The episode featured a voice cameo by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In it, the Simpson family is kicked out of their Springfield hometown after the mayor declares them an "unending nightmare." They run into Assange in exile.
Economists blame the slump in exports on a stronger yen, the global economic slowdown and ongoing problems from last year's earthquake and tsunami. Shipments were down 9.3 percent compared with a year earlier.
The Miami Boat Show, which is held on Presidents Day weekend, always promises a look at nice, new toys. This year, the show is aiming at the rich and fabulous yachting set. One of the new "yacht toys" being demonstrated: a personal submarine for just $50,000.
The resolution of the Greek debt crisis will depend, in part, on whether bondholders can be persuaded to take big losses on their holdings. At this point, it appears that most are willing to take their lumps and move on. But if enough of them balk at the settlement, it could tip Greece into default.
As many of the nation's highways continue to deteriorate, the funds to fix them are dwindling. In California, researchers are developing next-generation pavements that are quieter, more durable and more fuel-efficient, all on a tight budget.
Not known as a hotbed of experimentation, the world of publishing has been slow to embrace the transition from print to digital. But in New York this past week, the publishers who gathered were more interested in exploring new ideas than arguing about the death of books.
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