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Articles from October 24, 2014

2 More States Ban Guardrails
Oregon and Mississippi have become the sixth and seventh states to prohibit further installation of the system made by Trinity Industries.Concern over the safety of guardrails manufactured by Trinity Industries spread further on Wednesday as two more...
A Bad Jolt with Coffee: Hitler Mug on Creamer ; Swiss Retailer Chagrined When Unwanted Face Turns Up on Its Labels
Retailer says it does not know how images of Hitler and Mussolini appeared on containers and that it is "unforgivable."The labels on Swiss mini-cream containers tend toward the pastoral and cuddly, with pleasant images of Alpine landscapes and locomotives,...
A Chinese Rival to the World Bank
Should China, and its partners, build an alternative development bank?China has announced the creation of a large, internationally funded development bank to finance badly needed infrastructure in Asia. But the United States is opposed to this Asian...
Active Fatalism
We have heroism all wrong. Consider Sisyphus happy: He has a task and it is his own.A core problem with the modern world is that we have heroism all wrong. It is not just the conflation of heroes with celebrities as role models, giving rise to the endless...
A Culture of Survival Is Tested by Drought ; Kazakh Herders in China Face a Harsh Winter as Prized Sheep Waste Away
The grass in the high mountain pastures in the Xinjiang region has been sparse, disturbing an ancient tradition of producing prized sheep.It has been a bad year for the big-tailed sheep. The grass in the high mountain pastures here in northwest China...
Afghanistan on Edge as Taliban Take Back Ground ; Rapid Advance in North Tests a Military That Soon Won't Have U.S
Gains by militants in Kunduz Province question the ability of Afghan security forces to hold territory before the end of the international combat mission.The last time Afghans in the northern province of Kunduz felt so threatened by the Taliban was in...
Amazon Web Services to Open German Center
Amazon says it is opening the center to answer customer demand, but part of that demand is compliance with German laws around privacy.Bowing to the power of state regulation of citizens' privacy, Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing arm of the online...
American Artist Isn't Done with Paris Yet ; New Project Takes Shape in Response to Attacks on Him and His Sculpture
The Paris Mint is ready to defend the American artist Paul McCarthy in a new exhibition, shortly after a previous work in the city was attacked.Spectators scandalized by an 80-foot-tall green sculpture resembling a sex toy that was installed -- and then...
Amid Public Mistrust, China Says It Will Embrace Rule of Law, with Caveats ; Overhaul Aims to Instill Faith in Courts, but Won't Weaken Party's Control
Communist Party leaders, seeking to address dissatisfaction with China's politicized and corrupt judiciary, were expected to endorse a raft of legal changes on Thursday.Communist Party leaders, seeking to address widespread dissatisfaction with China's...
An Author Tries out Expat Life in Dubai
Joseph O'Neill set his latest novel, "The Dog" in Dubai. To sniff out its expat life, he made two reporting trips there.Change is relentless in Dubai. Since the discovery of oil in 1966, the once-sleepy port city and emirate has transformed into an international...
As Ski Season Opens, Austrian Seeks 4th Straight Title ; Injury to Biggest Rival Could Clear Hirscher's Path to 4th Straight Title
Marcel Hirscher has had three great seasons in a row, and now he is trying to do what no other man has done: win four straight World Cup overall titles.After an off-season spent heli-skiing in Canada, swimming among sharks in the Maldives and learning...
A Star Showing before the Clasico
Cristiano Ronaldo got the scoring started as Real Madrid beat Liverpool, 3-0, in the Champions League.How would you deny, even if you wanted to, that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the ultimate players in a global game?It is wrong to talk about...
Attacks Compound Security Worries in Canada ; Terror Threat Elevated as More Citizens Travel Abroad to Join Extremists
Attacks and a recent report have compounded concerns in Canada about citizens who go to foreign lands like Somalia and Syria to fight, and then return as threats at home.In January 2013, strewn amid the rubble and debris left after a terrorist attack...
A Verdict on Blackwater
A court ruling exposes the huge flaws in America's excessive use of private contractors in wartime.It took far too long, but four former gunslingers with the Blackwater Worldwide security firm have at last been held accountable for the killing of 17...
Backers of Maglev Train Envision a One-Hour Washington-New York Trip
With a $5 billion commitment from Japan's government, backers of a maglev project envision a one-hour trip in the congested Northeast CorridorA group of Washington investors with high-level political backing and a $5 billion commitment from the Japanese...
