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China says blind activist Chen can apply to study abroad

BEIJING (AP) - China said Friday that a blind rural activist who has pleaded for US sanctuary can apply to study abroad, possibly opening the door to resolving a diplomatic standoff with the United States.
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Don't break oaths and don't kill Muslims: In letters, bin Laden worried about ...

Washington Post -
CAIRO - During his last months holed up in a villa in Pakistan, one of the concerns on Osama bin Laden's mind was image control: Al-Qaida's branches and allies were making the terror network look bad in the eyes of the Islamic world.

Yankees-Royals Preview -
With baseball's all-time saves leader done for the season and possibly his career, the New York Yankees must now find a way to save their championship window of opportunity from potentially closing.

Samsung Galaxy S III vs. HTC One X: Quad-core faceoff

by Brooke Crothers | 4 May 2012 2:46pm SGT Now that Samsung has announced its Galaxy S III muscle phone, one big question is how its core technology stacks up against that of its main Android rival, the HTC One X. So let's take a look under the hood ...

Facebook reveals price range for its IPO

Detroit Free Press -
Facebook has set a price range of $28 to $35 for its initial public offering of stock. Facebook's IPO, planned for this month, will be by far the largest Internet IPO, dwarfing even Google's in 2004.

Surprise! Hollie survives again while Skylar gets the boot on 'American Idol' -
By Craig Berman, It came down to Hollie and Skylar and Thursday, and it was the country girl who was sent packing. When her run on “American Idol” finally finishes, Hollie Cavanagh would be a natural fit on a different reality TV show: ...

France election: Final day of campaigning

BBC News -
Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande are embarking on their final day of major campaigning ahead of Sunday's French presidential election.

Twin bomb attacks kill 12 in Russia's Dagestan

Reuters -
| MAKHACHKALA, Russia (Reuters) - Suicide bombers killed 12 people and wounded 110 in attacks on a police post on the outskirts of the capital of Russia's Dagestan region, local investigators and law enforcement sources said on Friday.

Ukraine's EU Goal Wilts in Soccer Boycott Over Tymoshenko

Bloomberg -
Ukraine risks alienating the European nations it wants as allies as next month's Euro 2012 soccer championship trains the spotlight on jailed ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who's on hunger strike over claims of abuse.

Bomb targeting security forces kill 16 in Pakistan

KHAR, Pakistan (AP) - A bombing in a Pakistani market close to the Afghan border killed 16 people Friday, a day after the US released a letter written by Osama bin Laden that criticized similar attacks for killing too many civilians.

Arizona police believe ex-Marine killed 4, himself

San Francisco Chronicle -
Gilbert, Ariz. -- Police said Thursday that they believe a former Marine with ties to neo-Nazi and Minutemen groups shot four people and then killed himself in a suburban Phoenix home.

John Edwards' aide John Davis tells about affair

San Francisco Chronicle -
Greensboro, NC -- Another former close aide to John Edwards testified Thursday about bungled efforts to keep the former presidential candidate's affair with videographer Rielle Hunter hidden from staff members, including an awkward encounter when she ...

Mom of Florida A&M student killed by hazing wants celebrated marching band ...

Detroit Free Press -
By Mike Schneider and Greg Bluestein AP ATLANTA -- The family of the Florida A&M University drum major who died in a hazing incident said the school should disband its celebrated marching band.

AP apologizes for firing reporter over WWII scoop

Seattle Post Intelligencer -
DAVID B. CARUSO, AP In this April 25, 2012, photo, Tom Curley, President and CEO of The Associated Press, discusses the work of former AP correspondent Ed Kennedy during an interview in New York.

FOREX-Dollar and euro sit tight before US jobs, European elections

Reuters -
* Euro off 2-wk low, ECB offers few hints on more easing * Dollar may dip vs yen and euro if US jobs disappoint * Euro awaits elections in France and Greece on Sunday By Masayuki Kitano SINGAPORE, May 4 (Reuters) - The dollar held steady versus the yen ...

Argentina nationalizes oil company YPF

Reuters India -
By Hugh Bronstein | BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's Congress nationalized the country's biggest oil company, YPF, by an overwhelming lower house vote on Thursday that underscored broad popular support for a measure that threatens to scare off ...

Oil and gas prices look like they've peaked

MarketWatch -
By Howard Gold NEW YORK (MarketWatch) - Remember just a few short weeks ago, when the media were speculating about how high gasoline prices could go?

