Boeing to Pay $25 Million in Drone Settlement

Boeing Co. ’s drone unit has agreed to pay $25 million to settle civil-fraud allegations that it overcharged on more than half a dozen contracts signed with the U.S. Navy and special forces between 2009 and 2017. Announced Tuesday by the Justice Department and Pentagon investigative agencies, the settlement stems from whistleblower claims by a … Read more

What Happens to Covid-19 Unemployment Benefits in 2021? Here’s What We Know.

Two pandemic unemployment programs used by 14 million people will end Dec. 26 and an extra $300-a-week in benefits won’t start unless President Trump signs into law a $900 billion aid package that extends the payments to workers—or Congress overrides a possible veto. Special pandemic-related programs and extra financial assistance have assisted workers who lost … Read more

Holiday Shoppers Steered Clear of Stores, Favoring Online Buying

Holiday sales grew, but not by much. During a remade shopping season, many Americans ditched stores for digital outlets. And pandemic buying trends that favored household goods and food over apparel continued, according to early sales data from firms that track shopper spending. U.S. retail sales rose 2.4% between Nov. 1 and Christmas Eve compared … Read more

Your Next Car May Let You Drive Hands-Free. Is That a Good Thing?

Auto makers are starting to sell cars with automated steering and speed control to ease what they say is the tedium of driving, and might even allow drivers to go hands-free in some situations. Those features are raising new questions, though: How to keep people from getting distracted behind the wheel—or picking up their phones—if … Read more

Alleged Torture Victims Target U.S. Property Assets of Libyan Commander

Since the two decades he spent in the U.S. after leading a CIA-backed campaign against the regime of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi in the 1980s, militia leader Khalifa Haftar amassed millions of dollars in properties and other assets, including a luxury home in Virginia. Now, as Mr. Haftar commands troops in eastern Libya and faces … Read more

World Leaders Ready Themselves for a Biden Presidency

After a drawn-out vote count that transfixed not just the U.S. but most of the world, many global leaders on Saturday were quick to respond to former Vice President Joe Biden’s election victory, with most sending congratulations and vowing to work with him. In Europe, where many countries hope President-elect Biden will reverse some of … Read more

Turkey’s President Erdogan Ousts Central Bank Governor

ISTANBUL—Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed the central bank governor as the country is beset by its second currency crisis in two years. In a decree published in the early hours of Saturday, Mr. Erdogan ended the mandate of Murat Uysal, who had led the institution since the summer of 2019, replacing him with Naci … Read more

Russia’s Covid Surge Exacts a Heavy Toll on Its Emergency Responders

ODINTSOVSKY DISTRICT, Russia—Olga Ilyina’s husband was struggling to breathe when she called an ambulance. After waiting nearly 24 hours for one to come, she used the Telegram messaging app to beg for assistance. Finally, an ambulance was dispatched, taking him to the same hospital here, 40 miles from Moscow, where she had already been admitted with … Read more

In Lockdown, France Says Pots and Pans Are Essential—but Not Silverware

PARIS—French supermarkets are still selling pajamas for children under four years old. Clothes aisles for older kids are cordoned off. You can buy pots and pans, but silverware—classified as table decoration—is restricted. Computers remain on store shelves. Gaming consoles don’t. Newspapers? Yes. The books section? Off limits. An effort by the government to spread the … Read more