David H. Brooks, 58, founder of DHB Industries Inc., America’s leading supplier of body armor to the military, got 17 years in prison Thursday for running a $185 million stock swindle to pay for luxuries such as lavish parties featuring Tom Petty and the Eagles. He was convicted of falsely inflating the inventory value of the company’s top product, the Interceptor vest. “He attempted to portray himself as a great patriot,” attracting investors who thought they were doing something to help the troops, said U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert, but has since shown “not a glimmer, not a whisper, not a moment of regret.”

How about: ‘Where are my car keys?’

Still scrolling your email to find details of that airline reservation or that gizmo you bought online? That’s so 2012. Google says most of its U.S. users soon will be able to retrieve such data from their other Google services, such as Gmail or Calendar, by typing or speaking a conversational question, such as, “Is my flight on time?” The Internet giant has been testing for the past year, aiming to stay atop the search business by making daily-information tasks as easy as talking to the computer on “Star Trek.” Analysts say Apple, Microsoft and other tech companies are pursuing the same. Google says it’s focusing first on five areas: flight information, hotel and restaurant reservations, online purchases, calendar events and photos.

A college degree for free!

Want to major in Marx, Lenin and Ho Chi Minh? Vietnam’s communist government will pay the tab. It’s resorted to offering free tuition to attract students to that degree, because students have been flocking instead to subjects like communications, tourism, international relations and English. Students believe “they will have better chances of employment and better pay” with such degrees, said Pham Tan Ha, admissions chief at Ho Chi Minh City Social and Human Sciences University. But note: three classes in Marxist-Leninism and Ho Chi Minh studies are still required for all students.

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