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Obama celebrates 50th birthday at White House

The Associated Press -
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is expecting at least one birthday greeting when he turns 50 on Thursday. "By the time I wake up, I'll have an email from AARP asking me to call President Obama and tell him to protect Medicare," Obama joked ...
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Dad: 'Shock' over son who died after arrest

Forbes -
FULLERTON, Calif. -- In the nearly two decades since his son descended into madness, Ron Thomas has worried every day that the schizophrenic 37-year-old would die of exposure or illness on the streets.

My uncle was DB Cooper, Oklahoma woman claims

CNN International -
(CNN) -- It's an extraordinary claim -- one based on a 40-year-old memory -- but one the FBI has been using in an attempt untangle the unsolved case of skyjacker DB Cooper.

Mubarak pleads innocent to murder charges

Xinhua -
BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak has pleaded innocent to charges of corruption and complicity in the killing of protesters who toppled his government.

Ex-NFL star turned actor Bubba Smith dies

The Tennessean -
| AP Former NFL defensive star Bubba Smith, who found a successful second career as an actor, died Wednesday in Los Angeles at age 66.

'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' evolves into a digital showcase

The Seattle Times -
A movie review of Rupert Wyatt's origin story "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," which is a showcase of digital effects and performance capture, with nary a real primate in sight.

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UNSC condemns Syria crackdown

The Hindu -
The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned the Syrian government's deadly crackdown on civilians demanding democratic reforms, saying those responsible for the atrocities should be held “accountable.

Adm. Mullen on debt deal, progress in Iraq

San Antonio Express -
Because the growing national debt remains as the biggest threat to national security, the recent debate and resolution of the debt ceiling crisis are important steps, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Baghdad Tuesday.

Cargill Recalls 36 Million Pounds Of Ground Turkey

by AP Meat giant Cargill is recalling 36 million pounds of ground turkey linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak that has killed one person in California and sickened at least 76 others.

Casey Anthony Must Return to Orlando?

Christian Post -
Casey Anthony is back in the news again. This time facing an old problem that stems from a slew of check fraud convictions and an unclear probation order.

Decoding the debt deal: What it means for you [The conversation]

Los Angeles Times -
Though Tuesday's debt deal managed to raise the debt ceiling, which was ultimately the intended goal, it left many feeling unsatisfied.

Religious event may pose risks for Perry

Boston Globe -
Only about 8000 free tickets have been claimed for “The Response'' event Saturday at Houston's 71500-seat Reliant Stadium.

72 charged in online child pornography ring

Los Angeles Times -
Fifty-two have been arrested in the US and abroad and 13 have pleaded guilty in the case, the result of a crackdown by the Justice and Homeland Security departments.

S&P 500 Erases 2011 Gain as Investors Grow Concerned Recovery Faltering

Bloomberg -
Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Deborah Kostroun reports on the performance of the US equity market today. US stocks tumbled, erasing the 2011 gain for the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, ...

Debt crisis in hands of new bipartisan committee

San Francisco Chronicle -
WASHINGTON - AUGUST 3: US President Barack Obama greets people after eating lunch at Good Stuff Eatery on August 3, 2011 in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Security Firm Sees Global Cyberspying

New York Times -
SHANGHAI - An American cybersecurity company issued a report on Wednesday saying that it had identified a single perpetrator of cyberattacks that lasted up to five years on a wide range of governments, ...

Apple using 'bogus' patents to make Android more expensive, says Google

The Guardian -
Google has accused iPhone-maker Apple of using 'bogus patents' to make Android phones more expensive. Photograph: Kimberly White/Reuters/Corbis Google has accused Apple, Microsoft, Oracle and "other companies" of trying to make Android smartphones more ...

New touch-screen BlackBerrys being launched by RIM

Waterbury Republican American -
NEW YORK - Research In Motion Ltd. on Wednesday unveiled five new BlackBerry phones with touch screens, as it hopes to revive the line's dwindling appeal in the face of competition from the iPhone and Android ...

Charlie? Charlie who? Let's talk about 'incredible' Ashton

Philadelphia Inquirer -
Inquirer television critic Jonathan Storm is reporting from the television critics' press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. These items are taken from his blog "Eye of the Storm," at CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler did a verbal ...

Jerry Lewis no longer MDA's national chairman

Marietta Times -
AP TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Comedian Jerry Lewis is no longer serving as the Muscular Dystrophy Association's national chairman and won't be appearing on this year's Labor Day telethon, the nonprofit agency announced Wednesday night.

Bachelorette Ashley's Sister: 'I Made a Big Mistake'

People Magazine -
More than 9 million viewers tuned in to The Bachelorette season finale Monday night and watched Ashley Hebert get engaged to the man of her dreams, New York construction manager JP Rosenbaum.

'The Change-Up': Another case of opposites switching bodies

The Seattle Times -
"The Change-Up," with Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds and Leslie Mann, revisits the age-old story of opposites trading places.

MLB is investigating A-Rod's poker playing

Boston Globe -
AP / August 4, 2011 Major League Baseball will interview Alex Rodriguez as it investigates allegations that the Yankees star took part in illegal celebrity poker games.

AL Game of the Day Red Sox 4, Indians 3

San Francisco Chronicle -
AP Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox celebrates his game-winning home run in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians. BOSTON -- Jacoby Ellsbury, right, got the winning hit for the second night in a row, homering with two outs in the ninth ...

Odds are not in Woods's favor

Boston Globe -
AP / August 4, 2011 Add another list of numbers to show how much has changed in the world of Tiger Woods. Geoff Ogilvy ran across a bookmaker's odds for the Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio, when he noticed Woods at 20-1.

Final CBA details done; Goodell's punitive power to be limited? -
The NFL's owners and players finalized the remaining details of the collective bargaining agreement late Wednesday night, clearing the way -- finally -- to a decade-long labor peace while simultaneously doing something unprecedented in ...

Nashville Predators' Shea Weber receives $7.5 million in arbitration case

The Tennessean -
Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) will make $7.5 million this season after winning his salary arbitration case. / SANFORD MYERS / TENNESSEAN FILE Where Predators defenseman Shea Weber ranks in some NHL salary categories for the 2011-12 season, ...

Earth's moon shaped by impact with another-study

Reuters -
LOS ANGELES Aug 3 (Reuters) - A primordial collision of two moons that once orbited Earth explains why the present-day moon is a bit lopsided and its far side much rockier than the lunar surface facing our planet, scientists said on ...

Other gases besides CO2 add to warming -
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Climate change could be modified by lowering emissions of other greenhouse gases in addition to carbon dioxide, US researchers say.

Medtronic enlists Yale to review bone graft trials

Forbes -
AP , 08.03.11, 10:00 PM EDT NEW YORK -- Medtronic Inc. is funding two independent reviews of studies of its Infuse bone graft in the wake of criticism of the clinical trials it conducted to support the device.

New HIV cases stay steady in US over decade

Boston Globe -
NEW YORK - Despite years of great progress in treating AIDS, the number of new infections of the virus that causes it has remained stubbornly around 50000 a year in the United States for a decade, according to figures federal ...

Urine test may help predict prostate cancer risk

USA Today -
A new urine test might help doctors detect prostate cancer and better evaluate a patient's treatment options, researchers say.


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