What Is The Volcker Rule?

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You’ve probably heard the term “Volcker Rule” thrown around a lot, especially as five separate financial regulators vote on whether to approve the final rule Tuesday. Here’s everything you need to know about about this central piece of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill.

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Bubonic Plague Kills 20 in Madagascar

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At least 20 people in a remote village in Madagascar died amid an outbreak of bubonic plague last week.

In October, the International Committee of the Red Cross warned that the island-nation was at risk of an epidemic of the disease, which is spread by unsanitary conditions. During the political crisis that followed the 2009 coup, living standards in the country have drastically deteriorated, reports the BBC.

Suffering 60 casualties last year, Madagascar became the world’s worst-hit country by the disease known as Black Death in the Middle Ages, when it killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe.

After medical experts confirmed the recent deaths, health officials have now gone to the area to investigate.


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Sign-Language Interpreter at Mandela’s Memorial Used ‘Made-Up Signs’

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Deaf South Africans have lashed out at what they claim was a fake interpreter who was allegedly making up signs during President Barack Obama’s eulogy at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Johannesburg on Monday.

According to an article published in the Age, Braam Jordaan, a South African member of the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section, called the interpretation “humiliating” and stated that the individual on stage during the U.S. President’s speech had “made up his own signs.”

“What happened at the memorial service [was a] truly disgraceful thing to see — it should not happen at all,” said Jordaan.

Suggestions that there may have been a problem with the auto-cue, or that the variety of sign language employed was a little-known but legitimate one, did not cut much ice with deaf viewers on social media.

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Family of Six Rescued After Two Days in Subzero Temperatures in Nevada Wilderness

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After spending two days huddled inside an overturned Jeep in subzero temperatures, six Nevada residents are now safe after volunteer rescuers came across the family on Tuesday.

During a weekend outing to play in the snow, the family’s vehicle reportedly rolled onto its side before sliding down an embankment and landing in a crevice.

According to CNN, the parents relied on heating stones over an open fire in order to prevent the four young children from succumbing to frostbite as they weathered temperatures that dropped to 21 degrees below zero in a remote mountain range in the state’s northwest.

“They did a lot of things right by staying with the vehicle, and they did have food and water available with them,” Dr. Douglas Vacek from Pershing General Hospital told the Associated Press.

All of the family members are reportedly in stable condition and are being treated for minor “exposure issues.”

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Nairobi Mall Terrorists May Have Escaped

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A New York Police Department (NYPD) investigation into the deadly September attack at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall has debunked several of the Kenyan authorities’ claims, including that the attackers were killed.

Instead of 15 assailants, the report asserts that there could have been as few as four gunmen, Agence France Press reports. Rather than taking hostages, these al-Shabaab fighters were apparently killing as many non-Muslims as they could find.

Kenyan police and soldiers didn’t arrive at the scene until 90 minutes into the assault, and once they did, they allegedly fired on plain-clothed security personnel, killing a police officer and wounding the tactical response team’s commander.

Authorities have claimed that the terrorists were killed in the ensuing gun battle, but NYPD says that there is no evidence that they remained inside the mall beyond the first 12 hours, and may possibly have escaped.

Nevertheless, the standoff apparently continued for three days, during…

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These Are the 50 Best Places to Work for 2014

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Glassdoor, which provides an anonymous space for people to rate and review their employers, has released its Best Places to Work list for 2014, and it seems there’s been some significant shakeup.

Facebook, for one, dropped out of the top 3 for the first time in four years, landing at number 5, while Twitter made its debut in the rankings at number two. Bain and Company, a consulting firm, held steady at the number one spot.

In order to qualify to make the list, companies had to have at least 1,000 employees and 50 approved company reviews on the site.

Read the entire list below.


You can also check out Glassdoor’s list of top medium-sized companies here.

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Taliban Suicide Attack on German Forces Claims No Lives 1

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A suicide bomber attacked a contingent of German troops near Kabul’s heavily guarded airport on Wednesday, but apparently caused no casualties.

Attacks on the airport, which is home to one of the NATO-led force’s most important bases, are relatively rare, Reuters reports.

Claiming responsibility for the attack in a text message, the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid wrote that two German vehicles had been destroyed and “10 soldiers were killed and wounded,” in what appears to be a routine exaggeration by the terrorist outfit.


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Bipartisan negotiators have reached a deal to set government spending levels and eliminate arbitrary forced spending cuts, and — if approved by Congress — avert another government shutdown in January.

The House and Senate must vote on the agreement, and opponents in both parties are already raising concerns. If passed by Congress, the agreement would mark a significant departure from repeated congressional showdowns over the budget.

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