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Victims disappointed by Pope abuse letter

ABC Online - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Pope said priests and religious workers guilty of child abuse must answer for their crimes. (www.sxc.hu: Mario Alberto Magallanes Trejo, file photo) Irish victims of clerical child sexual abuse are deeply disappointed by Pope Benedict's letter of ...

House committee to determine rules for voting on health plan

Washington Post - Ben Pershing, Paul Kane - ‎1 hour ago‎
The House Rules Committee was gaveled into session Saturday morning, the next step in the legislative process that will lead to Sunday's debate on a landmark health-care bill.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon demands Israel settlements halt

BBC News - ‎35 minutes ago‎
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said Israeli settlement building anywhere in occupied territory is illegal and must stop. Mr Ban is in the Middle East to meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders and press them to resume peace talks.

Protests continue in Bangkok as 65000 join parade

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎1 hour ago‎
Tens of thousands of opposition activists paraded through Thailand's capital Bangkok to try to win over Bangkok's middle classes to their anti-government campaign.

Iranians celebrate Persian New Year, Nowruz

Press TV - ‎28 minutes ago‎
Iranians around the globe celebrate the Persian New Year, Nowruz, marking the first day of spring, as a time of renewal, hope and change.

Taliban Arrests Have Halted Early Talks, Former Envoy Says

New York Times - Alissa J. Rubin - ‎19 hours ago‎
KABUL, Afghanistan - The former top United Nations official in Afghanistan said that recent arrests of high-ranking Taliban figures by Pakistan had severed important secret communications between the Taliban and the West meant to ...

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Fargo officials: Don't celebrate flood victory yet

USA Today - Jeff Roberson - ‎7 minutes ago‎
FARGO, ND (AP) - A city used to fighting floods was confident Saturday that it had done enough to hold back the swelling Red River - even as the water inched higher - but officials stressed that it was too early to celebrate.

Obama Tells Congress: Act Soon on Financial Reform

ABC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
AP President Barack Obama delivers remarks on health insurance reform during his event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Friday, March 19, 2010.

Latinos press Obama to deliver immigration reform

Washington Post - Tim Gaynor - ‎Mar 19, 2010‎
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Hispanics, frustrated that President Barack Obama has yet to fulfill a pledge to revamp the immigration system, are warning him to deliver this year or face the consequences in congressional elections in November.

Google aims to retain China unit

Financial Times - Kathrin Hille - ‎12 hours ago‎
Google hopes to retain a substantial business presence in China even if its standoff with Beijing over censorship forces it to close its flagship local search engine, local employees and industry experts say.

Investor Elevation Partners backs Palm, despite woes

Reuters - Franklin Paul, Richard Chang - ‎19 hours ago‎
NEW YORK, March 19 (Reuters) - Palm Inc's (PALM.O) most influential investor, Elevation Partners, stood by the smartphone maker on Friday, even as other shareholders bailed and analysts warned its days as an independent company may be ...

Dodd Weighs Changes to Overhaul of Financial Rules

BusinessWeek - Phil Mattingly, Alison Vekshin - ‎1 hour ago‎
March 20 (Bloomberg) -- Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd will begin weighing amendments to his proposed overhaul of financial rules next week after accepting a change sought by Federal Deposit ...

Calendar app and sailboat-racing game: iPhone apps of the week

CNET - Jason Parker - ‎13 hours ago‎
As we get closer to the launch date of Apple's iPad (April 3), I can't help but ponder how each application I use might translate to the new device.

YouTube Brand May Be an Advantage in Viacom Copyright Case

eWeek - ‎4 hours ago‎
Viacom, which sued video-sharing site YouTube and Google for copyright infringement, in its motion for summary judgment contended Google acquired YouTube in 2006 because it was a "haven of infringement" and planned to profit from it.

Switzerland: New Record Set for Speedy Protons

New York Times - Dennis Overbye - ‎9 hours ago‎
Scientists at CERN, the European nuclear research agency, announced Friday morning that they had accelerated beams of protons at the world's largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, to energies of 3.5 ...

