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Gates, Crowley Join Obama for Hotly-Anticipated Happy Hour

Wall Street Journal - Henry J. Pulizzi - ‎18 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON -- Hoping to quell a controversy that has triggered racial tensions and distracted the public from his agenda, President Barack Obama hosted the eagerly-awaited White House happy hour with African-American Harvard Prof.

House Approves Overhaul of Food Safety Regulations

Washington Post - Lyndsey Layton - ‎24 minutes ago‎
The House approved Thursday the first major changes to food safety laws in 70 years, giving sweeping new authority to the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the way food is grown, harvested and processed.

Texas Town Of 72000 Evacuated Because Of Chemical Fire -Official

NASDAQ - ‎22 minutes ago‎
CHICAGO (AFP)--A fire at a chemical plant has forced the evacuation of a town of 72000 people about 100 miles northwest of Houston, after the fire released a plume of orange smoke that could be seen for miles Thursday, officials said.

Islamist sect leader shot dead after 600 killed in Nigeria siege

Times Online - Tristan McConnell - ‎59 minutes ago‎
Nigerian security forces claimed to have defeated a well-armed Islamist sect after four days of bloody fighting that left hundreds dead and forced thousands to flee their homes in the northern town of Maiduguri.

US drones to target Taliban in Afghan war: report

AFP - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - The US military plans to use more drone aircraft to target Taliban militants in Afghanistan while focusing less on hunting down Al-Qaeda figures, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.

Clashes as Iranians Gather to Mourn

New York Times - Farhad RajabaliRobert F. Worth - ‎2 hours ago‎
Zahra Rahnavard, the wife of the opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi, at a memorial in Tehran that turned into an opposition rally.

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Obama names Lowery, other social change agents for top medal

USA Today - ‎2 hours ago‎
In January, Rev. Joseph Lowery began his impassioned benediction for the inauguration of President Obama with those opening lines from the "Negro National Anthem," Lift Every Voice and Sing.

House strikes F-22, passes defense bill

Reuters - John CrawleyGerald E. McCormick - ‎50 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US House of Representatives killed new funding on Thursday for the disputed F-22 fighter jet program as part of a $636.3 billion military spending bill that preserved funding for a new presidential helicopter ...

Baby taken from womb of slain woman returned to Mass.

Boston Globe - John R. EllementMatt Collette - ‎35 minutes ago‎
AP Photo Alleged kidnapper Julie A. Corey can be seen conferring with her attorney, while Judge Gerard A. Boyle can be seen on the other side of the split-screen image.

Disney CEO: Co Sees Signs Of Economic Stabilization

Wall Street Journal - Scott Morrison - ‎1 hour ago‎
(Updated with additional comments from Disney executives, updated share price, in the fourth through sixth, and eighth through 11th paragraphs.

Analyst calls Southwest's bid for Frontier Airlines a 'great move'

Bizjournals.com - Kerri Panchuk - ‎1 hour ago‎
Southwest Airlines Co.'s planned bid for bankrupt Frontier Airlines is getting good early reviews, even though the two airlines would have to reconcile their fleets of Boeing and Airbus planes.

Banks Paid $32.6 Billion in Bonuses Amid US Bailout

Bloomberg - Karen Freifeld - ‎1 hour ago‎
July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Citigroup Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co. and seven other US banks paid $32.6 billion in bonuses in 2008 while receiving $175 billion in taxpayer funds, according to a report by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Microsoft CEO Says 'Nobody Gets' Yahoo Deal

InformationWeek - Nicholas Hoover - ‎1 hour ago‎
Steve Ballmer says he was surprised by the market's reaction to the search and advertising partnership but also characterized the deal as "a little bit complicated.

Everybody Panic! The iPhone Has a Vulnerability!

PC World - ‎47 minutes ago‎
At the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, an iPhone security flaw has come to light. The iPhone security flaw--which exploits a weakness in SMS text messaging to take control of the device--appears real, but will probably be addressed before ...

TMZ Gives Apple's Steve Jobs Celebrity Treatment

ChannelWeb - ‎3 hours ago‎
OMG! Did you see? TMZ got a photo of Steve Jobs. Yes, thee Steve Jobs -- CEO of Apple, that company that makes the iPhone and the iPod.

Apatow's 'Funny People' review: Director finds laughs in the ...

The Star-Ledger - NJ.com - Stephen Whitty - ‎40 minutes ago‎
The movie is called "Funny People." Funny doesn't always mean smart, but this is the work of a couple of very smart comedians.

Jackson's Mother Gains Custody of Children

New York Times - Solomon Moore - ‎48 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES - Katherine Jackson, the mother of Michael Jackson, will be the legal guardian of the late pop singer's two oldest children, while their biological mother, Deborah Rowe, will have visitation rights under a new settlement ...

Charges Expected Against Jackson's Doctor, but Which Ones?

FOXNews - Jana Winter - ‎2 hours ago‎
AP The recent searches of Michael Jackson's personal physician's home and offices indicate that investigators have gathered significant evidence against him - likely enough to charge him with manslaughter and possibly even with murder, ...

Red Sox fans say drug list news won't taint title

SI.com - ‎7 minutes ago‎
BOSTON (AP) -Don Savino used one word to describe what he felt after the Boston Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, their first since 1918: Euphoria.

Lamar Odom agrees to return to Lakers

Los Angeles Times - Broderick Turner - ‎57 minutes ago‎
Jae C. Hong / AP Odom says he wanted to stay in Los Angeles. His contract is reportedly worth $33 million over four years. By Broderick Turner The Lakers reached a deal to re-sign free-agent forward Lamar Odom today, retaining an important, ...

Cubs acquire lefties Grabow, Gorzelanny

MLB.com - Carrie Muskat - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Cubs acquired left-handed pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny from the Pirates on Thursday in exchange for right-hander Kevin Hart, and Minor Leaguers Jose Ascanio, a right-hander, and third baseman Josh Harrison.

Is it safe? US vaccine experts want to build trust

Reuters - Maggie Fox - ‎3 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration met to discuss a new vaccine against H1N1 swine flu last week, some of the biggest critics of vaccination were not only in ...

Betsy mccaughey: governmentcare's Assault on Seniors

Wall Street Journal - Betsy Mccaughey - ‎4 hours ago‎
Since Medicare was established in 1965, access to care has enabled older Americans to avoid becoming disabled and to travel and live independently instead of languishing in nursing homes.

Americans Spend $34 Billion on Alternative Medicine

WebMD - Salynn Boyles - ‎35 minutes ago‎
July 30, 2009 -- Americans spend almost a third as much money out-of pocket on herbal supplements and other alternative medicines as they do on prescription drugs, a new government report shows.

Bombing on Resort Island

New York Times - Victoria Burnett - ‎1 hour ago‎
A civil guard on duty in front of a police installation where a bomb exploded on Thursday, killing two, on the Spanish island of Majorca.

Drop in crime coincides with exodus of illegal immigrants

Bizjournals.com - Mike Sunnucks - ‎1 hour ago‎
A marked drop in Phoenix-area crime coincides with the recession and a drop in the number of illegal immigrants in Arizona. Phoenix has seen a 25 percent decline in the number of crimes during the first five months of 2009 compared to the same time ...

Judge Orders Release of Young Detainee at Guantánamo

New York Times - William Glaberson - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Thursday ordered that one of the youngest detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, be released by late August in a case that drew wide attention because of rulings that he had been tortured by Afghan ...