Maggie Humphrey, a price collector for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, visits the same grocery store every month in the Chicago suburbs to punch the cost of a pound of bananas into her Lenovo tablet computer.
Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan said resource tycoons including Gina Rinehart, Clive Palmer and Andrew Forrest are threatening the nation’s democratic process by using their wealth to shape policy to their interests.
Thousands of Australians fled their homes as floodwaters engulfed parts of the country’s northeast, damaging properties and ravaging crops a year after natural disasters cost the economy about A$9 billion ($9.6 billion).
Australia’s insurers including Suncorp Group Ltd. and Insurance Australia Group Ltd. are calculating the cost of floods that have inundated communities in southwest Queensland and forced thousands from their homes.
Facebook Inc., the world’s biggest social network, should have access restricted to people older than 18, some Australian politicians say in response to concerns over online bullying that led teenagers to commit suicide.