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Obama "abruptly" leaves tense budget talks

CBS News -
From left, President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., meet in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 13, 2011, regarding the debt ceiling.
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BusinessWeek -
July 14 (Bloomberg) -- Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. spent two decades building the largest UK pay-television company. His efforts to leverage that into new digital businesses were dashed by a scandal at a 168-year-old tabloid.

Deadly serial blasts hit Mumbai -
At least 21 dead and scores wounded after Indian city is targeted in what the home minister said was a terrorist attack. Three bombs have rocked crowded areas of Mumbai during the evening rush hour, killing at least 21 people in the biggest such attack ...

Some Netflix customers threaten to quit over price increases

USA Today -
Netflix's announcement Tuesday of plans to raise prices immediately for new users and soon for existing members has social-media outlets teeming with blowback and thousands of customers threatening to ...

Hasidic boy's slaying shocks Brooklyn neighborhood

Los Angeles Times -
The remains of Leiby Kletzy, 8, are found in a trash bin and in the freezer of a fellow Orthodox Jew, Levy Aron. ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK - An 8-year-old Brooklyn boy who got lost while walking home alone from day camp in his Orthodox Jewish ...

Abby Wambach uses her head again in US victory at Women's World Cup

Los Angeles Times -
Header off a corner kick in 79th minute is key to a 3-1 victory over France, putting US in title match against Japan. US forward Abby Wambach, left, redirects a corner kick off her head to score in the 79th minute of the US team's 3-1 semifinal victory ...

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Bombing kills 5 French soldiers in Afghanistan

Los Angeles Times -
The suicide blast occurs in the volatile east. In a southern village, senior officials attend the funeral of President Hamid Karzai's assassinated half brother.

Sudan's President Invokes Lofty Language to Hint at Fresh Start

New York Times -
By ISMA'IL KUSHKUSH KHARTOUM, Sudan - It is a grand title, carrying the suggestion of a new era, a new dawn. Now that the southern part of Sudan has split off and formed its own nation, many politicians here in the north, including President Omar ...

Clock is ticking? Gaddafi facing cash, fuel crisis

Times of India -
AP | Jul 14, 2011, 04.43am IST WASHINGTON: Stalemate in Libya is giving way to building rebel pressure against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, according to new US intelligence reports, US officials said.

GOP contenders split on marriage pledge

Boston Globe -
All but two of the Republican presidential candidates have so far rejected a far-reaching anti-gay marriage pledge put forth by a conservative group in Iowa.

Calif. woman charged with torture in severed penis case

Reuters -
A host of new surveys don't paint a pretty picture for many small businesses. Uncertainty about the economy, slow retail sales and high commodity prices have small business owners in the dumps this summer.

Perry's noncandidacy working well for him

Austin American-Statesman -
Life as a candidate-in-waiting has been pretty good to Gov. Rick Perry over the past couple of weeks. Just about every sign points toward a Perry campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, but his advisers say he is still weighing ...

US lawmakers seek probes of News Corp

Reuters -
WASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) - US lawmakers urged federal officials to investigate whether News Corp (NWSA.O) broke a law banning bribes to foreign officials, increasing transatlantic pressure on Rupert Murdoch's media empire.

California lawmakers to promote 'Caylee's Law'

San Jose Mercury News -
AP SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California legislators plan to introduce a bill named after Florida toddler Caylee Anthony that would make it a crime to fail to promptly report a child's disappearance or death.

Moody's Places US on Review for Downgrade As Debt Talks Stall

Bloomberg -
The National Debt Clock is shown in New York, on April 19, 2011. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg Moody's Investors Service raised the pressure on US lawmakers to increase the ...

Is Gold Money?

Business Insider -
During today's Congressional testimony Fed Chairman, Ben Bernanke, was confronted by Rep. Ron Paul with the question, “Is gold money”?

Spotify to launch in US after long wait

Reuters -
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spotify, the popular European music service, is set to launch in the United States on Thursday the company said.

Hey Google — being social is not an engineering problem

Reuters -
In the wake of Google's launch of Google+, there have been some interesting comments made by a number of former Google staffers - including Paul Adams, the guy primarily responsible for the insight behind “Circles,” one of ...

Report: Amazon Tablet Set to Battle iPad in Fall

PCWorld -
The contest between Apple's iPad and Amazon's entry should be the biggest gadget face-off of the year. By Melissa J. Perenson, PCWorld All indicators point to Amazon readying a tablet for this year.

Movie review: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2'

Los Angeles Times -
'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' is the last, and one of the best, in the film series with the veteran cast and creative team back with a thrilling and satisfying finish.

Mila Kunis Breaks Date With Marine?

TheWrap -
Mila Kunis has reportedly broken her word -- and, along with it, one lonely Marine's heart. Contrary to reports earlier this week, it appears that the "Black Swan" actress won't be attending the Marine Corps.

Lea Michele won't be back for 'Glee' season 4 -
Charles Sykes / AP Lea Michele and Cory Monteith take a break between scenes while shooting the television show “Glee” in Central Park in New York, Tuesday, April 26, 2011.

Lil Wayne's Sorry 4 The Wait Makes Up For Lost Time -
Mixtape Daily looks at Weezy's new offering, which includes his take on everything from 'Racks' to 'Rolling in the Deep.

For Japan, an emotional victory over Sweden

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Wednesday's talks are expected to continue into the night -
The owners and the players reconvened on Wednesday, for the first time in months without a mediator/chaperon/babysitter. And yet somehow they have found a way to stay in the same room together for an entire day.

Doesn't look promising for Americans to break major drought at British Open

Boston Herald -
SANDWICH, England - South Africa has two. So does Northern Ireland. Germany nabbed one not that long ago. Dig back a little deeper, and you can add South Korea, Argentina and a liberal dose of Ireland.

Pills found to be highly effective in preventing HIV transmission

Los Angeles Times -
Experts hail a pair of trials involving heterosexual couples in Africa as a breakthrough in AIDS prevention. The studies show that taking a pill containing one or two drugs each day can decrease transmission of HIV by as much as three-quarters.

Childhood Obesity Expert Advocates Home Removal -
A child obesity expert is advocating the removal of some extremely overweight kids from their homes as a last option. Dr. David Ludwig's opinion piece appears in the "Journal of the American Medical Association.

Democrats, Republicans Debate Medicare Reform During Debt Talks

Fox News -
AP June 1: House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. listens outside the White House in Washington. The debt talks have taken up reform of entitlements such as Medicare, because that's where the money is.

Asthma Study Shows Placebo Can Help Symptoms

WebMD -
July 13, 2011 -- Caring may count as much as medicine when it comes to making a sick person feel better -- even when that person really needs the medicine, a new study suggests.


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