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TAKE-A-LOOK-Obama: No retreat on financial, healthcare reforms

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
President Barack Obama vowed on Saturday not to abandon his push for financial regulatory and healthcare reforms as he sought to boost the morale of fellow Democrats after the loss of a pivotal US Senate seat.

Blizzard pounds Washington, DC, and mid-Atlantic states

Los Angeles Times - ‎22 minutes ago‎
Hundreds of thousands of homes in the District of Columbia lose power, and parts of Maryland and West Virginia are buried under 20 inches of snow.

Gates Scoffs at Iran Nuclear Claim

New York Times - Thom Shanker, Nicholas Kulish - ‎2 hours ago‎
ANKARA, Turkey - The United States and Germany rejected the assertion by Iran that it was close to accepting an international compromise on its nuclear program.

NATO allies to shuffle Afghan pledges to add training

Reuters - David Brunnstrom, Ibon Villelabeitia - ‎4 hours ago‎
A US soldier of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) walks on a road in Siavashan village near Herat December 14, 2009.

Pakistani city tense as mourners bury bomb victims

Washington Post - Faisal Aziz - ‎8 hours ago‎
KARACHI (Reuters) - Pakistan's commercial capital Karachi was tense on Saturday a day after two bombs killed 31 people, raising further questions about the effectiveness of security crackdowns on al Qaeda-linked militants.

Ukraine elections: A glance at personalities

Washington Post - ‎7 hours ago‎
By AP AP VIKTOR YANUKOVYCH: The Soviet industrial manager ran for president in 2004 with the backing of the Kremlin and then-Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.

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Tea Partiers Urge Unity as Rifts Show

FOXNews - Judson Berger - ‎10 minutes ago‎
Feb. 5, 2010: National Tea Party Convention organizer Judson Phillips addresses questions at a news conference in Nashville. Tea party leaders called for unity and action on Saturday, the closing day of their national convention, ...

Southern California homes destroyed by mudslides

Reuters - Dan Whitcomb, Eric Walsh - ‎44 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Mudslides destroyed at least two homes and badly damaged a number of others on Saturday in foothills surrounding Los Angeles as a fierce winter storm pounded Southern California.

'First Dude' Todd Palin heavily involved in governing Alaska

Christian Science Monitor - Brad Knickerbocker - ‎2 hours ago‎
More than an 'unpaid advisor' to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, 'First Dude' Todd Palin seemed to have has hands on the machinery of government and politics.

Toyota Apologizes for Massive Recall

Wall Street Journal - Norihiko Shirouzu, Yoshio Takahashi - ‎1 hour ago‎
During an hour-long press conference near Toyota's headquarters here, Mr. Toyoda said the company would establish a "special global quality committee," and seek advice from outside experts to re-evaluate the ...

This Crisis Won't Stop Moving

New York Times - Gretchen Morgenson - ‎1 hour ago‎
YOU know we're in trouble when we're told that the economic problems in Greece, Portugal and Spain, the most indebted countries in the euro zone, are likely to remain safely contained in those nations.

Goldman Sachs cuts Blankfein's bonus to $9m

The Guardian - ‎27 minutes ago‎
Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs has sought to defuse outrage over pay at the top echelons of the industry by handing its chief executive, Lloyd Blankfein, a far lower than expected bonus of $9m (£5.8m) for a year in which it bounced back from financial ...
Goldman Bows on CEO Pay Wall Street Journal

Macmillan titles return to Amazon

CNET - Zoë Slocum - ‎25 minutes ago‎
After a weeklong public dispute over e-book pricing, the paper and electronic titles of publisher Macmillan are returning to Amazon.

Shuttle set for Sunday launch amid space plan shift

Washington Post - Irene Klotz - ‎13 minutes ago‎
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - NASA's space shuttle Endeavour will blast off on Sunday on one of the last remaining shuttle missions, and the US agency's chief said on Saturday the days of big American solo initiatives in space were ...

IPad likely to be popular among business travelers and the middle-aged

San Jose Mercury News - John Boudreau - ‎7 hours ago‎
Robyn Albarran, 36, and her two children, Alana, 3, and Jayden, 5, in their Dublin, Calif., home on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010. Robyn plans to buy an Apple iPad in the near future.

