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On sidelines, Hispanics cheer Sotomayor

USA Today - Javier Gonzalez - ‎3 hours ago‎
By Brian Harkin for USA TODAY By Javier Gonzalez, for USA TODAY At the moment of Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation as the first Hispanic on the Supreme Court, Carmen Garcia cried, hard.

Hughes was a master of light, right notes

Los Angeles Times - Betsy Sharkey - ‎2 hours ago‎
The filmmaker's world was white, comfortably middle-class and suburban. His view encompassed an easy sentimentality, a measured angst, an outrageous sense of fun.

Air Strike Said to Kill Pakistani Taliban Chief

Wall Street Journal - Peter SpiegelJay Solomon - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON - The leader of the Pakistani Taliban was killed in a drone strike by US forces, Pakistani officials said. Pakistani news accounts previously reported that the air strike, carried out early Wednesday morning, ...

Sri Lanka's Military Says Tamil Tiger Chief Arrested

Bloomberg - Paul Tighe - ‎19 minutes ago‎
Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka said the man appointed to lead the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam after its defeat in May was arrested in a Southeast Asian country and brought to the capital, Colombo.

Sister: Journalists crossed into N. Korea

CNN International - ‎1 hour ago‎
Lisa Ling says sister kept asking, "Are you going to be here when I come back?" (CNN) -- Two US journalists pardoned and freed by North Korea did cross illegally into that country, the sister of one of the women said.

In a Changing Somalia, Islamist Forces See Support Wane

Washington Post - Stephanie McCrummen - ‎2 hours ago‎
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton begins her tour of Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, seeking to strengthen relations and aid conflict-torn African nations.

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Senate Adds Cash to 'Clunkers' Plan

New York Times - Matthew L. Wald - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON - The Senate approved providing another $2 billion for the “cash for clunkers” program on Thursday night, keeping it alive through the month of August.

Change eyed in migrant detention

USA Today - Emily Bazar - ‎4 hours ago‎
The nation's detention system for illegal immigrants will be overhauled in an effort to improve medical care, increase accountability and reduce costs, federal officials announced Thursday.

Political Memo Results of State Elections May Show How Obama Is Doing

New York Times - Adam NagourneyAndrea Fuller - ‎2 hours ago‎
President Obama arrived Thursday to speak at a fund-raiser in McLean, Va., for R. Creigh Deeds, a candidate for governor. By ADAM NAGOURNEY WASHINGTON - President Obama has returned to the campaign trail.

Mortgage Giants' Revamp Disputed

Washington Post - David ChoZachary A. Goldfarb - ‎1 hour ago‎
The White House on Thursday played down internal discussions of creating a government-backed "bad bank" to take hundreds of billions of dollars in troubled loans off the books of mortgage-finance giants Fannie Mae ...

Retailers Suffered Listless Sales in July

New York Times - Gerry Shih - ‎2 hours ago‎
Retailers had a case of the summer doldrums in July and now face a crucial but uncertain back-to-school season, according to July sales figures released on Thursday.

Euro Heads for 4th Weekly Gain Before German Industrial Output

Bloomberg - Theresa BarracloughRon Harui - ‎34 minutes ago‎
Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) -- The euro headed for a fourth weekly gain against the dollar and yen before a German report that economists said will show the nation's industrial production rose, adding to signs Europe's ...
ECB Stays Cautious on Growth Wall Street Journal

FAQ: The ins and outs of DoS attacks

CNET News - Elinor Mills - ‎42 minutes ago‎
Thursday's denial of service attack that knocked Twitter offline for a few hours and affected Facebook, LiveJournal, and Google Sites and Blogger wasn't your average attack.

How Apple can mess with your life

CNET News - Chris Matyszczyk - ‎Aug 2, 2009‎
I had just been poured a drink at a bar Saturday night, when the man to my left tapped me on the shoulder. Unsure as to what he was evaluating--my beauty out of 100, perhaps?

Spacecraft's findings on new planet amaze NASA

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎50 minutes ago‎
(08-06) 18:56 PDT -- In the first test of its planet-hunting ability, NASA's new spacecraft Kepler has shown that it can indeed detect planetary objects orbiting distant stars, and is now ready to search for Earth-like planets far out in the Milky Way ...

Mini Movie Review: 'Julie & Julia'

Washington Post - ‎2 hours ago‎
As the legendary Julia Child, Meryl Streep lays it on thick but ultimately steals the show in the uneven "Julie & Julia." (By Jonathan Wenk) Two movies battle for pride of place in "Julie & Julia," Nora Ephron's adaptation of memoirs by blogger Julie ...

Posh Spice, Katy Perry to fill in on "Idol"

Reuters - Jill Serjeant - ‎1 hour ago‎
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singers Katy Perry, former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, and other female artists will be guest judges on "American Idol" this upcoming season to help replace departing Paula Abdul, Fox television executives ...

Jeanine Mason wins 'So You Think You Can Dance's fifth season

Reality TV World - ‎21 minutes ago‎
By Reality TV World staff, 08/07/2009 Jeanine Mason was crowned So You Think You Can Dance's fifth-season winner during last night's live finale broadcast of the Fox reality dance competition.

Yanks' First Win Against Boston Is a Big One

New York Times - Tyler Kepner - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Yankees will get back to baseball now, as much as that is possible in their supercharged rivalry with the Boston Red Sox. By thrashing the Red Sox on Thursday, 13-6, they hacked through the thick hype, brushed off the questions ...
Bay hamstrings lineup Boston Herald

Ethier slugs walk-off shot to top Braves

MLB.com - David Ely - ‎59 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier hit a walk-off three-run homer to lead the Dodgers to a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.
Braves can't hold 2-run lead in 9th Atlanta Journal Constitution

Swing Revamped, Harrington Leads WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

New York Times - Larry Dorman - ‎2 hours ago‎
Padraig Harrington leads the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by two strokes after shooting a 64, his lowest score of the year. By LARRY DORMAN AKRON, Ohio - Padraig Harrington is not convinced that the round of 64 he shot Thursday to take the first-round ...
Golf: Harrington leads by two San Jose Mercury News

Swine flu spreads fear in Indian city

BBC News - Prachi Pinglay - ‎4 hours ago‎
As Mamta Valmiki stood in the queue to get her two children tested for the swine flu virus at Naidu Hospital in Pune, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, she was visibly worried and annoyed.

Health Reform and the Polls

Wall Street Journal - Scott Rasmussen - ‎3 hours ago‎
For all the back and forth about the “public option,” Congressional Budget Office estimates and proposed tax hikes, the fundamentals are really what make health-care reform a hard sell to American voters.

Pupils could be immunised against swine flu in schools

Telegraph.co.uk - Chris Irvine - ‎40 minutes ago‎
Every pupil in Britain could be immunised against swine flu in school under plans being considered by the Government. By Chris Irvine School nurses, health volunteers and GPs would deliver injections to 8.5 million five to 16 year-olds at every school ...

Washington Post Foreign Service

Washington Post - Joshua PartlowJaved Hamdard - ‎22 minutes ago‎
KABUL, Aug. 6 -- Four US Marines were killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their convoy in western Afghanistan on Thursday, the latest attack amid escalating violence ahead of a presidential election here this month.

Georgians still displaced by war

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
Some 30000 people remain displaced one year after the war between Russia and Georgia over the South Ossetia region, a leading human rights agency reports.

Adviser: Obama urging 'more aggressive' fight against al Qaeda

CNN International - Terry Frieden - ‎4 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama's top counterterrorism adviser Thursday vowed the US would defeat al Qaeda and declared the president has urged him to be more aggressive in destroying the terrorist organization.