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Nation Digest: Tropical Storm Claudette Threatens Florida Coast

Washington Post - ‎8 minutes ago‎
Brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Claudette was bringing heavy rain to the Florida Panhandle on Sunday, and was likely to become the first tropical storm to strike the US mainland this year.

TOPWRAP 1-Japan emerges from recession; markets wary on recovery

Reuters - Tetsushi KajimotoStanley White - ‎43 minutes ago‎
TOKYO, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Japan's economy emerged from its longest recession in at least 60 years in the second quarter, but souring sentiment among US consumers highlighted the fragile nature of the global ...

Foreign affairs will share spotlight with health reform this week

CNN International - John King - ‎1 hour ago‎
(CNN) -- Health care remains, without a doubt, President Obama's top priority, though the week ahead will bring more of a public focus on international and security issues.

Report: Kim Jong Il meets Hyundai official

CNN International - ‎4 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il met with Hyundai's chairwoman, who had come from South Korea seeking the release of an employee detained since March, South Korean media reported.

Burma Releases Detained American

Washington Post - Tim Johnston - ‎5 hours ago‎
BANGKOK, Aug. 16 -- Burmese authorities have released the American whose uninvited visit to the home of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi led to her being sentenced to 18 more months of house arrest, allowing him to leave the country ...

Taiwan Typhoon Relief Effort to Get Help From US Helicopters

Bloomberg - Tim Culpan - ‎49 minutes ago‎
Aug. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Four US helicopters that can airlift earth-moving equipment may help with relief efforts from tomorrow in Taiwan, where hundreds of people are believed buried under mudslides caused by Typhoon Morakot.

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BART strike averted, tentative deal reached

San Francisco Chronicle - Rachel Gordon - ‎2 hours ago‎
(08-16) 21:38 PDT OAKLAND -- BART management and union leaders reached a tentative contract agreement Sunday evening, averting a threatened strike that would have crippled this morning's commute.
BART strike averted San Jose Mercury News

Grand visit by Obamas thrills Canyon crowds

Arizona Republic - Dan NowickiDennis Wagner - ‎1 hour ago‎
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK - For tourists at the Grand Canyon on Sunday, the political star power of President Barack Obama and the first family temporarily eclipsed the landmark's majestic ...
Obama the outdoorsman? Kansas City Star

Lockheed Fire containment expected by Thursday

San Francisco Chronicle - Demian Bulwa - ‎37 minutes ago‎
(08-16) 10:54 PDT SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- More than 2100 firefighters had carved containment lines more than halfway around a blaze threatening the Santa Cruz County communities of Bonny Doon and Swanton by late Sunday, allowing most local residents to ...

China FDI Drop Widens In July;Exports May Grow In 2H

Wall Street Journal - ‎48 minutes ago‎
(Adds quote from ministry spokesman on long-term outlook for FDI, possible appeal on WTO ruling on audio-visual products.) BEIJING (Dow Jones)--Actual foreign direct investment in China slumped further in July as the global financial crisis continued ...

Yen Rises to Two-Week High as Japan's Growth Misses Estimates

Bloomberg - Yoshiaki NoharaRon Harui - ‎33 minutes ago‎
Aug. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The yen rose to the highest in more than two weeks against the euro after Japan's economic growth missed estimates and US regulators closed five lenders, boosting demand for safe-haven assets.

First Eastern's unit to raise $878 mln China fund

Reuters - Samuel ShenEdmund Klamann - ‎1 hour ago‎
SHANGHAI, Aug 17 (Reuters) - First Eastern Investment Group, a Hong Kong-based private equity firm, aims to raise 6 billion yuan ($878 million) for yuan-denominated funds over the next 12 months to expand its ...

TomTom releases turn-by-burn navigation app for US and Canada

Macworld - Dan Frakes - ‎1 hour ago‎
TomTom's long-awaited turn-by-turn navigation app for the iPhone, TomTom US & Canada (iTunes link), is now available on the US iTunes App Store.

