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Stocks, Oil Drop on US, Europe Growth Concern; Euro Rallies

BusinessWeek - Masaki Kondo, Whitney Kisling - ‎47 minutes ago‎
May 21 (Bloomberg) -- Stocks around the world plunged and commodities slumped as reports cast doubts on the strength of the US economic recovery and European leaders struggled to contain the region's debt crisis.

Senate approves historic overhaul of financial regulation

Washington Post - Brady Dennis - ‎40 minutes ago‎
The Senate approved a far-reaching financial regulation bill Thursday evening, paving the way for enactment of the most extensive reworking of financial oversight in generations and a second major legislative victory of the year for ...

Intel chief Blair announces resignation

Reuters - Richard Clement, Ross Colvin - ‎55 minutes ago‎
Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair delivers a speech on ''the future of the US intelligence community'' to the US Chamber of Commerce National Security Task Force in Washington July 22, 2009.

US officials urge measured response in attack on North Korean warship

Washington Post - Glenn Kessler - ‎4 hours ago‎
Seoul's dramatic accusation this week that North Korea torpedoed one of its warships, killing 46 sailors, sets up what could be one of the most combustible situations in the peninsula in years -- one that could force South Korea and ...

Iran sanctions likely to be delayed

Jerusalem Post - Hilary Leila Krieger - ‎53 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - The progress on getting an Iran sanctions resolution through the UN Security Council will likely delay approval of unilateral US sanctions pending in Congress, members have told The ...

Thai banks, businesses count cost of deadly protests

Reuters - Khettiya Jittapong, Arada Kultawanich - ‎3 hours ago‎
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Banks were set on fire. A major department store nearly collapsed. The stock exchange was attacked. Tourists were trapped in hotels.

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EPA Orders Use of Milder Dispersant; Scientists Fear Extensive Damage

Wall Street Journal - Jeffrey Ball, Isabel Ordonez - ‎1 hour ago‎
AP NEW ORLEANS—Federal and local officials stepped up their criticism of BP PLC Thursday as the oil company's own data suggested that far more than 5000 barrels a day of crude is leaking into the Gulf ...

Rand Paul comments about civil rights stir controversy

Washington Post - Krissah Thompson, Dan Balz - ‎16 minutes ago‎
Two days after becoming the newest symbol of "tea party" politics, Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky thrust himself, his party and the movement into an uncomfortable conversation about the federal ...

White House Gate Crashers Return To The Scene

Los Angeles Times - ‎48 minutes ago‎
Washington -- Infamous party crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi may not have finagled their way into Wednesday's state dinner, but they didn't exactly steer clear of the event either.

Oil Industry Recommends New Offshore Safety Measures

Wall Street Journal - Ben Casselman - ‎1 hour ago‎
An oil-industry task force is planning to recommend major changes to offshore safety procedures in the wake of the disastrous blowout of a BP PLC oil well in the Gulf of Mexico last month, according to a draft report.

Electric Car Agreement for Toyota and Tesla

New York Times - Jim Motavalli - ‎46 minutes ago‎
In a press conference late Thursday in Palo Alto, Calif., attended by Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Motors, and Akio Toyoda, the president of the Toyota Motor Corporation, the companies announced they would cooperate on the ...

Dell 1Q Net Jumps 52% On Higher Sales; Shares Slide

Wall Street Journal - Roger Cheng - ‎3 hours ago‎
Dell Inc.'s (DELL) fiscal first-quarter profit improved 52% as shipments jumped and revenue grew in each product segment, although margins again fell.

Calling on Sony and Others, Google Makes a TV Move

New York Times - Brad Stone - ‎59 minutes ago‎
SAN FRANCISCO - Google recruited a solid lineup of high-tech companies on Thursday to help it introduce Google TV, a new service that merges the predictable world of television programming with the more chaotic expanse of the Web.
Google TV focuses on the big picture San Francisco Chronicle

Scientists Create Synthetic Organism

Wall Street Journal - Robert Lee Hotz - ‎25 minutes ago‎
Heralding a potential new era in biology, scientists for the first time have created a synthetic cell, completely controlled by man-made genetic instructions, researchers at the private J. Craig Venter Institute announced Thursday.

