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NYT | Asian Morning Today's Headlines February 26, 2014: Top News People in Kiev's Independence Square on Tuesday mourned those killed in recent demonstrations. Infighting Hurts Ukraine Efforts to Form a New Government.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Top News
People in Kiev's Independence Square on Tuesday mourned those killed in recent demonstrations.
Infighting Hurts Ukraine Efforts to Form a New Government

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN

The lawmakers temporarily running the country delayed until Thursday the naming of an acting prime minister and a provisional government, underscoring the political differences among the three main opposition parties.
Oumou Balde, 4, playing with her teacher, Jacqualine Sanchez, and some pretend food in a pre-kindergarten class at the Sheltering Arms Learning Center in New York. A new federal study says the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-old children has dropped significantly since 2004.
Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43% in a Decade

By SABRINA TAVERNISE

The data, reported in a major federal health survey, offered the first clear evidence that America's children have turned a corner in the obesity epidemic, and came as a surprise to researchers.
Egypt Appoints New Prime Minister

By KAREEM FAHIM and MAYY EL SHEIKH

The new premier, Ibrahim Mehlib, rose to prominence during the Mubarak era, and was named a day after his predecessor announced the resignation of the military-backed government.
. Government and Premier of Egypt Quit in Abrupt Move
For more top news, go to INYT.com
Editors' Picks

OPINION | Op-Ed Contributor

Rash Repression in Venezuela

By FRANCISCO TORO

Venezuelans take to the streets to defend the very right to protest.
The interior of the Mezhyhirya, the private residence of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, near Kiev.

WORLD

Video Video: Inside the 'Museum of Corruption'
The palatial compound of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine, was opened to the public over the weekend, offering a glimpse of his lavish lifestyle.
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World
A wanted poster featuring the former president, Viktor F. Yanukovych, in Kiev on Monday.
Just Like His Power, Ukrainian Ex-Leader Vanishes Into Thin Air

By ALISON SMALE

Accused of mass murder, Viktor F. Yanukovych has disappeared, along with a handful of loyalists and perhaps his girlfriend.

News Analysis

Wary Stance From Obama on Ukraine

By PETER BAKER

While George W. Bush was inspired by Ukraine's 2004 revolution, Barack Obama has approached the unrest of 2014 with a more clinical detachment aimed at avoiding instability.
In Venezuela, Protest Ranks Grow Broader

By WILLIAM NEUMAN

In a coordinated action against the government, residents of Caracas and other cities have taken to the streets to protest a litany of problems that have long troubled the country.
For more world news, go to NYTimes.com/World
Business
For Same-Sex Marrieds, a Tax Season to Look Back

By TARA SIEGEL BERNARD

The I.R.S. allows couples the option of filing amended returns for the last three years, if they so choose. For some unions, this could mean a nice refund.
Apparent Theft at Mt. Gox Shakes Bitcoin World

By NATHANIEL POPPER and RACHEL ABRAMS

The prominent Bitcoin exchange was said to be on the verge of total collapse following a major theft, even as another company announced plans for a high-profile virtual currency market.
. DealBook: Defending Bitcoin, Andreessen Says Mt. Gox Is 'Like MF Global'
. Video  CNBC Video: Will People Get Their Bitcoins Back?
A YPF station in Buenos Aires. The Spanish oil company Repsol is expected to agree to a compensation agreement with the Argentine government for the 51 percent of YPF that Argentina expropriated.
Repsol in $5 Billion Settlement With Argentina

By STANLEY REED and RAPHAEL MINDER

The Spanish oil company would receive Argentine bonds in exchange for the 51 percent of the company YPF, which Argentina expropriated in 2012.
For more business news, go to INYT.com/Business
Technology
With 'Drone to Home' Service, Netflix Uses Satire Against Amazon

By NOAM COHEN

Riffing on Amazon's plan to deliver via drone, Netflix's parody video shows Netflix DVDs being dropped from the sky, sometimes with unfortunate consequences.
Marc Andreessen said on Tuesday that Mt. Gox

DealBook

Defending Bitcoin, Andreessen Says Mt. Gox Is 'Like MF Global'

By WILLIAM ALDEN and RACHEL ABRAMS

Marc Andreessen, whose firm has invested millions of dollars in Bitcoin-related start-ups, portrayed the apparent collapse of the Mt. Gox exchange as an isolated problem.
. Apparent Theft at Mt. Gox Shakes Bitcoin World
Google Sets Roadblocks to Stop Distracted Driver Legislation