Environmentalists hope UN talks tough on climate change

CNN International - Matt Ford - ‎1 hour ago‎
(CNN) -- You're probably not thinking about what you would like for Christmas yet. But ask any environmentalist for their ideal gift and you'll get a version of this answer: a binding agreement at the UN Climate Change Conference in ...

Facebook Cornering Market on E-Friends

Washington Post - Chadwick Matlin - ‎9 hours ago‎
Facebook just bought the rights to nearly everything you do online. And it cost them only $47.5 million. Facebook's purchase of FriendFeed, an obscure social-media platform, is potentially momentous.

'District 9' buzz attracts lots of humans

Los Angeles Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
The low-budget sci-fi film and its clever viral marketing campaign score a box-office hit for Sony. Sharlto Copley stars in the sci-fi film “District 9,” which took in about $37 million over the weekend and helped lift box-office revenue of the top ...

'Mad Men' and sex: Done right, or an easy way out?

Entertainment Weekly - Ken Tucker - ‎41 minutes ago‎
As I write in this week's issue of EW, Mad Men has come back with a third-season premiere chock-full of fresh details and revelations about familiar characters.
'Mad Men': Season 3 premiere Los Angeles Times

Hailey Glassman calls Jon her 'first love'

msnbc.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
LOS ANGELES - Last week, a rep for Jon Gosselin confirmed to Access Hollywood that the reality dad is dating Hailey Glassman, the daughter of his estranged wife's plastic surgeon - and in an interview with E! News, the object of his affection is ...
In the News Los Angeles Times

Great finish by Yang shocks Woods at PGA

Boston Globe - Michael Whitmer - ‎12 minutes ago‎
CHASKA, Minn. - We always knew how it could happen, but were never quite sure when, or even if, the time would come. Turning the tables on golf's Goliath on the grandest stage would take guts, good fortune, talent, and an immunity ...

Bolt wins 100 meters at worlds in record time

FOXSports.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
AP BERLIN (AP) - Usain Bolt proved again he races in a world of his own, winning a huge matchup against Tyson Gay in a world record time of 9.58 seconds Sunday at the world championships.

The races: Sox looking in from outside

MLB.com - Doug Miller - ‎1 hour ago‎
That's what the Rangers were saying Sunday after they beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-3, to take command in the American League Wild Card standings with a half-game lead.

Minnesota schools to heed CDC's swine flu advice

Minneapolis Star Tribune - Elizabeth Dunbar - ‎50 minutes ago‎
while informative, is fighting an uphill battle. First, people are used to 'swine flu' as the name. Second, your post is too long.

The public option: A broken health system needs it

Minneapolis Star Tribune - ‎1 hour ago‎
I am also a physician having completed my residency 25 years ago. I have seen government involvement at the federal level, the VA system, … read more and at the state level, the U of Mn and Mi.

Genes Tied to Gap in Treatment of Hepatitis C

New York Times - Nicholas Wade - ‎7 hours ago‎
The standard treatment for infection with the hepatitis C virus is a grueling 48-week course of the antiviral drugs interferon and ribavirin that gives some patients flulike symptoms and severe depression.

Afghanistan death toll reaches 204 as three more British soldiers ...

Telegraph.co.uk - Rosa PrinceCaroline Gammell - ‎56 minutes ago‎
Three more British soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Sunday, bringing the number of dead to 204 less than 12 hours after the grim milestone of 200 deaths had been reached.

Afghanistan's President Moves to Bolster Bid for Re-election

New York Times - Carlotta Gall - ‎5 hours ago‎
KABUL, Afghanistan - President Hamid Karzai moved to strengthen his chances of re-election on Sunday, just four days before the voting, by appearing in a live televised debate with two of his opponents and allowing an Uzbek warlord to ...

Strong quakes rattle East Asia

BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
A strong earthquake has jolted the ocean floor off southern Japan, triggering a brief tsunami warning south-west of Ishigaki-jima island.