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Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts sworn in to Senate

Los Angeles Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
His replacement of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy means Democrats no longer have the 60 votes they need to avert a GOP filibuster.

American Charged in Haiti Had Some Troubles in Idaho

New York Times - William Yardley - ‎25 minutes ago‎
MERIDIAN, Idaho - The leader of the group of Americans charged on Thursday with abducting children in Haiti is an Idaho businesswoman with a complicated financial history that involves complaints from employees over unpaid wages, ...

Factbox: Democrats face battle for Senate majority

Reuters - Eric Walsh - ‎1 hour ago‎
(Reuters) - Republican Scott Brown's formal arrival in the US Senate on Thursday robbed Democrats of their crucial 60-vote supermajority and set the stage for a bitter November election fight for control of the 100-member chamber.

US officials hopeful China will make concessions on currency

Washington Post - John Pomfret - ‎31 minutes ago‎
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner said Thursday that he believed China would allow its currency to appreciate vis-à-vis the dollar -- a move President Obama contends is essential to the US economy by making US exports more ...

North Korea says will release US activist Park

Reuters - Jon Herskovitz, Jonathan Thatcher - ‎45 minutes ago‎
SEOUL, Feb 5 (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday it will release US religious activist Robert Park, arrested in December for illegally entering the country in a journey to raise awareness about Pyongyang's human rights abuses.

We want 'all-encompassing' talks: Pakistan

The Hindu - Nirupama Subramanian - ‎6 hours ago‎
Pakistan on Thursday said it wants “all-encompassing” talks with India with the issues of Kashmir and river water sharing topping the agenda, and wants to be seen as firm that the engagement must take place in the framework of the composite dialogue ...

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Infighting threatens to ice hot 'Tea Party'

USA Today - Kathy Kiely - ‎50 minutes ago‎
By Al Goldis, AP By Kathy Kiely, USA TODAY Most political conventions are designed to showcase party unity, but the National Tea Party convention where Sarah Palin is to speak Saturday is sending a very different message.
Tea Party movement holds convention Austin American-Statesman

Woes Beset Illinois Democrats

Wall Street Journal - Douglas Belkin - ‎47 minutes ago‎
CHICAGO—Two days after the nation's first midterm primary, Illinois Democrats are staggering into the young election season weakened by a contentious campaign, lukewarm support for their nominees and news their candidate for ...

Obama Condemns Anti-Gay Bill in Uganda

Voice of America - ‎2 hours ago‎
US President Barack Obama has sharply criticized an anti-gay bill in Uganda that would impose the death penalty in some cases. Other western governments and gay rights activists also have criticized the legislation.

Stocks tumble on worries about jobs, European debt

BusinessWeek - Stephen Bernard, Tim Paradis - ‎3 hours ago‎
The Dow Jones industrials have traded below 10000 for the first time since Nov. 6. Stocks buckled under the growing belief that the global economy is weaker than many investors expected.
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Toyota resumes sales of recalled models

Los Angeles Times - Jerry Hirsch, Nathaniel Popper - ‎19 minutes ago‎
Toyota dealers resumed selling vehicles Thursday that were pulled from the sales lot to address sudden-acceleration problems as the automaker said lost sales and a series of related recalls would cost $2 billion.

Fears Rise of Euro Government Default

Wall Street Journal - Neil Shah - ‎3 hours ago‎
Financial markets swooned Thursday amid rising fears of a government debt default in Europe, highlighting the seriousness of the challenges facing the euro currency as fiscally challenged countries like Greece, Portugal and Spain dig ...

Justice Dept. Criticizes Latest Google Book Deal

New York Times - Miguel Helft - ‎1 hour ago‎
In another blow to Google's plan to create a giant digital library and bookstore, the Justice Department on Thursday said that a class-action settlement between the company and groups representing authors and publishers had significant ...

Google facing many risks in China standoff

Reuters - Alexei Oreskovic, Richard Chang - ‎1 hour ago‎
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's near-silence and seeming inaction since its bombshell announcement it may exit China reflects the Internet search leader's fear of running afoul of the law and jeopardizing a multi-pronged strategy for the world's ...

