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Obama visit puts focus on senator for rural state

The Associated Press - Matt Gouras - ‎1 hour ago‎
BELGRADE, Mont. - President Barack Obama's rare policy visit to Montana has put more pressure on the rural state's senior senator and his panel to produce bipartisan health care legislation in just a month's time.

Deadly blast by Nato's Kabul base

BBC News - Ian Pannell - ‎42 minutes ago‎
A suicide car bomb has exploded outside the Nato headquarters in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing up to seven people, the defence ministry says.

Controller's role in NY air collision studied

Reuters - John CrawleyVicki Allen - ‎4 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Scrutiny of an air traffic controller's actions, including whether a phone call may have distracted him, intensified on Friday as investigators released new details about the deadly collision of a small ...

US senator holds talks in Myanmar

Aljazeera.net - ‎31 minutes ago‎
A US senator has become the most senior Washington official to meet Myanmar's ruling military leaders. Jim Webb, a Democratic senator from the eastern US state of Virginia, held talks with Senior General Than Shwe, the head of Myanmar's army and the ...

Several dead in Gaza mosque clash

Aljazeera.net - ‎1 hour ago‎
Clashes between Hamas security forces in the Gaza Strip and supporters of an armed group whose leader had declared the Palestinian territory "an Islamic emirate", have left at least 20 people dead.

Mystery remains over cargo vessel

BBC News - ‎4 hours ago‎

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Fire, law enforcement officials update evacuees on Lockheed Fire

San Jose Mercury News - Cathy Kelly - ‎1 hour ago‎
SANTA CRUZ -- County officials Friday morning promised a group of fire evacuees they would keep their homes safe, and keep them informed, as the Lockheed Fire continued to rage largely unabated.

Clinton's Africa Trip Ends With a Promise

Washington Post - Mary Beth Sheridan - ‎7 hours ago‎
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrapped up her 11-day tour of Africa with a brief stop in Cape Verde. The seven-nation trip was aimed at emphasizing the Obama administration's interest in Africa, and Clinton pressed for good government and ...

Kid TV reporter scores presidential interview

MiamiHerald.com - Marc FreemanErika Pesantes - ‎3 hours ago‎
Damon Weaver, who interviewed Vice President Joe Biden last year, has a new `homeboy' -- President Barack Obama. BY MARC FREEMAN Palm Beach County kid TV reporter Damon Weaver on Thursday interviewed President Barack Obama, fulfilling the Pahokee ...

Colonial BancGroup shut down by federal officials

The Associated Press - Marcy Gordon - ‎43 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - Real estate lender Colonial BancGroup Inc. has been shut down by federal officials in the biggest US bank failure this year.

Frontier Win Surprises Even Republic's CEO

BusinessWeek - Justin Bachman - ‎7 hours ago‎
In the end, the auction for Frontier Airlines was not strictly a matter of money. Frontier and Southwest Airlines' (LUV) pilots unions quickly determined this week that melding seniority lists would prove difficult, at best.

Stocks Finish the Week Down as Reports Dull Optimism

Washington Post - Renae Merle - ‎6 hours ago‎
Wall Street closed a roller-coaster week in negative territory Friday, as investors locked in profits and concerns rose that a five-month rally had pushed stocks up further than warranted by early signs that the economy is stabilizing.

Friday Poll: Awaiting the Zune HD

CNET News - Leslie Katz - ‎9 hours ago‎
This week, Microsoft let more Zune HD details out of the bag. The black 16GB version of the upcoming touch-screen media player will sell for $219.99, while a 32GB version in a "platinum" shade will cost $289.99.
New Zune Undercuts Apple's iPod Wall Street Journal

The Gap Between Google and Rivals May Be Smaller Than You Think

New York Times - Miguel Helft - ‎11 hours ago‎
It's no secret that even with their recently-announced alliance, Yahoo and Microsoft will lag well behind Google in the hugely profitable search and search advertising business.
Search in a Micro-hoo world San Francisco Chronicle

Space review panel says moon, Mars out of reach

Reuters - Irene Klotz - ‎13 hours ago‎
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - The US plan to return astronauts to the moon by 2020 will not happen without a big boost in NASA's budget, leaving only the International Space Station as a viable target for the country's human space ...

