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              Congress party supporters celebrate outside a counting station after hearing news of the party leading in the recently held state elections in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

    Congress party supporters celebrate outside a counting station after hearing news of the party leading in the recently held state elections in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

    Posted: 5/8/2013 1:11:17 PM EST
    Congress party supporters celebrate outside a counting station after hearing news of the party leading in the recently held state elections in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. India's ruling Congress party, which has been battered by corruption scandals, won a much-needed victory Wednesday in an election in a key southern state. The party wrested power from the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka, in a voting watched as a possible bellwether for next year's national elections. (AP Photo)
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              Congress party supporters celebrate outside a counting station after hearing news of the party leading in the recently held state elections in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

    Congress party supporters celebrate outside a counting station after hearing news of the party leading in the recently held state elections in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

    Posted: 5/8/2013 1:11:17 PM EST
    Congress party supporters celebrate outside a counting station after hearing news of the party leading in the recently held state elections in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. India's ruling Congress party, which has been battered by corruption scandals, won a much-needed victory Wednesday in an election in a key southern state. The party wrested power from the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka, in a voting watched as a possible bellwether for next year's national elections. (AP Photo)
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              Congress party leader Siddaramaiah celebrates with supporters after news of the party leading in the recently held state elections in Mysore, India, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. India's ruli

    Congress party leader Siddaramaiah celebrates with supporters after news of the party leading in the recently held state elections in Mysore, India, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. India's ruli

    Posted: 5/8/2013 1:11:17 PM EST
    Congress party leader Siddaramaiah celebrates with supporters after news of the party leading in the recently held state elections in Mysore, India, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. India's ruling Congress party, which has been battered by corruption scandals, won a much-needed victory Wednesday in an election in a key southern state. The party wrested power from the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka, in a voting watched as a possible bellwether for next year's national elections. (AP Photo)
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              Congress party supporters celebrate after news of the party leading in the recently held state elections in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. India's ruling Congress party, whic

    Congress party supporters celebrate after news of the party leading in the recently held state elections in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. India's ruling Congress party, whic

    Posted: 5/8/2013 1:11:17 PM EST
    Congress party supporters celebrate after news of the party leading in the recently held state elections in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. India's ruling Congress party, which has been battered by corruption scandals, won a much-needed victory Wednesday in an election in a key southern state. The party wrested power from the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka, in a voting watched as a possible bellwether for next year's national elections. (AP Photo)
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              In this Sept. 24, 2012 photo, Dan Breitenstein stands near his boat that he pulls parasailers with over Miami Beach,Fla., discussing the industry. Soaring high above the ocean off South

    In this Sept. 24, 2012 photo, Dan Breitenstein stands near his boat that he pulls parasailers with over Miami Beach,Fla., discussing the industry. Soaring high above the ocean off South

    Posted: 10/5/2012 4:58:19 AM EST
    In this Sept. 24, 2012 photo, Dan Breitenstein stands near his boat that he pulls parasailers with over Miami Beach,Fla., discussing the industry. Soaring high above the ocean off South Beach, tethered only by a rope to a boat hundreds of feet below, riding in a parasail is at once exhilarating and oddly peaceful, even quiet. For millions of people, that's the takeaway from a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But every year there are accidents, some of them fatal. The Parasail Safety Council, which tracks injuries and deaths from the activity nationwide, reports more than 70 people have been killed and at least 1,600 injured between 1982 and 2012, out of an estimated 150 million parasail rides during those 30 years. Despite the inherent risk, few federal or state safety regulations exist for parasailing. In Florida, which has by far the largest number of parasail operators at about 120, repeated efforts to enact new rules following fatal accidents have landed with a thud. Florida is seen by safety proponents as a national bellwether because of parasailing's popularity in the state. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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              In this Sept. 24, 2012 photo, Dan Breitenstein stands on his boat that pulls parasailors on Miami Beach, Fla. Soaring high above the ocean off South Beach, tethered only by a rope to a

    In this Sept. 24, 2012 photo, Dan Breitenstein stands on his boat that pulls parasailors on Miami Beach, Fla. Soaring high above the ocean off South Beach, tethered only by a rope to a

