn the moon an eerie shade of red. On April 15, at 1:58 a.m. EDT, the moon will move into Earth’s shadow. The full lunar eclipse — when …

Millions of Androids Contain Heartbleed

Saturday, April 12, 2014

San Francisco — Millions of smartphones and tablets running Google’s Android operating system have the Heartbleed software bug, in a sign of how broadly the flaw extends beyond the Internet and into consumer devices. While Google said in a blog post on April 9 that all versions of …

World Bank’s Jim Kim on ‘You Can’t Do That’

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Washington — Jim Yong Kim has initiated the World Bank’s first massive reorganization in nearly two decades, and one that’s been met with internal resistance from some of its economists. In addition to announcing the World Bank’s new …

Payday Lenders Say Banks Threaten Business

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Al LePage has been issuing payday loans out of a suburban Minneapolis storefront for most of the past decade. But on Valentine’s Day, a Wells Fargo banker called and gave him 30 days to cease and desist — or risk losing his bank account. “The only explanation I …