Saturday, Jan 20


How Corruption and Cronyism in Banking Fueled Iran’s Protests

Thousands lost their savings in the collapse of shady banks, part of a broader economic system plagued by insider dealing, mismanagement and inefficiency.


The Longer It Lasts, the More a Shutdown Could Hurt the Economy

The early days of the federal government shutdown won’t slow the American economy much, but that could change if the impasse drags out.


Yes, People Really Are Eating Tide Pods. No, It’s Not Safe.

An improbable and dangerous idea promoted on the internet has become a cause for genuine concern, the authorities said.

Retiring: There’s Community and Consensus. But It’s No Commune.


A small movement with an ungainly name, cohousing, is appealing to more people of retirement age — and younger — who no longer want to be isolated.


T. Boone Pickens, a Texas-Size Businessman, Calls It Quits

A cantankerous self-made tycoon, Mr. Pickens shook up the oil business, promoted the concept of shareholder value and evangelized for renewable energy.


World Economic Forum: With Davos Approaching, the Global Economy Is Surging, but Growth Could Stall


A robust and ‘synchronized’ recovery has been slow in coming, and some fear growth will peak next year.

Keeping Alaïa Alive: A Designer Died, but His Brand Did Not


Two months after Azzedine Alaïa’s death, his company plots a course for the future.


Nicolle Wallace’s Road From the White House to 30 Rock

How a former aide to George W. Bush and campaign strategist for John McCain’s 2008 presidential run has became a somewhat unlikely TV star at MSNBC.


Herbert Schmertz, Innovative Public-Relations Man, Dies at 87


Mr. Schmertz promoted “advertorials” for Mobil Oil during the 1970s oil shortages and was instrumental in arranging its sponsorship of PBS programs.

Joe Frank, Spinner of Strange Radio Tales, Is Dead at 79


Delivered in a measured baritone, Mr. Frank’s monologues trod the line between fact and fiction and brought listeners into unusual territory.


Breakingviews: Trump’s Win on Tax Cuts Could End Up a Rare One


Slashing corporate taxes last month was a Republican success. But the wrangling over a shutdown is indicative of the partisan deadlock to come.

Your Money: Why It’s So Hard to Calculate What You’ll Pay for College

Many colleges offer discounts via a system that’s come to be known as merit aid. But it’s not easy to decipher, as a trip to four schools reveals.


Christine Beshar, Trailblazing Lawyer, Dies at 88


She was one of the first female partners at a Wall Street law firm and, in another first, persuaded it to provide on-site emergency child-care.

Delta Air Lines Tightens Rules for Service and Support Animals


The carrier will require more preflight documentation as a surge in animals used to aid disabled travelers and offer emotional support has raised safety concerns.

Friday, Jan 19


Bank of America Executive Departs After Misconduct Claim

The executive, Omeed Malik, was accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a young woman, according to people briefed on the bank’s investigation.

Are A.D.M. and Glencore About to Square Off for Bunge? DealBook Briefing


Archer Daniels has approached Bunge about a potential takeover, setting up a possible bidding war with Glencore.

Union Is Formed at Los Angeles Times and Publisher Put on Leave

By a 248-44 vote, newsroom employees defied an anti-union campaign by Tronc management. Later, Ross Levinsohn went on a leave of absence following harassment allegations.

On New Indian Condos, the Name Is Trump, and the Lure Is Meeting One


The developers of the new Trump Towers outside New Delhi promise the first group of buyers a meeting with Donald Trump Jr., according to Indian news reports.

The 747 Had a Great Run. But Farewell Doesn’t Mean the End.

The final Boeing 747 flight by any commercial United States airline took to the sky recently, with some tears and farewells. But a new life for the plane beckons.


Yesterday In Styles: Remembering That Moment We All Became a ‘Brand’


How the internet, the self-help industry and the changing nature of celebrity gave rise to the era of “Me, Inc.” in the 1990s.

Airliners Have Become China’s Newest Means of Pressuring Taiwan


China has opened a new air route for civilian airliners through the tense Taiwan Strait, at a time when it is also sending bombers and warships near Taiwan.

Facebook to Let Users Rank Credibility of News

Facebook said it planned to prioritize high-quality news on its site by allowing its users to rank news sources that they see as the most credible and trustworthy.


Welcome to the Neighborhood: America’s Sports Stadiums Are Moving Downtown


New sports arenas are altering the financial formula for building these behemoths by surrounding themselves with apartments, bars and office towers — not parking lots.

Street Scene: Why Private Equity Isn’t Cheering the Tax Overhaul


The tax overhaul could force private equity firms to change the way they do deals for the first time since the industry got revved up in the 1980s.


William Bain Jr., 80, Business Consultant and Romney Mentor, Dies


He made Bain & Company, in Boston, a fierce competitor to some of the country’s leading firms. Mitt Romney was one of his most significant hires.

Wealth Matters: As Big Firms Exit Broker Pact, Investors Are Uneasy

An alliance over broker recruitment rules is falling apart as wealth management firms threaten legal action to stop departing advisers from taking clients with them.


Your Money Adviser: Most States Don’t Require Specific Financial Literacy Classes

A new report gave only Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia an A for their efforts. There’s a debate on how best to teach the subject.

Are Felons Fit to Be Lawyers? Increasingly, the Answer Is Yes


State licensing boards appear to be more willing than in the past to find that felons have been rehabilitated and should be eligible to practice law.

US Stock Indexes Veer Mostly Higher in Afternoon Trading


Retailers and consumer goods companies led U.S. stock indexes mostly higher in afternoon trading Friday as the market recouped some of its modest losses from a day earlier.


Drilling Off Florida Is Still On the Table, Interior Official Says


A surprise statement on Friday undercut last week’s announcement that Florida had been granted an exemption from President Trump’s offshore-drilling plan.