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February 27, 2013 

Lew confirmed as new U.S. Treasury secretary

The Senate confirmed Jacob Lew to be Treasury secretary, affirming President Barack Obama’s choice of a budget expert at a time when Congress and the White House are at odds over sharp government spending cuts. The Senate voted 71-26 to support the nomination. Lew, 57, had most recently served as Obama’s chief of staff. He succeeds Timothy Geithner, who completed a four-year term in which he helped lead the administration’s response to the financial crisis. He takes over before automatic spending cuts are set to kick in.

Aaron’s accused of installing spyware on rented computers

Court documents in a class-action lawsuit against furniture rental company Aaron’s Inc. allege spyware installed on rented computers secretly sent more than 185,000 emails back to the company, including some capturing webcam images of naked children and people having sex. The documents filed Wednesday in federal court say the Atlanta-based rental company hasn’t informed at least 800 customers whom plaintiffs say were targeted by spyware. Aaron’s says it disagrees with the claims in the lawsuit. The company says certain independent franchisees used the spyware, not stores operated by Aaron’s, Inc.

The Associated Press contributed.

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