February 1, 2014 |
FREDERICK, Md. - Roscoe Bartlett was rattling off the prices of giant bags of rice, wheat and corn, sold cheaply at Sam's Club. The former congressman from rural, western Maryland expressed bewilderment that every American doesn't stockpile such things, considering what he is sure is coming. "Storing enough calories isn't really a challenge," said the rugged 87-year-old Republican, who served 10 terms on Capitol Hill. "The real challenge is vitamins and stuff. " Bartlett is preparing for an epic power outage.
January 31, 2014 |
The top public health official in Charleston, W. Va., has added to widespread criticism of the decision to declare drinking water safe despite a critical lack of scientific data about the coal-washing chemical that spilled into the Elk River on Jan. 9. Dr. Rahul Gupta, director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, the largest in West Virginia, said in an interview Friday that the water can't be considered completely safe because scientists don't...
January 31, 2014 |
First the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences disqualified a song. Now it could be facing the music. For the first time in its history, the academy this week revoked an Oscar nomination on ethical grounds, citing improper campaigning by the composer of "Alone Yet Not Alone," which would have been one of the five contenders for original song at this year's Oscars. But the action has prompted criticism that the academy has cracked down on a small movie that can't compete with big-budget Oscar campaigns mounted by studios.
January 30, 2014
Amazon's profit and revenue both grew in the latest quarter but its results fell below what Wall Street was expecting and shares of the world's biggest online retailer declined after-hours. Amazon has long focused on spending the money it makes to grow its business and expand into new areas, from movie streaming to e-readers and even grocery delivery. Investors have largely forgiven thin profit margins and zeroed in on the company's solid revenue growth and long-term prospects.
January 30, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. registered solid economic growth in the final three months of last year, buoyed by rising exports and the biggest increase in consumer spending in three years, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The economy's 3.2% annualized growth rate in the fourth quarter was in line with analysts' expectations and suggests that there was good momentum heading into this year. The pickup in personal spending was particularly encouraging as that accounts for more than two-thirds of American economic activity.
January 30, 2014 |
As a teenager I used to plunder my father's shelves of dog-eared paperbacks, kept in a dank, low-ceilinged basement room that also held a turntable, an out-of-tune piano and a distinct eau de mold. What excitement lurked in those browning pages with their brittle edges, whose pieces would chip off in my hands - science fiction and fantasy, mainly, with a smattering of mystery and P.G. Wodehouse and military biographies. Reading Jeff Vandermeer's novel "Annihilation" - the first in a trilogy, all to be released this year - I had the same sensation of dreadful, delicious anticipation I used to have as I cracked open one of the books in the basement.
January 29, 2014
Re "Rail alone won't reinvent L.A.," Opinion, Jan. 27 Indeed, Los Angeles County is moving from adolescence into adulthood with its efforts to create a coherent mass transit system that includes light rail. As Ethan Elkind argues, the city and county need to astutely plan on maximizing the light-rail investment as a more coherent system evolves over time. This means higher density around transit stations, along with more convincing arguments for such development in those communities that see this progress as a threat.
January 27, 2014 |
Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the Seal Beach company that builds and operates natural-gas filling stations for some of the nation's biggest bus and truck fleets, is banking on corporate customers to buy more clean-energy vehicles this year. Executives hope that a growing fleet will boost sales of natural gas and propel Clean Energy to its first annual profit since its 1997 founding by Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens, the onetime oil baron and corporate raider, and the company's chief executive, Andrew Littlefair.
January 27, 2014 |
In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama will try to recharge his presidency by discussing the expansive divide between rich and poor in America. It's a crucial issue, and one with no easy solutions. Obama is expected to focus on the twin themes of income inequality and social mobility, which is the ability to move up the economic ladder. Wealth disparity has drawn enormous attention with the U.S. income gap at its highest level since the Great Depression.
January 26, 2014 |
The gig: Miguel Gonzalez Reynoso, 63, is co-president of Northgate Gonzalez Markets, a chain of family-owned supermarkets in Southern California. Its first store was small, a 2,500-square-foot market that opened in Anaheim in 1980. Recognize a good name: That store on Anaheim Boulevard took over space formerly occupied by a market called Northgate. The family couldn't afford to change the sign, so it kept the name. Now, he's happy they did. "We came to think of Northgate as the door of opportunity for us, coming from the south," said Gonzalez Reynoso, whose large family, with 13 brothers and sisters, hails from Mexico's Jalisco state.