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GOP aims to paint Sotomayor as biased

Los Angeles Times - David G. SavageJames Oliphant - ‎1 hour ago‎
Gerald Herbert / AP The Supreme Court nominee acknowledges her mother, Celina, during her Senate confirmation hearing. Sotomayor said in her opening remarks that her judicial philosophy was simple: “fidelity to the law.

CIA's secret program: Paramilitary teams targeting Al Qaeda

Los Angeles Times - Greg Miller - ‎2 hours ago‎
The agency had a plan after Sept. 11 for paramilitary forces to take out Al Qaeda figures overseas. Congress was never told. By Greg Miller Reporting from Washington -- The secret CIA program halted last month by Director Leon E. Panetta involved ...

Obama confident of passing healthcare reform

Reuters - David Alexander - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama acknowledged on Friday that tough negotiations on overhauling US healthcare lie ahead after some of his own Democrats rebelled but he expressed confidence a plan will be passed.

Helicopters 'are no magic wand'

BBC News - Marie Jackson - ‎56 minutes ago‎
Britain's armed forces have more than 500 helicopters, but fewer than 30 are being used in Afghanistan. The debate over helicopter shortages in the British armed forces is not a new one.

Turkish PM told to take back Xinjiang genocide remark

Reuters - ‎55 minutes ago‎
BEIJING, July 14 (Reuters) - An official Chinese newspaper urged Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday to take back remarks that genocide was being committed in China's Muslim region of Xinjiang, where rioting left at least 184 dead.

China to Sanction North Korean Officials Over Nuclear Tests

Bloomberg - Bill Varner - ‎6 hours ago‎
July 14 (Bloomberg) -- China agreed for the first time to punish senior North Korean government officials for defying United Nations resolutions barring nuclear and missile tests, China's deputy ambassador said.

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Fourth suspect arrested in killing of Gulf Coast couple

CNN - ‎5 hours ago‎
PENSACOLA, Florida (CNN) -- A fourth suspect has been arrested in the shooting deaths of a Gulf Coast couple known for adopting special-needs children, authorities said late Monday.
Judge doubles bond for Gonzalez Sr. Pensacola News Journal

With deficit topping $1 trillion, what does it all mean?

Salt Lake Tribune - Martin Crutsinger - ‎4 hours ago‎
AP Washington » In a year of eye-popping numbers, add one more. The government's annual budget deficit has topped $1 trillion, intensifying fears about higher interest rates, inflation and the strength of the dollar.

Palin calls Obama energy plan a threat to economy

The Associated Press - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (AP) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who says she'll leave office at the end of the month, is already taking on one national issue, calling the Obama administration's plan to reduce greenhouse gases a threat to the US economy.

Goldman Execs Sold $700M of Stock: Report

TheStreet.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
Goldman Sachs (GS Quote) executives sold almost $700 million worth of stock following the collapse of Lehman Brothers last September, the Financial Times reports.

CIT in 'Active' Talks With Government for Aid as Bonds Tumble

Bloomberg - Pierre PauldenCaroline Salas - ‎2 hours ago‎
July 14 (Bloomberg) -- CIT Group Inc., the century-old lender that's been unable to persuade the government to back its debt sales, is in “active discussions” with regulators about a rescue before $1 billion of ...

Bernard Madoff 'In Transit' to Prison, US Spokesman Says

Bloomberg - David Glovin - ‎2 hours ago‎
July 14 (Bloomberg) -- Jailed conman Bernard Madoff was “in transit” to the prison where he will begin serving his 150-year sentence, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman said yesterday.

Microsoft plans free, online version of Office

Los Angeles Times - Alex Pham - ‎3 hours ago‎
Everyone predicted Microsoft Corp. wouldn't take long to fire back against Google Inc.'s latest foray into its home turf. On Monday, Microsoft said it would offer a free version of its popular Office software suite that would run on the ...

Hard-luck shuttle grounded again by weather

CNET News - William Harwood - ‎7 hours ago‎
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.--For the second day in a row, approaching thunderstorms near the Kennedy Space Center on Monday forced NASA managers to order another launch delay for the shuttle Endeavour's frustrated crew.

Microsoft Windows 7: Getting More Bullish

BusinessWeek - Peter BurrowsAaron Ricadela - ‎3 hours ago‎
On the day Microsoft (MSFT) unveiled the next version of its Office suite of productivity programs, company executives were hoping they could also generate buzz for the next version of the Windows operating system.

'Potter' Fans, Get Ready to Write

Washington Post - ‎1 hour ago‎
After disappointing delays and countless previews, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth movie in the saga of the boy wizard, comes to theaters.

Baron Cohen's `Bruno' bows to $30.6M debut

The Associated Press - ‎9 hours ago‎
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sacha Baron Cohen's "Bruno" strutted to a first-place finish at the weekend box office with a $30.6 million debut.

Michael Jackson's father: Singer couldn't have done 50 concerts

Entertainment Weekly - Alynda Wheat - ‎7 hours ago‎
Joe Jackson is stoking controversy again. The father of late pop icon Michael Jackson, who died of undetermined causes June 25 at age 50, told ABC News today that his son was not physically capable of performing the 50 shows slated for his This Is It ...

Charity true winner of Home Run Derby

MLB.com - Mark Newman - ‎1 hour ago‎
ST. LOUIS -- The most staggering sights of Monday night's State Farm Home Run Derby probably were those of the 503-foot moonshot hit by winner Prince Fielder, or that first-round ball into the fourth deck in left by runner-up ...

Report: Hawks fire GM Tallon

ESPN - ‎1 hour ago‎
Despite helping assemble a team that went to the conference finals, Dale Tallon is out as Blackhawks general manager, Comcast Sportsnet in Chicago reported late Monday night.

Pujols at center of All-Star festivities

MLB.com - Matthew Leach - ‎2 hours ago‎
ST. LOUIS -- This has been Albert Pujols' town since about 2002, when he was the best player and MVP runner-up on a team that made an inspiring and engrossing run to the National League Central championship.

WHO says new flu "unstoppable", calls for vaccine

Reuters - Maggie Fox - ‎23 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saying the new H1N1 virus is "unstoppable", the World Health Organization gave drug makers a full go-ahead to manufacture vaccines against the pandemic influenza strain on Monday and said ...

Go Ahead and Curse! It May Ease Your Pain

WebMD - Caroline Wilbert - ‎10 hours ago‎
July 13, 2009 -- It has long been a cliche: the woman in childbirth screaming curse words at her husband. Now, there's scientific research that may explain why people in pain often use offensive language.

Poll: Americans want health care bill, but not the cost

USA Today - Susan Page - ‎11 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - Most Americans say it's important to overhaul health care this year, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, but they are less enthusiastic about some of the proposals to pay for it.

Surgeon General Once Paid in Oysters Pushed Health Care to All

Bloomberg - Alex Nussbaum - ‎2 hours ago‎
July 14 (Bloomberg) -- After Hurricane Katrina, Regina Benjamin took only what her patients could afford to pay: bushels of oysters or lumps of Gulf Coast crab meat.

23 militants dead in clashes in NW Pakistan

The Associated Press - Habib Khan - ‎1 hour ago‎
KHAR, Pakistan (AP) - Pro-government tribesmen killed 23 militants in clashes in Pakistan's volatile northwest in the latest violence between tribal militias and Taliban insurgents, a government official said Tuesday.

Gov. Pat Quinn signs $31 billion statewide public-works package

Chicago Tribune - Monique GarciaRay Long - ‎3 hours ago‎
Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Monday a $31 billion statewide construction program for crumbling roads, mass transit and schools that will be paid for by legalizing video poker, raising fees on ...