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In this April 13, 2015 photo, Illinois state Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, speaks at a news conference in Benton, Ill. Bryant has proposed a bill that would criminalize posting videos of fights to social media. Her proposal is prompting concerns that it could infringe on people’s freedom of speech rights. (Byron Hetzler/The Southern via AP)

Bill: Recording Fights a Crime

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Springfield, Ill. — The video posted on Facebook showed a 12-year-old on the ground while another boy tried to stomp him, with classmates standing by, circling the two and recording the fight on their phones. Neither boy was seriously hurt, but Republican Rep. Terri Bryant, of Murphysboro, Ill., was so disturbed by the spectators’ behavior that she’s proposed a bill …

Study: Zika Tied to Major Eye Defects in Babies

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Some Brazilian babies born with birth defects linked to Zika virus also have severe eye problems in addition to brain damage, doctors reported Tuesday. The doctors found eye damage in more than one-third of babies they studied in December at a hospital in Salvador, Brazil’s third largest city. The babies all were born with a rare condition known as microcephaly, which results in …

New Players Bid for Wireless Airwaves

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Washington — Venture capital and other investment firms have been positioning themselves to enter a major auction of wireless airwaves this spring that is expected to reshape the nation’s communications networks, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. At least one local firm, Alexandria, Va.-based Columbia Capital, intends to bid on the valuable frequencies used to carry mobile voice and data, said …

Single-Cup Coffee Trend May Be Over

Sunday, February 7, 2016

America’s favorite coffee trend is finally coming to an end Several years ago, coffee pods seemed invincible. Sales of the single-serve cups were skyrocketing, more than tripling in the United States between 2011 and 2013 alone. Sales of …

A New Twist on Doctor House Calls

Sunday, February 7, 2016

San Diego — The doctor will see you now. But not where you think. Thanks to on-demand health care app Heal, your next doctor’s visit could take place on your turf — home, office, hotel, even coffee shop …

Off-Road Looks, On-Road Agility

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Since its rebirth in 1998, the Volkswagen Beetle has been the subject of a key question for those possessing a Y chromosome: Are you man enough to drive one? Its Hello Kitty styling is a bit emasculating. This …

Tips for a Cozier Bedroom in Winter

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Decorating a bedroom is about creating a peaceful retreat, and in winter that means making it as cozy and welcoming as possible. For some people, “cozy” requires the physical warmth of thick flannel sheets and soft quilts, said California-based designer Kathryn Bechen. For others, filling a bedroom with …

Toyota Scrapping Its Youth-Oriented Scion Model

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Scion, the oddball Toyota brand designed to attract young, hip drivers, has bumped its last sick beat. The Japanese auto giant said last week it was pulling the plug on the 13-year-old brand’s edgy lineup, launched to sell cars to young drivers at exactly the time young drivers …

Stocks Lose Ground As Jobs Report Disappoints Market

Sunday, February 7, 2016

New York — Stocks posted steep losses Friday, ending the week with broad declines, as investors fretted over a report showing that U.S. job creation slowed last month. Technology stocks fell especially hard, and shares of LinkedIn had …

What Unites Congress? Scorn For Shkreli

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Washington — A smirking Martin Shkreli briefly united Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill last week, as lawmakers took turns blasting the price-hiking former CEO who has become the new poster child for corporate greed. But the gridlocked …

Maurice White, Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, Dies at 74

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Maurice White, a percussionist and singer who founded and led Earth, Wind & Fire, a crackling mainstay of 1970s dance music that leaned heavily on funk, soul and R&B, died Feb. 3 at his home in Los Angeles. …

Islamic State Seen Hobbled as Battlefield Defeats Mount

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Beirut — The Islamic State’s recent defeats on the battlefield signal that its once-vaunted militia army has been hobbled by worsening money problems, desertions and a dwindling pool of fighters, analysts and monitoring groups say. U.S.-backed Kurdish and …

Insurers Hold Down Enrollees

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Menlo Park, Calif. — Stung by losses under the federal health law, major insurers are seeking to sharply limit how policies are sold to individuals in ways that consumer advocates say seem to discriminate against the sickest and could hold down future enrollment. Anthem, Aetna and Cigna, all …