Mar 21, 2012
By SCOTT SAYARE
A 23-year-old Frenchman asserting ties to Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the methodical killings of four men and three children in the region of Toulouse over 10 days.
By RICK GLADSTONE
The United Nations unanimously embraced efforts by Kofi Annan to negotiate a cease-fire in the year-old Syria conflict, funnel aid to victims and begin a political transition in the country.
By ANNE BARNARD
Impervious to a sustained popular uprising and beyond the reach of outside intervention, Syria stands out among the countries swept up in the regional Arab revolts.
By ISABEL KERSHNER
The bodies of Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 30, a religious instructor at the school; his two sons, Arye, 6, and Gabriel, 3; and Miriam Monsonego, 8, the daughter of the school's principal, were flown overnight from France.
By MATTHEW ROSENBERG and SANGAR RAHIMI
Officials in Kandahar Province say it was a different Mohammad Merah who was convicted of planting bombs.
|Labor splashes cash on Holden|
|The government will today announce a package worth at least $200 million to keep Holden manufacturing cars in Australia.|
First off: Julia Gillard will hold talks with Industry Minister Greg Combet and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill this morning. Holden chairman Mike Devereux and Australian Manufacturing Workers Union boss Ian Jones are also expected to attend the final talks.
The PM will then announce a $200 million assistance package for Holden in a move designed to shore up the car maker's future in this country. In exchange, Holden is expected to promise it will stay in Australia until at least 2022 (Oz) (SMH ) (Advertiser). In question time, Labor will talk up the benefits of the MRRT, the Holden deal and it will highlight Liberal finance spokesman Andrew Robb's opposition to a superannuation increase, despite the Coalition's commitment to keep them.
Tony Abbott is in Canberra for the final sitting day of the parliamentary fortnight. Look for the Opposition Leader to make an appearance off campus this morning and visit a local business. The Coalition will hone in on Labor's management of the federal budget today and look to highlight waste and mismanagement. Mr Abbott's office says he will not appear at an anti-carbon tax rally later today. But that's news to rally organisers the Consumers and Taxpayers Association , who say they expect the Opposition Leader will attend (more below).
Queensland election - Sean Parnell reports: Anna Bligh and Campbell Newman have both started the day in south-east Queensland, the Premier spending last night on the Gold Coast while the Liberal National Party leader was in Brisbane. The state capital is where most Labor seats are tipped to fall, delivering power to the LNP, however it remains unclear whether Mr Newman will see out the week in Brisbane. Ms Bligh is still commi
|In praise of forests|
|There’s a landslide election coming. A Labor government will suffer a huge swing and receive, give or take several points, around 40 per cent of…|
|More Peter Brent|
Personal Finance Daily
MARCH 21, 2012
Wednesday's Personal Finance Stories
- How to squeeze more money perks out of your job
- Home sales dip, but best February in five years
- Wal-Mart lets online shoppers pay with cash
Also on MarketWatch today, data show sales of existing homes fell 0.9% in February from January's upwardly revised figure, but improving job prospects, cheaper homes and warm weather are making it the best start to the year since the housing crisis began.
— Anne Stanley , Managing Editor, Personal Finance
How to squeeze more money perks out of your job
Employers are offering more workplace tools for employees to protect their health and their wealth — and workers should take advantage of them.
Read more: How to squeeze more money perks out of your job.
Wal-Mart lets online shoppers pay cash
Next month, WalMart.com reportedly will start "Pay With Cash," which lets customers reserve items online for in-store pickup. Although the target audience may be the estimated 20% of Wal-Mart customers without a bank account or credit card, but experts say the service could also benefit consumers trying to stick to budget or wary that keying in their credit card numbers online exposes them to fraud.
Read more: Wal-Mart lets online shoppers pay with cash.
A taxi trip around the globe
Three friends came up with a crazy idea in the back of a taxi — to break the record for the longest cab ride. After a year in a cab, they've handily surpassed the previous record.
Video: A taxi trip around the globe.
United not so friendly for calling customers
Have you tried calling United Airlines recently? Travel expert Joe Brancatelli says the merger of United and Continental is still creating major headaches for customers, especially those who need help over the phone.
Radio: United not so friendly for calling customers.
What if profit margins don't keep rising?
While you'd think that skyrocketing profit margins would be good news for equity investors, they aren't necessarily.
Read more: What if profit margins don't keep rising?
ECONOMY & POLITICS
Home sales dip but best February in five years
Sales of existing homes fell 0.9% in February after an upward revision to the prior month, as improving job prospects, cheaper homes and warm weather led to the best start to the year since the bursting of the housing bubble.
Read more: Home sales dip but best February in five years.
Romney builds on lead with Illinois win
Mitt Romney wins the Illinois Republican primary, racking up a win in a big Midwestern state and adding momentum to his campaign to clinch the presidential nomination.
Read more: Romney builds on lead with Illinois win.
The failed ‘dream ticket' plan
While every presidential run has similar discussion of a "dream ticket" scenario, it is relatively rare that a presidential contender chooses the runner-up as a vice presidential selection. And for good reason: It would probably hurt more than help.
Read more: The failed ‘dream ticket' plan.
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