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U.S. pledges aid increase to Jordan, hints at developments in Middle East peace process

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson came to Jordan on Wednesday with the promise of a fattened aid package, engaging in a gilt-edged charm offensive designed to assuage tensions with Amman over moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as well cuts in aid to the Palestinians. It was Tillerson’s...
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U.S. is separating immigrant parents and children to discourage others, activists say
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0100
Thousands of parents who crossed illegally into the U.S. in recent years have been held with their children at immigration detention centers. But the case of a Brazilian woman and her son illustrates what migrant advocates call a harsher approach to immigration...
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Peanut allergy treatment succeeds in study
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:30:00 +0100
The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A California company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut flour helped children tolerate the nuts in a major study. Millions of children have peanut...
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Soccer has forged a bond for these Cathedral High players
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:15:00 +0100
Dylan Robinson is a 6-foot-4 African American. Alejandro Lugo is 5-foot-7 and Latino. The juniors are inseparable at L.A. Cathedral, brought together by their love of soccer. Seeing them walk side by side offers a powerful example of how sports can help...
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Grocery operator Albertsons is buying the Rite Aid drugstore chain
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:00:00 +0100
Grocery operator Albertsons Cos. plans to buy drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp. — a move it announced Tuesday as major retailers continue to bulk up and diversify in the face of shifting consumer shopping trends and stiff competition from retail giants...
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Police suspect Netanyahu associate of trying to bribe judge
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:50:00 +0100
Israel was rocked Tuesday by a new revelation in the cascading series of corruption investigations related to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The latest twist is the Israeli police accusation that former Netanyahu communications director Nir Hefetz,...
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The U.S. healthcare system needs more skills for paying bills, study shows
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:45:00 +0100
Healthcare in the United States is really expensive, and one of the reasons is that managing healthcare bills is really, really expensive. Just how expensive? At one large academic medical center, the cost of collecting payments for a single primary-care...
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Technology stocks rally, offsetting Walmart's plunge
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:25:00 +0100
U.S. stock indexes moved mostly higher Tuesday as investors sized up earnings from several big companies. Disappointing results sent Walmart into a steep slide, pulling down shares in other major retailers and cutting into gains from a rally in technology...
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Dodgers pitcher Wilmer Font to start Cactus League opener
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:20:00 +0100
Dodgers pitcher Wilmer Font will start the Cactus League opener against the White Sox on Friday at Camelback Ranch. Manager Dave Roberts expects Font to go two innings. Ross Stripling will start one of the two games in Saturday’s split-squad doubleheader...
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Donald Trump Jr. comes to India to hawk apartments, and quickly edges into politics
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:10:00 +0100
Landing in New Delhi on Tuesday to begin what was billed as an unofficial tour to promote his family’s real estate interests in India, Donald Trump Jr. wasted little time before skirting into international politics. Some of Trump Jr.’s first statements...
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Inflation-stricken Venezuela launches a digital currency, the petro
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:45:00 +0100
Venezuela on Tuesday is becoming the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, a move it hopes will provide a much-needed boost to its credit-stricken economy. Officials say the so-called petro is backed by Venezuela's crude oil reserves, the...
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Qualcomm raises its bid for NXP to $43 billion; Broadcom slams the move
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:20:00 +0100
Qualcomm Inc. has raised its offer to acquire Dutch automotive chip-maker NXP Semiconductors to $43 billion, which may help the San Diego company’s case for remaining independent ahead of its hostile-takeover showdown with rival Broadcom Ltd. Qualcomm...
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Supreme Court leaves in place California's 10-day wait for gun buyers, rejects 2nd Amendment challenge
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:10:00 +0100
The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a 2nd Amendment challenge to California’s mandatory 10-day waiting period for new gun purchases. With only Justice Clarence Thomas in dissent, the justices let stand a ruling of the 9th Circuit Court that called...
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Fergie on her unusual NBA All-Star Game national anthem: I 'tried my best'
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:50:00 +0100
Fergie is apologizing after trying something different with the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game. “I've always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem, and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” she said in...
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Stocks are mostly lower as markets reopen after holiday weekend
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:30:00 +0100
U.S. stocks were mostly lower in the early going Tuesday as trading reopened after a long holiday weekend. Disappointing earnings from Walmart weighed on the market, which was coming off a six-day winning streak. Losses in consumer-focused stocks and...
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Qualcomm raises its bid for NXP to $43 billion as it tries to fend off Broadcom
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:20:00 +0100
Qualcomm Inc. has raised its offer to acquire Dutch automotive chip-maker NXP Semiconductors to $43 billion, which may help the San Diego company’s case for remaining independent ahead of its hostile-takeover showdown with rival Broadcom. Qualcomm announced...
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