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Health co-ops' fans like cost and care

Boston Globe - Michael Kranish - ‎2 hours ago‎
Group Health clinic's Dr. Harry Shriver with patient Grover Williams in Bellevue, Wash. The co-op has helped the state maintain low insurance rates.

Q+A-What are the stakes for US in Afghanistan vote?

Reuters - Paul EckertWill Dunham - ‎37 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Afghans were set to vote in a presidential election on Thursday under threat of violent disruption by the Taliban in a critical test of President Barack Obama's strategy in what he calls ...

The Heart of the 'Prince of Darkness'

Washington Post - Howard Kurtz - ‎3 hours ago‎
He was an opinionated op-ed man, a combative conservative on television, but through it all, Robert Novak prided himself on being a shoe-leather reporter.

Another Taiwan minister offers to quit after typhoon

Reuters - Lee Chyen YeeJeanny Kao - ‎1 hour ago‎
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan Defense Minister Chen Chao-min has offered to quit over criticism that the government was too slow in its response to Typhoon Morakot which may have killed as many as 500 people, local television said on Wednesday.

Russia Detains 8 in Hijacking of Ship

Washington Post - Philip P. Pan - ‎4 hours ago‎
MOSCOW, Aug. 18 -- Russia said Tuesday that it has detained eight suspected hijackers aboard the cargo ship that went missing near the English Channel this month, but it offered few details to explain the maritime mystery that has ...

Obama Optimistic About Mideast Peace

Washington Post - Anne E. KornblutMary Beth Sheridan - ‎4 hours ago‎

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ACT prognosis: 23% could earn C, at best, in first-year college ...

USA Today - Mary Beth Marklein - ‎2 hours ago‎
Even as high school graduates in recent years have grown increasingly better prepared for college, too many members of the class of 2009 cannot adequately perform all of the academic skills they will need to succeed, ...

Law Requiring Ultrasounds for Abortions Is Struck Down

Washington Post - Kari Lydersen - ‎3 hours ago‎
An Oklahoma judge decided Tuesday that doctors do not need to perform ultrasounds and offer women detailed information about the tests before performing abortions, striking down the strictest such law in the country.

Senate bid dogged by Fiorina's failure to vote

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎3 hours ago‎
(08-18) 19:51 PDT -- Republican Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, took her first formal step Tuesday to challenge incumbent Democratic US Sen. Barbara Boxer - but does she pass the Citizenship 1o1 test?

HK shares little changed; China stocks slip

Reuters - Parvathy UllatilClaire Zhang - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Parvathy Ullatil & Claire Zhang HONG KONG, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Hong Kong shares weaved in and out of negative territory on Wednesday as investors exercised caution ahead of key earnings announcements, including those from Chinese lenders and top ...

Home Depot, Target Fuel Day's Turnaround

Wall Street Journal - Geoffrey Rogow - ‎6 hours ago‎
NEW YORK -- A string of better-than-expected quarterly reports from retailers, including Home Depot and Target, and an American Express-led bounce-back for financials helped stocks close higher.

Sluggish PC, ink sales hurt Hewlett-Packard

The Associated Press - Jordan Robertson - ‎1 hour ago‎
SAN FRANCISCO - Hewlett-Packard Co.'s 19 percent drop in quarterly profit shows that the company still relies heavily on printer ink and the troubled personal computer market, despite the aggressive transformation it's undertaking to branch out and ...

Sony slashes price of PlayStation 3 by $100 to $299

Los Angeles Times - Alex PhamBen Fritz - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Japanese electronics giant, which is seeking to goose sales ahead of the crucial holiday shopping season, also unveils a sleeker, thinner model of the game console.

Gonzales just tip of iceberg in Heartland attack

ZDNet - Richard Koman - ‎50 minutes ago‎
Albert Gonzales, previously accused of breaking into TJX's computer systems, was indicted on charges that a separate group he was involved in breached Heartland Payment Systems.

