What others are saying about: Big bucks

Last year, the world had 41 billion-dollar weather disasters, the second highest number behind only 2010, according to insurance firm Aon Benfield, which tracks global disasters. Since 2000, the world has averaged 28 such billion dollar disasters, which are adjusted for inflation.

— Associated Press, about 2103 being the fourth hottest year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Quicken Loans and billionaire Warren Buffet are offering a $1 billion to anyone who can accurately predict every single outcome of the 68-team NCAA national basketball tournament. One guess per household.

"If you're already thinking how you're going to spend that money, take note: there is less than a 1 in 9 quintillion chance that you can guess the results of every game in a 64-team bracket correctly, Jeff Bergen, a math professor at DePaul University, said in a video posted to YouTube. Even if you know something about college basketball, your chances are about 1 in 128 billion, Bergen said."

— Noah Rayman, Time.com

Activist investor Carl Icahn says he has purchased $500 million worth of Apple stock in the past couple of weeks to bring his total holdings in the company to more than $3 billion.

— Associated Press

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