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Evasive BP CEO leaves Congress flummoxed

msnbc.com - John W. Schoen - ‎40 minutes ago‎
That was the gist of much of Thursday's Capitol Hill testimony from BP CEO Tony Hayward, who faced a severe grilling but shed little light on the company's disastrous Gulf oil spill.

UN welcomes blockade decision

Jerusalem Post - Khaled Abu Toameh - ‎2 hours ago‎
The Quartet and UN have welcomed Israel's decision to ease the blockade on the Gaza Strip on Thursday, while Hamas and the Palestinian Authority condemned it as a public relations ploy.

City Hall sources: Council may tell McGinn to reopen search for new chief

Seattle Times - Steve Miletich - ‎1 hour ago‎
After weeks of turmoil, including a police officer's highly publicized punch of a jaywalking suspect, members of the Seattle City Council are close to urging Mayor Mike McGinn to reopen the search for a new police chief, two City Hall sources said ...

Europe Widens Iran Sanctions

Wall Street Journal - Stephen Fidler, Laura Stevens - ‎2 hours ago‎
BRUSSELS - European Union leaders authorized Thursday a significant widening of the 27-nation bloc's sanctions against Iran because of concerns over Tehran's nuclear-weapons program, in a move that will reinforce a ...

Political Instability, Economic Woes Fuel Kyrgyz Interethnic Unrest

Voice of America - Gary Thomas - ‎1 hour ago‎
Photo: AP Kyrgyzstan has slipped into a precarious peace. The violence that killed nearly 200 people in the southern region has abated, but an observer with Human Rights Watch calls the situation extremely tense and highly volatile.

FOREX-Euro rises on Spain auction; yen, Swiss franc soar

Reuters - Steven C. Johnson, Wanfeng Zhou - ‎1 hour ago‎
NEW YORK, June 17 (Reuters) - The euro hit a three-week high above $1.24 on Thursday after a Spanish bond auction soothed worries about the country's finances, while worse-than-expected US data weighed on the dollar.

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Rep. Barton under fire after apologizing to BP

Washington Post - Aaron Blake - ‎1 hour ago‎
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, accused the White House of conducting a "$20 billion shakedown" by requiring oil giant BP to establish a fund to compensate those hurt by the Gulf Coast oil spill.

Justices Allow Search of Work-Issued Pager

New York Times - Adam Liptak - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - A California police department did not violate the constitutional privacy rights of an employee when it audited the text messages on a pager the city had issued him, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Thursday.

Appeals court won't block execution; inmate awaits word from governor

CNN - Bill Mears, Ashley Hayes - ‎23 minutes ago‎
(CNN) -- Hours away from his scheduled execution by firing squad, Utah death-row inmate Ronnie Lee Gardner has asked Gov. Gary Herbert for a temporary stay, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Toyota Drops, Ford Rises in JD Power Quality Survey

Wall Street Journal - Neal E. Boudette - ‎19 minutes ago‎
DETROIT—Toyota Motor Corp. suffered a dramatic drop in a closely watched automotive-quality study, while Ford Motor Co. posted one of the top scores, a reflection of the recent fortunes of two auto makers.

NYC Jobless Rate Drops to 9.6% as Services Gain

BusinessWeek - Henry Goldman - ‎1 hour ago‎
June 17 (Bloomberg) -- New York City's unemployment rate fell for the fifth consecutive month, to 9.6 percent in May, on new jobs in business services, education, health care and tourism, according to state Labor Department reports.
Census, manufacturing help Illinois job growth Chicago Breaking Business - Tribune

Gold prices rise on fresh economic worries

The Associated Press - Sandy Shore - ‎26 minutes ago‎
Gold prices settled at a record high Thursday after disappointing economic news stirred up fresh concerns about the pace of the recovery.
Gold Approaches Record High BloggingStocks (blog)

Study: net neutrality could lead to "devastating" job losses

Ars Technica - Matthew Lasar - ‎1 hour ago‎
If you're looking for the Armageddon version of net neutrality analysis, search no further than a new study released by New York Law School's Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute.

Report: Apple's iPhone 4 is Packing 512MB of RAM

DailyTech - ‎26 minutes ago‎
When Steve Jobs announced the iPhone 4 a few weeks ago, the company was happy to tout such features as its high-resolution Retina display, thinner body, FaceTime chat, 3-axis gyroscope, and increased battery life.

