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Week in Pictures | May 4, 2012

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Newt is brought back down to Earth, a bird flu recipe is published, Highmark Inc. finally reaches a deal with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a huge Medicare fraud is uncovered in Miami. This and more in this week’s Week in Pictures.

Illinois Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, asks questions during a House Executive Committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Springfield, Ill. Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, is pushing to end free health insurance for state retirees, increasing pressure on unions to accept reductions in their pension benefits. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

In this Thursday, April 26, 2012 file photo, Balinese government officials prepare to cull chickens as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of bird flu, at a market in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia after an 8-year-old boy died from bird flu. The virus rarely infects people, but scientists are worried it could mutate and spread more easily. On Wednesday, May 2, 2012, a scientific journal published a study showing how scientists created their own lab-made bird flu virus. The experiment was an effort to figure out how to thwart a global epidemic. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich pauses while announcing that he is suspending his presidential campaign, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A homeless man begs for money near paintings from a street artist in the Plaza Mayor, in Madrid, Monday, April 30, 2012. Spain’s National Statistics Institute announce on Monday that Spain is officially back in recession as the country’s economy shrank 0.3 percent in the first quarter compared to the previous three months. This is Spain’s second recession in three years. Spain’s economic problems have become the focus of Europe’s debt crisis as investors worry over Spain’s ability to push through austerity measures and reforms at a time of recession and an unemployment rate hitting 24 per cent – or 50 per cent for those aged under 25. Late last week, S&P downgraded the country’s credit rating by two notches from A to BBB+, citing a worsening budget deficit, worries over the banking system, and poor economic prospects. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Gov. Tom Corbett announces an agreement between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and insurer Highmark Inc. to extend in-network coverage for about 2.5 million western Pennsylvania health insurance customers during a Capitol news conference, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 in Harrisburg, Pa. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark Inc. have agreed to an 18-month extension on a regional health care contract that will keep the medical center’s hospitals and doctors in Highmark’s network through the end of 2014, Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)

A protesters stands outside the Portalnd City Club during the attorney general candidate’s debate with Dwight Holton and Ellen Rosenblum Friday, April 27, 2012, in Portland, Ore. Medical marijuana could be a deciding issue in Oregon’s attorney general race. Former federal prosecutor Dwight Holton has been critical of the state’s medical marijuana law. And his opponent, retired state Court of Appeals Justice Ellen Rosenblum, has emerged as a staunch supporter _ even showing up at a Portland pot shop to show support. There are 55,000 registered medical marijuana users in Oregon _ and who knows how many smoke weed illegally. It’s an open question whether they’ll vote. Still, there’s wide support among Oregonians for using marijuana as medicine, and Rosenblum might be able to capitalize on that in the May 15 Democratic primary. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Office of Inspecter General federal agents load computers seized from Willsand Home Health Agency, Inc. into a van in Miami, Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Federal authorities charged more than 100 doctors, nurses and social workers in seven cities with Medicare fraud in a nationwide crackdown on unrelated scams that allegedly billed the taxpayer-funded program of $452 million. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)


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