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March 3, 2014

If you had Bill Gates in your office pool as being the world's richest person, well congratulations! The Microsoft co-founder placed first in Forbes' annual list of billionaires after a four-year hiatus, grabbing the spot back from Mexican business mogul Carlos Slim Helu. A mere $4 billion separated the duo, with Gates' net worth estimated at $76 billion to Helu's $72 billion.

The list is full of interesting nuggets of data. For example, the average net worth of the 1,645 people on this year's list is $4.7 billion. That's up from an average of $4.2 billion the 1,426 billionaires made last year. More than 65 percent of those on the list are self-made billionaires, while the rest inherited at least a portion of their fortune.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg saw his fortune double to $28.5 billion, notching him 21st place on the list. Sheryl Sandberg, the social network's chief operating officer, also made the list for the first time. Forbes released a full breakdown here. --Jordan Valinsky

10:32 p.m. ET

Judy Woodruff asked Hillary Clinton at Thursday's Democratic debate whether, given that two big financier donors have contributed millions to her super PAC, she can really complain about the Koch brothers and other mega-donors to the Republican candidates? Clinton said you'd have to ask the Republicans about their donations but that the super PAC aiding her is "not my PAC," saying that it was set up to support President Obama then decided to back her presidential campaign. Then she challenged Bernie Sanders' premise that a candidate can't buck Wall Street if his or her super PAC takes Wall Street donations.

In 2008, Obama "was the recipient of the largest number of Wall Street donations of anybody running on the Democratic side ever," Clinton said, but "when it mattered, he stood up and took on Wall Street," pushing through the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. "So let's not imply in any way here that President Obama or myself would in any way not take on any vested interest," including Wall Street, drug companies, "or frankly, the gun lobby."

Sanders scoffed that Wall Street doesn't give huge sums to candidates out of civic duty. "Let's not insult the intelligence of the American people," he said. "They're not dumb." Big Business gives money to politicians because they want things in return. He again touted his million-plus donors who have given him 3.5 million donations averaging $27, versus Clinton's million-dollar super PAC contributions.

Clinton said that she has 750,000 individual donors, most of whom have given small donations, though she didn't give a number. Peter Weber

10:03 p.m. ET

At Thursday night's Democratic debate, PBS moderator Gwen Ifill asked Hillary Clinton about her frequent reminders that she would be the first female president. Clinton said her gender wasn't her electoral argument, and that she wants to help all Americans. When it was his turn to speak, Sanders had a reminder for PBS and for Clinton. He would be the oldest president ever sworn in and the first Jewish president, but he only alluded to that indirectly. For "a person of my background" and political views, he said, "a Sanders victory would be of some historical accomplishment as well." Peter Weber

9:44 p.m. ET
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When asked about Madeleine Albright suggesting over the weekend that women are obligated to support Hillary Clinton — saying "there's a special place in hell for women who don't help women" — Hillary Clinton told the audience at the Democratic debate Thursday night that it was a quote Albright has long been fond of using.

"She's been saying that for as long as I've known her, about 25 years," Clinton said of her husband's former secretary of state. Clinton added that she has always found it important to "unleash the full potential of women and girls in our society," and said she has "no argument with anyone making up her mind about who to support. I just hope by the end of this campaign a lot more are supporting me." Clinton made it clear she is "not asking people to support me because I'm a woman," but to back her "because I think I'm the most qualified, experienced, and ready person to be the president and commander-in-chief."

Clinton also said that she was told out of about 200 presidential primary debates, this debate — with Clinton onstage and moderators Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill asking the questions — was the first time a majority of participants were women. Indeed, of the four people on stage, Bernie Sanders was the only man.

"We'll take our progress wherever we can find it," Clinton said. Catherine Garcia

9:41 p.m. ET

At Thursday's Democratic debate in Milwaukee, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Hillary Clinton started out arguing over how much each candidate's various plans would cost, with Clinton repeating that candidates shouldn't make "promises we can't keep." In one exchange, Clinton said that she has detailed how much each of her proposals would cost and how she would get it enacted, saying that once she is in the White House, she will have enough political capital to get stuff done. Sanders had a line ready: "Well, Secretary Clinton, you're not in the White House yet."

The audience murmured at the one-liner. Sanders said that his programs would be paid for, too, though he didn't elaborate how. Peter Weber

9:10 p.m. ET

Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are facing off for the first Democratic debate since the New Hampshire primary. Watch the livestream below.

8:45 p.m. ET
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Peter Liang, the rookie New York Police Department officer who shot and killed an unarmed man inside a public housing stairwell in 2014, was found guilty Thursday of manslaughter.

Liang, 28, will be sentenced April 14. The charge carries up to 15 years in prison, and he was also convicted of official misconduct, a misdemeanor. Following the verdict, Liang was dismissed from the NYPD, a department spokesman said. Before the verdict, Liang's attorney requested to dismiss the charges, and a Brooklyn State Supreme Court judge has yet to make a ruling.

Liang testified that he was on patrol in a darkened Brooklyn public housing complex stairwell when he heard a sound that startled him. He said he was holding his gun safely, but tensed up and fired. He used his flashlight to look around the stairwell, and didn't see anyone, he testified, but later heard the cries of Akai Gurley, 28, who was hit by the bullet after it ricocheted off a wall. Prosecutors said Liang was handling his gun recklessly, and should have known the sound he heard was a person. They also said he did nothing to help Gurley's girlfriend, who was trying to offer medical assistance to Gurley. During the trial, two NYPD officers were shot and wounded in the stairway of a different public housing complex. The judge barred mention of the incident during the trial, The Associated Press reports. Catherine Garcia

7:57 p.m. ET
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Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said he was sorry for "any grief or pain" caused by the city sending a bill to the estate of Tamir Rice for medical services rendered to the 12-year-old after he was fatally shot by a police officer.

On Wednesday, the city filed a claim in probate court for $500, which it said was for an ambulance ride and medical treatment Rice received after he was shot in November 2014. Rice was holding an airsoft replica gun in a Cleveland park when he was shot and killed by the officer. The city's finance director said Cleveland did not send a bill to the Rice family, and does not plan on it. The claim was a "routine" part of the probate process, she said, and the estate asked for such bills to identify potential creditors, NBC News reports.

The city's chief corporate counsel said since it was a routine matter, city leaders were not notified of the filing, and the claim will be withdrawn. It was a "mistake of us not flagging it, but it was not a mistake in terms of the legal process," Jackson said. The Rice family did not accept the explanation, and said the incident was "deeply disturbing." Catherine Garcia

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