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Public Jackson memorial to be held at Staples Center Tuesday

USA Today - Kelley L. CarterArienne Thompson - ‎3 hours ago‎
AP By Kelley L. Carter and Arienne Thompson, USA TODAY A free public memorial for Michael Jackson will be held Tuesday at 10 am PT at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Preventing a Honduran Bloodbath

Washington Post - ‎45 minutes ago‎
The United States Ambassador to Honduras, Hugo Llorens, an extremely competent diplomat, tried very hard to keep Honduras's Congress from ousting President Manuel Zelaya.

US Soldier May Be Held By Taliban, Military Fears

New York Times - Richard A. OppelAbdul Waheed Wafa - ‎54 minutes ago‎
KABUL, Afghanistan - A young American soldier who walked off his remote combat outpost in a volatile region of eastern Afghanistan has been captured and is believed to be in the hands of the Taliban network led by Sirajuddin ...

Air France jet made hard landing and broke up, investigators say

Los Angeles Times - Devorah Lauter - ‎3 hours ago‎
Preliminary evidence indicates passengers were unable to prepare for a water landing. Flight 447's recorders have not been located, and the cause of the crash is still unclear.

India gays win landmark ruling decriminalizing homosexual sex

Los Angeles Times - Mark MagnierAnshul Rana - ‎3 hours ago‎
Saurabh Das / AP Rights activists with the Naz Foundation, one of the groups that filed a lawsuit eight years ago, celebrate the ruling in New Delhi.

Suu Kyi trial delayed again

Aljazeera.net - ‎47 minutes ago‎
The trial of Myanmar's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been adjourned at the last minute until July 10, one of her lawyers has said.

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MySpace cyber-bulling conviction tentatively dismissed

Los Angeles Times - Alexandra Zavis - ‎1 hour ago‎
A federal judge tentatively throws out guilty verdicts in a hoax that led to a teen girl's suicide. By Alexandra Zavis A federal judge in Los Angeles on Thursday tentatively threw out the conviction of a Missouri woman for her role in a cruel Internet ...

Washington Post scraps plans for 'salons' after uproar

Los Angeles Times - Peter Nicholas - ‎1 hour ago‎
Reporting from Washington -- The Washington Post's publisher abruptly canceled a series of policy dinners Thursday that were to have been underwritten by lobbyists or corporations willing to pay thousands of dollars to be in the same ...

Deja vu for ex-Gov. Davis as budget drama unfolds

San Francisco Chronicle - Wyatt Buchanan - ‎2 hours ago‎
The last time California issued ious, Gray Davis was the state controller who made the controversial call. It was 1992 and such a drastic step hadn't been taken since the Great Depression.

Stocks Fall as Jobs Report Dampens Recovery Hopes

Washington Post - Renae Merle - ‎4 hours ago‎
Wall Street closed the week with a sharp decline yesterday after a weak labor report stoked investor concerns of a prolonged recession.

Job Losses Dampen Hopes for Recovery

Washington Post - Neil Irwin - ‎1 hour ago‎
Mounting job losses rattled hopes yesterday that the economy is on track to grow later this year, showing that prospects for American workers are terrible -- and still getting worse.
Growth in unemployment slows down Pittsburgh Post Gazette

US regulators close seven banks

Reuters - JoAnne Allen - ‎55 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US bank regulators closed seven institutions on Thursday, including six banks in Illinois controlled by one family and a small bank in Dallas, bringing the total number of US bank failures to 52 so far this year.

Bing: Not Really Gaining on Google

BusinessWeek - ‎2 hours ago‎
Have you heard the news? Microsoft's Bing is taking a bite out of Google, boasting first-month market share gains while the competition's stronghold slips away!

Global warming now shrinking sheep

Fort Worth Star Telegram - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - Like the wool sweater that emerges from the dryer a size too small, global warming seems to be shrinking sheep. On average, wild Soay sheep on Scotland's island Hirta are 5 percent smaller today than they were in 1985, according to a team ...

El Niño Variant Is Linked to Hurricanes in Atlantic

New York Times - Cornelia Dean - ‎5 hours ago‎
Scientists have known for some time that El Niño, the warm spell that turns up every four or five years in the waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean, reduces hurricane activity in the Atlantic.
New cyclone predictor Science News

Spare Times

New York Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
Mel Evans/AP Rockets' red glare: Fourth of July fireworks will explode throughout the region, including the Macy's extravaganza in the Hudson River.
Fourth of July Idaho Press-Tribune

Jackson ex-wife shows interest in custody of kids

The Associated Press - Anthony Mccartney - ‎1 hour ago‎
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The future of Michael Jackson's children was thrown into question Thursday when his ex-wife emerged and won a delay in a custody hearing while she decides whether she wants to raise her two offspring.

'So You Think You Can Dance': The kiss of death!

Los Angeles Times - ‎36 minutes ago‎
Way to go, America and judges: Last night I couldn't figure out who on "So You Think You Can Dance" should go home, but I couldn't agree more with the decision.

Swapping with LA: Rockets lose Artest, but sign Ariza

Houston Chronicle - Jonathan Feigen - ‎40 minutes ago‎
With Ron Artest, left, no longer in the mix, the Rockets signed Trevor Ariza Thursday night. Sorry, your version of Flash doesn't support this video.
Artest going to Lakers Dallas Morning News

Cardinals dump Giants, Zito

San Francisco Chronicle - Henry Schulman - ‎1 hour ago‎
(07-02) 21:51 PDT St. Louis -- - Give the Dodgers their props, even if you bust a spleen doing it. They lost Manny Ramirez to a 50-game drug suspension but not an inch of ground.
Giants drop finale in St. Louis San Jose Mercury News

Lance Armstrong's return seems to be OK with Tour de France fans

Los Angeles Times - Chuck Culpepper - ‎1 hour ago‎
Team Astana rider and 2007 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, left foreground, and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, middle, ride with their teammates during a training session in Monaco on Thursday.

New flu may not spread like regular flu -studies

Reuters - Maggie FoxMohammad Zargham - ‎7 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON, July 2 (Reuters) - The new H1N1 influenza strain may be just a little less catching than seasonal flu, but seems a little better able to cause stomach upsets, researchers reported on Thursday.

Revisions to Health Bill Are Unveiled by Democrats

New York Times - Jackie Calmes - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - To warm words from President Obama, the Democratic leaders of the Senate health committee unveiled a revised plan Thursday to provide health coverage to nearly all Americans.

The FDA and Painkillers: What's Safe Now?

TIME - Alice Park - ‎28 minutes ago‎
The June 30 vote by a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee to lower the maximum dose of over-the-counter drugs containing acetaminophen and to eliminate prescription acetaminophen-combination ...

Seoul shares trim loss; techs, defence issues gain

Reuters - ‎3 hours ago‎
* KOSPI falls 0.26 percent, but trims earlier 1.6 pct loss * Defence issues rally after North Korea missile news * Techs up on favourable product pricing, earnings hopes (Updates to mid-morning) By Jungyoun Park SEOUL, July 3 (Reuters) - Seoul shares ...

Sanford should stay

The State - Amanda Carey - ‎20 minutes ago‎
It seems that in the last week, Republicans and Democrats across the state are finally coming together over one thing: the resignation of Gov.

Obama: Job figures sobering, but show recession is slowing

CNN - ‎9 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama on Thursday called the nation's latest unemployment figures sobering, but said the economic recession is slowing.
Text of Obama's AP interview The Associated Press