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NAMES + FACES Rapper in flap with Michigan native Mitt Romney

Detroit Free Press - B.J. Hammerstein - ‎1 hour ago‎
News broke earlier in the week that former Republican presidential candidate and Michigan native Mitt Romney had gotten into an altercation with an unidentified passenger on a flight Monday.
His side Boston Globe

African Union suspends Niger after military coup

BBC News - ‎9 hours ago‎
The African Union has suspended Niger following Thursday's military coup, in which President Mamadou Tandja was deposed and the government dissolved.

After Texas crash, a debate on terror threat of small planes

Washington Post - ‎2 hours ago‎
By AP GEORGETOWN, TEX. -- After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, cockpit doors were sealed, air marshals were added and airport searches became more aggressive, all to make sure airliners could never again be used as weapons.

Russia stands by S-300 delivery to Iran

Press TV - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister says his country has every intention of delivering the advanced S-300 air defense missile systems to the Islamic Republic.

Taliban commander killed in S. Afghanistan as massive operation goes on

Xinhua - Deng Shasha - ‎59 minutes ago‎
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- A key Taliban commander was killed by joint forces in the massive NATO-Afghan operation to take the control of Taliban bastion in southern Afghanistan, spokesman for provincial administration Daud Ahmadi ...

Pakistan kills 30 militants in air strike

Reuters - Zeeshan Haider, Robert Birsel - ‎13 minutes ago‎
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani jet fighters killed 30 militants in remote, forested mountains on the Afghan border on Saturday, the military said, as US forces spearhead one of NATO's biggest offensives against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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Michigan to share in $1.5B for homeowners

Detroit Free Press - Todd Spangler - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON -- Michigan is among five states getting money under a $1.5-billion program announced Friday to help struggling homeowners, but it's unclear how many people will be helped or how the program would work.

Obama Summit Raises Stakes in Health-Care Roulette

Wall Street Journal - Laura Meckler - ‎2 hours ago‎
Next week's health summit offers perhaps the last chance for President Barack Obama to kick-start his languishing legislation.

Ellsworth announces interest in Bayh seat

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Sylvia A Smith - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON - An anti-abortion, pro-gun, Catholic former sheriff said he wants to be the Indiana Democratic Senate nominee. Rep. Brad Ellsworth, D-8th, began calling the state Democratic Party's leaders Friday, asking them to choose him to replace Sen.

Fed's Bernanke to Assure Congress Higher Rates Not Imminent

BusinessWeek - Craig Torres, Jerry Hart - ‎4 hours ago‎
Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will probably assure Congress that the central bank is mindful of the lack of job growth in the US and an increase in the benchmark interest rate isn't ...
Fed's Reassuring Rate Increase Wall Street Journal

US Insurer Reported Toyota Claims in 2004, Reuters Reports

Bloomberg - Stuart Biggs - ‎31 minutes ago‎
Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) -- State Farm, the largest US auto insurer, alerted regulators in 2004 about a trend of accidents involving Toyota Motor Corp.

Delinquency rate for mortgages declines

Detroit Free Press - Greta Guest - ‎1 hour ago‎
The national mortgage delinquency rate fell to 9.47% in the fourth quarter and the number of those just 30 days behind took a rare tumble, leading the Mortgage Bankers Association chief economist to predict the end is near for the ...

Official: FBI probing Pa. school webcam spy case

Washington Post - Maryclaire Dale - ‎27 minutes ago‎
AP PHILADELPHIA -- A Pennsylvania school district accused of secretly switching on laptop computer webcams inside students' homes is under investigation by federal authorities, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case ...

Chinese students may have engineered cyberattacks on Google

Times Online - Giles Whittell - ‎14 hours ago‎
Students at an elite Chinese university who won an international “Battle of the Brains” contest may have been behind the cyberattacks on Google that escalated into a major diplomatic incident last month.

Shuttle Endeavour undocks from space station

CNET - William Harwood - ‎6 hours ago‎
The space shuttle Endeavour undocked from the International Space Station Friday, leaving behind a new habitation module and observation deck that virtually complete the US segment of the lab complex after more than 11 years of ...

