November 2, 2008 |
When Andy Dijak injured his right knee playing tennis, he wasn't surprised that he needed surgery. "It swelled up like a balloon," said the 50-year-old West Lake resident. The real shocker was the price tag: $12,000 to $15,000 to repair tattered cartilage. Dijak, a creative director for an entertainment company, has no health insurance, so he started shopping for a deal.
August 24, 2005 |
After years of concerted but futile attempts to organize workers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., union leaders are joining forces to stop the world's largest employer from exporting its low-wage jobs across the globe. In Canada, Germany and Japan, unions are using protests, the courts and political pressure to thwart the giant retailer's expansion. The effort, one of the most extensive union campaigns in modern labor history, is gathering speed.
April 27, 2004 |
To represent their countries in baseball's first World Cup, players will have to pass Olympic-style drug tests far stricter than the ones owners have lobbied the players' union to approve for use in the major leagues. Under an agreement announced Monday, players will be subject to random, round-the-clock testing for steroids during the World Cup. They also will be tested for other substances banned under international rules but permitted under major league rules.
October 18, 2007 |
Gabriela Villegas scrolled through the online profiles, searching for a photo and description that appealed to her. She wasn't surfing for a date or networking for new friends. She was on the Kiva website, reading through stories of impoverished entrepreneurs in developing countries, trying to decide to which venture she would extend a $25 business loan. "Twenty-five dollars -- that's probably how much I spend on just one meal," said Villegas, 25, of Manchester, Conn.
June 14, 2001 |
Sacre bleu! A weak euro coupled with a healthy Southern California economy helped propel the Golden State past France to rank as the world's fifth-largest economy if it were a separate nation, according to a report released this week. Figures from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. placed the 2000 gross state product at $1.33 trillion, just ahead of France at $1.28 trillion, and behind the United Kingdom at $1.42 trillion. In 1999, France ranked No.
December 29, 2007 |
Pakistan's brief period as a destination for adventurous investors seems over for now, as the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto brings fresh instability to an already volatile nuclear-armed nation. "This is the worst possible scenario for foreign investment," said Luis Costa, head of emerging debt at Commerzbank in London. "Probably there are many months of volatility ahead and this environment of chaos is perfect for Islamic militants."
July 9, 2006 |
IF you are one of the millions of Americans heading overseas this summer, you may find confusion rather than acceptance when you try to use your credit card. And it will be up to you to set recalcitrant clerks straight. The confusion stems from mandates by governments to card issuers (including American Express, MasterCard and Visa, both credit and debit cards) in foreign countries to adopt the "smart card," also known as "chip and PIN" technology, for credit cards issued in that country.
June 4, 2003 |
WASHINGTON -- With the war in Iraq a fresh memory, majorities of citizens in seven of eight Islamic countries surveyed in a new poll -- including longtime U.S. military ally Turkey -- said they fear a U.S. military attack.
February 18, 1998 |
From the world's farthest corners, Argentina and Australia are in. But Arab powers and former partners Egypt and Syria are out. And front-line states Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have a foot in each camp. Seven years after the Persian Gulf War, the United States this week put finishing touches on a new coalition supporting the use of military force against Iraq if Baghdad continues to block United Nations inspectors from seeking out weapons of mass destruction.