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Mar 3, 2012

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TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS
Small Indiana towns wrecked by violent storms and tornados that kill at least 24 in 3 states
Powerful storms leveled small towns in southern Indiana, transforming entire blocks of homes into piles of debris, tossing school buses into a home and a restaurant and causing destruction so severe it was difficult to tell what was once there.
(By Associated Press)

BP to pay $7.8 billion oil spill settlement
BP has settled a lawsuit over the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill with attorneys representing thousands of private plaintiffs, the company said.
(By Steven Mufson)

Obama calls Georgetown student vilified by Limbaugh
The president wades into the escalating battle over religious-affiliated institutions and contraception with a phone call to a law student attacked by the conservative talk radio host.
(By David Nakamura and Paul Kane)

Williams, Redskins gave cash bounties
Players say former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams paid players for big hits in a bounty system similar to the one revealed Friday by an NFL investigation of his tenure with the New Orleans Saints.
(By Mark Maske)

Obama to warn Netanyahu against military strikes on Iran
President Obama is heading into a critical week in his drive to contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
(By Scott Wilson)

NATION
U.N. report: Human rights abuses continue in Libya
Report by the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council provides detailed account of atrocities committed in Libya during the uprising and subsequent Western-backed military operation there.
( by Colum Lynch , The Washington Post)

James Q. Wilson, scholar known for ‘broken-windows’ theory, dies at 80
A leading conservative thinker on crime, morality and families, his work led to community policing efforts throughout the country.
( by Matt Schudel , The Washington Post)

Obama to warn Netanyahu against military strikes on Iran
President Obama is heading into a critical week in his drive to contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
( by Scott Wilson , The Washington Post)

Obama adopts Facebook timeline
VentureBeat | No page might better illustrate how well Timeline helps individuals control all aspects of their life story.
( by Sean Ludwig | VentureBeat.com , VentureBeat.com)

Technology and mayhem
Technology innovations during the war increased the efficiency and brutality of battle
( by Joel Achenbach , The Washington Post)

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METRO
July 1 shutdown possible in Virginia
State senators trade charges of hostage-taking as united Democrats again block budget bill.
( by Laura Vozzella , The Washington Post)

Racking up the warm-weather records
This year’s “meteorological winter” was rare. It was the warmest in 80 years, and the third warmest on record.
( by Martin Weil , The Washington Post)

Home, offices of D.C. contractor and political donor raided by the IRS
Officials looking into city corruption have not filed any charges against Jeffrey E. Thompson, owner of Chartered Health Plan.
( by Nikita Stewart, Del Quentin Wilber and Mike DeBonis , The Washington Post)

Smokey Robinson visits D.C. students
Duke Ellington School of the Arts students will perform Saturday with the celebrated Motown singer.
( by Erica W. Morrison , The Washington Post)

Can Hill East handle Redskins plan?
A training facility and tax-producing mixed-use development may be more than 67-acre parcel can bear.
( by Mike DeBonis , The Washington Post)

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POLITICS
July 1 shutdown possible in Virginia
State senators trade charges of hostage-taking as united Democrats again block budget bill.
( by Laura Vozzella , The Washington Post)

Home, offices of D.C. contractor and political donor raided by the IRS
Officials looking into city corruption have not filed any charges against Jeffrey E. Thompson, owner of Chartered Health Plan.
( by Nikita Stewart, Del Quentin Wilber and Mike DeBonis , The Washington Post)

Can Hill East handle Redskins plan?
A training facility and tax-producing mixed-use development may be more than 67-acre parcel can bear.
( by Mike DeBonis , The Washington Post)

In 2012 session, Virginia GOP’s toughest foes have been within
The party’s ambitious legislative plan has run into an unexpected barrier: its own moderates, who have killed or gutted marquee bills related to home-schooling and welfare, abortion and illegal immigration.
( by Laura Vozzella and Anita Kumar , The Washington Post)

Cuccinelli’s demand for academic global-warming records blocked
The Va. Supreme Court’s ruling is a loss for the AG, whose high-profile suits have won national attention.
( by Anita Kumar , The Washington Post)

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STYLE
His faint praise eats away at her
She makes a meal, and he declares it “pretty good.” Should she be offended?
(, The Washington Post)

