If you think Vladimir Putin is a mountain of a man, lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan agree. The parliament in that former Soviet republic named a mountain after Putin. Kyrgyzstan wants Russian subsidies and the naming is a reminder that Putin is considered Russia's most powerful man.
Foreclosures in the U.S. matched their highest level on record at the end of 2010, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. And that's frustrating to one of the nation's top financial watchdogs.
Neil Barofsky, the special inspector general for the massive federal bank bailout program, or TARP, is stepping down from his post in March. He says the Obama administration's program to prevent foreclosures is broken, and that many of the people it's supposed to be helping are now "in a far worse place than they would have been had this program not existed."
Let's nip this one in the bud, shall we? D.J. Caruso's cynical new teen flick I Am Number Four is adapted from the first volume of a young-adult fiction series — Lorien Legacies — and has been conceived by producer Michael Bay and his buddies at DreamWorks as the start of a blockbuster movie franchise. From all appearances, this first installment cost them dozens of dollars to make, so if fewer than, say, 25 people go this weekend, maybe they'll decide not to make a sequel.
Federal stimulus money is running out and that leaves education in a hole. Florida Gov. Rick Scott says it was wrong for the state to accept the funds in the first place, and he's not going to try to replace them in the budget. That immediately cuts more than $2 billion from schools.