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Palm hands HP entry into pivotal smartphone market

Reuters - Edwin Chan - ‎34 minutes ago‎
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co's $1.2 billion acquisition of struggling smartphone maker Palm Inc gives the company a foothold in a market it cannot afford to ignore, but HP will have to spend more to make its bet on the company pay off.

Republicans allow vote on financial reform bill

CNN International - ‎10 minutes ago‎
Washington (CNN) -- Republicans ended their filibuster of Wall Street reforms Wednesday when the Senate agreed without a vote to begin debate on a financial regulations bill.

Justice Department considers suing Arizona to block immigration law

Washington Post - Jerry Markon, Anne E. Kornblut - ‎1 hour ago‎
Officials in the Obama administration are urging the extraordinary step of suing Arizona over its new immigration law, and the Justice Department is considering such an action to block the legislation from taking ...

Thai troops struggle to contain Bangkok protests

Reuters - Ambika Ahuja, Adrees Latif - ‎24 minutes ago‎
BANGKOK (Reuters) - The Thai army said on Thursday it would step up efforts to stop anti-government protesters in Bangkok getting more weapons, a day after a soldier died in the latest clash in a seven-week campaign to force early elections.
Soldier Dies in Bangkok Clash Wall Street Journal

Ahmadinejad seeks to address UN conference on nuclear weapons

Washington Post - Colum Lynch - ‎6 hours ago‎
UNITED NATIONS -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has requested a visa to travel next week to New York to address a UN conference aimed at stemming the spread of nuclear weapons, a move that sets the stage for a potential ...

Gordon Brown 'bigot' row overshadows last TV debate

BBC News - ‎33 minutes ago‎
Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg are preparing for the third and final prime ministerial debate. But the Labour leader's preparations have been overshadowed by the fall out and negative headlines after he called a pensioner he had met ...

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Cape Cod Residents Don't Expect One Ruling to End Long Fight

New York Times - Katie Zezima - ‎2 hours ago‎
Allen Rencurrel said he worried that future wind turbines would interfere with the routes he takes to some of his clam beds. By KATIE ZEZIMA HYANNIS, Mass.

Calif. boy's death attributed to 'choking game'

Washington Post - ‎24 minutes ago‎
AP SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Police say a 12-year-old Southern California boy is dead after he apparently asphyxiated himself for thrills in the so-called "choking game.

Gov. Crist Appears Set to Bolt Party in Senate Bid

New York Times - Damien Cave, Gary Fineout - ‎1 hour ago‎
MIAMI - Gov. Charlie Crist appears all but certain to announce Thursday that he is leaving the Republican Party and running independently for the United States Senate, setting up an unprecedented three-way contest ...
Crist Looks to Go It Alone Wall Street Journal

Merkel Tested as Escalating Greek Crisis Hurts Euro

New York Times - Nicholas Kulish - ‎2 hours ago‎
BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel's strategy for dealing with Greece's untenable debt problem was to stall and hope the crisis did not demand action until after a critical state election in early May.

Goldman Death Fight May Explain Lloyd's Words: Jonathan Weil

BusinessWeek - Jonathan Weil - ‎2 hours ago‎
April 29 (Bloomberg) -- If we are to take Lloyd Blankfein's word for it, and that's always a big if, then there must be a lot worse behavior by Goldman Sachs that has yet to be discovered, beyond what was publicly unearthed at this week's Senate ...

Bid to Burn Oil on Untried Scale

Wall Street Journal - Robert Lee Hotz, Angel Gonzalez - ‎15 minutes ago‎
VENICE, La.—Crews in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday set fire to a portion of the oil spreading from the site of a sunken rig, a technique experts said was the safest, cheapest way to limit environmental damage but ...

Gizmodo's iPhone Saga: Fact vs. Speculation

PC World - Jared Newman - ‎5 hours ago‎
The high drama of Gizmodo and the iPhone prototype it acquired could be heading to the courtroom, as prosecutors try to determine who should face charges.

Microsoft, HTC Agreement Could Alter Apple Patent Battle

eWeek - Nicholas Kolakowski - ‎26 minutes ago‎
Microsoft and HTC's April 27 announcement of an IP agreement, which will see the phone manufacturer license Microsoft's patented technology for use in Google Android-powered smartphones, could have a substantial effect on Apple's lawsuit against HTC.

