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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Risky Business

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over 4 years ago

President Obama’s new plan to stop big banks from taking big risks could be circumvented in dangerous ways having perverse effects on risk-taking says Bloomberg.com. “President Barack Obama’s proposal to impose limits on commercial banks may win him support on Main Street and shake up Wall Street ...

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Biden's Appeal

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Vice President Biden told Iraqi officials during a visit that the U.S. will appeal the dismissal of charges against the Blackwater agents who killed 17 Iraqis in 2007. “Mr. Biden, tasked by the Obama administration to oversee policy inIraq, made the statement after a day of meetings with Iraqi ...

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Bad Bedfellows

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A new study shows that sharing a bed with your partner at night makes you sleep worse and diminishes your mental acuity the next day. “When men spend the night with a bed mate their sleep is disturbed, whether they make love or not, and this impairs their mental ability the next day. The lack of ...

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Oil Spill

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Almost half a million gallons of crude oil have been spilt in a Texas port where a tanker gouged itself on two barges says the U.S. Coast Guard. “No injuries were reported, but a 50-block area around the port was evacuated out of caution, as the tanker was carrying a type of oil containing sulfide ...

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Ironic Markets

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Stock markets around the world have fallen after President Obama’s plan to reform the American financial industry received broad support from other world leaders. “The Dow Jones plunged by 216 points, or 2%, to close at 10172.98, while the technology heavy Nasdaq fell by 2.6%, or 60 points, to ...

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Beer Me, Whopper Me

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After success in Munich, Singapore and Venezuela, Burger King is opening its first American Whopper Bar in Miami which will serve Whoppers and beer twenty-four/seven. “Burger King Corp. said Friday it plans to open a Whopper Bar in the South Beach area of Miami next month. To keep up with Miami's ...

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Executive Appeal

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After the Supreme Court reversed campaign finance law to allow corporations to openly fund political campaigns, 40 executives are asking Congress to pass tough laws in favor of public financing. “About 40 current and former corporate executives have a message for Congress: Quit hitting us up for ...

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Virtual Daddy

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In addition to in-person visits, Illinois law has given divorced parents the right to virtual visitations with their children to be conducted over the internet with web cams or via instant messengers. “Greg Baddick helped his 9-year-old daughter learn the state capitals of the Midwest. Later, when ...

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Haiti Adoptions

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Proposals to speed up adoption procedures for orphans of the Haitian earthquake are raising ethical dilemmas about the value of psychological safety versus the reality of food and water shortages. “In a country where tens of thousands have been killed and an estimated 500,000 left destitute by a 7.0 ...

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Houston, We Have a Tweet

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A wireless internet connection to the International Space Station meant to soothe the isolation associated with space travel has produced the first tweet from outer space. “One small step for Twitter, one giant leap for mankind. Earlier today, NASA Flight Engineer TJ Creamer sent the first live ...

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Off the Air America

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Meant to be the liberal answer to conservative talk radio, Air America will soon go off the air after having promoted its stars like Al Franken and Rachel Maddow to national political prominence. “After years of brushing treetops and church spires, Air America, the radio network that was meant to be ...

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Man-Cheetah

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Researchers have determined that biological limitations on human running speed may be much lower than previously thought, allowing humans to achieve speeds of 35-40 miles per hour. “The newly published evidence identifies the critical variable imposing the biological limit to running speed, and ...

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Apple University

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Apple is reportedly in discussions with the school text book publisher McGraw-Hill to put its books on the forthcoming Apple tablet computer expected to have e-reader capabilities. “Apple Inc. has held talks with Hearst Corp., McGraw-Hill Cos. and Hachette Book Group about putting their publications ...

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Media Daze

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A new report says young people spend nearly eight hours each day on one media platform or another, up one hour from five years ago, which is more time than they go to school or even sleep. “The amount of time young people spend consuming media has ballooned with around-the-clock access and mobile ...

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“Jihadi Attack”

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“The man accused of killing one soldier and wounding another outside an Arkansas military recruiting center has asked a judge to change his plea to guilty, claiming ties to Al Qaeda. Abdulhakim Muhammad's attorney, Claiborne Ferguson, said Thursday night that his client sent a letter earlier this ...