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Goldman Sachs' soaring lobbying costs, and more

Goldman Sachs spent $1.2 million on lobbying during the first three months of 2010—a 72 percent increase over the same period in 2009.

Goldman Sachs' soaring lobbying costsGoldman Sachs, recently charged with civil fraud, spent $1.2 million on lobbying during the first three months of 2010—a 72 percent increase over the same period in 2009. The investment firm recently hired former Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott and his lobbyist partner, former Democratic Sen. John Breaux, to lobby Capitol Hill. USA Today

25 percent of world’s population lacks electricityAbout 25 percent of the world’s population, or 1.6 billion people, do not have electricity in their homes.MSNBC.com

Percentage of black major league baseball players falls Seventeen of the 30 major league teams had two or fewer African-Americans on their opening-day rosters this year. Between 1995 and 2009, the percentage of black major league baseball players fell from 19 percent to 9.5 percent.Philadelphia Daily News

Archie Comics welcomes gay guy to Riverdale HighArchie Comics announced that after 70 years, Riverdale High would enroll its first openly gay character, a cute blond guy named Kevin Keller. The company said it was part of an effort to keep the series “current and inclusive.”  The Washington Post

YouTube's five year plan: From one to one billion plusFive years ago this week, YouTube uploaded its first video—19 seconds of co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo. Today, more than 1 billion videos are streamed on the site daily.Techradar.com

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