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Amazon Seeks to Defend Alexa’s Lead as Competition Heats Up

Amazon Seeks to Defend Alexa’s Lead as Competition Heats Up

Amazon is pouring more resources into Alexa to try to maintain its edge as competition heats up among artificial-intelligence assistants.

Published 4 months ago

U.S. Economy Added 156,000 Jobs in August

U.S. Economy Added 156,000 Jobs in August

U.S. Economy Added 156,000 Jobs in August

Published 4 months ago

Damaged by Harvey? Get a Tax Break While You Can

Damaged by Harvey? Get a Tax Break While You Can

Because most insurance coverage for homeowners excludes flood damage, many victims of the storm will need to take “casualty-loss” write-offs to recoup what they can. Here’s what you need to know.

Published 4 months ago

Kenya Supreme Court Nullifies Election, Calls for New Vote

Kenya Supreme Court Nullifies Election, Calls for New Vote

Kenya’s supreme court on Friday annulled the country’s presidential election results and called for a new poll to be held within 60 days, a surprise ruling that plunged one of Africa’s top economies into a new period of uncertainty.

Published 4 months ago

Americans Are Happier at Work, But Expect a Lot Less

Americans Are Happier at Work, But Expect a Lot Less

For the first time since 2005, more than half of U.S. workers say they’re satisfied with their jobs. But data also suggest Americans have changing views of what makes a job good, after a decade of bruising job cuts, minimal raises and lean staffing.

Published 4 months ago

Harvey Relief Bill Could Help Congress Raise Debt Ceiling

Harvey Relief Bill Could Help Congress Raise Debt Ceiling

Congress needs to raise the debt limit by the end of September or risk default. Widespread support for storm aid could help get it done.

Published 4 months ago

U.S., Mexico Sparring Before Nafta Talks Sets Dim Tone

U.S., Mexico Sparring Before Nafta Talks Sets Dim Tone

The second round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement begins here Friday under a dark cloud after both the U.S. and Mexico raised the stakes dramatically in recent days.

Published 4 months ago

China-India Friction Goes Way Beyond Borders

China-India Friction Goes Way Beyond Borders

The two nations may have calmed their border dispute, but as Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping prepare to meet, trade tensions and Chinese development in Pakistan are also testing the relationship.

Published 4 months ago

Executives Prepare Push to Defend ‘Dreamers’ Program

Executives Prepare Push to Defend ‘Dreamers’ Program

Top executives at a range of companies and business groups voiced support for an Obama-era program protecting young, illegal immigrants amid concerns that President Donald Trump could end the policy.

Published 4 months ago

Arkema Report Said Chemical Could Put One Million at Risk

Arkema Report Said Chemical Could Put One Million at Risk

More than one million people live within the path of airborne danger in a worst-case scenario release of a chemical stored at a Houston-area plant that caught fire early Thursday morning, according to a company risk-management plan filed to the federal government in 2014.

Published 4 months ago

Administration Cutting Ads and Grants Aimed at Boosting Affordable Care Act Signups

Administration Cutting Ads and Grants Aimed at Boosting Affordable Care Act Signups

The Trump administration is cutting nearly $116 million from outreach programs aimed at getting people signed for the Affordable Care Act, a move likely to cheer ACA opponents but inflame Democrats who fear the administration is undermining the health law.

Published 4 months ago

Gasoline Prices Surge as Harvey’s Impact Is Felt

Gasoline Prices Surge as Harvey’s Impact Is Felt

Fuel prices at the pump surged Thursday in a sign of the spreading disruption caused by the record floods of Harvey, the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in half a century.

Published 4 months ago

5 Things to Watch in the August Jobs Report

5 Things to Watch in the August Jobs Report

The Labor Department releases its August employment report Friday. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expect 179,000 new jobs and an unemployment rate of 4.3%.

Published 4 months ago

Trump Attorneys Lay Out Arguments Against Obstruction-of-Justice Probe to Mueller

Trump Attorneys Lay Out Arguments Against Obstruction-of-Justice Probe to Mueller

Lawyers for Donald Trump have met several times with special counsel Robert Mueller in recent months and submitted memos arguing that the president didn’t obstruct justice by firing former FBI chief James Comey and calling into question Mr. Comey’s reliability as a potential witness, people familiar with the matter said.

Published 4 months ago

Florida Supreme Court Sides With Governor in Death Penalty Dispute

Florida Supreme Court Sides With Governor in Death Penalty Dispute

The Florida Supreme Court sided with Gov. Rick Scott in his dispute with a state attorney over her refusal to seek the death penalty, ruling he had a right to remove cases from her that were eligible for capital punishment.

Published 4 months ago