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Africa: Obama in Ghana, What Kind of Change?

AllAfrica.com - ‎16 minutes ago‎
Washington, DC - President Barack Obama's trip to Ghana, beginning today, will be rich in symbolism. But those hoping for a new direction in US Africa policy are tempering their hopes with skepticism.

Death Toll Debated In China's Rioting

Washington Post - Ariana Eunjung Cha - ‎3 hours ago‎
URUMQI, China -- The Yu siblings could hardly bear to look at the police snapshots of the dead -- the images so full of anger and cruelty.

Troops 'fighting for UK's future'

BBC News - ‎10 minutes ago‎
Foreign Secretary David Miliband has defended the UK's continued military presence in Afghanistan, after eight troops were killed in 24 hours.

G-8 pledges $20 billion to fight world hunger after appeal from Obama

Los Angeles Times - Christi ParsonsMichael Muskal - ‎3 hours ago‎
At the end of the Group of 8 summit, President Obama says the leading industrialized nations made progress on climate change and nuclear nonproliferation.

Poor Nations Get G8 Promise of $20 Billion Toward Food Security

Voice of America - ‎8 hours ago‎
Leaders of the world's wealthiest nations have promised twenty billion dollars to increase food security in poor countries. The promise came Friday on the third and final day of the Group of Eight summit meeting in L'Aquila, Italy.

Honduras crisis may spur Latin America coups - Castro

Reuters - Jeff FranksPeter Cooney - ‎2 hours ago‎
HAVANA (Reuters) - Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro predicted that Latin America would be swept by a wave of military coups if Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was not returned to power after his ouster in a June 28 coup.

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Report: Wiretaps risked a crisis

Philadelphia Inquirer - Carrie JohnsonEllen Nakashima - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Bush program's secrecy - only three Justice lawyers knew of it - nearly brought mass resignations. By Carrie Johnson and Ellen Nakashima WASHINGTON - The Bush White House so strictly controlled access to its warrantless-eavesdropping program that ...

State leaders talking again - budget woes go on

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎4 hours ago‎
California's fiscal crisis continued unabated Friday with most major banks refusing to cash the state's IOUs starting today, the state controller delaying $4 billion in payments to public schools, and Gov.

Sotomayor's Defense on 'Wise Latina' Comment Takes Shape

Wall Street Journal - Naftali Bendavid - ‎7 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON -- When Judge Sonia Sotomayor faces the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, she will finally get to explain before the cameras her comment that a "wise Latina" can often reach a better conclusion than a white man.
Women's groups quiet on Sotomayor The Associated Press

With Bankruptcy Behind It, GM Focuses on a Culture Change

Washington Post - Peter Whoriskey - ‎1 hour ago‎
General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson says the new GM will be far faster and more responsive to customers than the old one and will focus on a streamlined product offering to maximize quality and efficiency.

$200 Million Slated For Controversial Derivatives Unit

Washington Post - Brady Dennis - ‎2 hours ago‎
American International Group's recent discussions with President Obama's compensation czar have centered on whether the company should pay about $250 million in promised bonuses that come due during the next nine months.

Dow, S&P 500 in fourth weekly fall as economy weighs

Washington Post - ‎6 hours ago‎
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dow industrials and the S&P 500 fell on Friday, dropping for the fourth straight week, after Chevron Corp warned about its quarterly results and consumer confidence fell to it lowest level since March.

Google Chrome OS: Web Platform To Rule Them All

InformationWeek - Thomas Claburn - ‎7 hours ago‎
With Chrome OS, Google aims to make the Web the primary platform for software development. By Thomas Claburn Google's plan to release its own operating system based on its Chrome browser is at once audacious and laughable.

Weather may delay shuttle launch

BBC News - ‎32 minutes ago‎
There is a strong chance the US shuttle Endeavour will have to wait even longer before getting its latest mission to the space station under way.

Going back to moon not enough for Buzz Aldrin

Galveston County Daily News - T.J. Aulds - ‎2 hours ago‎
WEBSTER - For Buzz Aldrin, a manned space mission to the moon is not good enough. It's a bit of been there, done that. “I'm always looking to go forward,” he said.
When the Eagle Landed Wall Street Journal

Jackson probe hinges on the coroner's report

Chicago Tribune - ‎1 hour ago‎
What really killed Michael Jackson? The late pop star's family and fans aren't the only ones waiting for the final coroner's report.

Will 'Bruno' win over Golden Globe voters for 'Borat' champ Sacha ...

Los Angeles Times - ‎10 hours ago‎
"Bruno" opened today to reviews deeply divided between paeans and pans. In this new mockumentary, Sacha Baron Cohen plays the title character of an over-the-top gay Austrian fashion reporter determined to become world famous.

Ryan Reynolds reportedly cast as Green Lantern

Entertainment Weekly - Jeff Jensen - ‎6 hours ago‎
Warner Bros. has tapped Ryan Reynolds--most recently seen opposite Sandra Bullock in The Proposal (and on EW's summertime Must Issue cover)--to bring the DC Comics' superhero Green Lantern to life, reports Variety.

Giants' Sanchez fires first no-no of '09

MLB.com - Chris Haft - ‎44 minutes ago‎
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jonathan Sanchez approached his outing Friday night realistically. After all, he had emerged from a demotion to the bullpen to make his first start since June 22.

Kerr and Creamer lead surge

Boston Globe - Michael Whitmer - ‎1 hour ago‎
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Timing, the saying goes, is everything, and with the week the LPGA Tour is having, there might not be two more important names at the top of the US Women's Open leaderboard than Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer.

Angels 10, Yankees 6 Chamberlain Squanders Lead as Angels Rally ...

New York Times - Tyler Kepner - ‎37 minutes ago‎
Mark J. Terrill/AP The Angels' Kendry Morales hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning off the Yankees' Joba Chamberlain.

State to get $30 million to ready for swine flu

San Francisco Chronicle - Erin Allday - ‎1 hour ago‎
California will receive more than $30 million in federal grants to help prepare for an expected resurgence of the swine flu in the coming influenza season, federal public health authorities announced Friday.

Kennedy's voice missed in health debate

Boston Globe - Lisa WangsnessSusan Milligan - ‎3 hours ago‎
Senator Edward M. Kennedy and his wife, Vicki (center), headed out of the Hyannis Port Yacht Club for an afternoon of sailing Thursday.

Restrict calories, increase life span? Not so easy

Los Angeles Times - Elena Conis - ‎10 hours ago‎
Though low-calorie diets have been found to have anti-aging effects on animals, human studies are still in the early stage. By Elena Conis The anti-aging effects of calorie restriction were first identified in the 1930s by Cornell University ...

Bristol's Ex Knocks Palin

Washington Post - ‎2 hours ago‎
Levi Johnston, ex-boyfriend and baby-daddy to Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol, has put his would-be mother-in-law on the defensive by saying that the Alaska governor hastily abandoned her position in order to cash in on fame.

Roland Burris officially bows out of 2010 Senate election

Chicago Tribune - Rick Pearson - ‎1 hour ago‎
Beleaguered US Senate appointee Roland Burris announced Friday that he would not seek a full term, saying it was more important to serve Illinois residents than to try to raise the millions needed for what would have ...

CIA misled Congress, but about what?

Los Angeles Times - Johanna Neuman - ‎6 hours ago‎