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Huge BP spill means a high-stakes hurricane season

Reuters - Joshua Schneyer, Robert Campbell - ‎40 minutes ago‎
Todd Farrar with SCAT (Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Team), MST 3 Nicole Tainatongo with the US Coast Guard and Tyler Hardy with MDEQ (Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality) walk at the beach looking for signs of oil in Pass Christian, ...

Governor's spending plan cuts welfare, boosts colleges

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎24 minutes ago‎
California would eliminate its welfare program, most state-subsidized child care and make deep cuts to prison spending, health care and human services programs under the governor's revised budget proposal unveiled today.

NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis Launches on Final Mission

BusinessWeek - Chris Dolmetsch - ‎57 minutes ago‎
(Updates with comments from press conference starting in fifth paragraph, adds background starting in ninth.) By Chris Dolmetsch May 14 (Bloomberg) -- NASA's space shuttle Atlantis took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida today on its final ...

Thai troops fire on 'Red Shirt' protesters in Bangkok

Los Angeles Times - My-Thuan Tran, Mark Magnier - ‎46 minutes ago‎
Reporting from Bangkok and New Delhi-- Thai troops fired on demonstrators Friday in a bid to clear the streets of anti-government protesters and end a two-month siege, leaving at least two people ...

Government Buildings Retaken in Kyrgyzstan

New York Times - Andrew E. Kramer - ‎7 hours ago‎
MOSCOW - A chaotic day of deadly street violence in southern Kyrgyzstan ended Friday with the interim government retaking control of administration buildings in two southern cities.

Classroom attackers will receive no mercy, Chinese leader says

Times Online - Jonathan Landreth - ‎25 minutes ago‎
After a string of school killings in China that have claimed scores of lives Wen Jiabao, the Prime Minister, expressed his anger at the deaths and injuries and warned that perpetrators would receive no mercy.

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Why FBI is following the money in Times Square bomb case

Christian Science Monitor - Peter Grier - ‎2 hours ago‎
Three Pakistani men arrested Thursday in Massachusetts and Maine may have used an informal network known as hawala to channel funds to alleged Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, officials say.

John Gardner sentenced to life for killing Amber Dubois and Chelsea King

Los Angeles Times - Tony Perry - ‎53 minutes ago‎
After the parents of his two murder victims made anguished and angry comments about their loss, registered sex offender John Albert Gardner III was formally sentenced Friday to life in prison without the chance of parole.

On the Media: The debate over Elena Kagan's sexuality

Los Angeles Times - James Rainey - ‎1 hour ago‎
Supreme Court Justice-designate Elena Kagan, have I got a fella for you! He's quiet, scholarly and not bad looking. He knows a thing or two about those folks you hope to join on the highest court.

Markets Slump as Euro Falls and Greece Jitters Return

New York Times - Graham Bowley, David Jolly - ‎1 hour ago‎
After a nearly $1 trillion rescue package meant to end Europe's debt crisis once and for all, financial markets took a second look Friday and began to worry about how the plan would actually work and the ...

Geithner Says Europe Will Manage Crisis as US Keeps Growing

BusinessWeek - Ian Katz, Rich Miller - ‎28 minutes ago‎
May 14 (Bloomberg) -- Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner voiced confidence that Europe will resolve the debt crisis wracking the region and said the US economy is strong enough to withstand any fallout.

TiVo Tumbles On Pause In Patent Case

Forbes - Carl Gutierrez - ‎48 minutes ago‎
Infringement ruling against DISH and Echostar will go on a little longer as appeals court decides to hear review. TiVo fell hard Friday after a federal court decided to take another look at the patent infringement case it won against DISH Network only ...

Google StreetView cars grabbed traffic from open WiFi networks

Ars Technica - Jacqui Cheng - ‎21 minutes ago‎
Google has admitted that it has been "mistakenly" collecting payload data from open WiFi networks as its Street View cars drove around taking pictures.

Apple's Jobs Asked Gizmodo to Return 'Stolen' IPhone

BusinessWeek - Connie Guglielmo, Joel Rosenblatt - ‎58 minutes ago‎
May 14 (Bloomberg) -- Steve Jobs asked technology blog Gizmodo.com to return a secret iPhone prototype that Apple Inc. says was stolen after a company engineer lost it in a bar, according to court documents ...

