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Shan Zhao, owner of On On Chop Suey restaurant, looks at his business while cleaning up, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. after it was damaged in overnight protests following a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Ferguson seeks rapid repairs to avoid fate of riot-torn cities

Friday, November 28, 2014

Commercial districts in Detroit, Newark, N.J., and Washington, D.C., were ravaged by civil unrest in the 1960s, leading to decades of economic stagnation. In Ferguson, Mo., business owners are seeking to avert a similar fate. Even as law enforcement struggles to restore order, merchants still assessing damage from arson and looting said they’re growing anxious over how long it will …

Early-bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Early-bird shoppers headed to stores on Thanksgiving in what’s becoming a new holiday tradition. In the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Ill., the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store was full roughly 30 minutes before Thanksgiving deals started at 6 p.m., including $199 iPad minis. In New York City, there were 500 people in …

OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided yesterday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result. Oil prices fell sharply on the news. Even though the decision was largely expected, it showed the once-powerful cartel is losing the power …

App review: Wiper, to delete online data

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Wiper is trying a novel approach to keep your information safe online: to let you decide when it’s time to delete your own data. Users can share text messages, HD voice calls and YouTube videos with that peace of mind. Hit the delete button on this app, and …

Boston: Police: Naked suspect assaults man, 84, at airport

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A naked man fell through the ceiling of a women’s bathroom at Logan Airport yesterday, then ran out of the restroom and viciously assaulted an elderly man while he was still in the buff and bleeding, before being arrested, state police said. Cameron Shenk, 26, of Boston, was …

How to teach self-driving cars ethics of the road

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A large truck speeding in the opposite direction suddenly veers into your lane. Jerk the wheel left and smash into a bicyclist? Swerve right toward a family on foot? Slam the brakes and brace for head-on impact? Drivers …

The smoking-hot business of marijuana

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The frenzy in the cavernous Green Valley Ranch Resort ballroom in Henderson, Nev., might have passed for any confab of entrepreneurs pitching their business plans to poker-faced angel investors – until an organizer took the podium for a …

Civic group: No Ferguson grand jury decision yet

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Crews erected barricades yesterday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend. …

Winners and losers under Obama’s immigration plan

Sunday, November 23, 2014

President Obama unveiled one of the most sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system in decades, shielding millions from deportation. Among those breathing easier: a Mexican woman in Birmingham, Ala., who barely missed qualifying for a reprieve in …

New report sees ‘missed opportunities’ to treat Newtown shooter Lanza

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A new state report examining “missed opportunities” to intervene before the Newtown, Conn., school shooting suggests that “weaknesses and lapses in the educational and healthcare systems’ response and untreated mental illness” played a role in the continued mental deterioration of the gunman, Adam Lanza. The report, by Connecticut’s …

Shifting attitudes at play in Cosby allegations

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tamra Wade struggled mightily over whether to go to the police more than a decade ago, when, she says, a trusted professor forced himself on her in an empty classroom. Ultimately she couldn’t bring herself to do it. But if it happened now, she says, she’d be a …

Wages poised to rise as signs emerge of improved U.S. job market

Saturday, November 22, 2014

More than five years into the economic expansion, the signs that economists look for to herald the pickup in pay that has long eluded American workers are starting to emerge. Wages and salaries climbed last quarter by the most since 2008 as a dwindling number of unemployed per …

City: Quarter-toting ‘Robin Hooders’ must back off

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The self-styled “Robin Hooders” race to the rescue of the parking peasantry, pumping quarters into their expired meters and leaving behind cards informing them they have been saved from “the king’s tariff.” Nobody, not even the king – …