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Justice Dept. Memos' Careful Legalese Obscured Harsh Reality

Washington Post - ‎7 hours ago‎
By R. Jeffrey Smith The four Justice Department memos to the CIA's top lawyer that were released last week reflect an effort by Bush administration appointees to create finely tuned justifications for harsh interrogation techniques, all under a blanket ...
Torture Versus War New York Times

Two Koreas to meet on industrial park amid tension

Reuters - ‎24 minutes ago‎
By Rhee So-eui SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea on Sunday accepted a rare North Korean proposal for talks over a joint factory park north of their heavily armed border as global powers try to prevent Pyongyang from restarting its nuclear arms plant.

'US strike' on Pakistan militants

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
Three people have died in a suspected US missile strike in north-western Pakistan, say local security officials. The attack targeted Taleban militants in the South Waziristan tribal region, close to the Afghan border, they said.

Flirting With Cuba, Courting a Hemisphere

New York Times - ‎16 hours ago‎
By ANTHONY DePALMA SINCE Fidel Castro gave up power last year, the long standoff between Cuba and the United States has taken on the measured rhythms of a minuet, delicate steps from Havana met with restrained advances from Washington, each side hiding ...

Sri Lanka President urges int'l community to pressure on rebels

Xinhua - ‎26 minutes ago‎
"Instead of asking me to stop the ongoing humanitarian operation, the international organizations should put pressure on LTTE," Rajapakse was quoted as saying.

US 'disappointed' by Iran verdict

Aljazeera.net - ‎8 hours ago‎
The US has said it is "deeply disappointed" by Iran's conviction of Roxana Saberi, a US journalist, on charges of spying.

Father's troubles emerge in investigation of family's slaying

CNN - ‎11 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- A Maryland man believed to have shot and stabbed his wife and three young children to death before killing himself with a shotgun was having money problems and left a note saying he suffered from "psychological issues," authorities said.

Obama aims to cut wasteful spending

Los Angeles Times - ‎8 hours ago‎
In his weekly address, the president vows to eliminate 'dozens of government programs' and says he'll ask Cabinet secretaries to slash department budgets as part of an efficiency campaign.

EPA paves way for broad emission limits

Los Angeles Times - ‎Apr 17, 2009‎
The agency's proposed 'endangerment finding' may result in regulation of automobiles and other greenhouse gas producers.

Fed's Kohn, Dudley Defend Size, Scope of Emergency Loan Plans

Bloomberg - ‎3 hours ago‎
By Vivien Lou Chen and Timothy R. Homan April 19 (Bloomberg) -- Two of the Federal Reserve's top policy makers defended the Fed's emergency lending, saying the programs won't cause an inflationary surge or create “significant” risk for taxpayers.

General Growth's Bankruptcy May Let Rivals Buy Malls

Bloomberg - ‎Apr 16, 2009‎
By Hui-yong Yu, Daniel Taub and Brian Louis April 17 (Bloomberg) -- When General Growth Properties Inc. bought Rouse Co. for $11.3 billion in 2004, then-Chief Executive Officer John Bucksbaum said the deal amounted to “five years worth of acquisitions ...

Citi trade profitable but now tough to execute

Reuters - ‎Apr 17, 2009‎
By Elinor Comlay and Dan Wilchins NEW YORK (Reuters) - A popular trade involving Citigroup shares could yield fat profits after the bank said on Friday it is not changing terms of a preferred share exchange, but new investors could struggle to get a ...
Stocks extend advance CNNMoney.com

Ashton Kutcher is the king of Twitter

Afterdawn.com - ‎3 hours ago‎
Popular actor Ashton Kutcher has become the first person to achieve 1 million followers on Twitter this week, beating out CNN as the first to the milestone.
'Hills' star Pratt makes Twitter challenge United Press International

Hollywood's Victory Over The Pirate Bay Will Be Short-Lived

PC World - ‎14 hours ago‎
From Sweden to London to Hollywood, protectors of copyrights are celebrating the conviction of the four men behind the world's most popular torrent tracker The Pirate Bay.

