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Obama announces BP's $20B compensation fund

USA Today - ‎12 minutes ago‎
By Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images By Brendan Smialowsk, Getty Images President Obama announced Wednesday that energy giant BP will finance a $20 billion fund to compensate people whose livelihoods have been damaged by the devastating oil spill in the ...

NJ trooper kills self in cruiser near highway

The Associated Press - David Porter - ‎1 hour ago‎
WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ - New Jersey State Police say a trooper found dead in his patrol car died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Trooper Scott Graham was found by another officer who was passing by shortly after 7:30 am Wednesday.
NJ trooper kills self in cruiser near highway Atlanta Journal Constitution

Gay marriage Prop. 8 trial enters last phase before ruling

Christian Science Monitor - Daniel B. Wood - ‎2 hours ago‎
Closing arguments in the Prop. 8 gay marriage trial begin Wednesday. Judge Vaughn Walker must decide whether to hold sexual orientation, like race, to the 'strict scrutiny' standard.

US announces unilateral Iran sanctions

Los Angeles Times - Paul Richter - ‎1 hour ago‎
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner unveils a list of Iranian organizations and individuals to be targeted in an effort to isolate Iran from the international financial sector.

Gaza flotilla raid: Will it change Turkey's regional role?

Christian Science Monitor - Yigal Schleifer - ‎2 hours ago‎
Anger with Israel over the Gaza flotilla raid, which ended in the deaths of nine Turkish activists, has illustrated the difficulty of Turkey's effort to bridge East and West.

French flash floods kill 20

CNN International - Saskya Vandoorne, Pat Thompson - ‎1 hour ago‎
By the CNN Wire Staff Paris, France (CNN) -- Flash floods killed at least 20 people in the southern French region of Var, French authorities said Wednesday.

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Amy Bishop charged with murder for 1986 shooting of her brother

Boston Globe - Donovan Slack, Shelley Murphy - ‎3 hours ago‎
CANTON -- Amy Bishop has been charged with murder for the 1986 shotgun slaying of her 18-year-old brother in their Braintree home, Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating said this afternoon.

Lawmaker asks state police to probe SC primary

The Associated Press - Meg Kinnard - ‎24 minutes ago‎
COLUMBIA, SC - South Carolina state police should investigate how the unemployed winner of the state's Democratic US Senate primary paid his filing fee of more than $10000, after claiming indigency and being appointed a public defender to represent him ...

Feds: Woman took 506 pounds of pot to Ohio on jet

The Associated Press - Jeannie Nuss - ‎3 hours ago‎
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A California woman traveling with a bodyguard on a private jet was arrested at an Ohio airport with 506 pounds of marijuana stashed in 13 suitcases, federal authorities said.

Apple selling unlocked iPhones in the UK, France, and Canada

Ars Technica - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Iljitsch van Beijnum | Last updated June 16, 2010 3:58 PM If you buy an iPhone 4 or 3GS from Apple in the US or another country where the iPhone is only available on a single mobile network, that iPhone will only work with the carrier in question.

Fannie, Freddie Delisting Signals Firms Have No Value

Wall Street Journal - Jessica Holzer, Jacob Bunge - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The regulator for Fannie Mae (FNM) and Freddie Mac (FRE) ordered them to voluntarily delist their shares from US stock exchanges Wednesday, underscoring that the once-mighty mortgage behemoths ...

BP's Hayward Says Multiple Failures Led to Gulf Spill

BusinessWeek - Jeff Plungis, Jim Snyder - ‎13 minutes ago‎
(Adds Waxman letter in fourth paragraph. See {SPILL } for more on the oil spill.) By Jeff Plungis and Jim Snyder June 16 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward said multiple failures led to the explosion at a Gulf of Mexico well ...

Nintendo sees life yet in the Wii

Reuters - Franklin Paul, John Wallace - ‎1 hour ago‎
Attendees wait in line at the Nintendo display at the E3 Media & Business Summit in Los Angeles on June 15, 2010. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Nintendo Co Ltd, confident that its Wii will stand up against rivals Microsoft Corp and Sony Corp, says it feels ...

San Francisco Approves Cellphone Radiation Law

PC World - ‎2 hours ago‎
Graphic: Diego AguirrePreferring to err on the side of caution, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 10-1 to require cell phone makers to post notices in their stores with details on the level of radiation each model emits.

