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Obama parries, and critics pounce

Boston Globe - Joseph Williams - ‎41 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - President Obama yesterday stood by his criticism that Cambridge police “acted stupidly'' when they arrested Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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SI.com - ‎19 minutes ago‎
CHICAGO (AP) -Mark Buehrle pitched the 18th perfect game in major league history, getting a huge assist from Chicago center fielder DeWayne Wise, and the White Sox beat Tampa Bays 5-0 on Thursday.

As Health Bill Is Delayed, White House Negotiates

New York Times - David M. HerszenhornJeff Zeleny - ‎5 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - White House officials negotiated furiously on Thursday to keep major health care legislation on track after the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, said his chamber would not vote on a ...
A Better Health Reform Wall Street Journal

Manuel Zelaya to attempt Honduras return

Los Angeles Times - Tracy Wilkinson - ‎2 hours ago‎
Ousted President Manuel Zelaya prepares to depart from Managua, the Nicaraguan capital, heading for Honduras. He has urged followers to gather at the border.

Biden Offers Georgia Solidarity

Washington Post - Philip P. Pan - ‎2 hours ago‎
TBILISI, Georgia, July 23 -- Breaking with the cautious tone the Obama administration has adopted toward the Kremlin, Vice President Biden told a room of Georgian children Thursday that Russia "used a pretext to invade your country" in ...
Excerpts: Georgia's Saakashvili Wall Street Journal

Incumbent set for landslide win in Kyrgyzstan vote

Reuters - Maria GolovninaOlga Dzyubenko - ‎8 minutes ago‎
BISHKEK (Reuters) - Early results from Kyrgyzstan's presidential election gave an overwhelming lead to incumbent Kurmanbek Bakiyev in a vote the opposition said was rigged.

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Rabbis, Politicians Snared in FBI Sting

Washington Post - Keith B. Richburg - ‎1 hour ago‎
NEW YORK, July 23 -- A two-year federal probe into a money laundering operation taking place between the New York area and Israel ballooned into one of the biggest bribery and corruption sweeps in New Jersey history, netting three ...

Obama to announce $4.35 billion in stimulus for schools

CNN - Sally Holland - ‎28 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama plans to announce the next phase of education funding Friday as one round of stimulus money filters through state governments and into school districts.

Senate healthcare legislation not expected soon

Los Angeles Times - James OliphantChristi Parsons - ‎4 hours ago‎
President Obama, who had urged quick action, takes the delay in stride but says it's no excuse to slow down work. The House continues to push for a floor vote before its summer recess.

Ericsson's Net Falls on Charges

Wall Street Journal - Gustav Sandstrom - ‎12 minutes ago‎
STOCKHOLM -- LM Ericsson Telephone Co., the world's largest telecommunications network company by sales, Friday posted a 56% drop in second-quarter net profit on continuing restructuring charges, and said the economic downturn is ...

Merck KGaA Profit Drops 48%; Company to Meet Guidance

Bloomberg - Naomi Kresge - ‎47 minutes ago‎
July 24 (Bloomberg) -- Merck KGaA said second-quarter profit dropped 48 percent as sales of liquid crystals used in flat-panel electronics slumped and spending on drug research and development increased.

Microsoft profit drops 29% amid weak sales

Los Angeles Times - David Sarno - ‎2 hours ago‎
The software giant's net income falls to $3.05 billion in its fiscal fourth quarter, down from $4.3 billion a year earlier, as revenue declines 17%.

AT&T: Exclusive iPhones Won't Be There Forever

PC Magazine - Michael J. Miller - ‎1 hour ago‎
AT&T is aware of the complaints many people have about the iPhone, but CEO Randall Stephenson told a crowd at Fortune Brainstorm Tech on Thursday that "We know we have a lot of room to go.

Microsoft, Intel Design Windows 7 to Be Speedy

PC World - ‎8 hours ago‎
Collaboration with Microsoft could allow the software giant's upcoming Windows 7 OS to take advantage of multithreaded and multicore Intel chips for faster application performance, according to an Intel official.

