Nation / World

‘Babbler’ Birds Could Hold Key To Language

Monday, July 6, 2015

Move over, parrots. There’s another bird with some impressive “language” skills: the chestnut-crowned babbler. Scientists studying the social birds have discovered that they can rearrange meaningless sounds in their calls to form different, meaningful messages. The findings, described in the journal PLOS Biology, may shed light on how the features of human language came to be. “Our results indicate that the capacity to rearrange meaningless sounds in order to create …

‘Rock Warehouse’

Monday, July 6, 2015

Menlo Park, Calif. — Hidden behind drab doors in a valley that celebrates all that is new, bright and beautiful is a scientific treasure: proof of what the Earth is made of, how it became what it is — and where it might be going. This is the U.S. Geological Survey’s cavernous “rock …

‘Rectify’ Returns for Third Season of a Murder’s Aftermath

Monday, July 6, 2015

New York — Abigail Spencer remembers being about to shoot a scene for last season’s Rectify. It was set in a hospital room as Daniel, played by series star Aden Young, came out of the coma from his brutal beat-down. At bedside was his devoted sister Amantha, played by Spencer. Cameras were ready to roll. “Then Aden whispers to me, ‘I don’t know …

Ex-Im Bank’s End a Win for Koch Brothers

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Washington — The Export-Import Bank, created by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to help foreign customers buy U.S. goods, has been reauthorized 16 times, usually with little fuss and often with strong Republican support. But Congress let the bank’s charter expire last week, halting any new loans. Even more …

Milk Supplies Overwhelming Dairies in U.S.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Chicago — There’s so much milk flowing out of U.S. cows these days that some is ending up in dirt pits because dairies can’t find buyers. Domestic output is set to be the highest ever for a fifth straight year. Farmers are still making money as prices tumble …

Stocks Slip on Jobs , Greek Fears

Sunday, July 5, 2015

New York — Stocks ended a short and tumultuous trading week with slight losses on Thursday as investors sought safety ahead of an extended holiday weekend. Investors bought at the opening of trading after a Labor Department report on job creation suggested the economy was improving, though not …

Airline Probe: Was It Just Business as Usual?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Washington — As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. Airlines routinely increase flights based on demand. A particularly cold winter in the …

Favorite Candidate? It’s a Draw

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Washington — Another week, another prime candidate. Oh, not for voting on. No, we mean that another presidential contender, by declaring, has gone and entered the cartoonists’ den. Now, visual satirists, they don’t approach the whole business of …

Merger Activity Highest Since ’07

Sunday, July 5, 2015

New York — Deal makers from New York to London had a busy first half of the year, and mega-mergers drove the frenzy. Companies around the world announced mergers and acquisitions worth $2.3 trillion, according to figures from …

Smaller Workforce, Sluggish Pay

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Washington — Even after another month of strong hiring in June and a sinking unemployment rate, the U.S. job market just isn’t what it used to be. Pay is sluggish. Many part-timers can’t find full-time work. And a …

Holocaust Hero Nicholas Winton Dies

Sunday, July 5, 2015

“Who’s helping the children?” That was the question that Nicholas Winton, a 29-year-old English stockbroker, asked when he found himself in Prague in 1938. As war loomed in Europe, humanitarian groups had initiated efforts to aid Jews, political …

Sanders Fills a Void On the Left

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Council Bluffs, Iowa — Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, two candidates vying to become the chief challenger to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, both crisscrossed Iowa over the past few days, stopping in some of …

GOP Behind in Party Identification

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Gallup organization reported its latest findings on party identification late last week, and the report contained good news for the Democrats and a flashing yellow for Republicans. The Democrats “have regained an advantage” over the GOP in party affiliation, Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones wrote in an accompanying analysis. …