The Wall Street Journal: California approves farmers? plan to cut water use
California officials agreed to let a group of farmers voluntarily cut their water consumption by 25% in return for not pressing for mandated cuts, in a deal that could ease pressure on supplies amid a historic drought.
Gunfight in western Mexico kills at least 42: officials
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - At least 42 people were killed on Friday in western Mexico in a gunfight between suspected gang members and security forces, two government officials said, the latest bloodshed in an area that has been plagued by violent drug gangs.
China says U.S. South China Sea actions 'irresponsible, dangerous'
BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China said on Friday it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. spy plane flew over part of the South China Sea this week near where China is building artificial islands, and called on the United States to stop such action or risk causing an accident.
Clinton emails show concern about image after Benghazi
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday showed.
Magnitude 5.3 quake hits Nevada, close to Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck Nevada on Friday close to the small town of Caliente, northeast of the tourist hub of Las Vegas, and was followed by a series of smaller aftershocks, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, Islamic State claims attack
DUBAI (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants.
Moscow issues travel warning over U.S. 'hunt' for Russians
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry has warned its citizens traveling abroad of the risks posed by U.S. law enforcement bodies and special services, which it said were hunting for Russians around the world.
Clarabridge, a Reston-based technology company that analyzes customer feedback for companies such as Verizon, Marriott, Choice Hotels and PetSmart, has acquired a Belgian firm called Engagor for an undisclosed amount.Read full article >>
You won?t believe what some federal agencies are paying for cell service
Government agencies: They're just like us!Like us, they have to choose from the same handful of wireless carriers. Like us, they pay for voice, text and data. Like us, many of them pay steep prices for service.Read full article >>
Wonkblog: Fed chair affirms plans for rate hike this year
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday reaffirmed the central bank?s plans to raise interest rates this year despite new concerns that the nation?s economic recovery may be slowing down.In a speech in Rhode Island, Yellen dismissed disappointing data from earlier this year. Government figures showed growth came to a halt during the first quarter, and many private economists believe the revised numbers will show the economy actually contracted. Data for the second quarter suggests any rebound will be modest.Read full article >>
Wonkblog: France is making it illegal for supermarkets to throw away edible food
Leave it to France to lead the way again in the food world.In an effort to curb food waste, which accounts for roughly one-third of all food produced worldwide, France is making it illegal for supermarkets to throw away any food that is considered edible. The European country's parliament voted unanimously for the new law, which will force grocers to either donate the food to charity or make sure that it is used as animal feed.Read full article >>
Main Street Morning: Multi-national banks admit to currency manipulation
Welcome to Main Street Morning, The Washington Post?s daily collection of news affecting entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses with a special focus on policy and government.Here?s what?s affecting my small business my clients and other entrepreneurs today.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.