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What a Republican Health-Care Reform Bill Would Look Like

Southern Pines Pilot - Steve Bouser - ‎32 minutes ago‎
My college sociology professor always gave his classes term papers that we knew would take half a semester of solitary confinement in the graduate library.

Accused 9/11 plotter likely to face execution

Reuters - Alan Elsner, Doina Chiacu - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Accused Sept. 11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be tried and convicted and is likely to be executed, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Sunday.

Pakistan Army Investigates Report Mehsud is Dead, Taliban Denies Report

Voice of America - ‎1 hour ago‎
Photo: AP In this photo taken Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, new Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, left, is seen with his comrade Waliur Rehman during his meeting with media in Sararogha of South Waziristan tribal area along the Afghanistan border.

US Arms Sales to Taiwan Latest Hit to Sino-American Ties

Voice of America - Stephanie Ho - ‎3 hours ago‎
Photo: AP In this 2006 file photo, a US-made Patriot missile is launched during military exercises. The United States is planning to sell US$6.4 billion in arms, including Black Hawk helicopters, Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles, ...

Yemen clashes continue, ceasefire offer rejected

Reuters - Ulf Laessing, Mohammed Sudam - ‎1 hour ago‎
SANAA, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Yemen rejected a ceasefire offer from Shi'ite rebels on Sunday and said fighting was continuing, as neighbouring Saudi Arabia accused the insurgents of mounting sniper attacks inside its ...

Karzai urges Taliban talks before US pullout

Reuters - Sayed Salahuddin, Jonathon Burch - ‎1 hour ago‎
KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban fighters should drop their demand that US and NATO forces withdraw from Afghanistan before peace talks can be held, President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday, saying talks would make it easier for troops to leave.

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PREVIEW-Obama budget to assure investors while boosting jobs

Reuters - Alister Bull, Eric Walsh - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) - US President Barack Obama on Monday will unveil a budget that must balance his short-term political imperative to boost jobs, while convincing investors he has a credible plan to curb record deficits over ...

Question of foreign funding of US elections unsettled

Los Angeles Times - ‎14 hours ago‎
President Obama and other officials have disagreed about the implications of the Supreme Court's ruling allowing corporations to spend money on campaigns.

Snow Storm That Covered South Heads Off to Sea

New York Times - Erik Schelzig, Joyce Garcia - ‎8 hours ago‎
By AP RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A winter storm that crossed in a nearly straight line dumping snow, sleet and ice this week from northern Texas to Washington was heading off the Atlantic coast early Sunday.

US Doesn't Object to Toyota Plan for Pedal Repairs

BusinessWeek - Angela Greiling Keane, Daniel Whitten - ‎11 hours ago‎
Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- The US Transportation Department didn't object to a remedy Toyota Motor Corp. proposed for flawed gas pedals, a department official said, clearing the way for the company's plan to fix ...

Amazon Removes Macmillan E-Books

Wall Street Journal - Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, Geoffrey A. Fowler - ‎12 hours ago‎
Amazon.com Inc. has removed all e-book titles published by Macmillan from Amazon and its Kindle e-reader site in a battle over pricing, according to a statement issued by Macmillan late Saturday.

Davos 2010 ends with bankers on the defensive

BBC News - Tim Weber - ‎1 hour ago‎
Bankers have indicated that they may agree to far-reaching reforms, as the World Economic Forum in Davos ends. Top regulators warned that they could take drastic action to take some of the risk out of the financial industry.

How to make the iPad a better music device

CNET - Matt Rosoff - ‎18 hours ago‎
I was at Apple's iPad launch on Wednesday, and maybe it was just Steve Jobs' reality distortion field, but I don't quite understand why the haters are piling on.

Cellphone Laws May Not Reduce Car Crashes

Wall Street Journal - Joseph B. White - ‎56 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON—Laws that forbid motorists from using hand-held phones or texting while driving don't appear to result in a significant decrease in vehicle crashes, according to a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute expected to ...

AT&T Touts Network Investments to Support iPad

PC World - Brad Reed - ‎20 hours ago‎
Now that AT&T has taken its lumps from competitors and users over the size of its 3G network, the company is determined not to be caught flat footed again.

