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1 dead, 1 hurt in Calif. federal building shooting

The Associated Press -
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A federal immigration agent who shot and injured a colleague in their office Thursday was killed when a third agent drew his weapon and fired, the FBI said.
The Associated Press

Times Correspondent Dies in Syria

Wall Street Journal -
AP NEW YORK—New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who strove to capture untold stories in Middle East conflicts from Libya to Iraq, died Thursday in eastern Syria after slipping into the country to report on the ...

Pilot detained after straying into Obama's airspace

Los Angeles Times -
F-16 fighters intercept private plane carrying marijuana after it got too close to the helicopter taking the president from Orange County to LAX.

Costner hand-picked Whitney for flick

New York Daily News -
He catapulted her to Hollywood superstardom as her big-screen bodyguard and now Kevin Costner will pay special tribute to Whitney Houston at her final curtain.

Preview: OS X Mountain Lion

By Kent German on Feb 17, 2012 In addition to bringing many iOS features to the Mac, the latest version of OS X--Mountain Lion--further unifies the user experience while adding new security features.

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter dies at 57 -
NEW YORK (AP) - In a rough-and-tumble clubhouse filled with dark secrets and constant conflict, there was always one sunny stall. Those New York Mets could count on Gary Carter to deliver - a smile, a spark and ultimately a championship.

Museum robbed at Greece's Ancient Olympia

The Associated Press -
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Armed robbers on Friday seized dozens of items on display at the antiquities museum in Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece, after tying up an employee.

Shelling continues in Syria, protests planned

United Nations (CNN) -- Shelling continued non-stop in the besieged city of Homs early Friday, a day after the United Nations General Assembly passed a non-biding resolution condemning the brutal government crackdown in Syria.

Libya anniversary: how the uprising unfolded -
Libyans mark the first anniversary of the start of their country's uprising on February 17, when protests that began in Benghazi spread around the country and led to the eventual overthrow and death of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Afghan leader urges action on peace with Taliban -
By AP AP ISLAMABAD -- The Afghan president says "impediments" in ties between Kabul and Islamabad must soon be removed so that progress can be made in peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan.

Thai police seek two more suspects over blasts

BBC News -
Police in Thailand say they are seeking two more suspects in connection with a bomb plot believed to have been targeting Israeli diplomats.

New Jersey Assembly passes gay marriage bill

Reuters -
By Dave Warner | TRENTON, New Jersey (Reuters) - The New Jersey Assembly passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage on Thursday, sending the measure to Republican Gov.

Mardi Gras means fun and fat business all over the Gulf Coast, not just New ...

Washington Post -
FAIRHOPE, Ala. - Most people think of New Orleans when they hear the words “Mardi Gras.” But the Southern tradition is celebrated in plenty of other places along the Gulf Coast.

Germany Aims to Avoid Two-Step Vote on Greek Aid, Debt Swap

BusinessWeek -
By Brian Parkin and James G. Neuger (Updates euro in sixth paragraph, adds Greek talks on escrow account in 11th. For more debt-crisis news, see EXT4.

Oil Rises a Third Day on Outlook for US Economy, Greek Aid

BusinessWeek -
By Ann Koh Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Oil rose for a third day as signs of an improving US economy and progress on a bailout for Greece bolstered the outlook for fuel demand.

Regulators Make Nice as US Banks Bristle Over Tough Examiners

BusinessWeek -
By Clea Benson and Carter Dougherty Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sounded conciliatory as he stood before an audience of community bankers in Virginia.

Santorum's tax returns show rise in wealth -
February 16, 2012|Stephen Braun, AP Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum released four years of federal income tax returns on Wednesday night, showing a sharp rise in his personal wealth spurred by his growing work as Washington-based ...

Recap of Ron Paul's Thursday visit

Longview Daily News -
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul will speak at a rally in downtown Vancouver Thursday as part of his Northwest campaign tour.

10 iPad Problems, Solved

InformationWeek -
Jeff Bertolucci 02/16/2012 Don't let iPad annoyances drive you crazy or steal your time. We've chased down solutions to vexing iPad problems.

Patents: Apple wins over Motorola in 'slide-to-unlock' ruling

BBC News -
Apple has won a patent dispute against Motorola Mobility regarding a "slide-to-unlock" feature on smartphones. The judgement marks Apple's first patent victory over Motorola in any part of the world.

Nicolas Cage continues to do things his way

San Jose Mercury News -
By Rene Rodriguez In "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," Nicolas Cage punches Satan. He punches Satan in THE FACE. Playing Ghost Rider, Cage also saves a little boy and helps people and does some other heroic stuff.

Suspended Radio Hosts Issue Apology for Calling Whitney Houston a 'Crack Ho'

AceShowbiz -
After he and co-host Ken Chiampou got a ten-day suspension for making the derogatory joke, John Kobylt of 'The John and Ken Show' admits, 'We used language that was inappropriate.

Stephen Colbert's Comedy Central show suspended

Detroit Free Press -
"Unforeseen circumstances" led Comedy Central to air repeats of Stephen Colbert's show Wednesday and Thursday. / Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier/Associated Press By BJ Hammerstein There's some temporary bad news for the Colbert Nation faithful.

Reaction to Lin's success hows underlying racism

San Francisco Chronicle -
When Yao Ming made his first visit to the Warriors nearly 10 years ago, I was assigned to write a column about him and his transition from Shanghai superstar to No.

Clippers rally in second half to beat the Blazers

Los Angeles Times -
Chris Paul scores all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter to help LA rally from an 18-point deficit for a 74-71 victory in Portland.

Rangers coach never thought of pulling Biron

New York Post -
By BRETT CYRGALIS When the Blackhawks put their third goal in the first four minutes past backup goalie Martin Biron last night, the chants for Henrik Lundqvist came raining down from the Garden faithful.

Duke rallies past NC State

Chicago Tribune -
Durham, NC - Duke is becoming quite good at this comeback thing. Seth Curry scored 26 points and Austin Rivers added 16, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 2:26 to play, as No.5 Duke rallied from a double-digit second-half deficit for the second ...

Phil Mickelson takes Northern Trust Open lead with final birdie

Los Angeles Times -
Mickelson chips in on the 18th hole at Riviera for a 66 and a one-stroke edge over JB Holmes and Hunter Mahan. By Diane Pucin He got to play most of his first round at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club after the worst of some fierce winds ...

Implanted Microchip Shows Promise in Delivering Drugs

Wall Street Journal -
By RON WINSLOW For people who require daily injections to treat medical problems, a company has developed an experimental, implantable microchip to deliver drugs that one day may serve as a replacement for painful shots.

A parasitic wasp is no match for a drunken fruit fly -
Fruit flies will actually seek out alcohol to kill off blood-borne parasitic wasps living within them. By Jennifer Welsh Fruit flies can apparently out-drink Frank the Tank and not get sick from alcohol poisoning.

Brown rice syrup may contain arsenic

Disaster News Network -
US researchers say organic brown rice syrup may be a hidden source of arsenic in food ranging from infant formula to energy bars. Brown rice syrup is used in organic food products as a preferred alternative to high fructose corn syrup.

DC group calls for closure of Heart Attack Grill

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Washington, DC-based anti-meat advocacy group is asking the owner of a Las Vegas restaurant that prides itself on unhealthy meals to shut down after a customer suffered a medical episode and was hospitalized.

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