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Banks expected to plead guilty to antitrust violations

NEW YORK — The Justice Department is preparing to announce as soon as next Wednesday that Barclays, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Royal Bank of Scotland will collectively pay several billion dollars and plead guilty to criminal antitrust violations for rigging the price of foreign currencies, according to people briefed on the matter. Most if not […]

May 15, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Hezbollah missiles kill soldiers

JERUSALEM — Hezbollah anti-tank missiles killed two Israeli soldiers as they drove in a disputed area along the Lebanese border on Wednesday, a sharp retaliation for Israel’s deadly drone strike last week that killed six Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian general. The attack was the most severe eruption of hostilities in the area since the fierce enemies’ […]

January 29, 2015 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

LPGA pros question wisdom of opens at same venue on consecutive weeks

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Some of the top stars of the LPGA have serious concerns about what might unfold at this year’s U.S. Women’s Open. And Hall of Famer Beth Daniel doesn’t blame them. In an unprecedented move, the USGA is staging the men’s and women’s opens at the same venue on back-to-back weeks, with […]

January 16, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

In a shift, eminent domain saves homes

RICHMOND — The power of eminent domain has traditionally worked against homeowners, who can be forced to sell their property to make way for a new highway or shopping mall. But now the working-class city of Richmond hopes to use the same legal tool to help people stay right where they are. Scarcely touched by […]

July 31, 2013 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

‘Bad Monkey,’ good book

We know we’re in Carl Hiaasen country from the first sentence of Bad Monkey: “On the hottest day of July, trolling in dead-calm waters near Key West, a tourist named James Mayberry reeled up a human arm.” It’s all there not just Hiaasen’s trademark Florida setting but his signature deadpan mix of rue and glee […]

June 30, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Obama, Chinese president open informal meetings

PALM SPRINGS — President Barack Obama and China’s new president, Xi Jinping, arrived at a famed desert estate here Friday evening for their unusually informal weekend meeting, starting with discussions of security issues that bedevil them, including North Korea’s nuclear threat, on which the United States sees a chance at greater cooperation. Both leaders promised to use the talks […]

June 08, 2013 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

2 studies challenge Avastin’s effectiveness

CHICAGO – Two new studies have found that the widely used cancer drug Avastin does not prolong the lives of patients with a deadly form of brain cancer, raising questions about the role of the drug in treating that disease. The results, presented at a conference here this weekend, could lead the Food and Drug […]

June 03, 2013 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Deadly storms in Oklahoma bring flooding, more tornadoes

HENRYETTA, Okla. — Twelve days after a tornado killed 24 people and destroyed hundreds of homes, Oklahoma City and its suburbs awoke Saturday morning to the aftermath of Round 2, after a storm set off tornadoes and severe flooding that caused widespread damage throughout the region Friday and claimed at least nine victims, including two […]

June 02, 2013 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

High court seems skeptical of Defense of Marriage Act

WASHINGTON — A majority of the justices on Wednesday questioned the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, as the Supreme Court took up the volatile issue of same-sex marriage for a second day. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, widely considered the swing vote on the divided court, joined the four liberals in posing […]

March 28, 2013 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Genentech works against federal health care edict

NEW YORK — One part of the big health care overhaul that is expected to save billions of dollars is the introduction of generic versions of biotechnology drugs that now can cost a patient tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. The complex drugs, made in living cells instead of […]

January 29, 2013 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Companies offer to do chores for employees

SAN FRANCISCO – Phil Libin, chief executive of Evernote, turned to his wife last year and asked if she had suggestions for how the software company might improve the lives of its employees and their families. His wife, who also works at Evernote, didn’t miss a beat: housecleaning. Today, Evernote’s 250 employees – every full-time […]

October 20, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Supreme Court returns to new dynamic

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court returns to the bench Monday to confront not only a docket studded with momentous issues but also a new dynamic among the justices. The coming term will probably include major decisions on affirmative action in higher education admissions, same-sex marriage and a challenge to the heart of the Voting Rights […]

September 30, 2012 | Posted in U.S./World | Tagged ,

Genentech, other drug companies to work together on research

Ten of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies — including Genentech, which has a manufacturing facility in Vacaville — said Wednesday that they would cooperate on research aimed at accelerating drug development, starting with streamlining clinical trials. Pharmaceutical companies have collaborated before on areas considered not directly competitive, such as finding variants in the human genome […]

September 20, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

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