In Latin America, Awash in Crime, Citizens Impose Their Own Brutal Justice

BRASÍLIA—For Victor Melo, the end began with a stolen iPhone. The 16-year-old had spent a balmy Saturday afternoon in May with his high school friends at a funk music party in Brasília’s central park, not far from the country’s presidential palace. As he headed home shortly after sundown, someone in the crowd grabbed his classmate…

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Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Puts Spotlight on Fringe Platforms and Their Partners

Hours after Robert Bowers allegedly opened fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, the right-wing social-media platform where he had posted anti-Semitic messages lost the partners that kept it running. In quick succession, Gab.com was dropped by its web-hosting firm, Joyent Inc., and GoDaddy Inc., the domain registrar that allows it to have an address…

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Upgrade? No Thanks. Americans Are Sticking With Their Old Phones

Americans are holding on to their smartphones for longer than ever. Pricier devices, fewer subsidies from carriers and the demise of the two-year cellphone contract have led consumers to wait an average of 2.83 years to upgrade their smartphones, according to data for the third quarter from HYLA Mobile Inc., a mobile-device trade-in company that…

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Stranded at Mexico’s Southern Border, Migrants Consider Their Options

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala—Hundreds of Honduran migrants stranded at this border crossing with Mexico began to return home on Saturday, while others sought to cross the muddy river that divides the countries in a desperate attempt to continue their march north. The U.S.-bound caravan with close to 5,000 Honduran migrants was held at bay by Mexican…

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As Kavanaugh Talks Continue, Lawmakers Hone Their Arguments

The stage was set for a dramatic public hearing Thursday over sexual-assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, with Democrats planning to delve broadly into the Supreme Court nominee’s past and Republicans aiming to keep a narrow focus on the substance of the accusations. Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, Judge Kavanaugh’s accuser, said Sunday that she…

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Tesla’s Lucky Fans Can Still Stand By Their Man

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These Bank Customers Are Making a Bundle on Their Deposits

Despite seven interest-rate increases by the Federal Reserve since 2015, many banks have resisted rewarding deposit customers with higher rates. Some customers, however, are getting a far better deal. The recent moves from the Fed have set off a battle for deposits for the first time since the financial crisis. In an effort to stanch…

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