British Sex Abuse Inquiry Stumbles Again
Britain's efforts to investigate its long list of hushed-up child abuse scandals suffered another setback this week.Britain's efforts to investigate its long list of hushed-up child abuse scandals suffered another setback this week, with new questions...
Burned Once, but Taking on a Mortgage Again
Four years after foreclosures and short sales peaked in the United States, millions of former borrowers can qualify for government-backed mortgages.Tracy S., 59, a technical writer for a large bank, divorced her husband just as the housing market spiraled...
Cocktail Oases Spring Up amid Sydney's Beer Barns
Changes in drinking laws have cleared the way for a gentrification of establishments in a city known for its beer- swilling pubs.In a colonial-era alleyway just steps from where white settlers first landed in this port city, advertising executives, fashionistas and...
Digital Shift Pressures Lloyds Bank on Job Cuts ; Target May Be 9,000, as More Customers Shun Branches to Go Online
Lloyds may cut as many as 9,000 jobs, or about 10 percent of its work force, and close some branches as more customers use online services.The reclamation project that started three years ago at Lloyds Banking Group with the arrival of Antonio Horta-Osorio...
Dreamliner Costs Weigh on Boeing ; Company's Stock Down Even Though Its Figures for 3rd Quarter Are Strong
Concerns led to a 4.5 percent drop in the company's stock, even though Boeing reported otherwise strong third-quarter results.Investor concern about Boeing's progress in cutting the cost of building its new 787 Dreamliner jets led to a 4.5 percent drop...
Employees Get Discounts for Use of Solar Energy ; Several Companies Offer Their Workers Access to Cheaper Home Systems
Employees of several major companies will be able to buy or lease solar systems for their homes at rates substantially lower than the national average.CORRECTION APPENDED Expanding the notion of corporate benefits beyond discounted health club...
Ex-Guards Convicted of '07 Killings in Baghdad ; Jury Finds That Shooting by Blackwater Employees Was Result of Criminal Act
A jury found that the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians were not a battlefield tragedy, but the result of a criminal act.Four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards have been convicted and immediately jailed for their roles in a deadly 2007 shooting...
Fantasizing on the Famous: Web Novel Inspired by a Boy Band Goes to Print
"After," a wildly popular web novel based on Harry Styles of the boy band One Direction, is being published as a book.Some novelists draw on their own experience; others borrow from history, mythology or classic literary tropes. Anna Todd, a 25-year- old...
Festive Strategy for Gay Marriage in Italy ; Mayors Register Couples Married Abroad to Force the Government's Hand
Rome's mayor has joined the ranks of those hoping to force the hand of national legislators to clarify a deepening legal muddle around gay unions.The crowd at an ornate room in Rome's City Hall erupted in applause as the mayor entered, wearing his formal...
Forget the Picket Fence: Young Adults Prefer to Rent
Since 2008 there has been a steady increase in the number of people 18 to 34 years old who don't buy homes.On a recent sunny afternoon, a half-dozen grinding and spinning cement trucks helped lay the foundation for what many real estate developers see...
Former Watchdogs at S.E.C. Now Assail the Agency
A gathering of current regulators and white-collar defense worthies turned into a free-for-all of high-powered lawyers hammering the regulators.Last week, I visited an alternate universe. The real world sees a pandemic of bank misconduct, but to the...
For Top 2 Champion Skiers, Making History Is Just a Start ; Shiffrin Ready to Tackle Other Disciplines after Olympic Gold in Slalom
After winning in the slalom in Sochi, Mikaela Shiffrin is training to take on other Alpine disciplines with the same fervor.It has been eight months since 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin stood atop the medal podium at the Sochi Winter Games as the youngest Olympic...
From Rwandan Dump to Harvard's Halls ; with a Chance Meeting, Student Has Overcome Genocide and Despair
Justus Uwayesu's life was changed by a chance encounter in Rwanda with an American charity worker.Nine years old and orphaned by ethnic genocide, he was living in a burned-out car in a Rwandan garbage dump where he scavenged for food and clothes. Daytimes,...
From West, Women Join ISIS as Wives and Fighters ; String of Arrests Raises Alarm and Highlights Influence of Social Media
Officials say the largest numbers of young Muslim women trying to join the Nusra Front or the Islamic State are from France, Britain, Austria, Belgium and Spain.The young Western Muslims trying to join radical Islamist groups in Syria and Iraq now include...
Germany's History Lesson for Britain
The story of a sculpture contains a message about how a country must come to terms with its past.CORRECTION APPENDED Ernst Barlach was one of Germany's great Expressionist artists of the early 20th century. A virulent nationalist in the run-up...
G.M. Reports Strong Profit despite Costs for Recalls ; Sales in North America and China Rise, but Losses Grow in Europe Business
The nation's largest automaker nearly doubled its profit from a year ago, benefiting from wider margins in North America.General Motors reported third-quarter earnings of $1.38 billion on Thursday, nearly doubling its $698 million profit from a year earlier...
Gun Attack in Canada Raises Fears of Radicalism ; Police Identify Assailant as a Convert to Islam and Seek Clues to His Motives
The authorities were trying to piece together a portrait of the gunman, identified as a recent convert to Islam with a record of minor scrapes with the law.Canadian authorities on Thursday scrambled to piece together a portrait of the gunman behind the...
How to Defeat Ebola
To prevent the crisis from spreading, we should ignore the hysteria and focus on stopping the outbreak at its source.An alarming new symptom of Ebola in America: It seems to make brains mushy and hearts hard.In New Jersey, two students from Rwanda, which...
Ireland's Addiction to Tax Breaks
Dublin promises to get rid of one loophole, only to add another.The Irish government decided last week to get rid of a tax loophole that has helped big multinational companies like Apple and Google avoid paying billions in taxes to any government at...
Mexican Authorities Link Mayor to Missing Students ; Police Were Told to Detain Group, Then Turned Them over to Local Gang Leader
Officials say the suspected abduction of 43 college students last month came after orders from a mayor and his wife.The authorities have provided a broad account of the suspected abduction of 43 college students last month in southern Mexico, saying...
New Website Offers Insight into Learning Disabilities ; Advertising Council Joins Efforts for Parents Whose Children Are Struggling
A new website and a public service advertising campaign created with the Advertising Council is intended to help parents deal with such problems.Nonprofit groups specializing in children's learning and attention issues were to introduce on Thursday a...
Post Editor a Story All by Himself
Journalists are people who will go where they are pointed, and Mr. Bradlee generally pointed to important, consequential subjects.Civilians, people who don't think the toppling of a sitting American president with newspaper articles is one of humankind's lasting...
Puzzling out a New Charm Offensive
A series of gestures from Pyongyang could revive a dormant debate over North Korea policy inside the White House.For weeks, American intelligence agencies puzzled over the disappearance of Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator. Now Mr. Kim is back on...
Quirky Outfielder Spurs an Eclectic Giants Team ; Pence Has Been Integral to Team's Success since He Joined in July 2012
The quirky, wild-eyed Hunter Pence has been integral to the San Francisco Giants' success since he arrived in 2012.For most of last season, the San Francisco Giants knew they were going nowhere. They spent the entire second half below .500 and approached...
Rebounding, Credit Suisse Reports Surge in Earnings
The bank posted a $1.08 billion profit, benefiting from stronger equity underwriting, fixed-income sales and trading in its investment bank.Credit Suisse said on Thursday that its third-quarter profit more than doubled as the bank benefited from stronger...
Rene Burri, Photographer of Picasso and Che, Is Dead at 81
Mr. Burri was a globe-trotting photographer who documented some of the towering figures of the day, as well as urban scenes and war.Rene Burri, a globe-trotting photographer who saw his camera as a "magic wand," as he put it, to illuminate the "pulse...
Reviving Operas from Czarinas ; Cecilia Bartoli Explores Little-Known Music from 18th-Century Russia
Cecilia Bartoli's latest album explores little-known music from 18th-century Russia."So what's next, Cecilia?""Well, I thought I'd record some Russian Baroque opera arias.""Russian? Baroque? I'm not sure I heard you right. Did you say, 'opera'?" It's...
Rules Ease, but Lenders Not Happy ; Mortgage Bankers Say U.S. Government Is Too Tough on Their Industry
In areas not directly related to mortgages, regulators have toughened some initial proposals, but rules on mortgage lending have become more lenient.The United States government, in recent days, has been giving one set of bankers nearly everything they...
Should Sports Shun Criminal Offenders? ; Soccer Player's Bid to Rejoin Club after Rape Conviction Stirs a Furor
Ched Evans's stated desire to play professional soccer after serving half of a five-year prison sentence has set off an impassioned debate in Britain.As a professional soccer player, Ched Evans never made a household name for himself with his appearances...
Simpler Cameras Show GoPro May Just Be Too Pro
Maybe the company has gone too pro for most consumers with the three new models it recently announced.GoPro popularized the action-ready, ultraportable little cameras that make already exciting exploits look amazing.But faced with new competition at...
Sub-Saharan Africa Leaps into the Debt Market
Wars and political and economic tumult have been hurdles for investors thinking of African debt, but the bonds have gained appeal during a eurozone crisis.Maria Kiwanuka's suitors sat before her in a semicircle. The five men were bankers, and they had...
Syria Strikes Killed at Least 500 Fighters, Group Says
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said the American- led campaign against the Islamic State had killed at least 31 civilians.Air and missile strikes in Syria by the United States and its allies over the past month have killed more than 500...
Tesco's Accounting Worse Than Expected ; Chairman to Step Down after Firm's Investigation Reveals Deeper Problems
The chief executive of Britain's leading grocery store said that there was no timeline for the departure of the chairman, Richard Broadbent, and that an inquiry continued.There was a time when Tesco, Britain's largest grocery chain and the world's third...
The Beauty of Apple's Ecosystem
Apple has introduced a series of devices that work best as part of an integrated lineup. Apple is no longer making lonely individual products.Late in 2012, when Timothy D. Cook was relatively fresh on the job as Apple's chief executive, he made a sudden...
The Flight Club on a Mission ; 3 Stars of 'Interstellar' Talk about Christopher Nolan's Latest Excursion
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain discuss "Interstellar"; its director, Christopher Nolan; and the humor of physicists.After he plumbed the direst depths of Gotham City in his "Dark Knight" trilogy and traversed multiple levels...
The Garden Shelter of a French Empress
The Orangerie, commissioned in 1800 by Napoleon's first wife, Josephine de Beauharnais, at the Chateau de Malmaison, is on the market for 4.45 million euros.When Napoleon's first wife, Josephine de Beauharnais, bought the Chateau de Malmaison as a country...
The Mirage of the 'New Egypt'
Three billboards tell very different stories about President Sisi's regime.The Pyramids are face-lift flawless, the grass is almost neon bright and even the air itself appears to have been retouched. This portrait of perfection, an ad introducing a "New...
U.N. Says Hong Kong Should Have Free Elections ; Human Rights Committee Urges China to Allow a Vote without Restrictions
An 18-member panel in Geneva said that Hong Kong needed to do more to ensure that people not only have the right to vote, but also the right to stand for elections.The United Nations Human Rights Committee on Thursday urged China to allow elections in...
U.S. Lawmakers Push for Wider Recall of Airbags
Two United States senators demanded wider recalls and a House committee said it wanted a fuller accounting of how the recalls had been handled.The United States Congress has increased pressure on the Japanese auto supplier Takata and federal safety regulators...
U.S. to Monitor Travelers from Nations Hit by Ebola
Travelers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone must report their temperatures and any symptoms daily.United States health officials have placed new restrictions on travelers from West African countries with Ebola outbreaks, requiring that they report...
Victorian Elegance for the 21st Century ; in a Suburb of Sydney, Italianate Villa Is Restored with Modern Touches
An Italianate villa built for a gold prospector is restored, with a few modern touches.Glenmire, a sandstone Italianate villa built in 1889 for a successful gold prospector, has been listed for sale after an extensive restoration.The house is believed...
What's the Most Terrifying Book You've Ever Read?
I asked my mother why no one had told me the world could be like that. I wanted to know if such things could happen to our family.I asked my mother why no one had told me the world could be like that. I wanted to know if such things could happen to our...
What's the Most Terrifying Book You've Ever Read?
What crime did the girl in "The Red Shoes" commit to be made to dance until she begs to have her feet cut off?What crime did the girl in 'The Red Shoes' commit to be made to dance until she begs to have her feet cut off?No book has ever frightened or...
When Loans Carry No Risk for Lenders
Regulators are not requiring lenders to have "skin in the game" regarding residential mortgages in the United States.Once upon a time, those who made loans would profit only if the loan were paid back. If the borrower defaulted, the lender would suffer.That...
W.H.O. Pressures Europe on Ebola ; Scale of Crisis Overtakes E.U. Gathering amid Plea for Increase in Funding
Facing criticism that it did not respond swiftly enough to the scale of the current Ebola outbreak, the European Commission on Thursday announced million in new research funding,European leaders came under heavy pressure on Thursday to take more robust...
Zuckerberg, Speaking Chinese, Visits Beijing ; Facebook Leader's Talk at University Gives Clue to Site's Long- Term Strategy
Facebook's chief executive discussed his thoughts on innovation in China, Facebook's future in the country and why he is studying Chinese.Facebook has been blocked in China since 2009, but the company has long expressed a desire to enter the Chinese...
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