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Sotomayor sidesteps questions on hot issues

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎16 minutes ago‎
Before nominating Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, President Obama did not ask her about abortion rights or any other "specific legal issue," she testified Wednesday as she sidestepped senators' efforts to plumb her views on matters from campaign ...

Q+A: India-US ties past, present and future

Reuters - Matthias Williams - ‎1 hour ago‎
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in India this week against the backdrop of New Delhi's strained relations with neighbor Pakistan, the global slowdown and the war in Afghanistan.

Police Shoot and Kill Man Near Capitol

New York Times - Andrea Fuller - ‎4 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - The police shot and killed a driver who they said pulled a gun after a routine traffic stop near the United States Capitol on Wednesday.

Group blames Chechen leader for activist's murder

Reuters - Amie Ferris-Rotman - ‎3 hours ago‎
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A human rights group blamed Chechnya's president for the kidnap and murder of a prominent activist, the latest in a series of slayings of establishment critics in Russia.

Black boxes recovered from crashed Iranian plane

Reuters - Fredrik Dahl - ‎10 minutes ago‎
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Two badly damaged black box recorders have been recovered from a Tupolev aircraft that crashed in Iran Wednesday, killing all 168 people on board, official media reported Thursday.

Resignation a possibility, interim Honduran leader says

CNN International - ‎1 hour ago‎
(CNN) -- Provisional Honduran President Roberto Micheletti told reporters Wednesday that he would be willing to step down as long as ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya ceases his claims to the presidency.

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Talks fail to break California budget impasse

Reuters - Jim Christie - ‎26 minutes ago‎
SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 16 (Reuters) - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers failed on Wednesday night to agree to balance the state's budget by closing a $26.3 billion deficit, but officials said talks would continue.

CIA was a long way from Jason Bourne

Los Angeles Times - Greg Miller - ‎1 hour ago‎
The agency tried to assemble a team of anti-terrorist assassins. But officials could not solve logistical problems, including how to get close to targets while keeping US involvement secret.

Episcopal bishops back blessings of same-sex unions

Los Angeles Times - Duke Helfand - ‎49 minutes ago‎
The measure won overwhelming support, despite complaints from conservatives within the church and the wider Anglican Communion. Clergy and laity are expected to approve the measure Thursday.

Treasury Bets US Financial System Can Weather CIT Collapse

Bloomberg - Scott LanmanVivien Lou Chen - ‎2 hours ago‎
July 16 (Bloomberg) -- The US spurning of CIT Group Inc.'s aid request suggests officials are betting they've fixed the financial system enough to withstand the bankruptcy of a mid-sized lender.

HIGHLIGHTS: China cautiously optimistic after robust Q2 GDP

Reuters - Zhou XinSimon Rabinovitch - ‎1 hour ago‎
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's annual GDP growth quickened to 7.9 percent in the second quarter, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Thursday.

Intel's Profit Is Expected to Lead the Tech Pack

Wall Street Journal - Geoffrey Rogow - ‎4 hours ago‎
In the wake of chip giant Intel posting a robust adjusted fiscal second-quarter profit that exceeded Wall Street's projections, a broad spectrum of technology stocks have paced a sharp rally Wednesday.

Apollo 11: Where are they now?

msnbc.com - Alan Boyle - ‎4 hours ago‎
Every five years, the three men of Apollo 11 get together to face the cameras and answer questions about the greatest adventure of the 20th century: humanity's first landing on the surface of another world.

Shuttle Endeavour blasts off; debris strikes mulled

CNET News - William Harwood - ‎7 hours ago‎
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.--Running a month late because of hydrogen leaks and stormy weather, the shuttle Endeavour finally roared to life and blasted off Wednesday on its sixth try, rocketing away through a hazy sky toward a Friday ...

Hackers Target Twitter

BusinessWeek - Rachael King - ‎1 hour ago‎
Hackers are getting more creative in targeting certain companies and Twitter has recently discovered the consequences of such an attack.

'Harry Potter' countdown: Midnight magic reigns as fans flock to ...

Los Angeles Times - ‎14 hours ago‎
Remember those Harry Potter fans who said they would boycott the sixth movie because Warner Bros. delayed its release to make more money?

Dozens of doctors probed in Michael Jackson's death

Washington Post - ‎9 hours ago‎
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's attorney general said on Wednesday his office has run dozens of doctors' names, some of them thought to be aliases, through its prescription drug database to aid police investigating the death of Michael Jackson.

Video of Jackson 1984 Pepsi burn accident surfaces

The Associated Press - Nekesa Mumbi Moody - ‎2 hours ago‎
NEW YORK - Us Weekly magazine has obtained video it says shows never-before-seen footage of Michael Jackson's head catching on fire during filming of his 1984 Pepsi commercial.

Subplots, Sideshows and Vagaries of Links Golf Await

New York Times - Larry Dorman - ‎2 hours ago‎
Ryo Ishikawa, 17, a star in Japan, on the 10th tee Wednesday. He is playing in his first Open. By LARRY DORMAN TURNBERRY, Scotland - Down a serpentine road a few miles north of the Turnberry Ailsa course, where the 138th British Open begins Thursday, ...

A cool idea: Fenway to host Classic

Boston Herald - Dan Duggan - ‎58 minutes ago‎
Asa big baseball fan, Aaron Ward would love the chance to play at Fenway Park [map]. Now he'll get it - with a twist. “I've been everywhere on the outskirts of the building,” Ward said.

Auto racing rail: Mayfield tests positive again for methamphetamine

Kansas City Star - Carl Edwards - ‎2 hours ago‎
The Sprint Cup Series has the weekend off, so here are details about the Nationwide race near St. Louis. The place: Gateway International Raceway, a 1.25-mile oval in Madison, Ill.

Insurers May Face Fees to Help Fund US Health-Care Overhaul

Bloomberg - Laura LitvanKristin Jensen - ‎1 hour ago‎
July 16 (Bloomberg) -- Insurance companies should use their profits to help fund as much as $100 billion of a landmark overhaul of the US health-care system, senators including Democrat Charles Schumer of New York ...
Health care battle begins Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Swine flu 'will keep one in eight workers at home'

Telegraph.co.uk - Kate Devlin - ‎20 minutes ago‎
Businesses will be crippled within two months as swine flu forces one in eight workers to stay at home, according to official figures.

Learning Alzheimer's risk may do no harm

Boston Globe - Carolyn Y. Johnson - ‎1 hour ago‎
“It's information I wanted to have because I had a mother who died of Alzheimer's,'' said Robert McKersie, an MIT professor who participated in an Alzheimer's risk study.

Great Recession escape: In tough times, we go to the movies

San Jose Mercury News - Devin Banerjee - ‎1 hour ago‎
Since the silent film era, a certain trend has held true: In tough financial times, people go to the movies. That trend is now being seen during the worst recession since the Great Depression.
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Gasoline tanker explodes on I-75 north of Detroit

The Associated Press - Ben Leubsdorf - ‎1 hour ago‎
HAZEL PARK, Mich. - Flames shot hundreds of feet in the air after a gasoline tanker exploded Wednesday night underneath a highway overpass near Detroit.

Budget passes without tax hike

Chicago Sun-Times - Dave Mckinney - ‎1 hour ago‎
SPRINGFIELD -- Ending a nearly seven-week impasse, state lawmakers Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a budget devoid of an income tax increase and heavy on borrowing that will mostly fund threatened ...
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