    Posted: 10/5/2012 4:58:19 AM EST
    In this Sept. 24, 2012 photo, Dan Breitenstein stands on his boat that pulls parasailors on Miami Beach, Fla. Soaring high above the ocean off South Beach, tethered only by a rope to a boat hundreds of feet below, riding in a parasail is at once exhilarating and oddly peaceful, even quiet. For millions of people, that's the takeaway from a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But every year there are accidents, some of them fatal. The Parasail Safety Council, which tracks injuries and deaths from the activity nationwide, reports more than 70 people have been killed and at least 1,600 injured between 1982 and 2012, out of an estimated 150 million parasail rides during those 30 years. Despite the inherent risk, few federal or state safety regulations exist for parasailing. In Florida, which has by far the largest number of parasail operators at about 120, repeated efforts to enact new rules following fatal accidents have landed with a thud. Florida is seen by safety proponents as a national bellwether because of parasailing's popularity in the state. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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              In this Sept. 24, 2012 photo, two people parasail over Miami Beach, Fla.  Soaring high above the ocean off South Beach, tethered only by a rope to a boat hundreds of feet below, riding

    In this Sept. 24, 2012 photo, two people parasail over Miami Beach, Fla. Soaring high above the ocean off South Beach, tethered only by a rope to a boat hundreds of feet below, riding

    Posted: 10/5/2012 4:58:19 AM EST
    In this Sept. 24, 2012 photo, two people parasail over Miami Beach, Fla. Soaring high above the ocean off South Beach, tethered only by a rope to a boat hundreds of feet below, riding in a parasail is at once exhilarating and oddly peaceful, even quiet. For millions of people, that's the takeaway from a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But every year there are accidents, some of them fatal. The Parasail Safety Council, which tracks injuries and deaths from the activity nationwide, reports more than 70 people have been killed and at least 1,600 injured between 1982 and 2012, out of an estimated 150 million parasail rides during those 30 years. Despite the inherent risk, few federal or state safety regulations exist for parasailing. In Florida, which has by far the largest number of parasail operators at about 120, repeated efforts to enact new rules following fatal accidents have landed with a thud. Florida is seen by safety proponents as a national bellwether because of parasailing's popularity in the state. (AP Photo/Tony Winton)
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              In this Sept. 24,2012 photo, two people parasail over the Miami Beach, Fla. area. Soaring high above the ocean off South Beach, tethered only by a rope to a boat hundreds of feet below,

    In this Sept. 24,2012 photo, two people parasail over the Miami Beach, Fla. area. Soaring high above the ocean off South Beach, tethered only by a rope to a boat hundreds of feet below,

    Posted: 10/5/2012 4:58:19 AM EST
    In this Sept. 24,2012 photo, two people parasail over the Miami Beach, Fla. area. Soaring high above the ocean off South Beach, tethered only by a rope to a boat hundreds of feet below, riding in a parasail is at once exhilarating and oddly peaceful, even quiet. For millions of people, that's the takeaway from a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But every year there are accidents, some of them fatal. The Parasail Safety Council, which tracks injuries and deaths from the activity nationwide, reports more than 70 people have been killed and at least 1,600 injured between 1982 and 2012, out of an estimated 150 million parasail rides during those 30 years. Despite the inherent risk, few federal or state safety regulations exist for parasailing. In Florida, which has by far the largest number of parasail operators at about 120, repeated efforts to enact new rules following fatal accidents have landed with a thud. Florida is seen by safety proponents as a national bellwether because of parasailing's popularity in the state. (AP Photo/Tony Winton)
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              In this Sept. 24, 2012 photo, two people parasail over the Miami Beach,Fla. area. Soaring high above the ocean off South Beach, tethered only by a rope to a boat hundreds of feet below,

    In this Sept. 24, 2012 photo, two people parasail over the Miami Beach,Fla. area. Soaring high above the ocean off South Beach, tethered only by a rope to a boat hundreds of feet below,

