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Billionaire John Paulson up 14% on M&A bets

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Billionaire investor John Paulson is starting off 2015 with a bang — thanks to a heated merger market. The Paulson Enhanced fund, which bets on mergers and acquisitions, is up a whopping 13.9% through March 20th, according to performance data from Swiss-banking group SYZ, obtained by USA TODAY. Meanwhile, the Paulson International fund, which also bets on mergers but with less leverage, is up 6.6% through ...

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Rieder: Intriguing pick to succeed Jon Stewart

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Talk about big shoes to fill. Comedy Central on Monday announced its pick to succeed Jon Stewart later this year at the helm ofThe Daily Show. It’s Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old South African comedian who is something less than a household name in the U.S. It’s a bold, intriguing choice for a job whose incumbent has played a key role ...

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9 Ind. CEOs call for changes to ‘religious freedom’ law

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INDIANAPOLIS — A who’s who of central Indiana corporate leaders called on Gov. Mike Pence and legislative leaders to reform the newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act so it can’t be used to “justify discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity.” The one-page letter was released Monday afternoon after being hand-delivered to Pence, the state’s House Speaker Brian Bosma ...

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Cop Who Put Eric Garner in Choke Hold Is Being Sued for Allegedly Causing a Car Accident

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Daniel Pantaleo is no stranger to having people file lawsuits against him because of his conduct as an officer. He’s been sued by at least four New Yorkers. Daniel Pantaleo, the New York City police officer who administered a fatal choke hold to Eric Garner last summer, is being sued for a different incident involving a man named Leonardo Aguirre, ...

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Yellow Fever’ short film challenges beauty standards

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In a powerful short film titled “Yellow Fever,” Ng’endo Mukii, a Kenyan artist and filmmaker, sets out to expose the troubling messages portrayed by the media about skin color. She wanted to find a way to express the near self-loathing that many women of color experience. “While growing up, I would come across women who practiced skin bleaching (‘lightening’, ‘brightening’), and ...

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Survey: How older job seekers can find work

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More than half (53%) of older workers who got a job after being unemployed now work in a different field, a new survey reveals. And older job seekers who found employment say the most effective steps they took were reaching out to their network of contacts, asking relatives and friends about jobs, and contacting employers directly, according to an AARP ...

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5 tips to help you file taxes by April 15

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The April 15 tax deadline will be here faster than many of us can finish off that last box of Girl Scout cookies. So we’re going to tackle some questions that tax preparers say are top of mind this season. No. 1: Why do I owe so much for taxes? Erin Nielsen, an accounting senior at Walsh College in Troy, ...

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U.S. oil storage crunch might cut crude prices

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The U.S. is running out of places to stash its overflowing oil supplies, threatening to further drive down crude prices that rebounded in recent days. Supply — including oil produced in the U.S. and imported — has been outpacing U.S. refiners’ demand by about 1 million barrels a day on average since early January, according to the Energy Information Administration. ...

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7 Shot and Wounded at Florida Spring Break House Party

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An Alabama man was quickly arrested early Saturday and charged with attempted murder after the shooting. Seven people were shot and critically injured early Saturday after mayhem erupted at a spring break house party in Panama City Beach, Fla., according to USA Today. The coastal community is known as “the Spring Break Capital of the World, the report says. Bay ...

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San Francisco prison allegedly forced inmates into combat fighting ‘like something right out of ‘Game of Thrones’ for their amusement

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Since at least the beginning of March, inmates in San Francisco’s local County Jail No. 4 have been forced to participate in gladiatorial games by the city sheriff deputies, according to San Francisco public defender Jeff Adachi. Deputy Scott Neu, the apparent ringleader, already has a lot to answer for in the way he treats inmates, having previously faced accusations that he forced ...

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