Amazon became the second publicly traded U.S. company to be valued at more than $1 trillion after shares of its stock rose about 2 percent Tuesday morning. The milestone comes one month after Apple first passed the $1 trillion threshold on Aug. 2.
BERLIN - If anyone ever doubted John McCain's global stature, the outpouring of condolences from across the world proved the very opposite on Sunday. To world leaders, the 81-year-old Arizona Republican who lost his year-long battle with brain cancer this weekend was a "hero," an "inspiration to millions," and a man "of great courage." To democratically elected politicians across the globe, McCain embodied a U.S. role model they were able to rally behind without hesitations.
SEDONA, Ariz. — U.S. Sen. John McCain, the son and grandson of four-star admirals, was bred for combat. He endured more than five years of imprisonment and torture by the North Vietnamese as a young naval officer and went on to battle foes on the left and the right in Washington, driven throughout by a code of honor that both defined and haunted him.
The Red Delicious apple, an easy-to-transport variety that dominated grocery selection for decades, is no longer the most popular variety in the U.S. as the rise of the Gala apple and other fresh fruits signal changing consumer tastes and greater diversity in diets.
Sears Holdings Corp. continues to clean house, announcing plans to shutter an additional 46 unprofitable stores in November. The struggling chain this week informed workers at the affected stores, and liquidation sales will begin as early as Aug. 30. The move is "part of our ongoing efforts to streamline Sears Holdings' operations, strengthen our capital position and focus on our best stores," Sears said on its website.
As a Category 4 hurricane roars toward Hawaii, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it's learned the lessons of last year's devastation of Puerto Rico and is vowing a better response. Calling 2017 "historic," Jeff Byard, FEMA's associate administrator for response and recovery, told reporters Thursday that Hurricane Maria left the agency better prepared for Hurricane Lane. The storm is about 300 miles south of Honolulu and is expected to be very close to or over portions of the islands as soon as Thursday, Aug. 23.
Kofi Annan of Ghana, whose popular and influential reign as secretary general of the United Nations was marred by White House anger at his opposition to the American invasion of Iraq in the early 2000s, died Aug. 18 in Bern, Switzerland. He was 80. The death was announced by the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation. The cause was not immediately disclosed. Current U.N. Secretary General António Guterres called Annan "a guiding force for good," and added: "He provided people everywhere with a space for dialogue, a place for problem-solving and a path to a better world."
AUSTIN, Texas - The summertime streets are nearly deserted as Cody Wilson, a University of Texas graduate, walks through the school's Victorian-Gothic buildings toward the main research library. He removes his black sunglasses when he enters the building, unmasking dark circles that reveal months of backlogged sleep. He hurries to the library clerk's office, worried that he is too late. "I'm glad I caught you. This book is overdue, but I want to check it out again," Wilson says.
Nearly five months after President Donald Trump first confronted China with tariffs over its trade practices, the two countries are farther than ever from resolving their differences and appear to be digging in for what is likely to be a long and bruising conflict. China on Wednesday said it would impose tariffs on an additional $16 billion in U.S. autos and energy products, retaliating for the Trump administration's latest import levies on an equivalent value of Chinese goods.
If you thought you were safe from Lyme disease because you don't live in New England, where the tick-borne illness first appeared, think again. Now, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia have residents who have tested positive for Lyme, a bacterial infection that can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including joint aches, fatigue, facial palsy and neck stiffness.