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New backup plan would let Obama raise debt ceiling without congressional OK

Chicago Tribune -
WASHINGTON - A plan by the Senate's two top leaders to allow President Obama to raise the debt limit without congressional approval is emerging as the most likely strategy to avoid a looming federal default.
The Associated Press

Minnesota shutdown to end soon

ST. PAUL, Minn., (CNNMoney) -- Democratic governor Mark Dayton and leaders of the Republican-controlled legislature have reach a deal that will close the Minnesota's budget gap end the state's ...

Cyberwar Plan Has New Focus on Deterrence

Wall Street Journal -
The military must move from defending against major cyberattacks to deterring assaults by letting enemies know the US is willing to retaliate with its own virtual weapons or military force, a top general said ...

Critic spins Time-Turner back through 'Potter' years

USA Today -
When he approached our first interview, in November 2001, just before the opening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the first words out of 11-year-old Daniel Radcliffe's mouth threw me.

FBI opens inquiry into Murdoch's News Corp.

Los Angeles Times -
The agency launches an investigation at the request of US lawmakers alarmed by reports that British reporters may have tried to hack into phones and access records of Sept.

Spotify's new free service: Some first impressions

Los Angeles Times -
Spotify is simply the best free music service out there today -- unless you just want to be entertained, rather than putting a bit of effort into entertaining yourself.

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Investigators search for leads in deadly Mumbai explosions

San Jose Mercury News -
NEW DELHI -- Indian officials said Thursday that the bombers who had traumatized Mumbai during the evening rush a day earlier appeared to be trained in handling explosives and had possibly used timers to synchronize ...

South Sudan's flag raised symbolizing membership as 193rd UN member state

Xinhua -
UNITED NATIONS, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Surrounded by masses of UN personnel and media in the blazing sun, South Sudan's flag was raised here on Thursday marking the admission of world's newest country as the 193rd member of the United Nations.

Crackdown escalates in east Syria, protesters killed

Reuters -
AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian forces shot dead two pro-democracy protesters on Thursday in eastern provincial capital Deir al-Zoran, residents said, as a crackdown escalated against dissent in the tribal region bordering Iraq's Sunni ...

California to Require Gay History in Schools

New York Times -
LOS ANGELES - California will become the first state to require public schools to teach gay and lesbian history. As expected, Gov.

Google Tops Estimates as Page Expands Mobile, Display Ads; Shares Advance

Bloomberg -
A webpage displaying Google Inc.'s image page is seen on a computer monitor in San Francisco, California, US, on Thursday, July 14, 2011.

Bernanke rejects alternatives to raising debt ceiling

Washington Post -
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke on Thursday rejected various alternatives to raising the country's borrowing limit and urged Congress to come up with a “strong, credible plan” for doing so while cutting spending - or risk a ...

J.P. Morgan's Results Put Spotlight on Rivals

Wall Street Journal -
JP Morgan Chase & Co. raised the bar for its rivals by posting strong quarterly results as both profits and revenue soared on the strength of its investment bank.

Google is changing your brain, study says, and don't you forget it

San Jose Mercury News -
A new study confirms it: Google (GOOG) is altering your brain. More precisely, our growing dependence on the Internet has changed how -- and what -- our brains choose to remember.

Apple's New MacBook Airs To Launch Late Next Week

SlashGear -
Apple's revamped flagship ultraportable notebooks, the MacBook Airs, were rumored to hit Apple Stores today. But that has happened yet and insider sources reveal that it won't happen tomorrow either.

Apple Offers App Volume Purchasing To Businesses

InformationWeek -
Apple is making it easier for businesses to buy off-the-shelf and custom apps that run on iOS. The company on Wednesday introduced an App Store Volume Purchase Program (VPP) for businesses to address their purchasing ...

Sony's Tablets Definitely Aren't iPads

PCWorld -
Sony's S1 has a wedge shape that angles the screen for comfy typing and feels like a folded magazine, while its S2 is clamshell device with two 5.5" displays which, in unfolded mode, can operate independently or as one big screen.

Network sitcoms still tops with Emmy voters; cable rules drama

Chicago Sun-Times -
LOS ANGELES - With “Mad Men,” “Boardwalk Empire” and other prestige series, cable ruled the Emmy nominations for drama. But broadcast networks got the last laugh with their sitcoms.

Chris Colfer Learned He Was Leaving Glee on Twitter

People Magazine -
The actor says he learned of Kurt Hummel's fate - Glee's co-creator Ryan Murphy announced several principal actors would be "graduating" - only recently via Twitter.

Brooklyn Decker Calls Husband Andy Roddick & Seann William Scott 'Twins'

Access Hollywood -
Brooklyn Decker has made the leap from sexy swimsuit model to big screen bombshell, and now, the gorgeous blonde is now offering up a casting idea for who should portray her tennis superstar husband, Andy Roddick, in any future films.

Kris Jenner gets facelift before Kim K's wedding -
Kris Jenner had a facelift for the wedding of her daughter, Kim Kardashian, seen here with her in 2009. Kris Jenner wanted to look her best for Kim Kardashian's summer wedding -- which explains why the 55-year-old E! reality star recently went under ...

English Amateur Secures Share of Lead With a 65

New York Times -
SANDWICH, England - The arc of European Tour dominance in major championship golf, which began at the 2010 United States Open with the surprise victory of Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, did not merely continue Thursday in the first ...

Clemens Walks Out of Court, Humbly

New York Times -
WASHINGTON - Impassively, Roger Clemens watched it all unfold in front of him - his lawyer calling for a mistrial, the judge looking stern, the hapless prosecutor trying to stop the runaway train.

Deal Reached on NFL Rookie Wage Scale

New York Times -
An agreement in principle that would end the four-month-long NFL lockout is within reach for the first time after negotiators for players and owners finally settled on a rookie wage system, clearing one of the last major hurdles that ...

Harrison's agent blames it on “bravado” -
Apparently, we should have added another option to list of potential excuses for Steelers linebacker James Harrison's inflammatory comments regarding NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and others.

Shuttle Atlantis' Astronauts Fix Glitch with Onboard Computer -
HOUSTON - The shuttle Atlantis' astronauts were roused from their sleep tonight (July 14) to deal with a glitch that affected one of their orbiter's onboard computers.

Loss of predators in the food chain can alter the ecosystem

USA Today -
Take away the predators at the top of the food chain - the lions, tigers, wolves and cougars - and entire ecosystems start to change.

True to form, global whaling forum ends on sour note

SAINT HELIER, Jersey - The global forum charged with both protecting and overseeing the hunting of whales ended a four-day session Thursday with a walkout by pro-whaling nations in order to block a vote on the creation of a new sanctuary.

Tea and Coffee Consumption Associated with Reduced MRSA Nasal Carriage

Infection Control Today -
Eric M. Matheson, MD, MS, from Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and colleagues, report in the latest issue of Annals of Family Medicine about an association between the consumption of hot tea or coffee and a decreased likelihood of ...

FDA Panel Endorses Novel Drug for Lymphoma

MedPage Today -
WASHINGTON -- An FDA advisory panel voted unanimously Thursday to recommend accelerated approval for an investigational drug to treat Hodgkin lymphoma in patients who have already had a stem ...


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