The Wall Street Journal: Ecuador punishes Julian Assange by turning off his internet connection

Ecuador cut Julian Assange’s internet connection at its London Embassy after the WikiLeaks founder criticized Britain and its allies for expelling Russian diplomats following the poisoning of a former Russian spy. Ecuador’s Foreign Relations Ministry said Wednesday that Assange had violated a written agreement with Ecuador preventing him from meddling in the political affairs of … Read more

The Wall Street Journal: Judge says lawsuit accusing Trump of violating Constitution can proceed

WASHINGTON — A federal judge refused Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution because his businesses are benefiting from his presidency, the first ruling to find that a litigant can sue the president on the issue. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte found the state of Maryland … Read more

Market Extra: Can the stock market stand up to the tech wreck?

As the tech sector takes a header, the key question for stock-market bulls revolves around how much its leadership really matters for the broader market. Technology shares saw pressure again Wednesday, with megacap companies ending mostly lower a day after succumbing to a late-session rout. Tech shares led stocks sharply lower last week, tied partly … Read more

The Wall Street Journal: ‘Roseanne’ is a huge hit in return to ABC

The 1990s hit sitcom “Roseanne” was a hit once again for ABC on Tuesday night. The season premiere of the rebooted working-class comedy, starring the original cast including Roseanne Barr and John Goodman, averaged 18.2 million viewers over two back-to-back episodes, according to data from Nielsen. It was the second most-watched entertainment program of the … Read more

The Wall Street Journal: Internal Justice watchdog to review surveillance of ex-Trump adviser

Getty Images Carter Page, a one-time adviser to the presidential election campaign of Donald Trump WASHINGTON—The Justice Department’s internal watchdog unit will investigate how the FBI and federal prosecutors obtained warrants from the nation’s secret spy court to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser, the inspector general’s office said Wednesday. The statement confirms an investigation that … Read more

NewsWatch: Here’s why stock volatility likely won’t end in April

MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE The U.S. stock market has seen a number of dizzying swings over the past two months, and while investors shouldn’t expect that to end anytime soon, the catalysts for the moves may shift from macroeconomic events like trade policy and inflation concerns to company-specific news. See full story. This Chinese app maker … Read more

Market Extra: The ‘stock picker’s market’ has gone up in smoke

Recently, almost every security in the U.S. stock market has seen big moves, and increasingly, they’re all moving in the same direction. Wall Street’s spikes in volatility have coincided with a return of high stock-to-stock correlation, which could mean a far more difficult environment for stock pickers as security selection is seen as harder when … Read more

The Wall Street Journal: For applicants to elite colleges, early is often the ticket to admission

The odds of getting into Harvard and other elite universities are worse for students who apply in the regular pool than for those who apply in early rounds. This harsh reality will be driven home when Harvard, Yale, Penn and other Ivy League institutions release their regular-decision admission notices Wednesday evening: Large proportions of their … Read more

Market Extra: Dollar strengthens by the most against yen in more than a year

The risk barometer that is the Japanese yen has plummeted on Wednesday, with the dollar surging to a one-month high against Japan’s currency, marking its largest single-session advance since January of 2017. Overnight, Chinese state media confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited Chinese President Xi Jinping, where he declared that Pyongyang was … Read more