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The Latest on the Oil Spill

New York Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
FLOW RATE A day after BP conceded that more oil was leaking into the Gulf of Mexico than officials previously estimated, Representative Edward J. Markey, the chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment, accused BP of deceiving the public ...

Financial-Bill Playbook: Don't Mess Around

Wall Street Journal - Jonathan Weisman, Damian Paletta - ‎51 minutes ago‎
Mindful of their mistakes in advancing the health-care overhaul, White House officials approached the effort to regulate the financial industry in a different way—with detailed legislative language, ...

James R. Clapper Jr. is the leading candidate for national intelligence position

Washington Post - Ellen Nakashima, Greg Jaffe - ‎1 hour ago‎
In the summer of 2004, as Congress was debating the creation of a spymaster-in-chief, James R. Clapper Jr., then head of a major military intelligence agency, argued forcefully at a lunch with Defense Secretary Donald ...

High price

BBC News - ‎3 hours ago‎
The German parliament approved the law allowing Europe's largest economy to contribute the lion's share to the 750bn euro ($938bn, £651bn) emergency package to stabilise the troubled euro.

Clinton pushes for North Korea sanctions over ship's sinking

Los Angeles Times - Paul Richter, John M. Glionna - ‎3 hours ago‎
But it is unclear how receptive the North's benefactor China - or even its rival South Korea - will be to another round of penalties sought after the sinking of a warship that killed 46 crew members.

Moscow makes gains in Iran deal as US lifts sanctions against Russia

Washington Post - Colum Lynch, Glenn Kessler - ‎6 minutes ago‎
UNITED NATIONS -- The last-minute dealmaking needed to secure Russian support for new UN sanctions against Iran became clearer Friday when the Obama administration revealed it had ended sanctions against four Russian ...

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Texas board adopts new social studies curriculum

The Associated Press - April Castro - ‎44 minutes ago‎
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas State Board of Education adopted a social studies and history curriculum Friday that amends or waters down the teaching of the civil rights movement, religious freedoms, America's relationship with the UN and hundreds of other ...

Conn. Democrats endorse Blumenthal for US Senate

The Associated Press - ‎1 hour ago‎
HARTFORD, Conn. - State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, under fire for misspeaking about his military record during Vietnam, easily won the endorsement Friday night of Connecticut Democrats to fill the US Senate seat being vacated by Chris Dodd.

After Explaining a Provocative Remark, Paul Makes Another

New York Times - Kate Phillips - ‎48 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - Rand Paul, the newly nominated Republican candidate for Senate from Kentucky, touched off more controversy on Friday by calling the Obama administration “un-American” for taking a tough stance with BP over the company's ...

Toyota-Tesla deal provides spark for Bay Area

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎1 hour ago‎
"The Toyota Way" is back - in Fremont. There are many heartening aspects to the announcement that the Toyota Corp. would be teaming up with Tesla Motors to produce electric cars at the old Nummi auto plant along Interstate 880 in Fremont.

FTC clears Google purchase of mobile ad service

The Associated Press - Michael Liedtke, Joelle Tessler - ‎4 hours ago‎
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc.'s $750 million acquisition of mobile ad service AdMob cleared its final hurdle Friday with a boost from AdMob's jilted suitor, Apple Inc. The Federal Trade Commission said it unanimously decided to approve Google's AdMob ...
FTC approves Google deal for AdMob San Jose Mercury News

U.S. Jobless Rate Edges Up

Wall Street Journal - Sara Murray - ‎47 minutes ago‎
The jobless rate in 34 states and Washington, DC, fell in April compared with the prior month, even as the nationwide unemployment rate ticked up to 9.9%, the Labor Department said Friday.

Play Pacman For Free On Google Logo, Pacman's 30th Anniversary

Social Media SEO - ‎49 minutes ago‎
When I wrote about the Google Pacman Logo earlier today, my intention was to provide a place that allowed you to play Pacman for free online.

Facebook Plans Overhaul of Its User Privacy Settings

BusinessWeek - Brian Womack - ‎1 hour ago‎
May 21 (Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc., owner of the world's most popular social-networking site, plans to announce changes to privacy settings after users said they want simpler ways to manage what information is shared online.
Facebook privacy concerns heat up San Jose Mercury News

Scientists Successfully 'Boot Up' Cell with Synthetic DNA

Christian Post - Eric Young, Christian Post - ‎8 minutes ago‎
A group of scientists announced Thursday that it has successfully replaced all of the natural DNA inside a cell with laboratory-synthesized DNA, creating the first-ever “synthetic cell.

