Write-Offs: 12.18.13

$$$ Wall Street Broker Fights SEC Probe With Harassment Suit [Bloomberg]

$$$ Two lucky winning tickets were sold in Tuesday’s near-record $636 million Mega Millions drawing: one at a tiny newsstand in Atlanta, and the other more than 2,000 miles away in California. The lucky Georgia ticket was sold at a Gateway Newsstand in Atlanta’s affluent Buckhead area, Mega Millions Executive Director Paula Otto said…Buckhead is a financial center of Atlanta and one of its largest neighborhoods, a vast northern area known for upscale shopping centers such as Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, both a short walk from the store that sold the winning ticket. The Alliance Center is home to a variety of offices — lawyers and financial services professionals, even the Brazilian Consulate General. [AP]

$$$ Herbalife Analyst: I’d Like to Thank ‘Mom, Jesus and Short Sellers’ [MoneyBeat]

$$$ U.S. Regulators Working On Guidance to Clarify Volcker Rule’s CDO Provision [WSJ]

$$$ Son of NBA great John Havlicek, a Palm Beach banker, charged with soliciting prostitution in Polk County [PBP]

$$$ Stumbling Toward The Next Crash [NYT]

$$$ EU ministers reach deal on scheme to close failing banks: diplomats [Reuters]

$$$ Rob Ford’s official dance party (VIDEO) [WaPo]

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