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  • 7 GOP Presidential Candidates Gang Up Against Perry
    Eight Republican presidential candidates gathered Monday night in Tampa, Fla., for a debate sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express. The event marked the first time the Tea Party Express has been an official sponsor of a presidential debate. Texas Gov. Rick Perry was the center of attention.
  • Gov. Perry Disappoints Some Tea Party Supporters
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry may not have won over many new supporters from the Tea Party ranks after Monday night's presidential debate in Tampa, Fla. If Perry lost points with some in the audience, his closest rival, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, was not gaining many either.
  • Areas Of Northern Japan May Be Off-Limits For Years
    Six months after the accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant, the Japanese government has declared eight areas near the reactors as potential no-go zones for the next two decades. Many residents remain homeless. Beyond the hot zone, many people have decided to stay, but are worried about elevated radiation levels.
  • Georgia Banks Aren't Peachy, Lead U.S. Failure Rate
    As the economy has faltered over the past several years, the number of bank failures has grown. Nowhere is the problem more pronounced than in Georgia. Since 2008, 70 banks have failed there. That's almost a quarter of all banks in the state.
  • Tina Brown's Must-Reads: The Women Of The World
    The Newsweek editor looks at how women helped bring about peace in Liberia; how they're changing the state of marriage throughout Asia; and the rise of Christine Lagarde to the top of that notoriously male-dominated institution, the International Monetary Fund.
  • Anamanaguchi: The Band That Plays Nintendo
    Anamanaguchi has helped popularize "chiptune," a bionic breed of punk that places guitars and video-game consoles side by side in virtual harmony.
  • Italy Confirms Bond Investment Talks With China
    European markets remain jittery as the sovereign debt crisis drags on but investors are finding some relief in news that China may help out one of the largest economies in the European Union. Italian officials confirmed Tuesday that they've been talking with a top Chinese state investment fund about buying Italian government bonds.
  • Investors Want Bold Steps Taken Against Debt Crisis
    Markets in Europe began the week lower on concerns Greece could be edging closer to default. Investors continue to show little confidence in European leaders' abilities to overcome the sovereign debt crisis.
  • British Banks Face Most Radical Overhaul In Decades
    Britain is set to change its financial laws. Officials say it's an attempt to prevent taxpayers from ever again having to spend tens of billions of dollars to save banks from collapse. Among other things, banks would be required to set aside more money as a cushion against possible losses.
  • Investor Turns Lunch Into A Job With Warren Buffett
    Every year billionaire Warren Buffet auctions himself off as a lunch date to raise money for a San Francisco charity. Fortune magazine reports Ted Weschler has paid about $5 million for the last two lunches. It turns out Buffett liked what he saw in Weschler, and hired him as a top manager for his Berkshire Hathaway portfolio.

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