Shakespeare wrote some three dozen plays, and this season you can see at least 12 of them in New York. Loot turned to James Shapiro, Larry Miller Professor of English at Columbia University, and Leonard Barkan, chairman of Princeton's department of comparative literature, for help with the hard choices.
Influenza is a seasonal affair in temperate climates, afflicting populations reliably in the colder months. Exactly when an epidemic will peak, though, has been harder to say. In any given community, it can happen at any time between October and April (in the Northern Hemisphere). That has made planning for the brunt of an outbreak difficult.
Over the past decade, we have heard about the “fat gene,” the “diabetes gene,” the “alcoholism gene,” the “intelligence gene,” even the “God gene.” In the end, none of these so-called discoveries proved correct.
Here’s some holiday cheer: 120 million American families no longer have to file income tax returns; the top individual rate is lowered by 20 percent; the top corporate rate is cut by more than half; the government gets the same amount of revenue; and the tax system is slightly more progressive.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and his colleagues are suffering through their own form of cognitive dissonance: revealing new concerns about the economy’s long-term prospects even as they forecast faster growth in 2014.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, once ousted in a coup, named a U.K.-educated general seen as apolitical as head of the nuclear-armed country’s army in a move to further civilian control over the military.
Activist funds, which buy stakes in companies in order to force changes in their operations, are one of the hottest trends in finance. Over the past year, the money flowing into them has surged so much that their assets under management are up more than 50 percent, while those of hedge funds as a whole have risen less than 15 percent.
The Justice Department’s $13 billion mortgage securities settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a record and also a rarity -- Attorney General Eric Holder’s first big win against a bank at the heart of 2008’s financial crisis.
Former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan vowed to permanently block a supply route to U.S. forces in Afghanistan starting tomorrow as he seeks an end to drone strikes in the country’s northwest, where his party holds power.