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Hurricane Earl downgraded to Category 3 as winds decrease to 115 mph

Washington Post - Rob Stein, Michael W. Savage - ‎1 hour ago‎
As Hurricane Earl steamed toward the east coast, vacationers along North Carolina's Outer Banks began packing their cars and moving inland, cutting short their summer just before Labor Day weekend.
Palm Beach Post - WCVB-TV - NECN - Boston Globe - Wikipedia: Hurricane Earl

Offshore Oil Platform Explodes in Gulf of Mexico, But No Leak Found

ABC News - Emily Friedman - ‎12 minutes ago‎
An explosion on an offshore oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico early today ignited a fire that caused workers to evacuate into the water, but the US Coast Guard said that all the workers survived and there are no oil leaks reported ...
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Privacy in iTunes Ping

PC World - ‎1 hour ago‎
Ping is Apple's music-centric social network that is integrated into iTunes 10. From a privacy standpoint, it's pretty straightforward--as opposed to Facebook's multitude of privacy settings--but then again, Ping is also very limited as to what ...

TI Is Arrested

New York Times - Dave Itzkoff - ‎48 minutes ago‎
Months after his release from a federal prison the rapper T. I., below, was arrested Wednesday night with his wife in Los Angeles on drug charges, The Associated Press reported.

Sabathia Moves Closer to First 20-Win Season

New York Times - Ben Shpigel - ‎2 hours ago‎
Mark Lennihan/AP By BEN SHPIGEL Perhaps you have heard, but on days he pitches, the mound belongs to Dallas Braden. Cross his rubber and suffer the consequences, as Alex Rodriguez discovered four months ago - and chuckled at.

Afghans pull money from troubled Kabul Bank

Los Angeles Times - Mark Magnier, Hashmet Baktash - ‎57 minutes ago‎
Afghans on Thursday rushed to withdraw their savings from troubled Kabul Bank despite attempts by officials to reassure nervous depositors that their money was safe.

Group: Half of Calif health workers got flu shots

San Jose Mercury News - ‎21 minutes ago‎
AP SAN FRANCISCO—A consumer group has found that just over half of California health care workers received flu shots during the 2008-2009 flu season.

Review & Outlook: Tony Blair on the Panic

Wall Street Journal - ‎3 hours ago‎
Tony Blair's memoir, out this week, has so far received attention mostly for the former Prime Minister's judgments about George W. Bush (remarkably admiring) and Gordon Brown (decidedly mixed).

Joe Arpaio: Why is Obama administration suing an outspoken Arizona sheriff?

Christian Science Monitor - Lourdes Medrano - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Justice Department said Thursday that Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona's Maricopa County is not cooperating in an investigation into whether his department has used racial profiling in sweeps to catch illegal immigrants.

HP Vs Dell: the Showdown That Ended in Spectacle

ABC News - Jordan Robertson - ‎20 minutes ago‎
AP By JORDAN ROBERTSON AP Technology Writer It pitted two of the world's biggest technology companies against each other for control of a company that was obscure outside of technology circles and flat-out unloved on Wall Street, with a stock that was ...

Review: 'Machete' a dull ride with gore

San Francisco Chronicle - Amy Biancolli - ‎22 minutes ago‎
Danny Trejo is MACHETE, a legendary ex-Federale with a deadly attitude and the skills to match, stars in, "Machete." So here is "Machete," director Robert Rodriguez's full-length expansion of his own fake trailer for a '70s-style exploitation movie ...

MLB will rule on Nyjer Morgan punishment Friday

SportingNews.com - ‎48 minutes ago‎
Major League Baseball is expected to deliver its ruling on a punishment for the Nationals' Nyjer Morgan Friday, ESPN.com reports.

RPT-Australia PM commits to tighter gambling rules

Reuters - Miranda Maxwell, Ed Davies - ‎36 minutes ago‎
MELBOURNE, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has committed to tighter regulation of the country's $10 billion slot-machine industry, if she succeeds in her bid to form a minority government after inconclusive elections last ...

Just another reason to expect the Patriots starters to play tonight...

Boston Herald - Ian Rapoport - ‎35 minutes ago‎
The week began with word that the Patriots [team stats] starters would play tonight. That's what Tom Brady [stats] said, that's what teammates said, that's what we said.

VIDEO: David Letterman Calls Paris Hilton 'An Idiot'

Radar Online - ‎15 minutes ago‎
Paris Hilton has had better weeks: The socialite, who was arrested on drug charges in Las Vegas Friday night, is now the late night punch line of the week as well, as David Letterman joked about her recent misfortunes on The Late Show Wednesday.

Obama to hold press conference next Friday

Reuters - Jonathan Ernst, Alister Bull - ‎1 hour ago‎
President Barack Obama is flanked by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) as he makes comments on the Middle East Peace process in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, September 1, 2010.

Verizon offers prepaid data plans for smart phones

BetaNews - Ed Oswald - ‎15 minutes ago‎
Verizon strengthened its prepaid offerings on Thursday, introducing prepay data plans for consumers who wish to use smart phones on a no contract basis.

Convicted killer spared death penalty

CNN - Bill Mears - ‎58 minutes ago‎
(CNN) -- An Ohio death row inmate who has repeatedly claimed his innocence was spared execution, after the state's governor Thursday noted "legitimate questions" about evidence used to convict the man.

Stephen Hawking changes tune on God in 'Grand Design'

USA Today - ‎31 minutes ago‎
Poof! Stephen Hawking says that was all that was necessary to kick off the universe. No need for God. The BBC report, quoting serialization of the famed physicist's newest book, The Grand Design, says Hawking's ditched his prior position, that "belief ...

Survey: Employers shift more insurance costs to workers

Kansas City Star - Tony Pugh - ‎2 hours ago‎
An annual survey released Thursday finds that workers are paying, on average, about $482 more for job-based family health insurance this year as companies force employees to shoulder more of the burden of health care costs.

Brewer Says Her Performance in Gubernatorial Debate Fell Short

FOXNews - ‎1 hour ago‎
| AP Gov. Jan Brewer says she didn't do as well as she wanted in her televised debate with challenger Terry Goddard. Brewer paused during her opening statement during the Wednesday evening debate, and on Thursday she told Phoenix radio station KTAR-FM ...

US Retail Sales Top Estimates on Tax Holidays, Discounts

Bloomberg - Allison Abell Schwartz - ‎8 hours ago‎
A family walks toward the entrance to the Kohl's store in Round Rock, Texas. Photographer: Jack Plunkett/Bloomberg US retailers reported August sales that beat analysts' estimates as ...


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