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The budget ballot measures: a primer on California's special election

San Jose Mercury News - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Mike Zapler SACRAMENTO - It's a familiar scene in Sacramento these days. The state budget is in shambles. The Legislature is about to begin yet another round of heated negotiations to close a deficit that's grown to more than $15 billion.

Fighting Goes On in Sri Lanka as President Claims Victory

New York Times - ‎46 minutes ago‎
By SETH MYDANS BANGKOK - Fierce fighting was reported Sunday in a tiny enclave of northern Sri Lanka even as the country's president declared victory in a 25-year civil war against Tamil separatist rebels.

Obama to face right-to-life protesters

AFP - ‎28 minutes ago‎
CHICAGO (AFP) - US President Barack Obama wades into a political thicket Sunday when he speaks at a prestigious Catholic university, where right-to-life protesters have gathered to oppose his support of abortion rights.

India's Congress to pick allies after election win

Reuters - ‎39 minutes ago‎
By Krittivas Mukherjee NEW DELHI, May 17 (Reuters) - India's ruling Congress-led coalition began choosing on Sunday a small group of allies to push the alliance to a parliamentary majority and focus on reviving the economy after a sweeping general ...

Obama to warn Israel's PM, Benjamin Netanyahu: 'No more blank cheques'

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎1 hour ago‎
Barack Obama is to deliver a blunt warning to Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, that the era of the blank US cheque is over.

Pakistani army closes in on Taliban stronghold in Swat

Reuters - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Alamgir Bitani PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani soldiers are closing in on the main town in the Taliban bastion of Swat, the army said on Saturday, in an offensive that has driven more than a million people from their homes.

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Huntsman's departure opening many doors

Deseret News - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb Pignanelli & Webb: Politicos were burning through their cell phone batteries Friday night and Saturday morning chatting about the Huntsman appointment.

Money Tip Store credit cards usually not a great deal

Seattle Times - ‎57 minutes ago‎
Many department and clothing stores now ask if you would like a credit card and save on that day's purchase. It may sound like a good deal, but it usually isn't.

Michelle Obama brings keynote speech – and spotlight – to ...

Sacramento Bee - ‎57 minutes ago‎
By Cyndee Fontana MERCED - First lady Michelle Obama urged graduates to "dream big and think broadly" about life in her commencement speech Saturday to the inaugural class of the University of California, Merced.

GM Follows in Chrysler's Footsteps

Reuters - ‎17 hours ago‎
By sara.behunek - The Big Money Topping today's business press is the first round of dealership cuts coming from beleagured car maker General Motors (GM), news that comes on the heels of sweeping closures announced for Chrysler dealerships.

Fiat's New Prospects Dazzle Italy

Washington Post - ‎7 hours ago‎
By Craig Whitlock and Steven Mufson TURIN, Italy -- Almost overnight, Fiat Group has transformed itself from a bit player into a global titan in the auto industry, effectively taking over Chrysler and possibly a big chunk of General Motors.

Watchdog Digs Into Conduct At SEC

Washington Post - ‎6 hours ago‎
By Zachary A. Goldfarb A Securities and Exchange Commission official attempted "to intimidate and influence" a family member's broker on multiple occasions by invoking her position, potentially violating agency rules, according to the agency's ...

Spacewalkers Pull off Toughest Hubble Repairs Yet

ABC News - ‎3 hours ago‎
By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer AP In this image taken from video, provided by NASA TV, astronauts Andrew Feustel, right, and John Grunsfeld work on the Hubble Space Telescope, Saturday, May 16, 2009.

Wolfram Alpha: A Test Run

PC World - ‎13 hours ago‎
Wolfram Alpha is online for testing throughout the weekend, in anticipation of the online knowledge base officially going live on Monday.

Why Google's Outage Wasn't a Complete Failure

PC World - ‎May 15, 2009‎
I noticed something interesting in the Google outage and its aftermath on Thursday. Google's sites, in case you were hiding in a cave yesterday, were unreachable around the world for a good hour and a half.

This Time, Church Won't Demonize Film

Washington Post - ‎May 15, 2009‎
Controversy Helped Make 'The Da Vinci Code' a Runaway Success. The Vatican Is Choosing to Ignore the Sequel. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site.

Farrah Fawcett's TV special doesn't really tell her story ...

Los Angeles Times - ‎4 hours ago‎
The executive producer who's suing to regain creative control of the NBC special "Farrah's Story" says he's putting up a fight because "it's not the show Farrah Fawcett wanted.

Kris Allen to win 'American Idol,' but Adam Lambert has best career?

Los Angeles Times - ‎14 hours ago‎
Virtually all of the alleged "American Idol" "experts" have consistently underestimated Kris Allen while ballyhooing Adam Lambert as the inevitable champ.
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Hundley hammers walk-off shot in 16th

MLB.com - ‎20 minutes ago‎
By Corey Brock / MLB.com SAN DIEGO -- Nick Hundley hit a walk-off home run to lift the Padres to a 6-5 comeback victory on Saturday over the Reds in 16 innings at PETCO Park.

'Rachel' jockey Borel pushes all the right buttons

Baltimore Sun - ‎50 minutes ago‎
By Sandra McKee | sandra.mckee@baltsun.com The outcome of the Preakness was determined more than a week ago, when jockey Calvin Borel said he would ride Rachel Alexandra in the race.

Justice: Believe it or not, Rockets just one win away

Houston Chronicle - ‎48 minutes ago‎
By RICHARD JUSTICE Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle Rick Adelman believes his team can pull of an upset of the top-seeded Lakers. Sorry, your version of Flash doesn't support this video.

Japan, China report more swine flu cases

USA Today - ‎3 hours ago‎
AP An 18-year-old student in Beijing who recently returned from a US university has swine flu, mainland China's third confirmed case, the Health Ministry said.
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The year for health care

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎1 hour ago‎
We'll soon find out. The signs are awfully encouraging: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has set an ambitious time frame of July to get legislation on the floor.

Flu Leads Rikers to Cancel Visits for Some Inmates

New York Times - ‎11 hours ago‎
By MITCHELL L. BLUMENTHAL and AL BAKER The Department of Correction said Saturday that inmates at Rikers Island were advised to tell friends and relatives not to visit this weekend after it was disclosed late Friday that a prisoner received a diagnosis ...

Now the lady doth protest too much

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎1 hour ago‎
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi argued at a news conference Thursday that Republicans are focusing on how much she knew about CIA enhanced interrogation techniques in 2002 and 2003 as a "diversionary tactic to take the spotlight off those who conceived, ...

Back in the Fray

Washington Post - ‎4 hours ago‎
Former vice president Dick Cheney has again criticized the Obama administration, raising the issue of the role of leaders after they step aside.

Afghan civilian deaths: Who is to blame?

Los Angeles Times - ‎6 hours ago‎
Nuria, 7, rests in the burn unit of Herat Regional Hospital in Afghanistan after she and her two sisters were badly burned May 4 in US airstrikes during clashes with the Taliban in the village of Garani, in Bala Baluk district of Farah province.