Which will Appear at Apple's September Event: Tablet, Steve, or ...

PC World - Jeff Bertolucci - ‎7 hours ago‎
Bummer. Because what most Apple watchers, including me, want to see most is the mythical tablet device that's appeared only in grainy photos and shaky videos from dubious sources.
Apple Event: September 9? San Francisco Chronicle

Jackson to be buried Aug. 29 at Forest Lawn in Glendale

Los Angeles Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
The pop star's family announced that he will be interred in the cemetery's Great Mausoleum on what would have been his 51st birthday.

A not-so-delicate dance: Quotes from Tom Delay

Los Angeles Times - ‎6 hours ago‎
Tom DeLay, the former GOP congressman and ABC's newest "Dancing With the Stars" contestant, has -- in addition to his legal woes -- had some controversial opinions.

Quentin Tarantino and the original 'Bastards'

msnbc.com - Chris Nashawaty - ‎10 hours ago‎
Take your seats, class: Senior writer Chris Nashawaty is kicking off his in-depth weeklong tutorial on all things Quentin Tarantino for the latest installment of EW University.
Inglourious Basterds Time Out Chicago

Red Sox-Blue Jays Preview

CBSSports.com - ‎2 hours ago‎
For a bullpen in need of rest, there may be no better starter to see on the mound than Roy Halladay. The Toronto Blue Jays' workhorse takes the ball Wednesday night seeking to help his club bounce back from a series-opening loss to the Boston Red Sox ...

'Perfect fit' for Brett Favre: QB could take off in Vikes' offense

USA Today - Nate Davis - ‎1 hour ago‎
That's what Brett Favre said Tuesday evening when assessing his compatibility with his latest team, the Minnesota Vikings. Not everything Favre has said in recent years has checked out, but it's hard to argue with his analysis ...
It's not all Favre's fault Kansas City Star

Billingsley pitches Dodgers past Cardinals 7-3

The Associated Press - Greg Beacham - ‎29 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES - Chad Billingsley claims he got just as much satisfaction from the first pitch of his comeback start as the final fastball, which coaxed a rally-killing double play grounder from Albert Pujols.

Swine Flu Shots May Be Too Little, Too Late to Halt Outbreaks

Bloomberg - Tom Randall - ‎2 hours ago‎
Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Swine flu vaccines under development by drugmakers may not provide immunity until the last week of November, too late to hold off outbreaks triggered by infected students returning to schools in the US and Europe.

Study on Vaccine for Cervical Cancer Finds Benefits Despite Some Risks

New York Times - Roni Caryn Rabin - ‎3 hours ago‎
The new vaccine designed to protect girls and young women from cervical cancer has a safety record that appears to be in line with that of other vaccines, a government report has found.

Mozart's death most likely caused by strep infection, study suggests

The Money Times - Camilla Abad - ‎32 minutes ago‎
August 19, Philadelphia: The sudden death of musical genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was not a result of poisoning or bad pork but may have instead been caused by a streptococcal infection, ...

Hurricane Bill Strengthens Over Atlantic Into Category 3 Storm

Bloomberg - Brian K. SullivanAaron Sheldrick - ‎1 hour ago‎
Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Hurricane Bill strengthened into a Category 3 storm as it churned across the Atlantic on a course that's forecast to take it toward Bermuda, the US National Hurricane Center said.

Reality show contestant sought in model's death

Los Angeles Times - Andrew BlanksteinRichard Winton - ‎2 hours ago‎
Buena Park police say Ryan Alexander Jenkins, a Canadian national, was last seen with the victim, Jasmine Fiore, a former swimsuit model.

Seattle saying 'no' to grocery bag tax

Seattle Post Intelligencer - Chris Grygiel - ‎2 hours ago‎
Seattle voters think a couple of bucks a week added to their grocery bill is too much green to spend on a "green" initiative.