The humble banana is the subject of the longest-running WTO trade dispute and shaped the politics of many nations in Central and South America. Doug Krizner talks with author Dan Koeppel about his chronicle of the fruit's history.
The months-long writers' strike appears to be at an end, and some "show runners" are already planning for more episodes -- and fast. Mike Speier of Variety says that in Hollywood, the bottom line is always money.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is encouraging investment in the region to the north. It's safer and less violent, but some worry it will encourage the Kurds to pull away from Baghdad. Jeremy Hobson reports.
A new estimate predicts a $400-billion hit in subprime write-offs. But Jurgen Hambrecht says if banks simply worked the way European manufacturers did, there would be little cause to worry. Stephen Beard reports.
Part of the stimulus package will allow Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae to back much bigger home loans. Fortune Magazine's Allan Sloan says the federal government should keep a closer eye on lenders who would benefit the most.
The Yahoo! board is poised to reject a hostile takeover bid from the software giant. But Microsoft's chief has vowed to do whatever it takes to buy the Web's most popular destination. Scott Jagow talks with Lisa Napoli.