Woodstock still fascinates 40 years later

The Tennessean - Michael HillDavid Paulson - ‎36 minutes ago‎
By Michael Hill • AP • August 15, 2009 BETHEL, NY - Forty years after Richie Havens sang and strummed for a sea of people at Woodstock, he still gets asked about it and he still gets requests to sing "Freedom.

A Harsh Hello for Visitors From Space

New York Times - Ao Scott - ‎1 hour ago‎
Sharlto Copley in TriStar Pictures' sci-fi thriller District 9., a film directed by Neill Blomkamp. By AO SCOTT For decades - at least since Orson Welles scared the daylights out of radio listeners with “War of the Worlds” back in 1938 - the public has ...

Tributes for guitar legend Les Paul; dead at 94

The Associated Press - Nekesa Mumbi Moody - ‎16 hours ago‎
NEW YORK - Musicians worldwide are paying tribute to Les Paul, the music icon whose solid-body electric guitar paved the way for rock 'n' roll.
Les Paul's disciples Los Angeles Times

Red Sox-Rangers Preview

SportingNews.com - ‎49 minutes ago‎
Seemingly on their way to falling out of playoff position for the first time in nearly four months, the Boston Red Sox rallied late to snap their road losing streak and maintain control of the AL wild-card race.

Woods builds a 4-shot lead in the PGA

The Associated Press - Nancy Armour - ‎43 minutes ago‎
CHASKA, Minn. - Whether it was the annihilation at the '97 Masters or the rout at Pebble Beach, Tiger Woods' highlight reel at the majors is well known.

Eagles' Vick exhibits remorse

Boston Globe - ‎1 hour ago‎
With his new coach, Andy Reid, in the background, Michael Vick speaks after being introduced as a Philadelphia Eagle. (Larry French/ Getty Images) Associated Press / August 15, 2009 A remorseful Michael Vick vowed to crusade for animal rights while ...

Schools plan for H1N1 outbreak

Baltimore Sun - Childs WalkerLiz Bowie - ‎1 hour ago‎
As teachers fuss over lesson plans and college freshmen fret over meeting their roommates, K-12 and university administrators are preparing to deal with another, less familiar back-to-school worry: swine flu.

Screening Could Lead to More Potent Cancer Drugs

New York Times - Nicholas Wade - ‎15 hours ago‎
Researchers have discovered a way to identify drugs that can specifically attack and kill cancer stem cells, a finding that could lead to a new generation of anticancer medicines and a new strategy of treatment.

FDA OKs New Schizophrenia, Bipolar Drug

WebMD - Miranda Hitti - ‎11 hours ago‎
Aug. 14, 2009 -- The FDA has approved a new drug called Saphris to treat schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder in adults. "Mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can be devastating to patients and families, ...

In Kabul, huge car bomb near NATO headquarters

Los Angeles Times - Carolyn Cole - ‎2 hours ago‎
At least three people are killed and dozens injured in Afghanistan's capital as tension rises before nationwide elections. Witnesses said the bomber appeared to have made it past an Afghan army checkpoint, to within 20 feet of the main entrance of the ...

Would-be assassin 'Squeaky' Fromme is paroled

San Francisco Chronicle - Henry K. Lee - ‎2 hours ago‎
Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, the Charles Manson follower who tried to shoot President Gerald Ford outside the state Capitol in Sacramento in 1975, was released Friday from a federal prison hospital in Texas, ending a 34-year stint behind bars.

Officials say typhoon death toll in Taiwan could leap more than ...

CNN International - ‎52 minutes ago‎
SHIAO LIN, Taiwan (CNN) -- From the side of the road leading to the former village of Shiao Lin, a woman cried as she viewed the flattened plain of mud where homes once stood.