Caressa Cameron of Virginia Crowned Miss America

People Magazine - Joanne Fowler - ‎33 minutes ago‎
Dressed in a floor-length yellow gown and chandelier earrings, Caressa Cameron, a 22-year-old broadcast journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University, won the title of Miss America 2010 on Saturday night at the Planet ...

The Grammy Awards And Freezing Temperatures In Today's Tweet Dreams

MTV.com - ‎Jan 29, 2010‎
For weeks, Hollywood's thespians have been a busy bunch, from a slew of awards ceremonies to the Sundance Film Festival. But this weekend, the spotlight will be on the music industry's best and brightest with the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.
Grammys miss indie music Omaha World-Herald

It's ladies' night at the Grammys

Reuters - Dean Goodman, Sandra Maler - ‎2 hours ago‎
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In a historic first, three women will each vie for the top three prizes at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, with Taylor Swift likely to prolong her fairy-tale success story.

Becker and Henman on Australian Open final

BBC Sport - ‎2 hours ago‎
For me, the most key points were during the second and third sets, when Andy Murray had opportunities in rallies at certain stages.

Only 2 cars on lead lap in 24 Hours of Daytona

msnbc.com - Antonio Gonzalez - ‎34 minutes ago‎
AP Writer AP Sports DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -Engine problems gave the 24 Hours of Daytona a twist Sunday, with the Chip Ganassi Racing car that dominated the first day falling out and the organization's second entry one of two cars ...

Robert Karlsson surges to three-shot win at Qatar Masters

USA Today - ‎20 minutes ago‎
DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Robert Karlsson (FSY) of Sweden shot a 7-under 65 to win the Qatar Masters by three strokes Sunday. The 40-year-old Karlsson made seven birdies to finish 15-under 273 at Doha Golf Club for his 10th European Tour victory, ...

Bill Gates promises $10 billion for vaccines

Reuters - Ben Hirschler, Kate Kelland - ‎Jan 29, 2010‎
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Bill and Melinda Gates said on Friday they would spend $10 billion over the next decade to develop and deliver vaccines, an increased commitment that reflects progress in the pipeline of products for immunizing children ...

Swine Flu Stirred Profits, but Fewer Deaths than Predicted

AllGov - ‎2 hours ago‎
From the US government to the United Nations, the warnings last spring were that H1NI was going to infect billions of people and kill hundreds of thousands.
H1N1 replaces seasonal flu Nashua Telegraph

Law Requiring Parity of Mental Health Insurance Benefits Implemented

Medscape - Emma Hitt - ‎Jan 30, 2010‎
January 29, 2010 - Government departments today implemented a law requiring that health insurance cover mental and physical illnesses to the same extent.

The Lessons of Lady Gaga

Wall Street Journal - John Jurgensen - ‎Jan 29, 2010‎
At Sunday's awards show, Lady Gaga is expected to play a duet on a single piano with Elton John. She is nominated for five awards, including record of the year, but that's less important than her broader impact on music culture in the ...

The New Old Way to Tote Your Beer

New York Times - Robert Simonson - ‎Jan 26, 2010‎
At Bierkraft in Park Slope, Brooklyn, customers bring their own growlers and fill them with fresh draft beer. They drink it there, or take it out.

Help me understand my cholesterol drugs

CNN - Ted Taufer - ‎Jan 27, 2010‎
Hi, I'm 55 and have high cholesterol. I've been on Lipitor, Zocor and Provacol. They have tested me several times in recent years, and the statin drugs are messing up my liver enzymes.

Wondering Why You Can't Pre-Order an iPad? It's Not Legal Yet

Wired News - Eliot Van Buskirk - ‎13 hours ago‎
You know you can't obtain an iPad for least three months, but you may not know the reason you can't even buy one in advance: Apple has not yet obtained the necessary Federal Communications Commission approval to unleash it on the ...

The Web Way to Learn a Language

New York Times - Eric A. Taub - ‎Jan 27, 2010‎
The young woman seated next to us at the sushi bar exuded a vaguely exotic air; her looks and style, we thought, made it likely that she was not American born.