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SEC’s Investigation Unit ‘Outgunned, On A Roll’

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) — once accused by a whistle blower of not being able to find ice cream at a Dairy Queen — is experiencing something of a culture shift. Last year the agency filed a record 735 enforcement actions and collected nearly a billion dollars in penalties from companies with SEC violations. Audie Cornish talks to Devin Leonard, staff writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, about his article, “The SEC: Outmanned, Outgunned, and On a Roll.”

How Should Online Bullying Be Prosecuted?

Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi faced up to 10 years in prison for spying on his roommate with a webcam. The roommate, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide after Ravi broadcast footage of his encounter with another man on the Internet. On Monday, a New Jersey Superior Court judge sentenced Ravi to 30 days in jail, plus three years of probation.

Al Qaida-linked group claims massive Yemen bombing; dead were rehearsing for Unity Day parade

SANAA, Yemen — A rehearsal for a military parade to mark Yemen’s national day turned into a scene of bloody carnage Monday when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the presidential palace, killing nearly 100 soldiers and wounding scores more in one of the deadliest attacks in this conflict-wracked nation’s recent history.

World leaders urge mix of economic growth, austerity for ailing Europe

CAMP DAVID, Md. — President Barack Obama declared “genuine progress” Saturday at the close of a summit with world leaders, saying they had agreed Europe’s debt crisis needs a jolt of growth, along with tough financial restraints.

California sees sharp rise in million-dollar hospital bills

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A million dollars can buy a mansion in one of Sacramento’s nicest neighborhoods, near its best schools and parks.

Or it can buy an ever-dwindling number of weeks in the intensive care unit of a local hospital.

NATO leaders endorse Obama’s Afghanistan exit plan

CHICAGO — NATO leaders on Monday adopted President Barack Obama’s exit strategy from the nearly 11-year-old U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan, cementing an “irreversible” pullout of foreign combat troops that will leave Afghan security forces with the leading role in combat operations by the summer of 2013.

Scientists work to bridge political gap between Cuba, U.S.

scientists have joined forces in an effort to protect baby sea turtles and endangered sharks. They’re studying Caribbean weather patterns that fuel the hurricanes that have devastated the Southeastern United States.

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