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Atom Egoyan to direct movie based on "West Memphis"

Reuters -
LOS ANGELES ( - Atom Egoyan, the Egyptian-born director, plans to start shooting a movie based on convicted murderers the "West Memphis Three" - the subjects of the 1996 documentary "Paradise Lost" - in early spring ...

Libya refutes rebel claims Gadhafi seeking refuge for his family

CNN International -
By the CNN Wire Staff Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Libyan officials are refuting rebel claims that Moammar Gadhafi is seeking refuge for his family, saying Friday that neither the leader nor his wife and children plan to leave the country.

President Obama goes for a reset on jobs

Los Angeles Times -
A plan in the works aims to give the economy a much-needed boost, and he'll have to confront Republicans head-on to get it passed.

Rod Barajas, road warrior, leads Dodgers past Rockies, 8-2

Los Angeles Times -
For Rod Barajas, home may be where the heart is, but the hits are on the road. At Dodger Stadium, just up Interstate 5 from Santa Fe Springs where he grew up, batting is a struggle, a veritable mystery.

Summary Box: Stocks plunge on economic fears

Houston Chronicle -
AP, LATE LOSS: The anxiety in the market was obvious Friday as the major indexes went from modest gains early in the day to another sharp loss.

Packers win; Cards RB Williams carted off

Los Angeles Times -
Aaron Rodgers connected with Greg Jennings on a 20-yard touchdown pass, highlighting Green Bay's 28-20 preseason win over the Arizona Cardinals.

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Israel strikes Gaza after Palestinian rockets in Ashdod

BBC News -
Several Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza launched in response to militant rockets that have struck the Israeli town of Ashdod.

Syria protesters defy Bashar Assad; troops kill 29

Los Angeles Times -
Syrian security forces seem unaffected by increasing international pressure over the violent crackdown. Activists say three soldiers were killed when they refused to open fire on protesters.

Suicide bomber kills 40 in Pakistan mosque

Houston Chronicle -
Pakistani women mourn the death of their family member by a target shooting in Karachi, Pakistan Thursday, Aug 18, 2011. A wave of violence killed 33 people in the last 24 hours in Pakistan's largest city, with many of the victims ...

UK sorrow over NZ soldier's death

BBC News -
The government has expressed its sorrow at the death of a New Zealand special forces soldier killed during a Taliban attack on the British Council in Kabul.

Family says 6th person dies from fair accident

Houston Chronicle -
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Family members say a Ball State University senior has become the sixth person to die from injuries suffered in a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.

New Mexico hero who saved girl says he's illegal

San Francisco Chronicle -
The man who chased down a suspected child abductor and saved a 6-year-old girl from what could have been a horrible fate was honored as a hero Friday.

As PCs Wane, Companies Look to Tablets

New York Times -
Although the world is dependent on personal computers, making them has not been a great business for most American companies for almost a decade.

U.S. Stocks Post Biggest Four-Week Retreat Since 2009 on Economic Concern

Bloomberg -
Pedestrians pass in front of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) before the trading day begins in New York on Aug. 5, 2011. Pedestrians pass in front of the New York Stock Exchange ...

Sabadell executives: Lydian employees to stay, focus on growth -
Sabadell United Bank Executive VP Dwight Hill said employees of the newly acquired Lydian Private Bank , which failed on Friday, would be retained through the first quarter of 2012.

HP's TouchPad, WebOS killed — and Apple is the main suspect

Chicago Sun-Times -
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, Todd Bradley, right, Hewlett Packard Executive Vice President Personal Systems Group, right, and Jon Rubinstein, left, Palm Senior Vice President and General ...

HP begins TouchPad clearance with $99 fire sale

Apple Insider -
Resellers have begun clearing HP TouchPad inventory with a drastic sale that cut the price of 16GB and 32GB models to $99 and $149, respectively, just one day after the device was discontinued.

Microsoft's Android patent claims get tested Monday

The first test of Microsoft's claims that device makers running Google's Android mobile operating system have infringed on its patents comes Monday.

Windows Phone 7 Challenge: Week 2, the verdict

It's the end of my second week of life with Windows Phone 7 Mango, and it's time to render a verdict. I should say at the outset that two weeks doesn't sound a lot of time to live with an entirely new platform, and I might have lasted longer but for ...

Facebook's 'Like' button illegal in German state

A German state would very much like for its residents to keep their fingers--and other assorted pointers or cursors--away from Facebook's "Like" button.

Kardashian Wedding Watch: Kim's Kin Spotted

Entertainment Tonight News -
By ETONLINE STAFF The countdown to Kim Kardashian's dream wedding is on, and ET has already spotted mom Kris amid a group of guests in the lobby of the Four Seasons The Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, California!

Taylor Armstrong -
Taylor Armstrong and Russell Armstrong's parents are in agreement -- Russell will be cremated in Los Angeles and the funeral will be held in LA as well ... TMZ has learned. Taylor's family law attorney, Troy Christiansen, tells TMZ, ...

Movie Scores: How the critics rated the new movies

Houston Chronicle -
AP, In this image released by Lionsgate, Jason Momoa portrays Conan in a scene from "Conan the Barbarian." Photo: Lionsgate, Simon Varsano / AP LOS ANGELES (AP) - Conan is a fearless and muscular warrior, but he isn't winning the battle with film ...

Selena Gomez To Host 2011 VMA Pre-Show -
With Lady Gaga slated to open the show and performances on tap from Lil Wayne and Adele, among others, the 2011 Video Music Awards are already mega.

NCAA President says “death penalty” is an option

Kansas City Star -
NCAA President Mark Emmert says he's willing to back up his tough talk on punishing rule-breakers - even using the “death penalty” as a deterrent.

Jags use late rally to get past Falcons

Los Angeles Times -
Luke McCown threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Armon Binns in the fourth quarter, as the Jacksonville Jaguars scored 12 unanswered points Friday to beat the Atlanta Falcons 15-13 in a preseason game.

New York Rangers Captain Chris Drury Will Retire After 12-Year NHL Career

Bloomberg -
Former New York Rangers captain Chris Drury, who won a Little League World Series title, a college hockey championship and a Stanley Cup trophy, has ended a 12-year career with the National Hockey ...

Finally, Fish Topples Nadal

New York Times -
MASON, Ohio - Mardy Fish extended his arms and then wrapped them around his body, as if trying to embrace the whole stadium. The fans at Center Court had thrown their full-throated support behind him, and Fish channeled their energy ...

Listening to the sun may improve space weather forecasts

Los Angeles Times -
Scientists at Stanford University find they can predict sunspots up to two days before they appear, which could help better foretell solar flares.

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NASA Releases First Complete Map of Antarctic Ice Flow

International Business Times -
By IBTimes Staff Reporter | August 19, 2011 8:44 PM EDT NASA recently released the first complete map charting the movement of ice sheets in Antarctica.

Longer Lives for Obese Mice, With Hope for Humans of All Sizes

New York Times -
An obese mouse given the drug SRT-1720, center, and one not given the drug, right. By NICHOLAS WADE Sustaining the flickering hope that human aging might somehow be decelerated, researchers have found they can substantially extend the average life span ...

Feds oppose ban on food stamps for sodas in NYC -
AP NEW YORK (AP) - A plan by New York City to combat obesity by restricting the purchase of sugary drinks with foods stamps would be too large and complex, federal officials said Friday.
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