A worker handles items for delivery at Amazon's new distribution center in Brieselang, near Berlin November 28, 2013. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

Amazon's revenue increases

SAN FRANCISCO - Amazon.com revenue grew more than expected for the first quarter, offset by a sharp increase in spending on technology, content and new warehouses as the e-commerce giant branches into new businesses.  Full Article 

Obama wraps up Japan visit but no trade deal 1:03am EDT

TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama wrapped up a state visit to Japan on Friday during which he assured America's ally that Washington would come to its defense, but failed to clinch a trade deal key his "pivot" to Asia and to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reforms. | Video

A Ukrainian security force officer is deployed at a checkpoint set on fire and left by pro-Russian separatists near Slaviansk April 24, 2014.   REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Russia starts drill near Ukraine border

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border, raising fears its troops would invade.  Full Article | Video 

An Apple computer is shown on Google's company campus in Mountain View, California February 9, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Apple, Google pay to settle conspiracy lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO - Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to pay a total of $324 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to hold down salaries in Silicon Valley, sources said.  Full Article 

A bottle of Coca-Cola is shown in this photo illustration in Encinitas, California October 10, 2013. The Coca-Cola Company will report  3rd quarter earnings October 15.    REUTERS/Mike Blake  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)

Coke takes fizz out of shareholder spring

Just when it seemed investors were finally breaking through entrenched boards’ barricades, the owners of Coca-Cola turned to jelly, led shockingly by Warren Buffett.  Commentary 

Bottles of Ermenegildo Zegna Hatian Vetiver is pictured on display at a high end retail store in New York April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Perfumers promote Haiti's 'super-crop'

LES CAYES, Haiti - The vetiver plant is a little-known Haitian agricultural treasure, producing one of the most prized essential oils for high-end perfumes. The perfume industry is seeking to do better by the people whose toil make the distillation possible.  Full Article 

Cars are seen in the water as a span of highway bridge sits in the Skagit River May 24, 2013 after collapsing near the town of Mt Vernon, Washington late Thursday.   REUTERS/Cliff DesPeaux

One in ten U.S. bridges in urgent need of repair

WASHINGTON - More than 63,000 bridges across the United States are in urgent need of repair, with most of the aging, structurally compromised structures part of the interstate highway system, an analysis of federal data found.  Full Article 

Anatole Kaletsky

Abe’s disturbing lack of focus

Why has Abe decided to risk pushing Japan back into stagnation by continuously tightening fiscal policy?  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 

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