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Official: Clinton's DPRK trip requested by journalists' families

Xinhua - ‎47 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- The families of two American journalists detained in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) had asked former President Bill Clinton to travel to Pyongyang to seek their release, a senior US official said Tuesday ...

At Least 4 Dead in Pittsburgh-Area Shooting

New York Times - Sean D. HamillAnahad O'Connor - ‎3 hours ago‎
By SEAN D. HAMILL and ANAHAD O'CONNOR BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. - A man carrying a gun and a gym bag walked into a busy fitness center just outside Pittsburgh Tuesday evening and opened fire, killing at least three people and wounding nearly a dozen others, ...

Cash for Clunkers cars: Small wins big

CNN International - Peter Valdes-Dapena - ‎51 minutes ago‎
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The results from Cash for Clunkers are in: Compact cars and hybrids were top sellers under the government's trade-in program, according to government data.

Ahmadinejad Sworn in for Second Term as Iran's President

Voice of America - ‎21 minutes ago‎
By VOA News Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been sworn in for a second term in office at a formal inauguration ceremony in Tehran.

Aquino remembered as democracy icon

CNN International - ‎25 minutes ago‎
(CNN) -- Former Philippine President Corazon Aquino was remembered as an icon of democracy at a solemn funeral mass on Wednesday, the country's official news agency reported.

Australia files charges in terror probe

CNN International - ‎4 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- Three more men were charged Wednesday with conspiring to carry out a terrorist act on a military base, bringing the total to four, police in Victoria, Australia, said.

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President Obama's VIP healthcare

Los Angeles Times - Mike Dorning - ‎5 hours ago‎
The commander in chief and his family get free treatment from a staff of four doctors. White House physicians see their role as mirroring the Secret Service, to protect the chief executive.

Federal judges order California to release 43000 inmates

Los Angeles Times - Carol J. Williams - ‎1 hour ago‎
Eric Risberg / AP Inmates squeeze into rows of bunk beds at San Quentin. Federal judges have said California prisons are so crowded that they constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

'National Night Out' against crime

Kansas City Star - ‎3 hours ago‎
Angus, a patrol and narcotics dog with the Independence police, above left, chewed on a reward stick Thursday at a Night Out Against Crime block party in Water Fall Park.

Swiss Re posts quarterly loss of $359 million

Forbes - Bradley S. Klapper - ‎26 minutes ago‎
GENEVA -- Swiss Reinsurance Co. reported Wednesday a surprising second-quarter net loss of 381 million francs ($359 million) as investment losses and impairments offset an improved business environment.

Flash Trading Reversal by SEC May Hit Direct Edge, Boost NYSE

Bloomberg - Edgar OrtegaJesse Westbrook - ‎2 hours ago‎
Aug. 5 (Bloomberg) -- The US Securities and Exchange Commission's move to ban so-called flash orders would help NYSE Euronext take back market share of US stock trading at the expense of three-year-old ...

US Effort Aids Only 9% of Eligible Homeowners

New York Times - Andrea Fuller - ‎4 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department said on Tuesday that only a small number of homeowners - 235247, or 9 percent of those eligible - had been helped by the latest government program created to modify home loans and prevent ...

Sony Turns the Page With Its New Reader

BusinessWeek - Cliff Edwards - ‎3 hours ago‎
In mid-July, Forrester Research called Amazon.com's Kindle e-book reader devices "the flame that lit the wildfire" for digital reading.

US Marine Corps Bans Social Networking Sites

BusinessWeek - Rachael King - ‎3 hours ago‎
Citing security concerns, the United States Marine Corps has issued an order banning access to social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter on its network for the next year.

Apple and Google: Collusion or Sleeping With the Enemy?

PC World - ‎11 hours ago‎
The Federal Trade Commission began a probe earlier this year to explore the links between the Apple and Google boards of directors.

Film about Julia Child stirs up memories

Boston Herald - Donna Goodison - ‎2 hours ago‎
“Julie & Julia” hits the big screen on Friday, and restaurants have cooked up promotions to celebrate Julia Child, the late Cambridge chef who brought French cooking into legions of American homes.

Fox says Paula Abdul quitting 'American Idol'

The Associated Press - Lynn Elber - ‎51 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES - "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul, whose loopy, emotional critiques of contestants and on- and off-screen behavior brought singular appeal to the hit TV show, said she's quitting after eight years.

Paramount won't show 'GI Joe' to critics

Los Angeles Times - Ben Fritz - ‎4 hours ago‎
The studio's decision to not screen the film for print and broadcast media outlets does not apply to reviewers at several Internet fan sites, which all give it favorable reviews.

Tampa Bay Rays won't go away

Boston Herald - John Tomase - ‎32 minutes ago‎
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Red Sox [team stats] were hoping to travel to Florida and make the AL East a two-team race. Picking up right where they left off during the postseason down here last year, the Rays once again proved that when ...

Manny gets out of slump; Dodgers win big

Los Angeles Times - Alex Gallardo - ‎51 minutes ago‎
Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez hits a solo home run in the fifth inning as Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jason Kendall watches during the Dodgers' victory Tuesday.

Podsednik's hit caps group effort

MLB.com - Scott Merkin - ‎1 hour ago‎
CHICAGO -- The White Sox highlight reel from Tuesday's 5-4 victory over the Angels before 30228 at US Cellular Field will start with Scott Podsednik's third walk-off hit of the 2009 campaign.
Podsednik lifts White Sox to win The Associated Press

Schools Face Fears About Swine Flu Closures

ABC News - Lisa StarkKate Barrett - ‎7 hours ago‎
Schools are bracing for what could be a nasty flu season -- and for principals and educators, that may mean making tricky decisions about when to close their doors.

Tracking the National Health-Care Debate | More »

Washington Post - Ceci Connolly - ‎4 hours ago‎
As public skepticism mounts about President Obama's plans to overhaul the nation's health-care system, the political team that got him elected is returning to the online world of grass-roots activism in an attempt to reclaim control of ...

High Cholesterol Linked to Alzheimer's

WebMD - Salynn Boyles - ‎10 hours ago‎
Aug. 4, 2009 -- Adults with even moderately elevated cholesterol in their early to mid-40s appear to have an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias decades later, a new study shows.

Wrong-way driver in NY crash was drunk

Los Angeles Times - ‎3 hours ago‎
Police say Diane Schuler's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit and that she had smoked marijuana shortly before the crash on the Taconic State Parkway that killed 8. Associated Press Garden City, NY -- A mother who drove the wrong ...

Russian Subs Seen Off U.S. East Coast

Wall Street Journal - Peter Spiegel - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON -- Two Russian attack submarines were detected patrolling the waters off the East Coast of the US in recent days, including one that came as close as 200 miles offshore, according to US military officials.

Scientists study 'garbage patch' in Pacific Ocean

CNN - Shelby Lin Erdman - ‎4 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- It is a problem of massive plastic proportions -- a giant floating debris field, composed mostly of bits and pieces of plastic, in the northwest Pacific Ocean, about a thousands miles off the coast of California.