Comic-Con on the Couch: This Year It’s Online and Free

By |2020-07-22T16:27:31+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

When Jamie Bressler began attending Comic-Con, she took extreme measures to see her favorite movie and TV stars, such as sleeping outside the San Diego Convention Center to catch the cast of the sci-fi series, “Firefly.” “I got some advice that I should pick one thing each day that I really want to see and…

Small Businesses Brace for Prolonged Crisis, Short on Cash and Customers

By |2020-07-22T16:27:30+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Chris Mittelstaedt successfully navigated his San Francisco Bay Area fruit and snack delivery business through the dot-com bust, the 2008 financial crisis and the first few months of the economic ravages of the coronavirus pandemic. But, along with many of America’s small-business owners, his hopes for a quick economic recovery have been dashed. Surging Covid-19…

U.S. Existing-Home Sales Rose 20.7% in June

By |2020-07-22T14:26:49+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

The housing market came roaring back in June, as low mortgage rates and increased economic activity helped push sales of previously owned homes up 20.7% from the prior month. Demand was strong from apartment renters seeking more space, young families moving to the suburbs and wealthy city dwellers looking for second homes, brokers and economists…

Merkel Lobbied for Wirecard Despite German Probe

By |2020-07-22T14:26:48+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel promoted Wirecard AG to Chinese officials last fall, even though her top aides were aware of probes into possible irregularities at the now insolvent German company, government officials said Wednesday, in the latest sign of the scandal spilling over into German politics. Ms. Merkel brought up Wirecard’s plans to acquire Beijing-based…

Pfizer, BioNTech Get $1.95 Billion Covid-19 Vaccine Order From U.S. Government

By |2020-07-22T12:27:37+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE said Wednesday they have signed a $1.95 billion agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Defense Department to secure hundreds of millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine which Americans would receive for free. Under the agreement, the U.S. government would receive 100 million doses…

Fake Businesses Are Fooling Real Banks Into Processing Online Drug Purchases

By |2020-07-22T12:27:36+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

One website advertised dog products. Another advertised flowers; another, home decorations. All of them were really fronts to process payments for marijuana or designer drugs, prosecutors said. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission have recently brought a string of criminal and civil cases accusing individuals and companies of using legitimate-looking websites to deceive…

U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 142,000

By |2020-07-22T09:27:45+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 142,000, as hospitals in some parts of the country where the virus is spreading rapidly face increasing numbers of patients. Total coronavirus cases in the U.S. climbed past 3.9 million, while daily cases rose by more than 64,000 Tuesday, slightly higher than the previous day’s tally,…

China: U.S. Ordered Us to Close Our Houston Consulate

By |2020-07-22T09:27:44+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

HONG KONG—The U.S. ordered the abrupt closure of China’s consulate in Houston, a dramatic escalation in bilateral tensions that Beijing condemned as outrageous and unprecedented. Washington’s demand, issued Tuesday, marked “a political provocation unilaterally launched by the U.S.,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Wednesday at a routine briefing in Beijing. “China urges the…

Twitter Bans QAnon Accounts, Citing Risk of Offline Harm

By |2020-07-22T04:28:09+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Twitter Inc. said it would step up enforcement against followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory, becoming the first major platform to take aggressive action to limit the spread of a discredited movement that has festered online for years. A Twitter spokesperson said the company has banned more than 7,000 QAnon-related accounts in recent weeks, limited…

Zoom Reconnects Family and Friends in the Coronavirus Pandemic—but Will It Last?

