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South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford shows nation how not to confess

New York Daily News - Jane Ridley - ‎19 minutes ago‎
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford admited to having an extramarital affair after returning from a secret trip to visit a woman in Argentina.

Iran mourning ceremony called off as pressure mounts

AFP - ‎24 minutes ago‎
TEHRAN (AFP) - A ceremony to mourn protesters slain in Iran's post-election turmoil was called off as the regime clamped down hard on the opposition, vowing not to back down over the disputed vote.

Calif lawmakers fail on first try to close deficit

The Associated Press - Judy Lin - ‎1 hour ago‎
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Democratic plan to begin closing California's $24 billion budget deficit failed Wednesday, as legislative leaders planned to work through the weekend to avoid a cash crisis when the new fiscal year starts next week.

US discounts Iraq withdrawal risk despite attacks

The Associated Press - Robert BurnsLolita C. Baldor - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has concluded the risk of a security collapse in Iraq is too slight to slow plans for withdrawing US troops.

Strike Reportedly Missed Chief of Pakistani Taliban by Hours

New York Times - Zubair ShahSabrina Tavernise - ‎3 hours ago‎
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A United States drone strike on a funeral in Pakistan's tribal areas missed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, by hours on Tuesday, a Pakistani security official said ...

At Air-Conditioned News Conference, Obama Feels the Heat

New York Times - Jeff Zeleny - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - The Rose Garden is surely one of the most picturesque places in the capital, so it may have been seen as regrettable when the summertime heat prompted the White House to move President Obama's first formal outdoor news ...

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Key senator says immigration revamp possible

The Associated Press - Suzanne Gamboa - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON (AP) - A senator leading the Democrats' push to revise the nation's immigration laws this year said Wednesday it can be done if his party and immigration advocates get tough on illegal immigration.

Radio Host Is Arrested in Threats on 3 Judges

New York Times - Eric Lichtblau - ‎5 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - An Internet radio host known for his incendiary views was arrested Wednesday in North Bergen, NJ, after federal officials charged that his angry postings about a gun case in Chicago amounted to death threats against three ...

US Appeals Court Votes 6-5 to Back 'Partial Birth' Ban

Washington Post - Josh White - ‎2 hours ago‎
A sharply divided federal appeals court ruled constitutional yesterday a Virginia law banning "partial birth" abortion that was overturned four years ago, bringing the state in line with a federal ban on the controversial procedure.

Fed Douses Speculation on Purchases, Urges Investors to 'Relax'

Bloomberg - Scott Lanman - ‎2 hours ago‎
June 25 (Bloomberg) -- Federal Reserve officials, encouraged by signs the recession is easing, doused speculation they will pump more money into the economy to hold down interest rates, while indicating they're not ready to begin a ...

BP Names Ericsson Chief Svanberg as Chairman to Replace Peter ...

Bloomberg - Guy CollinsColin Keatinge - ‎5 minutes ago‎
Svanberg will join the BP board as chairman-designate and a non-executive director on Sept. 1, the company said today in an e-mailed statement.

Toyota Pres: Mulling New Co In Charge Of Japan Mktg Ops

Wall Street Journal - ‎30 minutes ago‎
TOKYO (Dow Jones)--Toyota Motor Corp.'s (7203.TO) newly appointed president Akio Toyoda said Thursday that the company is considering establishing a new company that will focus on marketing operations in Japan.

US objects to China's net filter

BBC News - ‎29 minutes ago‎
The US has called on China to scrap its plan to put net-filtering software on all its computers. It said that China's proposals would violate its free trade obligations, weaken computer security and raise serious censorship concerns.

More than "renewable" energy needed: Microsoft

Reuters - Peter HendersonBernard Orr - ‎4 hours ago‎
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The head of Microsoft Corp's $9 billion research unit thinks the debate over stopping climate change is being muddied by talk of renewable energy.

Upgrading to the iPhone 3G S

Wall Street Journal - Walter S. Mossberg - ‎58 minutes ago‎
There's no other major item most of us own that is as confusing, unpredictable and unreliable as our personal computers. Everybody has questions about them, and we aim to help.

Behind the Academy Awards' best picture decision

Los Angeles Times - Meg JamesRachel Abramowitz - ‎2 hours ago‎
Marion Cotillard's best actress Oscar win in 2008 also marked the least-watched telecast in the award show's history. By increasing the nominees from five to 10, the academy and ABC are hoping to lure viewers and advertisers alike.

Sealed divorce record offers privacy to Jon & Kate

The Associated Press - Michael Rubinkam - ‎1 hour ago‎
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Jon and Kate Gosselin don't live in Montgomery County, Pa. So why are the stars of "Jon & Kate Plus 8" getting divorced there?

'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' nabs $16M with midnight ...

New York Daily News - Michael Sheridan - ‎5 hours ago‎
The "Transformers" sequel pulled in a record-breaking $16 million with its midnight showings Wednesday, hinting at a big weekend for the critically maligned sci-fi actioner.

United States beats Spain 2-0

The Associated Press - Raf Casert - ‎1 hour ago‎
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (AP) - The United States stunned top-ranked Spain 2-0 Wednesday night on goals by Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, advancing to the Confederations Cup final with one of the Americans' biggest soccer victories.

Reports: Suns agree to send Shaq to Cavs

FOXSports.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
by FOXSports.com The Suns have agreed in principle to send center Shaquille O'Neal to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, cash and a second-round pick in Thursday's draft, according to multiple reports.

Roar restored: Mitchell sparks LSU to sixth College World Series title

SI.com - Joe Lemire - ‎45 minutes ago‎
AP OMAHA, Neb. -- The championship trophy appeared behind the Rosenblatt Stadium backstop with LSU still needing three outs to claim it, but with a seven-run lead the bold Tigers fans in the first few rows starting snapping photos of the soon-to-be ...

Obama Sees Health-Care Overhaul as 'Uniquely American' Blend

Bloomberg - Nicholas Johnston - ‎34 minutes ago‎
June 25 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama defended government involvement in the US health-care system and said an overhaul should meld the best from the public and private sectors.

Pandemic flu kills NC heart patient

News & Observer - Sarah Avery - ‎28 minutes ago‎
A Guilford County man with heart problems contracted the H1N1 virus and died, becoming North Carolina's first fatality from the pandemic flu, state health officials said Wednesday.
6 Cases Of H1N1 Confirmed In County Tyler Morning Telegraph

Apple Should Have Disclosed Jobs's Transplant, Buffett Says

Bloomberg - Connie GuglielmoJoseph Galante - ‎4 hours ago‎
June 24 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. and its board should have disclosed to investors that Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs had a liver transplant while on medical leave, billionaire investor Warren Buffett said.

US dismisses latest missile provocation by North Korea

CNN - Adam LevinePam Benson - ‎7 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- US officials are downplaying any imminent threat of a North Korean missile strike or confrontation between the two countries at sea.

In '98, Hints From Sotomayor on Death Penalty

New York Times - Benjamin Weiser - ‎1 hour ago‎
As a drug kingpin and his bodyguard, both black, faced the first death penalty trial in Manhattan since the days of the Rosenbergs, their lawyers argued that the practice of capital punishment was racist.

Local transit officials monitoring DC train crash probe

Los Angeles Times - Rich Connell - ‎3 hours ago‎
MTA officials say major parts of the LA subway system rely on an automated train control system similar to the one being scrutinized in the Washington crash that killed nine people.