Bernard Madoff’s deputies made fake paperwork showing trading losses to save $1.7 million owed to an investor who died with “too much money” in his account even as the firm was being flooded with new customers and cash in the 1990s, the con man’s former finance chief told a jury.
Over the next 12 months, the Obama administration is due to issue regulations governing everything from e-cigarettes to smoke-stack emissions in what experts predict will be a second-term rush to put rules in place before leaving office.
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.
The U.K. Parliament started an inquiry into the safety of blood, tissue and organ screening because of concerns that people without symptoms may harbor the protein thought to cause the human form of mad cow disease.
To an Indian who grew up in the 1970s and ‘80s, the sights of Dhaka, Bangladesh, seem to belong to a past that Indian metropolises have mostly outgrown: exuberantly battered buses, unpainted buildings, pavement book vendors with faded posters of Rabindranath Tagore and Karl Marx as well as the Rolling Stones, and pitch darkness on the unlit streets and squares where rural migrants congregate in the evenings. The countryside still feels closer here than in Kolkata or Mumbai.