His language of love is Spanglish
Bachata star Romeo Santos rules the Latin charts. But he has no plans to conquer the English-only world.
( by Chris Richards in NEW YORK , The Washington Post)

Hirshhorn’s “Suprasensorial” exhibit lets viewers participate in the art
The five large-scale installation pieces in the Hirshhorn’s “Suprasensorial” exhibition aim to overwhelm the viewer by breaking down the usual conventions of how we relate to art.
( by Philip Kennicott , The Washington Post)

Coca-Cola builds playgrounds, and controversy
Are beverage companies really worried about the childhood obesity epidemic or are they just trying to get kids to like their products by building playgrounds.
(, The Washington Post)

A visionary museum
Baltimore’s fun and funky American Visionary Art Museum is a place that’s just right for kids.
(, The Washington Post)

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SPORTS
TV and radio listings: March 3
TV and radio listings: March 3
(, The Washington Post)

Maryland women win big over Virginia
The third-seeded Terrapins are the highest seed remaining in the ACC tournament after their 70-58 win over Cavaliers in the quarterfinals.
( by Gene Wang , The Washington Post)

Westfield, Edison fall in state tournament
The Northern Region’s two representatives in the Virginia AAA boys’ basketball tournament bow out in tight games in the state quarterfinals.
( by Paul Tenorio and Preston Williams , The Washington Post)

Girls roundup: Frederick, Wise, Calvert advance
Lauren Tolson scores 24 points to lead the 16th-ranked Frederick girls to a 60-59 overtime win over Damascus for the Maryland 3A West title.
( From Staff Reports , The Washington Post)

Stone Bridge cruises to NVSHL title
HOCKEY | Not even a little D.C. area gridlock could keep the Bulldogs from rolling past Briar Woods for their second straight NVSHL title.
( by Matt Brooks , The Washington Post)

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WORLD
Noda says tax hike essential for Japan's sustainability
Prime minister appeals for support of opposition, which is pushing for snap election.
( by Chico Harlan , The Washington Post)

U.N. report: Human rights abuses continue in Libya
Report by the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council provides detailed account of atrocities committed in Libya during the uprising and subsequent Western-backed military operation there.
( by Colum Lynch , The Washington Post)

U.S. security team attacked in Yemen
A gunman opened fire on a U.S. security team that was training Yemeni soldiers in the south of Yemen, and a bomb blast injured at least 22 at an anti-U.S. protest.
( by Mohammed Mukhashaf , Reuters)

Obama to warn Netanyahu against military strikes on Iran
President Obama is heading into a critical week in his drive to contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
( by Scott Wilson , The Washington Post)

Soldiers to be reprimanded for Koran burning
U.S. military investigators have concluded that five soldiers were involved in the incineration of a pile of Korans in Afghanistan last week, according to U.S. military officials who have been briefed on the inquiry.
( by Kevin Sieff , The Washington Post)

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LIVE DISCUSSIONS
Carolyn Hax Live: Advice columnist tackles your problems (Friday, March 9)
Advice Columnist Carolyn Hax takes your questions and comments about the strange train we call life.
(, vForum)

Carolyn Hax Live (Friday, March 2)
Advice Columnist Carolyn Hax takes your questions and comments about the strange train we call life.
(, vForum)

Lisa de Moraes' TV Column Live
Post TV columnist Lisa de Moraes chats with readers about the start of the Fall television season.
(, vForum)

Analyzing Super Tuesday with Chris Cillizza
Chris Cillizza discusses Super Tuesday election results as the come in and wrap up.
(, vForum)

How to rev up your social media strategy
Be it Twitter, Facebook, Pintrist or beyond, Ryan Paugh will be taking questions on how to rev up your social media strategy.
(, vForum)

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TECHNOLOGY
Yelp gains on first trading day
Yelp, the online review site, closed 66 percent up.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

Cell phone jamming raises controversy
It’s illegal to jam cell phone signals, but those craving silence don’t care.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

Apple: We’re responsible for over 500,000 American jobs
Apple says a study shows it directly or indirectly supports 510,000 American jobs.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

Prevent ID theft during tax season
Tax returns are a treasure trove of information for identity thieves.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

Is Yelp stock a sure thing?
Yelp’s stock was quickly up 60 percent in its first day of public trading. But there are issues to consider before you invest.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

