U.S. Regulators Approve NASDAQ Plan to Pay Customers $62 Million For Facebook IPO Losses

March 25, 2013

“The approval of the plan by the Securities and Exchange Commission marks an end to months of uncertainty among brokers over potential relief for losses from the social-networking company’s May 2012 initial public offering.”

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) May Lift Restrictions on Electronic Device Use During Takeoff and Landing

March 25, 2013

“One member of the group and an official of the F.A.A., both of whom asked for anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly about internal discussions, said the agency was under tremendous pressure to let people use reading devices on planes, or to provide solid scientific evidence why they cannot.”

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Soda Sales Decline 1.2% in 2012

March 25, 2013

“Pepsi’s beverage market share continues to shrink, contracting 0.4% in 2012. Coke and Dr Pepper Snapple’s market shares both grew 0.1%.”

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Global Equity Markets Decline on Uncertainty Surrounding Cyprus Bailout Deal

March 25, 2013

“Cypriot policymakers reached an 11th-hour deal with the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund to shut down the country’s second largest bank in return for $13 billion in rescue funds.”

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TransOcean Employee: Training Saved Lives After 2010 Deepwater Horizon Explosion

March 25, 2013

“David Young, who was second-in-command to the rig’s captain, said he believes 115 workers managed to escape the burning rig that BP had leased from Transocean because they followed their training.”

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U.S. Senate Rejects Budget Resolution Carbon Tax Amendment

March 25, 2013

“The big tent notwithstanding, the Senate rejected the amendment handily, 58 to 41. All 45 of the chamber’s Republicans voted against it, as did 13 Democrats from energy-producing or swing states.”

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Supreme Court Justices Signal Uncertainty on Upcoming Ruling on Drug Patent Litigation

March 25, 2013

“U.S. and state regulators say the practice costs consumers, insurers and government billions of dollars annually. The Federal Trade Commission, which has called the deals “pay for delay,” has fought them in court for more than a decade.”

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Egyptian President Morsi Labels Protests “Criminal Acts”, an “Incitement to Violence”

March 25, 2013

“Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi said on Sunday that the clashes that took place on Friday near the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Muqattam are criminal acts that have nothing to do with the January uprising.”

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Investigators: Gun Evidence Link Parolee Evan Ebel to Murder of Colorado Prison Chief

March 25, 2013

“It had been known that the casings found at both scenes were of the same caliber and brand but Monday’s announcement was the first time Colorado investigators made a direct link between Ebel and Clements’ death.”

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U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron Calls For More Immigration Regulations

March 25, 2013

“Mr Cameron set out a series of measures in a major speech to cut down on people from within the European Union coming to Britain to use the health service, live in council houses or claim work-related benefits.”

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House of Representatives Approves Deregulation of GMO Crops

March 25, 2013

“The controversial “biotech rider” was slipped into House legislation Thursday during discussion of unrelated legislation designed to avoid a government shutdown March 27.”

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Israel “Prisoner X” Ben Zygier Unintentionally Revealed the Identity of 2 Top Israeli Spies in Lebanon to Hezbollah

March 25, 2013

“Under intense questioning from the Shin Bet, Zygier broke down and admitted that sometime in 2008, before he took his leave of absence and moved to Australia, he had flown to eastern Europe to meet with a man he knew to have close links with Hezbollah with the intention of turning that person into a double agent.”

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Office of Congressional Ethics Investigating Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Presidential Campaign

March 25, 2013

“Former staffers tell The Daily Beast that investigators have allegedly asked about allegations of improper transfer of funds and under-the-table payments actions by Bachmann’s presidential campaign, specifically in relation to the campaign’s national political director, Guy Short, and Bachmann’s onetime Iowa campaign chairman, state Sen. Kent Sorenson.”

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Residents in Newtown, Connecticut, Receive National Rifle Association (NRA) Robocalls

March 25, 2013

“Some residents in Newtown, Conn., say they’re outraged at receiving robocalls from the National Rifle Association only three months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.”

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U.S., South Korea Sign New Military Plan Formalizing Joint Response Against Any North Korean Provocations

March 25, 2013

“They called the contingency plan “South Korean-led, U.S.-supported.” It laid out various types of localized North Korean provocations and a joint South Korean-American response to each of them, South Korean officials said.”

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