Bacardi, an iconic brand, struggles at age 153
MIAMI -- As a television ad shows, Bacardi's is the ultimate story of corporate survival.
The hero strides through the tribulations of the past 153 years, including fires, earthquakes, Prohibition and the Cuban Revolution to reach his goal: a ...Read More
Sexuality gets tricky in 'Ex Machina'
In his novels "The Beach" and "The Tesseract," in his screenplays "Sunshine" and "28 Days Later" ... , and even in his adaptations of other people's work, like "Never Let Me Go" and "Dredd," Alex Garland wrestles with similarly knotty themes: the ...Read More
Hi-fidelity earplugs aim to preserve both hearing, sound quality
PITTSBURGH -- For a long time, music lovers have been forced to make a choice: Go to concerts and fully hear the music while probably incurring permanent hearing damage, or wear earplugs that protect their hearing while distorting the sound of the...Read More
Social Security Q&A: Can I return to work and keep disability benefits?
Q: I have been collecting disability benefits for a few years, but I'm getting healthy enough to work again. Can I return to work while getting Social Security disability benefits?
A: Yes, you can return to work while receiving Social Security ...Read More
Campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris strikingly similar
It is one of the oddities of this campaign season: In races for two of the most sought-after political offices in the country, two Democratic women are running virtually unchallenged, their tasks boosted and complicated by the veneer of ...Read More
Sondors E-Bike, a big crowdfunded project, tangled in legal dispute
A company that raised millions of dollars in an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is headed to court.
Entrepreneur Storm Sondors and his Sondors E-Bike have been sued by Agency 2.0, the public relations firm that mounted the crowdfunding campaign. ...Read More
Mortgage rates down slightly, Freddie Mac says
Mortgage rates have dropped slightly, Freddie Mac's survey of lenders shows, with the average for a 30-year fixed home loan at 3.65 percent, down from 3.67 percent in last week's report.
The average rate for a 15-year fixed mortgage edged down ...Read More
On Gardening: In praise of a $5 butterfly and its mistletoe
I remember it like yesterday. I returned from a Rotary Club meeting in Mission, Tex., to see a good sized group with cameras gathered around a patch of flowers at the National Butterfly Center there. I quickly went in and asked what were they ...Read More
Hear, hear! Getting teen musicians to wear earplugs is a challenge
CHICAGO -- For New Trier High School sophomore Sophia Pellar, a pair of special earplugs recently donated by a North Shore audiologist has put an end to the pain she suffered when playing flute in the pep band.
Still, the Mozart-loving north ...Read More
Science & Technology
Web Buzz: Digiboo a movie-rental option for jet-setters
Think Redbox for jet-setters who prefer to download rather than stream. Say what? It's a new movie-rental option found in several airports in the U.S. and Canada.
Available: iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Requires iOS 6 or later. ...Read More
Weather alerts must reach everyone, local emergency chief tells Congress
WASHINGTON -- The top emergency official of Manatee County, Fla., told Congress on Wednesday that the nation's weather forecasting system must capitalize on new technology to make sure even hard-to-reach residents are alerted to impending danger. ...Read More
Ex-California state GOP chief Tom Del Beccaro launches Senate bid
Former California state Republican chairman Tom Del Beccaro announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Sunday, ensuring a divided GOP field in next year's contest to succeed Democrat Barbara Boxer.
Del Beccaro, 53, is a Contra Costa County lawyer...Read More