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EDITORIAL
Virginia’s inevitable ultrasound bill

(, The Washington Post)

Understanding present tense

(, The Washington Post)

Put domestic violence into context

(, The Washington Post)

Lifting limits on gun purchases

(, The Washington Post)

A man ahead of his time

(, The Washington Post)

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BUSINESS
Sale of Beacon Power to private-equity firm approved
Government regulators on Friday approved the sale of Beacon Power, a bankrupt energy storage company, to a private-equity firm that would repay most of its Energy Department loans.
( by Steven Mufson , The Washington Post)

Study: Apple helped create 514,000 jobs
Apple releases a study that claims the tech giant is responsible for 514,000 jobs in the United States.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

Ireland struggles to regain economic footing
The nation has tried to follow closely the playbook set out by the International Monetary Fund, but the depth of its problems and outside events have made progress difficult.
( by Howard Schneider , The Washington Post)

Yelp gains on first trading day
Yelp, the online review site, closed 66 percent up.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

Cell phone jamming raises controversy
It’s illegal to jam cell phone signals, but those craving silence don’t care.
( by Hayley Tsukayama , The Washington Post)

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NYT Morning Busines News | Today's Headlines: Builders of Casino Empire Split, and the Bitter Accusations Fly

The New York Times
March 3, 2012

Today's Headlines



TOP NEWS

Chain of Avoidable Errors Cited in Koran Burning

By ALISSA J. RUBIN
American and Afghan officials say the incineration of Korans could have been headed off at several points.

Accord Reached Settling Lawsuit Over BP Oil Spill

By JOHN SCHWARTZ
BP agreed with the lawyers for businesses and individuals affected by the 2010 oil spill to pay $7.8 billion in claims, but the federal government, the largest plaintiff, was not a party to the settlement.
The Caucus

Obama Backs Student in Furor With Limbaugh on Birth Control

By JONATHAN WEISMAN
The election-year fight over the administration's birth control policy escalated, with a Georgetown law student and the radio host Rush Limbaugh taking center stage in the conflict.
QUOTATION OF THE DAY
"It is our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of our game, and this type of conduct will not be tolerated."
ROGER GOODELL, the National Football League commissioner, on a bounty system in which defensive players for the New Orleans Saints were paid for injuring opponents.

Magazine

Slide Show: Here Is London

Scenes of London's youth, commuters, fans and more.
Opinion
Op-Ed Contributor

Starving Iran Won't Free It

If America wants Iranians to overthrow their government, sanctions won't help. Only when Iran's people are no longer hungry will they seek political change.
WORLD

Syria Blocks Red Cross Aid to Rebel Enclave in Homs

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR and ALAN COWELL
The Syrian authorities blocked an officially sanctioned convoy laden with food and medical supplies from entering a devastated neighborhood after a monthlong siege.

French Journalists Return Home After 9 Days Trapped in Syria

By MAÏA de la BAUME
President Nicolas Sarkozy praised the journalists, one of whom was seriously injured, and called the process to bring them home to France "extremely complicated."

U.N. Faults NATO and Libyan Authorities in Report

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR
NATO was found to have insufficiently investigated air raids it conducted that killed at least 60 Libyan civilians.
U.S.

Romney Trying to Recast Wealth to Be Seen as Asset

By ASHLEY PARKER and JODI KANTOR
Mitt Romney, who has struggled with how to handle his immense wealth, is trying to talk to audiences more on how his financial expertise can be used to cure an ailing economy.

Deadly Tornadoes Pound the South and the Midwest

By KIM SEVERSON
A frantic day and night of fast-moving tornadoes and severe thunderstorms left behind at least 27 dead, hundreds of injuries and countless damaged buildings in several states.

