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AFTER A STORM OF COMPLAINTS, the Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled simplified forms to apply for insurance under the president's new health care law. You won't have to lay bare your medical history but you will have to detail your finances. An earlier version of the forms had provoked widespread griping that they were as bad as tax forms and might overwhelm uninsured people, causing them to give up in frustration. The biggest change: a five-page short form single people can fill out.

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The Florida Legislature has approved a $200 million settlement that the state received as part of a national agreement reached between major banks and 49 states. The House Tuesday voted 117-0 for the bill (SB 1852). The Senate had previously approved the measure. The deal sets aside money for everything from domestic violence shelters to affordable housing programs. The money comes from a $25 billion settlement involving attorneys general across the nation.

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TWITTER INC. warned journalists to prepare for more cyber attacks following a breach of the account of the Associated Press that triggered a stock-market decline. Members of the press should change passwords to make them randomly-generated strings of text or words - and different from their login to access email accounts, Twitter said. Twitter's defense against password theft came under scrutiny earlier this month after a hacker sent a false post about explosions at the White House, triggering a drop that wiped out $136 billion in value from the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

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Small business owners are getting more optimistic about their companies. That's the finding of two surveys released Tuesday. The first, conducted in early April by Wells Fargo and Gallup, finds that owners are more upbeat because their companies' finances are improving. A separate survey by the Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom finds that 84 percent of entrepreneurs, owners of very young companies, were confident in the first quarter about their companies' profitability in the next year.

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$40M

THE AMOUNT General Electric has agreed to pay to settle shareholder claims that the company misled them about the quality of its loan portfolio beginning in September 2008.

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THE BOTTOM LINE: Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco's city attorney over demands that the company reduce the amount of caffeine in its energy drinks and stop marketing to minors. ... Delta Air Lines says the compensation package for CEO Richard Anderson jumped 42 percent last year.

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