Apple Buys Siri, a Small Victory in Mobile Web War With Google

eWeek - Clint Boulton - ‎26 minutes ago‎
Siri Co-founder Norm Winarksy confirmed Apple has acquired startup Siri, whose virtual personal assistant application lets users of the Apple iPhone 3GS book restaurant tables, buy movie tickets and several other tasks all by speaking into their device ...

How did Sandra Bullock's secret baby stay that way?

USA Today - Maria Puente - ‎58 minutes ago‎
By Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY By Maria Puente, USA TODAY Talk about being blindsided. Today, every celebrity probably is thinking the same thing: If Sandra Bullock can do it, why can't I? Not just adopt a baby - movie stars have been doing that for ...

Siobhan Magnus Voted off "American Idol"

ABC News - Chris Michaud - ‎28 minutes ago‎
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The music of country singer Shania Twain spelled Siobhan Magnus' downfall on Wednesday, leaving only one woman among the five remaining finalists on "American Idol.

Bret Michaels Undergoing Tests, Hopes To Resume Tour In Summer

MTV.com - Kelley L. Carter - ‎3 hours ago‎
'We will then continue with all scheduled dates throughout the summer and fall,' a statement says. By Kelley L. Carter The cause of rocker Bret Michaels' brain hemorrhage from last week hasn't been discovered, but his return to the stage is already in ...

Canadiens Complete Comeback From 3-1 Deficit and Oust the Capitals

New York Times - Dave Caldwell - ‎58 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - When Alex Ovechkin finally found a way to shoot the puck past the steely Montreal goaltender Jaroslav Halak early in the third period, he was bathed in spotlights as he dashed across the ice and the capacity crowd roared.

Astros dig hole that they can't get out of against Reds

Houston Chronicle - Sam Khan Jr. - ‎25 minutes ago‎
Just when it seemed that the Astros were going down gently, with little fight, they awoke. But the hole they dug themselves early on proved too much to overcome as one bad inning and one critical error spelled doom for them on Wednesday ...

Guthrie, Orioles rocked in 8-3 loss to Yankees

Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec - ‎12 minutes ago‎
The mistake-prone Jeremy Guthrie from last season had been noticeably absent through four starts, but he reappeared Wednesday night in time to wipe out the Orioles' hopes of building on an all-too modest winning ...

It's a sad day for Happy Meals in Santa Clara County

Los Angeles Times - Sharon Bernstein - ‎19 hours ago‎
County officials vote to ban toys and other promotions that restaurants offer with high-calorie children's meals. By Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times Happy Meal toys and other promotions that come with high-calorie children's meals will soon be ...

Santa Cruz County air quality rated among the best in the nation

San Jose Mercury News - Jondi Gumz - ‎1 hour ago‎
SANTA CRUZ - The air in Santa Cruz County is among the cleanest in the nation, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Lung Association.

Study finds many unpaid tasks in a primary-care doctor's workday

Washington Post - David Brown - ‎1 hour ago‎
In addition to seeing patients, a primary-care physician each day must address more than three dozen urgent but uncompensated tasks, according to a study that provides a rare, quantitative look into the mechanics of office practice.

Activists call foul on KFC bucket campaign

CNN - Kat Kinsman - ‎15 hours ago‎
Susan G. Komen for the Cure says partnering with KFC helps educate, treat cancer patients (CNN) -- Can chicken breasts help beat breast cancer?

More American Expatriates Give Up Citizenship

International Herald Tribune - Brian Knowlton - ‎Apr 25, 2010‎
WASHINGTON - Amid mounting frustration over taxation and banking problems, small but growing numbers of overseas Americans are taking the weighty step of renouncing their citizenship.

Stephen Hawking: Humans Should Fear Aliens

Huffington Post (blog) - ‎Apr 25, 2010‎
World renowned scientist Stephen Hawking believes extraterrestrial life almost certainly exists -- and humans should be extremely cautious about interacting with it.

NTSB: Pilot of plane had mere seconds to see rising helicopter

CNN - Mike M. Ahlers - ‎4 hours ago‎
Washington (CNN) -- The pilot of a small plane that collided with a sightseeing helicopter over New York's Hudson River last summer had scant seconds to see the helicopter as it rose to his altitude, but the plane pilot ...

Not Even in South Park?

New York Times - Ross Douthat - ‎Apr 25, 2010‎
Two months before 9/11, Comedy Central aired an episode of “South Park” entitled “Super Best Friends,” in which the cartoon show's foul-mouthed urchins sought assistance from an unusual team of superheroes.