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- Apple avoided a $9.2 billion tax payment by financing a stock buyback with debt rather than repatriated offshore profits. [Bloomberg]
- Treasury Secretary Jack Lew met with Wall Street executives to talk about further deficit reduction efforts Thursday night. [Reuters]
- Conservative groups are demanding a balanced budget plan in exchange for a debt ceiling increase. [The Hill]
- Investigators still aren’t sure how much fertilizer and explosive chemicals were held at the Texas fertilizer plant that exploded two weeks ago. [Reuters]
- Suicide rates skyrocketed over the last decade, with the rise likely fueled by the housing crisis and Great Recession. [Associated Press]
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is scrutinizing potentially predatory add-ons to auto loans. [Wall Street Journal]
- Mortgage rates plunged to a record low for the second consecutive week. [CNN Money]