By |2020-07-22T02:26:42+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

The Covid-19 pandemic has deepened the bonds of many families and friends in unexpected ways. Sisters who haven’t seen each other for years now connect every other week in Zoom calls. Parents notice a tenderness in concerned adult children and wonder whether they should move closer to them. An uncle gets to know the grown…

Comet NEOWISE as Seen Around the World

By |2020-07-22T02:26:41+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Comet NEOWISE, on its way to the deep freeze beyond the planets, makes its closest approach to Earth this week, appearing as a large shooting star in the early evening sky near the constellation of the Big Dipper. Officially known as Comet C/2020 F3, it is the brightest to be seen in the Northern Hemisphere…

Comet NEOWISE as Seen Around The World

By |2020-07-21T23:30:20+00:00July 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Comet NEOWISE, on its way to the deep freeze beyond the planets, makes its closest approach to Earth this week, appearing as a large shooting star in the early evening sky near the constellation of the Big Dipper. Officially known as Comet C/2020 F3, it is the brightest to be seen in the Northern Hemisphere…

How Angela Merkel’s Change of Heart Drove Historic EU Rescue Plan

By |2020-07-21T23:30:19+00:00July 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

French President Emmanuel Macron, with French flag on mask, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Brussels on Monday. john thys/PRESS POOL The German chancellor pushed through the European Union’s agreement to offer €750 billion to help members counter coronavirus’s economic devastation French President Emmanuel Macron, with French flag on mask, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel…

Federal Agents Headed to Chicago, Elsewhere in Attempt to Reduce Violent Crime

By |2020-07-21T20:29:12+00:00July 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

The Trump administration plans to send federal law enforcement to Chicago as part of an effort to crack down on gun crime, as leaders in several Democratic-controlled cities worried about the presence of federal agents on their streets following confrontations with demonstrators in Portland, Ore. Law-enforcement officials familiar with the plan said more than 100…

Trump Fed Nominees Shelton, Waller Confirmed by Senate Committee

By |2020-07-21T20:29:11+00:00July 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

WASHINGTON—A controversial Trump administration nominee for the Federal Reserve’s policy making board cleared a major hurdle in her path to confirmation Tuesday after a Senate panel voted to support the choice. The candidacy of Judy Shelton, an economic adviser to Mr. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, for the Fed’s Board of Governors was approved by the…

Trump Moves to Bar People Who Are in U.S. Illegally From Being Counted in Congressional Apportionment

By |2020-07-21T18:27:05+00:00July 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

WASHINGTON—President Trump signed a memo Tuesday meant to exclude immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally from being taken into account when the government divides up congressional seats, a move that civil-rights groups swiftly vowed to challenge in court. The census, which the Constitution requires to be conducted nationwide every 10 years, counts every person…

U.S. Accuses Two Hackers of Stealing Secrets From U.S. Firms for China

By |2020-07-21T16:28:05+00:00July 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

The U.S. government has accused two individuals of conspiring with Chinese intelligence to steal secrets from more than a dozen companies in the defense, health care, and other industries, according to a federal indictment released on Tuesday. The two accused hackers also probed the cyber defenses of at least four American companies working on coronavirus…

How Online School Will Be Better This Fall—But Still a Burden on Parents

By |2020-07-21T14:28:32+00:00July 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Parents are starting to get emails about the fall school agenda, and for many, there’s going to be at least some remote instruction. So are we in for a repeat of last spring, when school districts had little time to prepare for the shift to online education, and parents were largely left to teach the…

As National Parks Reopen, Nearby Businesses Play It Safe

By |2020-07-21T14:28:31+00:00July 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

MARIPOSA, Calif.—When Yosemite National Park finally reopened in June after a nearly three-month closure because of the coronavirus pandemic, Bryan Imrie was both relieved and nervous. The 49-year-old, who co-owns an attraction that features a zip line and horseback rides, wanted to start making money again from his family’s business that draws tourists visiting the…

U.S. and China to Launch Mars Missions, Vying for Space Supremacy

By |2020-07-21T12:27:58+00:00July 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

SHANGHAI—The rivalry between the U.S. and China assumes cosmic proportions this month, as both countries prepare to send spacecraft to Mars within days of each other. The head-to-head Mars missions are the latest sign that China is ready to challenge the U.S. in space exploration, in recent decades an American preserve. China’s first mission...

