At CIA, mistakes mean promotions

At CIA, mistakes mean promotions

In December 2003, security forces boarded a bus in Macedonia and snatched a German citizen named Khaled el-Masri. For the next five months, el-Masri was a ghost. Only a select group of CIA officers knew he had been whisked to a secret prison for interrogation in Afghanistan. But he was the wrong guy. A hard-charging […]

Obama to CEOs: What can you do for America?

Obama to CEOs: What can you do for America?

Echoing John F. Kennedy, President Barack Obama prodded business leaders Monday to “ask yourselves what you can do for America,” not just for company bottom lines, even as he sought to smooth his uneasy relations with the nation’s corporate executives. Speaking to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the president urged the business community to help […]

Muburak announces reform committees

Muburak announces reform committees

In its latest effort to defuse public anger amid mass protests, embattled President Hosni Mubarak’s regime set up a committee Tuesday to recommend constitutional changes that would relax presidential eligibility rules and impose term limits. Mubarak’s decrees were announced on state television by Vice President Omar Suleiman, who also said that Mubarak had decreed the […]

Rise and fall of the foreclosure king

Rise and fall of the foreclosure king

During the housing crash, it was good to be a foreclosure king. David Stern was Florida’s top foreclosure lawyer, and he lived like an oil sheik. He piled up a collection of trophy properties, glided through town in a fleet of six-figure sports cars and, with his bombshell wife, partied on an ocean cruiser the […]

Winter gives some the blues, makes others frisky

Winter gives some the blues, makes others frisky

Does winter weather give you the blues? Or are you the type who gets a little frisky when there’s a chill in the air? Either way, you’re not alone. Four in 10 Americans say the weather affects their mood, and winter by far is the season most likely to leave them feeling down. Still, there […]

AOL buying Huffington Post for $315 million

AOL buying Huffington Post for $315 million

Online company AOL Inc. is buying online news hub Huffington Post in a $315 million deal that represents a bold bet on the future of online news. The acquisition announced early Monday puts a high-profile exclamation mark on a series of acquisitions and strategic moves engineered by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong in an effort to […]

Green Bay takes Super Bowl 31-25

Green Bay takes Super Bowl 31-25

Forget Lombardi on Broadway. Green Bay has the newest Super Bowl hit: Aaron Rodgers. Capping one of the greatest postseasons for any quarterback, Rodgers led the Packers to their first NFL championship in 14 years Sunday with a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers reclaimed the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for their legendary […]

Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” franchise had its highest toy revenue ever for a non-movie year in 2010 and the best toy revenue since “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.” With sales of more than $510 million last year, “Star Wars” also maintained its position as the bestselling boys toy license in the U.S. for […]

Unemployment among vets grows to record levels

Unemployment among vets grows to record levels

More than 15 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans were unemployed in January, far higher than the national jobless rate and the highest since the government began collecting data on veterans in 2005, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Friday. That rate could go even higher if the U.S. military begins winding down […]

Soviet memories of Arab collapse: Been there, done that

Soviet memories of Arab collapse: Been there, done that

The astounding pro-democracy domino effect in the Arab world evokes the shock waves of 1989 that toppled communism in Eastern Europe and eventually brought down the Soviet Union. Two figures who helped shape the Soviet collapse — former Czech president Vaclav Havel and former Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze — are watching the Arab drama […]