WASHINGTON — A summer of modest economic growth is helping dispel lingering fears that another recession might be near.
Whether the strength can be sustained is less certain.
The economy grew at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the July-September quarter, the Commerce Department said Thursday. But the growth was fueled by Americans who spent more while earning less and by businesses that invested in machines and computers, not workers.
HELENA, Mont. — In the harsh, remote wilds of the Canadian tundra, a wolverine scampers up to a polar bear snoozing near the shore of the Hudson Bay. The bear rises and makes a half-hearted charge, driving away the fierce, badger-like animal.
The brief encounter Thursday was streamed live to computers around the world through a new program that aims to document in real time the annual migration of hundreds of polar bears outside Churchill, Manitoba.
JERUSALEM — Israel said Thursday that it agreed to trade Egyptian prisoners for a U.S.-Israeli citizen imprisoned in Cairo on unsubstantiated suspicions of spying to defuse a potential crisis between the two neighboring countries.
Israel’s agreement to such a swap highlights how brittle relations have become between the two since the fall of Egypt’s longtime leader Hosni Mubarak, and that many on both sides want to preserve them.
Alaskans can turn in expired and unwanted prescription medication Saturday at collection sites around the state as part of National Drug Collection Day. Juneau’s site is in Nugget Mall and run by the Juneau Police Department. Capt. Ed Mercer said police will collect unwanted prescription drugs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The exact location at the mall has not yet been set. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors the event to help make sure unwanted drugs are properly discarded. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says drugs are collected anonymously.
LAROSE, La. — Shell Oil executives came to Larose for a look at their unfinished 360-foot icebreaker — the biggest and one of the most advanced ever built by Edison Chouest Offshore.
Shell awarded the contract for the arctic supply vessel in 2009, in anticipation of recently won permits to drill in the Beaufort Sea off the Alaskan coast. It’s designed to stabilize oil rigs and protect them from ice in rough Arctic waters.