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Obama Lauds Afghan Vote, Warns of More Violence

New York Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
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Libya marks return of 'innocent' Megrahi

BBC News - Rana Jawad - ‎21 minutes ago‎
Far from the noise being made in America and Britain about Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi's arrival to a joyful public welcoming in his country, Tripoli has been quiet as it observes the first day in the holy month of Ramadan.

Murdered model feared ex-husband, friend says

msnbc.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
Ryan Alexander Jenkins reportedly took former wife Jasmine Fiore, 28, to a San Diego party the night before she was murdered. He is now the prime suspect in the case.

Canadian forecasters say Bill to remain hurricane

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
CALGARY, Alberta, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Hurricane Bill could enter Canadian waters still packing winds of more than 160 km/h (100 mph) as it passes over one of the country's key oil production regions.

Iraq: Arrests made in ministry truck bombings

CNN International - Jomana Karadsheh - ‎52 minutes ago‎
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The Iraqi government said Friday it has arrested members of a cell believed responsible for Wednesday's truck bombings in which more than 100 people were killed.

Sardar Patel banned RSS under pressure from Nehru: Advani

Hindu - Neena Vyas - ‎1 hour ago‎

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SCENARIOS-Passing healthcare reform in Congress

Reuters - Andy Sullivan, Patricia Zengerle - ‎31 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Democrats in the US Congress hope to pass President Barack Obama's overhaul of the country's $2.5 trillion healthcare system amid mounting public skepticism and unified opposition from Republicans.

Obama marks beginning of Muslim holy month

Washington Post - ‎3 hours ago‎
President Barack Obama talks about the the Afghan elections, Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, outside the White House in Washington, prior to boarding Marine One and departing for the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md.

White House Asks Media to Let Obama Girls Enjoy Their Vacation

Washington Post - Michael D. Shear - ‎1 hour ago‎
The White House pleaded Friday for privacy for President Obama's daughters as the Obama family prepared for a week's vacation on Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

FOREX-Dollar, yen drop after US home sales, Bernanke

Reuters - Wanfeng Zhou - ‎39 minutes ago‎
NEW YORK, Aug 21 (Reuters) - The dollar and yen fell on Friday after a strong US housing sales report and upbeat comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke reduced the safe-haven appeal of the US and Japanese currencies.

July Florida home sales rise

Bizjournals.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
Florida's existing home sales rose in July, the 11th month in a row that sales activity increased in year-to-year comparison, according to data released by the Florida Association of Realtors.

Dow Jones explores sale of indexes business: report

Reuters - Paul Thomasch, Matthew Lewis - ‎39 minutes ago‎
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dow Jones & Co Inc has been talking to potential buyers about the sale of its stock-market indexing business, which includes the Dow Jones Industrial Average .

Microsoft, Yahoo join in opposing Google books deal

Reuters - David Lawsky, Tim Dobbyn - ‎2 hours ago‎
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp and Yahoo! Inc are joining a group of opponents to a class action settlement that gives Google Inc the right to digitize millions of books, the companies said on Friday.

First Avatar Trailer Reveals Pandora's Intoxicating Alien World

Wired News - Lewis Wallace - ‎2 hours ago‎
The new Avatar trailer gives the world its first glimpse of the alien world dreamed up by James Cameron for his coming sci-fi epic.
3D movies making a comeback San Jose Mercury News

Cataclysm hits World of Warcraft

CNET News - Rich Brown - ‎1 hour ago‎
Pretty much exactly as predicted, Blizzard Entertainment announced the next expansion for World of Warcraft Friday afternoon, during the opening ceremonies for its annual Blizzcon convention in Anaheim, Calif.

Tarantino digs into record collection for "Basterds"

Reuters - Ann Donahue - ‎57 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - It's the critical night for the heroine of your comedic-noir-World War II film, the evening when she unspools her plan to set a lethal blaze.

Project Runway All-Stars: Daniel & Korto Talk About Their Showdown

People Magazine - ‎1 hour ago‎
On Thursday's Project Runway All-Stars Challenge, the competition came down to a nail-biting finale between Korto Momolu and Daniel Vosovic - both runners-up in their respective seasons.

Remembering Michael Jackson with memorabilia

San Francisco Chronicle - Shelah Moody - ‎43 minutes ago‎
Michael Jackson's death was a huge blow to his fans around the world, and naturally, it has generated a resurgence of interest in Michael Jackson memorabilia.

USA rallies, stakes claim to early edge at Solheim Cup

USA Today - Steve DiMeglio - ‎37 minutes ago‎
By Chris Graythen, Getty Images By Steve DiMeglio, USA TODAY SUGAR GROVE, Ill. - Early afternoon heroics revived the USA in the morning session of the first day of the 11th Solheim Cup, the biennial match-play bout pitting 12 of the best American ...

South Africa rallies behind runner in gender storm

USA Today - Donna Bryson - ‎56 minutes ago‎
JOHANNESBURG - South Africans will rally and protest in support of Caster Semenya -- celebrating her 800-meter win at the world championships, and denouncing doubts about whether she's a woman.

Merritt wins men's 400 at worlds

USA Today - ‎38 minutes ago‎
BERLIN (AP) - Olympic champion Lashawn Merritt of the United States won the men's 400-meter title Friday at the world championships.

Swine flu roundup: Vaccine testing on track

Los Angeles Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
Testing of the vaccine against the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus is on track and there have been "no red flags" for adverse effects, said Dr.

Flu drugs inappropriate for healthy adults: study

Reuters - Chris Wilson - ‎9 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza may not be worthwhile to treat seasonal influenza in healthy adults, British researchers reported on Friday.

A Basis Is Seen for Some Health Plan Fears Among the Elderly

New York Times - Robert Pear - ‎19 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - White House officials and Democrats in Congress say the fears of older Americans about possible rationing of health care are based on myths and falsehoods.

Ridge accused of trying to profit from terror alert accusations

CNN International - ‎3 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A former Bush administration official said she thinks former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge's recent charges that politics were behind raising the terror level in 2004 were "personally motivated.

1:57 PMHurricane Bill forces LI beaches to bar swimmers

Newsday - Bill Bleyer - ‎1 hour ago‎
Photo credit: AP | Lifeguard Cayla Platt secures a red flag to her lifeguard stand on at Casino Beach as tropical depression Claudette blows sand and stirs up waves in Pensacola Beach, Fla.

Wis. AG Won't Defend Domestic Partnership Law

New York Times - ‎32 minutes ago‎
By AP MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's attorney general says he won't defend a law that grants same-sex couples spousal benefits.