Sandra Bullock Gets Outpouring of Love, Support from Fans

People Magazine - Catherine Donaldson-Evans - ‎1 hour ago‎
Sandra Bullock is still America's Sweetheart: That is clear from the outpouring of support the Best Actress Oscar winner has gotten from fans since allegations of infidelity by her husband Jesse James surfaced.

Court: Anna Nicole Smith Gets None of Oil Fortune

ABC News - Paul Elias - ‎11 hours ago‎
AP The elderly Texas billionaire who married Anna Nicole Smith in the last year of his life never intended to leave the former stripper any portion of his vast fortune, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

Lady Gaga responds to `unlawful' suit filed by ex-boyfriend

Entertainment Weekly - Lynette Rice - ‎1 hour ago‎
In a court filing made public Friday, Lady Gaga alleges a lawsuit filed by ex-boyfriend/music producer Rob Fusari is only a cover to collect “ unlawful compensation” for services as an unlicensed employment agent, according to a press ...
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Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards clear air in NASCAR chat

ESPN - David Newton - ‎41 minutes ago‎
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski left the NASCAR hauler after a Saturday morning meeting at Bristol Motor Speedway smiling but going in opposite directions.

Returning to normalcy: Taking a look back at Day 2 of the 2010 NCAA Tournament

The Star-Ledger - NJ.com - Brendan Prunty - ‎45 minutes ago‎
Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/MCTCornell coach Steve Donahue will likely see his stock rise in coaching circles after his Ivy League champion Big Red knock off Temple.

Strasburg sent to Minor League camp

MLB.com - Bill Ladson - ‎3 hours ago‎
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo doesn't like to rush pitching prospects to the big leagues. He was true to his reputation Saturday morning as the Nationals sent right-handers Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen to Minor ...

Factbox: States and US healthcare reform

Reuters - Lisa Lambert, Jim Christie - ‎18 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Many states are worried that the healthcare reform plan currently winding through the US Congress will usurp their sovereignty and impose more spending to their already stretched budgets.

Nuns Back Bill Amid Broad Rift Over Whether It Limits Abortion Enough

New York Times - Helene Cooper - ‎14 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - In breaking publicly with Roman Catholic bishops over the health care bill, a group of nuns has once again exposed the long-running rift between liberal and conservative theology in the Catholic Church.

Swine flu danger appears to be ebbing

Los Angeles Times - Thomas H. Maugh II - ‎16 hours ago‎
The CDC says a third wave of the H1N1 pandemic is less likely in the US Attention now turns to the Southern Hemisphere, where flu season is just beginning.

Japan: Nothing says springtime like a penis festival

GlobalPost - Jonathan Adams - ‎Mar 16, 2010‎
It may sound like a sophomoric gag. But these are folk rites going back at least 1500 years, into Japan's agricultural past. They're held to ensure a good harvest and promote baby-making.

China: the coming costs of a superbubble

Christian Science Monitor - Vitaliy N. Katsenelson - ‎Mar 16, 2010‎
China may seem to have defied the recession and the laws of economics. It hasn't. When China's bubble bursts, the global impact will be severe, spiking US interest rates.

The 25 Hottest Cheerleaders of the 2010 NCAA Tournament

Bleacher Report - Alan Rubenstein - ‎Mar 16, 2010‎
With the NCAA set to commence on Thursday, most of the talk will surround Kansas quest to win a second national title in three years, Kentucky trying to reach its first Final Four in 12 years, can Syracuse rebound from two losses to end the regular ...

How Privacy Vanishes Online

New York Times - Steve Lohr - ‎Mar 16, 2010‎
If a stranger came up to you on the street, would you give him your name, Social Security number and e-mail address? Alessandro Acquisti mined Web data to successfully predict Social Security numbers.

She's Out of My League: Six WAGS Who Put Their Husbands to Shame

Bleacher Report - Jon Schuman - ‎Mar 15, 2010‎
My friends and I like to call them "hows." As in, how did that guy get that girl? Nearly every day, we men see a couple that leaves us scratching our heads.