Moving Military Newspaper to Base Raises Concerns on Independence

By THOM SHANKER
Editors and members of Congress fear that the cost-cutting action could lead to interference by the officials that Stars and Stripes reports on.
POLITICS

'Super PACs,' Not Campaigns, Do Bulk of Ad Spending

By JEREMY W. PETERS
Leading up to Super Tuesday, outside groups continued to play the role of the attack machine for the Republican candidates.
The Caucus

Top Obama Adviser to Appear at 'Super PAC' Meeting

By MICHAEL LUO and NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
David Plouffe, a top political adviser to President Obama, is scheduled to appear at a West Coast fund-raising meeting Friday for the "super PAC" backing President Obama's re-election bid.
The Caucus

Santorum Calls for Investigation of Michigan Republican Party

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
A complaint to the Republican National Committee chairman alleges "backroom deals" on the part of party officials to rework rules in Mitt Romney's favor after the Michigan primary.
BUSINESS

Builders of Casino Empire Split, and the Bitter Accusations Fly

By KEITH BRADSHER
In one of the gambling industry's most rancorous public feuds, Stephen A. Wynn and Kazuo Okada are accusing one another of making payments meant to curry favor from public officials.
DealBook

U.S. Unit of Maclaren, a Stroller Maker, Is in Bankruptcy

By PETER LATTMAN and ANDREW MARTIN
Maclaren's Chapter 7 filing follows lawsuits and a recall of a million baby buggies in 2009 after the fingers of 12 children were amputated on the hinges of its foldable model.

For iRobot, the Future Is Getting Closer

By CHRISTOPHER DREW
iRobot has sold millions of Roomba vacuum cleaners, and its bomb disposal robots protect soldiers. Now, it is using video and computing advances to create robots that can handle more duties.
TECHNOLOGY

Apps Seek to Help Phone Users Track Data

By JENNA WORTHAM
As unlimited data plans fade away, services and applications are being designed to help users manage their consumption.

F.C.C. Asks for Guidance on Whether, and When, to Cut Off Cellphone Service

By EDWARD WYATT
The issue came to the Federal Communications Commission's attention last August, when Bay Area Rapid Transit in San Francisco shut off cellphone service for three hours to hinder protests.
Your Money

At Angie's List, the Reviews Are Real (So Is Angie)

By RON LIEBER
At a time when everyone wants information for free, Angie's List, which features user-generated reviews of services, charges for access. Yet something about its business model is working.
SPORTS

N.F.L. Inquiry Says Saints Set Bounty for Hits

By JUDY BATTISTA
The bounty system was financed mostly by players and was administered by the former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who also contributed money to the pool.

Before Games, Religious Questions

By MARY PILON
A Texas group that organizes competition among more than 200 private and parochial schools in the state has raised concerns over its dealings with non-Christian schools.

Out of the Bronx, a Gymnast Sets Sights on Gold

By JOHN BRANCH
John Orozco has spent much of his life commuting to World Cup Gymnastics in Westchester. Now at 19, he may be the best all-around gymnast in the United States.
ARTS
Exhibition Review

The Beasts Without and Within

By EDWARD ROTHSTEIN
From Edgar Allan Poe's "Raven" to Snoopy writing in the garret atop his doghouse, animals have always inspired us and stood beside us, as a new exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum illustrates.

Albee Is Ready to Revisit His Past

By PATRICK HEALY
Edward Albee talks about "The Lady From Dubuque," one of the plays of his "down period," which is having its first New York revival by the Signature Theater Company.
Dance Review

Frolicking With Bubbly Saints and Marching With the Band

By GIA KOURLAS
The Mark Morris Dance Group returned to the Brooklyn Academy of Music with an exuberant premiere, set to Beethoven, and "Four Saints in Three Acts."
NEW YORK / REGION

Veiled Witness in Rutgers Case Tells of Noticing Webcam

By KATE ZERNIKE
The man who was with Tyler Clementi in Mr. Clementi's dorm room has never been identified, and his testimony is considered crucial in the case.
James Q. Wilson, 1931-2012

Originated 'Broken Windows' Policing Strategy

By BRUCE WEBER
Mr. Wilson was a social scientist whose research laid the groundwork for crime reduction efforts in several cities.

How Graffiti Goats Became a Symbol of ... Something

By PETER APPLEBOME
Goats spray-painted onto planters in Kingston, N.Y., were considered vandalism by officials, but inspired acts of solidarity, though it's unclear what the images mean.
TRAVEL

Cambodia's Sweet Spot

By ONDINE COHANE
Coastal Cambodia is ripe for travel right now, still mostly itself, with roads and a few nice hotels. But the clock is ticking until the concrete and crowds arrive.
Overnighter

A Vienna Getaway Minus the Crowds

By EVAN RAIL
Bratislava, Slovakia, makes an excellent getaway from the more popular destinations in the region, especially if you're tired of the big-city crowds of neighboring Vienna, Budapest and Prague.

