There's been a lot of talk this week about the U.S. and its allies staging a military intervention in Syria after increasing evidence of President Assad's regime using deadly chemical weapons against Syrian civilians. The debate over intervention still rages -- as does the civil war in that country. One weapon being used in the conflict is the power to shut down the internet. Mashable reporter Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai has been the latest on this story.
When we last checked in with government statisticians, they though the economy grew at an annual rate of 1.7 percent. Today, a surprisingly strong revision upward. Now, gross domestic product grew 2.5 percent from April to June, which helps build the argument that the Federal Reserve will ratchet back on its stimulus program. Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial in Chicago, tells Marketplace what this means for the economy.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will help direct an attack on Syria, if and when it happens. But for now he's in Brunei for the ASEAN Plus meeting, far from the drums of war. It's an opportunity to build military-to-military ties — and sell weapons. But the prospect of action in Syria is never far away.
Josef Ackermann, one of the most famous businessmen in Europe, has resigned as chairman of Zurich Insurance under highly unusual circumstances. The move was connected to the apparent suicide of the company's chief financial officer, Pierre Wauthier.
"The unexpected death of Pierre Wauthier has deeply shocked me," Ackermann said in a statement. "I have reason to believe that the family is of the opinion that I should take my share of responsibility, as unfounded as any allegations might be."
Reporter Jo Fahy has the latest on the story from Zurich.
Dr. Donald Berwick ran Medicare and Medicaid right after the Affordable Care Act became law. Now he's running for governor of Massachusetts. But he hasn't left behind his work as a health quality oracle.
Mars had more of the key minerals needed to get life going, a researcher says. He theorizes that some of the rocks that have traveled from the Red Planet to Earth had those elements and gave life here a kick start.
The Dutch social affairs minister warned recently about the negative consequences of immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania. The debate comes as the Netherlands — and Europe — still feels the effects of the global recession.
Yasin Bhatkal, a co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen, is arrested in what authorities have described as a major blow to Islamic terrorism in the region.
For Venus Williams, a three-hour tennis match came down to a third-set tiebreaker against Zheng Jie of China at the U.S. Open Wednesday night. But the world's former No. 1 player couldn't get past 44 unforced errors, and Zheng outlasted her in a rain-delayed match.
Aurora De Ines and her husband look over labels in the soup aisle at the Super A grocery store in Los Angeles.
"We do try to buy the product that has less sodium," says De Ines.
She always reads the nutrition facts on the back of prepared foods. Even so, "If it says healthy, it does catch 'your eye," De Ines admits.
"Rich in anti-oxidants." "Low-fat." "All-natural." Today’s shoppers are seeing more and more “health-conscious” food labels.
One brand riding that wave is Campbell’s Soup Company, which reports earnings today. But the green “Heart Check” label on its soup cans is now the subject of a class action lawsuit.
Brands like Progresso and Campbell’s have special labeling that’s backed by the American Heart Association. But even those soups don’t pass the Heart Association’s standards for low-sodium foods. The lawsuit alleges that misleads consumers.
"Consumers expect when they see a heart healthy label, that it’s something they can trust is better for them," says Bob Goldin, a food industry analyst with Technomic.
"The word healthy, natural. I do think they’re overused, and they mean different things to different people."
Goldin says the key is make sure consumers don’t see nutrition claims as marketing slogans, and that “heart healthy” means what it says.
The Chinese city is trying something new to placate tourists disappointed by the curtain of smog that now envelops the classic skyline.