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Huge Los Angeles Fire Was Arson, Officials Say

New York Times - Anahad O'Connor - ‎1 hour ago‎
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lifts a charred dumbbell Thursday while touring homes that were burned by the Station Fire. By ANAHAD O'CONNOR A wildfire in the foothills north of Los Angeles that has claimed the lives of two firefighters, ...

Michael Jackson is laid to rest

Los Angeles Times - Carla Hall, Chris Lee - ‎1 hour ago‎
On a hot evening at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, friends and family say farewell to the pop singer. By Carla Hall and Chris Lee In a tree-lined clearing of Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Glendale, about 200 of Michael Jackson's family and friends gathered ...

Obama to stress common ground in health speech

Boston Globe - Michael Kranish - ‎39 minutes ago‎
Demonstrators for and against President Obama's health care proposals rallied before the start of a town hall-style meeting last month at South Lakes High School in Reston, Va.

N. Korea Says 'Weaponizing' Plutonium, Offers Talks

Bloomberg - Heejin Koo - ‎37 minutes ago‎
Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- North Korea said it is in the final stages of weaponizing plutonium and can either engage in negotiations or accelerate its nuclear program, indicating the communist state hasn't given up on disarmament talks.

India awaits politician funeral

BBC News - ‎40 minutes ago‎
The funeral of the Indian politician killed in a helicopter crash on Wednesday is set to take place in the state of Andhra Pradesh, police say.
Leaders pay homage to Reddy Press Trust of India

Blast after Afghan air strike, scores feared killed

Reuters - Fraidoun Elham, Hamid Shalizi - ‎47 minutes ago‎
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Scores of people were feared killed on Friday in a big fuel-tanker blast in northern Afghanistan that followed a NATO air strike in the area, Afghan officials said.

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Federal Way police shoot man they say threatened them

Seattle Times - Charles E. Brown - ‎43 minutes ago‎
A 24-year-old man was shot Thursday evening during a confrontation with Federal Way police officers who were looking for a bank-robbery suspect.
Federal Way, Wash., police wound man Seattle Post Intelligencer

Reunion of Jaycee Dugard and her family going well; police probing...

San Jose Mercury News - Linda Goldston - ‎2 hours ago‎
After 18 years of praying for the safe return of Jaycee Dugard - crying every holiday and anniversary of her disappearance - Terry Probyn has found it's the normal, everyday things that mean the world, now that she has been reunited ...

Special education: Public schools pressed to pay for private schooling

Chicago Tribune - Bonnie Miller Rubin - ‎2 hours ago‎
With a new school year upon us, the long-simmering issue of how best to accommodate special education students has been pushed to the forefront by a major US Supreme Court ruling.

Google China President Lee Steps Down to Form Venture

Bloomberg - Mark Lee, Brian Womack - ‎1 hour ago‎
Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc., owner of the world's most used Internet-search engine, said Kai-Fu Lee will step down as president of the company's operations in China to form a venture in Beijing.
Google Executive to Quit Wall Street Journal

HK, China stocks rise on US retail data, banks gain

Reuters - Claire Zhang - ‎54 minutes ago‎
HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Hong Kong shares rose 0.53 percent on Friday, with banks leading the way after China's banking regulator softened draft rules on lenders' capital bases and better-than-expected US ...

Japan Hot Stocks-Sumco, construction firms, Kyoden, Dainippon

Forbes - ‎27 minutes ago‎
TOKYO, Sept 4 (Reuters) - The benchmark Nikkei average dipped 0.2 percent and the broader Topix fell 0.6 percent on Friday. Sumco Corp fell 5.1 percent to 1960 yen after the Nikkei business daily reported that the silicon wafer maker planned to scale ...

AT&T says multimedia messaging for iPhones will go live September 25th

VentureBeat - Paul Boutin - ‎3 hours ago‎
[Correction: This post originally and incorrectly implied that AT&T does not have MMS support for other phones already.] AT&T has officially declared that MMS (multimedia messaging) service for the iPhone will begin on the 25th of this month.

Apple security lags (again) with critical Java patches

Register - ‎2 hours ago‎
Comment Apple is once again playing security catch-up to the rest of the computing world, this time with an update for the Leopard version of its Mac operating system that patches critical holes in Java that were fixed on competing systems 29 days ago.

HTC shares climb to 1-mth high on Sprint Nextel deal

Reuters - Kelvin Soh, Jacqueline Wong - ‎23 minutes ago‎
TAIPEI, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Shares of smartphone maker HTC (2498.TW) rose to a one-month high on Friday after US telecom operator Sprint Nextel (SN) said it planned to sell the firm's Hero cellphone based on Google's (GOOG.

'Extract': Sadly, It's Dumb and Dumber

Washington Post - Dan Zak - ‎4 hours ago‎
Jason Bateman's character is constantly annoyed by idiocy. Those who see "Extract" could find themselves in a similar state.

Bullock comedy "Steve" knows little about humor

Reuters - Kirk Honeycutt - ‎3 hours ago‎
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - When things go as seriously wrong as they do in the Sandra Bullock comedy "All About Steve," a viewer is challenged to guess what the filmmakers thought they were doing.
'All About Steve' Los Angeles Times

Netflix, Blockbuster shares fall on youtube deal

Reuters - Laura Isensee, Matthew Lewis - ‎12 hours ago‎
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Shares of movie rental companies Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) and Blockbuster Inc (BBI.N) fell on Thursday, dragged down by news that online video site youtube is talking with several major movie studios about renting movies, ...

(16) Oregon 8, (14) Boise State 19

ESPN - ‎1 hour ago‎
Oregon will be looking for revenge in its season opener against Boise State. The Ducks not only lost to the Broncos in 2008, but they also lost QB Jeremiah Masoli to what they believe was a cheap hit.
Ducks dumped by Boise State 19-8 The Associated Press
Top-25 College Football Game Capsules Seattle Post Intelligencer

Vick's conduct earns break from Goodell

FOXSports.com - Alex Marvez - ‎18 minutes ago‎
Alex Marvez is a Senior NFL Writer for FOXSports.com. He's covered the NFL for 14 seasons as a beat writer and is the president of the Pro Football Writers of America.

Backups do bulk of work in Raiders' loss

San Jose Mercury News - Steve Corkran - ‎41 minutes ago‎
SEATTLE - Raiders coach Tom Cable craved one more look at his starters Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks, if for no other reason than to allay concerns raised by their poor performance against the New Orleans Saints.
Seahawks dump Raiders in preseason finale Seattle Post Intelligencer

Report Finds Swine Flu Has Killed 36 Children

New York Times - Denise Grady - ‎3 hours ago‎
Federal health officials reported Thursday that at least 36 children in the United States had died of swine flu as of Aug. 8, including many who had underlying disorders of the nervous system.

Let's Get Fundamental

New York Times - David Brooks - ‎33 minutes ago‎
If I were magically given an hour to help Barack Obama prepare for his health care speech next week, the first thing I'd do is ask him to read David Goldhill's essay, “How American Health Care Killed My Father,” in the current issue of ...
Get the facts Lawrence Journal World

Antibodies found that prevent HIV from causing severe AIDS

Los Angeles Times - Thomas H. Maugh II - ‎5 hours ago‎
Scientists were able to isolate two antibodies responsible for resistance to the disease in an African patient. The discovery could be key to the development of a vaccine.

Facebook Exodus

New York Times - Virginia Heffernan - ