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3 Indicted in Theft of 130 Million Card Numbers

New York Times - Brad Stone - ‎5 hours ago‎
Joel Page/AP By BRAD STONE SAN FRANCISCO - The man who prosecutors said had masterminded some of the most brazen thefts of credit and debit card numbers in history was charged on Monday with an even larger set of digital break-ins.

Obama's healthcare trade-off

Los Angeles Times - Peter NicholasJanet Hook - ‎1 hour ago‎
By backing away from a public option, he increases the chances for his reform proposal overall. By Peter Nicholas and Janet Hook Reporting from Washington - By dropping his insistence on a public insurance option, President Obama angered some of his ...

Taliban hardliners spread out to undermine Afghanistan election

guardian.co.uk - ‎41 minutes ago‎
The Taliban leadership has redeployed some of its most hardline foot soldiers into areas of Afghanistan where local insurgents are reluctant to disrupt the country's elections on Thursday.

Former S Korea President Kim dies

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
Kim Dae-jung, the former president of South Korea, has died at the age of 83, hospital sources say. Kim, who was being treated for pneumonia, was reported to have died after suffering heart failure.

Pakistan Taliban spokesman 'held'

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
Pakistani officials say the army has arrested a man they believe to be chief spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban. Maulvi Omar, spokesman for the Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP), is said to have been a key aide to Baitullah Mehsud, thought to have been ...

The Arctic Sea Mystery: More unexplained missing ships and crew

Telegraph.co.uk - Chris Irvine - ‎46 minutes ago‎
The Arctic Sea, the missing cargo ship which was found about 300 miles off the Cape Verde islands, off the coast of Africa, with all its crew safe on board.

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Obama blasts misspending on 'exotic' defense projects

Boston Globe - Liz Sidoti - ‎1 hour ago‎
President Obama greeted VFW conventioneers yesterday in Phoenix. He vowed that no veterans' medical benefits would be cut. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republican via Ap) By Liz Sidoti Associated Press / August 18, 2009 PHOENIX - President Obama chastised ...

More Immigration Detainee Deaths Disclosed

Wall Street Journal - Cam Simpson - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON -- Immigration officials said Monday they discovered records of 10 previously unreported deaths of detainees in government custody, prompting a review by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency "to ensure the integrity ...

Supreme Court Orders New Look at Death Row Case

New York Times - Adam Liptak - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a federal trial court in Georgia to consider the case of Troy Davis, who is on death row in state prison there for the 1989 murder of an off-duty police officer.

Stocks: Five Key Signals for Investors

BusinessWeek - Ben Steverman - ‎6 hours ago‎
Have recent gains made stock investors overconfident? Here are five factors that could show the equity rally is losing steam—or gaining strength By Ben Steverman Others, however, insist the sell-off was not the end of the bull, but a sign the market ...

GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks sag as China shares extend losses

Forbes - Kevin PlumbergElaine Lies - ‎59 minutes ago‎
HONG KONG, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Asian stocks retreated on Tuesday, following Shanghai shares into the red and keeping nerves frayed about whether further profit taking will end the bull market that emerged from the financial crisis.

Why Digest's Next Excerpt Will Be From Chapter 11

Washington Post - Paul Farhi - ‎1 hour ago‎
Reader's Digest -- the publication that grandmas everywhere used to love -- was the original aggregator, the first blog, the pioneer of short-attention-span reading.
Reader's Digest to file for Chapter 11 Lower Hudson Journal news

Dell's Mini 3i Smartphone Goes Official

Techtree.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
Last week, we saw a whiff of speculation winds brought information about Dell's Chinese smartphone dubbed Mini 3i. Now, Dell's Chinese handset Mini 3i has seen the bright light but with lower specifications and images captured by Chinese site NetEase.

Can the Apple Touch Sell the Tablet?

BusinessWeek - Olga Kharif - ‎4 hours ago‎
Apple may be at the forefront of a renewed effort to bring back the tablet. Electronics manufacturers across the tech landscape are hard at work on their own versions of these flat-screen computers that let users input information via ...

