The Margin: Luxury hack: Get your own gold Apple Watch for less than $400
The notion of painting your watch gold and pretending to be the type that can actually afford such a luxury sounds almost as ridiculous as wearing a watch you have to charge every day in the first place.
A meeting between a gay hotel owner and Sen. Ted Cruz has created shockwaves on both right and left, igniting a firestorm of charges of ?extremism,? fascism? and ?totalitarianism? among gays and religious-minded conservatives.
Nepal scrambles to organize quake relief, many flee capital
KATHMANDU, Nepal (Reuters) - Nepalese officials scrambled on Monday to get aid from the main airport to people left homeless and hungry by a devastating earthquake two days earlier, while thousands tired of waiting fled the capital Kathmandu for the surrounding plains.
Boston bomber's lawyer urges 'unrelenting punishment' over death
BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was adrift and following his obsessive older brother when he carried out the deadly 2013 attack, a defense lawyer said on Monday as he urged a jury to spare his client's life.
Greece moves to sideline Varoufakis after reform talks fiasco
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday reshuffled his team handling talks with European and IMF lenders, a move widely seen as an effort to relegate embattled Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis to a less active role in negotiations.
Mourners line up for Baltimore man who died in police custody
BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Mourners lined up on Monday before the funeral of a Baltimore black man who died in police custody, a death that has led to protests in the latest outcry over U.S. law enforcement's treatment of minorities.
Saudis pound arms depots in Yemen as bread, medicine run short
ADEN (Reuters) - Saudi-led aircraft pounded Iran-allied Houthi militiamen and rebel army units in central Yemen and the capital Sanaa on Monday despite a formal end to the air strikes, residents said, and a humanitarian crisis worsened as both sides blocked aid.
U.S., Japan unveil new defense guidelines for global Japanese role
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Japan and the United States unveiled new guidelines for defense cooperation on Monday, reflecting Japan's willingness to take on a more robust international role at a time of growing Chinese power and rising concerns about nuclear-armed North Korea.
Energy Secretary Moniz emerges as Obama?s secret weapon in Iran talks
The Energy secretary?s job title has always been a bit of a misnomer. Nearly two-thirds of the department?s budget has nothing at all to do with energy. Instead, it is devoted to taking care of the nation?s nuclear weapons stockpile ? and cleaning up radioactive waste from old weapons development sites. Read full article >>
Wonkblog: The disturbing differences in what men want in their wives?and their daughters
When asked what qualities they want in in a wife, American heterosexual men said they value "attractive" and ?sweet? women, a national survey recently found. Only 34 percent, however, said they wanted a romantic partner who is "independent."Read full article >>
Wonkblog: School drug tests: Costly, ineffective, and more common than you think
Twenty-thousand dollars could do a lot for a typical cash-strapped school district. You could renovate a classroom, or hire a part-time teacher's aide, or buy some computers or a whole bunch of text books.Read full article >>
On Leadership: What makes some federal agencies better than others at innovation
Given the complexity and difficulty of the challenges that government leaders face, encouraging innovation among their workers can pay dividends. Government-wide employee survey data, however, suggest that much more needs to be done to foster this type of culture at many federal organizations.Read full article >>
An example of how shopping could work on the Apple Watch
The Apple Watch is widely viewed as Apple's first foray into the luxury market: It carries a price tag of up to $17,000 and is being sold at upscale boutiques and department stores such as Colette in Paris and Maxfield in Los Angeles.Read full article >>
Wonkblog: The entire history of the world, in 1 chart
The 5-foot-long chart below has an ambitious goal: To record 4,000 years of history in a single graphic.Drawn by John B. Sparks of Rand McNally and Company in 1931, the chart traces world history from the Egyptian Empire through the Assyrians, Persians, Romans and Huns through the early 20th Century. It?s clearly a Eurocentric and dated view of the world?s history: The colors represent different racial groupings, as they were perceived in the 1930s ? ?Mediterranean People,? ?Alpine People,? and ?Mongolian People.?Read full article >>
BANGKOK -- Most Asian markets took cues from Wall Street on Thursday and edged higher despite serious challenges to the global economy, including Japan's struggle to contain an earthquake-spawned nuclear crisis, Portugal's unresolved financial problems and uprisings in the Middle East.
TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp., the world's biggest automaker, said Thursday it expects to halt production at some of its factories in North America due to shortages of parts from Japan following a devastating earthquake.
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration has significantly improved its safety oversight of for-hire aircraft companies but hasn't followed through on recommendations regarding air tours and illegal operators, a government watchdog said Wednesday.
Asia stocks mixed amid uncertainty in Japan, Libya
BANGKOK -- Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday following a retreat on Wall Street as the staggering toll exacted by Japan's worst-ever earthquake came into sharper focus and uncertainties grew about the outcome of Western military action against Libya.