LinkedIn to Lay Off About 6% of Its Workforce

By |2020-07-21T12:27:57+00:00July 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

LinkedIn will cut about 960 jobs, or around 6% of its workforce, as the Microsoft-owned professional networking site grapples with falling demand for its recruitment services due to the Covid-19 pandemic. LinkedIn Chief Executive Ryan Roslansky said the job cuts will be made across the company’s global sales and talent acquisition teams. The coronavirus has…

LinkedIn to Lay Off About 6% of Its Workforce

By |2020-07-21T10:28:45+00:00July 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

LinkedIn will lay off about 960 workers, or around 6% of its workforce, as the Microsoft Corp.-owned professional networking site grapples with falling demand for recruitment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The job cuts will be made across the company’s global sales and talent acquisition organizations, LinkedIn Chief Executive Ryan Roslansky said in a note…

How Deadly Is Covid-19? Researchers Are Getting Closer to an Answer

By |2020-07-21T10:28:44+00:00July 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Six months into the pandemic, researchers are homing in on an answer to one of the basic questions about the virus: How deadly is it? Researchers, initially analyzing data from outbreaks on cruise ships and more recently from surveys of thousands of people in virus hot spots, have now conducted dozens of studies to calculate…

Majority of Voters Say U.S. Society Is Racist as Support Grows for Black Lives Matter

By |2020-07-21T06:28:42+00:00July 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Voters in growing numbers believe that Black and Hispanic Americans are discriminated against, and a majority of 56% holds the view that American society is racist, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. The poll finds that Americans of all races and age groups share significant concerns about discrimination nearly two months after George…

St. Louis Couple Who Pointed Guns at Protesters Charged With Gun Crimes

By |2020-07-21T01:28:46+00:00July 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

A white St. Louis couple who pointed a semiautomatic pistol and a semiautomatic rifle at a group of Black Lives Matter protesters as they passed in front of their mansion last month are facing felony charges, despite a vow from Missouri’s governor that he would pardon them if they were convicted of any crime. Mark…

IBM Earnings Falter as Coronavirus Accelerates Turnaround Push

By |2020-07-20T21:26:58+00:00July 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

International Business Machines Corp.’s earnings declined in the second quarter against the backdrop of a pandemic that has roiled many of its corporate customers. Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM had been searching for growth under new Chief Executive Arvind Krishna after several years of mostly declining revenue under his predecessor, Ginni Rometty. Cloud computing and artificial intelligence…

Coronavirus Rewrites the Disney Playbook

By |2020-07-20T18:28:34+00:00July 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

July was supposed to be the month when the Walt Disney Co. would stop sheltering in place and start operating in a post-Covid-19 world. But for the company that just months ago was the envy of Hollywood, few things are going according to plan. Theaters that were supposed to reopen this past weekend are staying…

U.K. Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong

By |2020-07-20T16:27:02+00:00July 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

LONDON—The British government suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in response to Beijing’s decision to impose a new security law on the former British colony, the latest sign of deteriorating diplomatic relations between Western nations and China. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Parliament on Monday that the extradition treaty would be suspended indefinitely…

Trump Hunts for Hidden Voters—but Biden Does, Too

By |2020-07-20T16:27:01+00:00July 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Is there a hidden Trump vote? The good news for President Trump is this: There just might be. The bad news for the president: The universe of potential hidden supporters is heavily populated with the kinds of people who happen to be more comfortable with Joe Biden than they were with Hillary Clinton four years ago.…

Oxford University, AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine Front-Runner Shows Promise in Trials

By |2020-07-20T14:26:49+00:00July 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

LONDON—A leading coronavirus-vaccine candidate being developed by University of Oxford researchers and AstraZeneca PLC showed positive results in early trials, according to results published Monday, raising the prospect that a shot could be available by the end of this year. A study of 1,077 healthy adults who received the vaccine showed it produced two kinds…

Scientists Work to Produce Covid-19 Treatments Under New Conditions

By |2020-07-20T14:26:48+00:00July 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Now Playing 7/20/2020 8:00AM      It’s far from business as usual at the Indianapolis headquarters of Eli Lilly, with only a sixth of the pharma company’s employees working on-site to develop potential Covid-19 treatments. WSJ’s Peter Loftus takes us inside. Photo: Eli Lilly Up Next Editor Picks Shelf 3:02 Scientists Work to Produce Covid-19 Treatments Under…

