Robots or Job Training: Manufacturers Grapple With How to Improve Their Economic Fortunes
With unemployment low and wages creeping up, companies have an incentive to become more efficient — an exercise that tends to drive economic progress.
Read More… Pentagon May Cut Commando Forces in Africa in Major Military Review
The Pentagon has ordered its Special Operations Command to abandon lower-priority missions and focus more on rising threats from Russia and China.
Read More… The American Past: A History of Contradictions
Jill Lepore’s “These Truths” shows both the successes and failures that have made the country what it is today.
Read More… Science Fiction Into Reality: Nobel Prize Honors Laser Work
Scientists from the United States, Canada and France won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for revolutionizing the use of lasers in research, finding ways to make them deliver more powerful flashes of light and even to act like tiny tweezers.
Read More… At Kopitiam, Malaysian Food Powers Through Some Growing Pains
In its new, larger space, Kyo Pang’s homage to the cuisine of Malaysian coffee parlors is still compelling, even when there’s no coffee.
Read More… Guatemalan Leader Bars Re-entry of Corruption Prosecutor
The move by President Jimmy Morales puts him in direct conflict with Guatemala’s highest court and pushes the country toward a constitutional crisis.
Read More… How West Virginia Is Trying to Build Hacker-Proof Voting
Ahead of the primary election Tuesday, the state embraced cybersecurity with an enthusiasm greater than many other states.
Read More… Hotel Workers Fret Over a New Rival: Alexa at the Front Desk
As technologies threaten to displace service workers, unions are making job protection and new opportunities a priority in contract talks.
Read More… Several Reported Killed in Libya as Gunmen Storm National Oil Company
The attack punctuated a week of deadly violence in the capital and struck at the core of the country’s deteriorating economy.
Read More… Australians Are the World’s Biggest Gambling Losers, and Some Seek Action
The average Australian adult loses around $900 to gambling each year — more than double the rate of Americans — and electronic gaming machines are getting the blame.
Read More… In Puerto Rico, Waiting for Power, for Tourists, for the Flowers
Months after Hurricane Maria, the island is struggling to regain its balance. The flora tell a melancholy story.
Read More… Developing Countries May Need Their Own Strategies to Cope With Job-Taking Robots
Proposals for dealing with the impact of automation have been developed in the West, and may not translate effectively to poorer countries.
Read More… Four General Electric Power Turbines Shut Down in U.S. Due to Blade Issue
General Electric Co said on Thursday that four of its new flagship power turbines in the United States have been shut down due to an “oxidation issue” and warned it expects the problem to affect more of the 51 units it has shipped, sending shares …
Read More… ‘Totally Preventable’: How a Sick Woman Lost Electricity, and Her Life
Linda Daniels relied on an oxygen machine, and died hours after her power was shut off for overdue bills. Her family is pushing for answers.
Read More… G.E. to Spin Off Health Care Division as Part of Major Reshaping
The move comes as General Electric’s chief executive, John Flannery, focuses the company on its aviation, power and renewable energy activities.
Read More… G.E. Makes a Sharp ‘Pivot’ on Digital
The industrial giant plunged into internet-era software with gusto. But it has trimmed back after finding that becoming a tech player is daunting and costly.
Read More… Why the Right to Vote Is Not a Right
Allan J. Lichtman’s “The Embattled Vote in America” looks at how some Americans have tried to restrict the vote of other Americans.
Read More… How Did We Get to the Savagery of ‘Tender Age’ Shelters?
A “border security” machine was handed over to a cruel, indecent president. We must smash the machine.
Read More… Italy’s Economy Was Humming Nicely. Then Came Trump.
Between the Trump administration’s steel tariffs, the reinstatement of sanctions on Iran, and political chaos, Italy is again struggling economically.
Read More… The Class Struggle According to Donald Trump
In the lopsided battle between capital and labor, the president has a clear favorite.