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February 16, 2011
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Wave of Unrest Rolls Into GulfA1
The Middle East's wave of popular revolts helped spur the largest street rebellion in years in a Persian Gulf monarchy, and the first to pit Shiite Muslims against Sunni rulers.
News Hub: 2 Dead After Bahrain Protests
Protests Swell in Yemen
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BUSINESS
Exxon Struggles to Find New OilA1
Exxon Mobil is struggling to find oil. Instead, it is stocking up on natural gas, mostly through its acquisition of XTO Energy.
Cheap Gas Fuels Coal Slide
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REAL ESTATE
Banks Push Bigger Down PaymentsA1
The down payments demanded by banks to buy homes have ballooned since the housing bust, potentially shrinking the pool of eligible buyers.
News Hub: Come Up With More Cash
Video: No Money Down? Not Anymore.
Vote: How big should down payments be?
Uncertainty Mires Risk-Retention Reform
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Bolivia Circus Animals Find Home in Colorado
When Bolivian President Evo Morales signed a law last year banning live animals from traveling circuses, it posed a problem. What to do with the liberated lions? It didn't take long to find a fix: math teacher Pat Craig.
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Stocks fell as economic reports raised fresh worries about inflation. The Dow industrials declined 41.55 points, or 0.3%, to 12226.64.
Exxon Mobil is struggling to find more oil and says it is addressing the shortfall with a shift toward natural gas, mostly through its XTO acquisition.
The Delaware Chancery Court upheld the "poison pill" takeover defense, prompting Air Products to abandon its bid for Airgas.
Nelson Peltz, famous for his big bets on restaurant chains such as Wendy's, is offering to buy discount retailer Family Dollar Stores.
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The House took up a bill to make record spending cuts. The GOP legislation would slash spending on non-entitlement programs by $61 billion during the final seven months of this fiscal year, among them high-speed rail, water projects and job training. Obama defended his budget proposal against criticism that it was too timid, as a bipartisan group of senators moved to address long-term spending issues.
Democrats cited a report that said GOP-proposed spending cuts would result in the loss of 800,000 jobs.
A funeral in Bahrain swelled into growing clashes with security forces, in the first Mideast unrest to pit a Shiite majority against Sunni rulers.
Iran threatened opposition leaders with execution and made more arrests, a day after protests prompted clashes that left two people dead.
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BUSINESS
Crop Surge Lifts Farmland PricesA2
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said farmland values in its district are climbing at their fastest rates since 2008.
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ECONOMY
Snowstorms Put Damper on SalesA2
U.S. retail sales rose 0.3% in January -- the seventh straight monthly increase. Meanwhile, import prices where higher on rising energy and food costs.
News Hub: Higher Retail Sales to Boost Markets
Department Stores Try to Step Up Game
America Shops: U.S. Retail Sales
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POLITICS
State Plans Anger UnionsA3
Union leaders say overhauls of rules for public- and private-sector unions being considered in Wisconsin, Ohio and about 12 other states threaten to accelerate the decline in membership nationwide.
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GOP Pushes Biggest-Ever CutsA4
The House took up legislation to make unprecedented cuts in federal spending this year, opening a freewheeling debate that will showcase the two parties' views on the size of government.
Obama Defends His Approach on Entitlements
Opinion: Republicans Need a New Strategy
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Obama Defends Entitlements ApproachA4
President Obama defended his budget proposal against criticism that it was too timid, as a bipartisan group of senators moved on their own to address the long-term spending issues the White House budget ducked.
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Geithner: Entitlements Key to Rein in Debt
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Minnesota Considers Top-Tier Tax BoostA5
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, wants to raise the state's top income-tax rate temporarily to 13.95%, which would be the highest in any state, to help close a $6.2 billion deficit.
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U.S. NEWS
Chicago Population Sinks to 1920 LevelA5
A larger-than-expected exodus over the past 10 years reduced the population of Chicago to a level not seen in nearly a century.
