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  • In Syrian Conflict, Both Sides Vie To Control Message
    Just like the Syrian government, the rebels in the town of Derat Azza are in the business of message control, depicting themselves in a sympathetic light. The rebels protect the remaining civilians. But if the rebels weren't there, would the government be targeting them in the first place?
  • 'Tremendous Honor': Dancing For The World At Olympics Opener
    Friday's opening ceremony marks the official start of the London Olympics. It's a wide-ranging ode to British history and culture called "Isles of Wonder," featuring music, dancing, live farm animals and 10,000 volunteers.
  • Romney's Remarks Cause A Stir In London
    In London, the first day of Mitt Romney's overseas trip didn't go quite as planned. After calling British preparations for the Olympic Games "disconcerting," Romney became the focus of British ire — in newspaper headlines and public comments by British Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson. Romney attempted to dial back his remarks, but his woes were compounded by several other minor gaffes.
  • The Trainer Who Created Four-Legged Stars
    Names like Gene Autry, Bette Davis and Buster Keaton draw tourists to a cemetery in the Hollywood Hills. But those legends of the silver screen also lie near a lesser-known man who made animals into Hollywood stars.
  • Hearing Postponed In Peregrine CEO's Fraud Case
    Russell Wasendorf Sr., the CEO of bankrupt brokerage firm Peregrine, attempted suicide after he was accused of embezzling millions of dollars over the past 20 years. He complicated whatever defense he might be preparing by admitting everything in his suicide note.
  • Obama Would Pay More — Romney, A Lot More — If Bush-Era Tax Cuts End
    About 80 percent of Americans would see their taxes go up if all the tax cuts signed into law by President George W. Bush were to expire as scheduled at the end of this year. And nearly 100 percent of the highest income earners would have to pay more — including both the Obamas and the Romneys.
  • We Set Up An Offshore Company In A Tax Haven
    What is striking about all the offshore services available today is that while they are totally legal, the system seems to make it easy to get away with things that are not legal.
  • Facebook Earnings Reflect Slowing Ad Revenue
    Facebook reported earnings Thursday — for the first time as a public company. After its botched IPO, Facebook's investors hoped for a positive surprise. But that didn't happen.
  • McDonald's Food Has A Healthy Glow, At Least In China
    A new ad by McDonald's China reinforces the brand's image in the country as healthful and wholesome. And it will work, a market analyst says, because the Chinese trust that American food brands are safer than their own.
  • Swearing At Work Can Hold You Back, Survey Says
    A new survey by Harris Interactive shows 64 percent of bosses would think less of an employee who repeatedly swears, and 57 percent would be less likely to promote a constant curser. Among big cities in the U.S., workers in Washington, D.C., are most likely to swear on the job, followed by Denver, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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