Sun execs' resignations mark the end of an era

San Francisco Chronicle - Ryan Kim - ‎34 minutes ago‎
Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz announced his resignation via a Twitter haiku late Wednesday, adding a poetic flourish to the end of his company.

Brittany Murphy's Husband: She Didn't Seem That Sick

People Magazine - Sara Hammel - ‎1 hour ago‎
Brittany Murphy's husband, Simon Monjack, says his wife was "not that ill" whe she died on Dec. 20 in the Hollywood Hills home they shared with her mother, Sharon.

Kelly Clarkson Wades Into Taylor Swift Controversy

People Magazine - Joey Bartolomeo - ‎2 hours ago‎
Four days after what critics described as Taylor Swift's "pitch-challenged" performance at the Grammy Awards, Kelly Clarkson has weighed in on the controversy after Swift's record label CEO criticized American Idol.
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Lawyers Negotiating Surrender for Michael Jackson's Doctor

FOXNews - ‎30 minutes ago‎
AP AP Dr. Conrad Murray's arraignment on a charge of involuntary manslaughter is set for Friday but prosecutors, defense lawyers and police have been haggling over whether he should be arrested or allowed to turn himself in.

Conflict for Archie Manning: His son vs. his beloved Saints

USA Today - Rick Jervis - ‎1 hour ago‎
By David J. Phillip, AP By Rick Jervis, USA TODAY NEW ORLEANS - There are few people who would like to see the New Orleans Saints win their first-ever Super Bowl on Sunday more than Archie Manning.

Devils acquire Kovalchuk

ESPN - Pierre LeBrun - ‎31 minutes ago‎
The Devils have struggled of late, especially scoring goals. Veteran Devils GM Lou Lamoriello didn't hesitate, swooping in and acquiring the biggest rental player available on this year's trade market.

Dunleavy out as Clippers coach

ESPN - Marc Stein, J.A. Adande - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Los Angeles Clippers have decided to make a coaching change with just 32 games left in the season, relieving Mike Dunleavy of his duties, the team announced on Thursday.

Study Finds Cognition in Vegetative Patients

Wall Street Journal - Amy Dockser Marcus - ‎21 hours ago‎
In a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, four of 23 patients diagnosed as being in a vegetative state showed signs of consciousness on brain-imaging tests.

US health care spending continues to climb

Deseret News - James Thalman - ‎2 hours ago‎
SALT LAKE CITY - Health care reform efforts continue to move as slowly as cold tar, but health care spending across the United States raged on in 2009, and when all the data comes in, it will likely have had the largest one-year ...

Why you should care about vaccines and autism

North by Northwestern - Matt Zeitlin - ‎30 minutes ago‎
In 1998, the British medical journal The Lancet published a study that, indirectly, led to the first outbreak of measles in the British Isles in decades.

For Scots, a Scourge Unleashed by a Bottle

New York Times - Sarah Lyall - ‎Feb 3, 2010‎
Buckfast is 15 percent alcohol by volume, a bit stronger than most wines. Each bottle has as much caffeine as eight cans of Coke. By SARAH LYALL COATBRIDGE, Scotland - What is it about Buckfast Tonic Wine that makes it so alluring to consumers and yet ...

Comedian Jon Stewart takes the hot seat with Bill O'Reilly

Los Angeles Times - Matea Gold - ‎11 hours ago‎
In a vigorous, policy-laden debate, 'The Daily Show' host blasts Fox's 'panic attack' coverage of Obama and the economy.

Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many

Denver Post - Michael Booth - ‎Jan 31, 2010‎
COLORADO SPRINGS - This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric.

Inventor unveils $7000 talking sex robot

CNN - Brandon Griggs - ‎Feb 1, 2010‎
Inventor Douglas Hines with Roxxxy, his computerized sex robot that can carry on a conversation and have a simulated orgasm. Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) -- To some men, she might seem like the perfect woman: She's a willowy 5 feet 7 ...

Why the iPad Web Demo Was Full of Holes

New York Times (blog) - Nick Bilton - ‎Jan 31, 2010‎
apple.com A still from a video demo of the iPad on Apple's site. Note the missing Flash element in the middle of the Web page.