    Posted: 10/5/2012 4:58:18 AM EST
    In this Sept. 24, 2012 photo, two people parasail over the Miami Beach,Fla. area. Soaring high above the ocean off South Beach, tethered only by a rope to a boat hundreds of feet below, riding in a parasail is at once exhilarating and oddly peaceful, even quiet. For millions of people, that's the takeaway from a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But every year there are accidents, some of them fatal. The Parasail Safety Council, which tracks injuries and deaths from the activity nationwide, reports more than 70 people have been killed and at least 1,600 injured between 1982 and 2012, out of an estimated 150 million parasail rides during those 30 years. Despite the inherent risk, few federal or state safety regulations exist for parasailing. In Florida, which has by far the largest number of parasail operators at about 120, repeated efforts to enact new rules following fatal accidents have landed with a thud. Florida is seen by safety proponents as a national bellwether because of parasailing's popularity in the state. (AP Photo/Tony Winton)
  •  - Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

    Posted: 4/20/2012 11:33:41 AM EST
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, April 20, 2012. U.S. stocks rose on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on pace for its biggest gain in the past five weeks, after earnings from a slew of bellwether companies propelled what has been a solid earnings season to date. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)
  •  - Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

    Posted: 4/20/2012 11:29:07 AM EST
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, April 20, 2012. U.S. stocks rose on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on pace for its biggest gain in the past five weeks, after earnings from a slew of bellwether companies propelled what has been a solid earnings season to date. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)
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    Posted: 1/11/2012 8:20:46 AM EST
    Trader Robert Arciero, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Stocks are shooting higher after the market opened on comforting news from Europe and an optimistic outlook from corporate bellwether Alcoa. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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    Posted: 1/11/2012 8:20:46 AM EST
    Trader Michael Urkonis, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Stocks are shooting higher after the market opened on comforting news from Europe and an optimistic outlook from corporate bellwether Alcoa. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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    Posted: 1/11/2012 8:20:46 AM EST
    Trader Eric Schumacher, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Stocks are shooting higher after the market opened on comforting news from Europe and an optimistic outlook from corporate bellwether Alcoa. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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    Posted: 1/11/2012 8:20:45 AM EST
    Trader Kevin Lodewick, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Stocks are shooting higher after the market opened on comforting news from Europe and an optimistic outlook from corporate bellwether Alcoa. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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    Posted: 1/10/2012 4:40:48 PM EST
    Trader Michael Zicchinolfi works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Stocks are shooting higher after the market opened on comforting news from Europe and an optimistic outlook from corporate bellwether Alcoa. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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    Posted: 11/24/2011 12:26:05 PM EST
    The International Criminal Court's prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo speaks during a press conference in Tripoli, Libya, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. Moreno-Ocampo says Moammar Gadhafi's son Seif al-Islam will be tried in a Libyan court by Libyan judges and announced that the ICC will help Libya establish the judicial framework for the trial, which many expect to be a bellwether of the new Libyan government's ability to uphold the rule of law. (AP Photo/Abdel Magid al-Fergany)
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    Posted: 11/24/2011 12:26:05 PM EST
    The International Criminal Court's prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo speaks to reporters after a press conference in Tripoli, Libya, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. Moreno-Ocampo says Moammar Gadhafi's son Seif al-Islam will be tried in a Libyan court by Libyan judges and announced that the ICC will help Libya establish the judicial framework for the trial, which many expect to be a bellwether of the new Libyan government's ability to uphold the rule of law. (AP Photo/Abdel Magid al-Fergany)
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    Posted: 10/24/2011 9:15:52 AM EST
    Election officials count ballot papers at a polling station in Tunis, Tunsia, Sunday Oct. 23, 2011. Tunisians turned out in force for their country's first truly free elections Sunday, voting that is expected to favor a long-banned Islamist party and seen as a bellwether for pro-democracy movements across the Arab world. (AP Photo/Amine Landoulsi)
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    Posted: 10/24/2011 9:15:52 AM EST
    An unidentied poll worker counts ballot papers at a polling station in Tunis, Tunsia, Sunday Oct. 23, 2011. Tunisians turned out in force for their country's first truly free elections Sunday, voting that is expected to favor a long-banned Islamist party and seen as a bellwether for pro-democracy movements across the Arab world. (AP Photo/Amine Landoulsi)


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