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Medicare: Key in 2012 races?

Columbus Dispatch -
WASHINGTON - An upset victory in a traditionally Republican New York congressional district has Democrats betting on Medicare as a key political issue in 2012.

Giffords shooting suspect deemed incompetent to stand trial -
TUCSON, Ariz. - A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Jared Lee Loughner was incompetent to stand trial, all but ending, for now, legal proceedings in the January shooting that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Arizona Democratic Rep.

Utah: Street Preacher Gets Life Sentence for Abduction

New York Times -
By AP Nearly nine years after she was abducted at knifepoint from her bed, Elizabeth Smart watched Wednesday as a federal judge ordered a street preacher to spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping and raping her while holding her captive ...

Scotty McCreery Wins 'American Idol' -
Either way, a teenage country singer was going to take home the season 10 "American Idol" crown Wednesday night (May 25), it was just a matter of whether it was Scotty McCreery or Lauren Alaina.

Democrats seize N.Y. election, make Medicare top issue

USA Today -
WASHINGTON - A month ago, the most important issues in New York's 26th Congressional District were the budget deficit, jobs, health care and taxes.

Parties See Obama's Israel Policy as Wedge for 2012

New York Times -
WASHINGTON - Few issues in American politics are as bipartisan as support for Israel. Yet the question of whether President Obama is supportive enough is behind some of the most partisan maneuvering since the Middle ...

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Evasions By Leader Add Chaos In Yemen

New York Times -
WASHINGTON - The president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has long been known as a devious and unpredictable ruler, famous for his brinkmanship.

Obamas say farewell to UK with star-studded dinner

BBC News -
US President Barack Obama has hosted a dinner in honour of the Queen at the end of his state visit to the UK. The president and his wife Michelle organised the intimate evening as a thank-you to the Queen for Tuesday's state banquet at Buckingham ...

John Edwards 'did not break the law,' attorney says

Los Angeles Times -
The government is nearing a decision on whether to indict the former senator on criminal campaign finance violations in connection with his affair with Rielle Hunter.

Murder trial witnesses say they saw no change in Casey Anthony's behavior

Christian Science Monitor -
Prosecution witnesses in the Casey Anthony murder trial call her a loving mother amid testimony of a romance and party invitation in the month following the alleged killing of her daughter, Caylee.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings Issued For Mid-State Counties -
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Hickman County, eastern Perry County, southwestern Dickson County, northwestern Lewis County, southern Humphreys County until 10:45 pm A tornado watch has been issued for parts of the ...

Yahoo, Cisco highlight tech sector activity

MarketWatch -
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Tech stocks put in a mostly upbeat performance Wednesday, with Yahoo Inc. getting some attention as company officials held their annual meeting with Wall Street analysts.

Banks team up for online payment system

Los Angeles Times -
Bank of America, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase are creating a service that would allow online and mobile customers to send money via text and email messages to fellow customers of the banks.

Lagarde's IMF bid sets stage for possible clash

Boston Globe -
LONDON - France's finance minister, Christine Lagarde, formally announced her candidacy to lead the Washington-based International Monetary Fund yesterday, instantly becoming the front-runner in a race that has seen European powers ...

CNBC anchor Mark Haines dies at age 65

USA Today -
NEW YORK - The bell rang as usual at the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday morning, but missing was the booming voice of longtime CNBC anchor Mark Haines letting viewers know he was on the beat, had their back and was reporting ...

Updated rogue AV installs on Macs without password

A new version of rogue antivirus malware that targets the Macintosh operating system does not need victims to type in their administrator passwords to install and infect the machine, a security company said today.

Windows Phone Mango Update: Android and iPhone Challenger?

eWeek -
Microsoft's Windows Phone "Mango" update adds new features for consumers and the enterprise. But can it help Microsoft challenge Google Android and the iPhone?

Google to call mobile payments service 'Google Wallet'?

It appears that one of Google's mobile-wallet partners has stolen some of the Web giant's thunder ahead of tomorrow's planned announcement.

XPERIA Play Unboxing and hands-on [Verizon]

SlashGear -
Verizon's XPERIA Play, the CDMA version of Sony Ericsson's gaming smartphone, has just dropped onto the SlashGear test bench, which means it's time to see whether physical game controls are enough to win ...

Oprah Winfrey signs off after 25 years in daytime talk TV

Washington Post -
Oprah Winfrey brought down the curtain on her syndicated daytime talk show Wednesday, calling it both a “love letter” and “the last class.

X Factor Judge Cheryl Cole Dropped From Show Because Of Accent

Cinema Blend -
If the real reason Cheryl Cole was dropped as a judge from Fox's upcoming US remake of the popular UK talent competition The X Factor is to be believed, the producers are underestimating the American public's intelligence, or at the very least, ...

Kris Jenner lifts the lid of Kim Kardashian engagement details

Monsters and -
Kris Jenner has lifted the lid on the romantic details of Kris Humphries' proposal to her daughter Kim Kardashian. The Kardashian-Jenner family and Larry King receive The Key to the City of Beverly Hills, ...

'Hangover II': Just sleep this one off

USA Today -
For a movie about guys who can't handle their liquor, The Hangover Part II can be pretty sobering. By Melinda Sue Gordon, Warner Bros.

Mike Brown's arrival signals demise of triangle for Lakers

Los Angeles Times -
Clippers' Mo Williams, who played for Brown in Cleveland, says the coach 'had his own style,' with a huge emphasis on defense.

USC fans should view NCAA ruling on appeal as 'get on with it' moment

Los Angeles Times -
They can argue USC got treated too harshly by the NCAA, but not that it got treated for systemic issues. It's time to embrace the positives that have occurred from the experience.

Lightning Beats Back Bruins, Bringing Series to a Tie

New York Times -
Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis scored the first of his two goals on a powerplay in the second period. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TAMPA, Fla.

Heat's Mike Miller turns corner on tough season

USA Today -
By Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY By Lynne Sladky, AP Miami Heat guard Mike Miller's rebounded from a preseason thumb injury to find his place as an important member of the postseason lineup.

Recap: Chicago Cubs vs. NY Mets -
By Sports Network Carlos Beltran had a pair of hits and drove in two runs as the New York Mets topped the Chicago Cubs, 7-4, in a rain- shortened middle tilt of a three-game set.

Do Allergies Affect Men More Than Women? Possibly

Medical News Today -
A huge study involving 14 million blood tests appears to contradict previous studies which suggest women are more likely to have an allergy than men.

Zytiga Extends Lives of Prostate Cancer Patients - Study

Wall Street Journal -
LONDON (Dow Jones)--Zytiga, made by Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) unit Centocor Ortho Biotech, gave men with advanced prostate cancer an average of four months of extra life, according to Phase III trial results ...

Many Young Adults May Have High Blood Pressure

WebMD -
May 25, 2011 -- Close to 19% of young adults may have high blood pressure, and just half of them are aware of it despite this condition's strong link to heart attack and stroke risk, according to a new study.

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