Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 12:40 pm
All around the country, gasoline prices have been falling for weeks, down to an average of about $3 a gallon. Those lower prices are helping restrain inflation across the board.
On Wednesday, the Labor Department said its consumer price index barely inched up 0.1 percent last month. Over the past 12 months, the CPI has risen by 1.7 percent, roughly half of its historical average rate of increase.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has once again changed the number of cars included in a massive and urgent recall over an inflator defect in air bags made by the Japanese company Takata.
Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 4:28 pm
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday spoke with officials in China about data security and privacy. This meeting comes on the heels of a reported attack against users of Apple's iCloud service in China. Hackers allegedly were able to get hold of users' data by intercepting traffic on the Internet. They did not break into Apple servers.
Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 7:04 am
Americans spend about $4 billion a year on weight-loss supplements. And the Food and Drug Administration spends a lot of effort policing distributors who market fraudulent products that are tainted with unsafe, banned drugs.
But a study published Tuesday finds that buyers should beware: Just because the FDA recalls a product for containing dangerous substances doesn't mean the product disappears from the market.
Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 1:39 pm
Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee, who led TheWashington Post to national eminence through charm, drive, instinct and, most notably, an epic confrontation with the Nixon White House, died Tuesday. He was 93.
Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 9:47 am
Just about everyone loves puppies. But around the country, there's heated disagreement about where, and from whom, people can get one.
While the large national pet store chains don't sell dogs, other chains and shops do. But in several states, including Florida, cities are passing laws that ban puppy sales in pet stores.
At the Petland store in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, customers come in all day long to look at and play with the puppies. At this store, in fact, doggie accessories and puppies are all that owner Vicki Siegel sells.
Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 5:01 am
If you're midflight and the movie is terrible and the airline magazine crossword puzzle has already been done by someone else, the SkyMallcatalog is the time-killer of last resort for the bored, boxed-in passenger.
SkyMall sells items that, under normal circumstances, you might never consider â€” like say, adult-size, unisex, one-piece Superman pajamas. But somehow, midflight, you find yourself wondering: Do I need a dog bed designed to look like an NCAA stadium?
Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 9:27 am
The number of men getting vasectomies spiked during the Great Recession, rising one-third from 2006 to 2010, a study finds.
In 2006, 3.9 percent of men said they had had a vasectomy; in 2010, 4.4 percent reported having the surgery. That means an additional 150,000 to 180,000 men per year had vasectomies in each year of the recession.
Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 2:41 pm
Now that we've entered the "craft cocktail" era, drinks with double-digit price tags are just par for the course. And in many cities, there's a decent chance that your fancy craft drink now comes with a large, crystal-clear cube or rectangle that melts unhurriedly in your glass. That's right: Artisanal ice is a thing.
Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 10:50 am
One night last fall, I was walking through Chinatown in Washington, D.C., with my friend Terryn. We were not far from a dude who was in his mid-20s â€” slim, with neat, shoulder-length locks, skinny chinos, loafers and a leather briefcase slung across his torso â€” standing on the corner, his arm raised skyward. He was trying without luck to hail a cab.
Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 1:29 pm
To clamp down on health care costs, a growing number of employers and insurers are putting limits on how much they'll pay for certain medical services such as knee replacements, lab tests and complex imaging.
A recent study found that savings from such moves may be modest, however, and some analysts question whether "reference pricing," as it's called, is good for consumers.
Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 2:41 pm
Modern computer science is dominated by men. But it hasn't always been this way.
A lot of computing pioneers â€” the people who programmed the first digital computers â€” were women. And for decades, the number of women studying computer science was growing faster than the number of men. But in 1984, something changed. The percentage of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged, even as the share of women in other technical and professional fields kept rising.
Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 11:09 am
A grand jury has yet to decide whether it will indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., this summer.
Protests over Brown's death are ongoing in Ferguson, though they are calmer than the sometimes violent clashes that happened immediately after the shooting.
Still, many residents there are worried about public reaction once the grand jury announces its decision, and some say they've had enough. They're planning to move. That could accelerate an already existing trend in the region.
Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 6:56 am
This Sunday, Tunisia â€” the country that gave birth to Arab Spring â€” will elect a Parliament. Millions of citizens will vote at the polls, and thousands will run for office.
It's a sea change since the days of ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. But behind the political gains, there is a sad fact: The new democracy is at an economic standstill. The technology sector â€” which many say could deliver jobs to unemployed young people â€” is victim to political inertia.