Politically connected placement agents get subpoenas in NY pay-to-play pension probe

Political agents get subpoenas in NY pension probe

NEW YORK — Investigators probing the role that lobbyists known as “placement agents” played in arranging state pension fund investments have subpoenaed a number of politically connected New Yorkers who quietly picked up big paychecks for doing such work.

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Police: Fla. baby dies after being beaten, tossed from car onto highway by mom’s ex-boyfriend

Baby dies after being attacked, thrown from car

TAMPA, Fla. — A 21-year-old man was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday after police said he snatched up his ex-girlfriend’s 3-month-old son during a fight and then threw the baby from his car on an interstate highway.

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Obama targets tax laws that reward US firms for ’shipping jobs overseas’ _ Congress skeptical

Congress leery about Obama’s plan on tax loopholes

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama promised sternly on Monday to crack down on companies “that ship jobs overseas” and duck U.S. taxes with offshore havens. It won’t be easy. Democrats have been fighting — and losing — this battle since John F. Kennedy made a similar proposal in 1961. Obama’s proposal to close tax loopholes was a reliable applause line during the presidential campaign, but it got a lukewarm response Monday from Capitol Hill.

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Obama targets tax laws that reward US firms for ’shipping jobs overseas’ _ Congress skeptical

Obama targets US firms’ overseas tax loopholes

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama promised sternly on Monday to crack down on companies “that ship jobs overseas” and duck U.S. taxes with offshore havens.

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THE INFLUENCE GAME: Lobbyists try to hitch a ride through Congress on must-pass Iraq bill

THE INFLUENCE GAME: Lobbyists eye Iraq measure

WASHINGTON — From car companies to big retailers, firms looking for shelter in the recession are swarming around a promising opportunity: a multibillion emergency spending bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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No shortage of inventive ideas, but financial crisis has slowed getting gadgets to market

Is the recession suffocating American innovation?

WASHINGTON — Got a bright business idea? Take a number.

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Former gov’t contractor gets time for stealing laptops, selling them on Craig’s List

Man faces prison for stealing government laptops

WASHINGTON — A former technology contractor was sentenced Monday to a year and a half in prison for stealing at least 83 government laptops from the federal office where he worked and selling them on Craig’s List.

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Several Muslim groups say FBI oversteps bounds; others say relationship works well

Some Muslims rethink close ties to law enforcement

NEWARK, N.J. — Mohammad Qatanani’s mosque was full of FBI agents the night before he was to find out if he would be deported.

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Malawi hearing held in Madonna’s adoption appeal amid paternity dispute

Madonna adoption case heard amid paternity dispute

BLANTYRE, Malawi — Malawi’s highest court heard arguments Monday on Madonna’s bid to adopt a 3-year-old girl from the southern African country, as a dispute erupted over whether a man trying to stop the proceedings is the girl’s father.

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Spanish presses on with probe of Israeli officials over Gaza bombing

Spain: judge presses on with Israel probe

MADRID — A Spanish judge said Monday he will keep investigating seven current or former Israeli officials over a 2002 air force bombing in Gaza that killed a suspected Hamas militant and 14 civilians.

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