By REUTERS

Google is lobbying officials in at least three states to stop proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Google Glass.
For more technology news, go to NYTimes.com/Tech
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Sports
The arrest of Raymond Felton came hours after the Knicks lost at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.
Knicks' Raymond Felton Is Arrested on Gun Charges

By J. DAVID GOODMAN and SCOTT CACCIOLA

Felton turned himself in early Tuesday after his wife's lawyer turned in a handgun to the police, saying that it belonged to Felton and that he had threatened his wife with it.
. Mavericks 110, Knicks 108: With Bounce at Buzzer, Nowitzki Deflates Knicks
Joe Barkett, left, and Cameron Weiss, are sports agents whose company, Empire Athletes, is a little more than a year old.
Rookie Sports Agents and Michael Sam Learn the Ropes Together

By BILLY WITZ

Joe Barkett, 27, and Cameron Weiss, 28, landed the Missouri all-American defensive end Michael Sam - and the glare of the spotlight after his coming out.
John Jerry (74) talks with Mike Pouncey during practice.
Two Dolphins' Paths to a Bullying Scandal

By STEVE EDER and BEN SHPIGEL

While Miami's Richie Incognito has been the leading figure in a bullying scandal, two offensive linemen, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey, served as henchmen, a report found.
. Sports of The Times: In Report on Bullying, the Vile and the Gripping
. Sports of The Times: Three Stand as Test Cases for the N.F.L.
. N.F.L. Weighs Punishment for Slurs
For more sports news, go to INYT.com/Sports
U.S. News
A shopper in Los Angeles used a plastic grocery bag in 2013, before the city banned plastic shopping bags.
California Endangered Species: Plastic Bags

By IAN LOVETT

Lawmakers are working to make the state the first to approve a blanket ban on single-use plastic bags, long viewed as a symbol of environmental wastefulness.
Fear of 'Designer Babies' as F.D.A. Weighs Fertility Procedure

By SABRINA TAVERNISE

The Food and Drug Administration is considering a fertility technique that combines the genetic material of three people to avoid certain defects.
First Lady Announces After-School Initiative

By EMMARIE HUETTEMAN

The initiative will provide healthy snacks including fruits and vegetables and opportunities for at least 30 minutes of physical activity.
For more U.S. news, go to NYTimes.com/US
Opinion

Today's Editorials

Ukraine's Uncertain Future

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Europe, the United States and Russia can play a role in preventing war in a deeply divided country.
. A License to Discriminate
. The Capture of Chapo Guzmán
David Brooks

Op-Ed Columnist

Fake Putin Diary!

By DAVID BROOKS

Here's your chance to read the private diary of the one and only Vladimir Putin!
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Roger Cohen

Op-Ed Columnist

Known Unto God

By ROGER COHEN

In its centennial year, the Great War still divides memory.
. Columnist Page
For more opinion, go to INYT.com/Opinion
 
 

NIST TechBeat February 25, 2014: The biweekly digest of science and technology research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

logo A biweekly digest of science and technology research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
February 25, 2014
 
DNA'How Well Did You Sequence that Genome?' NIST, Consortium Partners Have Answer
NIST and its collaborators, the Genome in a Bottle consortium, have developed a "reference set" of standard genotypes, the DNA coded blueprints of a person's genetic traits. These standard genotypes help in assessing the performance of equipment, reagents and mathematical algorithms used for human genome sequencing.
 
bec_ringStirred,Then Shaken: NIST Atomtronic Study May Pave the Way for New Devices
While pursuing the goal of turning a cloud of ultracold atoms into a completely new kind of circuit element, NIST physicists have discovered that such a cloud, a Bose-Einstein Condensate, can display a sort of "memory".
 
TGANIST Microanalysis Technique Makes the Most of Small Nanoparticle Samples
Researchers from NIST and the Food and Drug Administration have demonstrated that they can make sensitive chemical analyses of minute samples of nanoparticles by, essentially, roasting them on top of a quartz crystal. The NIST-developed technique, 'microscale thermogravimetric analysis,' holds promise for studying nanomaterials in biology and the environment, where sample sizes often are quite small and larger-scale analysis won't work.
 
NIST Requests Comments on its Cryptographic Standards Process
As part of a review of its cryptographic standards development process, NIST is requesting public comment on a new draft document that describes how the agency develops those standards.
 
NIST SBIR Program Soliciting Proposals
NIST's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program invites small businesses to submit proposals for solutions to technology challenges in the areas of cyber-physical systems, cybersecurity, health care, manufacturing and technology transfer.
 
inspectorsCommentary: Weights and Measures Week 2014 — Making Sure the Marketplace Measures Up
Every year we hear scattered stories of inaccurate measures. Gas pumps, grocery scales, grocery scanners, incorrectly labeled products. Considering the many thousands of devices in the average inspector's jurisdiction, it's a testament to the tenacity of the weights and measures officials that we don't hear these stories more often.
 
