Catholic cardinal, others arrested under Hong Kong security law

HONG KONG — A 90-year-old Roman Catholic cardinal, a singer and at least two others have been arrested in Hong Kong on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces to endanger China’s national security, in an action widely condemned as a further sign of Beijing’s erosion of rights in the city. The arrests further expand a … Read more

Hoping to snag a cheap airline ticket for summer travel? Good luck, new inflation data show

Airfare costs have taken off ahead of a summer travel season running on steep demand and high gas prices, according to new price inflation data released Wednesday. The record-breaking cost increase for airline tickets stood out in a Consumer Price Index reportt that showed an overall 0.3% increase in the cost of living from March … Read more

Everything you need to know to get your yard ready for summer

This article is reprinted by permission from The Escape Home, a newsletter for second homeowners and those who want to be. Subscribe here. © 2022. All rights reserved. This week we caught up with Jeff Keiter, our resident landscape architecture guru, who previously chatted with us about winter trends for your yard. Today we are … Read more

Tricks for finding summer travel bargains

The majority of Americans — 7 out of 10 — plan to travel in the next 12 months for leisure, according to a February Nerd Wallet survey. Many Americans are looking to travel this summer, and most hope to find a good deal. Air travel has nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels. The number of flyers … Read more

‘Open discussion of salary is protected by law’: Should you tell your coworkers your salary — or keep it a secret?

Hello and welcome to Financial Face-off, a MarketWatch column where we help you weigh financial decisions. Our columnist will give her verdict. Tell us whether you think she’s right in the comments. And please share your suggestions for future Financial Face-off columns. The job market is hot and so are salaries. People are quitting jobs … Read more

Videogames ‘Fortnite,’ ‘Minecraft’ Catapult Smiley Salamander to Global Fame

Pollution and other man-made ills weigh heavily on Mexico’s axolotl, a rare salamander popular among Aztecs back in the day. Its population in the wild has fallen by something like 99% in the past three decades, one expert said. Yet the creature’s popularity has never been higher, propelled by the same modern age chasing them … Read more

What Bitcoin Could Be Worth to Fidelity. You’ll Be Surprised.

Text size Fidelity’s push into Bitcoin is raising controversy but could be lucrative for the company. Dreamstime.com Fidelity Investments shocked the retirement industry last month with a move to make Bitcoin available in 401(k) plans. Add up the revenue that might bring in, and it starts to be less of a surprise. Fidelity is the … Read more

What Bitcoin Could Be Worth to Fidelity. You’ll Be Surprised.

Text size Fidelity’s push into Bitcoin is raising controversy but could be lucrative for the company. Dreamstime.com Fidelity Investments shocked the retirement industry last month with a move to make Bitcoin available in 401(k) plans. Add up the revenue that might bring in, and it starts to be less of a surprise. Fidelity is the … Read more

Kawaii! Americans Drop Japanese Into Conversations Learned From Cartoons

Kristin Hart was surprised when her daughter started calling her Okaa-san. That’s “Mother” in Japanese, and it’s among the words Aimee, 12, has been increasingly using at home since she started watching anime—Japanese cartoon shows—including “My Hero Academia,” a TV series about superheroes in training. Aimee says she got hooked on the series and used … Read more

Effort to bring civil-rights era banking law into digital-age begins

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) stands as a major effort by lawmakers to prevent banks from discriminatory lending practices in low-to-moderate income communities, but it was enacted in 1977 and hasn’t been updated since 1995. Conceived in the civil rights era and passed in the post-Watergate reform era, the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) stands as … Read more