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Obama Rushes to Quell Racial Uproar He Helped Fire

ABC News - Nancy Benac - ‎1 hour ago‎

Obama: Health reform must not worsen deficits

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎32 minutes ago‎
(07-24) 04:00 PDT Washington - -- President Obama said Friday that he shares the concern of California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other moderate Democrats that a health care overhaul not compound the nation's deficits, but downplayed worries from ...
The Ghosts of Clintoncare Washington Post
Health Reform's Hidden Victims Wall Street Journal

Schwarzenegger Will Sign Budget Deal Closing $26 Billion Gap

Bloomberg - Ryan FlinnMichael B. Marois - ‎1 hour ago‎
July 25 (Bloomberg) -- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will spend the weekend trimming $1 billion from the state budget, after lawmakers rejected two parts of a plan to erase a $26 billion deficit that ...

Ousted Honduran leader dips a toe across border

Los Angeles Times - Tracy WilkinsonAlex Renderos - ‎2 hours ago‎
Esteban Felix / AP Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya, surrounded by supporters and journalists in Las Manos, Nicaragua, lifts the chain along the border with Honduras.

IMF approves 2.6 bln dlr loan for Sri Lanka

AFP - ‎3 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund approved a 2.6-billion-dollar loan for Sri Lanka to support its economic reform program and help the country weather the severe global downturn.

Mr Biden backed Ukraine's and Georgia's ambitions to join Nato

BBC News - ‎6 hours ago‎
On foreign trips, US Vice-President Joe Biden looks like a man who is really enjoying himself. His predecessor, Dick Cheney, could - at best - muster a rather sinister-looking grin.

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Palin picnic in Alaska hometown draws big crowd

The Associated Press - Matthew Daly - ‎26 minutes ago‎
WASILLA, Alaska - More than a thousand people showed up Friday for Gov. Sarah Palin's annual picnic held in her hometown of Wasilla.

Obama chides California for not using test scores to evaluate teachers

Los Angeles Times - Jason SongJason Felch - ‎27 minutes ago‎
At stake are billions in federal stimulus funds to be allocated in 'Race to the Top' grants. Schwarzenegger says state law will be amended if necessary to comply.

Two key GOP senators to oppose Sotomayor

CNN - Bill Mears - ‎12 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Two key Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee announced their opposition to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor on Friday, a further sign the party's conservative base is uniting against President Obama's ...
State of diversity on the courts Christian Science Monitor

Oil, Stocks Rebound on Recovery Hopes

New York Times - Ellis MnyanduMatthew Robinson - ‎1 hour ago‎
By REUTERS NEW YORK (Reuters) - World stocks edged higher on Friday to 2009 highs and crude oil rebounded as investors shrugged off weak results from Microsoft to bid up drugmakers and energy shares on growing signs of economic recovery.

Wage hike to hit some workers' pay

News-Journal.com - Maia Kushick - ‎44 minutes ago‎
It might not equate to a windfall for a lot of workers, but some local workers on Friday were grateful for their federally mandated raise.

Dealers see dollars in Treasure Valley clunkers

IdahoStatesman.com - Bill Roberts - ‎26 minutes ago‎
Vicki Duckett, from Boise, is taking advantage of the federal government's "Cash for Clunkers" which was going into effect Friday and trading in her clunker for a brand new car at Bronco Motors on Fairview ...

Microsoft to rush out emergency IE patch

Computerworld - Robert McMillan - ‎2 hours ago‎
IDG News Service - Microsoft is taking the unusual step of rushing out two emergency security patches ahead of its regularly scheduled updates on Aug. 11.

The Bruise Heard Round the World

New York Times - Alex Williams - ‎1 hour ago‎
Around the time of the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing last week, an amateur astronomer in Australia detected evidence that a comet had collided with Jupiter, leaving a bruise the size of Earth.

Palm Pre Is the Most Open Mobile Platform on the Market

PC World - Tom Yager - ‎8 hours ago‎
Analysis: But why did Palm want to keep the SDK out of power users' and developers' hands when the WebOS platform was all about the ease with which new apps could be created in JavaScript?

