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Dollar Tree Buying Family Dollar for $8.5 Billion

11 hours 26 min ago
Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.

Despite Gains, Hamas Sees a Fight for Its Existence and Presses Ahead

13 hours 25 min ago
Hamas appears ready to push ahead with fighting because of its fractured leadership, redrawn regional alliances and a sense that this struggle is for its very future.

Sharks in Cape Cod Town Draw Tourists, Flipping the ‘Jaws’ Script

17 hours 58 min ago
When sharks started cropping up in Chatham, Mass., a few years ago, the town leaders at first feared they would flatline the robust tourist economy. Instead, local merchants and hoteliers embraced their arrival.

Netflix Bolsters Offerings in Documentary Genre

18 hours 26 min ago
While the company has received much attention for its scripted programs, including “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black,” it has also picked up a series of documentaries.

Lightning Kills One and Injures 13 in Southern California

Sun, 2014/07/27 - 9:57pm
A strike at Venice Beach hit 13 people, including a man who died, and another man was struck on Santa Catalina Island.

With Rent Up, It’s Quittin’ Time for a Honky-Tonk

Sun, 2014/07/27 - 8:58pm
After 27 years of holding out, Alamo style, against rising rents and marching chain stores, the Rodeo Bar on the corner of Third Avenue and East 27th Street closed on Sunday.

Bob McDonnell’s Corruption Trial in Virginia Symbolizes Growing Political Partisanship

Sun, 2014/07/27 - 8:56pm
A state government long known for a go-along, get-along culture is now a place where compromise is seen as collaborating with the enemy.

Still Torn by Factional Fighting, Post-Revolt Libya Is Coming Undone

Sun, 2014/07/27 - 8:23pm
With militias fighting for control of the airport in Tripoli and the American Embassy evacuating its staff, Libyans are left to wonder whether there is anyone left to broker the endless disputes.

Pregnancy for Pay: A Surrogacy Agency That Delivered Heartache

Sun, 2014/07/27 - 8:04pm
As unregulated surrogacy agencies proliferate, the story of Planet Hospital stands as a cautionary tale about their ability to prey on vulnerable clients who do not notice the red flags.

2 Americans Test Positive for Ebola in Liberia

Sun, 2014/07/27 - 8:00pm
Health workers with Doctors Without Borders have been threatened with knives, stones and machetes by Guineans who blame them for spreading the deadly virus.

Machine Learning: LG’s Snappy G3 Phone Is Poised to Test Rivals

Sun, 2014/07/27 - 7:44pm
The many enhancements of the new device could help LG, not widely thought of in the U.S. as a maker of high-end smartphones, challenge its rivals.

With Huge Sums in Play, FIFA Sponsors Are Reluctant to Push Reforms

Sun, 2014/07/27 - 7:39pm
While partners like Sony and Adidas raised concerns before the World Cup, it is unlikely that sponsor companies will risk undermining their investment in the FIFA brand.

De Blasio Deal Could Give Bike Sharing in New York a New Imprint

Sun, 2014/07/27 - 7:26pm
A deal nearing completion would change Citi Bike’s management and use a fee increase to improve service, and it may also bring the bikes to a wider swath of the city.

Even Gaza Truce Is Hard to Win, Kerry Is Finding

Sun, 2014/07/27 - 7:24pm
Israel and Hamas both see reasons to continue fighting, and Israeli officials appear dismissive of John Kerry’s aims in a way that few American secretaries of state have faced.

Fast-Food Workers Intensify Fight for $15 an Hour

Sun, 2014/07/27 - 7:18pm
About 1,200 workers from around the country gathered in Illinois at an event largely underwritten by the Service Employees International Union, but the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is dubious of the union’s intentions.

Glavine and Maddux Lead a Hall of Fame Day Dominated by Braves

Sun, 2014/07/27 - 7:17pm
With Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox among the six living inductees, the Hall of Fame ceremony stood in lively contrast to last year’s sleepy proceedings.

Balancing Special-Education Needs With Rising Costs

Sun, 2014/07/27 - 6:59pm
The City of New York pays for about 12,000 special-needs students per year to receive private school educations. Parents contend that the city fights too many of these requests, delaying important services to students in the process.

Outside Money Drives a Deluge of Political Ads

Sun, 2014/07/27 - 6:53pm
Since the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling, lavish spending by outside groups has created a nearly nonstop campaign season with a harsh, negative tone.

Can Reddit Grow Up?

Sun, 2014/07/27 - 6:28pm
Efforts by the freewheeling online community to monetize without driving away its 114 million monthly users will require appealing to advertisers without sacrificing values like personal data privacy.

Is Poetry Dead? Not if 45 Official Laureates Are Any Indication

Sun, 2014/07/27 - 6:14pm
The abrupt resignation this month of the North Carolina poet laureate prompts a question: Who are these poets, and what do they do?