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With Afghan withdrawal, US focus turns to Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD (AP) - As the US looks ahead to its phased withdrawal from Afghanistan, even more attention is being directed toward Pakistan, where Obama administration officials say al-Qaida and its allies are still plotting attacks against the West.

ND officials recommend more evacuations as flooding threat to city grows

Boston Globe -
Jerry and Mary Murr took a boat to their home yesterday in Corning, Mo. Water from the Missouri River has covered the town. (Dave Weaver/Associated Press) Associated Press / June 24, 2011 MINOT, ND - The threat of flooding for North Dakota's ...

Cavs take Kyrie Irving No. 1 in NBA draft

San Francisco Chronicle -
AP Julio Cortez / AP Kyrie Irving, right, gets the congratulatory hug after becoming the first pick in the NBA draft. Kyrie Irving traveled just a few miles down the road to Newark, NJ, to become the No.

NY GOP senators debate vote on same-sex marriage

San Francisco Chronicle -
Mike Groll / AP Albany, NY -- Facing political and social pressure from all sides, state Senate Republicans were expected to debate late into the night Thursday on whether to bring a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New York to a vote.

US to tap oil reserve; pump impact unknown

Detroit Free Press -
Business groups and Republican lawmakers accused President Barack Obama of playing politics with the country's oil reserve. / MARK RALSTON/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images BY MATTHEW DALY ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Wary of a new surge in gas ...

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VIDEO: Syria warned over border tactics

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The US has condemned Syria for reportedly moving soldiers and tanks closer to the Turkish border, raising concerns about further conflict and the plight of refugees in the area.

No interviews, Twitter, travel for Chinese artist Ai: source

Reuters -
Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei stands in the entrance of his studio after being released on bail in Beijing June 23, 2011. BEIJING (Reuters) - No talking, no tweeting and no travel for a year -- these are some of the conditions of Chinese dissident ...

Dutch MP cleared of inciting racism

ABC Online -
EMILY BOURKE: A far-right politician in The Netherlands has been acquitted of inciting hatred against Muslims. The leader of the Dutch Freedom Party, Geert Wilders wrote a newspaper opinion piece comparing the Quran to Adolf Hitler's book, Mein Kampf.

After five years of Shalit deal impasse, diplomatic moves bring new hope

Ha'aretz -
Sources involved in the talks say despite extremist positions voiced by both sides, the outlines of the deal have long been known: the release, in two phases, of 1000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Shalit.

Drone Aircraft At Fukushima Plant Loses Control, Lands On Reactor Building

Wall Street Journal -
TOKYO (Dow Jones)--A small 8.2 kilogram drone aircraft gathering data from heavily damaged areas of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant lost control Friday and landed on the roof of the No.

House GOP leader pulls out of budget negotiations

Boston Globe -
House majority leader Eric Cantor cited an impasse over taxes for quitting budget talks with the White House yesterday. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans have abandoned budget talks aimed at clearing the way ...

2 men arrested in Seattle terror plot

Boston Globe -
AP / June 24, 2011 SEATTLE - Agents arrested two men in a terror plot sting after one of them arrived in Seattle from Los Angeles intent on attacking a military recruiting station to “wake the Muslims up'' to defending their religion from US actions ...

Casey Anthony trial's new twist: Mother says she searched for 'chloroform'

Christian Science Monitor -
The prosecution in the Casey Anthony trial had argued Casey sought information on chloroform before using it to drug her daughter.

EURO GOVT-German Bunds slump as Greece clinches deal

Reuters -
LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) - German government bonds fell at the open on Friday after Greece won consent of international lenders for an austerity plan but uncertainty over the country's ability to avoid a default should continue to underpin bonds.

Wall Street reverses sharp sell-off after Greek deal

Reuters -
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York June 22, 2011. By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks closed way off session lows on Thursday on news Greece agreed to a five-year austerity plan, but lingering economic ...

Williams makes competing bid for Southern Union

Houston Chronicle -
Williams Cos. launched a bidding war for Houston-based natural gas pipeline firm Southern Union Co., making a $39 per share cash offer on Thursday that bests the price that Energy Transfer Equity said it would pay just last week.

What Now, Chairman Bernanke?

BusinessWeek -
As a Princeton University professor, Ben Bernanke castigated the Bank of Japan in 2000 for a "case of self-induced paralysis" that led to years of stagnation and deflation.

Google likely to face antitrust subpoenas from FTC

San Francisco Chronicle -
Attorney Gary Reback talks about the antitrust issues surrounding Google in Menlo Park, Calif., on Friday, January 21, 2011. The Federal Trade Commission may be about to issue subpoenas to Google, according to a report, setting the stage for a broad ...

Global hacking group breaks into DPS network

Arizona Republic -
Computer experts are trying to determine how an international group of hackers broke into the Arizona Department of Public Safety's computers on Thursday and downloaded and released hundreds of law-enforcement files.

Winklevoss twins press Facebook case in Boston

CNET -
Reports that the Winklevoss twins had decided to drop their legal dispute against Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, were apparently premature.

Calif. Man Admits Role in Hack of iPad Addresses

Fox News -
| AP March 2: The iPad 2 with a Smart Cover is shown in use in the demonstration area after the iPad 2 launch during an Apple event in San Francisco, Calif.

Lindsay Lohan Dodges Jail Bullet

TMZ.com -
Lindsay Lohan will not go to jail, because Judge Stephanie Sautner ruled the prior judge -- Elden Fox -- only required controlled substances testing from January 3 - February 25, 2011.

'Cars 2' a gorgeous joyride

Toronto Sun -
Visuals that pop, ecstatic action that fires on all pistons, characters who are relatable -- if this were any other movie, it would be hailed as more than a mere technical triumph.

Protecting Justin Bieber a dangerous gig

Boston Herald -
By Herald Wire Services Justin Bieber may think twice about going shopping next time. People reports the pint-sized performer was shaken after an undercover cop was mistaken for a crazed fan and was tackled by one of the singer's bodyguards at an ...

Rockets acquire Flynn; Brad Miller to Minnesota

MiamiHerald.com -
By Sports Network Jonny Flynn's time in Minnesota was probably numbered after the Timberwolves signed Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio.

With labor uncertainty producing a weak draft, NBA turns to global outreach

Kansas City Star -
NBA commissioner David Stern, with No. 3 pick Enes Kanter of Turkey, shook hands often with international players. NEWARK, NJ | The effect of the NBA's labor uncertainty was clear Thursday night.

Justice: Rockets hoping draft-day risks will be rewarded

Houston Chronicle -
Mindaugas Kulbis AP Dirk Nowitzki, anyone? When the Rockets scouted 20-year-old Donatas Motiejunas, Nowitzki was the player who kept creeping into the conversation.

Justices bar Vermont's prescription privacy law

Boston Globe -
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court yesterday struck down a Vermont law barring the sale of prescription drug records for marketing purposes, potentially derailing an effort by Massachusetts lawmakers to enact a similar patient privacy law.

Crash course diet reverses Type 2 diabetes in a week

Telegraph.co.uk -
Britain's 2.5 million people with Type 2 diabetes are offered new hope today as scientists show the disease can be reversed in as little as seven days by going on a crash-course diet.

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