Quick swing to Mitt

New York Post -
By GEOFF EARLE Bureau Chief WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's general-election campaign has barely begun, but he has already stripped away President Obama's lead in Florida and Ohio - two swing states that will feature some of the toughest political combat ...

Gingrich says Romney statements "weren't true"

CBS News -
(CBS News) Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who suspended his campaign Wednesday, had few good words about the presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, saying that Romney did not tell the truth during the primary.

Some Indiana Democrats may vote in Republican primary

Indianapolis Star -
Voter guide: Want to learn more about the candidates? To see their bios, go to Indy Election coverage: Go to Indy Star.

Yahoo board to 'review' discrepancy in CEO's resume

Computerworld -
By John Ribeiro IDG News Service - Yahoo said late Thursday that its board will review a discrepancy in the resume of its CEO, Scott Thompson, and "make an appropriate disclosure" to its shareholders.

Exclusive: $99 Xbox 360 + Kinect bundle launching next week with two-year ...

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The Verge -
By Tom Warren on May 2, 2012 10:57 am 336Comments Microsoft is planning to launch a $99 Xbox console package with a monthly subscription as early as next week, according to our sources.

'Marvel's the Avengers' review: Pow! Bam! Super!

San Francisco Chronicle -
Marvel's The Avengers WILD APPLAUSE Action-adventure. Directed by Joss Whedon. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Samuel Jackson.

Justin Bieber Dishes on His Next Single, to Release Ode to His Mom on Mother's Day

AceShowbiz -
Bieber promises his next single will be better than 'Boyfriend', and says his tribute song to his mother will be about 'the struggles she went through' when she had him at young age.

'The Bachelor' host Chris Harrison will be a bachelor again: He's ending 18 ...

Washington Post -
LOS ANGELES - “The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison is going be a bachelor again. A spokeswoman for the 40-year-old TV personality said Thursday that Harrison and his wife are ending their 18-year marriage.

New 'Amazing Spider-Man' Trailer: Five Key Scenes -
By Kara Warner (@karawarner) While there are several familiar scenes from the first two epic teasers weaved into this exciting new two-and-a-half minutes, director Marc Webb has introduced a bunch of intriguing new elements into the new footage.

1. LeBron's Big Fourth Silences MSG Mocking

By Brian Windhorst NEW YORK -- This was very nearly going to go down as another game that would have haunted LeBron James throughout his career.

Junior Seau's funeral plans to be annouced

By Alan Duke and Chelsea J. Carter, CNN Los Angeles (CNN) -- Funeral arrangements may be announced Friday for Junior Seau, a day after authorities said that the football icon committed suicide.

Thunder look ready to finish champs

By Marc Stein | DALLAS -- It is not completely accurate to say that the Dallas Mavericks wanted this series with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

For NJ Devils Alexei Ponikarovsky, winner in overtime is a 'terrific feeling'

New York Daily News -
There always has been this sense that Alexei Ponikarovsky should have been more throughout his NHL career, that the numbers he put up didn't match his size and his talent and his obvious self-confidence.

Kings dispatch Blues, now on brink of series sweep

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When captain Dustin Brown crunched Alex Pietrangelo with a hit along the boards in the opening minutes, the Los Angeles Kings knew they hadn't lost whatever fire has driven them deep into the playoffs.

Greenland glaciers speed up, swelling rising seas: reports

Reuters -
By Deborah Zabarenko | WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of Greenland's glaciers are moving about 30 percent faster than they did 10 years ago, contributing to rising global sea levels, but that still may not be enough to reach the most extreme projections ...

Unexpected allies aid ants at war with “zombifying” parasite

World Science -
Tropical ants plagued by a parasite that turns them into “zombies” have unexpected allies in their struggle: other parasites, scientists say.

Jogging 'adds five years or more to life' -
Regularly jogging increases life expectancy for men by six years and women by five years, cardiologists have found. By Stephen Adams, Medical Correspondent As little as an hour a week is enough to deliver the surprising health benefit, according to the ...

Bird Flu Could Become Deadly Pandemic

Counsel & Heal -
The first of the two controversial studies on mutated version of deadly bird flu that sparked fears has finally been published on the journal Nature, showing the possibility that virus could be transmitted between humans and become pandemic.


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