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Sen. Ted Kennedy dies at age 77 after year-long battle with brain ...

New York Daily News - Larry Mcshane - ‎38 minutes ago‎
"Edward M. Kennedy, the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply, died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port (Massachusetts)," the Kennedy family said in a statement.

CIA Abuse Cases Detailed in Report on Detainees

New York Times - Mark Mazzetti, Scott Shane - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. named a veteran federal prosecutor on Monday to examine abuse of prisoners held by the Central Intelligence Agency, after the Justice Department released a long-secret ...

Estimate for 10-Year Deficit Raised to $9 Trillion

New York Times - Jackie Calmes - ‎2 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON— The nation's fiscal outlook is even bleaker than the government forecast earlier this year because the recession turned out to be deeper than widely expected, the budget offices of the White House and Congress agreed in ...

Sri Lanka Win The Toss And Bat First In Second Test

New York Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
By REUTERS COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first against New Zealand in the second test of their two-match series on Wednesday.

Partial Afghan poll count shows Karzai in lead

Aljazeera.net - ‎57 minutes ago‎
Preliminary results from Afghanistan's national elections have been announced, with incumbent President Hamid Karzai appearing to have garnered 41 per cent of the vote so far.

Report: Israel to freeze settlements in exchange for tougher Iran ...

Ha'aretz - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Haaretz Service US President Barack Obama is close to breaking the stalemate between Israel and the Palestinians by getting Israel to agree to a partial settlement freeze in exchange for a tougher US stand against Iran's nuclear program, ...

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San Francisco Bay rail union approves new contract

Sacramento Bee - Terry Collins - ‎37 minutes ago‎
AP Writer OAKLAND, Calif. -- More than a week after threatening to walk off their jobs, members of the San Francisco Bay area's commuter rail union ratified a new labor agreement on Tuesday.
BART union votes on contract San Jose Mercury News

SAT scores in Arizona on decline

Arizona Republic - Anne Ryman - ‎21 minutes ago‎
A first glance at SAT scores released Tuesday would seem to indicate so: The Class of 2009 posted average scores that are among the lowest in at least a decade.

Vote could open 250 LA schools to outside operators

Los Angeles Times - Howard Blume, Jason Song - ‎25 minutes ago‎
Backers of the Board of Education decision tout choice and competition. Foes call the move illegal, illogical and improper. By Howard Blume and Jason Song In a startling acknowledgment that the Los Angeles school system cannot improve enough schools on ...

Bernanke May Redefine Fed Mission in Financial-Market Stability

Bloomberg - Craig Torres - ‎2 hours ago‎
Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Ben S. Bernanke's renomination allows him to redefine the Federal Reserve's mission as he expands its power over financial markets and pulls back on a credit surge the central bank used to keep the economy from ...

China wealth fund buys 40 pct of CITIC Pacific unit

Reuters - Chris Lewis - ‎19 minutes ago‎
HONG KONG, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Steel-to-property conglomerate CITIC Pacific (0267.HK) said on Wednesday that China's sovereign wealth fund, China Investment Corp, has bought a 40 percent stake in its private equity fund management unit, CITIC Capital.
Citic Profits Fall 43% Wall Street Journal

DC Area Home Prices Rise, Signaling Stabilization

Washington Post - Dina ElBoghdady - ‎3 hours ago‎
Home prices climbed in the Washington region and most parts of the country in recent months, another sign that the housing market is slowly stabilizing, according to two reports released Tuesday.

Shuttle grounded by hydrogen valve glitch

CNET News - William Harwood - ‎1 hour ago‎
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.--The shuttle Discovery's planned launch early Wednesday on a space station resupply mission was called off during fueling Tuesday when a valve in a liquid hydrogen feedline apparently failed to close ...