No escape from 'Shutter Island'

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎18 hours ago‎
If Martin Scorsese weren't aware of himself as a great filmmaker, he could never have made a movie as bad as "Shutter Island.

Ewan McGregor fleshes out 'Ghost Writer'

San Francisco Chronicle - Michael Ordoña - ‎14 hours ago‎
Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer" is a taut thriller that addresses one of the central concerns of any democracy, the accountability of its leaders, dangling as its central political piñata a thinly veiled Tony Blair - as thinly veiled as a T-shirt ...

Ellen, Kara offer hand to ousted 'Idol' hopeful

msnbc.com - ‎7 hours ago‎
LOS ANGELES - Angela Martin was shockingly axed from “American Idol” just one place shy of the Top 24, and on Friday, she opened up about getting cut on “The Ellen DeGeneres” show.

Woods reveals a new Tiger, penitent and promising to change

Boston Globe - Dan Shaughnessy - ‎2 hours ago‎
Tiger Woods embraced his mother, Kultida Woods, after apologizing for “irresponsible and selfish behavior'' yesterday. (Joe Skipper/Reuters) By Dan Shaughnessy By midday, it was already American video folklore.

Miller hasn't struck gold, but he's close

Boston Globe - Shira Springer - ‎34 minutes ago‎
Bode Miller (left) and Andrew Weibrecht were close - just 0.03 seconds apart in the super-G. (Sergey Ponomarev/Associated Press) By Shira Springer VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Another men's Alpine ski race.
Olympic Rail San Francisco Chronicle

It was a leap of faith

Boston Globe - Bob Ryan - ‎34 minutes ago‎
Needing a perfect free skate to win gold Thursday night, “My nerves were gone . . . I felt total confidence,'' said Evan Lysacek.

FBI closes anthrax case, says scientist was killer

Washington Post - Devlin Barrett, Pete Yost - ‎26 minutes ago‎
AP WASHINGTON -- The FBI has concluded that Army scientist Bruce Ivins acted alone in the 2001 anthrax mailings that killed five people and further unnerved a nation still reeling from the 9/11 attacks.

Consumers who buy individual health policies feel trapped

Los Angeles Times - Noam N. Levey, Lisa Girion - ‎8 hours ago‎
They have few options other than dropping coverage as insurers raise rates and slash benefits. Insurers blame the soaring cost of medical care and the churn of customers in the individual market.

Dolphins May Offer Clues to Treating Diabetes

U.S. News & World Report - Rachel Ehrenberg - ‎14 hours ago‎
SAN DIEGO—Fish might be brain food, but it doesn't supply the high levels of fuel needed to keep a dolphin brain functioning.

Arizona speed cameras incite a mini revolt

Los Angeles Times - ‎6 hours ago‎
A masked man, a citizens group, a judge and other motorists are behind the fight against photo enforcement. Photo enforcement cameras monitor Loop 101 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Sarah Palin Responds To "Family Guy" And Repeats Call For Rahm Emanuel To Resign

Huffington Post (blog) - ‎Feb 16, 2010‎
Fox News analyst Sarah Palin appeared "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday and again called for Rahm Emanuel to resign. Palin criticized the "Family Guy" for mocking her son Trig's down syndrome and reiterated her call for Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel ...

Roger Ebert: The Essential Man

Esquire - Chris Jones - ‎Feb 16, 2010‎
It has been nearly four years since Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw and his ability to speak. Now television's most famous movie critic is rarely seen and never heard, but his words have never stopped.

Judge Keeps His Word to Immigrant Who Kept His

New York Times - Nina Bernstein - ‎Feb 18, 2010‎
The judge and the juvenile had grown up on the same mean streets, 40 years apart. And in fall 1996, they faced each other in a New York court where children are prosecuted as adults, but sentenced like candidates for redemption.

Teacher Seniority Rules Challenged

Wall Street Journal - Barbara Martinez - ‎13 hours ago‎
Teacher seniority rules are meeting resistance from government officials and parents as a wave of layoffs is hitting public schools and driving newer teachers out of classrooms.