Scientists Work to Produce Covid-19 Treatments Under New Conditions

By |2020-07-20T12:27:09+00:00July 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Now Playing 7/20/2020 8:00AM      It’s far from business as usual at the Indianapolis headquarters of Eli Lilly, with only a sixth of the pharma company’s employees working on-site to develop potential Covid-19 treatments. WSJ’s Peter Loftus takes us inside. Photo: Eli Lilly Up Next Editor Picks Shelf 3:02 Scientists Work to Produce Covid-19 Treatments Under…

China Snuffs Out One Covid-19 Cluster, Wages War on Another

By |2020-07-20T12:27:08+00:00July 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

HONG KONG—China says it has ended a coronavirus outbreak in Beijing that it has been battling since mid-June, even as it deployed its so-called “wartime mode” measures to a new cluster in the country’s remote northwest. The Chinese capital marked 14 days with no new locally transmitted cases on Monday, signaling the end of an…

Chevron Nears $5 Billion Takeover of Noble Energy

By |2020-07-20T10:26:57+00:00July 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Chevron Corp. is close to a deal to buy Noble Energy Inc. for about $5 billion, in what would be the largest oil-patch tie-up since the coronavirus pandemic delivered a shock to the industry. The all-stock takeover values Noble at $10.38 a share or 0.1191 Chevron share, according to a person familiar with the matter.…

Investors Bet Europe’s Recovery Will Have Green Tint

By |2020-07-20T10:26:56+00:00July 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Europe’s plan to kick-start its economy while shrinking its carbon footprint is throwing up new opportunities for investors. Shares in renewable-energy companies and insulation providers have advanced this year, in contrast to the plunge in oil-and-gas companies’ stocks and a retreat in the broader market. Investors are betting these firms will benefit from the European…

EBay Nears Deal to Sell Classified-Ads Unit to Adevinta

By |2020-07-20T06:27:42+00:00July 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

EBay Inc. is in advanced talks to sell its classified-ads business to Norway’s Adevinta ASA, according to people familiar with the matter, as the online auction pioneer seeks to refocus on its core marketplace business. A cash-and-stock deal could be announced as soon as Monday assuming the talks don’t fall apart, the people said. The…

EU Leaders Remain Deadlocked on Coronavirus Recovery Plan

By |2020-07-20T00:27:15+00:00July 20th, 2020|Uncategorized|

BRUSSELS—Negotiations among the European Union’s 27 leaders for recovery plans worth €1.8 trillion ($2.06 trillion) were deadlocked late Sunday, leading to tense exchanges and fears of a breakdown. After three days of talks to agree a proposed spending package to lift Europe’s economy out of a coronavirus-sparked slump, EU leaders were still divided over the…

Winning Streak of Big Cities Fades With 2020 Crises

By |2020-07-19T20:26:50+00:00July 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

During the past quarter-century, many American cities flourished as crime tumbled and educated young workers moved to revitalized downtowns, changing the economic and political landscape of the nation. Three major shocks now threaten to upend that urban renaissance: The coronavirus is preying on densely packed places; anger over policing is producing social unrest reminiscent of…

Hong Kong Teachers Fired and Afraid as China Targets Liberal Thinkers

By |2020-07-19T18:26:54+00:00July 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

HONG KONG—Hong Kong teachers who backed antigovernment protests—by taking to the streets or supporting the demonstrators on social media—are being reprimanded and, in some cases, fired as China’s Communist Party moves to stamp out dissent. Many observers say they fear the city’s tradition of liberal education and critical thinking will be supplanted by Chinese-style pro-government…

New Mexico’s Governor, a Possible Biden Running Mate, Stands Firm on Coronavirus Restrictions

By |2020-07-19T18:26:53+00:00July 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf took a sip of water after a 2019 meeting with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and found his bottle full of salt. While he was out of the room, she had poured in, he estimated, about 17 packets’ worth. Known among some for her practical jokes, Ms. Lujan Grisham says…

