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Obama holds out hope US government shutdown can be avoided

The Guardian - ‎57 minutes ago‎
Barack Obama says the two sides have narrowed their differences and will work through the night to try and avoid a government shutdown. - The Hill - BBC News - Reuters

Japan nuclear crisis ebbing, US experts say

Los Angeles Times - Ralph Vartabedian, John Glionna - ‎41 minutes ago‎
Although the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is far from stabilized, evidence suggests that a complete meltdown is unlikely, Obama administration experts say.
Xinhua - Monsters and - Reuters - CNN International

Biden's daughter trashes birther Trump

Politico - ‎1 hour ago‎
By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 4/7/11 9:57 PM EDT The White House has not piped up about Donald Trump yet, but Vice President Joe Biden's daughter Ashley had some choice words for The Donald on her Facebook page Thursday night - saying the developer "makes me ...
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'American Idol' results: A shocking elimination! (Spoiler alert)

Los Angeles Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
The "American Idol" voters have spoken, shockingly eliminating the incredibly talented (and widely perceived front-runner) Pia Toscano to turn the top 9 into the top 8, and I think it's probably the saddest night of "Idol" I've ever seen.

Alvaro Quiros saves the best for last at the Masters

Los Angeles Times - ‎19 minutes ago‎
The long-hitting Spaniard birdies the final two holes for a 65 that ties Rory McIlroy for the first-round lead at Augusta. Alvaro Quiros waits to putt on the 16th green during the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday.

Libyan rebels and citizens flee Ajdabiya - ‎36 minutes ago‎
Turkey offers a "roadmap" to end the conflict as apparent NATO friendly fire causes opposition retreat in east. Groups of Libyan rebels and civilians have fled from the eastern town of Ajdabiya after a rebel armoured unit was hit by apparent NATO air ...

After 3 Months, Mayor Replaces Schools Leader

New York Times - Michael Barbaro, Sharon Otterman - ‎48 minutes ago‎
This article was reported by Michael Barbaro, Sharon Otterman and Javier C. Hernandez and written by Mr. Barbaro. SURPRISE PICK Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the selection of Cathleen ...

Brazil Gunman Attacks Rio de Janeiro School, Kills 12 Children

ABC News - Bradley Blackburn - ‎1 hour ago‎
The gunman who allegedly opened fire in a Rio de Janeiro school this morning, killing 12 children before shooting himself, left behind a suicide note asking for forgiveness and revealing that he had HIV, officials said.

Nichols: Ugly 78 is just another Augusta calamity for top-ranked Kaymer

Dallas Morning News - Bill Nichols - ‎1 hour ago‎
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Germany's Martin Kaymer is No. 1 in the World Ranking, but Augusta National ranks No. 1 among courses on which he's clueless.

Gbagbo Adviser Denounces Ouattara Speech as Untruthful

Voice of America - Peter Clottey - ‎1 hour ago‎
Photo: AP A legal adviser to incumbent Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo says the internationally-recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, is not being truthful after accusing Gbagbo, in a Thursday speech, of plunging the country into a humanitarian ...

Japan Economy Minister: Must Avoid BOJ Underwriting Of JGBs

Wall Street Journal - Takashi Mochizuki - ‎49 minutes ago‎
TOKYO (Dow Jones)--Japan's economy minister reiterated Friday that asking the Bank of Japan to directly purchase government bonds is "prohibited", rejecting an idea proposed by some lawmakers to finance quake-relief measures.

The measles whodunit

Minneapolis Star Tribune - Maura Lerner - ‎19 minutes ago‎
When a case emerged in Minneapolis, medical sleuths rushed to trace the path of a virus that can be deadly to kids. The virus slipped into Minneapolis unnoticed on the first day of February.

Central banks move in different directions

Washington Post - Neil Irwin, Michael Birnbaum - ‎3 hours ago‎
( ALEX DOMANSKI / REUTERS ) - A trader in Frankfurt, Germany, works at his desk near a TV screen showing European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet.

Up Next, the Winless Boston Red Sox

Wall Street Journal - Mike Sielski, Jared Diamond - ‎29 minutes ago‎
Five hundred miles to the west of Yankee Stadium Thursday, the Boston Red Sox fell to the lowly Cleveland Indians by one run on an eighth-inning squeeze bunt.

'Anything Goes' Revival Makes a De-Lovely Evening

ABC News - Jocelyn Noveck - ‎1 hour ago‎
AP By JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer AP In this theater publicity image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joel Grey, left, and Sutton Foster are shown during a performance of "Anything Goes," opening April 7, 2011 in New York.

Phillip Garrido pleads not guilty in abduction, sexual slavery of Jaycee Dugard

Los Angeles Times - Maria L. La Ganga - ‎2 hours ago‎
The attorney for Phillip Garrido's wife, who also faces charges, had said he was expected to plead guilty to charges involving Jaycee Dugard.

Crave Caffeine? It May Be in Your Genes

WebMD - Bill Hendrick - ‎7 hours ago‎
April 7, 2011 -- DNA may play a large role in determining how much caffeine people consume in beverages such as coffee, tea, and soda and food such as chocolate, new research indicates.

Prosser's huge gain comes after Waukesha County flub is caught

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Laurel Walker - ‎26 minutes ago‎
David Prosser gained 7582 votes in Waukesha County, after a major counting error of Brookfield results was detected, County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announced in a stunning development this afternoon.

Small oil drillers say new rules threaten wildcatters' survival

USA Today - Rick Jervis - ‎59 minutes ago‎
ABOARD THE ST-204B PLATFORM, GULF OF MEXICO - This oil-and-gas platform once bustled with activity. More than a dozen workers toiled aboard it round-the-clock to corral the 12000 barrels of high-grade crude gushing up each day ...

Microsoft releases 64 fixes on April's bumper Patch Tuesday

Ars Technica - Peter Bright - ‎1 hour ago‎
Microsoft's patching is going from one extreme to the other. While March had just three bulletins fixing four vulnerabilities, next week 17 bulletins are being issued, fixing 64 different ...

Left Wing - ATL - ‎49 minutes ago‎
NEW YORK -- Following a 3-0 loss to a team that had nothing to play for except pride and a paycheck, the New York Rangers were faced with the realization that they no longer control their postseason destiny.

Facebook Open Sources Server, Data Center Specs for Prineville

eWeek - Clint Boulton - ‎8 minutes ago‎
Facebook dings Google by releasing Open Compute Project, open sourcing its hardware and data center specs for use by other companies who need to scale.

Masters 2011: Tiger Woods is pleased with his first round

Washington Post - ‎46 minutes ago‎
By Barry Svrluga, Thursday, April 7, 10:44 PM AUGUSTA, GA. - Tiger Woods's opening round of 1-under 71 at the Masters Thursday might seem unspectacular - three birdies, one bogey, no explosions and no disasters.

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