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Former Illinois governor, Blagojevich, proclaims his innocence on last day of ...

New York Daily News -
AP Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, with his wife Patti, speaks to the media Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Chicago. The 55-year-old Democrat is due to report to a prison in Colorado on Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence, making him the ...

Military source calls incident at Afghanistan airport an attempted attack

Fox News -
The crash of an unauthorized pickup truck at an airfield in Afghanistan where Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was landing was an attempted attack, a military source told Fox News, though it wasn't immediately clear whether Panetta was a target.

State dinner for Cameron includes musicians and actors from both sides of the pond

Christian Science Monitor -
The guest list was heavy on celebrities but also included donors to the President's re-election campaign. By Darlene Superville and Nancy Benac, The Associated Press / March 14, 2012 The President and First Lady await UK Prime Minister David Cameron ...

US soldier flown out as Afghan anger mars Panetta visit

Reuters -
By Phil Stewart | KABUL (Reuters) - A US soldier accused of shooting dead 16 Afghan civilians has been flown out of Afghanistan, officials said, as Washington attempted to calm seething anger over a massacre that raised serious questions about the ...

Five non-surprises from first 'New iPad' reviews

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Ahead of Friday's third-generation iPad release the first group of reviews is out. CNET rounds down five not-so-surprising findings among them.

Goldman Stunned by Op-Ed Loses $2.2 Billion for Shareholders

Bloomberg -
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) saw $2.15 billion of its market value wiped out after an employee assailed Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein's management and the firm's treatment of clients, sparking debate across Wall Street.

Bo Xilai 'removed' from Chongqing post: China state media

BBC News -
China has removed Bo Xilai from his post as Chongqing's Communist Party leader, state media Xinhua news reports. The 62-year-old was a strong contender for promotion to China's top rungs when the party changes its leadership later this year.

More atrocity to come in Syria?

(CNN) -- More than 8000 people have died in the violence surrounding the Syrian uprising in the past year, a UN official said Tuesday.

Classes to be held on anniversary of Virginia Tech massacre

By Natalie DiBlasio, USA TODAY Students at Virginia Tech will do something they haven't done since the massacre on campus five years ago - go to class on the anniversary of the killings.

Gunman kills 1, injures 3 outside Texas courthouse

CNN International -
By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) -- A gunman killed one person and injured three others when he fired outside a Texas courthouse Wednesday, officials said.

Highway bill clears Senate, but GOP dissenters foreshadow House fight

Christian Science Monitor -
Some senators challenged not just how to pay for a $109 billion highway bill, but also whether Washington should even continue its role financing the nation's roads, bridges, and ports.

Pension Deal, Casino Plans Set in Albany

Wall Street Journal -
By JACOB GERSHMAN Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers on Wednesday struck a series of deals that would open the door for a casino in New York City, curb some of the growth in public-pension costs, redraw the political map to protect incumbents, ...

Stocks Finished Mixed; Banks, Utilities Up -
Stocks finished little changed Wednesday in another tight trading day that featured sharp drops in commodities and government bonds.

Market Preview: Prepare for Take-off -
By Michael Baron 03/14/12 - 08:12 PM EDT For awhile now, critics of 2012's rally in equities have been able to point to the money still pouring into bonds, keeping the yield on the 10-year Treasury below 2%, as evidence the surge in stocks was a ...

SEC Cracks Down on Pre-IPO Trading

Wall Street Journal -
By RANDALL SMITH And JEAN EAGLESHAM Federal regulators are cracking down on an obscure but booming market for trading shares in companies before they go public.

Santorum wins Miss. and Ala. primaries, Romney takes Hawaii -
Rick Santorum scored victories in the Mississippi and Alabama primaries on Tuesday, depriving Mitt Romney of a signature win in a conservative stronghold and raising fresh doubts about the viability of Newt Gingrich's campaign.

Top Obama fundraisers among state dinner guests

The Associated Press -
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House extended state dinner invitations to more than 30 of President Barack Obama's top fundraisers, including a handful of donors to an independent political group backing his re-election effort, an Associated Press review ...

Mitt Romney's dog-on-the-car-roof story still proves to be his critics' best ...

Washington Post -
It happened more than a quarter century ago, at the start of a Romney family summer vacation. But the tale of Seamus, the Irish setter who got sick while riding 12 hours on the roof of Mitt Romney's faux-wood-paneled station wagon, is ballooning into a ...

Microsoft's Windows 8 Browser Embraces Metro Aesthetic

eWeek -
Microsoft has detailed how the upcoming Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 fully embraces the same "Metro" aesthetic as its other new and upcoming products.

Samsung loses 'important' patent decision to Apple in Netherlands

Apple Insider -
By AppleInsider Staff Samsung suffered a legal setback on Wednesday in the Netherlands, where a court sided with Apple on a FRAND patent dispute that was characterized as both "important" and "highly meaningful.

American Idol, Down Jermaine Jones, Carries On With Top 11—and It Could've ...

E! Online -
As you may have heard, Jermaine Jones (who was already admitted into the semifinals after initially not getting picked) has been disqualified after producers found out that there were four outstanding criminal warrants on his record and he hadn't come ...

HBO Cancels 'Luck' Due to Horse Deaths -
By Margaret Hartmann , Staff | Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Well, that was fast. Just a few hours after HBO responded to the scandal over three horses dying behind the scenes of Luck by halting all filming involving animals, ...

'Housewives' creator's lawyer calls Sheridan's case 'desperate'

Los Angeles Times -
In closing arguments, Nicollette Sheridan's lawyer tells jurors that her character was killed off in retaliation for her complaint that show creator Marc Cherry had struck her.

Jennie Garth, Peter Facinelli deny 'hurtful' infidelity rumors

Los Angeles Times -
Recently separated pair Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli are standing together on more than the care of their daughters. Both actors are speaking out about allegations of infidelity.

Magic lose to Spurs 122-111 in maybe Howard's last game with Orlando on eve of ...

Washington Post -
SAN ANTONIO - Dwight Howard lost perhaps his last game with the Orlando Magic, declaring before a 122-111 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night that he won't surrender his right to become a free agent this summer.

Knicks rout Blazers after D'Antoni's departure

NEW YORK (AP) - Mike D'Antoni is gone, and the Knicks finally got his offense right. By Debby Wong, US Presswire The Knicks celebrate from the bench during their 121-79 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers after former Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni ...

VCU enters NCAA tournament with experience, expectations

Washington Times -
By Anne M. Peterson AP VCU head coach Shaka Smart talks with reporters during a press conference before basketball practice in Portland, Ore.

Manning Concludes Visit With Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Peyton Manning has wrapped up his latest free agent visit, leaving the Tennessee Titans' complex after spending over eight hours with team officials.

Human fossils hint at new species

BBC News -
By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News The remains of what may be a previously unknown human species have been identified in southern China.

UW study describes mammals that thrived before dinosaurs died

The Seattle Times -
New research by UW scientists says a group of mammals called "multis" flourished long before dinosaurs went extinct, contradicting previous theories about the rise of mammals.

PSA Screening Reduces Deaths From Prostate Cancer, Study Finds

BusinessWeek -
By Kristen Hallam on March 14, 2012 Routine tests used to detect prostate cancer reduce the risk of death from the disease, researchers said, adding more evidence to a debate over the role of screening.

Obama names Colfax AIDS policy chief

Bay Area Reporter -
by Seth Hemmelgarn President Barack Obama has appointed Dr. Grant Colfax, the gay director of San Francisco's HIV Prevention Section, as the new director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, the White House announced Wednesday, March 14.

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