QE_speakersFind the Path to Performance Excellence at 2014 Quest Conference
For organizations seeking insight toward improved performance and results, the annual Quest for Excellence conference is the definitive showcase of best practices from the winners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Registration is now open for the 26th annual conference, April 6-9 in Baltimore, Md.
 
classroomNIST Invites Applications for the 2014 Standards Services Curricula Development Program
NIST is offering financial support for the development of curricula with standards and standardization content at colleges and universities.

U.S. Exports Support a Record 11.3 Million Jobs in 2013: Export-Import Bank | Press Release February 25, 2014.


Media Contact: Lawton King (202-565-3200)
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

U.S. Exports Support a Record 11.3 Million Jobs in 2013

Washington, D.C. – Today the Department of Commerce announced that U.S. exports supported more than 11.3 million jobs in 2013, up 1.6 million jobs since 2009. In FY 2013, the Export-Import Bank supported an estimated 205,000 jobs.

According to the data in the report, exports now support more jobs than any time in the past 20 years.

“The job counts published today reveal just how important exports are to American jobs,” said Export-Import Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg. “That is why at Ex-Im Bank we continue to stand side-by-side with American exporters and help them fill orders abroad. In FY 2013 alone, our institution supported an estimated $37.4 billion in U.S. export sales and approximately 205,000 American jobs.” In 2013, every $1 billion of U.S. exports supported nearly 5,600 jobs. Goods exports supported 7.1 million jobs in 2013, up 1.1 million positions from 2009. Services exports supported 4.2 million jobs in 2013, which is a record for the noted 20 year period.
ABOUT EX-IM BANK:
Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that creates and maintains U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American taxpayers. The Bank provides a variety of financing mechanisms, including working-capital guarantees, export-credit insurance and financing to help foreign buyers purchase U.S. goods and services. In the past fiscal year alone, Ex-Im Bank earned for U.S. taxpayers more than $1 billion above the cost of operations.

In FY 2013, Ex-Im Bank approved more than $27 billion in total authorizations to support an estimated $37.4 billion in U.S. export sales and approximately 205,000 American jobs in communities across the country. For the year, the Bank approved a record 3,413 transactions-- or 89 percent--for small-businesses. Small business exporters can learn about
how Ex-Im Bank products can help them increase foreign sales at http://go.usa.gov/ZVTd. For other information about Ex-Im, visit www.exim.gov.

FDIC | Press Release February 25, 2014: FDIC Consumer Newsletter Features Tips on Choosing and Using Credit Cards.

Press Release

FDIC Consumer Newsletter Features Tips on Choosing and Using Credit Cards

Other Topics Include Fraud Prevention, Tax Issues, Home Equity Lines, and the Basics of Deposit Insurance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2014
Media Contact:
Jay Rosenstein (202) 898-7303
jrosenstein@fdic.gov
Credit cards are an important part of many consumers' financial lives, but it helps to understand how to make the most of these products and avoid potential pitfalls. That's why the Winter 2013/2014 issue of FDIC Consumer News features practical tips for choosing and using credit cards. Additional articles offer suggestions on fraud prevention, saving money at tax time, and managing a home equity line of credit when interest rates are rising. The newsletter also includes a quiz on FDIC insurance. Here's an overview of what is in this edition:
Be in charge of your credit cards: For consumers to qualify for a credit card with the best features, the FDIC newsletter points out the importance of ordering free credit reports and correcting any errors. The newsletter also recommends shopping around and comparing product terms and conditions – particularly the Annual Percentage Rate and card fees. Once a consumer starts using a card, a careful review of the monthly statement -- looking for billing errors and other problems -- is recommended. Any problems should be quickly reported to the card issuer. Billing disputes and error resolution problems and processes were the most common complaints the FDIC received in 2012 and 2013 related to credit cards.

Protect your personal information and your money: News reports about frauds and thefts -- including those involving major security breaches at large companies such as retailers -- can be scary. While federal laws and industry practices generally limit losses for unauthorized transactions involving bank accounts, debit cards and credit cards, it pays to take some reasonable precautions. The FDIC newsletter offers 10 ways consumers can protect themselves.

