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5.8 Virginia earthquake shakes east coast, rattles residents

Washington Post -
A rare, powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake rattled the eastern third of the United States on Tuesday afternoon, damaging older buildings, shutting down much of the nation's capital and unnerving tens of millions of people from New ...
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Gadhafi's Compound Falls

Wall Street Journal -
TRIPOLI, Libya—Triumphant rebel fighters and thousands of ordinary Libyans stormed Col. Moammar Gadhafi's fortress compound here Tuesday after a daylong battle, but the elusive strongman was nowhere to be found.

Bahamas brace for long bout with Irene -
Hurricane Irene made at least a few things clearer on Tuesday: South Florida was almost certainly off the hook for a major strike and schools planned to remain open.

Sell Big or Die Fast

New York Times -
Seven weeks after it was put on sale, Hewlett-Packard killed its TouchPad tablet, the company's competitor to Apple's iPad.

Pat Summitt determined to face down Alzheimer's challenge

USA Today -
By Erik Brady, USA TODAY Pat Summitt, the coach with more wins than anyone else in college basketball history, woman or man, has early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.

Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith deny reports they are splitting

Chicago Sun-Times -
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith looking cozy at the NCAAP Image Awards in Los Angeles in 2009. | AP/FOX It took them a while, but Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith finally responded Tuesday afternoon to an InTouch Weekly magazine report claiming the ...

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Thousands show support to Syrian President Assad in Damascus

Xinhua -
BEIJING,Aug 24 (Xinhuanet) - Thousands of people have gathered in the Syrian capital Damascus, to voice their support for President Bashar al-Assad.

Round 1: Govt, Team Anna talk about continuing talks

Hindustan Times -
Civil society members Arvind Kejriwal (R) and Kiran Bedi (L) arrive at the finance ministry for a...... Social activist Anna Hazare's failing health brought his team and the government to the negotiating table on Tuesday evening after days of tough ...

Turkish bombing campaign against PKK signals shift in strategy

Christian Science Monitor -
The Turkish government's six-day campaign that has killed up to 100 Kurdish rebels in Iraq suggests emphasis on military might over diplomacy in dealing with the guerrillas.

Washington Monument Indefinitely Closes After Earthquake Causes Cracks

Fox News -
AP A US Park Service helicopter flies between the Washington Monument and the Capitol on the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, following an earthquake in the Washington area.

Strauss-Kahn Drama Ends With Short Final Scene

New York Times -
The coda to one of New York's most gripping and erratic criminal dramas lasted all of 12 minutes. The former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his wife, Anne Sinclair, arrived at the Manhattan Supreme Court ...

Texas' economy isn't riding high on the information age

Fort Worth Star Telegram -
Some economic trends are too great to resist, even for Texas and Gov. Rick Perry. Since the middle of 2000, the year that Perry became governor, the state has outperformed the nation in job growth in every category except one: information.

Toyota Pitches New Camry to Retain Sales Crown

Wall Street Journal -
GEORGETOWN, Ky.—Toyota Motor Corp.'s efforts to repair its tattered image for quality will hinge on the reception awaiting its redesigned Camry, a model that outsold all other cars for the last nine years and whose new version is now ...

Wireless Carriers See No Network Damage from Quake

Wall Street Journal -
NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--The biggest US wireless carriers said their networks were running normally again and were spared any structural damage from a 5.8-magnitude earthquake near Richmond, Va.

Moody's Cuts Japan's Rating One Notch, Citing Its Giant Debt

New York Times -
TOKYO - Moody's, the credit ratings agency, lowered Japan's credit rating by one notch on Wednesday, warning that frequent changes in administration, weak prospects for economic growth and its recent natural and nuclear disasters made ...

Japan, Australian Stock Futures Rise on Optimism Fed Will Act

Bloomberg -
Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Thomas Byrne, a senior vice president for sovereign risk at Moody's Investors Service, talks about the downgrade of Japan's sovereign-credit rating.

Rumor: iPhone 5 coming to Sprint in mid-October -
The iPhone 5 is rumored to be coming to Sprint's network as well as AT&T and Verizon in mid-October. The iPhone rumor mill is working over-time today.

New Control Over Privacy on Facebook

New York Times -
Privacy worries have bedeviled Facebook since its early days, from the introduction of the endless scroll of data known as the news feed to, most recently, the use of facial recognition technology to identify people in photographs.

Kim Kardashian's Three Wedding Gowns: All the Details!

People Magazine -
When Kim Kardashian chose family friend Vera Wang to create her custom couture wedding gowns, she knew things would be picture perfect.

Nick Ashford composed the soundtrack of our lives

USA Today -
Nick Ashford built a soulful musical legacy with wife Valerie Simpson that remains, as the couple's biggest hit says, Solid (As a Rock).

Winehouse tests in

Boston Globe -
Amy Winehouse had no illegal drugs in her system when she died, and it is still unclear what killed the singer, her family said yesterday.

Rodriguez Sits Out, and Yankees Come Up Short

New York Times -
Two days after Alex Rodriguez played his first game in six weeks, he was out of the Yankees lineup again Tuesday, scratched just two hours before they opened a grinding stretch that includes 17 games in 16 days.

Recap: Mariners 12, Indians 7 (2nd)

Los Angeles Times -
Dustin Ackley drove in three runs and scored two more, and Mike Carp homered as the Seattle Mariners pounded the host Cleveland Indians 12-7 in the back end of Tuesday's day-night doubleheader.

Burroughs' first homer since '05 lifts D-backs over Nats

Los Angeles Times -
Sean Burroughs hit his first home run in more than six years to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Washington Nationals, 2-0, in the second test of a four-game series.

How Many Species on Earth? It's Tricky

New York Times -
In the foothills of the Andes Mountains lives a bat the size of a raspberry. In Singapore, there's a nematode worm that dwells only in the lungs of the changeable lizard.

Robonaut 2 begins life aboard International Space Station

Los Angeles Times -
R2, with some components and design from California firms, is envisioned as an astronauts' assistant. Astronaut Scott Kelly poses with Robonaut 2. The 330-pound robot has a torso, two arms and two five-fingered hands.

Climate Scientist Cleared by NSF, No Evidence of Misconduct

International Business Times -
The National Science Foundation said that they found "no evidence of research misconduct" from Pennsylvania State University climatologist Michael Mann.

Cholesterol-Lowering Foods Reduce LDL Levels More Than Low-Fat Foods

ABC News -
People who eat a diet with cholesterol-lowering foods like soy products, lowered their cholesterol more than those who followed a low-saturated fat diet.

Only 1 in 7 Ob/Gyns Do Abortions, Survey Finds

MedPage Today -
Just 14% of those who responded to a brief survey said they do the procedure, a smaller figure than the 22% measured by another recent survey, Debra Stulberg, MD, of the University of Chicago, ...

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