Write-Offs: 05.15.13

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$$$Benmosche: AIG 'Going Back to Our Roots' [CNBC]

$$$SocGen’s Rosbank CEO Detained in $1.5 Million Bribery Sting [Bloomberg]

$$$Euro Zone Recovery Remains Elusive [WSJ]

$$$ "A 54-foot tall, bright yellow inflatable duck floating in Victoria Harbor has ignited a frenzy in the city, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors and spawning a wave of duck-related products and dishes, occasionally served with the famous visitor's feathered brethren...In a recent legislative session, politician Lau Wong-fat cited the duck and the "limitless amounts of joy" it had brought to Hong Kong, as well as the salutary effect the duck had had on local businesses. "Has the government tried to consider why the big duck has swept the city in such a fashion?" he asked the city's leader, Leung Chun-ying. Merchants have embraced the duck. The Marco Polo Hotel is offering a Giant Yellow Rubber Duck package, which it says includes rooms with "breathtaking" duck views, a complimentary rubber duck toy (while supplies last) and a late checkout for $300 a night." [WSJ]

$$$Swedish Man Dies After Having Sex With Hornet’s Nest [IBT]

$$$Tiger Global, Appaloosa Cut Apple Stakes [Bloomberg]

$$$Swiss National Bank investigating whether Bloomberg accessed user data [Reuters]

$$$3 arrested in drug, prostitution sting at Englewood senior citizen housing complex [The Record]

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