| Dec 24, 2013
| 4:54 PM
It's a perk wireless customers have come to expect: Sign up for a two-year service contract, and get a new smartphone at a deeply discounted price or sometimes even free.
But the reign of cellphone subsidies could be ending as customers demand more...
| Dec 25, 2013
Re "Mexico's energy reform is the latest setback for leftists," Dec. 22
Though many Mexicans still feel resistant to allowing foreign companies to drill for oil in Mexico, the state-run Pemex today is hardly what President Lazaro Cardenas envisioned...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 7:06 AM
After the coffee. Before a dreaded trip to the DMV.
The Skinny: Did everyone have a nice Christmas? I saw "Anchorman 2," which was better than the trailer but about 30 minutes too long. I also watched five episodes of the new season of Showtime's...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 7:05 AM
Home-price gains in the nation’s largest cities slowed in October, although they continued to show strong annual increases, according to a leading gauge.
The S&P/Case-Shiller index of 20 large U.S. metropolitan areas, released Tuesday, rose 0.2%...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 11:44 AM
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says a "technical error" caused its website to offer absurdly low pricing Wednesday morning, touching off a buying frenzy.
Many products were more than 90% off their list price, with televisions and computer monitors going for $8,...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 3:21 PM
The Geffen Playhouse confirmed Monday that the $397 it’s currently charging for the best seats to Bette Midler’s upcoming one-woman show have set a house record, blowing beyond the previous pricing pinnacle of about $250.
Pricing for “...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 7:16 AM
WASHINGTON -- Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers, who was the perceived front-runner to be the next Federal Reserve chief until he pulled out in the face of liberal opposition, predicted Wednesday that nominee Janet L. Yellen would be a...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 7:33 PM
Southern California home prices appear to have hit a wall, with the median home price flat for the fourth consecutive month in October.
The median sale price was $383,750 last month, 21.8% higher than last year — but virtually unchanged from June,...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 6:00 AM
CARACAS, Venezuela — The appliance salesman nervously eyed the chaotic scene outside his door.
An unruly line of shoving and jostling shoppers was waiting to enter the store in a Caracas shopping district, where prices had been cut in half —...
| Nov 17, 2013
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON — Haven't we seen this movie before? On Capitol Hill for the second year in a row, key federal tax assistance for homeowners is heading for expiration within weeks. And there's no sign that Congress plans — or has the minimal...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON — When the U.S. Navy sailed an imposing fleet near Hawaii that was powered in part by algae and used cooking grease, environmentalists weren't the only ones who were thrilled.
Executives at bioenergy startups in the San Francisco Bay...