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Star Economist at Harvard Faces Sexual Harassment Complaints
Roland Fryer’s ascent in the economics field was swift. Now he is embroiled in investigations into his workplace behavior.... More >>

Asbestos Opens New Legal Front in Battle Over Johnson’s Baby Powder
Johnson & Johnson says its product is safe. But asbestos, a carcinogen that can exist underground near talc, was a concern inside the company for decades.... More >>

Investors Have Nowhere to Hide as Stocks, Bonds and Commodities All Tumble
For the first time in decades, every major investment has fared poorly. The question is whether trouble in the markets will undermine economic growth.... More >>

Strategies: Tech Stocks Often Rise and Fall Together. They Shouldn’t.
Companies like Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google and Microsoft aren’t the same. Investors shouldn’t act as though they are, our columnist says.... More >>

The Year of Reckoning at CBS: Sexual Harassment Allegations and Attempts to Cover Them Up
The network has undertaken a companywide re-evaluation in the wake of the #MeToo movement that has forced three powerful men out of their jobs because of workplace conduct.... More >>

A Chinese Tycoon Sought Power and Influence. Washington Responded.
Ye Jianming courted the Biden family and networked with former United States security officials. Today, his empire is crashing down in court.... More >>

Retiring: Dementia Patients Fuel Assisted Living’s Growth. Safety May Be Lagging.
An analysis of inspection records in California, Florida and Texas shows significant numbers of violations related to residents with dementia.... More >>

Your Money: The Simplest Annuity Explainer We Could Write
We define immediate annuities, fixed annuities, variable annuities and index annuities, plus give you questions to ask salespeople.... More >>

With Interest: The Week in Business: Apple Expands in Austin, and the Fed Gears Up on Interest Rates
It's back to the drawing board on Britain’s floundering Brexit attempt. And the border wall is a sticking point in talks on continued funding of the U.S. government.... More >>

Health Law Could Be Hard to Knock Down Despite Judge’s Ruling
Legal scholars on opposite sides of previous Obamacare court decisions find the legal argument in this one shaky.... More >>

How McKinsey Has Helped Raise the Stature of Authoritarian Governments
At a time when democracies and their basic values are increasingly under attack, the iconic American company has sometimes served clients in ways that directly counter American interests.... More >>

8 Places Where Smartphones Tracked People’s Movements
A New York Times investigation showed that data from over a million devices in the New York area exposed people’s daily habits.... More >>

As the Trumps Dodged Taxes, Their Tenants Paid a Price
A phony business the Trumps created to siphon wealth from their empire drove up the rent for thousands living in their buildings.... More >>

Times Insider: Three Months in the Advice Mines
What I’ve learned from being our Sunday Business “Work Friend” advice columnist.... More >>

Past Tense: Apple Computers Used to Be Built in the U.S. It Was a Mess.
Steve Jobs tried to create a manufacturing culture in Silicon Valley. As one former Apple engineer put it, "It wasn't great for business."... More >>

What Is Talc, Where Is It Used and Why Is Asbestos a Concern?
Here's what you need to know about talc and the health-related claims surrounding it.... More >>

Big Swings in Stock Market Are at Their Highest Level Since 2011
Stocks across Wall Street are enduring one of the most prolonged periods of volatility of the past decade.... More >>

Education Dept. Will Cancel $150 Million in Student Debt After Judge’s Order
About 15,000 students who attended schools that closed will have their federal loans automatically eliminated. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos fought the change.... More >>

Apple Will Update iPhones in China to Avoid a Ban on Sales
The company said it would update the software of iPhones in China to try to resolve a legal dispute that threatens to block certain iPhone sales there.... More >>

How a National Security Investigation of Huawei Set Off an International Incident
The chief financial officer was arrested after a yearslong American inquiry into the Chinese telecommunications company.... More >>

The Weekly Standard, Pugnacious to the End, Will Cease Publication
The decision to shutter the conservative magazine was contentious, with one of its founders calling the closing a “murder” and “an entirely hostile act.”... More >>

The Workologist: When a Manager in Another Department Ignores Your Emails
An employee looking to make a switch gets no response and wonders if it’s because he’s the wrong “type.” Here’s how to stop brooding and take useful action.... More >>

LVMH Buys Belmond, Luxury Hotel Owner, as Rich Shoppers Spend More on Travel
As wealthy millennial customers shift their money from goods to experiences, the world’s biggest luxury group is acquiring the company behind the Hotel Cipriani and Orient Express.... More >>

