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While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Wednesday, March 3, 2010

March 3, 2010

Triple Bomb Attack in Iraq Kills at Least 29, As Elections Loom Last of three attacks targets Baquba emergency room, where injured from earlier bomb were being treated. Iraqis on edge four days before second national parliamentary vote since fall of Saddam Hussein. (CNN)

Markets Steady after Greek Government Agrees to Further Austerity Measures The euro strengthened following Greece’s approval of $6.49 billion in belt-tightening to meet fiscal targets and raise chances of EU financial backing. The continent’s stock markets were down slightly, adjusting to investors’ anticipation of the measures in previous trading.

Bunning Finally Gives Way on Temporary Extensions, Allowing Jobless Benefits to Flow Again Retiring Kentucky Senator damaged fellow Republicans as public workers faced furloughs and unemployment checks held up by his one-man battle against Washington spending, which ended with Obama’s late Tuesday night signature. (WashPost)

Under Fire for Ethics Ruling, Rangel Scrambles to Hold On To Post Powerful NY Democrat accused of accepting unauthorized travel is quickly losing support within his own party to maintain powerful chairmanship of House Ways and Means Committee (WSJ)

Hurt Locker Producer Banned from Oscars Nicolas Chartier cannot attend Sunday’s ceremonies after sending emails urging Academy members to vote for war saga. If film wins, he can claim statue at later date. (AP)

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