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Factbox: US laws on gay marriage, civil unions

Reuters - Cynthia Osterman - ‎58 minutes ago‎
(Reuters) - A federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday struck down California's ban on gay marriage, a ruling that, while it will likely be appealed all the way to the US Supreme Court, hands a key victory to gay rights advocates.
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Looking for the oil? NOAA says it's mostly gone

The Associated Press - Matthew Daly, Dina Cappiello - ‎24 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - With a startling report that some researchers call more spin than science, the government said Wednesday that the mess made by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is mostly gone already.
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Debate Iran? No, but talks are possible

CNN - Elise Labott - ‎51 minutes ago‎
Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama has a chance to make good on the campaign pledge he made during the CNN/YouTube debate back in 2008: to sit down with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ...
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Is racism at heart of Connecticut shooting? Answer still unclear.

Christian Science Monitor - Patrik Jonsson - ‎2 hours ago‎
The Connecticut shooting Tuesday, in which nine people died at Hartford Distributors - including the suspected shooter - comes at a time of heightened racial tension in the US.

Intel agrees to end chip war with rivals

Reuters - Alex Dobuzinskis, John Poirier - ‎1 hour ago‎
LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Intel Corp (INTC.O) has agreed to stop using threats and unfair discounts to block its rivals, resolving a costly, high-profile legal battle over accusations it illegally ...

Kenya sees big turnout in vote on new constitution

The Associated Press - Katharine Houreld, Tom Odula - ‎1 hour ago‎
TIMBOROA, Kenya - Enthusiastic voters, many wrapped in colorful traditional blankets, waited for hours Wednesday to cast ballots on a new constitution that could spell a new era for Kenya - curtailing the president's enormous powers and giving citizens ...

Rudy Giuliani's Daughter Allegedly Stole From Sephora Store

ABC News - Sheila Marikar - ‎1 hour ago‎
The daughter of Rudy Giuliani, the former federal prosecutor and one time presidential candidate, was arrested today when she allegedly tried to shoplift cosmetics, according to police.

BlackBerry Torch First Impressions: Lovers and Haters

PC Magazine - Sean Ludwig - ‎1 hour ago‎
The reviews aren't here yet, but first impressions of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 have popped up all around the Web. We've rounded up some of the most interesting observations from the bigger names in smartphone and tech coverage.

Anna Nicole Smith drug trial opens

CNN - Alan Duke - ‎51 minutes ago‎
Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- The use of powerful drugs to treat complaints of chronic pain, and fake names on prescriptions for celebrities are central issues in the trial of Anna Nicole Smith's last two doctors and her ...

Researchers find 95 genes affecting cholesterol

Reuters - Maggie Fox, Xavier Briand - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A scan of all the human DNA has turned up 95 genes that affect blood cholesterol, including a few affected by drugs on the market and others that might be the basis of new drugs, ...

Foul tip to hand forces Jays' Buck to DL

MLB.com - Jordan Bastian - ‎1 hour ago‎
NEW YORK -- Blue Jays catcher John Buck exited Wednesday's game against the Yankees in the fifth inning after being struck on the right hand by a foul ball off the bat of Alex Rodriguez.

Warren Buffett Gets The Wealthy To Give Back

Forbes - Keren Blankfeld, Steven Bertoni - ‎3 hours ago‎
Warren Buffett announced Wednesday that nearly 10% of the wealthiest Americans listed in the current Forbes 400 have committed at least half of their entire net worth to charitable causes.

House to end recess for states' aid vote

Reuters - Lisa Lambert, Richard Cowan - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US House of Representatives will cut short its summer recess in hopes it can approve billions of dollars in aid for states and prevent teacher layoffs, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on ...

Geithner blasts Bush policies for US debt

Reuters - Glenn Somerville, Kim Dixon - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) - The Bush administration's "misguided" policies are to blame for huge US budget deficits, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner charged on Wednesday as he sought to build an election-year ...

Critics Invoke Bobby Jindal in Birthright Citizenship Controversy

CBS News - Brian Montopoli - ‎1 hour ago‎
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans have in recent weeks suggested that Congress should reconsider so-called "birthright citizenship" - that is, the policy of granting US citizenship to anyone born in the country, even if their ...

PM issues stern warnings to Lebanon, Hamas over attacks

Jerusalem Post - Tovah Lazaroff, Herb Keinon - ‎32 minutes ago‎
UNIFIL confirms IDF soldiers remained on Israeli side of border; US says Lebanese fire was 'wholly unjustified and unwarranted.

Ubaldo helps Rockies rebound, top Giants 6-1 at Coors Field

Denver Post - Jim Armstrong - ‎28 minutes ago‎
Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez pitches against San Francisco at Coors Field on Wednesday. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post) The Rockies are hitting the road.

Rescuing Pakistan's flood survivors

CNN International - ‎3 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- Recovery efforts are underway in Pakistan where monsoon rains and severe flooding washed away tens of thousands of homes and killed as many as 1500 people.

Celtics fill center need, land 15-time All-Star Shaquille O'Neal

USA Today - Jeff Zillgitt - ‎24 minutes ago‎
By Tony Dejak, AP By Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Veteran center Shaquille O'Neal, 38, signed a two-year deal with the Boston Celtics Wednesday, giving the Celtics another piece to their version of a super-team, albeit older than the one the Miami Heat ...

Google calls it quits with Wave

BetaNews - Steven Walling - ‎29 minutes ago‎
Google has officially announced that it will no longer be developing Wave as a standalone product, citing a lack of user adoption.

If you're feeling good today, skip the latest obesity stats

Los Angeles Times - ‎9 hours ago‎
The new obesity report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not just appalling, it's unsurprising. And as such, it's appallingly unsurprising.

Lady Gaga's 13 VMA Nods Are 'Well-Deserved,' Jason Derulo Says

MTV.com - Jocelyn Vena - ‎5 hours ago‎
'I think she deserves it, like, to the fullest extent,' Gaga's former tourmate and fellow nominee tells MTV News. By Jocelyn Vena "I think that's incredible," he told MTV News about Gaga's record-setting nods.

New Criteria for Diagnosing Alzheimer's Coming

WebMD - Denise Mann - ‎16 minutes ago‎
Aug. 4, 2010 -- The race is on to finalize proposed new ways to help diagnose Alzheimer's disease early, even before any symptoms occur.


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