Apple and Me: An Imperfect Union

PC Magazine - Wendy Sheehan Donnell - ‎2 hours ago‎
Draconian. Monopolistic. Hypocritical. Call the company and its policies what you will, but I'm sticking with Apple. by Wendy Sheehan Donnell It's been a rough summer for Apple.

Eric Dane -- I Did Not Have Sex With that Woman!

TMZ.com - ‎55 minutes ago‎
Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart did not have sex with Kari Ann Peniche -- but according to Peniche, they had plenty of fun. Kari Ann tells TMZ the video featuring the whacked-out naked trio was shot more than two years ago in her apartment.
Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart Puggal Latest News and events

Once Again, Mr. DeLay, You Have the Floor

Washington Post - Lisa de MoraesMary Ann Akers - ‎4 hours ago‎
Former House majority leader Tom DeLay, who fell from political grace after a lobbying scandal, is going to samba his way back into American homes this fall as one of the celebrity hoofers on ABC's popular ballroom competition series, ...

Spike Lee Plans Brooklyn Block Party for Michael Jackson's ...

Washington Post - ‎2 hours ago‎
Michael Jackson would have turned 51 on Aug. 29. To celebrate Jackson's life, Spike Lee is throwing a Brooklyn block party on that day.

Peter Read Miller/SI

SI.com - ‎26 minutes ago‎
With or without Stephen Strasburg, when midnight arrived on Tuesday the Washington Nationals would still be in last place in the NL East, still own the worst record in baseball and still have more question marks than any organization in baseball.

Athletics 3, Yankees 0 Tomko Ruins Reunion for Yankees

New York Times - Tyler Kepner - ‎1 hour ago‎
OAKLAND, Calif. - Brett Tomko somberly shook hands with his teammates last month, cut loose by the Yankees after 15 undistinguished relief appearances.
Tomko to the rescue San Francisco Chronicle

Cubs-Padres Preview

CBSSports.com - ‎11 minutes ago‎
Desperately in need of stringing together wins to stay in the NL Central race, the Chicago Cubs' seven-game road trip could not have started much worse.
Padres rally to defeat Cubs Los Angeles Times

Schools prepare for swine flu

Chicago Tribune - Tara MaloneDahleen Glanton - ‎3 hours ago‎
As schoolchildren return to class this fall, they'll find that any trace of a feverish forehead or deep cough could quickly land them in the nurse's office with a call home to pick them up.
Swine Flu: the Next Wave Wall Street Journal
Ready to fight the flu Asheville Citizen-Times

Op-Ed Columnist This Is Reform?

New York Times - Bob Herbert - ‎3 hours ago‎
It's never a contest when the interests of big business are pitted against the public interest. So if we manage to get health care “reform” this time around it will be the kind of reform that benefits the very people who have given us a ...

Alternate Plan as Health Option Muddies Debate

New York Times - Robert PearGardiner Harris - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - The White House has indicated that it could accept a nonprofit health care cooperative as an alternative to a new government insurance plan, originally favored by President Obama.

Hurricane Bill gathers strength out in Atlantic

The Associated Press - Jonathan M. Katz - ‎3 hours ago‎
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The first hurricane of this year's Atlantic season gathered force far out to sea late Monday, while weaker storm systems drenched the northeastern Caribbean and the Florida Panhandle.
Hurricane Bill upgraded to Category 2 United Press International

US judge 'ignored death row plea'

BBC News - Rajesh Mirchandani - ‎1 hour ago‎
A prominent judge in Texas has gone on trial accused of refusing to let lawyers for a convicted murderer on death row lodge a last-minute appeal.

Q+A-Egypt's Mubarak visits Washington

Reuters - Patricia ZengerleJohn O'Callaghan - ‎46 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak visits Washington this week for the first time in six years for talks with US President Barack Obama, who hopes to restart the Middle East peace process.