Time Warner's “consumption-based billing” plan put on hold!

TopNews United States - ‎43 minutes ago‎
The proposed “consumption-based billing” plan by Time Warner Cable Inc has been put on hold after widespread criticism from users as well as some unidentified politicians.
Time Warner rethinking online pricing plan United Press International
Group protests outside Time Warner Cable Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

10 years after Columbine, school security stepped up

Philadelphia Inquirer - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Kristen A. Graham and Bonnie L. Cook Some schools have banned backpacks. Others have locked doors, installed cameras, bought metal detectors, and started disaster drills.
Columbine books Denver Post

Madonna falls from horse in Hamptons after paparazzi spook animal

New York Daily News - ‎5 hours ago‎
BY George Rush and Jotham Sederstrom Madonna was tossed to the ground Saturday when her horse was startled by photographers while riding on a Hamptons estate.

Unlikely Singer Is YouTube Sensation

New York Times - ‎Apr 17, 2009‎
By SARAH LYALL LONDON - She has been watched by more than 20.2 million people (and counting) on YouTube, Twittered about by Demi and Ashton, praised by Patti LuPone, admired by the bloggerati, snapped by the paparazzi, swarmed by camera crews, ...

Bruins rout Canadiens, take 2-0 series lead

Boston Globe - ‎1 hour ago‎
Canadien Maxim Lapierre is a bit down as Zdeno Chara, Michael Ryder, and Dennis Wideman celebrate the Bruins' fourth goal. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff) By Fluto Shinzawa At 10:03 of the third period, plunked by the left fist of Patrice Bergeron to the side ...

No ordinary Joe: Smith's points a bonus for Cavs

Detroit Free Press - ‎37 minutes ago‎
Yes, former Piston Joe Smith trailed only LeBron James in scoring Saturday for the Cavaliers in their Game 1 victory over the Pistons.

At Kalas' ballpark, a warm goodbye

Philadelphia Inquirer - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Jim Salisbury The sky over Citizens Bank Park was as blue as Harry Kalas' eyes. The sun shone like his indelible smile. And the temperature was warm, like the man himself.

Glaxo And Pfizer Join Forces

Forbes - ‎Apr 17, 2009‎
Both drugmakers are pooling resources in a bid to boost financial returns from tackling HIV/AIDS. British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline is teaming up with American rival Pfizer to secure a fifth of the market for treatments against the HIV virus, ...

Health Buzz: Fitness Ball Recall and Other Health News

U.S. News & World Report - ‎Apr 17, 2009‎
New York-based EB Brands has recalled about 3 million fitness balls because they may suddenly burst while being used after overinflation, and that can cause people using a ball to fall and injure themselves, the Associated Press reports.

Health fairs draw hundreds to two county ymcas

Ventura County Star - ‎48 minutes ago‎
By Mark Storer At left, Nick Pierce gets his hearing tested by Dan Lyon, visible in window, at the Ventura Y. The Camarillo and Ventura Family ymcas held Healthy Kids Day fairs Saturday as part of the ymca's national push to create healthier ...

Melissa Phillip Chronicle

Houston Chronicle - ‎3 hours ago‎
Massive storms swept across Southeast Texas on Saturday, claiming the lives of five Houston children who drowned in a Lincoln Town Car that plunged into high water.
Nation Digest Washington Post

A joyous Easter for hostage families

Newsday - ‎4 hours ago‎
AP With news that Capt. Richard Phillips had been rescued unharmed after being held for five days by Somali pirates, a lawn sign in the captain's hometown of Underhill, Vt.

South Africa: Substantive Uncertainty - Democracy Becomes Dynamic

AllAfrica.com - ‎Apr 17, 2009‎
Amid fears that Polokwane and the split in the ANC, and the uncertainty that these have generated, will unravel South Africa's national potential for a rosier future, Adam Habib writes that 'Economic development, service delivery, ...