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Death Toll in California Wildfires Rises to 41

Death Toll in California Wildfires Rises to 41

With firefighters continuing to fight 14 large wildfires in California, officials urged caution as fatigue hits workers. In Napa, a private contractor driving a water tanker died in a vehicle rollover, bringing the death toll to 41.

Published 3 months ago

Ahead of McConnell Meeting, Trump Adds ‘Welfare Reform’ to Agenda

Ahead of McConnell Meeting, Trump Adds ‘Welfare Reform’ to Agenda

Trump said the White House was examining a welfare overhaul to prevent people “taking advantage of the system.”

Published 3 months ago

How Google’s Quantum Computer Could Change the World

How Google’s Quantum Computer Could Change the World

The ultra-powerful machine has the potential to disrupt everything from science and medicine to national security—assuming it works

Published 3 months ago

Economic Crackdown on North Korea Begins, Belatedly

Economic Crackdown on North Korea Begins, Belatedly

North Korea has long evaded international sanctions to keep its nuclear and missile programs moving ahead, but that may finally be drawing to a close, Gerald F. Seib writes.

Published 3 months ago

Sgt. Bergdahl Pleads Guilty to Desertion, Misbehavior Before Enemy

Sgt. Bergdahl Pleads Guilty to Desertion, Misbehavior Before Enemy

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told a military judge he is pleading guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Published 3 months ago

Supreme Court to Consider Search Warrant Power in Microsoft Email Case

Supreme Court to Consider Search Warrant Power in Microsoft Email Case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether email providers have to comply with search warrants seeking customer messages if the data is stored outside the U.S.

Published 3 months ago

Weinstein Co. Negotiating Possible Sale

Weinstein Co. Negotiating Possible Sale

Private-equity firm Colony Capital could buy Weinstein Co. after its brand name was tarnished in recent weeks, as dozens of women accused its former co-chairman Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment.

Published 3 months ago

A Clash of Neutron Stars Forges Gold

A Clash of Neutron Stars Forges Gold

Astronomers scanning ripples in space-time have detected the collision of two neutron stars for the first time—along with evidence for the source of heavy elements such as gold and platinum.

Published 3 months ago

Nordstrom Family Suspends Effort to Take Retailer Private

Nordstrom Family Suspends Effort to Take Retailer Private

The Nordstrom family has suspended plans to take the company private until after the holiday season, after struggling to raise enough financing for the leveraged buyout.

Published 3 months ago

NATO Launches its Main Nuclear Drill, Showcasing its Defenses

NATO Launches its Main Nuclear Drill, Showcasing its Defenses

NATO kicked off its annual nuclear exercise with drills in Germany and Belgium, as the alliance seeks to highlight its nuclear deterrent amid North Korean tests and Russian maneuvers.

Published 3 months ago

EU Foreign Ministers Agree to Stand by Iran Nuclear Deal

EU Foreign Ministers Agree to Stand by Iran Nuclear Deal

European foreign ministers attacked President Donald Trump’s decision to pull his administration’s backing for the Iranian nuclear agreement, calling the move a serious mistake that could lead to a military confrontation with Tehran.

Published 3 months ago

Iraqi Forces Take Key Installations in Advance on Kirkuk

Iraqi Forces Take Key Installations in Advance on Kirkuk

Iraqi forces took over a military base, airport and energy installations near the city of Kirkuk, pushing out Kurdish fighters as risks mount of a bigger conflict between two of the U.S.’s closest allies in the war against Islamic State.

Published 3 months ago

GOP Tax Plan Would Keep the Mortgage Break But Threaten Irrelevancy

GOP Tax Plan Would Keep the Mortgage Break But Threaten Irrelevancy

The tax overhaul plan being negotiated in Washington has the potential to virtually eliminate a break lawmakers once considered untouchable: the mortgage interest deduction.

Published 3 months ago

Social Security Numbers: Hacked, Hated—and Irreplaceable

Social Security Numbers: Hacked, Hated—and Irreplaceable

No one intended for the Social Security number to become the cornerstone of Americans’ financial lives. But it has, and the Equifax Inc. hack has shown how ill-suited the nine-digit figure is to this role.

Published 3 months ago

J.P. Morgan’s James Dimon May Hate Bitcoin, but He Loves Blockchain

J.P. Morgan’s James Dimon May Hate Bitcoin, but He Loves Blockchain

CEO James Dimon recently trashed the digital currency bitcoin, but he likes the blockchain technology that underpins it. The nation’s largest bank is expected to rolls out a pilot program using the record-keeping technology.

Published 3 months ago