Save money and avoid problems at tax time: The FDIC newsletter says to be on guard against tax-related scams, such as dishonest preparers or fraudulent e-mails falsely claiming to come from the IRS and attempting to trick taxpayers into revealing valuable personal information. The newsletter also discusses strategies to consider if you're expecting a refund or you owe money on your taxes.
Test your deposit insurance IQ: Do you think you know how FDIC insurance works? Take our quiz and find out. And if you need to do a little extra homework -- to be sure your deposits are safe in the unlikely event of a bank failure -- there are important resources available from the FDIC.

Prepare for rising payments on a home equity line: A HELOC -- short for a home equity line of credit-- is a way to borrow up to an approved credit limit using your house as collateral. If rising interest rates cause your HELOC payments to increase, you could damage your credit score and even lose your home if you don't repay your home equity line as agreed. If making future HELOC payments will be a strain, the FDIC newsletter suggests options to consider.

The goal of FDIC Consumer News is to deliver timely, reliable and innovative tips and information about financial matters, free of charge.The Winter 2013/2014 edition can be read or printed at www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news/cnwin1314. To find current and past issues, visit www.fdic.gov/consumernews or request paper copies by contacting the FDIC's Public Information Center toll-free at 1-877-275-3342, by e-mail to publicinfo@fdic.gov, or by writing to the FDIC Public Information Center, 3501 North Fairfax Drive, Room E-1002, Arlington, VA 22226.
To receive an e-mail about each new issue of the quarterly FDIC Consumer News with links to stories, go to www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

The FDIC encourages financial institutions, government agencies, consumer organizations, educators, the media and anyone else to help make the tips and information in FDIC Consumer News widely available. The publication may be reprinted in whole or in part without permission. Please credit FDIC Consumer News. Organizations also may link to or mention the FDIC Web site.

DealBook P.M. Edition Tuesday 25, 2014: Defending Bitcoin, Andreessen Says Mt. Gox Is 'Like MF Global'.

For the latest updates, go to dealbook.nytimes.com »
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
TOP STORY
Marc Andreessen said on Tuesday that Mt. Gox
Defending Bitcoin, Andreessen Says Mt. Gox Is 'Like MF Global' Marc Andreessen, whose firm has invested millions of dollars in Bitcoin-related start-ups, portrayed the apparent collapse of the Mt. Gox exchange as an isolated problem.
For the latest updates, go to dealbook.nytimes.com » 


DEALBOOK HIGHLIGHTS
Elliott Raises Bid for Riverbed to $3.3 Billion The hedge fund Elliott Management raised its bid for Riverbed Technology and continued to criticize the networking equipment company for failing to begin a process to sell itself.
Geithner's Book Has a Title: 'Stress Test' The title gives a flavor of the upcoming memoir by Timothy F. Geithner, who, as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and then as Treasury secretary, was a central player in the government's effort to fight the financial crisis and economic recession.
John S. Chen, pictured in 2010, said on Tuesday that BlackBerry's recent opening of the service to users of other smartphones would increase its reach.
BlackBerry Chief Demurs on Sale of Messenger Service, for Now The prospect of selling or spinning off BlackBerry's messaging service has helped buoy the company's fortunes, though John S. Chen hinted that may not happen quite yet.
David Bonderman is the co-founder of the private equity firm TPG.
Bonderman Says TPG Is Considering Going Public David Bonderman, the co-founder of the private equity firm TPG Capital, said his firm was considering going public like many of its rivals.
At Private Equity Conference, a Debate Over the Benefits of Going Public TPG Capital let slip that it was contemplating an initial public offering, but other industry leaders said they weren't convinced a public offering was necessary for them at this stage of the game.
Henry Kravis is the co-founder of the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.
Kravis Says Private Equity Does Poor Job of Discussing Its Benefits Leaders in the private equity industry, including Henry Kravis of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, say the business needs to do a better job of communicating its merits.
Leon Black in 2011.
Apollo's Co-Founder Sees Opportunities to Invest in Distressed Debt Private equity firms don't have to have a "global recession to have good distressed opportunities," Leon Black, co-founder of Apollo Global Management, said at the SuperReturn International conference in Berlin.
Brazil Real Estate Start-Up Draws U.S. Investment Amid continuing concerns about Brazil's sputtering economy, the Dragoneer Investment Group of San Francisco has made its first investment in an Internet company in the country, leading a $12.75 million round in VivaReal, an online real estate classifieds start-up.
No Bailout for Bitcoin Holders The distance from the official world is great enough that Mt. Gox customers are almost totally on their own, writes Edward Hadas of Reuters Breakingviews.
LOOKING AHEAD
Target and Barnes & Noble report quarterly earnings. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations holds a hearing on offshore tax evasion.For the latest updates, go to dealbook.nytimes.com »