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Week in Pictures | March 16, 2012

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As the GOP nomination epic continues with wins for Rick Santorum in the South, Goldman Sachs winds up with another public relations disaster on its hands. Stress tests are conducted on the nations largest banks while health exchange regulations are finalized. This and more in this week’s Week In Pictures. 

A voter leaves a polling place in Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday, March 13, 2012. The South went to Rick Santorum as the protracted battle for the GOP nomination continues. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

In this March 10, 2012 photo, Alexis Lohse, right, hugs her daughter Emma Miller, 3, at their home in Fort Worth, Texas. When Lohse decided to go back to college, the mother of two was so worried about health insurance that she didn’t quit her job until finding the Women’s Health Program. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is directing state officials to begin looking for money to keep the Medicaid Women’s Health Program operating, even if the Obama administration revokes federal funding amid a fight over clinics affiliated with abortion providers. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Trader Matthias Roberts, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Strong February retail sales results drove U.S. stocks higher at the opening of trading. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The California Public Employees Retirment System (CALPERS) lowered its investment target Thursday, March 15 for the first time in nearly a decade, adding millions of dollars in retirement costs to the state and its agencies. As states look at alternative investment options the secondary insurance market could potentially be one choice for struggling states. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

MetLife, Inc. was one of four large financial institutions late Tuesday deemed to have failed a “stress test” imposed on large banking institutions by the Federal Reserve Board, a decision roundly criticized by MetLife and insurance analysts. Specialist Henry Becker, foreground center, directs trades in share of MetLife on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, March 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius speaks to the press. Health exchange regulations finalized by the Obama administration Monday, March 12, envision allowing agents, brokers and private companies, to sell coverage on the exchange to individuals and employers through privately-run websites.  AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Traders work in the Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, March 15, 2012. Greg Smith, an executive director at Goldman Sachs, resigned with a blistering public essay that accused the bank of losing its “moral fiber,” putting profits ahead of customers’ interests and dismissing customers as “muppets.” Within 24 hours, the firm had lost $2.2 billion in shareholder value, as news of the letter went viral. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)


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