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Inside Sears' death spiral: How an iconic American brand has been driven to the edge of bankruptcy

One morning in late 2015, on Sears' vast Illinois campus, more than a dozen employees huddled in a videoconference room on a floor dubbed "B6."<p>There, two mid-level employees were preparing a presentation for the CEO, Eddie Lampert, when their boss rushed in with some last-minute advice.<p>On a chart …

Best of 2016: Six times John Oliver made us all smarter this year

The long-form reports on “Last Week Tonight” kept us all informed abut the election, opioids and pyramid schemes<p>HBO's "Last Week Tonight" blew the lid off of many problems scratching at the American public in 2016. John Oliver's in-depth research on topics not only opened our eyes to the issues, …

8 podcasts that will make you smarter about business

If you're someone who wants to stay up to date with business news and learn about the finer points of finance and entrepreneurialism, then one of the best ways to pass your commute or workout is with a business podcast.<p>We've picked our favorites, and we're sure you'll find at least one you'll want …

Oil Market: Saudi Arabia's New Game Plan

Saudi Arabia has a new game plan: to confuse oil traders and investors.<p>That’s the impression one gets by listening to Saudi Arabia’s new oil minister – who is talking markets up one day, down the next day, and up the day after.<p>Ever since Saudi Arabia succeeded the US and became the world’s largest …

Oil

Inside New Lab, an 84,000-Square-Foot Tech Paradise in Brooklyn

The collaborative workspace for emerging technology in robotics, artificial intelligence, and design, has just opened at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.<p>Nearly a century ago, Building 128 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard was a hub of military innovation—tens of thousands of workers toiling by the water, building …

Artificial Intelligence

Acupuncture doubles chance of having a baby with IVF, study suggests

Acupuncture could dramatically boost the chances of IVF treatment working, a study suggests.<p>A British study found that rates of success were twice as high among those having the alternative therapy. Fertility experts said the findings were interesting and statistically significant.<p>However, they …

Game of Thrones: Everything You Need to Know Before Watching Season 6

A spoiler-free refresher on where we left off.<p>It’s been a long time since we visited the Starks, Lannisters, Targaryens, and more. Though speculation about what <i>might</i> happen next year is sky high, many have stayed out of the guessing game. For those who prefer to be surprised by what’s in store for …

TV Series

Long read: Francesco Totti – Rome's greatest son who never got the love he deserved

<i>(Please note: this feature originally appeared in the February 2016 issue of FourFourTwo magazine. Subscribe!)</i><p>“He’s a little t***, that Totti. I …

Bill Ackman and Michael Pearson: The Inside Story

<b>By Michelle Celarier</b><p>Photograph by Scott Eells — Bloomberg via Getty Images<p>March 27, 2016, 8:05 PM EDT<p><i>The bromance at the heart of the Valeant</i> …

Opinion: These U.S. shale-oil companies are poised to profit when prices rise

When oil prices stage a sustained recovery, U.S. shale-oil producers will be ready to increase production dramatically in the space of a few weeks.<p>So …

Gene Brown Is the Guy Who Finds the Rare Samples for All Your Favorite Hip-Hop Songs

Questlove, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, Just Blaze, and DJ Premier are just some of the legendary names who have turned to Gene Brown for sampling fodder.<p><i>Photo courtesy of Gene Brown</i><p>Long before Kanye West called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to help him achieve his dreams, he dialed Gene Brown.<p>Brown, a …

Here's why oil has so many booms and busts

If your answer is yes, then you guessed right. This was the period from 1979 to 1985; it was a period during which global oil demand declined from over 61 million barrels to 56 million barrels and non-OPEC supply increased from 32 million barrels to 37 million barrels. Yet prices rallied from $17 a …

Opec has failed to stop US shale revolution admits energy watchdog

The current crash in oil prices is sowing the seeds of a powerful rebound and a potential supply crunch by the end of the decade, but the prize may go to the US shale industry rather Opec, the world's energy watchdog has predicted.<p>America's shale oil producers and Canada's oil sands will come …

Oil

Scientology’s Vanished Queen

After the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige disappeared from public view, in 2007, those who asked questions were stonewalled, or worse. Now interviews with former insiders provide a grim picture of Shelly Miscavige’s youth, marriage, and fall from grace—and an assessment of her fate.<p>Say …

Man and Uber Man

Uber, Travis Kalanick’s smartphone-based car service, has been valued at $18.2 billion, but its C.E.O. still spends a lot of his time on the warpath. His enemies include the taxi industry, regulators around the world, his rivals, and even, on occasion, his customers.<p>Every now and then, when he’s …

The Chinese Century

Without fanfare—indeed, with some misgivings about its new status—China has just overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy. This is, and should be, a wake-up call—but not the kind most Americans might imagine.<p>When the history of 2014 is written, it will take note of a large fact …

