WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies awarded about $415,000 in contracts to a license plate-tracking company before Homeland Security leaders dropped a plan for similar work amid privacy complaints.
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SEOUL, South Korea — President Park Geun-hye was met with angry shouts, shrieks and wailing from the relatives of hundreds of missing students Thursday when she visited a site near where a ferry sank this week.
Restaurant chains are taking a profit hit as shrimp prices climb during a bad time: the Lenten season, when eateries rely on seafood to lure Christian diners who abstain from chicken, beef and pork on certain days.
Shrimp prices jumped 61 percent in March over a year earlier and are now at a 14-year high. The climb is attributable to a deadly bacterial disease.
An electrical leak from a battery may have prevented a warhead made by Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems from separating from its booster rocket in a missile-defense test that failed in July, according to findings emerging from a Pentagon review.
Indonesia, the world’s fourth-most-populous country, faces issues generating enough quality jobs for its population.
Lockheed Martin Corp., the biggest U.S. government contractor, said Friday it has identified about 3,000 employees for furloughs on Monday because of the partial government shutdown.
Walmart Stores Inc. is cutting orders it places with suppliers this quarter and next to address rising inventory the company flagged in last month’s earnings report, Bloomberg News reported.
Mahdi Williams, 28, a student at the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, works on a radius wall at the school in Wilkinsburg, Pa. The non-profit school was founded to help the construction industry fill a shortage of skilled craftsmen.
New homes are under construction in Las Vegas, and Phoenix is sharing in the hot market. Bubbles are inflating prices in the two cities even as housing in the rest of the country recovers at a more sustainable pace.
A rapid prototyping model of this woman’s face was produced by a 3-D printer at a June exhibition in Tokyo.
NEW YORK — Cotton futures that already are up more than any other commodity this year are headed for their highest price since February 2012, according to a technical analysis by FuturePath Trading LLC.
International Business Machines said it's requiring the majority of U.S. employees in its hardware unit to take a week off with reduced pay, cutting costs as demand slows for products such as servers.
In the past few weeks, the U.S. Senate races of 2014 have started to take shape.
NEW DELHI - India said 20 heavily-armed "terrorists" along with men dressed in Pakistan army uniforms killed five Indian soldiers along the border in the disputed region of Kashmir, in a blow to efforts to resume peace talks.
Millions of 18-year-olds are excited about heading to college this month - leaving home, making friends and taking courses that meet only a few hours a week. On the first day of classes, however, they may be startled to find that the professor who enters Calculus I or Intro to Philosophy is …
WILMINGTON, Del. - Scottsdale-based Rural/Metro Corp., a nationwide ambulance operator owned by Warburg Pincus, filed for bankruptcy, saying its plan to cut debt by about half and reorganize is supported by creditors.
Un trabajador en la planta ensambladora de Ford en Cuautitlán Izcalli, México. El país no dará el gran salto mientras siga importando todos los insumos, afirman.
For Medicare, this has been a summer of good and bad news. On one hand, the program's costs continue to rise remarkably slowly. So far this fiscal year, they have gone up by only 2.7 percent in nominal terms, the Congressional Budget Office reports.
NEW YORK - Breast-fed kids are smarter, according to a Harvard University study that found the longer babies are nursed, the greater their intelligence.
WASHINGTON - Supporters of the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan have been getting U.S. military contracts, and American officials are citing "due process rights" as a reason not to cancel the agreements, according to an independent agency monitoring spending.
BERLIN - Germany's air pollution is set to worsen for a second year, the first back-to-back increase since at least the 1980s, after Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to shut nuclear plants led utilities to burn more coal.
SAN FRANCISCO - Imagine being able to control your computer and manipulate on-screen objects not with a mouse, keyboard or even your voice, but with a wave of your hand.
NEWARK, N.J. - Four Russians and a Ukrainian were charged in what prosecutors called the largest hacking and data breach scheme in U.S. history.
WASHINGTON - In one week, John McCain brokered a compromise to avoid paralysis in the Senate over President Obama's nominees, introduced banking legislation with Democrat Elizabeth Warren and publicly disputed some Republicans' approach to raising the U.S. debt ceiling.
