Nation / World

Deadline With Iran Extended

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Vienna — The deadline for an agreement in the Iran nuclear talks was officially pushed back by a week on Tuesday as negotiators extended a temporary accord that limits Iran’s nuclear program. Without the last-minute extension, the interim agreement known as the joint plan of action would have expired at midnight. By announcing a new timeline with just a few hours to spare, the negotiators made official what they have …

Supreme Court to Consider Redistricting, Union Dues

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Washington — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it will consider next term whether public employees can be compelled to pay fees to unions they do not want to join, a provision that union leaders say is vital to their continued success. The justices will consider a case from a group of California teachers who say paying fees violates their free speech rights …

Greece Defaults As Bailout Expires

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Athens — Greece lost its financial lifelines on Tuesday, as the country missed a crucial payment to the International Monetary Fund amid growing questions about whether it would be able to remain in the eurozone. Greek leaders had made a last-ditch attempt to come up with the necessary cash, asking European countries for a new bailout hours before its last ones were set …

One Company Bucks Frozen Foods Decline

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Literally and figuratively, frozen food is not a hot business. The meals are cold and sales are down. Consumers are shifting to fresher options. So the frozen food aisle may seem like the last place you’d seen innovation in your local grocery store. Yet Atkins Nutritionals has somehow …

Consumer Confidential: More Help Is Needed to Stop Robocalls, Including Ones From eBay and PayPal

Sunday, June 28, 2015

If you’re being driven crazy by robocalls, help may be on the way. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has introduced legislation to strengthen the Federal Communication Commission’s ability to crack down on what’s become a high-tech pain in the tuchis. “These calls can be annoying or frustrating to many …

Tiny Robots Could Aid Search and Rescue

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Berkeley, Calif. — At a University of California, Berkeley laboratory, engineers are building cockroach-like robots with a noble purpose — search and rescue. Smaller than the palm of a hand and weighing an ounce, the robots are fast, …

Stocks End Lower as Greece Deadline Looms

Sunday, June 28, 2015

New York — Stocks had a mixed day Friday, as investors waited for negotiators to finish their work on a solution to Greece’s debt problems. Chinese stocks plunged 7 percent as fears spread that a yearlong bull rally there has become overheated. China’s benchmark index is still up …

Commuting Drives Highway Policies

Sunday, June 28, 2015

At 4:35 a.m. each weekday, Stan Paul drives out of his Southern California suburb with 10 passengers in a van, headed to his job as an undergraduate counselor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Some 80 miles …

Report: ISIL Kills 200 in Syrian Town

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Beirut — Islamic State fighters who launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town massacred more than 200 civilians, including women and children, before they were killed or driven out by Kurdish forces, activists said on Saturday. …

Flag Protest Draws Arrest

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Columbia, S.c. — The Confederate flag was temporarily removed from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday when a woman climbed the flagpole and — despite calls by police to get down — removed the banner. Bree Newsome, 30, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was about halfway …

Loss of Hamilton on $10 Bill Spurs Outcry

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Washington — The gain for women in landing a promised spot on U.S. paper currency stands to be a big loss for one founding father — and his supporters aren’t pleased. The announcement that a woman would appear on U.S. currency for the first time in more than …

CIA ‘Black Site’ Photos Surface

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Military prosecutors earlier this year learned about a massive cache of CIA photographs of its former overseas “black sites” while reviewing material collected for the Senate investigation of the agency’s interrogation program, according to U.S. officials. The existence of the approximately 14,000 photographs will probably cause yet another …

The ‘Black Route’ to Europe

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Evzonoi, Greece — They’ve made it 1,600 miles by boat, train, car and on foot. Now the light is fading as they finally reach the edge of Greece. “Let’s move,” Ahmed Jinaid beckons, his family trailing him up …