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The Week in Pictures

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Another week here and gone, filled with economic news, natural disasters, the President’s birth certificate, political rumblings, and more.  Scroll down to see the week that was.

1. MetLife (and plenty of others) under fire

Metlife finds itself in the center of a brewing regulatory firestorm as some 35 states launch investigations into the claims payments of life insurers going back over the last several decades.


2. Caught in another kind of crossfire

Rebel fighters stand on top of a captured tank belonging to forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, outside Misrata’s tallest building, along a street in Tripoli April 22, 2011. Libyans who wanted to venture outside to celebrate rebel gains against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in Misrata were prevented from doing so by government snipers in a tall building above Tripoli street. After a two-week struggle over control of the structure – once home to an insurance company — they finally got their chance after a victory late last Thursday night. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis


3. Signs of life in the housing market?

Developer Azeem Kahn poses outside a home he is building in Chicago April 22, 2011. Four years after U.S. housing prices began to nose-dive, eventually triggering a global financial crisis, signs of life are appearing at the top and the bottom ends of the market. REUTERS/John Gress


4. Rajaratnam’s fate to be decided

Galleon hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam leaves Manhattan Federal Court in New York, April 25, 2011. The fate of hedge fund manager Rajaratnam went to the jury on Monday in Wall Street’s biggest insider-trading trial in two decades, a case that featured FBI phone taps and former friends who testified against him. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton


5. From tragedy, a triumph

Sammy Robinson, Jerlene Gilmore and Verna Harris reunite during an April 25 presentation to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis of the Gold Medal of Honor from the Health Resources and Services Administration for sustaining organ donation rates of 75% or higher during a 12-month period. Robinson received Gilmore’s son, Michael Gilmore’s, heart and Harris received Michael Gilmore’s kidney one year ago. Michael Gilmore was shot in the head at Arkansas State University. Five or Gilmore’s organs were donated. (Alan Spearman/The Commercial Appeal)


6. Paul weighs his options

Texas Congressman Ron Paul speaks during his announcement of an exploratory committee in Des Moines, Iowa April 26, 2011. Paul took the first step toward a longshot campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, hoping to expand his support beyond a fervent group of loyalists. REUTERS/Brian C. Frank


7. Free healthcare to the rescue

Dr. Lee Ponsky does a follow-up exam with Rob Corbett at University Hospitals on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Corbett was examined at a Medworks free clinic, complaining of possible hemmoroid problems. Dr. Jeff Pansky, Lee’s father, found a stage three prostate tumor. After two subsequent surgeries, Corbett is “clean.” His Medworks visit saved his life. (Lynn Ischay/The Plain Dealer)


8. Bernanke speaks out

Traders in the two and five-year bond options pit at the CME Group signal orders as a television broadcast of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is shown during the first-ever news conference shortly after the Federal Open Market Committee’s decision to leave short-term interest rates untouched between zero and 0.25 percent, in Chicago, April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Frank Polich


9. The Tuscaloosa Twister

An aerial view shows extensive damage to houses in the path of tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, April 28, 2011. Tornadoes and violent storms ripped through seven southern U.S. states, killing at least 259 people in the country’s deadliest series of twisters in nearly four decades. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry


10. Geithner holds court

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner answers questions from the audience during a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club in Detroit, Michigan April 28, 2011. Geithner said it was vital to cut U.S. deficits, but warned that acting too harshly in doing so could send the economy into a new tailspin. As federal regulation of the insurance industry gathers steam, so too does Geithner’s potential role as regulator-in-chief. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook


11. It’s official. He’s American.

U.S. President Barack Obama’s birth certificate that was released by the White House in Washington April 27, 2011. The White House on Wednesday released a longer version of President Barack Obama’s U.S. birth certificate to try to quiet a debate within Republican circles that he was not born in the United States. REUTERS/The White House/Handout


12. “Obama, You’re Fired.”

Real estate magnate and television personality Donald Trump speaks to a group of Republican organisations at the Treasure Island hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada April 28, 2011. Trump said he is seriously weighing a presidential run and will make a decision soon. While speaking with CNN this week, Trump took credit for President Obama’s presentation of his birth certificate, saying that by forcing Obama’s hand, Trump had done the country a “great service.” REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus


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