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Obama, Republicans meet on debt -- plot endgame

USA Today -
President Obama and congressional leaders met a third straight day Tuesday on efforts to increase the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, even as they began planning for what happens if they can't get a deficit-reduction deal by ...
The Associated Press

Boehner Casts Doubt on Obama's 'Veiled Threats' on Social Security

Fox News -
House Speaker John Boehner expressed doubt Tuesday about President Obama's warning that if the nation's $14.3 trillion debt limit is not raised by Aug. 2, the elderly may not get their Social Security payments.

Medal of Honor recipient honored as 'essence of America'

USA Today -
By Mimi Hall and David Jackson, USA TODAY WASHINGTON - Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, representing the warriors who have fought for a decade to prevent another 9/11, on Tuesday received the nation's highest military honor: the Medal of Honor.

Report: Selig backs Jeter's decision -
Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig went to bat for Derek Jeter on Tuesday, insisting he had no problem with the New York Yankees shortstop's decision to skip the All-Star Game and said he would have made the same decision if he were in ...

Has Harry Potter's magic worn off?

Baltimore Sun -
They dragged it out as long as humanly - or wizardly - possible: eight books and nine movies over 13 years, the last book published in 2007 and broken into two movies.

Meeting Kandahar's Mr Fix-it

BBC News -
A high-profile half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been shot dead by an aide in Kandahar. The BBC's Lyse Doucet met Ahmad Wali Karzai and recalls her impressions of the controversial politician.

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UK MPs ask Murdoch, Brooks to appear

Sydney Morning Herald -
British MPs have asked Rupert Murdoch, News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and chairman James Murdoch to give evidence to them on phone hacking, a spokeswoman said.

Sudan president promises freer, more inclusive government

Los Angeles Times -
President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir says everyone, including opposition members, will be able to vote on a new constitution for the mainly Muslim Arab nation.

French parliament authorises extension of military mission in Libya

Xinhua -
PARIS, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The French parliament on Tuesday gave the green light for the extension of the country's military intervention against Libya's Gaddafi regime, while senior officials insisted that political solutions are "to take shape" and ...

Syria's relations with France and US reach a new low -
Syria's ties with the US and France nosedived on Tuesday, four months into a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, after pro-regime crowds attacked the embassies of the two Western states.

Stifling heat grips half US, some records set

Nyia Nash, Dionne Jesse, and Nyommie Nash cool off at a fire hydrant in St. Louis By Karin Matz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Stifling heat gripped half of the continental United States on Tuesday with record high temperatures set in some parts of the Northeast.

Report: Florida won't prosecute Anthony's mom -
Anonymous / AP A photo released by the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando, Fla. of Caylee Marie Anthony. Police investigators told reporters on Monday that early on they were focused on finding the toddler alive.

Moody's cuts Ireland's rating to junk

USA Today -
BRUSSELS (AP) - Moody's Investors Service says it has downgraded Ireland's government bond ratings to junk because of a growing risk the highly indebted country will need a second bailout in which private investors will be hurt.

Breaking down how Netflix's changes affect rates

Forbes -
By AP , 07.12.11, 06:41 PM EDT Netflix Inc. is no longer including unlimited streaming of Internet video as part of its DVD-by-mail plans.

Amazon Strategy Relies on Tax-Averse Californians

Bloomberg -
Amazon filed a proposed referendum to repeal the sales-tax with the California attorney general's office on July 8. Photographer: Joshua Lott/Bloomberg Amazon.

Gold hits record high on debt fears and chance of more Fed stimulus

Los Angeles Times -
Gold closed at a record high Tuesday, surpassing its previous high set in May, as some investors ran back to the classic haven amid global financial markets' latest turmoil.

Electronic Arts takes the leap, buys PopCap Games for as much as $1.3 billion

San Jose Mercury News -
In a bold foray capitalizing on the explosive growth of social and mobile gaming, Electronic Arts (ERTS) announced Tuesday it will acquire Seattle-based casual-games developer PopCap Games, the maker of "Plants vs.

Concerns Over Facebook Stream Importer for Google+ Abound

PCWorld -
An application that allows Firefox and Chrome users to view Facebook stream data within Google+ is popular, but may put users at a security risk due to issues with the coding.

Astronauts Train For Space Walk in Virtual Reality Lab

Fox News -
NASA astronauts Michael Fossum and Ron Garan were busy Tuesday at the International Space Station, spending six-and-a-half hours retrieving a failed ammonia pump and deploying a new science experiment -- a unique robot gas attendant.

Android Market app gets overhaul, bookstore

Google has revamped its Android Market app for smartphones with a new look as well as some more products for purchase. The Android Developers Blog points out that this new interface could work better for both customers and developers.

Harry Potter Stocks: The Harry Potter Index Prepares for its Final Battle

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Sarah Jessica Parker

People Magazine -
Parker has a son James Wilkie, 8½, and 2-year-old twin daughters Loretta and Tabitha with fellow actor Broderick. After her much-publicized struggles with fertility, the actress had her daughters via a surrogate at the age of 44 - and believes there ...

'Gilligan,' 'Brady Bunch' creator Sherwood Schwartz dies

By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) -- Sherwood Schwartz, the prolific television writer and producer best known as the creator of the iconic sitcoms "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch," died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.

Halle Gets Restraining Order Against Alleged Stalker -
Halle Berry just got a restraining order against the alleged stalker who invaded her property 3 times in three days ... TMZ has learned ... and one of the confrontations is downright scary. An LA County Superior Court judge just issued the TRO, ...

2011 MLB All-Star Game: Start Time, TV Information, Rosters And More

SB Nation -
The 2011 MLB All-Star Game gets underway on Tuesday night as some of baseball's best and brightest, as well as a boatload of replacements for those best and brightest, take the field at Chase Field in Arizona.

Timberwolves fire Kurt Rambis after 2 years

Boston Herald -
By AP MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Timberwolves fired Kurt Rambis on Tuesday, ending more than three months of uncertainty and awkwardness surrounding the head coach of the worst team in the NBA last season.

Area coaches, players tuned in to Women's World Cup

Chicago Sun-Times -
Male or female, regardless of age, they're all caught up in US Women's Soccer World Cup Fever. But unlike those who may have stumbled across Sunday's dramatic quarterfinal triumph over Brazil, ...

British Opens That Got Away Don't Get to Langer

New York Times -
Bernhard Langer, at 53, is back for perhaps his last shot at winning the British Open. By LARRY DORMAN SANDWICH, England - Three decades ago, when Bernhard Langer showed up at Royal St. George's for the British Open, he was a skinny 23-year-old with a ...

Men Have Higher Cancer Death Rates Than Women

WebMD -
July 12, 2011 -- Men are more likely than women to die of cancer in the US, a new study shows. "Our research suggests that the main factor driving greater frequency of cancer deaths in men is the greater frequency of cancer diagnosis, ...

Republicans, Sebelius Spar Over Future of Medicare

MedPage Today -
WASHINGTON -- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the House Budget Committee Tuesday that Congress can make the healthcare reform law's controversial Medicare ...

More supermarkets doesn't mean better health: study

HealthNews -
by HealthNews, Last updated July 11, 2011 NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Living close to supermarkets and grocery stores did not mean that urban dwellers ate more fruits and vegetables or had a healthier overall diet in a new study.


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