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Former first lady Betty Ford dies at 93

Boston Globe -
AP / July 9, 2011 LOS ANGELES—Betty Ford, the former first lady whose triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center in California, ...

South Sudan celebrates independence

BBC News -
South Sudan has become the world's newest nation, after decades of conflict with the north. Huge independence celebrations started as the clock struck midnight local time.

Watch NASA's last space shuttle launch live here [video] -
NASA space shuttle Atlantis is set for liftoff at 11:26am EST. The mission is the last of the NASA space shuttle program. Watch video of the historic event live, right here.

With Heavy Hearts, Rangers Able To Win

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton, wearing a black ribbon on the front of his jersey like the rest of the Texas Rangers, trotted out to left field for the top of the first inning and glanced at the seats where Thursday's tragic fall took place.

Murdoch due in UK to face crisis

BBC News -
Rupert Murdoch is expected to arrive in London later to take charge of dealing with the phone-hacking crisis that has engulfed his News International group.

JK Rowling Writing 'A Lot' Since Finishing 'Harry Potter' -
At 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2' premiere, author says, 'This feels like a new beginning to me.' By Terri Schwartz, with reporting by Danielle Genet After more than a decade onscreen, the "Harry Potter" franchise will end July 15.

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Malaysia arrests 338 ahead of banned rally

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Police detained at least 338 activists trying to assemble at a stadium and sealed off parts of Malaysia's largest city Saturday in an attempt to prevent a banned rally seeking electoral reforms.

Major air crashes worldwide since 2010

Xinhua -
BEIJING, July 9 (Xinhua) -- An airliner crashed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Friday as it tried to land in bad weather, killing 127 people.

Yishai commends 'Flightilla' security forces at B-G airport

Jerusalem Post -
Interior minister applauds security efforts both at home and abroad to prevent "Air Flotilla" as several hundred foreign activists arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport to demonstrate against Gaza blockade.

U.S. sends message to Syria, Congress

USA Today -
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration sent two distinct messages by dispatching the US ambassador to Syria to meet anti-regime protesters in a besieged city.

Egypt's Tahrir Square Again Echoes With Cries for Justice

New York Times -
CAIRO - One woman called for a new revolution. A man called for former President Hosni Mubarak to be executed. An angry crowd in an auditorium here on Thursday night listened to stories of protesters injured or killed during Egypt's ...

Casey Anthony Rejects Mother's Visit to Jail Again

Christian Post -
Cindy Anthony made a request to see her daughter in jail on Friday, only to be denied by Casey Anthony who was recently acquitted of murder on Tuesday.

Grand Rapids shooter had history of violent outbursts

Detroit Free Press -
Rodrick S. Dantzler killed seven people Thursday in Grand Rapids before killing himself. / Grand Rapids Police Department BY DAWSON BELL A photograph shows Marissa Lynn Emkens, right, with a friend at a memorial to three victims in Thursday's shootings ...

Wyoming Man Charged With 4 Murders

Daily Beast -
A Wyoming man was charged Friday with quadruple murder after he shot and killed his three children and another relative in his home.

Democrats Press Obama to Include Stimulus in Debt Deal After Jobs Report

Bloomberg -
Job seekers fill out applications and other related paperwork at a job fair in Chicago. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg July 8 (Bloomberg) -- Jeanne Branthover, managing director at Boyden Global ...

France: Inquiry of Official Delayed

New York Times -
A French court on Friday postponed for the second time a decision about investigating claims that Christine Lagarde, the new chief of the International Monetary Fund, abused her power as the French finance minister in 2008.

Google+ Will Launch Business Version This Year

Christian Post -
With Google+ entering the networking arena, businesses as well as individuals have been drawn to join. The bad news, however, is that Google+ is tailored for more of a consumer entity as opposed to an ...

What We Could Lose if the James Webb Telescope Is Killed

PC Magazine -
NASA's next space-based observatory is on the chopping block due to budget cuts. If it dies, a whole universe of discovery could die with it.

Internet providers create six-strike policy to combat piracy -
Consumers who download illegal music or movies may soon lose Internet speed if they don't pay attention to new warnings from their Internet providers.

Can patent licensing fees derail the Android express?

GigaOm -
The Android Express has taken Google and a number of manufacturers on a dizzying ride to the top of the smartphone market. But with Android's patent strength increasingly under fire and companies lining ...

'Big Brother 13' Spoilers: Week 1 PoV Competition Results

BuddyTV -
With Rachel as the first HoH on Big Brother 13, things are looking good for the veterans, even with a big setback on Thursday. Friday was the big veto competition, and you can find the results below.

Movie review: 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest'

Los Angeles Times -
The documentary from actor Michael Rapaport is an absorbing exploration of the history of the long-running hip-hop collective, and where its members might go from here.

Oprah as Oscars host? -
She's given up her platform as a daytime talk-show host, but could Oprah Winfrey be back in front of a national audience as the host of the Oscars?

Yao Ming Retiring? Chinese Fans Hope Not Yet

Beijing (CNN) -- Yao Ming fans in China reacted with shock and disbelief when they learned from US media reports Friday night that their basketball idol has decided to retire.

Javy Guerra: Javy Guerra notches save for Dodgers -
Javy Guerra was called on to pitch the ninth in a 1-0 game against the Padres on Friday and got three outs for his third save. Guerra looks like the favorite for saves in LA right now.

Apparently, Ohio State needs NCAA help to get punishment right -
Ever since the school learned nine months after the fact that Ohio State coach Jim Tressel received an email about potential NCAA violations back in April 2010, the school has stumbled and bumbled every step of the way.

Mets Beat Giants with Three Runs in Ninth

New York Times -
Scott Hairston had his second pinch hit-homer of the season and the fifth of his career. By DAVID WALDSTEIN SAN FRANCISCO - A year ago, the Mets arrived at AT&T Park eight games over .500 and with Carlos Beltran set to make his season debut after ...

Report: Andre Ethier has eyes on Boston Red Sox -
The Los Angeles Dodgers financial fiasco reportedly has star player Andre Ethier interested in playing on the East Coast. Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman reported the star right fielder has long imagined that his next team is the Boston Red Sox.

Making a trachea from scratch

Los Angeles Times -
The procedure - an implant made for Andemariam Teklesenbet Beyene - marks another step forward for the field of regenerative medicine.

US Obesity Numbers Continue to Swell

MedPage Today -
Americans are still getting fatter, according to a new report issued by two public health groups. In the past year, obesity rates rose in 16 states and fell in none, according to the eighth ...


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