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Obama picks chair for Consumer Product Safety board

Reuters - ‎35 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama chose a former South Carolina education superintendent to lead the Consumer Product Safety Commission and announced plans to increase the number of its commissioners, the White House said on Tuesday.

Q+A: What is Pakistan doing about the Taliban threat?

Reuters - ‎37 minutes ago‎
By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani authorities urged people on Tuesday in the Swat Valley's main town to leave their homes for safer places as security forces could soon launch an offensive against Taliban militants there.

Georgia Alleges Russian Role in a Coup Plot

New York Times - ‎8 minutes ago‎
By ELLEN BARRY MOSCOW - Georgia's Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday that it had uncovered a Russia-backed military coup a day before the scheduled start of NATO military exercises there.

Gunmen in Turkey Kill 44 at Wedding

New York Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
By SEBNEM ARSU ISTANBUL, Turkey - In a gruesome massacre, more than 40 people, including many women and children, were killed late Monday when masked assailants attacked a wedding party in southeastern Turkey, the semi-official Anatolian News Agency ...

Nepal parties begin key meeting

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
At least 20 political parties are meeting in Nepal in a bid to form a new coalition a day after Maoist Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal resigned.

Netanyahu calls for 'fresh' approach to peace talks

AFP - ‎57 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for a "fresh" triple-track approach to peace with the Palestinians that includes an immediate resumption of talks without conditions.

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RHODE ISLAND: Jailed student charged

Chicago Tribune - ‎3 hours ago‎
-- A medical student jailed in Boston on suspicion of killing a masseuse he met on Craigslist was charged Monday in an arrest warrant with pulling a gun on a stripper in a Rhode Island hotel.

GOP Picks Conservative for Senate Judiciary Post

New York Times - ‎6 hours ago‎
By CARL HULSE WASHINGTON - Senator Jeff Sessions, a conservative from Alabama, has struck an agreement to assume the top Republican position on the Judiciary Committee, making him the chief voice of the opposition in summer confirmation hearings for ...

High court removes tool for deporting illegals

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎4 hours ago‎
The Supreme Court on Monday took away one of the government's legal tools for prosecuting and deporting workers who are in the United States illegally, ruling that the crime of identity theft is limited to those who knew they were using another actual ...

Takeovers Are No Easy Fiat

Forbes - ‎32 minutes ago‎
Scrappy Italian carmaker is already hitting speed bumps in bid to buy Chrysler and GM Europe. Fiat might be piecing together scraps of GM and Chrysler with impenetrable calm, but its plans for an automotive behemoth are already being challenged.

Alcatel-Lucent Posts $536 Million Quarterly Loss

New York Times - ‎46 minutes ago‎
By DAVID JOLLY PARIS - Alcatel-Lucent, the French-American telecommunications maker born of a 2006 transatlantic merger, reported Tuesday that its first-quarter net loss more than doubled from a year ago, and it blamed “tough market conditions.

TAKE-A-LOOK- US to unveil bank stress tests on May 7

Reuters - ‎41 minutes ago‎
The results of the regulatory stress tests for the top 19 US banks will be publicly disclosed on May 7. The results will include a capital recovery plan for those banks demonstrating a capital need under more adverse economic conditions.
More Banks Will Need Capital Wall Street Journal

BlackBerrys Outsell iPhones in US

Techtree.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
That, incidentally, makes the BlackBerry Curve the best selling smartphone in US If that wasn't enough, RIM dominated the smartphones chart with as many as three handsets finding place in the coveted top 5 largest selling phones list there.

Windows 7 RC available for download

Afterdawn.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
The software giant Microsoft has officially started distributing the Release Candidate version of Windows 7. As expected, today they expanded the distribution to all of us average Joes, who now get a hold of the future de facto operating system.

Amazon's Kindle Is Off to College

BusinessWeek - ‎6 hours ago‎
Six universities are partnering with Amazon and major publishers to supply students with Kindles this fall. Will campus crack open the e-book market?

'Wolverine' weekend box office nudged lower

Reuters - ‎10 hours ago‎
LOS ANGELES, May 4 (Reuters) - Comic book movie "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" saw its box office tally lowered slightly to $85 million from $87 million in the US and Canada, according to final studio figures released on Monday.

Self-proclaimed dad of Mercy, Malawian child Madonna wants to ...

New York Daily News - ‎1 hour ago‎
BY Corky Siemaszko That was the message Monday to the self-proclaimed dad of little Mercy James from the tot's uncle. "How can he claim he is the father when he hasn't been around all this time?

NBC hopes six new series and Jay Leno in prime time shakes things up

Los Angeles Times - ‎5 hours ago‎
By Maria Elena Fernandez On Monday, the fourth-ranked broadcast network announced to reporters and advertisers most of the programs that will be in its lineup next season.

Red Sox expect Beckett to be himself

MLB.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
Josh Beckett enters Tuesday having allowed 15 earned runs in his past two starts. (Chris O'Meara/AP) By Ian Browne / MLB.com NEW YORK -- If there is one near constant in this rivalry between the Red Sox and Yankees, it's that the teams always seem to ...

Deschamps to replace Gerets as Marseille coach

The Associated Press - ‎47 minutes ago‎
MARSEILLE, France (AP) - Didier Deschamps will replace Eric Gerets as Marseille coach starting next season. Marseille announced on its Web site Tuesday that Deschamps, a former France midfielder, has agreed to a two-year contract and will start in June ...

Lakers strangely encouraged after lethargic Game 1 loss

CBSSports.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Ramona Shelburne LOS ANGELES -- The betting line was a lie. Their week of rest did nothing but rust. It was an overcast day here Monday, but you could see the Lakers' 100-92 loss to the Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals coming ...

Diplomatic Swine Flu Flyovers

Forbes - ‎17 minutes ago‎
The charter flights arrangement between China and Mexico may sooth the latest Sino-Mexican tension aroused by the spread of swine flu.

More Americans taking drugs for mental illness

Reuters - ‎6 hours ago‎
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Many more Americans have been using prescription drugs to treat mental illness since 1996, in part because of expanded insurance coverage and greater familiarity with the drugs among primary care doctors, ...
Mental-Health Drug Usage Rises Wall Street Journal

Schools Chief Challenges Need To Keep Rockville High Closed

Washington Post - ‎34 minutes ago‎
By Nelson Hernandez and Daniel De Vise Montgomery County School Superintendent Jerry D. Weast took issue yesterday with the closing of Rockville High School to stem the flu, amid indications that federal officials might revise their recommendations on ...

Obama assures Hatch he'll pick a pragmatist

Salt Lake Tribune - ‎5 hours ago‎
By Thomas Burr Washington » President Barack Obama assured Sen. Orrin Hatch on Monday that he would pick a "pragmatist, not a radical" to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter, Hatch's office said.

Specter starts anew with longtime constituents

CNN International - ‎6 hours ago‎
By Dana Bash HERSHEY, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- He has represented Pennsylvania in the US Senate for nearly three decades, but Arlen Specter now has to reintroduce himself back home.

Keep Cool With Credit Card Firms

Forbes - ‎35 minutes ago‎
One of the savviest investors is closing his short positions on credit card firms. And a new consumer protection bill won't change that.