New Mexico’s Governor, a Possible Biden Running Mate, Stands Firm on Coronavirus Restrictions

By |2020-07-19T16:27:27+00:00July 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf took a sip of water after a 2019 meeting with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and found his bottle full of salt. While he was out of the room, she had poured in, he estimated, about 17 packets’ worth. Known among some for her practical jokes, Ms. Lujan Grisham says…

With Budgets Under Pressure, Colleges Cut Country-Club Staples Like Golf and Tennis

By |2020-07-19T16:27:26+00:00July 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Colleges eager to cut costs amid a financial crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic have settled on an easy target: low-profile sports that don’t draw many spectators, attract a disproportionate number of white or foreign athletes and are relatively pricey to operate. Schools ranging from highly selective private institutions like Stanford University to public…

Schools Ask Athletes to Accept Health Risks Amid the Pandemic

By |2020-07-19T14:27:08+00:00July 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

As the power brokers of college football frantically maneuver to save the 2020 season, some are asking a very big favor from their athletes: accept the risk of playing during the coronavirus pandemic. A number of schools have required or encouraged athletes to sign forms acknowledging the health risks of playing during the pandemic, and…

Some Companies Got Both Government Contracts and PPP Loans

By |2020-07-19T14:27:07+00:00July 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

WASHINGTON—Some government contractors took out loans from the Paycheck Protection Program even as they were paid for government work during the pandemic, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows. The forgivable loans were a lifeline for thousands of hard-hit businesses whose revenue evaporated this spring. Many contractors also judged themselves eligible even though they were working…

Twitter Hack Revives Concerns Over Its Data Security

By |2020-07-19T12:26:52+00:00July 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The hack last week that exposed Twitter Inc.’s longstanding security issues started with a process familiar to almost every internet user: the password reset. In part by manipulating Twitter employees via a technique known as social engineering, hackers were able to change the passwords on 45 accounts without the owners being aware, according to the…

Auto Makers Charge Ahead With Electric-Vehicle Plans

By |2020-07-19T12:26:51+00:00July 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Pressure is building on General Motors Co., Volkswagen AG and other major auto makers to deliver on their electric-vehicle plans, as investor enthusiasm for the technology has grown in recent months. Despite some coronavirus-related setbacks, car companies in the coming months are expected to unleash a wave of new plug-in models in an effort...

U.S. Companies Lose Hope for Quick Rebound From Covid-19

By |2020-07-19T10:27:31+00:00July 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Big U.S. companies are deciding March and April moves won’t cut it. The fierce resurgence of Covid-19 cases and related business shutdowns are dashing hopes of a quick recovery, prompting businesses from airlines to restaurant chains to again shift their strategies and staffing or ramp up previous plans to do so. They are turning furloughs…

‘A Powerful Force’: Tesla’s Momentum Leads Stock-Market Surge

By |2020-07-19T10:27:30+00:00July 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Eric Perkins believes Tesla Inc. shares have climbed too quickly, to heights the company’s earnings can’t sustain. He’s still not selling. A 44-year-old living outside San Diego, Mr. Perkins says he normally would sell to lock in a profit when a stock quadruples in four months. But after missing past Tesla rallies, he is determined…

Canada Bars Blue Jays From Playing Home Games in Toronto

By |2020-07-19T00:27:37+00:00July 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Canada won’t allow the Blue Jays to play Major League Baseball games in Toronto this season, citing the risk posed by team players and staff traveling to parts of the U.S. where the risk of Covid-19 transmission is elevated. The country’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, issued the ruling Saturday, just five days before the start…

Canada Bars Blue Jays From Playing Home Games in Toronto

By |2020-07-18T21:28:26+00:00July 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Canada won’t allow the Blue Jays to play Major League Baseball games in Toronto this season, citing the risk posed by team players and staff traveling to parts of the U.S. where the risk of Covid-19 transmission is elevated. The country’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino, issued the ruling Saturday, just five days before the start…

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