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Questions abound after agency downgrades US credit rating

By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) -- A day after Standard & Poor's rating agency downgraded the US credit rating to AA+ from its top rank of AAA, there were more questions than answers Saturday about what effects the move will have on the economy and ...
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Dozens killed as NATO chopper crashes in Afghanistan

Los Angeles Times -
Officials put the toll around three dozen. If true, it would be one of the most deadly incidents in the course of the nearly 10-year-old war.

Local churches pray for rain as governor organizes rally

Longview News-Journal -
A sign outside Reliant Stadium lists the upcoming prayer event, The Response: a call to prayer for a nation in crisis in Houston. Texas Gov.

Madden: Girardi makes right call on Colon

New York Daily News -
Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher of the New York Yankees celebrate Friday night's 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Syrian refugees flee for United Arab Emirates

BBC News -
The US, French and German leaders have condemned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the use of "indiscriminate violence" against protesters.

Benches empty in Phillies-Giants game

Los Angeles Times -
The Giants and Phillies emptied their benches Friday night after San Francisco reliever Ramon Ramirez hit Shane Victorino with a pitch in the top of the sixth inning.

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Rebels launch push in western Libya, aim for coast

Fox News -
| AP ZINTAN, Libya - Backed by tanks and rocket fire, Libyan rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi's forces in the west say they have launched a major push toward a key town along the Mediterranean coast near Tripoli.

Polar bear attack survivors recovering after surgery

BBC News -
Four survivors of an Arctic polar bear attack that left a UK teenager dead are recovering after surgery, Norwegian hospital staff have said.

Thailand awaits first female PM to prove herself

ABC Online -
EMILY BOURKE: Yingluck Shinawatra has been formally endorsed as Thailand's first female Prime Minister. The confirmation came via a parliamentary vote on Friday which completes the election process.

Ex-Ukraine PM's allies protest dramatic arrest

KIEV - Supporters of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Saturday started an indefinite sit-in to protest her detention as European capitals expressed concern over her dramatic arrest.

Gusty Typhoon Muifa set to hit China

CNN International -
By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) -- Typhoon Muifa is set to bring gusty winds and rainfall to coastal areas of China late Saturday or on Sunday, after drenching the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.

Officers Guilty of Shooting Six in New Orleans

New York Times -
Jackie Madison Brown, whose brother Ronald Madison was killed by New Orleans police officers, spoke Friday after the guilty verdicts.

Obama: Jobs, growth 'urgent mission' -
President Barack Obama at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, Aug. 5, 2011, speaks about the administration WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- US President Barack Obama said Saturday the nation's "urgent mission" is to create jobs and accelerate economic ...

Leon Panetta Hypes al Qaeda to Ward Off More Defense Cuts

The Atlantic -
Speaking at Offutt Air Base, Nebraska -- Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has disconcertingly started his tenure fear-mongering about al Qaeda as a justification not to go beyond the President's proposed $400 billion cuts to the ...

No relief in sight for Texas heat and drought

Reuters -
1 of 4. A man removes his shirt to cope with the heat as he sits in the shade in Dallas, Texas August 5, 2011. By Wendell Marsh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The nation's triple digit heat wave -- which hit its 34th day on Friday -- could last until the end ...

Huntsman still introducing himself in NH

Boston Globe -
MILFORD, NH - Kate Lehoux, a Republican voter who works for the New Hampshire electronics company Cirtronics, got an e-mail informing her that Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman would be speaking at her office.

US Stocks Plunge As Recession Fears Drive Worst Loss Since Financial Crisis

Wall Street Journal -
NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Stocks plunged, driving the Dow Jones Industrial Average to close down more than 500 points, as investors appeared to lose faith in the ability of the world's policy makers to revive the ...

Bailouts Need a Bigger Bucket

Barron's -
The debt-rescue fund unveiled last month is highly unlikely to be enough, and another effort to shore up the euro zone seems inevitable.

Las Vegas man accused of mass spamming on Facebook

Boston Globe -
FILE - Sanford Wallace, president of Cyber Promotions, poses with his computer and cans of Spam processed meat in Dresher, Pa, in this May 8, 1997 file photo.

How Google can do more than beef about patents

Google kicked up a dust storm this week, publicly whining about Microsoft, Apple, and others ganging up against it to pursue patent violations by its Android mobile operating system.

BlackBerry Still Tops for IT

PC Magazine -
While I respect our new Editor-in-Chief Dan Costa's decision to decline his inheritance—former Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff's Blackberry—his refusal to use a company-issued phone that's already configured to work within IT's ...

REVIEW: 'Apes' doesn't disappoint franchise

Tulsa World -
Apes take over as the dominant species in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Courtesy By MICHAEL SMITH World Scene Writer "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" invokes the same "What if?

Glee Boss Received Death Threats

Glee creator Ryan Murphy has admitted he has received death threats due to the show's content. “I think any time you shine a spotlight on homosexuality or minorities and you try and say they are as normal or as worthy as acceptance as others, ...

Lynch on hosting Emmys: I hope no one cringes -
TV junkies Anna Chan and Ree Hines dish on the latest boob-tube news, from what happened on your favorite shows, to casting rumors, sneak peeks and more.

Woods has catching up to do

News Sentinel -
of AP AKRON, Ohio - For the second straight year on a course where Tiger Woods once couldn't lose, he tees off so early in the third round that dew will still be on the grass.

Sean Avery NHL Star Taunted Police 'FAT LITTLE PIGS' -
NHL star Sean Avery challenged cops to a FIGHT when they responded to his Hollywood Hills home this morning ... calling them, "Fat little pigs" ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ. We're told cops were dispatched to the home over a complaint about ...

Marshall Faulk highlights NFL Hall of Fame class

San Francisco Chronicle -
Deion, Marshall and Shannon. Three players who could get by with only their first names, and soon to be known as Hall of Famers. Deion Sanders and Marshall Faulk, slam dunks in their first year of eligibility, and Shannon Sharpe will ...

Keselowski 'mentally tough' and ready for Pocono

Nascar -
Long Pond, Pa. -- After an accident in testing fractured his left ankle earlier this week, Brad Keselowski said Friday at Pocono Raceway that he considered himself lucky just to be at the track.

Vernon Wells finishes what Jered Weaver starts

Los Angeles Times -
After four weak outs, the veteran left fielder drives in the winning run while ace right-hander pitches nine innings in 1-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

For NASA, Return Trip to Jupiter in Search of Clues to Solar System's Origins

New York Times -
The last time we saw Jupiter up close, it was 16 years ago, when a probe from NASA's Galileo spacecraft took a death plunge through the cloud tops and radioed back tantalizing data that all but screamed, “To be continued.

Scientists Find Signs Water Is Flowing on Mars

New York Times -
Shifting dark streaks on the surface of Mars are signs that water is flowing there today, scientists said Thursday. An image combining orbital imagery with 3-D modeling shows flows of what scientists believe to be water that appear in ...

Medicare and Medicaid Are Not Safe From the Debt Deal Cuts

ColorLines magazine -
by Amara Nwoso | Print | Comment ( View ) Sagrario, the only person in her* family with health insurance, was diagnosed with cancer after he first arrived in New York from Honduras.

Weight loss boosts men's sexual health

Times of India -
A new study has found that a modest weight loss could improve erectile function and sexual desire, and lower urinary tract symptoms in obese men with type 2 diabetes.


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