AT&T to Power New Sony 3G Wireless E-Reader

PC World - Jr Raphael - ‎7 hours ago‎
AT&T will power the wireless connection on Sony's newly announced 3G e-reader, the two companies have announced. The Sony Reader Daily Edition will start shipping this December for $399 with wireless connectivity automatically included.
Sony Kindles Ebook Contest Wall Street Journal

'Dangerous Celeb' Jessica Biel Might Raise Awareness, Security ...

ChannelWeb - Stefanie Hoffman - ‎6 hours ago‎
Frivolous content aside, solution providers claim that their customers often pay rapt attention to studies linking celebrities and malware, after a McAfee study revealed that former "7th Heaven" star Jessica Biel toppled ...

Jackson Time of Death a Mystery

TMZ.com - ‎28 minutes ago‎
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the LA County Coroner cannot pinpoint the time of Michael Jackson's death ... but paramedics say when they arrived they believed he was dead for at least an hour and maybe longer.

Singer Chris Brown allegedly involved in other violent incidents

Los Angeles Times - Victoria Kim, Andrew Blankstein - ‎3 hours ago‎
A probation report alleges that he had pushed girlfriend Rihanna in one incident and broken the windows on their vehicle in another.

'Inglourious Basterds' latest in Jewish vengeance film genre

USA Today - Nicole Neroulias - ‎7 hours ago‎
By Francois Duhamel By Nicole Neroulias, Religion News Service In Quentin Tarantino's blood-soaked new film Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt and his merry band of Jewish soldiers bash Nazi soldiers' heads with a baseball bat and collect their scalps in a ...

Giants hold off Diamondbacks

San Jose Mercury News - Curtis Pashelka - ‎52 minutes ago‎
After Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to break open a tie game on Tuesday night, closer Brian Wilson loaded the bases before he allowed a two-run single to Ryan Roberts.

Granderson leads Tigers to win

MLB.com - Jason Beck - ‎1 hour ago‎
ANAHEIM -- Curtis Granderson barely missed a two-homer game, but he didn't miss another night tormenting the home club at Angel Stadium.

Langerhans spills cup of coffee on A's

San Francisco Chronicle - Susan Slusser - ‎49 minutes ago‎
Ryan Langerhans had one of the briefest stays with Oakland in team history, spending three days with the team in 2007. On Tuesday night at Safeco Field, Langerhans entered the game late as a defensive replacement and wound up beating the club he'd ...
Recap: Seattle vs. Oakland Kansas City Star

Swine flu could infect half of US, panel estimates

Newsday - Rob Stein - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON - Swine flu could infect half the US population this fall and winter, hospitalizing up to 1.8 million people and causing as many as 90000 deaths - more than double the number that occur in an average flu season, according to an estimate from ...

CORRECTED - Q+A:US deficit forecasts spotlight healthcare costs

Reuters - Donna Smith - ‎9 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Soaring healthcare costs have been blamed for the grim US budget deficit, which two government reports on Tuesday said could push the national debt to $20 trillion in the next 10 years.

Foods Surprisingly High in Added Sugar

U.S. News & World Report - Sarah Baldauf - ‎2 hours ago‎
Added sugars, which are sprinkled on and processed into packaged foods and beverages, have become all too common in the American diet, says the American Heart Association.

Obama vacationing, but keeping busy

USA Today - Richard Wolf - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Jewel Samad, AFP/Getty Images By Richard Wolf, USA TODAY CHILMARK, Mass. - The health care debate drags on 24/7. The economy sputters its way back from recession.

Toll in Kandahar bomb at least 40: police

AFP - ‎43 minutes ago‎
KABUL - The toll in a massive bombing that ripped through Afghanistan's troubled southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday has risen to at least 40, a senior police officer said Wednesday.

Minn. competition showcases wines from frosty northern states ...

Los Angeles Times - Steve Karnowski - ‎1 hour ago‎
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - If grapes need to suffer to produce fine wines, surely there are fewer places they suffer as much as Minnesota and other northern-tier states.