The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention increased to 86 the number of its personnel who it says may have been exposed to live anthrax at three labs in Atlanta.
Not all Sunnis are on board with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, even if they oppose the Iraqi government. One ranking Sunni cleric in northern Iraq hints at limits to the group's influence.
A team claiming to have spied the earliest moments of the universe may have actually seen little more than galactic dust.
The week that was with Leigh Gallagher, from Fortune, and John Carney, from the Wall Street Journal.
Carney: We're sort of slowly grinding higher, but there's almost no volatitlity and a lot of people find it to be an almost eerie calm.
Gallagher: I'm among the people that think we're in for a bit of a shock probably later this year.
Gallagher: She has done a good job at being very artful with her words... she was trying to reassure us that growth is happening and that there are improvements in the labor market. I think the biggest problem is the D-word, demand and there's only so much the Fed can do to spur that.
Carney: The most shocking thing about the Fed meeting is the long term projections of where the interest rates will eventually be are coming down. Meaning, instead of everybody thinking will go back to 4 percent long term, it's now down to like 3.75. And that's a change.
Mary Barra's trip back to Washington:
Gallagher: The irony in all of this is that GM's car sale are actually doing quite well.
Carney: There's a really weird symmetry betweeen what happened with the banks and what's happening with general motors. We rescued them and then it turns out there's all these calamities out there. and they end up having to pay lots of money for things they did a long time ago.
Carney: "There's a possibility for the biggest war in the Middle East in decades and yet we added like $4 or $5 to the price of crude.
General Electric has won a bidding war for a French company called Alstom.
GE mostly wants the company’s turbine business. But other issues had to be taken into account.
“The country of France is really concerned with jobs. And also technology security,” says Daniel Holland, an equity analyst at Morningstar.
GE has agreed to a 50-50 partnership on the nuclear business. Plus other joint ventures. And it promises thousands of new jobs in France.
But that may not be enough. Government officials have asked GE to revise its bid.
“The French government is completely capable of screwing up this transaction,” says Cliff Ransom, an independent equity analyst with Ransom Research.
But French politicians could be more than gate-keepers. More like business partners. The government intends to buy 20 percent of Alstom.