Pope Benedict XVI: 5 Ways He Was Also an Economic Shepherd

Pope Benedict XVI was a moral and religious leader, but there's also a fiscal side to his legacy: He endorsed several positions that could affect the personal finances of millions of people. Here are five ways his papacy may impact our lives and pocketbooks.

Fifty Shades of Stimulus: How Smut Is Heating Up the Economy

When politicians talk about "job creators," they usually mean big industries and prominent industrialists. But the 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon has shown that job creation -- and stimulus -- can come from some very odd quarters, and impact the economy in unusual places.

New Safe-Sex Porn Law Could Cost L.A. Billions

Many industries complain that new government regulations are bad for business; now, we're hearing it from the adult film biz. A proposed L.A. city regulation to require porn actors to use condoms has adult film makers threatening to leave Tinseltown -- and to take the lion's share of an $8 billion-a-year industry with them.

Would You Buy Birth Control Pills on Craigslist?

For sexually active women and men who use contraception, the cost of birth control ranges from $10 to $100 or more a month. That's not terribly high, but in tough economic times, the impact of that expense is magnified. We run down the options and the prices for avoiding an unplanned pregnancy.

SSL, Maker of Durex Condoms, OKs $3.9 Billion Takeover Bid

SSL International Plc, the company which makes Durex condoms as well as Scholl foot care products, said its board is recommending a 2.54 billion pound ($3.9 billion) takeover offer from Reckitt Benckiser PLC. Reckitt Benckiser said the offer represents a 33% premium over SSL%u2019s July 20 share price, according to The Associated Press. The bid values the company at 1,163 pence a share plus a final dividend for last year of eight pence.

Judge nixes mandatory condoms in porn flicks

The porn business is going to keep its elbow room. A petition by an AIDS advocacy group to require that adult film companies use condoms when shooting movies has been denied by a Los Angeles judge.

Condoms sell well in a tough economy

Nielsen reports that sales of condoms were up 5% in the fourth quarter of 2008 compared to the same period in 2007. January saw an increase of 6%....

Smile and say!

File this under the heading of "What will they think of next?" The condom marketer Lifestyles has put a new spin on an old photo booth. Gone are the...

Fantastic freebies! Free condom!

When I was first coming of age, the AIDS crisis was big news, so I was inundated with information about STD prevention and safe sex. In fact, sex ed...