October 15, 2013 From spectacular smash-and-grabs to stealthy lone thieves, sophisticated crime networks have carried out a wave of high-profile jewelry heists in Western Europe this year. Experts say worldwide jewelry thefts total more than $100 million annually. With such high stakes, criminals are willing to risk jail time.
August 31, 2013 Analysts say the case for military intervention in Syria lacks a legal basis, yet the White House argues it might be the right thing to do. While there may not be legal precedent under international law, it wouldn't be the first time the U.S. has taken military action on humanitarian grounds.
August 14, 2013 Zodiac produces most of the inflatable rafts used by the U.S. military. But a California company challenged that contract, saying it violates a requirement that the Defense Department use products made with American material and by U.S. workers. In response, Zodiac set up a factory in Maryland.
July 8, 2013 U.S. and EU officials begin talks Monday on a free-trade deal that could create thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in new trade. But there are deep-seated differences that may make it difficult to reach an accord. Among the most contentious: agriculture and whether genetically modified crops grown in the U.S. will be accepted in Europe.
June 20, 2013 Textile workers in some poor countries like Bangladesh can make less than $100 a month. One factory in the Dominican Republic is trying something different: It's paying workers $500 a month. The company has yet to break even after three years, but the CEO says the business is growing rapidly and he believes it will be profitable.
May 21, 2013 The deadly collapse of a textile factory in Bangladesh has heightened awareness about cheap clothes. Many Americans have become used to inexpensive clothing, but the garments are also discarded at a remarkable rate: Billions of pounds of clothing are recycled each year; nearly half is exported.
May 6, 2013 The port is one of only two on the East Coast that can handle the large cargo ships that can pass through the Panama Canal's locks when the project to widen the canal is completed in 2015. It could mean an economic windfall for Baltimore, but it faces competition from other ports.