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Campaigners Step Up Fight to Restore New York Penn Station

Campaigners are stepping up their fight to restore New York Penn Station to its former grandeur.<p>Armed with an artist’s renderings of soaring Corinthian columns and platforms bathed in natural light, the National Civic Art Society has launched a three-month advertising campaign across NJ Transit …

Long Island Rail Road

Saudi Trade-Off: More Social Freedom, No Political Dissent

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—In asserting himself over Saudi Arabia, 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is imposing a trade-off that appeals to many fellow young Saudis.<p>The prince, in essence, is broadening social liberties in exchange for closing off the limited political freedoms that existed …

Middle East

Are You a Credit Risk? Indian Banks Dig Deep in Your Phone to Find Out

MUMBAI—Indian banks have started mining data on customers’ smartphones for fast loan approval, testing out cutting-edge but controversial technology in what is potentially a huge market for such products.<p>Long hampered from lending to the hundreds of millions of Indians without credit histories, …

Banking

As Global Governments Raise Taxes, U.S. Revenues Are Already Falling

Taxes are going up around the world, but the U.S. is already bucking that trend.<p>The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Thursday said the share of economic output taken by governments in developed economies as taxes has risen to its highest level since records began 50 years …

Economics

Myanmar Rebuffs U.S. Ethnic-Cleansing Charge

YANGON, Myanmar—The U.S. declaration that Myanmar is carrying out ethnic cleansing was made “without any proven facts,” Myanmar said.<p>In attaching the label to a military campaign that has driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims into neighboring Bangladesh, U.S. Secretary of State Rex …

Asia

Australia Worries About a Wavering U.S., Seeks Stronger Ties With Asian Allies

SYDNEY—Australia should strengthen ties with like-minded neighbors, a new foreign-policy blueprint says, showing just how concerned the top U.S. ally is about America’s wavering commitment to Asia—and China’s growing sway.<p>The blueprint by Australia’s Foreign Affairs Department, which was unveiled …

China

Trump Organization Ends Affiliation With Soho Hotel

The Trump name will no longer adorn a lower Manhattan hotel that was once considered a jewel in the family’s international real-estate portfolio.<p>The Trump Organization said Wednesday it would end its management and licensing agreement with the owners of the Trump SoHo Hotel by the end of the year. …

Donald Trump

Peter Thiel Wants Opportunity to Bid on Gawker.com

Peter Thiel is demanding that he be given the chance to bid on Gawker.com, the gossip and news website he helped drive out of business and which is now being shopped in bankruptcy.<p>Lawyers representing Mr. Thiel said in papers filed Wednesday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York that the …

Journalism

Argentina Held Back on Letting U.K. Aid in Sub Search, Two People Say

BUENOS AIRES—Argentina delayed accepting vital help from the British Navy, a former enemy, in the hunt for its missing submarine and 44 crew members, two people familiar with the search said, as criticism grew Wednesday over the government’s handling of a week-old crisis.<p>Despite immediate offers of …

Mauricio Macri

Puerto Rico Grid Contractor Dispute Devolves Into Litigation

The company hired to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid has filed a lawsuit blaming one of its subcontractors for a work stoppage that has slowed progress on repairing one of the island’s major electrical arteries.<p>A Whitefish Energy Holdings LLC spokesman said Wednesday it had “no choice but to seek …

Caribbean

Outcome Health Employee Made Whistleblower Claim, Investor Lawsuit Says

Outcome Health’s chief executive was sent a whistleblower letter last year by a salesman accusing the company of committing “ongoing fraud” by misleading its customers about its services, allegations that the advertising startup told investors had no merit, according to documents filed in an …

Fraud

Who Picks Up the Tab for Thanksgiving Day Leaps and Twirls?

It may not be Broadway. But for 1,200 girls, and a few boys, who came to dance and flash pompoms, performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is close enough.<p>Marching in the parade along Sixth Avenue in front of cheering crowds, with the bands, floats and big balloons, is a peak moment in the …

Macy's

One Interior Designer's War Against Clutter

FOR A LAKESIDE compound perched in the northwest corner of Montana, Juan Montoya accepted that the interiors should acknowledge and reflect the vacation home’s imposing surroundings. Still, the New York designer resisted the rustic tropes of axe-hewn furnishings and antler chandeliers—taking cues …

Houses

Uber Breach and Response Draw Global Regulatory Scrutiny

Government officials world-wide said they would look at Uber Technologies Inc.’s handling of a major data breach last year.<p>Uber said Tuesday that it paid hackers $100,000 in an effort to conceal a data breach that affected 57 million accounts. In addition to the names, emails and phone numbers of …

Dara Khosrowshahi

A Zimbabwean Recalls Mugabe's Brutalities

Lenin once said, “There are decades when nothing happens; and there are weeks when decades happen.” For Zimbabwe, my homeland, it was just such a week, into which we stuffed decades of arrested political development. After being ruled by Robert Mugabe for a stifling 37 years, Zimbabwe shook itself …

