Nation / World

Petraeus Agrees to Plea Bargain

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Washington — David Petraeus, the retired general and former CIA director, has reached an agreement with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge for mishandling classified materials, a deal that brings an end to a lengthy investigation that kept him largely out of public view for more than two years. The deal, if approved by a judge, will spare Petraeus a prison sentence and allow him to avoid …

Netanyahu: Iran Can’t Be Trusted

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Washington — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu implored Congress on Tuesday to reject a nuclear deal currently being negotiated with Iran, calling it a threat to the survival of Israel and its people. Speaking at a joint session of Congress with the politically charged atmosphere of a State of the Union address, Netanyahu …

Iraqi Troops Face Protracted Battle With Militants in Key City

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Baghdad — Iraqi forces face a prolonged fight to reclaim the northern city of Tikrit from the Islamic State, military experts and analysts said, as pro-government forces continued a large-scale offensive to oust the militant group from one of its major urban strongholds. The militants on Tuesday carried out suicide attacks and detonated …

Wage Slowdown Shows Limits of Boom

Sunday, March 1, 2015

While U.S. hiring is soaring, wages have just begun to lift off. As a result, the Federal Reserve’s countdown to raising interest rates is a gradual one. More than five years of economic recovery has spurred the biggest surge in hiring in 17 years, yet employers haven’t had …

Beef Prices Not Coming Down Soon

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Chicago — There’s little relief ahead for record U.S. steak and burger prices. While cattle ranchers like Brenda Richards are expanding herds for the first time in almost a decade, it can take two years to get more meat on the plate. After shrinking supply sent beef costs …

Wheat Thins Markets Hidden Message

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Chicago — When The Escape Pod, a small Chicago ad agency, was charged with creating a new campaign for Wheat Thins, an outside-the-box idea came from the box itself. Drop a few letters from the name, and Wheat …

New Home Sales Near Six-Year High

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Washington — New home sales in January held close to the fastest pace in more than six years, consistent with slow and steady progress that’s been the hallmark of the U.S. housing market since early 2012. Americans purchased 481,000 properties at an annualized rate last month, little changed …

U.S. 2014 Wine Exports Second Highest on Record

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Exports of U.S. wine last year were the second-most valuable on record, reaching $1.49 billion in revenue, nearly all of it from California. The European Union was the largest buyer of U.S. wine at $517 million, followed by Canada ($487 million) and Japan ($88 million), the Wine Institute …

No Drones Allowed

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Low-cost hobby drones are making the power of flight accessible to anyone with a few hundred bucks to spare. But a combination of technology and safety laws could take the controls out of users’ hands. When a DJI …

McDonald’s Details Restaurant Opening Slowdown

Sunday, March 1, 2015

McDonald’s is cutting back on U.S. restaurant openings this year, after vowing to improve financial results under new leadership. McDonald’s plans to open about 125 restaurants and update about 100 in the United States this year, the company said Tuesday. In 2014, McDonald’s opened 222 U.S. stores and …

What Investment Advice Rule Changes Might Mean

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Obama administration is proposing tougher regulations on investment brokers that officials said would curb hidden fees and conflicts of interest that cut into Americans’ retirement savings. The proposed rule changes — the subject of intense behind-the-scenes fights between financial services firms and reform groups — are broadly …

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 …