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So Much for the Specter of a Flu Pandemic

Washington Post - ‎49 minutes ago‎
By Dana Milbank Washington found itself in the grip yesterday of two contagions: swine flu and Specter fever. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) was holding the first congressional hearing to determine what more can be done to stop the Mexican flu from turning ...

Portions of 101 reopen after deadly bus crash

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎2 hours ago‎
(04-28) 18:16 PDT Soledad -- A tour bus flipped over on a Highway 101 overpass north of Soledad this afternoon, with the California Highway Patrol reporting at least 38 injuries.

US Questions Whether Islamabad Will Sustain Offensive

Wall Street Journal - ‎1 hour ago‎
By YOCHI J. DREAZEN and GREG HITT WASHINGTON -- US officials praised Pakistan for Tuesday's intensified military offensive against the Taliban but cautioned that it was too soon to tell whether embattled President Asif Ali Zardari is able or willing to ...

Trio acquitted of London 7/7 charges

PRESS TV - ‎49 minutes ago‎
A British jury has cleared three men of charges of conspiring with four suicide bombers who killed 52 people in London's 2005 suicide bombings.

Sri Lanka Vows to Destroy Rebels as UK, French Envoys Visit

Bloomberg - ‎53 minutes ago‎
By Paul Tighe April 29 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka said it will prevent Tamil Tiger rebels rebuilding during the army's halt to combat operations, as UK and French envoys visit the island nation to discuss the plight of civilians caught in the conflict.

Palestinian Rivals to Try Once More for an Accord

New York Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
By TAGHREED EL-KHODARY and ISABEL KERSHNER CAIRO - The rival Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas ended a fourth round of reconciliation talks here on Tuesday without success, but agreed to convene one more time to try to reach an accord.

Pork Industry Fights Concerns Over Swine Flu

New York Times - ‎55 minutes ago‎
By ANDREW MARTIN and CLIFFORD KRAUSS As more cases of the new influenza emerged on Tuesday, deepening worries about a possible pandemic, several nations slammed their borders shut to pork from the United States and Mexico.

Just Inside 100 Days, Sebelius Completes the Cabinet

Washington Post - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Al Kamen President Obama's Cabinet was finally filled yesterday after the Senate, on the eve of President Obama's 100th day in office, voted 65 to 31 to confirm Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

Court Allows Civil Torture Case to Proceed

New York Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
By CHARLIE SAVAGE WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit brought by five men who say they were tortured as part of the Central Intelligence Agency's “extraordinary rendition” program could proceed, dealing a blow to efforts ...

The Banks Push Back

New York Times - ‎28 minutes ago‎
By GRAHAM BOWLEY and ERIC DASH Emboldened by newfound profits and eager to shake off federal control, a growing number of banks are resisting the Obama administration's proposals for fixing the financial system.

Foreclosure Prevention Plan Expanded to 2nd Mortgages

Washington Post - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Renae Merle The Obama administration unveiled an expansion of its $75 billion foreclosure prevention plan yesterday, providing new subsidies to mortgage lenders and investors.

Breakingviews.com Bank of America's Judgment Day

New York Times - ‎28 minutes ago‎
For almost four months Bank of America's shareholders have been spectators to the farce created by the bank's takeover of Merrill Lynch.

Microsoft Responds to Verizon 'Pink' Rumor

PC World - ‎1 hour ago‎
Microsoft may be wielding a new weapon in the war against Apple. The company's rumored to be working on a top-secret smartphone with Verizon.

Sun Reports 20 Percent Q3 Revenue Drop

ChannelWeb - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Joseph F. Kovar, ChannelWeb Sun Microsystems on Tuesday reported its third-quarter fiscal 2009 financial results under the cloud of the planned acquisition of the vendor by Oracle.

Report: Google and DOJ talked about Book Search

CNET News - ‎1 hour ago‎
by Stephen Shankland The Justice Department has discussed a proposed settlement of Google Book Search lawsuits with the search giant, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing an unnamed source.

‘American Idols' swing through Rat Pack night

msnbc.com - ‎54 minutes ago‎
By Craig Berman The theme of the week on “American Idol” was Rat Pack standards, with the singers trying to croon their way to the final four.

Supreme Court Rules that Government Can Fine for 'Fleeting Expletives'

Washington Post - ‎8 hours ago‎
By Robert Barnes The Supreme Court said yesterday that the Federal Communications Commission may penalize even the occasional use of certain expletives on the airwaves but left for another day the question of whether such a policy is constitutional.

Another celebrity leaves `Dancing' country

The Associated Press - ‎15 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chuck Wicks is leaving the "Dancing With the Stars" ballroom, but he'll hang onto his pro-dancer girlfriend.

Capitals Claim Elusive Game 7

Washington Post - ‎49 minutes ago‎
By Tarik El-Bashir The Washington Capitals are known primarily for their young stars, players such as Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom, none of whom have celebrated their 25th birthday yet.

Phillies pound Nats, but lose Hamels

MLB.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com Hamels, who has suffered setback after setback this season, suffered another during Tuesday's 7-1 victory over the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

Rodriguezes lead Astros past Reds

MLB.com - ‎34 minutes ago‎
By Josh Katzowitz / Special to MLB.com CINCINNATI -- The Astros didn't have to worry about trotting out a new closer to finish off the Reds on Tuesday night.

Researchers find common genetic variations in autistic people

Los Angeles Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
Findings show that many autistic people have a deviation in a portion of their DNA that affects the way brain cells connect with one another.

Brazil pork firms fear "Mexican flu" fallout

Reuters - ‎4 hours ago‎
SAO PAULO, April 28 (Reuters) - Brazil's pork industry has asked the World Health Organization (WHO) to stop referring to the deadly flu outbreak from Mexico as "swine flu" as the name is damaging the pork industry without any scientific grounds.

Pain drugs to carry more prominent US warnings

Reuters - ‎31 minutes ago‎
By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol and Advil will carry bolder warnings about the risk of liver damage or stomach bleeding, the US Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday.

Obama Orders Review of Jet Flyover

New York Times - ‎58 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Tuesday ordered an internal review of the high-flying photo shoot over New York City, saying it was an inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars to capture images of Air Force One flying near the Statue of Liberty.

Countries Meet to Negotiate Global Climate Pact

Washington Post - ‎3 hours ago‎
By Juliet Eilperin Representatives from the world's major emitters of greenhouse gases wrapped up two days of talks in Washington today, saying they had made modest progress toward their goal of reaching a global climate pact in December.

Justices to Hear Challenge to Anti-Bias Law

Washington Post - ‎32 minutes ago‎
By Robert Barnes The Supreme Court will hear arguments this morning in one of its biggest cases of the year, a suit that seeks to declare unconstitutional a key provision of the voting act.