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Solar Eclipse Plunges Millions Into Darkness in Asia

Bloomberg - Jay Shankar - ‎43 minutes ago‎
July 22 (Bloomberg) -- Indians offered prayers, Chinese gazed at the sky and astrologers predicted turbulent times as the longest full solar eclipse this century crossed Asia, plunging millions of people into temporary darkness.

A Defining Moment Nears for President

New York Times - Brendan Smialowski - ‎39 minutes ago‎
President Obama will hold a prime-time news conference on Wednesday that will in effect be a “six-month report card.” By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG WASHINGTON - Six months into his administration, President Obama is at a pivotal moment.

Budget to reshape the Golden State

Los Angeles Times - Mitchell Landsberg - ‎46 minutes ago‎
Roads will be rougher, classrooms fuller and textbooks more tattered. The odds of encountering someone fresh out of prison will almost certainly be higher.

Honduras' Zelaya says he faces assassination by coup leader

Xinhua - ‎33 minutes ago‎
TEGUCIGALPA, July 21 (Xinhua) -- Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya said on Tuesday that he has the risk of being assassinated by coup leader upon his return.

Clinton Warns N. Korea and Myanmar May Be Sharing Nuclear Technology

New York Times - Mark Landler - ‎1 hour ago‎
BANGKOK - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton intensified her warnings Wednesday about reports of growing military cooperation between North Korea and Myanmar, this time citing the possible transfer of nuclear technology.

Chinese FM urges restraints on Northeast Asia situation

Xinhua - ‎23 minutes ago‎
PHUKET, Thailand, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi urged here on Wednesday that concerned parties exercise restraints on the situation of Northeast Asia and not to take actions that destabilized regional peace.

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No charge, but Gates case seethes

Boston Globe - Tracy Jan - ‎1 hour ago‎
Authorities abruptly dropped criminal charges yesterday against noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., but for Gates and others, it appeared to be a case of too little, too late.

Obama Wins Crucial Round in Senate Vote on F-22

New York Times - Christopher Drew - ‎2 hours ago‎
The F-22 can perform tactical operations at higher altitudes than other fighters. It can cruise at supersonic speeds without using afterburners and has a skin that scatters radar signals.

Grand Ole White House Presents Paisley, Krauss

Washington Post - Joe Heim - ‎1 hour ago‎
If he's played a fancier room, Brad Paisley doesn't remember it. And certainly not one with as much history. The country music star joined bluegrass singer Alison Krauss on Tuesday afternoon for an hour-long concert and songwriting workshop ...

LG Electronics Posts Record Profit

Wall Street Journal - Jung-Ah Lee - ‎27 minutes ago‎
SEOUL -- LG Electronics Inc., the country's second-largest electronics maker by revenue after Samsung Electronics Co., Wednesday posted a record-high quarterly net profit, thanks to robust sales of cellphones and flat-screen televisions.

Apple's Mac Price Cuts Buoy Earnings Even as PC Market Slumps

Bloomberg - Connie GuglielmoBrian Womack - ‎1 hour ago‎
July 22 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc.'s price cuts attracted more first-time buyers for Macintosh personal computers last quarter, helping profit and sales top analysts' estimates.

Federal reserve chief heads back to Capitol Hill

The Associated Press - Jeannine Aversa - ‎27 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke heads back to Capitol Hill Wednesday, where he's likely to face more tough questions about the central bank's extraordinary actions to rescue the economy and its ability to take on even more ...

Apollo 11's 40th anniversary goes anything but unnoticed

Ars Technica - Casey Johnston - ‎7 hours ago‎
During the period in July that marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, several parties have stepped up to commemorate the event.

All Eyepieces on Jupiter After a Big Impact

New York Times - Dennis Overbye - ‎5 hours ago‎
Astronomers were scrambling to get big telescopes turned to Jupiter on Tuesday to observe the remains of what looks like the biggest smashup in the solar system since fragments of the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 crashed into the planet in ...

E-Readers: The End of Bookstores?

PC Magazine - Jason Young - ‎13 hours ago‎
I don't buy books anymore. That is I don't buy hard copies of books anymore. I've been an ereader user for more than three years.

Movie deal could strengthen hold on Jackson estate

Washington Post - ‎1 hour ago‎
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Even as they seek to account for all of Michael Jackson's business holdings, the two advisors he named co-executors of his will are working to generate income which could strengthen their grip on his multi-million dollar estate, ...

Essay: Cronkite and the voice of authority gone

The Daily News Online - Ted Anthony - ‎6 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (AP) -- "And that's the way it is," he'd say. It wasn't, but we wanted that reassurance. The idea that someone could wrangle the world each night and boil it down to a sensible, digestible half hour was so ...
Walter Cronkite New York Times

Comic-Con 2009: Mecca for mad pop obsessions

Los Angeles Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
The festival of pop culture fandom returns to San Diego, now with more fervor-fomenting film-directing phenoms. Zombies will parade through downtown San Diego.

Dodgers rout Reds after Manny scare

MLB.com - Ken Gurnick - ‎1 hour ago‎
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers walloped the Reds Tuesday night, 12-3, but almost lost outfielder Manny Ramirez, who was struck on the left hand by a pitch in the third inning and left the game.

Cuddyer redeemed in Twins' victory

MLB.com - Kelly Thesier - ‎1 hour ago‎
OAKLAND -- One night after blowing a 10-run lead, the Twins found a way to eke one out over the A's, picking up a 3-2 victory in 10 innings on Tuesday night at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
Cuddyer's revenge: RBI in 10th San Francisco Chronicle
Cuddyer, Twins bounce back against A's Minneapolis Star Tribune

Yankees capture sole possession of first in AL East as Sergio ...

New York Daily News - Mark Feinsand - ‎3 hours ago‎
Robinson Cano's two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth helps the Yankees recapture first place alone atop the AL East. A year ago, Sergio Mitre hit rock bottom when he underwent Tommy John surgery and was subsequently released by ...

World response to swine flu crisis

BBC News - ‎12 hours ago‎
The rapid spread of the swine flu pandemic has forced the World Health Organization (WHO) to change tack. The focus now should be on quick response to severe outbreaks to minimise impact, rather than on attempting to halt growth of the virus, it says.

End in sight to Aids drug treks?

BBC News - Tom Gibb - ‎14 hours ago‎
A week after giving birth to her sixth child, Christine Achan walked 60 km (37 miles) from her village in northern Uganda to get life-saving anti-retroviral drugs to stop her and her baby becoming sick with Aids.

US House Democrats Claim 'Breakthrough' On Health Bill

Wall Street Journal - Patrick YoestMartin Vaughan - ‎7 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--Conservative Democrats gained support Tuesday in a White House meeting for a proposal to strengthen an outside Medicare advisory board, according to a House lawmaker at the center of ...

Maliki to meet Obama, seek support for investment

Reuters - Ross ColvinLouis Charbonneau - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki meets President Barack Obama on Wednesday in a visit aimed at asserting Iraq's newfound sovereignty and encouraging foreign investors to return to the war-ravaged ...

Palin Legal Donations May Have Violated Ethics Law, Report Finds

Washington Post - Kimberly KindyChris Cillizza - ‎6 hours ago‎
An independent investigator has determined that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) may have violated state ethics laws by soliciting and accepting private donations to pay $500000 in legal debts.

Crist says he opposes Sotomayor

MiamiHerald.com - Beth Reinhard - ‎1 hour ago‎
After avoiding the question for weeks, Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running for the Senate, said he opposes the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.