Hidden Drug Stash Found in Jackson's House

TMZ.com - ‎18 minutes ago‎
Law enforcement sources tell us Dr. Conrad Murray kept a stash of drugs -- including the powerful anesthesia Propofol -- hidden in his closet at Michael Jackson's home.

At 40, Comic-Con grows into family affair

Reuters - John GaudiosiBob Tourtellotte - ‎8 hours ago‎
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - If life truly begins at 40, as the old saying goes, then after four decades the giant Comic-Con pop culture showcase is seeing a rebirth of sorts among a new generation of attendees -- families and children.

Sorry Ladies! Gerard Butler Says 'The Ugly Truth' Is Actually A ...

MTV.com - ‎7 hours ago‎
If you decide to drag your boyfriend out to "The Ugly Truth" this weekend and he uses the argument that it's just another chick flick, then you can just tell him that the film's male star, Gerard Butler, actually thinks this is more a guy's film than ...
Katherine Heigl ready for kids Monsters and Critics.com

'Lucky' Holliday fine with four knocks

MLB.com - David Gurian-Peck - ‎1 hour ago‎
PHILADELPHIA -- Matt Holliday did not hit the ball particularly hard in his Cardinals debut Friday. Yet somehow, every bloop, flair and grounder off his bat was perfectly placed, as he finished 4-for-5 with a stolen base, ...
A's move Holliday to St. Louis San Francisco Chronicle

Marlins expose Dodgers' weaknesses

Los Angeles Times - ‎48 minutes ago‎
There are less than seven shopping days until baseball's trade deadline. And if you're wondering what's on the Dodgers' shopping list, Friday's 6-3 loss to the Florida Marlins provided a not-so-subtle hint.

Long balls continue Angels' win streak

MLB.com - Lyle Spencer - ‎1 hour ago‎
ANAHEIM -- Joe Mauer did everything in his power, but the Twins' catcher couldn't match the collective muscle of the Angels, who went deep three times on Friday night in a 6-3 victory in front of 39272 at Angel Stadium, ...
Homers can't counter poor start Minneapolis Star Tribune

Health agency raises swine flu risk estimates

San Francisco Chronicle - Thomas H. Maugh II - ‎14 minutes ago‎
Hundreds of thousands of Americans could die over the next two years if the vaccine for the new H1N1 influenza is not effective and, at the pandemic's peak, as much as 40 percent of the workforce could be affected, according to new estimates from the ...

Report Sees Agent Orange Link to More Illnesses

New York Times - Janie Lorber - ‎9 hours ago‎
An expert panel reported on Friday that two more diseases may be linked to exposure to Agent Orange, a defoliant used by the American military during the Vietnam War.

House Democrats reach deal to reduce regional Medicare spending ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune - Kevin Diaz - ‎2 hours ago‎
Supporters of the agreement say it could save the system more than $100 billion a year and improve care. Summary. By KEVIN DIAZ, Star Tribune Ending subsidies for the private insurers (on reducing ER visits) and payment reform and so on could be enough ...
Democrats Spar Over Medicare Wall Street Journal

Court dates continue in NJ corruption probe

Philadelphia Inquirer - ‎9 hours ago‎
AP NEWARK, NJ - Court appearances continue in a wide ranging corruption probe that has netted 44 people in New York and New Jersey, including several elected officials and religious leaders.

Bush Weighed Using Military in US Arrests

New York Times - Mark MazzettiDavid Johnston - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON - Top Bush administration officials in 2002 debated testing the Constitution by sending American troops into the suburbs of Buffalo to arrest a group of men suspected of plotting with Al Qaeda, ...

Maryland: Fatal Copter Crash

New York Times - ‎4 hours ago‎
By AP Four people were killed when their helicopter crashed on a highway, the authorities said. Investigators do not yet know why the helicopter crashed on Interstate 70 and burst into flames around 10:30 pm Thursday in Hagerstown, said Kitty Higgins, ...