Customers and visitors use computers at the Apple Store in Boston, Massachusetts July 19, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Apple cranks up buybacks

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple addresses calls to share more of its cash hoard while broadening the stock's appeal to individual investors.  Full Article 

Tech sector brightens as Apple jumps 8 percent 7:53pm EDT

SYDNEY - Asian markets could get a lift on Thursday after tech heavyweights Apple and Facebook beat Wall Street expectations, sending their stock up sharply and boosting Nasdaq futures. | Video

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in a photo illustration in Paris April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Mal Langsdon

Healthcare sector vulnerable to hackers: FBI

BOSTON - Health data is valuable to hackers on the black market because it tends to contain details that can be used to access bank accounts or obtain prescription drugs.  Full Article 

Attorney Bryan Mick, whose law firm Mick & Associates provides due diligence reports, poses at his office in Omaha, Nebraska January 13, 2014. REUTERS/ Lane Hickenbottom

In private deals, who's watching the watchdogs?

OMAHA, Nebraska - Private placements often get only the most cursory oversight by so-called due-diligence law firms. In fact, they aren't covered by any regulatory regime that would require them to report suspicious activity.  Full Article 

Construction is seen at the site of the World Trade Center in New York October 24, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

'Bridgegate' threatens next WTC tower

NEW YORK - The "Bridgegate" scandal that rocked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration earlier this year is threatening a deal that would allow developer Larry Silverstein to finish building the next World Trade Center skyscraper.  Full Article 

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the State Council at the Kremlin in Moscow, April 21, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Putin learns what U.S. didn't

In his occupation of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Putin appears to have learned the lessons of both the U.S. in Vietnam and the Soviets in Afghanistan.  Commentary 

This artist's conception shows an asteroid crashing into Earth in an event that scientists believe occurred in the Caribbean region at the boundary of the Cretaceous and Tertiary periods in Earth's geologic history about 65 million years ago causing the extinction of dinosaurs. REUTERS (NASA Handout)

Risk of asteroid hitting Earth higher than thought

A group of space explorers say the chance of a city-obliterating asteroid striking Earth is higher than scientists had previously believed.  Video | Full Article 

Reihan Salam

The Cliven Bundy in us all

Before we judge Cliven Bundy too harshly, we ought to first consider our own sense of entitlement.  Commentary 

Nicholas Wapshott

Yellen shows her hand

Yellen understands that to effect a true recovery, the economy must first find jobs for all Americans.  Commentary 

Anatole Kaletsky

Time to stop following defunct economic policies

Only in economic forecasts -- not in the real world -- is it true that any policies the central bank chooses to follow lead automatically to full employment.  Commentary 

Edward Hadas

Don’t bother with share-based pay

Coca-Cola’s controversial share award scheme takes a bad idea to a foolish extreme.  Commentary 

Steven Brill

Obama and his Cabinet

Has 'aloof' become not just a shorthand description of Obama's personality, but also something that explains the shortcomings of his administration?   Commentary