Google's Nexus One: How the Revolution Died

PC World - ‎1 hour ago‎
With the pending closure of Google's Nexus One online store, a smartphone revolution is in tatters. Google still has a killer product in Android, but the Nexus One's online-only business model, meant to disrupt the way phones are typically sold, ...

English Actress Accuses Polanski of Abuse in 1980s

ABC News - Alex Dobuzinskis - ‎1 hour ago‎
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An English actress who appeared in Roman Polanski's 1986 movie "Pirates" said on Friday that the director sexually abused her decades ago in Paris when she was 16.

'Law & Order': Really old -- and canceled

Washington Post - Lisa de Moraes - ‎2 hours ago‎
NBC finally confirmed Friday afternoon that it will put "Law & Order" out of our misery when it airs its now-series finale episode on Monday, May 24.

Movie Review: "Robin Hood" -- Nothing to Crowe about

Washington Post - Michael O'Sullivan - ‎4 hours ago‎
In this film publicity image released by Universal Pictures, from left, Russell Crowe , Alan Doyle, Scott Grimes and Kevin Durand are shown in a scene from "Robin Hood.

LeBron James Retrospective

ESPN - Melissa Isaacson - ‎1 hour ago‎
Include President Obama as another Chicago Bulls fan rooting for LeBron James to move to Chicago. The latest news from Bulls reporter Nick Friedell.

Uncertainty reigns for LeBron, Cavs, Brown as Cleveland waits

USA Today - Jeff Zillgitt - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Elise Amendola, AP By Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY In the wake of the Cleveland Cavaliers' disappointing and early playoff exit, against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said on Friday he will evaluate the ...

Career days by Jones, McCutchen lead Bucs

MLB.com - Jenifer Langosch - ‎26 minutes ago‎
CHICAGO -- Garrett Jones capped a career day on Friday with an eighth-inning tiebreaking home run that propelled the Pirates to a 10-6 victory over the Cubs.

Readers' share day care woes, raves

msnbc.com - ‎50 minutes ago‎
The quality of day care in the first five years of a child's life can have an impact on academic performance that lasts into high school.

FDA: Rotavirus Vaccines Safe Despite Pig Virus

WebMD - Daniel J. DeNoon - ‎1 hour ago‎
May 14, 2010 - Both rotavirus vaccines given to US infants carry tiny amounts of pig virus or pig virus DNA -- but due to the vaccines' strong safety record, the FDA says doctors should resume their use.

Food Allergies Take a Toll on Families and Finances

New York Times - Walecia Konrad - ‎8 hours ago‎
Oscar Delgadillo, left, with his wife, Martha, and their son, Andrew, 11, at their home in San Diego. Andrew is severely allergic to a variety of foods.

Telescope discovers surprising hole in space

msnbc.com - ‎May 11, 2010‎
A vast hole in space has been unexpectedly discovered in a part of the universe thought to be packed with a cloud of dense gas and dust - the latest in a string of cosmic finds by the European Herschel infrared space telescope.

'Other People's Rejection Letters': 8 Of The Craziest Rejection Letters ...

Huffington Post (blog) - ‎May 11, 2010‎
Graduation season is now upon us and you know what that means: Before America's bright-eyed college seniors can collect diplomas and toss caps, they'll be subjected to all kinds of commencement speech wisdom.

Dad shot dead after placing Craigslist ad

msnbc.com - Mike Celizic - ‎May 11, 2010‎
It was just a simple sales transaction set up via Craigslist, the Internet classified ads site. The item being offered was valuable - a 1.07-carat diamond ring, with an asking price of $1050 - but James Sanders, a trusting man, ...

Exclusive: Jailed billionaire hits out from cell

CNN - Matthew Chance, Maxim Tkachenko - ‎2 hours ago‎
Moscow, Russia (CNN) -- Russia's most famous prisoner, and once its richest citizen, says the latest corruption charges against him are designed to prevent his release from jail.

The White House Pastry Chef Revamps Sweets

New York Times - Julia Moskin - ‎May 11, 2010‎
MICHELLE OBAMA'S first meeting with the White House cooks was nerve-racking for the pastry chef, Bill Yosses. “The most surprising day of my life,” said Mr.