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Analysis: Bill Clinton as a diplomatic fix-it man

CNN - Elise Labott - ‎36 minutes ago‎

Sotomayor confirmation vote set for Thursday afternoon

CNN - ‎36 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Judge Sonia Sotomayor was expected to easily win Senate confirmation Thursday as two more Republican senators announced their support for the country's first Hispanic high-court pick.

Most of Tonga ferry missing are women, kids: survivor

AFP - ‎14 minutes ago‎
NUKU'ALOFA - Most of the 25 people missing after a ferry tragedy in Tonga are believed to be women and children who were sleeping below decks when the vessel overturned, a survivor said as he came ashore Thursday.

As Ahmadinejad Is Sworn In for 2nd Term, Deep Fissures Are Laid Bare

New York Times - Robert F. WorthNazila Fathi - ‎2 hours ago‎
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sworn in on Wednesday amid continuing discord in Iran's ruling elite. By ROBERT F. WORTH and NAZILA FATHI BEIRUT, Lebanon - With his adversaries boycotting the ceremony and a vast deployment of police officers standing ...

Political Overtones Surround Aquino Funeral

New York Times - Seth MydansCarlos H. Conde - ‎5 hours ago‎
MANILA - Recalling the “people power” outpourings she inspired two decades ago, more than 100000 people thronged the streets of Manila as the body of former President Corazon C. Aquino was driven slowly through swirling winds and rain ...

Japan PM says nuclear arms ban to remain

Reuters - Issei KatoChisa Fujioka - ‎3 hours ago‎
HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Japan said it would stand by a self-imposed ban on nuclear weapons as it commemorated the anniversary on Thursday of the world's first atomic attack on the western city of Hiroshima.

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Congressman who had cash in freezer is convicted

Los Angeles Times - Richard Simon - ‎4 hours ago‎
Kevin Wolf / AP William J. Jefferson with his wife outside court in Virginia after being convicted on 11 of 16 counts. “We are of course very disappointed,” his attorney said.

Obama Back in Indiana With Message and Aid

New York Times - Jackie Calmes - ‎5 hours ago‎
WAKARUSA, Ind. - With his administration bracing for a report on Friday that could show unemployment breaching double digits, President Obama returned here on Wednesday for a fourth visit to a county that passed that mark months ago.

Will Bratton's reforms survive after his departure?

Los Angeles Times - Jack LeonardRichard Winton - ‎55 minutes ago‎
How well LAPD Chief William J. Bratton's philosophy has been embraced among rank-and-file officers will be the critical factor in determining how sustainable his legacy will be.

Deutsche Telekom Second-Quarter Profit Rises Smaller-Than ...

Bloomberg - Ragnhild Kjetland - ‎50 minutes ago‎
Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Deutsche Telekom AG, Europe's biggest telephone company, reported a 32 percent increase in second- quarter profit, less than analysts had anticipated.

Euro, pound edge down ahead of policy announcements

MarketWatch - Lisa Twaronite - ‎22 minutes ago‎
TOKYO (MarketWatch) -- The euro and the British pound both edged down against the dollar in Asian trading Thursday, ahead of Bank of England and European Central Bank policy announcements.

US Considers Remaking Mortgage Giants

Washington Post - Zachary A. GoldfarbDavid Cho - ‎2 hours ago‎
The Obama administration is considering an overhaul of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that would strip the mortgage finance giants of hundreds of billions of dollars in troubled loans and create a new structure to ...

THE TECH CHRONICLES Google snaps up compression firm

San Francisco Chronicle - Ryan Kim - ‎2 hours ago‎
The Mountain View search giant agreed to buy On2Technologies Inc. for around $106.5 million, taking control of a popular online video compression standard.

As eBook Readers Heat Up, Standardization Will Be Critical

PC World - ‎12 hours ago‎
Competition is growing in the eBook reader market. There have been plenty of electronic book devices in the past, but in the past year or so the Amazon Kindle has grown in popularity and built some credibility for the struggling market.
Sony Drops E-Book Prices Washington Post

Direct Order: No Facebook, No Twitter For Marines

ChannelWeb - ‎16 hours ago‎
Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, let the world know through his Twitter feed that he will continue to Tweet, despite any bans that might be being put in place by other branches of the military.

After the goodbye for Paula Abdul

Los Angeles Times - Joe FlintMaria Elena Fernandez - ‎3 hours ago‎
Chris Pizzello / AP BREAKING UP: Paula Abdul was reportedly offered close to $5 million a year, a 30% boost in pay, to stay on “Idol.
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Chris Brown's sentence for beating up Rihanna delayed by judge

New York Daily News - Nancy DillonBill Hutchinson - ‎5 hours ago‎
Chris Brown's sentencing for beating up Rihanna was delayed, so that the judge can make sure that the singer will have to do hard labor for his community service.

Trim, relaxed Leno says he's ready for prime-time

The Associated Press - Lynn Elber - ‎2 hours ago‎
PASADENA, Calif. - Jay Leno says comedy will rule on his new daily prime-time series and he'll put stars in cars instead on a couch.

Security Tightened After Brewers' Fielder's Tirade

New York Times - ‎7 minutes ago‎
By AP LOS ANGELES (AP) -- While Prince Fielder took batting practice at Dodger Stadium before Wednesday night's game, no fewer than nine stern-faced members of the ballpark's security staff maintained a vigilant presence outside the Milwaukee Brewers' ...

Yanks' past woes against Sox just that

MLB.com - Anthony DiComo - ‎1 hour ago‎
TORONTO -- If nothing else, the statistics are boggling. The Yankees have lost eight straight games against the Red Sox to open this season, nine in a row dating back to last year.
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Floyd handles Halos as White Sox soar

MLB.com - Sox Thome - ‎29 minutes ago‎
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com CHICAGO -- As Ozzie Guillen walked toward the mound in the eighth inning of Wednesday's 6-2 victory for the White Sox over the Angels before 32167 at US Cellular Field, Gavin Floyd didn't really know what to expect.

Baxter completes first swine flu vaccine batches

Reuters - Deena BeasleyBen Hirschler - ‎7 hours ago‎
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Baxter International Inc said on Wednesday it completed its first commercial batches of H1N1 vaccine in late July and is discussing distribution plans with national health authorities.

Health Reform and the Tax Pledge

Wall Street Journal - Karl Rove - ‎5 hours ago‎
Americans are now seeing the damage that polls and focus groups can inflict on White House decision-making. President Barack Obama is no longer shaping the public dialogue on health-care reform.

Surgery, 'Sham' Equal in Treating Compression Fracture Pain

U.S. News & World Report - Amanda Gardner - ‎8 hours ago‎
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5 (healthday News) -- Two new studies suggest that vertebroplasty, a widely used surgery to help heal compression fractures, is no better than "sham" surgery when it comes to relieving pain and improving daily function ...

Gunman at Pa. health club was bitter over women

The Associated Press - Michael Rubinkam - ‎5 hours ago‎
BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. - George Sodini seethed with anger and frustration toward women. He couldn't understand why they ignored him, despite his best efforts to look nice.

Senate to vote Thursday on adding to clunkers program

USA Today - Sharon Silke Carty - ‎2 hours ago‎
DETROIT - As the Senate prepares to extend the cash-for-clunkers program that some in the auto industry say could drive a recovery in their business, others already worry that demand will fizzle as the pool of eligible ...

Hurricane Felicia strengthens, heads towards Hawaii

CNN - ‎36 minutes ago‎
(CNN) -- Hurricane Felicia intensified over the Pacific Ocean Wednesday, strengthening to a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 140 miles (220 kilometers) per hour, the US National Hurricane Center reported.