Buffett on Keystone, rail safety and Coca-Cola

Warren Buffett, chairman of conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, said that the safe transport of oil is a major priority for the rail industry after a recent spate of accidents.  Video | Full Article 

Obama reaffirms commitment to Japan on tour of Asia allies 3:59am EDT

TOKYO - U.S. President Barack Obama assured ally Japan on Thursday that Washington was committed to its defense, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China, but denied he had drawn any new "red line" and urged peaceful dialogue over the islands.

Apple's iPad devices are displayed at its store in Tokyo January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Apple expands buybacks by $30 billion

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split.  Full Article | Video 

Central African Republic president Francois Bozize speaks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Bangui January 8, 2013. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

Russia, China block CAR blacklist at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS - Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the United States and France to impose U.N. sanctions on Central African Republic's former President Francois Bozize and two other people linked to the conflict there, diplomats told Reuters.  Full Article 

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 

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 

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 

A customer puffs on an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York City December 18, 2013.    REUTERS/Mike Segar

FDA to ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed measures that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to consumers younger than 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or TV advertising, likely disappointing some public health advocates.  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