Sony Playstation: The Kitchen Sink Approach Continues

PC World - ‎9 hours ago‎
Sony pumps up 3D and improved motion control technology with its Playstation 3 game console at E3. Marketing taglines usually serve as little more than memory triggers, but there's actually some truth to Sony's claim that the Playstation "only does ...

Why Did Megan Fox And Brian Austin Green Call Off First Engagement?

MTV.com - Jocelyn Vena - ‎1 hour ago‎
On Wednesday (June 16), Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green confirmed they were giving engagement another try, after calling off their first betrothal in February 2009.

Chris Klein -- Animal Group Furious Over DUI

TMZ.com (blog) - ‎38 minutes ago‎
An animal rights group is unleashing on Chris Klein over his DUI arrest this morning -- claiming nobody should ever drive around wasted ... especially when a pet is on board. TMZ spoke with a rep for the group "In Defense of Animals" -- who tells us, ...

AirTran adds 'Harry Potter 1' to USA's line-up of unique aircraft designs

USA Today - Ben Mutzabaugh - ‎8 hours ago‎
Yes, that's Harry Potter's wand on the side of an AirTran Boeing 717. The airline officially unveiled its "Harry Potter 1" aircraft this morning, part of a promotional effort between AirTran and Universal Orlando Resort's ...

Desperate teams should make for epic Game 7

FOXSports.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
In a series that has been completely unpredictable, there was a certain inevitability to Tuesday night's outcome as if the NBA Finals were destined to go the distance.

Kragthorpe: Utah-BYU split will make rivalry stronger

Salt Lake Tribune - Kurt Kragthorpe - ‎26 minutes ago‎
Moving to this level of college football is evidence that a program that only occasionally lived up to its potential in the previous century truly has arrived in 2010.

World Cup 2010: Uruguay beats South Africa, 3-0

Washington Post - Liz Clarke - ‎1 hour ago‎
PRETORIA -- All day long families cooked in Soweto so they could celebrate together in victory or weep together over a loss following South Africa's all-important match against two-time World Cup champion Uruguay.

Flibanserin Failure: Female Viagra Drug Disappoints

U.S. News & World Report - Deborah Kotz - ‎5 minutes ago‎
A new drug designed to boost sexual desire in women is controversial for some and eagerly awaited by others, but it's hit a potentially serious snag.

In U.S., 15 percent lack health insurance: survey

Reuters - Lucas Jackson - ‎3 hours ago‎
Victoria Will (L) has her blood pressure checked by nurse practitioner Sapana Patel during a routine physical in New York in this March 22, 2010 file photo.
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US to invest $250M to boost ranks of health-care providers

Washington Post - Darryl Fears - ‎48 minutes ago‎
In an attempt to address the nation's health-care workforce shortage, US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday that the government will invest $250 million in programs to increase the number of doctors, ...

Making the most of 'The Hangover'

CNN - Todd Leopold - ‎Jun 14, 2010‎
A year ago, the low-budget comedy about three groomsmen trying to recall a wild night in Las Vegas and find their missing pal (the groom) -- made with a mostly little-known cast and a dependable director (Todd Phillips, ...

'Shady' porn site practices put visitors at risk

BBC News - ‎Jun 11, 2010‎
Visitors to porn sites are at serious risk of being exploited by cyber criminals, a study has suggested. It found that many sites harboured malware or used "shady" practices to squeeze money out of their visitors.

After the oil spill

Los Angeles Times - Charles Wohlforth - ‎15 hours ago‎
Disturbing trends from the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska are being repeated in the Gulf of Mexico disaster. After spending around half a billion dollars, scientists paid by the government to study the Exxon Valdez oil spill over the last two decades ...

Woman accused of using cruise line job for burglaries

CNN - Rich Phillips - ‎Jun 11, 2010‎
Miami, Florida (CNN) -- A former Royal Caribbean Cruise Line employee has been arrested and charged with burglarizing the homes of 24 vacationers who were spending time at sea.

Hummus Catches On in America (as Long as It's Flavored)

New York Times - John T. Edge - ‎Jun 15, 2010‎
Fatima Wadi with her sons, Majdi, left, and Samer at Holy Land, their store. Its flavored hummus is sold in the Midwest, but the family plans wider distribution.