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City Criticizes Police Chief After Shooting

New York Times -
MIAMI - Facing mounting protests over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer, the Sanford City Commission voted on Wednesday that they had no confidence in the city's police chief.
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Siege of French killings suspect enters 2nd day

CBS News -
Updated 12:12 am ET (AP) TOULOUSE, France - Riot police set off explosions outside an apartment building early Thursday in an effort to force the surrender of a gunman who boasted of bringing France "to its knees" with an al Qaeda-linked terror spree ...

U.S. drilling won't lower gas prices, study shows

San Francisco Chronicle -
Washington -- It's the political cure-all for high gas prices: Drill here, drill now. But more US drilling has not changed how deeply the gas pump drills into your wallet, according to an Associated Press statistical analysis of 36 years of data.

Eagerly awaited 'Hunger Games' stays true to novel

Detroit Free Press -
By Christy Lemire AP Recently, I made the mistake of joking on Twitter about the possibility of a Team Peeta vs. Team Gale dynamic, referring to the two young men who hold special places in the heart of Katniss Everdeen, the 16-year-old heroine of "The ...

Romney's 'Etch-A-Sketch' problem

Chicago Sun-Times -
By Jackie Kucinich March 21, 2012 11:50PM Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum holds an Etch A Sketch during a rally in Mandeville, La.

Brent falls below $124 on China demand fears

Reuters -
By Francis Kan | SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Brent crude dropped below $124 a barrel on Thursday, after weak Chinese manufacturing data sparked concerns that energy demand growth could slow at the world's second-largest oil consumer.

Mali soldiers attack palace in coup bid

euronews -
By David Lewis and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mutineering soldiers attacked Mali's presidential palace overnight on Thursday as a protest over the government's handling of a nomad-led rebellion in the north turned into an all-out attempted coup.

Better prepared: Mexico's 7.4 quake causes damage, but no deaths

Christian Science Monitor -
Mexico's worst earthquake in nearly 30 years was met by stricter building codes and a city prepared by evacuation drills and early warning systems.

UN Security Council endorses Kofi Annan's proposal for Syria

Boston Globe -
By Colum Lynch Shaam News Network via APTN/AP A video, which could not be independently verified, showed a castle bombing in Hama, Syria.

South Korea set to expand ballistic missile range: President

Times of India -
SEOUL: South Korea is set to reach agreement with the US on expanding its ballistic missile range to better guard against attacks by North Korea, the South's leader was quoted Thursday as saying.

Supreme Court expands defendant's rights in plea deals

Los Angeles Times -
In two 5-4 decisions, the Supreme Court rules that defendants in criminal cases have a constitutional right to a competent lawyer's advice when deciding whether to accept a plea deal.

House GOP Budget Riles Some on the Right, and Democrats See a Campaign Issue

New York Times -
WASHINGTON - House Republicans pressed forward on Wednesday with a politically freighted budget and tax plan, taking fire from the left and the right, as well as from the powerful senior citizens lobby, AARP, which said the plan “lacks balance” and ...

In US, a growing unease at mixing politics with prayer

Reuters -
By Stephanie Simon (Reuters) - Americans are increasingly uneasy with the mingling of religion and politics, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center, in the midst of a campaign season punctuated by tussles over the role of ...

China's Stocks Fall to One-Month Low on Manufacturing Report

Bloomberg -
China's stocks dropped, dragging the benchmark index down to a one-month low, after a report showed manufacturing may contract for a fifth straight month in March.

Schultz Transforming Starbucks Into Supermarket Supplier: Retail

BusinessWeek -
By Leslie Patton on March 22, 2012 Since returning as chief executive officer in 2008, Howard Schultz has revived the company and is now guiding Starbucks well beyond its cafe roots.

Kraft to rename snack unit 'Mondelez'

By James O'Toole @CNNMoney March 21, 2012: 10:50 PM ET Kraft Foods (KFT, Fortune 500) announced Wednesday that it plans to change the name of its snacks division to "Mondelez International" when it splits into two companies later this year.

Marine faces 'administrative action' over Obama Facebook post

Los Angeles Times -
Nine-year Marine put comments on the Armed Forces Tea Party page saying he would not follow unlawful orders from Obama, such as ordering the killing of or taking guns away from Americans.

Sherman Says: New York primary is a prize for Republicans -
More than three months ago, I wrote in this space that the Republican National Convention might be a fight to the finish in selecting a candidate to challenge President Barack Obama.

With CS6, Photoshop takes a step toward Videoshop

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With a public beta of Photoshop CS6 arriving tonight, Adobe is moving video editing from a sideshow to center stage, matching the real-world merging of still photography and videography.

Review: New iPad screen is eye-opening upgrade

BusinessWeek -
By PETER SVENSSON Beware the new iPad, not because it's an inferior product, but because it's a superior one. Using one is like living the life of a millionaire for a day, then getting dumped back in your regular life.

Zynga's Purchase of Draw Something: 'It's Going To Be Drawsome'

Mashable -
Social game giant Zynga purchased mobile drawing game sensation Draw Something creator OMGPOP Wednesday for a rumored $210 million in cash and employee retention payments.

The Situation Admits He Has A Prescription Drug Problem

Cinema Blend -
Well, those denials didn't last long. After less than a day of trying to spin the rehab rumors into an extended period of recuperation, Mike The Situation Sorrentino has finally admitted he has a prescription drug problem and is taking steps to rectify ...

Catching up with the cast of 'Mad Men'

Can't quite remember where we left Don Draper & Co.? It's understandable, considering Mad Men's 17-month disappearance from the airwaves.

Jets, Broncos Complete Trade for QB Tim Tebow

ABC News -
Tim Tebow is coming to New York. Really. After a big false start, the New York Jets pulled off a Tebow-like comeback Wednesday night, getting the quarterback who turned the Denver Broncos from an also-ran into a playoff team last season and became the ...

NFL suspensions and the need to protect integrity of sport

Los Angeles Times -
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's punishment of New Orleans Coach Sean Payton recalls other instances in which sports organizations have issued strong rebukes.

Lakers Find Way to End Dallas's Winning Streak

New York Times -
Kobe Bryant scored 30 points, and Pau Gasol added 27 points and 9 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers stopped the host Dallas Mavericks' four-game winning streak with a 109-93 victory Wednesday night.

The Knicks, 5-0 Under Woodson, Are Flying

New York Times -
PHILADELPHIA - A storied NBA rivalry, long dormant and coated in cobwebs, rumbled back to life Wednesday night, with enough tension, tenacity and promise to last deep into the spring.

A close-up view of Mercury

MIT News -
Perspective view of ancient volcanic plains in the northern high-latitudes of Mercury revealed by instruments on board the MESSENGER spacecraft.

Probe's photos of asteroid Vesta reveal bright surprises -
A NASA spacecraft orbiting the huge asteroid Vesta has snapped amazing new photos of the colossal space rock, images that reveal strange features never before seen on an asteroid, scientists say.

Paul Allen Gives Millions for Brain Research

New York Times -
Paul G. Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft, announced on Wednesday that he would commit $300 million over the next 10 years to turn the Allen Institute for Brain Science, a nonprofit organization he established to build a database of neural information, ...

Clue to male baldness discovered

BBC News -
By Helen Briggs Health editor, BBC News website A biological clue to male baldness has been discovered, raising the prospect of a treatment to stop or even reverse thinning hair.


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