DA to charge doctor in Michael Jackson case

Los Angeles Times - Harriet Ryan, Jack Leonard - ‎12 hours ago‎
Prosecutor will file charges against Dr. Conrad Murray on Monday, officials say. The action comes after negotiations on his surrender bogged down, sources say.

Future of Advertising: Ads That Stare Back and Interact

ABC News - Eric Noll - ‎6 hours ago‎
For advertisers, the Super Bowl is still the biggest game of the year. But in today's marketplace, the buzz isn't surrounding the ads during the game, it's the advertisers opting to sit on the bench instead that have programmers shivering ...

Report: Howard Stern tapped to replace Simon Cowell on 'American Idol'

Los Angeles Times - ‎Feb 5, 2010‎
Shock jock Howard Stern has been offered Simon Cowell's seat on the "American Idol" dais, a new report says. The New York Post's Page Six claims that Stern is in negotiations to replace the critical Brit in 2011 when his Sirius XM contract expires.

The Bell Tolls: NFL's best QB ... could be the Saints' Drew Brees

USA Today - Jarrett Bell - ‎2 hours ago‎
As usual, this is the sweet spot for covering Super Bowl week. The hype has been pretty much been reported, and the deadline pressure of the big game can wait.

Seattle reaches deal with Canadian pitcher Erik Bedard for 2010 season

The Canadian Press - ‎30 minutes ago‎
SEATTLE - The Seattle Mariners re-signed Canadian pitcher Erik Bedard to a one-year deal with a mutual option for the 2011 season.

Dwight Freeney skips practice

Boston Herald - Karen Guregian - ‎12 hours ago‎
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Dwight Freeney had hoped to return to practice yesterday to test out the torn ligament in his right ankle for the first time since he injured it late in the AFC Championship Game.

Swine flu: Is the US epidemic over?

Minneapolis Star Tribune - ‎41 minutes ago‎
Sure it's over. Why do you think that medical offices don't protest when you say you did not get the swine flu shot? It is of no … read more importance and never was!

Autism Findings Retracted

The New American - Raven Clabough - ‎2 hours ago‎
Twelve years ago, the British Medical Journal linked the measles-mumps-rubella vaccination to autism. Now the Journal says that the study was compromised due to researcher Dr.

Most Adults Not Getting Necessary Vaccinations

ABC News - Todd Neale - ‎5 hours ago‎
Public health experts say they're concerned about the low number of US adults who receive recommended vaccinations -- and in particular about seniors who aren't immunized against pneumonia.

Jenny Sanford: Husband became 'empty-eyed politician'

CNN Political Ticker - Peter Hamby - ‎19 hours ago‎
Washington (CNN) -- When South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford returned to the United States last June from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he had been having one last secret tryst with his Argentine mistress, he hopped in a vehicle ...

Peering Into a Mind That's 'Different, but Not Less'

New York Times - Alessandra Stanley - ‎Feb 4, 2010‎
Temple Grandin Claire Danes plays the title role in this biopic, which has its debut Saturday on HBO. By ALESSANDRA STANLEY In her autobiography, “Thinking in Pictures: My Life With Autism,” Temple Grandin explains that she values “positive, ...

Charter schools' growth promoting segregation, studies say

Los Angeles Times - ‎Feb 5, 2010‎
A UCLA study is one of two finding that the increasingly popular campuses skew toward racially separate student bodies. Charter advocates criticize the reports.

My secret life under 'don't ask, don't tell'

CNN Political Ticker - Joan E. Darrah - ‎Feb 4, 2010‎
Joan E. Darrah says she lived two lives in the Navy, wondering if each day was the last Editor's note: Retired Navy Capt. Joan E. Darrah served 29½ years as a naval intelligence officer and was chief of staff and ...

Edmund N. Carpenter, II: Before I Die . . .

Wall Street Journal - Edmund N. Carpenter, II - ‎1 hour ago‎
'As in the case of love, no man has lived until he has felt sorrow.' By EDMUND N. CARPENTER, II The following essay was written by Edmund N. Carpenter, age 17, in June 1938 while he was a student in Lawrenceville, NJ Carpenter would go on to win the ...