Africa

FiatChryslerRecallsBrand New Compact SUVs for Airbag Defect

DETROIT—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said Wednesday it is recalling about 8,000 late-model Jeep SUVs to fix defective airbags that pose a potential hazard to front-seat passengers.<p>The move affects 2018 model year North American market Jeep Compass sport-utility vehicles manufactured between early …

Jeep Compass

Palestinian Factions Agree to Hold Elections in 2018

Palestinian political parties on Wednesday agreed to hold presidential and parliamentary elections before the end of next year, as reconciliation talks between major factions Hamas and Fatah make slow but steady progress.<p>The elections, announced in a joint statement by Palestinian factions in …

Israel

3 Simple Ways to Kick Your Smartphone Addiction

FOR ALL THE PROBLEMS technology solves, it seems to complicate our lives, so much so that a growing category of the industry is dedicated to simplifying it.<p>The biggest offender is smartphones. These pocket-computers-turned-companions have digitally connected everyone, yet disconnected us from the …

Gear & Gadgets

Irish Border Proves a Roadblock in U.K.'s Brexit Talks

BELFAST—Ireland has emerged as an unexpectedly tough hurdle to advancing stalled Brexit talks next month, prompting Dublin to warn that Britain isn’t doing enough to prevent the return of customs checks on the island and could potentially reignite sectarian violence.<p>Republic of Ireland officials …

Brexit

Carl Icahn Buys Stake in SandRidge Energy

Carl Icahn has purchased a 13.5% stake in SandRidge Energy Inc., joining a list of shareholders who say a deal the oil-and-gas producer struck last week makes little sense.<p>The stake, Mr. Icahn’s first new activist position this year, makes him the biggest holder of SandRidge shares. He had already …

Markets

What Does the AT&T Lawsuit Mean for Fox?

In the past year, every single one of the biggest media companies in the U.S. has either agreed to a transformational merger or considered one. Now the industry is trying to figure out what the Justice Department’s lawsuit to block AT&T Inc.’s acquisition of Time Warner Inc. means for other …

Televisions

A Day for Gratitude

Thanksgiving brings the counting of our blessings. Naturally an American thinks of the blessings of freedom and of the people who guarantee that we can continue to enjoy such blessings. In a lovely 2012 piece in the New York Times, Jennifer Rawlings describes what it’s like to spend Thanksgiving …

Mashed

Texas Congressman Apologizes After Nude Photo Circulates on Internet

Rep. Joe Barton (R., Texas) apologized to his constituents on Wednesday for not using better judgment in his personal life, after a nude photo of him circulated on the internet this week.<p>“While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult …

Government

A Wine Pro's Tour of Chicago, Bottle by Bottle

Part two in a three-part series on wine culture in the Midwest today.<p>CHICAGO IS A CITY of nicknames. Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker and Stacker of Wheat (thanks, Carl Sandburg), not to mention the Windy City, Second City and That Toddlin’ Town. To me, however, Chicago is the Great Retail …

Chicago

New Study Reveals Dark Side of Outdoor Night Lighting

Global night light is getting bigger and brighter, blotting out the stars of the Milky Way for one-third of humankind, according to a new study of federal satellite data measuring outdoor lighting.<p>Spurred by a shift to more energy-efficient illumination in many areas, artificial night lighting …

Sleep

Fed on Track for December Rate Rise, but Inflation Worries Persist

Federal Reserve officials said at their latest meeting they likely would raise short-term interest rates “in the near term” because of a strengthening economy, although several said their support for the move would hinge on whether they see inflation picking up.<p>With three weeks to go until the …

Economy

A Sun-Soaked Weekend in the French Caribbean: An Hour-By-Hour Guide

If your ideal beach vacation depends on private butlers, elaborate spa treatments and a choice of infinity swimming pools—well, you can comfortably skip Guadeloupe. The French archipelago, which lies roughly two-thirds down the arc of Caribbean islands, doesn’t (yet) have a single five-star hotel; …

France

Pakistan to Free Alleged Mastermind of Mumbai Terror Attack

ISLAMABAD—A Pakistani court Wednesday lifted the house arrest of Hafiz Saeed, the man accused by India and the U.S. of masterminding a 2008 terror attack in Mumbai that killed 166 people.<p>Mr. Saeed, head of the Islamist group Jamaat-ud-Dawa that targets India, had been put under house detention in …

Pakistan

Federal Judge Throws Out Lawsuits Over NSA's Bulk Collection

A federal judge threw out two long-running lawsuits challenging the National Security Agency’s collection of phone records under a surveillance program that Congress curbed in 2015.<p>The 2013 lawsuits, filed by conservative legal activist Larry Klayman, alleged the government violated the …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Pleads Guilty to Molestation Charges

LANSING, Mich.—A former doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison.<p>Larry Nassar, 54, admitted to abusing seven girls, mostly under the guise …

Crime