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Monday Workplace News Roundup

Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

Jokester in Chief: President Obama tickled the crowd at Saturday night's annual White House Correspondents Dinner.

Wii will see: Should someone be able to claim a Nintendo Wii console as a rehabilitation device under workers compensation laws? An Australian parliament is debating this question.

Let's Finn-agle: The Finns are arguing over loaning the Greeks $1.48 billion Euros as part of an overall EU financial aid package. They fear the Greeks will never be able to pay it back.

C-ya, CIO: A new study finds CFOs are getting more involved in making IT decisions. So if your work computer keeps crashing, you know who to blame.

Zeal-ous debate: Australia cuts its corporate tax rate by 2% and makes New Zealand debate trimming its 30% corporate tax rate.

Take me off the list: Some colleges are so fed up with the U.S. News & World Report annual college rankings list that they no longer want to be on it.

Rowdy neighbor: Neighboring African countries don't like how "swaggering" South African companies do business. Meanwhile, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs tells Africans that high customs fees, corruption and lack of adequate legal systems are keeping U.S. companies from doing more business there.

Mushroom cloud: State employees at the Michigan Department of Human Services have left a rented office space where the mold was so bad that mushrooms sprouted from the carpet. Niiiice.

Bank on it: Watch out banks because U.S. consumers are no longer afraid to drop you like a hot rock. About 66% in a new survey said they could switch to a new bank over the next year.

Tense climate: Republican Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is investigating University of Virginia climate change researcher Michael Mann for potential violations of Virginia's Fraud Against Taxpayers Act. Mann has received taxpayer money to conduct his ground-breaking climate change research.

May Day, May Day: Thousands of Cubans marched through Havana's Revolution Square on Saturday in support of May Day, but the word on the street is they were mainly protesting Europe and the United States.

We know why the chicken crossed the road, but why are aphids green?

Just like grandma: U.S. consumers are practicing a "new frugality" even though many economists say the Great Recession is over. No word yet on whether they're reusing plastic wrap and saving glass jars because you never know when you might need one.

Cool, it's not just us: So what if too many Americans think Benjamin Franklin stopped the Civil War or Abraham Lincoln wrote the Constitution. It turns out Canadians don't know much about Canadian history, either. It's all good now, eh.

Houston, we have a problem: United and Continental announce a merger and employees at Continental's Houston hub worry about the impact on their jobs and the city's economy.

Knock, knock, who's there: U.S. Census workers gear up to go door to door for final population tallies.

Bright minds think alike: What do Hartford, Salt Lake City and Denver have in common? Their residents scored very well on a skin cancer quiz. By the way, today is "Melanoma Monday," an annual event to raise awareness of skin cancer.

Oh, man: San Francisco might stop funding its transgender jobs center as it grapples with a $483 million budget deficit.

Rush to judgment: The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is as natural as ocean water and the ocean will take care of it if we just leave it alone, says Rush Limbaugh. Wall, meet head.

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