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Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, speaks during a news conference which was held to announce her retirement after her current term, in the Fells Point section of Baltimore, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

World & Nation Brief: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Nasdaq 5,000: Index Passes Milestone Number New York — The Nasdaq composite closed above 5,000 for the first time since its dot-com era peak nearly 15 years ago after merger news and an encouraging economic report helped push U.S. stocks broadly higher on Monday. The major indexes rose from the start, with the Nasdaq passing the 5,000-point milestone shortly before …

Cleveland Blames Fatal Police Shooting on 12-Year-Old Victim

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The lawyer representing the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old African-American with a toy gun shot to death by a white Cleveland police officer, reacted angrily on Monday to city arguments that the boy was responsible for the shooting. Rice was shot by Officer Timothy Loehmann on Nov. 22 as the child played in a Cleveland park, roiling civil rights groups across the …

Pollution Flick Goes Viral in China

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Beijing — The hottest movie in China this weekend wasn’t Fifty Shades of Grey or Jackie Chan’s latest, Dragon Blade. Instead, a pointed and emotional online environmental documentary has swept the country by storm, putting its air pollution crisis front and center days before the country’s annual legislative sessions. Under the Dome, made by a popular former reporter from China Central Television, was …

Computer Beats Humans at Space Invaders

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Washington — Computers already have bested human champions in Jeopardy! and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone to master an entirely new level: Space Invaders. Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than humans on dozens of Atari video games from the 1980s, like …

Happily Never After?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Washington — All together now: All you need is love. Love is all you need. It seems like such a simple recommendation, and yet it can be awfully hard to find this essential component of a happy and …

Money Talk: Options to Lower Cost of Housing

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Question: I’ve been on disability for more than 10 years, and I receive $1,527 a month in Social Security Disability Insurance. My rent starting in March will be $1,400. I’m not opposed to moving, but after checking literally thousands of listings, I found that what I’m paying is …

A Lot of Car, Especially in the Wind

Sunday, March 1, 2015

It started instantly in brutally cold weather. I was grateful for that. It moved confidently through heavy snowfalls, which relieved the stress of driving when I shouldn’t have been on the road anyway. The 2015 Chrysler 300 Limited …

2015 Chrysler 300

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bottom line: This is a full-size family sedan offered in myriad iterations. The 450-horsepower Chrysler 300 SRT8 is not in the lineup for 2015, but here’s betting it won’t be missed. Drivers desirous of more power than they will ever be able to use without incurring a traffic …

Consumer Confidential: FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan Alarms Critics, but It’s Nothing New

Sunday, March 1, 2015

As AT&T and Verizon prepare to file lawsuits challenging regulation of the Internet as a public utility, here are the three main things the companies don’t want you to know: ∎ There’s nothing new about what the Federal Communications Commission is doing. ∎ The exact regulatory approach has …

The Making of the DeLorean Prototype

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Nobody knew the DeLorean sports car would become a cultural touchstone — and a famous failure — when Visioneering Inc. in Fraser, Mich., began building the production prototype of the gull-winged, stainless steel two-seater in November 1979. Compared to the work Visioneering’s other studios did for Chrysler, Ford …

Stocks End Best Month Since 2011

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February proved to be a strong month for U.S. stocks, even though it ended in downbeat fashion. Major stock indexes closed lower on Friday, capping a week of subdued trading that still delivered a couple of new highs for the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s …

Fines Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Grow

Sunday, March 1, 2015

In a string of meetings and press releases, the federal government’s health watchdogs have delivered a stern message: They are cracking down on insurers, hospitals and doctors offices that don’t adequately protect the security and privacy of medical records. “We’ve now moved into an area of more assertive …

Paul Outpolls Walker for Bragging Rights at CPAC

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Washington — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., took the top spot for the third year in a row at Saturday’s Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, edging out Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., in the last CPAC presidential preference contest before primary voting begins. Paul had been the prohibitive favorite …