3DS supporting software installs - Report

GameSpot - Tom Magrino - ‎41 minutes ago‎
E3 2010: Japanese paper states tri-dimensional handheld features full-game installation to system's internal memory. LOS ANGELES--As detailed in GameSpot's hands-on with the 3DS from this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, ...

America Ferrera Is Engaged!

People Magazine - Julie Jordan - ‎1 hour ago‎
Actress America Ferrera is engaged to marry longtime boyfriend Ryan Piers Williams, her rep confirms to PEOPLE. Ferrera, 26, first met Williams at the University of Southern California when he cast her in his student film.

Man arrested for allegedly kidnapping Jeremy London

Entertainment Weekly - Whitney Pastorek - ‎46 minutes ago‎
26 year old Palm Springs resident Brandon Adams has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping Party of Five actor Jeremy London, according to the Associated Press.

Megan Fox Hopes She's 'Lucky Enough' To Have A Long Career

MTV.com - Josh Wigler, Josh Horowitz - ‎25 minutes ago‎
'I haven't done the same thing twice, and I want to keep moving in that direction,' 'Jonah Hex' actress tells MTV News.
Jonah Hex -- Film Review Hollywood Reporter

Choi Joins Early Leaders at US Open

New York Times - Lynn Zinser, Bill Pennington - ‎1 hour ago‎
David J. Phillip/AP Phil Mickelson hit a shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the USOpen on Thursday. By LYNN ZINSER and BILL PENNINGTON Of all the bumpy rides golfers were taking through the first round of the United States Open at the ...

Hernandez scores against France, repeats history

USA Today - ‎19 minutes ago‎
POLOKWANE, South Africa (AP) - Mexico striker Javier Hernandez has repeated his grandfather's feat from 56 years ago by scoring in a World Cup game against France.
France 0-2 Mexico CBSSports.com

Utah officially accepts Pac-10 invitation

Salt Lake Tribune - Lya Wodraska - ‎40 minutes ago‎

Panel Recommends Approval of After-Sex Pill

New York Times - Gardiner Harris - ‎28 minutes ago‎
GAITHERSBURG, Md. - A federal advisory panel voted unanimously Thursday that federal drug regulators should approve a medicine that could help prevent pregnancy if taken as late as five days after unprotected sex.

FDA Readies for Fight Over 'Female Viagra'

ABC News - Susan Donaldson James - ‎4 hours ago‎
A German drug company is ready to market a pill for premenopausal women who are distressed by low sexual desire, and is prepared to fight for Food and Drug Administration approval at a hearing Friday.
Female Viagra Drug Disappoints U.S. News & World Report

FDA Fines Red Cross $16M For Blood-Safety-Law Failures

Wall Street Journal - ‎41 minutes ago‎
The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it fined the American Red Cross $16 million for alleged failures to comply with laws and regulations related to the collection and manufacture of blood products.

Obama's mixed Afghanistan messages

Los Angeles Times - Doyle McManus - ‎6 hours ago‎
Choices are stark: Stick to the timetable and drawdown, or stick it out until the job is done. And so far, he has signaled intent to do both.

Dad Will Really Like This

New York Times - Nicholas D. Kristof - ‎20 hours ago‎
Sunday is Father's Day, and we dads will be overwhelmed with neckties and wrench sets. We will feign ecstasy, and our loved ones will pretend to believe our protestations of pleasure.

The Very Model of a Modern Major Generalist

National Review Online (blog) - Mark Steyn - ‎Jun 12, 2010‎
Like most multiculturalists', Obama's ideological worldview doesn't depend on anything so tedious as actually viewing the world.

The Very Angry Tea Party

New York Times (blog) - J.M. Bernstein - ‎Jun 13, 2010‎
Sometimes it is hard to know where politics ends and metaphysics begins: when, that is, the stakes of a political dispute concern not simply a clash of competing ideas and values but a clash about what is real and what is not, ...

My son's grieving family deserves more from BP

CNN - Keith D. Jones - ‎Jun 16, 2010‎
Gordon Jones, who died in the BP rig blowout, with his wife Michelle and son Stafford. Another son was born after his death. Editor's note: Keith Jones has been a practicing trial lawyer for 32 years, and is admitted ...