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Senior note holders are paid off in full before any payments are made to junior note holders. Convertible notes can be exchanged for a specified amount of one or more securities (typically common stock), at the option of the issuer or the holder. 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Incremental common shares attributable to unvested restricted stock that were not included in diluted earnings per share (EPS) because to do so would increase EPS amounts or decrease loss per share amounts for the period presented. Restricted stock are shares of stock for which sale is contractually or governmentally restricted for a given period of time. Employee Stock Option [Member] Employee Stock Option [Member] Employment Level [Axis] Employment Level [Axis] Employment Level [Domain] Employment Level [Domain] Employment Level [Domain] Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award and Other Compensation Benefits [Line Items] [Line Items] Line items represent financial concepts included in a table. These concepts are used to disclose reportable information associated with domain members defined in one or many axes to the table. 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Equity Instruments Available for Grant as of December 31, 2011 Number of Shares Authorized Share-based Compensation Arrangement by Share-based Payment Award, Number of Shares Authorized Minimum Exercise Price Per Share Options Minimum Exercise Price Per Share Options Exercise price per share of each option, other than in the event of options granted in connection with a merger or other acquisition, cannot be less than fair market value of a share of common stock on the date of grant. 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The cash inflow associated with the amount received from holders had they exercised their stock options. This item inherently excludes any excess tax benefit, which the entity may have realized and reported separately. 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