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Obamas' Earnings, Helped by Royalties, Stayed High in '08

New York Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
By CHARLIE SAVAGE WASHINGTON - President Obama and his wife released their 2008 federal tax return on Wednesday, showing that they paid $855323 in federal income taxes on a combined household income of $2656902.

On the Maersk: 'I Hope if I Die, I Die a Brave Person'

Wall Street Journal - ‎24 minutes ago‎
By CHIP CUMMINS and SARAH CHILDRESS Navy Cmdr. Frank Castellano, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer Bainbridge, was doing a maintenance spot-check when the ship's tactical command center relayed the news: Pirates had just commandeered a ...

Awaiting Obama, Mexico hopes for change

Los Angeles Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
President Barack Obama is to arrive today for a quick visit to Mexico, where officials look for signs of a commitment to partnership in addressing issues such as drug violence and immigration reform.

UN inspectors leave North Korea: report

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
TOKYO (Reuters) - UN nuclear inspectors left Pyongyang on Thursday, Japan's Kyodo news agency said, after being ordered out by North Korea, which has raised tensions by vowing to quit disarmament talks.

India Votes as Economy Grows at Slowest Pace in Six Years

Bloomberg - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Bibhudatta Pradhan and Cherian Thomas April 16 (Bloomberg) -- Indian voters begin electing a new government today that will have to revive an economy growing at its slowest pace in six years and which Barack Obama will look to for help in tackling ...

Obama: Latin America on equal footing with US

CNN - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A day before embarking on a trip to Latin America, President Obama described his planned talks with Latin American leaders as discussions among equals.

Vote in Doubt as New Hampshire Senate Takes Up Gay Marriage

New York Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
By ABBY GOODNOUGH CONCORD, NH - A committee of the New Hampshire State Senate plunged Wednesday into the escalating debate over same-sex marriage, hearing hours of discordant testimony on whether the state should become the fifth to allow it.

Congressional rematch in Pa. no GOP party

USA Today - ‎31 minutes ago‎
By Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY WASHINGTON - As the Republican Party works to rebuild its brand, the GOP faces an ideological showdown in Pennsylvania with Wednesday's announcement by former representative Pat Toomey that he will challenge Sen.

NYT report: National Security Agency spied on a member of Congress.

Think Progress - ‎26 minutes ago‎
By Faiz Shakir at 10:14 pm The New York Times' Eric Lichtblau and James Risen report that the National Security Agency engaged in “overcollection” of e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans last year.

Obama Is Just Not Their Cup of Tea

Washington Post - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Dana Milbank As a tea party, what happened in Lafayette Square across from the White House yesterday was a washout. There were no buttered scones, none of those dainty cucumber sandwiches and, as it happens, not a spot of tea.

Geithner Refrains From Labeling China a Manipulator

Bloomberg - ‎37 minutes ago‎
By Michael McKee April 15 (Bloomberg) -- US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner refrained from labeling China as a currency manipulator, backtracking from an assertion he made during his confirmation hearings in January.

Nikkei Rises on Chip Stocks Rally

Wall Street Journal - ‎1 hour ago‎
By ROSALIND MATHIESON SINGAPORE -- Asian shares rose Thursday with chip stocks boosted by hopes of further sector consolidation and China-related companies up in Seoul before key Chinese data.

Microsoft: No Office 2010 beta for you

Computerworld - ‎44 minutes ago‎
By Gregg Keizer April 15, 2009 (Computerworld) Microsoft confirmed today that it will not open Office 2010 beta testing to the general public, but will instead limit the preview to a large group of invite-only users starting in the third quarter of ...

AT&T seeks additional year of iPhone lock-in

Register - ‎3 hours ago‎
AT&T is reportedly trying to cajole Apple into adding another year onto their iPhone-exclusivity deal, extending it until 2011.

Study: energy cost of spam comes from user intervention

Ars Technica - ‎2 hours ago‎
McAfee, a maker of antivirus software, has commissioned a study of the energy cost of spam. The report suggests that it's substantial, but the biggest cost isn't in the filtering; it comes from all the user intervention required.

‘Idol' dilemma: Cut Kara, or can Paula?

msnbc.com - ‎57 minutes ago‎
By Ree Hines If “American Idol's” new two-reviews-per-contestant policy proves anything, it's that four'sa crowd on the show's bloated panel.

Octomom circles overseas TV deal with UK company

Entertainment Weekly - ‎4 hours ago‎
As anticipated, Nadya Suleman -- aka California's Octomom -- says she is in serious talks with a UK-based production company to do a docu-series that would air on TV overseas.

Zac Efron is footloose but song-free in '17 Again'

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES, April 15 (Reuters) - In a recent "Saturday Night Live" TV comedy sketch, Zac Efron despaired that life was aimless beyond his "High School Musical" movies, but in reality the heartthrob is on a quest to transform his ...

Hurricanes-Devils Game Review

USA Today - ‎35 minutes ago‎
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner had a goal and an assist each as New Jersey logged a 4-1 victory against Carolina in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series from Prudential Center.

Crosby, Malkin score as Pens beat Flyers 4-1

The Associated Press - ‎48 minutes ago‎
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Almost seemed as if the Pittsburgh Penguins were playing last season's conference finals against the rival Flyers all over again.
NHL: Pittsburgh 4, Philadelphia 1 United Press International

Mets cap Jackie's day with first Citi win

MLB.com - ‎29 minutes ago‎
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com NEW YORK -- Wild pitches and Oliver Perez usually spell trouble for the Mets and their talented but inconsistent lefty.

Epilepsy Drug Linked to Babies' Lower IQ

WebMD - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Kathleen Doheny April 15, 2009 -- Women with epilepsy who took the drug valproate ( Depakote) during pregnancy gave birth to children whose IQ at age 3 averaged up to 9 points lower than the scores of children exposed to other epilepsy drugs, ...

Quest to Pay $302 Million in Marketing Case

New York Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
By AP Quest Diagnostics, an operator of medical testing labs, will pay $302 million and one of its business units will plead guilty to misleading marketing practices as part of a settlement with the federal government.

Scientists uncover genetic risks for stroke

Reuters - ‎5 hours ago‎
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Scientists have found important genetic differences that significantly raise the risk of stroke, and they are found in millions of people.

Private Funeral Held for Murdered 8-Year-Old Girl

FOXNews - ‎19 minutes ago‎
The family of an 8-year-old girl whose body was found in a suitcase pulled from a Northern California pond has held a private funeral for her.

Napolitano defends report on right-wing extremist groups

CNN - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Department of Homeland Security will never monitor ideology or political beliefs, the head of the agency said Wednesday, responding to criticism of a recent report on right-wing extremist groups.
Homeland insecurity San Francisco Chronicle

US to Signal Strategy for Rail Funds

Wall Street Journal - ‎1 hour ago‎
By CHRISTOPHER CONKEY and ALEX ROTH DWIGHT, Ill. -- The Obama administration on Thursday will outline how it plans to spend $8 billion in stimulus funds on high-speed passenger-rail service, a new federal commitment that has rail advocates and states ...