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Obama touts progress, orders drawdown

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WASHINGTON - President Obama heralded the beginning of the end of the nation's 10-year war in Afghanistan on Wednesday, citing success in the battle against al-Qaeda and the Taliban but offering no guarantee ...
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Ray negligent in deaths, jury finds

Arizona Republic -
CAMP VERDE - He became a best-selling author, made millions and gained fame for his self-help claim that you attract into your life whatever happens to you - good or bad.

Month later, Joplin rebuilding begins

KCTV Kansas City -
Exactly one month after an EF-5 tornado barreled across Joplin, survivors are working hard to pick up the pieces to their lives. More than 1000 were injured and 156 have died as a result of the May 22 ...

Bernanke Leaves Door Open to More Stimulus Should Economy Fail to Rebound

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June 22 (Bloomberg) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke speaks about the Federal Open Market Committee's decision to maintain rates at the current level and the outlook for the ...

Lindsay Lohan Headed Back To Court After Failing Alcohol Test

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Actress and socialite Lindsay Lohan has been ordered back in front of a Los Angeles judge after reportedly consuming alcohol and violating her parole.

China releases dissident artist

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High-profile artist Ai Weiwei has been released on bail in China after nearly three months in detention, but says he is unable to talk about his ordeal.

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Al Qaeda militants tunnel out of Yemeni jail

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Hani Mohammed / AP More than 60 suspected al Qaeda militants escaped from a jail in southern Yemen Wednesday through a tunnel, authorities said, the latest sign that insurgents are capitalizing on the political unrest that has rocked the country for ...

Debris from Japanese tsunami headed for Pacific 'garbage patch' -
Millions of tons of debris washed out to sea from north-east Japan by the March 11 tsunami has embarked on a 10-year circuit of the Pacific, endangering shipping and wildlife.

Bahrain sentences 8 activists to life in prison

San Francisco Chronicle -
(FILES) A picture taken on February 26, 2011 shows Bahraini Shiite opposition leader Hassan Mashaima upon his return from self-imposed exile to his home village of Jidhafs on the outskirts of Manama.

North Dakota flood could be worst city has seen in 40 years

Detroit Free Press -
Army Corps of Engineers and National Guard members reinforce a temporary levee Wednesday in Minot, ND, to give people enough time to evacuate.

Storm leaves thousands without power, damages racetrack in Kentucky

CNN International -
(CNN) -- A powerful storm that ripped through the Louisville, Kentucky, area left thousands of people without power and forced the closing of the internationally famous Churchill Downs racetrack on Thursday.

Casey Anthony defense tries to put Florida prosecutors on trial

Christian Science Monitor -
Defense attorneys for Casey Anthony are seeking to put the prosecution on trial, alleging an at times incompetent investigation into Caylee's death.

Transocean report blames BP for Gulf disaster

Houston Chronicle -
A bad cement job and BP's failure to appreciate the risks of its operations were key to the deadly blowout on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in April 2010, according to a report issued Wednesday by rig owner Transocean.

EU bids to rebuild credibility at crunch euro summit

BRUSSELS - Europe's top leaders tackle a growing EU credibility gap Thursday as global critics and markets demand a game-changing breakthrough on Greece and the troubled eurozone at a pivotal summit.

China's key high-speed rail to open July 1: report

BEIJING - China's much-anticipated high-speed rail link between Beijing and Shanghai will go into service on July 1, state media said, after a corruption scandal that toppled the former railways minister.

UK Stocks -- Factors to watch on Thursday June 23

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LONDON, June 23 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 30-33 points, or 0.6 percent lower on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, tracking falls on Wall Street and in Asia after the Federal Reserve gave a downbeat view of ...

Winklevoss twins end Facebook lawsuit

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Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have decided not to take their Facebook legal battle to the US supreme court. Photograph: Adam Hunger/Reuters The Winklevoss twins, the former classmates and business partners of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, ...

UK police charge hacker linked to LulzSec

Computerworld -
Computerworld - Authorities in the UK today charged a 19-year-old with using a botnet he controlled to take down the website of a national police unit.

Lytro camera lets you refocus shots after they're taken

TechSpot -
A Silicon Valley start-up has vowed to redefine the meaning of "point-and-shoot" with a camera technology that allows users to take photos with no regard to image focus.

Final Cut Pro X draws mixed reactions from consumers, professionals

Apple Insider -
Apple's latest Final Cut Pro release has drawn sharply polarized reactions, with some users lauding the upgrade, while others have condemned it as unfit for professional use.

NATION - News of the Day From Across the Nation

San Francisco Chronicle -
1 No charges in Dunn death: "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn had a blood-alcohol content that was more than twice the legal limit when he and a passenger died in a fiery one-car crash this week, but the Philadelphia bar where he was drinking before the ...

'The Voice': What you didn't see on TV

Entertainment Weekly -
It has been four years since Sanjaya, err, graced the stage of American Idol, but he's still apparently one of the greatest punch lines for the comics warming up the crowds at reality show singing competitions.

Elijah Wood: 5 Things You Didn't Know

Hollywood Reporter -
Elijah Wood makes his first foray into series TV with Wilfred, a quirky comedy debuting Thursday night on FX. In the series, Wood plays Ryan, a suicidal guy who finds salvation in the form of a neighbor's dog who appears to him as an Australian man ...

George Clooney is back on the market

Boston Herald -
By Herald wire services George Clooney is single again. The “Up In the Air” star and Italian TV presenter Elisabetta Canalis have split, People reports.

Corey Perry is genuinely surprised as he becomes Ducks' first league most ...

Los Angeles Times -
He chokes up during his acceptance speech for the Hart trophy. His late scoring spree is well-known, but less known is how he carried the Ducks through crises of goaltending, defense and confidence.

Astros tee off on Neftali Feliz in ninth inning to beat Rangers

Boston Herald -
ARLINGTON, Texas - The report manager Ron Washington received Wednesday afternoon was that Neftali Feliz would be ready to go later that night.

Mark Heisler's NBA mock draft

Los Angeles Times -
1. Cleveland - Kyrie Irving, 6-1¾, 191, Fr., Duke. Who said he's so small? If he's no Derrick Rose, he's a quarter-inch taller and very good, besides.

It's another US-Mexico final in Gold Cup

Los Angeles Times -
They reach the title game as Clint Dempsey's goal lifts US over Panama, 1-0, and Mexico beats Honduras, 2-0, in overtime. Clint Dempsey, center, is congratulated by his US teammates after scoring in the 76th minute of a 1-0 victory over Panama in the ...

Wimbledon: Venus Williams survives grueling three-setter

Detroit Free Press -
Venus Williams stretches to hit a shot during her 6-7 (8-6), 6-3, 8-6 second-round win Wednesday over Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm, a 1996 Wimbledon semifinalist.

Want to lose weight? Then eat extra helpings of yoghurt and nuts -
For years people wanting to maintain a slim figure have been obsessed with calorie counting. By Stephen Adams, Medical Correspondent But new research, published today (WED), indicates that it is much more important to concentrate on eating healthy ...

FDA urges caution for silicone breast implant recipients

Boston Globe -
WASHINGTON - Women with silicone breast implants need to know that they probably will not last forever and might need to be removed or replaced within a decade of implantation, according to a report released yesterday by the US Food and ...


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