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On judges: One down, many to go

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎40 minutes ago‎
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was confirmed by the US Senate on Thursday, but many lower-court nominees such as Edward Chen, above, have been left waiting many months for the Senate to take action on their confirmations.
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Analyst Says Indictments May Reveal Somali Sympathies Toward Al-Shabab

Voice of America - Peter Clottey - ‎44 minutes ago‎
An analyst has expressed concern Somali residents in the United States could be violently targeted by Americans after Attorney General Eric Holder announced the indictment of 14 people charged with providing support to the hard-line Somali insurgent ...
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BP Completes Cementing Macondo Oil Well From Top

BusinessWeek - Katarzyna Klimasinska, Jim Polson - ‎3 hours ago‎
(Updates with completion of cementing in first paragraph. For more on oil spill, go to {SPILL }.) Aug. 5 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc completed cementing its Gulf of Mexico well from the top, moving closer to ...
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Washington DC hotels shunning homegrown Housewives?

USA Today - Barbara De Lollis - ‎1 hour ago‎
Tonight marks the debut of "The Real Housewives of DC," revealing power hungry cast members - and Washington - in all their glory on national TV.

Blood diamonds, a sordid bankroller of war

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎1 hour ago‎
Supermodel Naomi Campbell's testimony in the war crimes trial of former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor is the latest flash of glamour to shine on the sordid issue of blood diamonds.

Gay marriage revealed the worth of my own

San Francisco Chronicle - Jeremy Adam Smith - ‎42 minutes ago‎
Judge Vaughn Walker has overturned Proposition 8 - just in time to save marriage from the mess heterosexuals have made of it. When I was growing up in the 1970s and '80s, the institution of marriage seemed more like a gory roadside smash-up than the ...

Google Wave: Promised a Tsunami, Delivered a Ripple

PC World - Tony Bradley - ‎4 hours ago‎
Google has pulled the plug on Google Wave. The communication and collaboration tool promised to revolutionize communication--with Google arrogantly asserting that Wave would supersede e-mail the same way the computer made the ...

Wyclef Jean files for Haiti presidential contender

Reuters - Joseph Guyler Delva - ‎38 minutes ago‎
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haitian hip-hop star Wyclef Jean registered as a presidential contender on Thursday, in a move into politics that generated an outburst of popular enthusiasm in his poor, earthquake-ravaged homeland.

'Step Up 3D,' 'Other Guys' eye distinct crowds

Hollywood Reporter - Carl DiOrio - ‎1 hour ago‎
Sony's buddy-cops lark "The Other Guys" will go gunning for the guys, and Disney's "Step Up 3D" will step lightly with the gals at domestic multiplexes starting Friday.

Sources: Phoenix Suns will hire Lance Blanks as new general manager

ESPN - Chris Broussard - ‎1 hour ago‎
Lance Blanks will be named the new general manager of the Phoenix Suns within the next 24 hours, according to league sources. Blanks joins recently-named president of basketball operations Lon Babby in the revamped Suns front office.

Genome Studies Point to Cholesterol-Regulating Genes

BusinessWeek - Melissa Lee Phillips - ‎8 hours ago‎
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have identified almost 100 genes in the human genome that may regulate cholesterol levels and the risk of coronary artery disease, according to a new study.

Nascar Schedule Shuffle Begins as a Sprint Race Leaves Atlanta

New York Times - Dave Caldwell - ‎27 minutes ago‎
The Atlanta Motor Speedway, which has played host to at least two races per year in Nascar's top series since 1960, announced Thursday that it would have only one Sprint Cup race in 2011 - the first tweak in what may become a ...

FCC ends talks for deal on net neutrality

Washington Post - Cecilia Kang - ‎21 minutes ago‎
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday called off its closed-door meetings with big Internet companies aimed at reaching agreement on protecting consumer access to the Web, after drawing criticism for attempting to broker a ...

Woods Struggles at Bridgestone, Falling 10 Shots Behind the Lead

New York Times - ‎28 minutes ago‎
By AP Not even one of his favorite golf courses is much use to Tiger Woods these days. Tiger Woods shot a four-over-par 74, leaving him 10 shots behind Bubba Watson at the Bridgestone.

Wheat soars to limit on Russia export halt

Reuters - Rod Nickel, Sam Nelson - ‎30 minutes ago‎
WINNIPEG Manitoba (Reuters) - Chicago wheat futures soared on Thursday, settling up the permitted daily maximum for the first time in two years after No.

Harry Potter Star Emma Watson's Spell-Binding New Hair Style

Radar Online - ‎3 hours ago‎
Harry Potter star Emma Watson is celebrating her new-found freedom from the franchise with a magical style transformation, and RadarOnline.

Does Kenya's 'yes' to new constitution signal new era?

Christian Science Monitor - Mike Pflanz - ‎40 minutes ago‎
Kenyans gave a firm 'yes' to a new constitution today. The rewards could be great - but the journey toward the dividends many Kenyans now expect may be rocky.

Social Security and Medicare still face serious financial challenges, annual ...

Los Angeles Times - Noam N. Levey, Lisa Mascaro - ‎45 minutes ago‎
But the new healthcare law may provide added stability to the two massive programs, which could stay in the black until 2029 and 2037.

With sale done, Rangers look to future

MLB.com - T.R. Sullivan - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Rangers have a new ownership group. They have a first-place team and a farm system loaded with talent. They have a plan for the direction they want to go.

Large Weight Gain in Pregnancy Makes for Bigger Babies

MedPage Today - John Gever - ‎1 hour ago‎
Explain to interested patients that a large study of women with two pregnancies found that mothers who gained more weight during pregnancy gave birth to larger babies.

Apple downplays glitches in upgrading iPhone software

Los Angeles Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
The company says it's investigating complaints from 3G owners having trouble switching to iOS 4, but hasn't received any direct reports about problems with the 3GS.

Fannie Mae Seeks $1.5 Billion in Aid

TheStreet.com - Shanthi Venkataraman - ‎19 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON DC (TheStreet) --Fannie Mae(FNMA.OB) requested an additional $1.5 billion of funds from the US Treasury to meet its net-worth deficit after it reported a loss for the second quarter.

BlackBerry Torch Drags RIM Into 21st Century: Tech by Rich Jaroslovsky

Bloomberg - Rich Jaroslovsky - ‎1 hour ago‎
It's become fashionable among the digerati to dismiss the BlackBerry as a remnant of yesterday's technology and lump its maker, Research In Motion Ltd.


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