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Sotomayor: 'Every person has an equal opportunity' to be a good judge

Los Angeles Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
On the second day of her confirmation hearing, the judge talks about personal prejudices, affirmative action, abortion, the 2nd Amendment and more.

Analysis: Obama takes possession of economy

The Associated Press - Jim Kuhnhenn - ‎33 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (AP) - With four simple words - "Give it to me!" - President Barack Obama took possession of the economy. For months, the White House and Obama's economic team have laid the economic crisis at the feet of President George W. Bush.

Southwest jets inspected after emergency landing

Baltimore Sun - Jamie Smith HopkinsLiz F. Kay - ‎58 minutes ago‎
As federal aviation safety officials investigated Tuesday why a Baltimore-bound jet was forced into an emergency landing by a football-size hole in its passenger cabin, Southwest Airlines said it found no other problems in a mass inspection of its ...

China warns citizens in Algeria of al Qaeda threat

Reuters - Lucy HornbyLiu Zhen - ‎20 minutes ago‎
BEIJING, July 15 (Reuters) - China has warned its citizens in Algeria about possible attacks from al Qaeda in retribution for a Chinese government crackdown in the Muslim region of Xinjiang, and security has been tightened around Beijing's missions in ...

Nigerian rebels declare ceasefire

CNN International - ‎22 minutes ago‎
(CNN) -- The Nigerian militant group MEND declared a 60-day truce on Wednesday following this week's release of its leader, as part of an amnesty deal with the government.

Israel soldiers speak out on Gaza

BBC News - ‎16 minutes ago‎
A group of soldiers who took part in Israel's assault in Gaza say widespread abuses were committed against civilians under "permissive" rules of engagement.

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Episcopal leaders vote to lift ban on gay bishops

Los Angeles Times - Duke Helfand - ‎2 hours ago‎
The church may move to sanction blessings for same-sex couples as well, further alienating conservative parishes. By Duke Helfand The Episcopal Church, casting aside warnings about further alienating conservatives within its ranks, on Tuesday lifted a ...

Schwarzenegger orders 2000 more state jobs cut

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎1 hour ago‎
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered department heads to eliminate 2000 jobs on top of the 5000 positions he wants to cut as part of his budget solution, his officials said Tuesday.

Florida couple's slayings put spotlight on sheriff

The Associated Press - Bill Kaczor - ‎33 minutes ago‎
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - The public face of the investigation into a wealthy Florida couple's slayings presciently told a newspaper while campaigning for sheriff a year ago that this county of 300000 "isn't Mayberry anymore.

European stocks rise early on earnings relief

Reuters - Blaise Robinson - ‎1 hour ago‎
PARIS, July 15 (Reuters) - European stocks rose to a two-week high on Wednesday, as forecast-beating earnings from Intel (INTC.O), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.

Intel Jumps After Asian Consumers Spur Comeback

Bloomberg - Ian King - ‎59 minutes ago‎
July 15 (Bloomberg) -- Intel Corp. rose as much as 8.4 percent in late trading yesterday after its revenue forecast topped analysts' estimates, indicating that shoppers in Asia are helping reignite demand for personal computers.

US-China trade imbalance not sustainable-Locke

Reuters - Doug PalmerLangi Chiang - ‎1 hour ago‎
BEIJING, July 15 (Reuters) - The trade imbalance between the United States and China is not sustainable, and the two countries have a joint responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said on ...

Seeking Fame in Apple's Sea of Apps

Wall Street Journal - Yukari Iwatani Kane - ‎9 hours ago‎
Apple Inc.'s App Store has spawned a cottage industry of software developers trying to profit from games and other applications that people can download onto their iPhones.

Microsoft Customers Face License Hurdle to Online Apps

PC World - Elizabeth Montalbano - ‎4 hours ago‎
Microsoft promoted more of its Web-based software offerings at its Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans this week, but some analysts say the company's enterprise licensing terms provide little incentive for large customers to move away from its ...

A Book That Puts the Moon Within Reach

Washington Post - ‎1 hour ago‎
"It has a stark beauty all its own. It's like much of the high desert of the United States. It's different, but it's very pretty That's how Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon, described what he saw.

Life after 'Harry Potter'

Los Angeles Times - Rachel Abramowitz - ‎2 hours ago‎
Can you grow out of being Harry Potter, beloved boy wizard, hero to billions of children? Unfortunately, you can, if you're not just a glint in JK Rowling's eye, a vision of her imagination.

Jackson's ex-wife denies giving up kids

Washington Post - ‎8 hours ago‎
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An attorney for Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe on Tuesday angrily denied reports that she had agreed to take millions of dollars to give up parental rights to her two children with the King of Pop.

Another subpoena for Jackson doctor

Boston Globe - ‎47 minutes ago‎
Los Angeles coroner's investigators probing the death of Michael Jackson served a second subpoena yesterday on the offices of Dr.

Crawford stole the show

Boston Globe - Nick Cafardo - ‎1 hour ago‎
How do you figure Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Carl Crawford, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League's 4-3 win over the National League, reaching up to rob Colorado's Brad Hawpe of a home run in the seventh inning, ...

Selig hits major topics

Boston Globe - Nick Cafardo - ‎1 hour ago‎
ST. LOUIS - Commissioner Bud Selig said yesterday in his annual address to the Baseball Writers Association of America he wants to keep players on drug suspensions from playing in the minor leagues before they return.

Obama has surprises for All-Stars

MLB.com - Doug Miller - ‎1 hour ago‎
ST. LOUIS -- Of all the things the stars of Major League Baseball had to have taken away from their meeting with President Barack Obama prior to the 80th All-Star Game on Tuesday, it's this: The leader of the free world ...

U.K. Plans Massive Swine-Flu Vaccination

Wall Street Journal - Jeanne Whalen - ‎4 hours ago‎
LONDON -- The medical establishment in Britain, the nation hardest hit by swine flu outside North America, is scrambling to roll out a large-scale vaccination program in an effort to protect its population against a virus that ...

Democrats open push to overhaul health care

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎1 hour ago‎
(07-15) 04:00 PDT Washington - -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Democrats opened an all-fronts charge Tuesday to pass a $1.5 trillion, 10-year health care overhaul by August, unveiling legislation that would tax the wealthy to pay for universal ...

Study Cites Hormones as Cancer Risk

New York Times - ‎6 hours ago‎
By REUTERS CHICAGO (Reuters) - Women who took hormone replacement therapy after menopause had a sharply increased risk of ovarian cancer, researchers in Denmark are reporting.

Fumo sentenced to 55 months in prison

Philadelphia Inquirer - Craig R. McCoyEmilie Lounsberry - ‎1 hour ago‎
Former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo was sentenced yesterday to four years and seven months in prison - a punishment that prosecutors denounced as too lenient, given his sweeping corruption conviction.
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Charles Taylor defence to resume

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor is due to continue his defence at a war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Mr Taylor appeared in the witness box at his trial for the first time on Tuesday, dismissing the charges against him as "lies".

Rivals set to meet at NAM summit

Aljazeera.net - ‎1 hour ago‎
The summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, held every three years, is set to open in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, with representatives from 120 member nations in attendance.