Free speech vs. hate speech on Facebook

msnbc.com - K.M. Chaudary - ‎4 hours ago‎
By Helen AS Popkin Despite its 400 million-plus active users, Facebook seems like it could really use a friend. Four senators are demanding the Federal Trade Commission do something over the social network site's increasingly open ...

Lohan faces arrest after missing court date

Reuters - Alex Dobuzinskis - ‎1 hour ago‎
BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) - Lindsay Lohan on Thursday had a representative post bail, resulting in authorities lifting an order for the actress to be arrested for missing a probation hearing because she was in France.

Bret Michaels suffers 'warning stroke'

msnbc.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
Bret Michaels has suffered what doctors call a "warning stroke," or a transient ischemic attack, according to his Web site.

'Shrek Forever After': No roar, no more

USA Today - Claudia Puig - ‎6 minutes ago‎
Once upon a time, in a kingdom far, far away, there was an endearing ogre, an adorable donkey and a slew of storybook characters come to witty life.
Review: 'Shrek Forever After' San Francisco Chronicle

Disgraced Rider Admits Doping, and Implicates Top US Cyclists

New York Times - Juliet Macur - ‎20 minutes ago‎
Floyd Landis riding past the Arc de Triomphe on his way to victory in the 2006 Tour de France. By JULIET MACUR VISALIA, Calif. - The cyclist Floyd Landis once was a commanding presence at the Tour of California, an eight-day race that started last ...
Armstrong crashes, gets stitches The Associated Press

Celtics and the Lakers Try Not to Look Ahead

New York Times - Billy Witz - ‎36 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES - The question, after the Lakers had rolled to their second consecutive victory against the defenseless Suns, came from Lamar Odom's left.

Hawks pressing edge on line changes

Chicago Tribune - Chris Kuc - ‎1 hour ago‎
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and his Sharks counterpart Todd McLellan have been matching wits as they try to get their preferred matchups on the ice during the NHL's Western Conference finals.

Study Finds Certain Drugs Can Keep Some Forms of Cancer in Remission Longer

New York Times - Andrew Pollack - ‎1 hour ago‎
Using certain anticancer drugs for years at a time can help keep some types of cancer in remission longer, doctors reported Thursday.

'Autism Diet' May Not Improve Symptoms

WebMD - Kathleen Doheny - ‎16 hours ago‎
May 19, 2010 --The so-called autism diet -- a gluten-free, casein-free eating plan -- does not appear to improve the symptoms of children with the group of neurodevelopmental disorders known as autism spectrum disorder or ASD, ...

Congressional report prompts fear and anger over lead in DC water

Washington Post - Carol D. Leonnig - ‎39 minutes ago‎
Federal and local political leaders, DC parents and health advocates reacted yesterday with a mixture of anger and fear to news that a federal agency misled them about the harm that lead in the District's water had caused -- and ...

Marijuana Fuels a New Kitchen Culture

New York Times - Tony Cenicola - ‎May 18, 2010‎
By KIM SEVERSON EVEN preschool teachers unwind with a round of drinks now and then. But in professional kitchens, where the hours are long, the pace intense and the goal is to deliver pleasure, the need to blow off steam has long involved substances ...

I'm a criminal and so are you

CNN - Michelle Alexander - ‎May 19, 2010‎
Editor's note: America's 300 million-plus people are declaring their identity in the 2010 Census this year. This piece is part of a special series on CNN.

The Limbaugh Victory

New York Times - Zev Chafets - ‎May 19, 2010‎
THERE are many theories for why very conservative Republicans seem to be doing so well lately, taking their party's Senate nominations in Florida, Kentucky and Utah, and beating Democrats head-to-head in Massachusetts, New Jersey and ...

Ex-Hacker Adrian Lamo Institutionalized for Asperger's

Wired News - Kevin Poulsen - ‎2 hours ago‎
Last month Adrian Lamo, a man once hunted by the FBI, did something contrary to his nature. He picked up a payphone outside a Northern California supermarket and called the cops.

Nation remains vulnerable, 9/11 commission chiefs say

CNN - Mike M. Ahlers - ‎20 hours ago‎
Washington (CNN) -- Almost six years after issuing a landmark report on terrorism, the heads of the 9/11 Commission on Wednesday expressed frustration that more progress hasn't been made on several of the commission's key ...