Zachary Levi of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Embraces His Inner Geek

“It’s crazy to think how obsessed I was,” said Zachary Levi. “At one point in my life this was everything.” Mr. Levi, who is 6-foot-4 and newly buff, was on the first floor of Midtown Comics, just south of Times Square, gazing up at shelves crammed with new releases. A former comics head and self-described…

Risky Home Loans Are Making a Comeback. Are They Right for You?

“I fell in love with the house,” Mr. John said. “We saw it, put in an offer and closed in less than 30 days.” He used an interest-only adjustable-rate mortgage to buy the house, which cost about $1 million. He looked at traditional fixed-rate loans as well, but the interest-only loan was half a percentage…

Brexit: Brits will have to pay for visa-free European travel

(CNN) — In post-Brexit Britain, trips to the European Union will get a little more expensive for millions of Brits in search of a continental break. The European Commission confirmed on Friday that UK travelers will be required fill out an online form and cough up €7 ($7.90) for visa-free travel, which will be valid…

Watch This Wolf Go Fishing

Wolves are thought of as red-meat eaters, but a team of biologists in northern Minnesota, near Voyageurs National Park, has documented a pack that often enjoys a meal of fish. It is a rare glimpse of wolves catching and eating freshwater fish, although they have been observed eating spawning salmon along the coast of British…

The Simplest Annuity Explainer We Could Write

Annuities can be complicated. This column will not be. After I wrote two weeks ago about getting tossed out of the office of an annuity salesman, there was a surprising clamor for more information about this room-clearing topic. One group of readers just wanted a basic explainer on how annuities work. For that, read on….

SIPC chief raises concerns to SEC about Robinhood’s free checking accounts

Harbeck’s tenure at the the Securities Investors Protection Corp., beginning as CEO in 2003, spans the liquidations of Lehman Brothers, Bernard L. Madoff Securities, and MF Global. Cash balances sitting in accounts collecting interest for a long period of time also skirt the SIPC rules on what’s covered in the event of a collapse, Harbeck…

Uncertainty, hope at the 11th hour of COP24 climate talks

“They’re going nowhere — for Tuvalu, for small counties,” Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga of Tuvalu, an island country in the Pacific, said Friday morning. “What we have on the table is very disappointing, very frustrating. We are unhappy. We are going back on the Paris Agreement — what we agreed to three years ago. It…

Facebook Says Bug Opened Access to Private Photos

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook announced on Friday that it had discovered a bug that allowed outsiders access to private photos, potentially affecting some 6.8 million people who use the service. “We have fixed the issue but, because of this bug, some third-party apps may have had access to a broader set of photos than usual,”…

Adobe trades lower after Q4 2018 beat

Adobe stock dropped as much as 5 percent in a down market for tech stocks on Friday, a day after reporting better-than-expected earnings for the fourth quarter of its 2018 fiscal year. Investors are concerned about the $4.75 billion acquisition of Marketo diluting earnings, as well as a write-down of some assets from the deal….

Facebook ‘sorry’ for exposing millions of users’ private photos

The company said a bug recently allowed third-party app developers to access photos people may not have shared publicly. Facebook believes as many as 6.8 million users could be affected. The Irish Data Protection Commission, the body that oversees Facebook’s compliance with European regulations, said on Friday that it had launched a “statutory inquiry” into…