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GOP Wary of White House Optimism on Economy

New York Times - ‎5 hours ago‎
By AG SULZBERGER A top economic adviser to President Obama said on Sunday that she was confident that the economy would begin to rebound this year, a message starkly contradicted by Republican leaders who expressed doubts about the growing deficit.

Four police shot dead in Oakland

BBC News - ‎45 minutes ago‎
Four police officers have been killed in Oakland, California, after a driver was stopped by traffic officers. A 26-year-old man on parole allegedly opened fire on the police after he was pulled over on Saturday afternoon.

Treasury to detail investment funds plan Monday

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US Treasury Department announced on Sunday that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will hold a briefing on Monday morning on efforts to stabilize the financial system.

Heat and happiness at Angola Mass

BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Louise Redvers Angolans began to gather at the cement factory yard while it was still dark, eager to get a good position to watch Pope Benedict XVI perform Mass.
Pope Says Mass in Luanda Voice of America

Iran sets terms for US ties

Reuters - ‎8 hours ago‎
By Fredrik Dahl TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has responded to US President Barack Obama's offer of better relations by demanding policy changes from Washington, but the Islamic state is not closing the door to a possible thaw in ties with its old foe.

Report: Detained US Reporters Likely in Pyongyang

Voice of America - ‎7 hours ago‎
By VOA News A news report said Sunday that it is likely North Korea has sent two American journalists detained last week to the capital of Pyongyang for interrogation.

Not bowled over by Obama's Special Olympics joke

Los Angeles Times - ‎Mar 20, 2009‎
Alex Brandon / AP President Obama's joke to Jay Leno about a low bowling score has been called offensive. Despite the president's apology, athletes and others say they are disappointed with his remark on Jay Leno's show.

Bloomberg Says Obama Needs to Show Leadership on Spending

WNYC - ‎1 hour ago‎
AP IMPACT: Mentally ill a threat in nursing homes by Brian Zumhagen NEW YORK, NY March 22, 2009 —Mayor Bloomberg says the nation needs to invest in its infrastructure to get the economy going again.

Administration: Changes May be Needed in 90-Percent Tax on AIG Bonuses

FOXNews - ‎1 hour ago‎
White House officials acknowledged Sunday that using tax law to get back the $165 million in government-funded bonuses may be "a dangerous way to go.
Obama faces his first big distraction International Herald Tribune

Text of GM bondholder letter to White House panel

Reuters - ‎35 minutes ago‎
DETROIT (Reuters) - The following is the text of a letter sent by financial and legal advisers to GM bondholders on Sunday raising concern about General Motors Corp's (GM.

Venezuela to Invest $20 Billion in Development This Year

Bloomberg - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Jose Orozco March 22 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuela will invest $20 billion this year in non-oil sector development projects out of a total of $100 billion over the next four years, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said today in his weekly television ...

Treasury's toxic asset plan could cost $1 trillion

The Associated Press - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration's latest attempt to tackle the banking crisis and get loans flowing to families and businesses will create a new government entity, the Public-Private Investment Program, to help purchase as much as $1 ...

NASA halts test of space station urine recylcer

Reuters - ‎35 minutes ago‎
By Irene Klotz HOUSTON, March 22 (Reuters) - NASA called off tests of the International Space Station's urine recycler on Sunday after problems developed and revamped plans for Monday's spacewalk to fix an improperly installed cargo platform attachment ...

Lights out: biggest show of climate concern ever?

Reuters - ‎20 hours ago‎
”It promises to be largest demonstration of public concern about climate change ever attempted”, according to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Facebook's redesign: Time to listen to users?

CNET News - ‎5 hours ago‎
by Jonathan Skillings It wouldn't be at all surprising if Facebook's response to the bad vibes elicited its latest redesign were straight out of the 1970 comic war movie "Kelly's Heroes.

Sci-fi thriller 'Knowing' tops weekend box office

Reuters - ‎3 hours ago‎
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, March 22 (Reuters) - Nicolas Cage proved again to be a self-fulfilling prophet of the megaplex as his latest big-screen thriller, "Knowing," topped the North American box office this weekend with an opening tally of $24.8 ...

Harrison Ford proposes to Calista Flockhart: People

Reuters - ‎17 hours ago‎
Movie star Harrison Ford, 66, and his longtime girlfriend, actress Calista Flockhart, 44, became engaged after he proposed marriage to her over the Valentine's Day weekend, People magazine reported on Saturday.

Family bid farewell to Richardson

BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
A private funeral service has been held for the actress Natasha Richardson who died after a skiing accident. Her husband, actor Liam Neeson, was among the pallbearers who carried her coffin into a small church in upstate New York.

"Wild Thing" at Bristol: Busch dominant in Food City 500 win

Sports Network - ‎53 minutes ago‎
Bristol, TN (Sports Network) - Kyle Busch led 378 of 500 laps and easily held off his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin in a green-white-checkered finish to win Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Aldrich posts triple-double, Kansas rolls past Dayton

Sports Network - ‎1 hour ago‎
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Cole Aldrich posted the sixth triple-double in NCAA Tournament history with 13 points, 20 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks, as third-seeded Kansas handled 11th-seeded Dayton, 60-43 at the Hubert H.Humphrey ...

Pitt gets past Oklahoma State, 84-76

Newsday - ‎36 minutes ago‎
BY ERIK BOLAND | erik.boland@newsday.com DAYTON, Ohio - DuJuan Blair carried Pitt in its tournament opener, allowing the Panthers to avoid the ignominy of becoming the first No.

Health Buzz: HIV/AIDS in Washington and Africa, and Other Health News

U.S. News & World Report - ‎Mar 17, 2009‎
This week, the Washington Post reported that the District of Columbia has an HIV/AIDS rate that is, according to one DC official, higher than that of West Africa.
The Pope Is Not Alone Atlantic Online

AP IMPACT: Mentally ill a threat in nursing homes

The Associated Press - ‎2 hours ago‎
CHICAGO (AP) - Ivory Jackson had Alzheimer's, but that wasn't what killed him. At 77, he was smashed in the face with a clock radio as he lay in his nursing home bed.

China Clears J&J in Probe of Baby-Product Chemicals

Wall Street Journal - ‎7 hours ago‎
By LORETTA CHAO BEIJING -- Chinese health authorities said Johnson & Johnson baby products were safe to use, concluding investigations of claims by a US activist group that the products contained cancer-causing chemicals.

Will deficits trim Obama’s agenda?

Christian Science Monitor - ‎4 hours ago‎
By Gail Russell Chaddock | Staff writer/ March 22, 2009 edition Reporter Gail Chaddock talks with Pat Murphy of CSMonitor.com about the effect the AIG bonuses and bailouts is having on members of Congress and their constituents.

Ma'an: Hamas inmates met on Shalit deal

Ynetnews - ‎47 minutes ago‎
Israel allowed prisoners belonging to Hamas to hold a meeting in jail to discuss their organization's position on the prisoner swap deal intended to secure the release of captive IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian ...

Washington’s Not-So-Secret Garden

New York Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
By The Editors (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) First lady Michelle Obama and Chef Sam Kass, left, took part in the groundbreaking of the White House Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn of the White House.