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New White House tactic to bring GOP back to health debate?

CNN - Ed Hornick - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In the chess game over health care reform, the White House's last move was to say Democrats might use a procedural move to get a bill through without working with Republicans.

Afghans in Kabul brush aside jitters on eve of vote

Los Angeles Times - ‎2 hours ago‎

Reality TV contestant sought in ex-model's death

The Associated Press - Amy Taxin, Robert Jablon - ‎15 minutes ago‎
BUENA PARK, Calif. - Ryan Alexander Jenkins was fulfilling his dream of becoming a star, with a small fortune stowed away, a marriage - albeit brief - to a former model, and two gigs in reality TV.

Baghdad Bombings Condemned as 'Senseless' by US as 95 Killed

Bloomberg - Caroline Alexander, Ed Johnson - ‎52 minutes ago‎
Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Coordinated bombings that tore through Baghdad yesterday killing almost 100 people were a “senseless” act of violence, the Obama administration said, leading condemnation of the bloodiest ...

Libyan Convicted of Pan Am Bombing May Go Free

New York Times - John F. Burns - ‎1 hour ago‎
LONDON - The Scottish government said Wednesday that a final decision had been made on whether to release the Libyan prisoner convicted in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over the town of Lockerbie in December 1988, and there were ...

Most Americans say Afghan war not worth fighting

AFP - ‎45 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - A majority of Americans say the war in Afghanistan is not worth fighting and oppose sending more US troops to fight a growing insurgency, a poll showed.

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President Obama talks...NASCAR

Los Angeles Times - ‎17 minutes ago‎
It's great when our US presidents make themselves available to the media, all media. But, really, does a president need to be questioned by an ESPN reporter about NASCAR?

Fla. man executed for '83 murder of abducted woman

The Associated Press - ‎1 hour ago‎
STARKE, Fla. - Florida has executed a man convicted of murdering a woman who was kidnapped and raped after her car broke down. Prison officials say 47-year-old John Richard Marek died from injection at 6:33 pm for the June 16, 1983, slaying of Adela ...

Lutherans move toward more open view on gays

The Associated Press - Patrick Condon - ‎25 minutes ago‎
MINNEAPOLIS - Leaders of the country's largest Lutheran denomination have agreed to disagree on homosexuality, endorsing an official statement on human sexuality that says there's room in the church for differing views on an issue that's divided other ...

UBS to Give 4450 Names to US

Wall Street Journal - Carrick Mollenkamp, Laura Saunders - ‎1 hour ago‎
Swiss bank UBS AG will hand over some 4450 names of US account holders as part of a US-Swiss tax-evasion settlement and investigation that could produce a total 10000 account identities.

YouTube in a Deal to Show Clips From CNN and TNT

New York Times - Miguel Helft - ‎1 hour ago‎
SAN FRANCISCO - Time Warner and YouTube said they have signed an agreement that would make short clips of various Time Warner television shows available on the popular video-sharing Web site.

Asian Shares Higher; Oil Stocks In Play

MarketWatch - Matthew Allen - ‎31 minutes ago‎
SINGAPORE (MarketWatch) -- Regional stock markets were higher Thursday, but the gains were fragile, with the positive sentiment coming off Wall Street's higher close being watered down by a good deal of caution surrounding Chinese ...

MySpace, iLike Deal Good For Musicians And Audiences

PC World - ‎1 hour ago‎
Amid some harsh criticism there is actually a case to be made in favor of MySpace's acquisition of iLike, the "social music discovery service.

Sony's Koller sizes up PS3 Slim, PSP Minis

GameSpot - Tor Thorsen - ‎1 hour ago‎
SCEA director of hardware marketing sheds light on the new console's $299 price, PSP Go launch preparations, and how dual iPhone/PSP game development is "hypothetically" possible.

Judge: 'Skanks in NYC' blogger may be unmasked

CNET News - Chris Matyszczyk - ‎Aug 18, 2009‎
They go to sites such as What Would Tyler Durden Do? or Dlisted to read the occasionally besmirching remark aimed at those more famous, wealthy, and beautiful than themselves.

Don Hewitt's career highlights were TV's as well

USA Today - Bill Keveney - ‎41 minutes ago‎
By Chet Gordon, GPN By Bill Keveney, USA TODAY Don Hewitt's career paralleled the birth and growth of TV news, from the first network news broadcast in 1948 to the creation of the newsmagazine format.

Capsule reviews: `Inglourious Basterds,' others

The Associated Press - ‎3 hours ago‎
Capsule reviews of films opening this week: "Inglourious Basterds" - If only Quentin Tarantino the director weren't so completely in love with Quentin Tarantino the writer, this might have been a great movie rather than a good movie with moments of ...

Source: Michael Jackson's Doctor to Be Charged With Manslaughter

FOXNews - Jana Winter - ‎10 hours ago‎
AP Michael Jackson's personal physician will be charged with manslaughter within the next two weeks, a law enforcement source told FOXNews.

Wagner eager to show Mets what he can do

MLB.com - Tim Britton - ‎1 hour ago‎
NEW YORK -- Billy Wagner has been in the Mets' clubhouse since Sunday, and the closer, who underwent Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery last September, is getting a little eager.

Dodgers sign free-agent pitcher Padilla

MLB.com - Ken Gurnick - ‎1 hour ago‎
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Wednesday signed free-agent right-hander Vicente Padilla, who will make one Minor League start Saturday for Triple-A Albuquerque, then move into the Major League rotation next Thursday for Hiroki ...
Dodgers sign Vicente Padilla Los Angeles Times

Smoltz agrees to deal with Cardinals

The Associated Press - Jim Salter - ‎55 minutes ago‎
ST. LOUIS - John Smoltz agreed to a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, giving the 42-year-old former ace a chance to rejuvenate his career in the middle of a pennant race.
Cardinals bring in Smoltz Seattle Post Intelligencer

Fall flu season may be a doozy, feds warn

San Jose Mercury News - Suzanne Bohan - ‎1 hour ago‎
Federal officials on Wednesday urged business leaders to start taking steps now to reduce the economic and public health toll of a potentially tough flu season.

Is HPV vaccine worth it? Researchers weigh in

Los Angeles Times - ‎3 hours ago‎
Perhaps you've heard of the relatively new HPV vaccine, Gardasil. If you have a preteen or teenage daughter -- or if you've simply been conscious since the vaccine was approved in 2006 -- we'll assume you have.

US Life Expectancy Hits a New High of 78

ABC News - ‎4 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US life expectancy is the highest it has ever been at 77.9 years, according to government statistics released on Wednesday.

Hurricane Bill looms in Atlantic at Category 4

Herald Zeitung - Jennifer Kay - ‎6 minutes ago‎
AP Writer AP Photo MIAMI (AP) -- Hurricane Bill howled over the open Atlantic as a dangerous Category 4 storm Wednesday, and it could be energized by warmer waters as it moves north.

Judge stands by closing ahead of death-row appeal

The Associated Press - Paul J. Weber - ‎1 hour ago‎
SAN ANTONIO - An embattled Texas judge stood by her decision to close her court before a death row inmate's last-minute appeal was ready, saying at her misconduct trial Wednesday that she would do the same thing again.

US deficit estimate to be trimmed to $1.58 trillion

Reuters - Ross Colvin, Alister Bull - ‎32 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will trim its budget deficit forecast for fiscal 2009 to $1.58 trillion, after scrapping money earmarked for bailing out more banks, officials said on Wednesday.