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17 Things You Need To Know For Tuesday

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1) Texas Gov. Rick Perry is airing radio ads in California in an effort to lure companies to move east. A public-private marketing partnership called TexasOne is paying for the 30-second advertisement that touts Texas's low taxes and industry-friendly regulations along with strict limits on lawsuits. In the ad, Perry says that he hears "building a business in California is next to impossible." He calls on California businesses to "come check out Texas." (Source: LA Times).

2) Embattled nutritional-supplements maker Herbalife Ltd. denied a report that it is being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission, calling the report "misleading and inaccurate." A report from the New York Post said Herbalife is the subject of a pending FTC investigation after the agency received pages of complaints about Herbalife's business practices. The information was reportedly obtained via a Freedom of Information Act. Herbalife is locked in a public battle with hedge fund manager William Ackman, who alleges its distributors earn more money recruiting other distributors than by selling products. (Source: Wall Street Journal)

3) The San Bernardino County District Attorney's office has charged two Chino Hills men with multiple counts of felony and misdemeanor tax evasion. The two are accused of failing to report income given to employees at the Stress-O-Pedic mattress manufacturing company in Ontario. Investigators believe the men paid their employees cash for working at the company, but did not report the transactions to the California Employment Development Department. (Source: Daily Bulletin)

4) Jason Leon, a Tarzana middle school teacher, was arrested on Monday for multiple charges of molesting students. The investigation started last year on the very last day of school in June. That's when a 13-year-old girl at Gaspar Portola Middle School reported that her teacher, Mr. Leon, had touched her inappropriately. Three days later, another 13-year-old girl came forward saying basically the same thing. And then a third.(MyFoxLA.com)

5) California lawmakers are trying again to push federal aviation officials to regulate helicopters flying over L.A. County neighborhoods. Residents have been complaining for years about the noise. Representative Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) joined California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer in introducing legislation to try to make a change. The Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act would require the Federal Aviation Administration to establish regulations on flight paths and minimum altitudes for helicopter flights in the county. (Source: Glendale News Press)

6) For couples who want to legalize their love on Valentine's Day, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk is now scheduling appointments for weddings. Couples have to apply for marriage licenses before they schedule a wedding ceremony. This is the first year the agency has accepted appointments. (Source: SCPR.org)


7) Stocks slid on Monday, giving the S&P 500 its worst day since November. Investors worries are renewed about the euro zone crisis, which caused the market to pull back from recent gains. Shares of McGraw-Hill shed 13.8 percent to $50.30, their worst daily percentage decline since the October 1987 market crash, after news the U.S. Justice Department plans to sue Standard & Poor's, a unit of McGraw-Hill, over its mortgage bond ratings. It would be the first such federal action against a credit rating agency related to the recent financial crisis. (Source: Reuters)

8) An armed man who had been holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker is dead and the boy has been released unharmed. This ends a six-day standoff. The child, identified only as Ethan, was rescued Monday afternoon. The authorities said that Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, a Vietnam veteran with a deep distrust of the government, fatally shot a school bus driver last Tuesday before grabbing the boy and taking him to the bunker, which he built in his yard. (Source: New York Times)

9) Former presidential candidate Ron Paul's tweet set off a chain reaction of criticism online. Paul tweeted this thoughts about the Navy SEAL who was killed in Texas at a shooting range. Police say Eddie Ray Routh, a veteran who may have mental illness related to his military service is responsible for Chris Kyle's death. Kyle was a decorated Iraq war veteran, a former SEAL and author of "American Sniper." In response to the news, Paul tweeted: "Chris Kyle's death seems to confirm that ‘he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.' Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn't make sense." (Source: FoxNews.com)

10) Some employers are ignoring the law and sticking employees who have unfavorable health scores with higher premiums. As companies struggle to curb rising health care costs, they are focusing on waistlines. Obesity-related health problems account for a big chunk of medical claims, insurance experts say, leading some executives to believe the best way to trim their budgets is to get workers to trim their own fat first.(Source: MSN)

11) A new cell phone app allows drinkers to see what the effect of their alcohol consumption will look like in their facial appearance if they continue to drink. The app is the idea of the Scottish Government's Healthier Scotland campaign. It will be free until March 2013. The application, called the "Drinking Mirror App," allows users to upload or take a photo of themselves and then add information about their alcohol consumption. It then shows half of their face as it looks now and the other half as it would appear in 10 years with weight gain, discolored skin, wrinkles and red splotches that binge drinking can cause. (Source: Washington Post)


12) Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro voted in Cuba's general election. Castro chatted with well wishers in Havana for more than an hour, in his first extended public appearance since 2010. Castro had voted from his home in three previous elections since taking ill in 2006 and ceding power to his brother Raul two years later.(Source: Reuters)

13) The Canadian penny is being withdrawn from circulation because production costs have exceeded its monetary value. The Royal Canadian Mint will no longer distribute the coin to financial institutions around the country, but it will remain legal tender. The government has advised shop owners to round out prices to the nearest nickel for cash transactions. Other countries that no longer use the penny include New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden. (Source: BBC)

14) Police say Hundreds of soccer matches have been fixed in a global betting scam run from Singapore. This is a big blow to the image of the world's most popular sport and a multi-billion dollar industry. About 680 suspicious matches including qualifying games for the World Cup and European Championships, and the Champions League for top European club sides, have been identified in an inquiry by European police forces, the European anti-crime agency Europol, and national prosecutors. A German investigator described a network involving couriers ferrying bribes around the world, paying off players and referees in the fixing which involved about 425 corrupt officials, players and serious criminals in 15 countries. (Source: Reuters)

15) The Troggs frontman Reg Presley has died a year after retiring from music to concentrate on battling lung cancer. The Wild Thing hitmaker, 71, died at his home in Andover, England on Monday, surrounded by his family. (Source: Toronto Sun)

16) The Pakistani city where Osama Bin Laden was found and killed by US special forces is building an amusement park in the hope of boosting tourism.The park has no link to the al-Qaeda leader, who was discovered living in a compound in Abbottabad in 2011. Instead, it will boast a zoo, water sports, mini-golf, rock-climbing and a paragliding club. The park will cost some $30 million and take five years to build. (Source: BBC)

17) It is now legal for women to wear pants in Paris. The 200-year-old law that required women to receive special permission from police "to dress as men" has finally been repealed by France's minister of women's rights. The archaic law, dated back to female French Revolutionary rebels in Paris who were forbidden to wear pants like their male counterparts. The rule was later amended in 1892 and 1909 to allow them if they were on a bike or a horse. (Source: Time.com)


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