Economics

Understanding Kim Jong Un, The World’s Most Enigmatic and Unpredictable Dictator

Everyone knows that North Korea’s leader is a bloodthirsty madman and buffoon—or is he really? Mark Bowden digs into the hard facts for an unusual portrait.<p>Does anyone make an easier target than Kim Jong Un? He’s Fatboy Kim the Third, the North Korean tyrant with a Fred Flintstone haircut—the …

North Korea

The Fugitive Heir

Two decades after his lovely young wife vanished, Robert Durst, scion of a Manhattan real-estate family worth billions, faces new murder charges. A cold case is now red-hot news, with a gangland-style execution, a headless torso, a manhunt, and revelations that Durst led part of his double life as …

Crime

The Troubling Question in the French Jewish Community: Is It Time to Leave?

Marie Brenner reports on an incendiary wave of anti-Semitism in France and speaks firsthand to one of the hostages from the siege on the Hyper Cacher kosher market. LIRE EN FRANÇAIS.<p>‘How can anyone be allowed to paint a swastika on the statue of Marianne, the goddess of French liberty, in the very …

France

“Either I am completely wrong, or he is completely wrong”: Mark Bowden on Seymour Hersh, Osama bin Laden and America’s new drone war

The author of “Black Hawk Down” and “Killing Pablo” talks El Chapo, death by drone and the truth about Bin Laden<p>There’s a terrific article in the journalist Mark Bowden’s new collection, "The Three Battles of Wanat," in which Bowden shadows the director of CBS’s coverage of NFL games. The director …

How the Koch Brothers hijacked the GOP: “I’m not sure they actually could do anything if they wanted to”

Three experts tell Salon how the right-wing billionaires have exploited the political process to devastating effect<p>During 2015 the Koch Network (a network of donors that is organized by the Koch Brothers) spent nearly $400 million to influence politics. That compares to the $404 million spent by …

The evolution of Leo: His punishing, paternal “Revenant” is the penance that will erase his party-boy past

<b>Leonardo DiCaprio in "Titanic," "The Departed," "The Revenant"</b><p>DiCaprio had to lose all remnants of his lighter-weight former selves before Academy voters would give him an Oscar<p>Eileen G'Sell<p>January 29, 2016 11:07pm (UTC)<p>“They bring kids in and portray ’em as the next cute guy,” reflected a feckless …

Arrested Development

Henry Kissinger, dangerous fraud: Why he’s as responsible for Iraq and the Middle East as Vietnam

He was a mad man, not a realist. He paved the way for disaster after disaster. We still think about him all wrong<p>Two weeks ago, a mini-scandal rocked the New York literary world. Gawker revealed that Andrew Roberts, the New York Times Book Review’s choice to review the authorized biography of Henry …

Five offbeat ways to invest in property for higher returns

Billions have flown into commercial property funds this year, but investors may be missing a trick by not looking further afield. We look at five alternative property funds<p>Commercial property funds have been flying off the shelves in recent years and investors have reaped the rewards, with …

Investing

How Pope Francis Became the People’s Pontiff

As Pope Francis arrives in the U.S.—to speak before Congress, visit Ground Zero, and address the U.N.—his inner circle talks to Paul Elie about why he is so different, so compelling, and so beloved.<p>Two summers ago my friend Agustín, an Argentinean graduate student on pilgrimage in Rome, filed into …

Angelina Jolie

The Bush dynasty is tearing itself apart: What George H.W. Bush vs. Dick Cheney is really about

Bush 41 took some pointed shots at his son’s Vice President this week. Here’s what it all means<p>This is not another obituary of Ahmad Chalabi, the Iraqi politician who provided much of the dubious intelligence that the Bush Administration used to justify the Iraq War. Chalabi died earlier this week …

The Russian village that sent 20 men to wage jihad in Syria

As the country puts on a show of force abroad, sources of extremism remain at home.<p>As the country puts on a show of force abroad, sources of extremism remain at home.<p>NOVOSASITLI, RUSSIA — In 2013, a quiet 23-year-old from Russia named Ahmed decided to travel to Syria to fight with an Islamist …

Middle East

Rafa Honigstein: Liverpool just need to improve under Jurgen Klopp (Videos)

By Ben Green Created on: October 11, 2015 11:22 am Last Updated:<p>German football expert Rafa Honigstein spoke about new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp …

Mean. Arrogant. Delusional. Why did America fall in love with Chevy Chase?

Bill Cosby is the most hated comedian in America. But if you were looking for a runner-up, Chevy Chase has to be in with a shout. Over the 40 years of his career, from his time as the breakout performer from Saturday Night Live’s legendary original ensemble, to his movie star days, to his latter …

Comedy