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While U Slept: Big 5 Stories Breaking Overnight. Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February 16, 2011

produced by Worldcrunch

MADOFF INTERVIEW: BANKERS, HEDGE FUNDS COMPLICIT IN HIS SCHEME In his first interview for publication since his arrest in December 2008, Madoff  says family members knew nothing about his crimes, but there was “willful blindness” on the part of banks he didn’t single out by name. (NYT)

PROTESTS SPREAD, EXPAND IN LIBYA Hundreds of people have clashed with police and pro-government supporters in the Libyan city of Benghazi. Eyewitnesses say overnight unrest followed the arrest of an outspoken critic of the government. (BBC)

GUNMEN IN MEXICO KILL U.S. IMMIGRATION AGENT One special agent dead, another injured in shooting 23 miles north of downtown Mexico City, during “routine work,” traveling on a well-traveled highway in an armored car with diplomatic plates. (CNN)

FRENCH DRUGMAKER TO BUY GENZYME IN MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR DEAL French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis SA agrees to buy Genzyme Corp with $20.1 billion cash offer, plus payments tied to the success of the U.S. biotech group’s drugs. (Reuters)

LANCE ARMSTRONG OFFICIALLY RETIRES FOR GOOD. AGAIN Almost a month after finishing 65th in his last competitive race in Australia, and nearly six years removed from the last of his seven straight Tour de France titles, the 39-year-old cyclist makes clear it’s over, for good. (AP)

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