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Noontime News Roundup – April 18, 2012

April 18, 2012

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Noontime News Roundup – April 18, 2012

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American Legislative Exchange Council to abandon gun rights, other social causes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The organization that helped spread Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law across the country is halting its push for gun rights in the wake of the national outcry over Trayvon Martin’s shooting death.

From Silicon Valley, A New Approach To Education

Last year when Andrew Ng, a computer science professor at Stanford University, put his machine-learning class online and opened enrollment to the world, more than 100,000 students signed up.

Warren Buffett Has Prostate Cancer; Detected At Early Stage, He Says

Warren Buffett, 81, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, his Berkshire Hathaway company announced Tuesday afternoon. The cancer is at Stage 1, according to MarketWatch. The billionaire investor’s condition is not life-threatening, he says.

Ted Nugent Stands Firm, Secret Service To Look Into His Words About Obama

or telling National Rifle Association members over the weekend that “I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year” if President Obama is re-elected, rocker Ted Nugent has now attracted the attention of the Secret Service.

Small Businesses Get Big Political Hype. What’s The Reality?

The House is scheduled to vote this week on a small-business tax cut bill offered up by Republicans. It’s just the latest piece of legislation to focus on small businesses, which are widely praised in the political discourse as engines of job creation. The adoration is nearly universal — and it reflects something beyond economic reality.

Palestinians boycott meeting with Israel’s Netanyahu that would have been first in 20 months

JERUSALEM — Palestinian leaders failed Tuesday to show up for what was to have been the first high-profile meeting between Israeli and Palestinian officials in more than 20 months, signaling how distant the two sides have become.

Obama proposes new action on oil speculation

WASHINGTON — Utilizing the bully pulpit in an attempt to push down stubbornly high oil prices, President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced five steps to strengthen oversight of the financial markets where contracts for future delivery of crude are traded and proposed increased funding for regulators to monitor these markets.

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  • Gardener

    Do oil speculators physically take delivery of oil? You’d think that, to deal in oil futures, you at some point would need facilities to process oil…..

    • Jim W

      The old joke. The speculator who didn’t unload the purchase order. They are like day traders who have to sell before they have to settle for the purchase.