Just as soon as V.S. Naipaul closed the book on one of literature's juiciest spats, he opened his mouth and started another one. This time the Nobel Laureate for literature said no woman writer could ever be his literary equal. He said that on Tuesday, but his comments are just now starting to echo on the Web.
Worries about a loss of momentum in the U.S. economy continued to make stock markets jittery Thursday. Major foreign exchanges experienced sell-offs following the sharp drop of more than 2 percent in U.S. indexes Wednesday. The markets are responding to data that suggest the U.S. recovery will remain a long, hard slog.
Mark Vitner, senior economist and managing director of Wells Fargo, says the market sell-off was a response to a tide of negative news in the past few days.
"There's been a lot of disappointing economic data," he says.
The Irish rock band Bell X1 has experienced a multitude of changes on its path to success. Popular vocalist Damien Rice once led the band when it was known by a different name — Juniper. Rice left the group, drummer Paul Noonan joined, and soon after the group changed its name to Bell X1.
It's a quest that never seems to end — the search for a safer birth control pill.
Some thought it might be at hand almost a decade ago when a new generation of oral contraceptives came on the market. They contained a hormone called drospirenone, which some thought would be less likely to cause dangerous blood clots.