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IT turns out that the good times are even better than we thought for American chief executives. A preliminary examination of executive pay in 2010, based on data available as of April 1, found that the paychecks for top American executives were growing again, after shrinking during the 2008-9 recession. But that study, conducted for The New York Times by Equilar, an executive...

DETROIT (Bernie Woodall) – Over the past two years, Ford Motor Co has roared back from the brink of failure, won accolades for its gains in quality, posted its highest profits in a decade and rewarded patient investors with a 14-fold increase in its share price. But Mike LeBeau, 23, who works at a Ford assembly plant in Chicago making around $15 per hour and lives...

Kim Jong II with European Union folks BRUSSELS — The European Union said Monday it will restart food aid to North Korea after the country’s repressive communist regime agreed to an unprecedented monitoring system as it suffers through its worst food crisis in years. The EU will send euro10 million ($14.5 million) in food aid to North Korea, after food production...

I totally missed this info nugget and in case you did, too: Chinese women buy three times more Maseratis and twice as many Ferraris than Western women do. A third of China’s millionaires are women, and they buy a disproportionately large share of high-performance sports cars in the world’s fastest-growing major economy. Fiat SpA said the percentage of women buying...

Forbes Lifestyle has learned exclusively that the Northwest Territories government has presented Prince William and wife Kate Middleton with a Harry Winston diamond brooch and pair of cufflinks. The gifts, bearing a pave polar bear silhouette beneath a semi-circle representing the northern lights, were given to the royal couple in a small ceremony earlier this afternoon...

Call it the Kate Effect. Ever since Kate Middleton wore that silk navy dress at the announcement of her engagement with Prince William, the label Issa and its designer Daniella Helayel have become as popular as the new Duchess herself. The little-known brand of easy dresses in vivid colors and exuberant prints made the transition from insider-only label to international...

Image by AFP/Getty Images via @daylife Donald Trump has just unveiled his newly refurbished $100 million Boeing 757, an aircraft that once belonged to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, and what an overhaul it was. In fact, the aircraft’s interiors are almost gold plated as gold can be found covering everything from the sinks and faucets down to the seat belt fixtures...

(Reuters) – Rapper Jay-Z plans to bring his 40/40 restaurant and bar franchise to London next year in a deal which will team him up with England and Chelsea soccer player Ashley Cole. The NVA Entertainment Group (NVA), which brokered the multi-million pound (dollar) deal, said that The 40/40 London will be the first project of a partnership between Jay-Z and Cole...

For years Heidi W. Durrow heard the refrain: editors wouldn’t publish her novel because readers couldn’t relate to a protagonist who was part black and part Danish. But when that novel, “The Girl Who Fell From the Sky,” was finally published last year (after about four dozen rejections, said Ms. Durrow, who is, of course, black and Danish), the coming-of-age story...

Guangzhou Opera House Designed by Zaha Hadid GUANGZHOU, China — It says something about the state of architecture today that the most alluring opera house built anywhere in the world in decades is in a generic new business district at the outer edge of this city, has no resident company and a second-rate program. And because this is China, a country that is still undergoing...