The World’s Most Powerful People

The 67 heads of state, criminals, financiers and philanthropists who really run the world. “I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.” — Napoleon Bonaparte Power has been called many things. The […]

The Strongest U.S. Housing Markets

They’re easy to overlook, with home prices plunging from Manhattan to Los Angeles and almost everywhere in between. But look at the smaller metros where housing bubbles never took shape, and you’ll find some of today’s strongest markets. Boulder, Colo.; Fayetteville, N.C.; Pittsburgh; Little Rock; and other slow-but-steady metros are now among the nation’s safest […]

U.S. Government Shutting Down

U.S. defense companies are quietly preparing for a potential federal government shutdown in the coming months should Congress fail to pass a fiscal year 2011 budget or extend an existing continuing resolution, an analyst warned Feb. 10. With the current continuing resolution set to expire the first week of March, these companies are re-examining their […]

How to Live Happily on 75 Percent Less

Nine months after getting laid off, Catherine Goerz once again became part of the rush-hour commute–in a way she’d never anticipated. To pick up extra cash, Goerz took a temporary job handing out fliers touting the benefits of public transportation in the San Francisco subway system. Occasionally she’d bump into people she knew from her […]

Black Friday 2010’s dirty little secrets

Black Friday bargain hunters beware. There’s a good chance you won’t score that doorbuster deal you’ve set your heart on. Retail experts say the annual hype and hoopla that surrounds Black Friday also masks some nasty surprises. The most painful: The crushed hopes of hundreds of midnight shoppers, who camped outside for hours in the […]

World markets rise on hopes US out of recession

World stock markets power ahead on optimism that US is emerging from recession World stock markets rallied Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. recession was likely over, a view largely supported by recent economic figures. Germany’s DAX rose 0.9 percent to 5,677.32 and Britain’s FTSE 100 gained 1.1 percent to 5,099.10. […]

‘Dora’ actress claims she was cheated

‘Dora The Explorer’ Lawsuit Alleges Star was Cheated out of ‘Millions’ Children’s bilingual, animated, interactive, adventure series featuring Dora, a 7-year-old Latina girl who lives inside a computer. In each episode, Dora and her best friend, a monkey named Boots, invite preschoolers on an adventure. Each step on the journey presents some kind of problem […]

The Billion Dollar Movie Club

A few weeks after breaking the record for the highest-grossing animated flick of all time, Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” has just become only the seventh movie ever to rake in $1 billion in worldwide box office receipts. The Wrap reports that Disney announced the movie crossed the ten-digit threshold on Friday, making the studio the […]

President Paying Dead People

Here’s an idea, Uncle Sam: Stop writing checks to dead people. The government sent benefit checks to 20,000 departed Americans over three years, totaling more than $180 million — a remarkable number that provoked the Obama administration to create a government-wide “do not pay” list as part of its brainstorming for ways to save taxpayer […]

`Idol Gives Back’ promises Bill Gates surprise

Simon Fuller, the entertainment magnate behind “American Idol” and its charity event airing Wednesday, is trumpeting a starry lineup that includes Elton John, Alicia Keys and Carrie Underwood. But he played it coy when asked about the “Idol Gives Back” role of two other prominent people. Bill and Melinda Gates, supporters of the fundraiser since […]