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Obama expected to announce major Afghan drawdown

Los Angeles Times -
Pentagon and White House officials say about 10000 troops will probably come home this year, a bigger number than Gen. David Petraeus wanted.

Despite Setback, Plaintiffs to Pursue Wal-Mart Cases

New York Times -
Wal-Mart has spent 10 years fighting claims that it discriminated against female employees, and by many accounts, it has improved its hiring and promotion policies for women during those years.

Syria forces sweep Aleppo as Assad promises reform

Reuters -
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks in Damascus in this still image taken from video June 20, 2011. Assad, facing three months of protests against his rule, said on Monday a national dialogue would start soon.

Ryan Dunn, Daredevil Comedian, Dies at 34

New York Times -
Ryan Dunn, a star of the “Jackass” television show and movies, which feature perilous stunts and gags that often run afoul of good taste, died early Monday when his car went off a road and crashed in woods in West Goshen Township, ...

Hydra-headed Greek crisis rises anew

USA Today -
The crisis in Greece has been a lot like that never-say-die monster in B horror flicks that keeps popping up to scare the audience, even after it's been gunned down a dozen times.

NATO strike kills 15 Libyan civilians

Xinhua -
BEIJING, June 21 (Xinhuanet) -- Libya's official government spokesman says 15 civilians were killed by a NATO airstrike on the home of one of Muammar Gaddafi' top officials in Surman, 70 kilometers west of Tripoli.

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Tunisia Convicts Former President

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A Tunis criminal court on Monday convicted Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia's deposed president, of embezzling state funds, and sentenced him to 35 years in prison, the first conviction of a North African ...

Russian Airliner Crash Kills 44 People, Eight Survive

BusinessWeek -
By Bloomberg News June 21 (Bloomberg) -- A passenger plane en route from Moscow crashed on a highway in northern Russia, killing 44 people and injuring eight, Russia's Emergencies Ministry said today.

Tepco Rating Slashed to Junk by Moody's

Bloomberg -
Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, Japan. Source: Japan Ministry of Defense via Bloomberg Tokyo Electric Power Co.

Lighter winds help crews battle Arizona wildfires

Reuters -
Smoke from the Pacheco Canyon Wildfire rises behind the Buffalo Thunder Casino in Pojoaque, New Mexico June 19, 2011. By Tim Gaynor SIERRA VISTA, Arizona (Reuters) - Diminished winds on Monday gave firefighters an edge in battling two wildfires in ...

Twitterer in Chief: Obama Starts Tweeting

ABC News (blog) -
With just 122 characters, President Obama has officially become the first president to tweet while in office. Although his 2008 victory proved his skill at using social media for political gain, it wasn't until this weekend that Obama finally sent his ...

Will President Obama Reverse Course, Endorse Gay Marriage This Week?

Christian Post -
Rumblings from his administration have some conservatives concerned that President Barack Obama may be planning to endorse same-sex marriage this week or next as a gesture honoring Gay Pride month.

U.S. stocks rise amid caution over Greece

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- US stocks managed decent gains Monday, even as investors remained cautious about Greece's debt crisis. After slipping about 0.3% in the opening minutes, the major indexes turned higher, ...

As Fed meets amid soft patch, economists eye second half

USA Today -
The US economy is at a pivot point, teetering between another downturn and a return to the growth path it was on until earlier this year.

PNC to buy Royal Bank of Canada unit, card assets

San Francisco Chronicle -
PNC Financial Services Group Inc., the sixth-largest US bank by deposits, agreed to pay $3.62 billion in cash and stock for Royal Bank of Canada's US retail banking unit and credit-card assets.

ICANN opens floodgates on Internet-address suffixes

San Francisco Chronicle -
Websites will soon be able to end with anything from ".shop" to ".canon" after the group that manages Internet addresses approved what it called a historic change in a statement on its website Monday.

LulzSec and Anonymous team up, plan digital destruction

Christian Science Monitor -
LulzSec and Anonymous have teamed up. Their target? The government. Any government, really. Pictured, activists from Anonymous in Berlin in 2008.

Ad gains shore up Facebook IPO prospects

USA Today -
SAN FRANCISCO - If there are lingering doubts about Facebook's IPO prospects, its fortunes in advertising should quell them. A new report says the social-networking giant is poised to overtake Yahoo this year for top spot in ...

The Bachelorette's Surprise Eliminations

People Magazine -
The Bachelorette, Ashley Hebert, enjoyed a one-on-one date in Thailand complete with fire-breathing dancers, and a group date in which several of her suitors literally fought for her attention in a boxing ring, with one even being sent ...

"The Killing" misfires at end of first season

Reuters -
Actress Michelle Forbes attends the 25th Annual Television Critics Association Awards in Pasadena, California August 1, 2009. By Tim Goodman LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - It's pretty clear when dissecting "The Killing," which had its season finale ...

Can 'Lost' actor, 51, legally marry a 16-year-old? -
How is it legal for that creepy 51-year-old actor to marry a 16-year-old? Can he get arrested if they go to a state that has a different age of consent?

Pujols-to-Cubs even more remote

Chicago Sun-Times -
Whatever Albert Pujols' broken forearm means to the St. Louis Cardinals' chances of reaching the playoffs this year, consider it one more likely reason he won't reach the Cubs as a ...

Angels 2, Marlins 1

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How low can they go? A top-10 list of the most dominant performances in golf's ...

Los Angeles Times -
Rory McIlroy may have just set a US Open record with the lowest score in tournament history, but was it the most emphatic victory ever at a major?

Hamilton, Beltre help Rangers romp past Astros

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Monday's Baseball Capsules

Washington Post -
By AP, BOSTON - Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs with a single and double in a 10-run seventh inning against his former team and the hot-hitting Boston Red Sox rolled to a 14-5 win over the struggling San Diego Padres on Monday night.

Doctors org. backs health insurance mandate

CBS News -
The nation's largest physician's group has affirmed its support for a key part of President Obama's health care overhaul.

Knowledge is key to dealing with food allergies in children

Peoria Journal Star -
While the bias of an advocacy group founded by parents of children with allergies may be called into play, Dr. Stephen Smart at Peoria's Allergy and Asthma of Illinois says allergies are, in fact, on the rise.

NC Man Allegedly Robs Bank of $1 to Get Health Care in Jail

ABC News -
Richard James Verone, 57, shown in this booking photo, robbed a bank for $1 to get health care in prison. (Gaston County Jail) A 59-year-old man has been jailed in Gastonia, NC, on charges of larceny after allegedly robbing an RBC Bank ...


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