Lunchtime Links: April 27, 2010

Senate Republicans blocked advancement of financial regulatory reform Monday, setting up another key political showdown on Capitol Hill.

The financial dealings of Goldman Sachs leading up to and during the banking crisis are putting the investment banking giant in the public and political crosshairs.

Immigration groups are calling for boycotts of Arizona in the wake of its strict new law allowing police to ask for identification of anyone they think may be in the country illegally. Meanwhile, many Phoenix city council members will not support Mayor Phil Gordon’s effort to sue the state over the new law.

A British study shows that smoking, drinking, too little exercise and poor diet can place people about 12 years past their biological age.

American missionary Laura Silsby will stand trial in Haiti on a charge of arranging irregular travel, a judge ruled Monday, but more serious charges against her and nine fellow missionaries were dropped. Silsby headed the group of Idaho Baptists which travelled to Port-au-Prince in January and were arrested for trying to shepherd a busload of undocumented children over the border with the Dominican Republic.

Katy Perry, Eminem, Tom Petty and Sheryl Crow are just a few of the many big names in line for summer album releases.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger apologized for his off-the-field conduct and said he will not appeal the four- to six-game suspension issued last week by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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