- US consumer confidence rises to highest level since 2001
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Tuesday - 02/28/2017 - 10:28 AM
The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index rose to 114.8 in February from 111.6 in January and the highest since July 2001. The index measures both consumers' assessment of current conditions and their expectations for the future. Economists closely monitor consumers' mood because their spending accounts for about 70 percent of U.
- US economy grew at weak 1.9 percent rate in 4th quarter
Daily Oklahoman, Tuesday - 02/28/2017 - 10:02 AM
The U. S. economy grew at an anemic 1.9 percent rate in the fourth quarter, unchanged from an initial estimate, although consumers performed better than first thought. The increase in the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, represented a significant slowdown from 3.5 percent growth recorded in the third quarter, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The fourth quarter figure was unchanged from the first estimate a month ago, although some of the components were revised.
- Michael Phelps talks to Congress about athlete drug testing
Associated Press, Tuesday - 02/28/2017 - 10:02 AM
Michael Phelps is to be in Washington to speak out in support of more consistent drug testing for competitive athletes.
- Target rattles Wall Street with weak quarter, outlook
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tuesday - 02/28/2017 - 08:17 AM
Target reported a 43 percent drop in fourth-quarter profit and weak store sales overshadowed an improving online performance. Its outlook for the first quarter and all of 2017 were far below what industry analysts had been expecting.
- Fake fashion fuels vast illicit profits, sea of human misery
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tuesday - 02/28/2017 - 06:17 AM
In a warehouse at London's sprawling Heathrow Airport, a border officer pulls open a cardboard box he suspects contains contraband goods. Bingo — his instincts are rewarded.
- Saudi Aramco inks $7 billion deal for Malaysian oil venture
Associated Press, Tuesday - 02/28/2017 - 03:48 AM
Oil major Saudi Aramco has signed a $7 billion deal to take a 50 percent stake in a mega Malaysian oil refinery project, in a pact official said will help Saudi Arabia increase trade in Southeast Asia.
- UN defends refugee vetting as Trump mulls revised entry ban
Washington Post, Tuesday - 02/28/2017 - 02:49 AM
In an office cubicle at the U. N. refugee agency, a Syrian woman and her three daughters took turns staring into a camera for iris scans. Their biometric registration, a first step toward possible resettlement in the West, is to be followed by interviews and background checks that can take months or even years.
- Malaysia to charge 2 women with murder in N. Korean's death
Waco Tribune-Herald, Tuesday - 02/28/2017 - 02:32 AM
Malaysia's attorney general said Tuesday that the two women accused of killing the half brother of North Korea's leader with a nerve agent in a Kuala Lumpur airport termi
- South Korean prosecutors to indict Samsung's de facto chief
Miami Herald, Tuesday - 02/28/2017 - 02:02 AM
South Korean special prosecutors said they will indict Samsung's de facto chief Tuesday on bribery, embezzlement and other charges linked to a political scandal that has toppled President Park Geun-hye. …
- Judge to hear arguments on Dakota Access oil pipeline work
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tuesday - 02/28/2017 - 01:14 AM
A federal judge is due to hear arguments about whether to stop the final bit of construction on the disputed Dakota Access pipeline.
- Antonin Scalia's widow among Trump's joint address guests
Associated Press, Tuesday - 02/28/2017 - 12:51 AM
A young woman who has survived incredible odds. The widows of two California police officers killed by a man living in the country illegally. The widow of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
- British songwriter accuses U2 of stealing song
Waco Tribune-Herald, Tuesday - 02/28/2017 - 12:17 AM
A British songwriter and guitarist is claiming that rock band U2 and lead singer Bono stole one of his songs for their 1991 album "Achtung Baby."
- Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues
Daily Oklahoman, Monday - 02/27/2017 - 11:24 PM
The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade with the St.
- SpaceX says it will fly 2 people to moon next year
Waco Tribune-Herald, Monday - 02/27/2017 - 07:32 PM
SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA's Apollo heyday close to half a century ago.
- Author, newspaper columnist Jay Cronley dies at 73
Waco Tribune-Herald, Monday - 02/27/2017 - 07:17 PM
Oklahoma-based author Jay Cronley, whose books were made into movies starring some of Hollywood's most notable funnymen, has died at age 73.
- Trump says Oscars focused hard on politics before 'sad' end
Waco Tribune-Herald, Monday - 02/27/2017 - 07:17 PM
President Donald Trump is giving Sunday's Academy Awards two thumbs down, calling the botched ending "sad."
- This Indiana plant really is shipping its jobs to Mexico
El Paso Times, Monday - 02/27/2017 - 06:33 PM
When the president-elect stepped in to save 750 Carrier jobs that had been bound for Mexico, John Feltner allowed himself to hope Donald Trump might save his job, too