Major banks in Norway and Sweden, a region that has largely remained immune to Europe's economic woes, warn that their countries are being dragged into the continent-wide morass. Relatively stable Canada is becoming a major beneficiary of the financial crisis.
- Jobless claims increased by 34,000 to 386,000 last week, a larger number than … wait for it … expected.
- Gary Johnson is polling at 13 percent in New Mexico, maintaining his double digit numbers and pulling about equally from voters who would support Obama or Romney in a two-way matchup.
- Britain will deploy an extra 1,200 troops for the 2012 London Olymic games — bringing the total to 17,000 — after a private security contractor failed to recruit enough guards for the event.
- California restaurants happily find ways around the state's new foie gras ban, by selling it on federal property, distributing it as a "free" side dish, cooking livers brought in by customers or just ignoring the stupid law. The ban remains in effect while a challenge proceeds through the courts.
- Charles Ray brought suit against the Chatham County, Georgia sheriff, after deputies deactivated a device that modulates his Tourette's syndrome and beat him as "a form of amusement" when he lost control of his physical and verbal actions.
- A spiral galaxy formed just three billion years after the Big Bang, scientists discovered. That's earlier than was thought possible, but apparently occurred because of unique circumstances.
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