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Panel Recommends Ban on 2 Popular Painkillers

New York Times - Gardiner HarrisDonald G. McNeil Jr. - ‎2 hours ago‎
ADELPHI, Md. - A federal advisory panel voted narrowly on Tuesday to recommend a ban on Percocet and Vicodin, two of the most popular prescription painkillers in the world, because of their effects on the liver.

Farrah's Funeral: 'Goodbye Sweet Girl'

People Magazine - Eunice OhChamp Clark - ‎3 hours ago‎
A tearful Ryan and Redmond O'Neal joined Farrah Fawcett's closest friends and family for the actress's private funeral Tuesday afternoon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.

Michael Jackson gets more bizarre after death

Washington Post - ‎3 hours ago‎
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bizarre in life, Michael Jackson's complex personal affairs are taking even stranger twists in death, with sketchy reports on Tuesday of plans for an elaborate public memorial and questions over the parentage of his children.

Ousted Honduras president builds support for return

Los Angeles Times - Alex RenderosTracy Wilkinson - ‎2 hours ago‎
Manuel Zelaya addresses the UN General Assembly, but in Honduras, the de facto leaders say he will be arrested if he comes back. Crowds in Tegucigalpa rally on both sides.

The Take Have We Forgotten Iraq?

Washington Post - Dan Balz - ‎2 hours ago‎
The celebrations in Iraq marking the pullback of US combat forces from Baghdad and other cities stand in stark contrast to the reaction in the United States.

Girl survives Yemen plane crash

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
Details have emerged about the rescue of the only person known to have survived the crash of a Yemeni-operated plane off the Comoros islands.

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Franken Wins Senate Battle

Washington Post - Perry Bacon Jr - ‎3 hours ago‎
The Minnesota Supreme Court yesterday declared comedian-turned-politician Al Franken the winner of the state's US Senate race, ending an eight-month-long election saga and giving Democrats a 60-seat majority that theoretically would ...

Sanford Acknowledges Other Flirtations

New York Times - Jim Rutenberg - ‎1 hour ago‎
CHARLESTON, SC - Gov. Mark Sanford said Tuesday that he had visited with his Argentine mistress more times than he initially disclosed and that he had had inappropriate flirtations with several other women as well.

EPA Grants California Fuel Emissions Waiver Request

Reuters - Red Green - ‎41 minutes ago‎
By David Levitan The Environmental Protection Agency has granted California's waiver request that will allow the state to enforce strict greenhouse gas emissions standards on cars beginning with the present ...

Small Loss Caps Strong Quarter

Wall Street Journal - Peter A. MckayGeoffrey Rogow - ‎5 hours ago‎
Stocks capped off a strong quarter with a modest slide after a shaky report on consumer confidence aggravated investors' fears of weak corporate profits and a prolonged recession.

Cities Grow at Suburbs' Expense During Recession

Wall Street Journal - Conor Dougherty - ‎39 minutes ago‎
US cities that for years lost residents to the suburbs are holding onto their populations with a mix of people trapped in homes they can't sell and those who prefer urban digs over more distant McMansions, according to Census data ...

Surveys show China manufacturing extending recovery

Reuters - Alan WheatleySimon Rabinovitch - ‎45 minutes ago‎
BEIJING, July 1 (Reuters) - China's manufacturing sector extended a steady if unspectacular recovery in June, surveys released on Wednesday showed, adding to evidence across Asia that the regional economy is ...
China Manufacturing Ticks Up Wall Street Journal

China's 'Green Dam' unleashes flood of business complaints

CNN International - Kevin Voigt - ‎49 minutes ago‎
HONG KONG, China (CNN) -- China's last-minute decision to postpone a controversial content-filtering application on computers sold there is the latest example of the trouble that Western technology companies face doing business in the ...

Firefox 3.5: Excellent for fans, but competition getting tougher

CNET News - Seth Rosenblatt - ‎6 hours ago‎
Firefox 3.5 brings the world's second-most popular browser up to speed with current browsing technology and trends, and perhaps nudges it just a bit ahead of the competition.

Pirate Bay to be acquired by Global Gaming Factory

Los Angeles Times - Ben Fritz - ‎2 hours ago‎
The popular site for illegal music and movie downloads is going legit, but consumers and studios might not play along. By Ben Fritz The world's most popular source for illegal music and movie downloading is going legit, but it's far from certain ...

A flurry of activity seen at Neverland Ranch

The Associated Press - ‎21 minutes ago‎
LOS OLIVOS, Calif. (AP) - A flurry of vehicles, heavy construction equipment and workers have been spotted going in and out of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch.

Public Enemies

Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum - ‎10 minutes ago‎
The massive financial rip-off masterminded by Bernard Madoff, an extended crime spree that harmed thousands, is proof enough that public enemies still walk among us.
Review: 'Public Enemies' Los Angeles Times

Jackson Tribute Lifts Ratings for BET Awards

New York Times - Benjamin ToffDave Itzkoff - ‎5 hours ago‎
Sunday night's “BET Awards '09,” which was dedicated to Michael Jackson and featured Jamie Foxx, above, delivered the cable channel's largest audience on record.

O's stage historic comeback vs. Red Sox

MLB.com - Spencer Fordin - ‎1 hour ago‎
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles toggled between one storyline and another on Tuesday night, when they fell far behind early and came back late to save their evening and their morale.
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Astros blow late lead, lose to Padres 4-3

Houston Chronicle - Richard Justice - ‎42 minutes ago‎
Lenny Ignelzi AP Astros starter Mike Hampton got a no-decision in his return from the DL, pitching six strong innings. Sorry, your version of Flash doesn't support this video.

Rockies' Jason Marquis beats Dodgers with 2-hitter

The Associated Press - ‎41 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jason Marquis pitched a two-hitter to become the first 10-game winner in the National League, leading the Colorado Rockies over the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Thailand's total number of A/H1N1 patients rises to 1473

Xinhua - ‎1 hour ago‎
BANGKOK, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's Public Health Ministry on Wednesday announced 59 more patients, who are confirmed to have infected with the A/H1N1 flu virus, bringing the country's total number to 1473.

Wal-Mart Backs Drive to Make Companies Pay for Health Coverage

Wall Street Journal - Janet AdamyAnn Zimmerman - ‎39 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON -- In a major break with most other large companies, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Tuesday told the White House that it supports requiring employers to provide health insurance to workers, a centerpiece of President ...

Efforts to Overhaul Health Care Take Familiar Path

Wall Street Journal - Patrick Yoest - ‎6 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON -- House and Senate lawmakers working on a major overhaul of the health-care system have reached a familiar juncture in their effort to reshape one of the largest sectors of the economy.

No deal as state budget deadline nears

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎1 hour ago‎
With only hours to go before a midnight deadline, California's historic fiscal crisis remained unresolved Tuesday as lawmakers were trying to negotiate an agreement to prevent the $24.3 billion deficit from growing.

Obama Presents Bill to Create Consumer-Finance Watchdog

Washington Post - David ChoMichael D. Shear - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Obama administration sent a detailed proposal to Congress yesterday for creating an agency to oversee nearly all facets of consumer lending, but the breadth of its powers is setting the stage for a fierce clash on ...

New Look at Election Spending Looms in September

Wall Street Journal - Jess Bravin - ‎5 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON -- The most important case of the Supreme Court's just-ended term may be a test of restrictions on corporate and union campaign spending that the justices decided not to decide -- at least not yet.