Ties between Russia and Europe are more than just gas.
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Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula brought with it threats of U.S. sanctions, but Europe, while condemning President Vladimir Putin's actions, has been more circumspect. Part of the reason: Europe's dependence on Russian money and energy.
"It is a matter of simple economics," Alex Melikishvili, senior Europe/CIS Analyst at IHS Country Risk, said in an email.
He noted that the EU is Russia's main trade partner; bilateral trade is in hundreds of billion of dollars annually, in contrast with much lower U.S.-Russia trade (see chart).
An employee prepares to make fresh guacamole at a Chipotle restaurant in Hollywood, Calif.
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Looks like reports of a looming "guacapocalypse" have been vastly overstated.
This morning, guacamole lovers woke to headlines warning that Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle could eventually be forced to drop the dip from its menu, if changing global weather patterns continue to drive volatility in the price of avocados.
Broadway Divas Julie Rieber and Laura Woyasz , stars of the Broadway Musical Wicked will perform a concert of diva Showstoppers from Wicked along with favorites from Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Spamalot and more on Thursday, March 6th at 7:30 pm. The Concert will take place at the first United Methodist Church 265 West Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro. Call 615-898-1862 for more information or check out www.murfreesborosymphony.com. That’s The Murfreesboro Symphony with Wicked Divas on Thursday, March 6th at 7:30pm .
Former IRS official Lois Lerner raises her hand as she's sworn in Wednesday at the start of a House Oversight & Government Reform Committee hearing. She declined to answer questions posed by Chairman Darrell Issa, invoking her Fifth Amendment right.
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As she's done before, the woman at the center of the political storm over the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of some conservative groups from 2010 into 2012 invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions during a brief appearance before a congressional committee on Wednesday.