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REMEMBRANCES
Snowmobile Pioneer Cut a Fast Trail for the SportA5
Edgar Hetteen built the sport of snowmobiling from a grain-silo conveyor belt, an old Chevrolet bumper and other spare parts lying around his farm-equipment shop. He died Saturday at age 90.
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U.S. WatchA5
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Dalai Lama's Nephew Killed by CarA5
A nephew of the Dalai Lama was struck and killed by an SUV on a dark stretch of highway south of St. Augustine, Fla., at the start of a 300-mile trek to champion Tibetan freedoms.
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MIDDLE EAST NEWS
Iran's Rulers Crack DownA6
The Iranian government arrested hundreds of people as opposition leaders were threatened with execution, a day after the largest protests in a year prompted clashes in which at least two people were killed.
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MIDDLE EAST NEWS
Protesters Step Up Pressure in YemenA6
A string of small but persistent and violent protests in Yemen is putting fresh pressure on President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who only last week appeared to have outmaneuvered political opponents by dialing back popular unrest.
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Egypt's Military, Parties Begin to Prepare for PollsA6
Egypt's military named an eight-person committee, including a Muslim Brotherhood member and a Christian judge, to recommend changes to the constitution, as opposition parties showed signs of gearing up for future elections.
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MEDIA & MARKETING
CBS's Logan Targeted in Sexual Assault in CairoA6
CBS News correspondent Lara Logan on Friday suffered a "brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating" after being separated from her crew in the midst of a crowd in Egypt.
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U.S. Had Year of Warnings Over EgyptA8
Early last year, a group of U.S.-based human-rights activists, neoconservative policy makers and Mideast experts told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that what passed for calm in Egypt was an illusion.
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Families Mourn Those Killed in ProtestsA9
As Egyptians celebrate the ouster of their autocratic president, some are struggling with the high price they paid to make this moment possible.
Photos: The Revolution's Toll
Video: Egypt Honors the Dead
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Legal Cases Pile Up in CairoA9
It is open season in Egypt for legal complaints against members of the Mubarak regime.
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BUSINESS
France Seeks Input on Euro PactA12
France's finance minister urged euro-zone members to stop criticizing a Franco-German pact, while saying the next ECB president would be selected on the basis of competence, rather than passport.
Video: Lagarde Talks Currencies Before G-20
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EUROPE NEWS
Draghi Aims to Ease German DoubtA12
Bank of Italy Governor Mario Draghi, seen as a leading candidate to become the next head of the European Central Bank, is redoubling his efforts to win the endorsement of Germany, the largest and most-influential member of the 17-member euro zone.
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ASIA NEWS
Obama, Kerry Press Pakistan on ShooterA12
President Barack Obama called for Pakistan to release a government employee who killed two men last month, as Sen. John Kerry arrived in Lahore for talks aimed at ending the diplomatic standoff.
U.S. to Name Envoy to Pakistan, Afghanistan
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World WatchA12
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Trial Will Test Berlusconi's PopularityA13
Prime Minister Berlusconi faces the biggest challenge of his political life as he prepares for trial on charges of paying an underage girl for sex and abuse of office.
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LATIN AMERICA NEWS
U.S. Agents Shot in MexicoA13
An agent for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was shot and killed and another agent wounded by unknown gunmen in central Mexico.
Map: Drug Crime in Mexico
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EUROPE NEWS
Swiss Boost Effort to Curb Tax CheatsA13
Switzerland said it will make it easier for foreign governments to hunt for tax cheats with Swiss bank accounts, amid continuing criticism that it still does too little to assist international tax authorities.
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ASIA NEWS
Karzai Brother Investigated in U.S.A18
A U.S. federal grand jury is investigating allegations that Mahmood Karzai, a brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, engaged in racketeering, extortion and tax evasion.
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U.S., Argentina in Tussle Over CargoA18
A diplomatic row between Argentina and the U.S. escalated on Tuesday, with Argentina rebuffing Washington's demands to return communications and other confiscated equipment.
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