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Obama says healthcare overhaul could save US trillions

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will aim on Monday to build support for a sweeping overhaul of the US healthcare system by highlighting a drive for greater efficiency he predicts could save trillions of dollars.

Someone clearing brush may have started Jesusita fire, authorities say

Los Angeles Times - ‎3 hours ago‎
'It's looking like this was not an act of nature,' says a commander with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention.

Pakistan steps up Swat offensive

BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
Pakistan's military is stepping up an offensive against the Taleban, after a weekend in which it said it killed 200 militants in and near the Swat valley.

May 11: Benedict in Israel

Jerusalem Post - ‎20 minutes ago‎
Sir, - With deep joy, I offer Pope Benedict XVI my fervent good wishes on the happy event of his pilgrimage of faith and peace to Jerusalem.

Tamil Tiger spokesman 'wounded'

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
The military spokesman for the Tamil Tiger rebels, Ilanthirayan, has been seriously wounded in fighting in Sri Lanka, a pro-rebel website says.

South Africa's Choice of Gordhan Is Encouraging, S&P Says

Bloomberg - ‎47 minutes ago‎
By Nasreen Seria May 11 (Bloomberg) -- South Africa's appointment of Pravin Gordhan as finance minister and Trevor Manuel as head of a new planning commission is “encouraging,” easing concern that the government will alter economic policy, ...
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More Guard Troops Sent to Flooded W.Va.

Washington Post - ‎3 hours ago‎
By Brian Farkas AP GILBERT, W.Va., May 10 -- West Virginia's governor activated 300 more National Guard troops Sunday, sending them to help residents in the southern part of the state recover from weekend flooding that destroyed at least 300 buildings, ...

NE's identity bolsters gay marriage tolerance

Boston Globe - ‎3 hours ago‎
Lawmakers in Maine legalized same-sex marriage last week, making it the fourth state in New England to do so. (Pat Wellenbach/ Associated Press) By Jenna Russell Two days before he voted to approve same-sex marriage, Larry Sirois stood and faced the ...

For Cheney, GOP needs more Rush, less Powell

Seattle Times - ‎59 minutes ago‎
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday he preferred Rush Limbaugh's brand of conservatism to former Secretary of State Colin Powell's.

Chrysler: China Operations Unaffected By US Bankruptcy Filing

Wall Street Journal - ‎4 hours ago‎
BEIJING (Dow Jones)--Chrysler LLC's global operations, including those in China, won't be affected by the company's bankruptcy proceedings in the US, the auto maker said in a statement Monday.

Centrica to buy 20% stake in British Energy for $3.5 billion

MarketWatch - ‎25 minutes ago‎
By Aude Lagorce, MarketWatch LONDON (MarketWatch) -- Centrica Plc on Monday said it will pay Electricite de France 2.3 billion pounds ($3.5 billion) for a 20% stake in nuclear-electricity generator British Energy after renegotiating the terms of an ...

Asian shares gain

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Rafael Nam HONG KONG (Reuters) - Asian shares extended their rally on Monday and riskier assets such as the euro held on to recent gains, but warnings about an impending pullback are growing amid weak corporate results and views that any global ...

Shuttle poised for launch, weather near perfect

The Associated Press - ‎50 minutes ago‎
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Space shuttle Atlantis is poised to lift off on NASA's final trip to the Hubble Space Telescope. The launch is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

More details emerge on Wolfram Alpha

ZDNet - ‎1 hour ago‎
Set to launch this month, Wolfram Alpha promises to be the next big thing from the same guy who transformed mathematical software.

Twitter's Trouble With Repeat Users

New York Times - ‎8 hours ago‎
By TEDDY WAYNE Though Oprah Winfrey has had a galvanic effect on Twitter's popularity, many of the microblogging site's new users are signing up, then demurring.

'Star Trek' tops Oz boxoffice

Hollywood Reporter - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Frank Segers The rejuvenated "Star Trek," from director JJ Abrams, blasted off to No. 1 in Australia and other international markets over the weekend, grossing an estimated $35.5 million from more than 5000 screens in 54 territories.

Heidi Klum & Seal Renew Vows 'Achy Breaky' Style

People Magazine - ‎8 hours ago‎
By Jennifer Garcia and Pernilla Cedenheim It was business in the front and party in the back for Seal as he donned a fake mullet for an unconventional wedding vow renewal ceremony with Heidi Klum on the Malibu shore.

Carrie Prejean -- Who's the Boob Now?

TMZ.com - ‎58 minutes ago‎
Those topless photos of Miss USA California Carrie Prejean were taken after she turned 18, according to one of her former pageant sponsors.

Davis comes up 'Big' in Game 4

SI.com - ‎2 hours ago‎
ORLANDO -- Glen (Big Baby) Davis rose up glistening in his own sweat like a baby killer whale leaping out of the water. One should be careful in guessing the thoughts of others but in this case it was simple.

Stenson runs away with TPC

Boston Globe - ‎56 minutes ago‎
Henrik Stenson and caddie Fanny Sunesson were a winning team at The Players Championship. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) By Michael Whitmer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.

Battier surprises himself with Game 4 performance

Houston Chronicle - ‎2 hours ago‎
By SAM KHAN JR. Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle Rockets forward Shane Battier, left, harassed Lakers guard Kobe Bryant into his worst shooting day (7-for-17) and point total (15) of the series Sunday.

2 More Swine Flu Deaths

New York Times - ‎10 hours ago‎
By JOSHUA BRUSTEIN Two additional deaths attributed to swine flu were reported over the weekend, with both victims suffering from other health conditions.

China Reports First Case of Swine Flu

New York Times - ‎27 minutes ago‎
By MICHAEL WINES BEIJING - - China has recorded its first case of swine flu, a 30-year-old man who flew last Friday from St. Louis to Chengdu, the Health Ministry said Monday.

Flu Deaths Outside Mexico Climb to 5

New York Times - ‎5 hours ago‎
By AP SEATTLE (AP) - The number of swine flu-related deaths outside Mexico has inched up to five, with the United States reporting its third fatality and Costa Rica its first, both involving men who also had underlying illnesses.

Obama full of jabs at reporters' annual dinner

USA Today - ‎6 hours ago‎
By Evan Agostini, AP By Cindy Clark, USA TODAY WASHINGTON - President Obama joked about celebrating the "10-day anniversary of my first 100 days in office" at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on Sunday.

Pot proposal's impact depends on federal law

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎58 minutes ago‎
When California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, the federal government responded by closing down pot clubs, prosecuting suppliers, threatening doctors who recommended the drug, and successfully battling co-ops and patients ...

Boy playing with toy gun is shot by sheriff's deputy

Los Angeles Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
The boy pointed the gun at officers, who shot him once before determining that 'it was a juvenile playing cops and robbers,' sheriff's spokesman says.