Facebook Says Bug Opened Access to Private Photos
The announcement is the latest in a string of problems the social network has had with consumer data.... More >>

What Amazon Could Learn From Google in New York City
Amazon’s arrival in New York City has been loud. But Google has been quietly expanding in Manhattan for years, with few complaints from residents.... More >>

gender letter: Sisterhood in the Halls of Congress, and You’re Invited
The Democratic newcomers have a message for you: We’re cool, we’re transparent and we’ve got each others’ backs.... More >>

Your Money Adviser: Of a Certain Age? You May Need to Withdraw Money From a Retirement Account
The government requires people to start taking a certain amount of cash, known as a required minimum distribution, at 70. A formula determines how much.... More >>

Work Friend: I Am Begging You to Stop Sleeping With Your Co-Workers
Are literally all of you hooking up, or what?... More >>

Times Insider: Uncovering What Your Phone Knows
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, an investigative reporter for The Times, explains how reporters discovered some of the information mobile apps collect.... More >>

New Zealand Rebukes Google for Airing Name of Suspect in Backpacker’s Killing
A court had suppressed the man’s name under a legal provision meant to guarantee fair trials for defendants in the country.... More >>

Wall Street Is Battered by Worsening Economic Outlook in China
Disappointing retail sales and industrial output figures in China helped drag markets down.... More >>

China’s Economy Slows Sharply, in Challenge for Xi Jinping
Car sales are falling. Housing is slow. Workers get three-month unpaid vacations. For Chinese leaders, pressure for a trade deal with President Trump is rising.... More >>

DealBook Briefing: What Economists Are Worried About for 2019
What are the biggest threats to the U.S. economy next year, and will the country fall into a recession?... More >>

After Yellow Vests Come Off, Activists in France Use Facebook to Protest and Plan
Away from the street protests, demonstrators have built thriving communities in Facebook groups, which are helping to fuel the Yellow Vests.... More >>

As Labor Market Tightens, Women Are Moving Into Male-Dominated Jobs
Widening opportunities do not automatically translate into better pay or a decline in gender discrimination.... More >>

CBS Paid the Actress Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million to Settle Harassment Claims
Ms. Dushku told investigators she was written off the hit series ‘Bull’ after enduring sexual harassment on the set. Lawyers scolded CBS for its ‘antiquated’ views.... More >>

Who’s in the Middle of a Spat Between the U.S. and China? Canada
Canada is in a tricky spot, boxed in the middle between its two largest trading partners, and worried about having to choose sides.... More >>

Chase for Talent Pushes Tech Giants Far Beyond West Coast
Amazon and Google are aggressively opening offices outside of their Silicon Valley and Seattle hometowns. On Thursday, Apple said it would invest $1 billion in Austin, Tex.... More >>

G.E. to Spin Off Its Digital Business
The move is an effort to create a sustainable business from G.E.’s ambitious and costly foray into the software industry.... More >>

Life as a Runway: What 10 Entrepreneurs Wore to a Girlboss Rally
Acolytes of Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal, gathered to learned the secrets of being a “Girlboss.”... More >>

This Metal Is Worth More Than Gold, and It Scrubs Your Car’s Exhaust
Palladium, a silvery-white metal used in cars and sometimes jewelry, has topped gold in commodities trading for the last three days.... More >>

Virgin Galactic Rocket Ship Reaches Space, a Milestone in Space Tourism
Richard Branson’s company, which sent the crewed craft, SpaceShipTwo, more than 50 miles above Earth, is one of several racing to make space tourism a reality.... More >>

White Collar Watch: Can Cryptocurrencies Survive the Start of Government Regulation?
The government has finally begun to seriously investigate the market for cryptocurrencies and digital tokens. Expect casualties.... More >>

Chinese Markets Were Early to the Trade War Meltdown. Now They’re Not So Worried.
Escalating trade tensions have dragged down stock markets on Wall Street and across much of the world in recent weeks. One place where they have held up? China.... More >>

N.I.H. to Scrutinize Private Donations to Scientific Research Projects
After halting a discredited alcohol study, officials will enforce new policies to ensure that private support does not compromise scientific integrity.... More >>

Common Sense: Why the Ivy League Clings to a Strategy of Diminishing Returns
The endowment funds of Ivy League universities have put billions of dollars into so-called alternative assets. New data shows the strategy isn’t working.... More >>



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