Do You Need Google in Your TV?

FOXNews - Clayton Morris - ‎5 hours ago‎
The slogan for this week's announcement of Google TV is “TV meets Web, Web meets TV.” Google's slogan is perfect because it's so disjointed -- and perfectly reflects the awkward relationship between the Web and television in 2010.

Lohan Avoids Arrest

New York Times - Carol Vogel - ‎3 hours ago‎
It looks as if Lindsay Lohan will not be arrested after all. While the 23-year-old actress was at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday promoting her new film about Linda Lovelace, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge issued a warrant for her ...

"Shrek" Gives Fairy Tale Break to Backroom Artist

ABC News - Alex Dobuzinskis - ‎7 hours ago‎
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sometimes fairy tales do come true. And where better than Hollywood and "Shrek"? Walt Dohrn, who normally works behind the scenes on the blockbuster movie franchise, has had a magical change in fortune that ...

Kurt Busch on All-Star pole after qualifying rainout

SportingNews.com - Reid Spencer - ‎2 hours ago‎
CONCORD, NC—It might be a good week for Kurt Busch to play the lottery. When rained forced cancelation of Friday's scheduled qualifying session for Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race, Kurt Busch was awarded the pole on the basis of ...

Vazquez exits with bruised right index finger

ESPN - Andrew Marchand - ‎21 minutes ago‎
NEW YORK --- After further redeeming himself with six scoreless innings, a bruised right index finger forced Javier Vazquez to leave the Yankees-Mets game Friday night in the top of the seventh, the Yankees have acknowledged.

Penny hits grand slam, then exits early

MLB.com - Matthew Leach - ‎20 minutes ago‎
ST. LOUIS -- In one of the odder sequences seen at Busch Stadium this year, Cardinals pitcher Brad Penny hit a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning on Friday night, then left the game against the Angels with a right ...

Health Buzz: Park the Car, It's Bike to Work Day

U.S. News & World Report - January W. Payne - ‎7 hours ago‎
You might have seen more bicyclists than usual during your commute to work today. It's Bike to Work Day, part of National Bike Month, when the American League of Bicyclists encourages Americans to choose bikes over other commuting ...

Alfalfa sprouts recalled by LA-area firm after salmonella outbreak

Los Angeles Times - Andrea Chang - ‎46 minutes ago‎
Caldwell Fresh Foods of Maywood issues a nationwide recall of the sprouts after more than 20 people in 10 states are reported falling ill.

Heart attack survivors 'fear sex'

BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
Heart attack survivors are highly likely to avoid sex, fearing it could kill them, US researchers say. The team told an American Heart Association meeting that those whose doctors failed to talk to them about sex were most likely to avoid it.

A Patient, a Death, but No One to Grieve

New York Times - Danielle Ofri - ‎May 17, 2010‎
My patient's body was unclaimed, and it had already been sent for burial by the time I learned of his death on a Thursday afternoon.

Student Busted For Prom Meltdown

The Smoking Gun - ‎May 17, 2010‎
MAY 17--Meet Jessica Halter. The Ohio student, 18, was arrested Saturday night at her high school prom after she drunkenly assaulted a policeman, tried to kick a paramedic, and spewed a "bloody ball of spit" at one cop.

Could the US end up like Greece?

CNN - Anne Vorce - ‎May 20, 2010‎
(CNN) -- Over the past month, we've watched from distant shores as Greece has plunged into a debt crisis. Mounting pressure from global financial markets forced Greece to begin a drastic austerity program.

What Did Jesus Do?

New Yorker - Adam Gopnik - ‎May 16, 2010‎
When we meet Jesus of Nazareth at the beginning of the Gospel of Mark, almost surely the oldest of the four, he's a full-grown man.

Can an Enemy Be a Child's Friend?

New York Times - Benedict Carey - ‎May 17, 2010‎
In sixth grade they were unlikely friends, the good kid and the bad one, the girl who studied and the one who smoked in the alley.