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Accused Letterman extortionist pleads guilty

Reuters - Basil Katz, Daniel Trotta - ‎33 minutes ago‎
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A television producer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to trying to extort $2 million from US talk show host David Letterman by threatening to reveal his affairs with women who worked on his late-night program on CBS.

Health Care's Obstacle: No Will to Cut

New York Times - David Leonhardt - ‎16 minutes ago‎
For anyone who cares about medical costs - which is to say anyone who cares about the take-home pay of American families or about the budget deficit - President Obama's health reform plan is a terribly mixed bag.

Biden's visit not free of mishaps by his hosts

Ha'aretz - Barak Ravid - ‎52 minutes ago‎
US Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Jerusalem yesterday was not free of embarrassing moments. The first occurred at the President's Residence, at the start of a meeting between Biden and President Shimon Peres.

US changing focus of Iran policy

Los Angeles Times - Paul Richter, Rahim Mostaghim - ‎23 minutes ago‎
With the apparent failure of Obama's initiative to open negotiations, the administration turns toward support of the opposition and a focus on sanctions targeting the powerful Revolutionary Guard.

Nigerian army 'ignored warning of massacres' in Jos

BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
The governor of Nigeria's Plateau state has accused military commanders of ignoring warnings of an attack on Sunday near the city of Jos.

Stormont votes to take over Northern Ireland policing powers

The Guardian - ‎3 hours ago‎
The cap fits: Stormont is now expected to take control of policing and justice powers in Northern Ireland, in a deal that secures £800m for the assembly and 1200 extra police officers.

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Pennsylvania Woman Tied to Plot on Cartoonist

New York Times - Charlie Savage - ‎27 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON –A Pennsylvania woman who called herself “JihadJane” was tied Tuesday to an alleged assassination plot of a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the the prophet Mohammed atop the body of a dog.

Fox's Beck not tickled pink by Massa confession

Washington Post - Dana Milbank - ‎22 minutes ago‎
Just seven minutes into Glenn Beck's hour-long interview of Eric Massa on Tuesday evening, things had already gone very wrong.

Calif. jury: Death for serial killer Rodney Alcala

The Associated Press - Gillian Flaccus - ‎1 hour ago‎
SANTA ANA, Calif. - A California jury has recommended death for convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala in the 1970s slayings of four women and a 12-year-old girl.
Jurors recommend death for Alcala Los Angeles Independent

Runaway Prius Tale Prompts New Probe

Wall Street Journal - Neal E. Boudette, Sharon Terlep - ‎47 minutes ago‎
Toyota Motor Corp. and federal investigators probed the latest report of sudden acceleration Tuesday, a dramatic incident on a California highway that ricocheted around the Internet.

Pentagon may speed US air tanker award

Reuters - Andrea Shalal-Esa, Susan Cornwell - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) - The Pentagon may speed up awarding a multibillion-dollar aerial tanker contract after Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.

Abbott to buy Facet for $27/shr, topping Biogen bid

Reuters - Deena Beasley, Carol Bishopric - ‎54 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES, March 9 (Reuters) - Facet Biotech Corp (FACT.O) has agreed to be acquired by Abbott Laboratories (ABT.N) for $27 a share, topping a failed hostile offer of $17.50 a share made last year by Biogen Idec Inc (BIIB.

Samsung, Panasonic start selling 3-D TVs this week

BusinessWeek - Peter Svensson - ‎9 minutes ago‎
Want to be the first one on your block with a 3-D television? It will cost you about $3000. Samsung and Panasonic will start selling 3-D TVs in US stores this week, inaugurating what manufacturers hope is the era of 3-D viewing in the ...

Microsoft Fixes Eight Flaws In Excel, Movie Maker

ChannelWeb - Stefanie Hoffman - ‎2 hours ago‎
Microsoft released two "important" patches for its March Patch Tuesday release, plugging eight vulnerabilities in Windows and Office, while warning users about another zero-day attack in Internet Explorer.

