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Blind Activist Escapes House Arrest In China

San Antonio Express -
BEIJING - Chen Guangcheng, the blind rights lawyer who has been under extralegal house arrest in his rural village for the past 19 months, has escaped from his heavily guarded home and is in hiding in the capital, rights advocates and Chinese officials ...

Government's answer to "Fast and Furious" records requests: Blank pages

CBS News -
For more than a year, CBS News has been investigating the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms' "Fast and Furious" operation and related cases that also employed the controversial tactic of "gunwalking.

Secret Service tightens its conduct policy

By Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY In the aftermath of a prostitute scandal that has tarnished the elite agency's reputation, the Secret Service announced on Friday that it has issued a new conduct policy for its agents travelling abroad.

Rams Lead off 2nd Round of Draft, Taking WR Quick

ABC News -
The St. Louis Rams actually used their own pick to begin the second round of the NFL draft Friday night, selecting Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick.

How widely favored student loans became a political football

CBS News -
(CBS News) WASHINGTON - The latest battle in Washington is over student loans, of all things. It's a nasty fight, involving President Obama, Mitt Romney and Congressional leaders.

Syria violence has reached 'intolerable stage', says Ban Ki-moon

The Guardian -
Security agents in Damascus collected the remains of 10 people killed in a suicide bombing on Friday, as activists reported incidents of Syrian troops firing on protesters.

McCain slams Obama for using bin Laden in 'cheap political attack' on Romney

ABC News -
Republican Sen. John McCain on Friday blasted President Barack Obama for casting doubt on whether Mitt Romney would have ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, calling it "a cheap political attack.

Canada condemns 'terror attacks' in Ukraine

OTTAWA - Canada's top diplomat on Friday condemned what he called "terror attacks" in Ukraine after four successive blasts shook the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk.

Charles Taylor: An Amerian mom's relief at war crimes conviction

Christian Science Monitor -
Charles Taylor: His conviction of war crimes in Sierra Leone is a moment for pause for an American mom to think about the world between diapers and carpools and playdates.

Obama Signs Order to Limit Aggressive College Recruiting of Veterans

New York Times -
At Georgia's Fort Stewart on Friday, President Obama signed an executive order to help protect military families and veterans from aggressive and deceptive recruiting by higher education institutions - especially for-profit colleges - seeking their ...

Former US presidential hopeful Edwards' defense says aide lied

Reuters -
By Colleen Jenkins | GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) - Former US Senator and presidential contender John Edwards' defense sharpened its attack on the government's lead witness on Friday, saying his ego and greed motivated him to take his former ...

Twenty years after the LA riots, neighborhoods still healing

CBS News -
(CBS News) LOS ANGELES - No one who was there or watched it on TV will ever forget the rioting in Los Angeles that began 20 years ago this Sunday.

These Stocks Paved the Dow's Way Higher

DailyFinance -
By Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool It wasn't the strongest of days for the stock market, but the major market indexes all finished in the green to close out the week.

Sales-tax deal with Texas is Amazon's latest

Reuters -
* One in a series of state-by-state spats * Amazon has 20 percent of all US online retail sales By Nanette Byrnes April 27 (Reuters) - Amazon.

Former regulator: Lehman disclosure not enough to aid shareholders

Los Angeles Times -
By Andrew Tangel A former Securities and Exchange Commission official said greater disclosure of investment banks' highest-paid employees - aside from corporate officers - would not necessarily aid shareholders.

Palin, McCain differ again in race for Indiana Senate seat

Reuters -
| INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - They disagreed as Republican running mates during the 2008 presidential campaign, and on Friday John McCain and Sarah Palin endorsed rival candidates in the tight Indiana primary to determine if US Senator Richard Lugar gets ...

Romney keeps focus on economy despite Obama attacks

Reuters -
By Sam Youngman | WESTERVILLE, Ohio (Reuters) - White House candidate Mitt Romney on Friday kept his focus on attacking President Barack Obama's handling of the economy, in the face of Democrats' attempts to paint the Republican hopeful as weak on ...

Google reveals two international probes

According to the Wall Street Journal, the search giant is facing inquiries in Argentina and South Korea. Both are open and ongoing, and Google said it is cooperating with authorities.

CISPA: What now?

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The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has cleared the House. Here's a quick guide to what happened, and what happens next.

Developments in Facebook's quest for patents

BusinessWeek -
By AP As Facebook prepares for its initial public offering of stock, it is in a dispute with Yahoo over patents. Feb. 28: Yahoo Inc. confirms that it is threatening to sue Facebook if it doesn't reach an agreement over patents.

Jason Segel and Emily Blunt share some classic rom-com chemistry in Nicholas ...

New York Daily News -
The next time you despair over the conveyor belt that seems to dump an endless supply of forgettable fodder into your local cineplex, it's worth keeping Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller in mind.

Hicks: Ted Nugent concert at Army base canceled over his remarks about ...

San Jose Mercury News -
By Tony Hicks Ted Nugent said he was insulted by the cancellation of his planned concert at an Army post over his comments about President Obama.

Ryan Seacrest Signs on as 'Today' Correspondent

Chicago Tribune -
Ryan Seacrest has officially joined up with Matt Lauer and the rest of the "Today" show team. Apr 27 ( - Seacrest will serve as a special correspondent on the morning-TV staple, NBC said Friday.

Bryce Harper called up because Nationals want to win now

By Paul White, USA TODAY The debate among scouts this spring has been whether Bryce Harper should be at Class AA or AAA. Oh, that's so yesterday.

Detroit's Young Apologizes After Arrest

ABC News -
Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young apologized to his team and fans Friday, just before getting arraigned on a hate crime harassment charge for a fight at his hotel during which police say he yelled anti-Semitic epithets.

Jets trade up, draft WR Stephen Hill

By Rich Cimini | FLORHAM PARK, NJ -- Making an aggressive move to fill a hole at wide receiver, the New York Jets traded up in the second round Friday night to select Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill.

Enterprise lands in New York -
The space shuttle's journey will resume in June when a barge brings it up the Hudson River, and in July, the public will get its first close-up view at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

As many as 90 percent of reef sharks have disappeared from reefs near ... -
The research is the first to provide a large-scale estimate of reef sharks in the Pacific, a group of species that includes the gray reef shark, the whitetip reef shark and the tawny nurse shark.

FDA approves new drug for erectile dysfunction

By Kim Painter, USA TODAY The brand name you will be hearing in those inevitable ads: Stendra. It's made by a company called Vivus, Inc., and belongs to the same class of medicines as Viagra, from Pfizer Inc., Cialis, from Eli Lilly, and Levitra, ...

Nutella to pay $3 million settlement -
Two class action lawsuits against Ferrero, the maker of popular hazelnut spread Nutella, claimed the company made statements suggesting Nutella is healthier than it actually is.

American workforce is seriously sleep-deprived, CDC reports

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Los Angeles Times -
Feeling a little sleepy? You're not alone. According to a report this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30% of American workers are sleep-deprived - and that has big consequences for public health.

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