Palm releases WebOS 1.1 for Pre; brings back iTunes syncing

CNET News - Bonnie Cha - ‎6 hours ago‎
Oh, snap! Things just got a little more heated between Palm and Apple. On Thursday, Palm released WebOS 1.1 for the Palm Pre, which, among other things, brings back iTunes syncing even with version 8.2.1, which disabled the feature.

Michael Jackson's doctor becomes focus of manslaughter probe

Los Angeles Times - Kimi YoshinoHarriet Ryan - ‎3 hours ago‎
Search warrants issued in Houston identify Dr. Conrad Murray as a target of the investigation into the pop star's death. By Kimi Yoshino and Harriet Ryan Michael Jackson's personal physician was identified as a suspect in the Los Angeles Police ...

"Twilight" dominates Comic Con, drawing thousands

The Associated Press - Sandy Cohen - ‎39 minutes ago‎
SAN DIEGO - Most camped out overnight. Some spent two nights outside the San Diego Convention Center. They wore homemade T-shirts, made friends with fellow fans and talked about their allegiance to Team Edward or Team Jacob.

At Cronkite funeral, a friend, sailor, newsman remembered

Los Angeles Times - Kathy Willens - ‎1 hour ago‎
Walter Cronkite's funeral was held at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York, where many TV luminaries gathered to pay their respects.

Mexico edges Costa Rica in penalties

MLS - Major League Soccer - ‎33 minutes ago‎
By CONCACAF/GoldCup.org CHICAGO -- Mexico made it back to in the Gold Cup final, outlasting Costa Rica 5-3 on penalties Thursday after playing to a 1-1 draw.

Mike Napoli rallies Angels to victory

Los Angeles Times - Ben Bolch - ‎35 minutes ago‎
Napoli's ends the game in the 10th off a run-scoring single as Angels comeback from a bleak first inning to beat the Twins. By Ben Bolch, On The Angels It was a comeback that had an air of inevitability to it, the way the Angels kept pressuring the ...
Twins fall as Angels bear down Minneapolis Star Tribune

Specter of Mont Ventoux looming for Tour de France riders

MiamiHerald.com - Linda Robertson - ‎1 hour ago‎
Leader Alberto Contador and the rest of the Tour de France riders face a daunting task in Saturday's stage. American seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong takes the start of the 18th stage of the Tour de France cycling race, an individual ...
Contador heads to victory San Francisco Chronicle

Swine Flu May Cause Seizures in Children

New York Times - Sarah Arnquist - ‎2 hours ago‎
The nation's top public health officials are alerting doctors that swine flu may cause seizures, after four children were hospitalized in Texas for neurological complications.

Fido's $3000 Stem-Cell Cure Holds Promise for Injured Humans

Bloomberg - Rob Waters - ‎1 hour ago‎
July 24 (Bloomberg) -- Cris, a 5-year-old police dog in Fremont, California, faced retirement after a muscle injury. Marsh Mayfly, a 12-year-old mare that won a 2006 championship in Scotland, left competition after tearing a tendon.

Removal Of Cho's File Called Accidental

Washington Post - Rosalind S. HeldermanTom Jackman - ‎3 hours ago‎
The former director of the Virginia Tech college counseling center took the mental health records of Seung Hui Cho from his office accidentally when he changed jobs more than a year before the university ...

US Recruit Reveals How Qaeda Screens Foreigners

New York Times - Robert Stolarik - ‎58 minutes ago‎
The house in Patchogue, NY, that is said to be the former home of Bryant Neal Vinas, a Long Island man who admitted to receiving Al Qaeda training and conspiring to kill American soldiers.

Obama has lifted global view of US

Boston Globe - ‎1 hour ago‎
President Obama's poll ratings may be slipping at home, but his popularity abroad is already repairing the image of the United States, which took a beating during the Bush administration.

California lawmakers begin vote on state budget

Los Angeles Times - Shane GoldmacherPatrick McGreevy - ‎54 minutes ago‎
Reporting from Sacramento -- Legislative leaders worked late into the night Thursday to round up enough votes to pass a budget package that would close the state's $26.3-billion deficit.