Home Buyers Check Out Apps

Wall Street Journal - James R. Hagerty - ‎1 hour ago‎
Just in time for the spring house-hunting season, smart-phone applications that provide information to home buyers are proliferating.

Lindsay Lohan sues over "milkaholic" E*Trade ad

Reuters - Jonathan Stempel, Steve Eder - ‎7 hours ago‎
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - The actress Lindsay Lohan has sued E*Trade Financial Corp for $100 million, saying a "milkaholic" baby girl who appeared in a recent commercial was modeled after her.

Why the Vince Lombardi Biopic Will Be the Best Sports Movie of All Time

Vanity Fair - Julian Sancton - ‎2 hours ago‎
Photograph of Vince Lombardi by Nate Fine/NFL. Photograph of Robert De Niro from PatrickMcMullan.com. Every great sports movie can be boiled down to its memorable quotes.

Oscar winners' next projects

Los Angeles Times - Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal - ‎1 hour ago‎
"The Hurt Locker" won six Oscars on Sunday, including trophies for director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal. But even before the film won the top awards, the duo already had plans to collaborate again on the South America-set thriller ...

Airborne concerns return after Keselowski accident

Nascar - David Caraviello - ‎4 hours ago‎
DARLINGTON, SC -- Elliott Sadler didn't seem to care much about who was at fault in the simmering feud between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski.

Former Dodgers center fielder Willie Davis dies aged 69

Reuters - Frank Pingue, Justin Palmer - ‎2 hours ago‎
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Willie Davis, the speedy former All-Star center fielder who spent most of his 18-season Major League Baseball career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has died at the age of 69.

NHL General Managers Nearer to Acting on Some Hits to the Head

New York Times - Jeff Z. Klein - ‎1 hour ago‎
BOCA RATON, Fla. - NHL general managers moved closer Tuesday to recommending measures to penalize certain shoulder checks to the head, league officials said.

Canadian vaccination study proves 'herd immunity'

Reuters - Andrew Stern, Maggie Fox - ‎3 hours ago‎
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Inoculating children against flu protects more people of all ages in the larger community, probably because young people tend to spread viruses through physical play, Canadian researchers said on Tuesday.

Health Care Backers Sound Off at Insurers

CBS News - Nancy Cordes - ‎1 hour ago‎
Emotions are running high in Washington as the push for a House vote for health care reform approaches. As Nancy Cordes reports, protesters directed their anger at the insurance company.

Researchers confirm safety of kidney donations

Los Angeles Times - Thomas H. Maugh II - ‎2 hours ago‎
After the procedure, the donors live as long or longer than those in the general population. By Thomas H. Maugh II People who donate a kidney to a sick friend or relative live at least as long as others in the general population and may, in fact, ...

China's Cyberposse

New York Times - Leo Jung - ‎Mar 3, 2010‎
By TOM DOWNEY The short video made its way around China's Web in early 2006, passed on through file sharing and recommended in chat rooms.

Neglected by 'lazy' nurses, Kane Gorny, 22, dying of thirst rang the police to ...

Daily Mail - Emily Andrews - ‎Mar 5, 2010‎
A man of 22 died in agony of dehydration after three days in a leading teaching hospital. Kane Gorny was so desperate for a drink that he rang police to beg for their help.

Solar Industry Learns Lessons in Spanish Sun

New York Times - Elisabeth Rosenthal - ‎Mar 8, 2010‎
Eusebio Sáez Mozos, a farmer from El Villar, Spain, near Puertollano, sold a piece of land that was used for a solar installation during Spain's solar industry boom.

Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love

Ars Technica - Ken Fisher - ‎Mar 6, 2010‎
Did you know that blocking ads truly hurts the websites you visit? We recently learned that many of our readers did not know this, so I'm going to explain why.

How Facebook Was Founded

The Business Insider - ‎Mar 5, 2010‎
The origins of Facebook have been in dispute since the very week a 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg launched the site as a Harvard sophomore on February 4, 2004.