Phoenix-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. is cutting spending by $1.9 billion this year and next and started a process to sell some U.S. energy assets as the world's biggest publicly traded copper miner seeks to reduce its debt.
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner Tuesday signaled a clash with the White House and the Democratic-led Senate over raising the U.S. borrowing authority later this year.
Fresh crews streaming into restaurants from Red Robin Gourmet Burgers to Domino's Pizza lifted the number of leisure and hospitality jobs to a record 14.2 million in June, with hiring 80 percent stronger so far this year than in 2012.
Bailey Brewer, 28, is a writer with a graduate degree in journalism. She's been employed since the start of the year as a temporary office worker, unable to find a full-time job.
Bailey Brewer, 28, is a writer with a graduate degree in journalism. She’s been employed since the start of the year as a temporary office worker, unable to find a full-time job.
It's hard for a company that's improved a pilloried product to announce to the world, "Hey, we stink less than we used to." So, Apple, AT&T and Microsoft, I'm here to do it for you.
LOS ANGELES - Apple is reportedly developing ad-skipping technology that would let owners of its Apple TV set-top box and future television devices watch shows without commercials.
Young adults who remain obese for two decades or more double their risk of developing a marker of heart disease in middle age, a study found.
PANAMA CITY - Panamanian authorities seized a North Korean-flagged ship carrying undeclared military cargo from Cuba hidden in a shipment of sugar and have detained its crew while continuing to search the vessel.
Dennis Gastineau started giving blood regularly when he was in medical school in the 1970s. The $25 he received bought almost enough groceries for a week. Now, it just seems like the right thing to do.
FRANKFURT, Germany - For German customs officers, the smell of money is best captured by their four-legged friends.
Technology companies are paying out dividends at the fastest pace in more than a decade, boosting cash returns to appease investors dismayed by slowing growth.
WASHINGTON - The Republican-led House will delay consideration of immigration bills until this fall, diminishing the chances that President Obama will sign his top domestic priority into law by year's end.
WASHINGTON - A majority of U.S. registered voters consider Edward Snowden a whistle-blower, not a traitor, and a plurality says government anti-terrorism efforts have gone too far in restricting civil liberties, a poll released Tuesday shows.
SEOUL - North Korea agreed to hold talks today with South Korea on reopening a jointly run industrial zone, part of moves to repair ties that it severed earlier this year after conducting a nuclear test.
TOKYO — Ritsuhiko Tajima has about 100 CDs by his favorite artist, Japanese girl-group AKB48, many of them copies of the same disk. The attraction? The CDs often include tickets to events where he can briefly meet his idols.
WASHINGTON - Occupants of a car are protected by seat belts, airbags and dashboards devoid of sharp objects. A pedestrian's only defense generally is to get out of the way.
NEW YORK - The number of single-father households has grown ninefold over the last half-century, increasing at twice the pace of those led by single mothers, according to a study released Tuesday.
An employee works on the assembly line producing the Ford Fiesta at a plant in Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico, in 2010. Auto manufacturing is booming in Mexico, with Nissan, Mazda and Audi planning to open plants in the next few years.
MOSCOW - Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum in Russia, an official said Monday, as President Vladimir Putin warned the fugitive leaker to stop harming American interests if he wishes to remain.
Microsoft's long-anticipated Office Mobile app for Apple's iOS operating system turns out to be a total nonevent.
At boot camp, U.S. Army recruits receive four sets of camouflage fatigues, 100 percent American-made. For women, the clothing package from Uncle Sam is missing one layer: underwear. Neither gender gets sneakers.
Once on the cutting edge of consumer electronics, Sony lost its mojo years ago. But every so often, it still comes up with something that reminds you of what it was, and maybe could be again.
A Supreme Court ruling this week confirmed federal supremacy over U.S. voter-registration procedures, yet it didn't challenge the power of states to set the basic qualifications for being able to vote. Justice Antonin Scalia's majority opinion in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona wa…