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In debt ceiling fight, Boehner lays himself on the line

Los Angeles Times -
Much is at stake for the House speaker and the Republican Party as he tries to persuade unruly GOP lawmakers to back his debt ceiling plan.

Authorities exhume body of Sycamore girl killed more than 50 years ago

Chicago Tribune -
Investigators who opened the casket Wednesday of a young girl dead for more than 50 years were "very, very satisfied" with the condition of the remains, a prosecutor said even as he acknowledged ...

Zambrano quiet about future with Cubs after 2-0 loss to Brewers

Washington Post -
By AP, MILWAUKEE - If Carlos Zambrano pitched his final game for Chicago and is on the verge of being traded this week, he'll leave his heart with the Cubs.

House Debt-Limit Vote Sets Stage for Showdown on U.S. Default

Bloomberg -
The House of Representatives planned to vote today on a debt-limit increase proposal that confronts unified Democratic opposition in the Senate, setting the stage for a congressional ...

Jesse James' Ex-Wife Arrested FOR HARRASSMENT -
Jesse James' ex Janine Lindemulder was just arrested at her home in Texas -- two days after a judge awarded him full custody of their daughter ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us ... Janine was arrested for harassment. You may recall .

It's official: Butch Davis out as UNC's head coach -
Stunningly, unexpectedly and, perhaps most importantly, just 38 days ahead of the first game of the 2011 season, North Carolina has fired Butch Davis, mere days after the now-former head coach expressed gratitude for the support he's received from the ...

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Norway looks inward for answers -
The fact that a local carried out the attacks has forced the country to confront the growing anti-immigrant sentiment. When reports of the attacks in Norway first broke, many initially concluded that a Muslim group was behind it.

Britain recognizes Libyan opposition

Boston Globe -
LONDON - Britain has officially recognized Libya's rebel opposition as the country's sole government authority and expelled all of the remaining Libyan diplomats loyal to Moammar Khadafy, Foreign Secretary William Hague said yesterday.

Perry's Texas has jobs, but also good luck

BusinessWeek -
Texas has added more than 1 million jobs since Gov. Rick Perry took office in 2001, more than nearly every other state combined. That makes Texas look like an employment mecca as Perry decides whether to run for president in an ...

Justices Are Asked to Hear Challenge to Health Care Law

New York Times -
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court was asked on Wednesday to hear a challenge to the health care overhaul law, raising the possibility that the justices could rule on the matter by next summer, just months before the presidential election.

Atheists Sue Over Ground Zero Cross

Auburn Journal -
By ThosPayne An atheist group sued today over the inclusion of cross-shaped steel beams, dubbed the "World Trade Center Cross," at the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.

Agency raises specter of lower credit rating

Kansas City Star -
Deven Sharma, left, president of Standard & Poor's, and Michael Rowan, global managing director of the commercial group at Moody's Investors Service, appeared Wednesday before a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee.

US oil slips for 2nd day as high stocks, debt talks weigh

Reuters -
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - US oil fell for a second session on Thursday as the United States struggled to reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling to avoid a default, while the first release of crude stocks in the country unexpectedly ...

Visa Profit Beats Estimates as Credit-Card Spending Increases

Bloomberg -
Visa Inc. (V), the world's biggest payments network, said fiscal third-quarter profit rose 40 percent, beating analyst estimates, as consumers boosted credit- card spending.

Foreclosure Filings Decline in 84% of U.S. Cities After Paperwork Backups

Bloomberg -
Foreclosure filings dropped in 84 percent of the largest US cities in the first half of the year as paperwork delays and a glut of seized properties slowed the repossession of homes, according to RealtyTrac ...

UK Police Arrest 19-year-old 'Topiary' for Being LulzSec Spokesman

International Business Times -
By IBTimes Staff Reporter | July 27, 2011 11:49 PM EDT Scotland Yard nailed a 19-year-old hacker known as "Topiary" accused of being a spokesperson of LulzSec hacking group, which declared war against Government sites and banks under operation ...

Facebook For Business Debuts, Watch Out Google?

InformationWeek -
As if to highlight Google's failure to anticipate business interest in its Google+ social network, Facebook on Tuesday quietly launched a website to underscore its commitment to serving corporate marketing needs.

First Windows 'Mango' Phone Unveiled

PCWorld -
The first smartphone based on the new "Mango" edition of Microsoft's Windows Phone platform was unveiled on Wednesday in Tokyo.

Mild, Wild West: 'Cowboys' flick more ho-hum than yee-ha

Boston Herald -
As its Z-grade movie title suggests, “Cowboys & Aliens” isn't “Hamlet.” It's more like “Omelet,” an eggy, cheesy mess with big chunks of chewy smoked ham.

Hugh Hefner: A History of Romance

Hollywood Reporter -
The Playboy creator, who was recently jilted by young bride Crystal Harris, has had a laundry list of great loves over his lifetime.

'Jeopardy!' host injured after chasing burglar in Calif.

USA Today -
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek says he snapped his Achilles tendon while running after a burglar who had stolen cash, a bracelet and other items from his San Francisco hotel room.

Rice to rejoin Tarvaris in Seattle

Minneapolis Star Tribune -
The Vikings found out their top receiver will rejoin Darrell Bevell and Tarvaris Jackson in Seattle. In the frenetic post-lockout world of the NFL, the Vikings got good and bad news in short order Wednesday.

Angels' Santana No-Hits the Indians

New York Times -
The Angels' Ervin Santana, without cap, after throwing the first no-hitter at the Indians' Progressive Field, where he was roughed up in his major league debut in 2005.

Reds hit new low with 8-2 loss to Mets, find it harder to be optimistic

Washington Post -
By AP, The defending NL Central champions fell to a new season low with an 8-2 loss to the New York Mets on Wednesday night, one that felt a lot like so many of them lately.

AL roundup: Red Sox stay hot, White Sox edge Tigers

USA Today -
BOSTON (AP) - Boston's David Ortiz hit a grand slam to cap a five-run fourth inning and Dustin Pedroia extended his career-best hitting streak to 24 games with a solo homer as the Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 12-5 for their 19th win in 23 games.

Pirates can't come through with key hit, fall to Braves 2-1, in 10 innings

Washington Post -
By AP, ATLANTA - The Pirates have stayed close to first place in the NL Central by taking advantage of their scoring chances. For the second straight extra-innings loss to Atlanta, the Pirates failed to deliver the key hit.

China discovery knocks 'early bird' off perch, study says

Los Angeles Times -
The famous winged and feathered fossil Archaeopteryx has been knocked off its perch as the oldest known bird, according to the new research.

Moon Rains Water on Saturn in Baffling Phenomenon

International Business Times -
"There is no analogy to this behaviour on Earth," said Paul Hartogh of Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, the scientist who led the analysis that yielded the odd results.

Lining up backup plans for the International Space Station

Los Angeles Times -
With the retirement of the space shuttle, NASA is now reliant on Russia's Soyuz. But what happens if that fails? The space shuttle Endeavor is shown docked at the International Space Station, in a photo taken from a Russian Soyuz capsule.

New Study: Cellphones Don't Cause Cancer

Mashable -
In the battle of the cellphone cancer studies, now we can chalk one up for the scientists who say there is no relationship between cellphones and cancer in children.

Ceremony closes Walter Reed military hospital

Kansas City Star -
The military's flagship hospital, where privates to presidents have gone for care for more than a century, is closing its doors.


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