36 Hours: Austin, Tex.

By RACHEL LEE HARRIS
Long a haven for free spirits, Austin these days is more chic than shabby.
EDITORIALS
Editorial

Crushing Homs

With reports of the Syrian government taking control of the main rebel stronghold, the horrors keep mounting. So must the pressure on President Assad.
Editorial

How to Pay for Pensions

The New York State public retirement system needs short-term relief as well as long-term reforms.
Editorial

A Better Chance to Succeed

Community colleges are sending many capable students to remedial classes, which are often a dead end. They need to quickly develop better ways to assess students.
OP-ED
Op-Ed Contributor

Only Crippling Sanctions Will Stop Iran

By EMANUELE OTTOLENGHI
If Iran's government is rational, then why would it stop its nuclear quest so close to the finish line?
Op-Ed Columnist

Santorum and the Sexual Revolution

By CHARLES M. BLOW
Various comments made by the Republican presidential candidate illuminate his war with the 1960s.
Op-Ed Columnist

Rooting for Santorum

By JOE NOCERA
If Rick Santorum were to capture the Republican presidential nomination, he'd surely get crushed by President Obama. But it would be good for his party.
ON THIS DAY
On March 3, 1991, in a case that sparked a national outcry, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.

NYT: ALERT FGC BOLSA -FGC FINANCIAL MARKETS: Spain Adjusts Deficit-Reduction Target at European Summit



Alert Name: FGC BOLSA - FGC FINA
March 3, 2012

In a move described as a “sovereign decision” by its prime minister, Spain revised its deficit target for 2012 to 5.8 percent of gross domestic product, from 4.4 percent. 

ABC News Australia Afternoon Edition: Carr tells Labor to stop 'gabbing' to the media


Top Stories
More Top Stories »

Thousands evacuate as flood threat spreads

Heavy rain is causing flash flooding across New South Wales as thousands are evacuated in the state's south-east and Victoria as floodwaters rise. More »

Relocation fears as ocean swallows Torres Strait
At least 14 dead as tornados rip across US
Carr tells Labor to stop 'gabbing' to the media


Obama warns against first strike on Iran
Union backlash over call for media watchdog
Five arrested after shots in Adelaide
LNP accused of selling access to MPs
WA, NT rank high for mining investment



More Analysis »

The Prime Minister, it seems, is not for turning

Well that was something.

Every now and again, one is reminded of how utterly transformative it can be when a political leader exerts authority in a surprising way. Twenty past twelve this afternoon was one of those moments.

The Prime Minister has put her foot down, and kept it down. Rather than just talking about being authoritative, she's just gone ahead and been itMore »

'Stuff it!' PM puts the pedal to the metal
Kevin Rudd and the Glory of the Martyrs
Saibai's sinking feeling
Lost tribes on the political plain
Tough times for the A-League billionaires
Fewer opinion polls, longer parliamentary terms
The twisted logic of pokie reform
Full of sin: how food became the new sex
Oscar: crafting man in his image

Australia
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WA, NT rank high for mining investment

By David Weber

An international survey of mining companies shows that despite talk of a mining tax, Australia continues to be a desirable investment destination.More »

Five arrested after shots in Adelaide
Thousands evacuate as flood threat spreads
Union backlash over call for media watchdog
Fallout and praise follows Cabinet reshuffle
Broncos fight back to down Eels
Local market follows Wall Street higher
Christian hat-trick slows Sri Lanka
Australian manufacturers take hit for the eurozone
Alleged Bali drug smuggler tried to escape

Business
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EU leaders sign budget treaty

By Lisa Millar in London

All but two European Union countries have signed a treaty enforcing balanced budgets in a bid to prevent more crises and to build up confidence in the euro.More »

WA, NT rank high for mining investment
Media inquiry calls for single watchdog
Buyer found for embattled Anzac biscuit maker
Local market follows Wall Street higher

Politics
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Carr tells Labor to stop 'gabbing' to the media

Incoming foreign minister Bob Carr has issued a warning to his Labor Party colleagues to stop leaking internal details to the media.More »

EU leaders sign budget treaty
LNP accused of selling access to MPs
Obama warns against first strike on Iran
Union backlash over call for media watchdog