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US, Afghan Troops in New Offensive Against Taliban

Voice of America - ‎1 hour ago‎
By VOA News A massive wave of US and Afghan troops poured into Taliban strongholds in southern Afghanistan early Thursday, launching the first major operation under US President Barack Obama's new strategy to stabilize the country.

SC Governor Resists Pressure to Resign

Washington Post - Philip Rucker - ‎4 hours ago‎
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford defied calls for his resignation yesterday from GOP leaders, insisting he will remain in office even as his political fortunes dimmed in the wake of his admission that he secretly traveled abroad to ...

Strapped States Play for Time as Fiscal Year Starts

Wall Street Journal - Stu WooSabrina Shankman - ‎1 hour ago‎
California's top accountant said the state would begin issuing IOUs to hundreds of thousands of creditors after lawmakers failed to meet its deadline this week to close a massive budget deficit.

Honduran coup leader rejects talks, defies ultimatum

PRESS TV - ‎9 minutes ago‎
The head of the Honduran interim government Roberto Micheletti has ruled out any negotiations, defying an ultimatum to return power to the ousted president.

Teen air crash survivor clung to debris in ocean for 12 hours

Los Angeles Times - Jeffrey FleishmanDevorah Lauter - ‎4 hours ago‎
Bahia Bakari, 14, at the Moroni hospital today after she survived the Yemenia airliner crash off the Comoros. Her face is blurred according to French law protecting minors.

Iran Unrest Shifts Power Dynamics

Washington Post - Tara Bahrampour - ‎4 hours ago‎
Alireza Beheshti, a close aide to opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, speaks to supporters during a gathering near Ghoba mosque in Tehran on Sunday.

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President Pushes Health Plan as an Economic Boon

New York Times - Jeff Zeleny - ‎4 hours ago‎
ANNANDALE, Va. - President Obama returned to the familiar trappings of a political campaign on Wednesday, holding a town-hall-style meeting where he sought to heighten the urgency surrounding the health care debate and dismissed critics ...

A Palin Wrap

Atlantic Online - ‎1 hour ago‎
Andrew's initial reaction to the Vanity Fair piece is here. He also noted a Christianist detail, revisited the Trig affair, and chronicled two more Odd Lies here and here.

Cap-and-trade: heavy burdens or a healthier planet?

Seattle Times - ‎6 hours ago‎
Have you tried to imagine life in the event cap-and-trade becomes law ["Dealmaking climate passes emissions bill," Close Up, July 1]?

Auto Task Force Adviser Wilson Sees General Motors IPO in 2010

Bloomberg - Christopher Scinta - ‎1 hour ago‎
July 2 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Corp., the bankrupt automaker selling most of its assets to the US government, may file for an initial public offering of its stock in 2010, said an adviser to the Obama Administration's auto ...

Everyday Low Politics

Wall Street Journal - ‎4 hours ago‎
Corporate America's cheerleading for more government involvement in health care now includes Wal-Mart, that liberal paragon of social irresponsibility.

Consumer fraud charges filed against five Van Nuys companies

Los Angeles Times - Jim Puzzanghera - ‎31 minutes ago‎
The cases are part of a federal crackdown dubbed Operation Short Change. The FTC says the firms allegedly made $300 million by selling fraudulent programs related to real estate or online businesses.

Facebook changes privacy controls so members feel safe to share

USA Today - Jon Swartz - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Facebook By Jon Swartz, USA TODAY SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook is streamlining its complicated privacy controls to give its millions of members more control over what photos, comments and personal details they share with friends, family and strangers on ...

Microsoft Starts Officially Tweeting

Washington Post - ‎4 hours ago‎
It's Twitter day at Microsoft, apparently. Not only did the software giant announce that it would start adding tweets to its Bing search results, the company actually started officially using Twitter today.

Mozilla's Crowdsourcing Mystique

BusinessWeek - Douglas MacMillan - ‎2 hours ago‎
There's a cool new video player in the Firefox Web browser that Mozilla released on June 30. But the onscreen buttons used to control it are too small for some visually impaired users to see.

Jackson's Will Could Set Off Legal Struggle

New York Times - Randal C. ArchiboldJonathan D. Glater - ‎3 hours ago‎
LOS ANGELES - Nearly a week after he died, Michael Jackson still has not been buried, new complications have arisen over settling his vast estate, and his will has given up tantalizing details, ...

Chicago is the epicenter of another film credit

Chicago Tribune - Colleen Mastony - ‎2 hours ago‎
Depp stars as legendary Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger in Michael Mann's "Public Enemies". (Universal Pictures) Sure, Johnny Depp looks dashing as John Dillinger.
The spark of Dillinger Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Report: Powerful anesthetic may have killed Jackson

Boston Herald - Jules Crittenden - ‎1 hour ago‎
Michael Jackson's body was a human pin cushion, and a dangerous medical anesthetic found in Jacko's house might be what killed him, a connected online tabloid site reported yesterday.

Six-run fourth lifts Astros past Padres

MLB.com - Brian McTaggart - ‎51 minutes ago‎
SAN DIEGO -- It wasn't exactly the offensive outburst manager Cecil Cooper predicted prior to the game, but it was more than enough to send the Astros past the San Diego Padres, 7-1, on Wednesday night at PETCO Park.
MLB: Houston 7, San Diego 1 United Press International

Ben Gordon agrees to five-year deal with Pistons

Chicago Sun-Times - Brian Hanley - ‎56 minutes ago‎
Ben Gordon's whirlwind trip to Detroit on Wednesday ended with the now former Bulls star verbally agreeing to a five-year, $55 million deal with the Pistons.

Wild replace Gaborik with Havlat

ESPN - Pierre LeBrun - ‎2 hours ago‎
Stung by the expected departure of Marian Gaborik to the New York Rangers Wednesday evening, the Wild moved quickly to sign free agent winger Martin Havlat to a six-year, $30 million deal -- the richest in team history.
Wild land Havlat MiamiHerald.com

Popular Stop-Smoking Drugs to Carry Mental Health Risk Warnings

ABC News - Todd Neale - ‎8 hours ago‎
The US Food and Drug Administration said it will immediately require boxed warnings about the risk of serious neuropsychiatric symptoms on the packaging of two popular smoking cessation drugs -- varenicline (Chantix) and buproprion (Zyban ...

Man's Death Is Second Tied to Swine Flu in Va.

Washington Post - Clarence Williams - ‎2 hours ago‎
An Arlington County area man whose health was already compromised has died after coming down with swine flu, becoming Virginia's second fatality related to the virus, state health officials said.
RMH Treats Two For Flu Rocktown Weekly

Illinois ranks 10th in new study of overweight kids

Chicago Tribune - Monica Eng - ‎2 hours ago‎
One in three Illinois children is overweight or obese, according to a new report that puts the state on an unenviable Top 10 list.

Congressional Memo What's So Super About a Supermajority?

New York Times - Carl Hulse - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are about to reach the magical threshold of 60 votes, allowing them in theory to sweep aside Republican delaying tactics.

Maloney's Senate run potentially bruising to Gillibrand

Newsday - Tom Brune - ‎4 hours ago‎
Rep. Carolyn Maloney is expected to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the Democratic primary. (AP File Photo / May 20, 2009) WASHINGTON - Rep. Carolyn Maloney's decision to run for US Senate in next year's ...

Pet python kills Florida toddler

Reuters - Jim LoneyTom Brown - ‎6 hours ago‎
MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida toddler was strangled on Wednesday by a 12-foot (3.6-meter) albino Burmese python that escaped from a holding tank in the girl's home, authorities said.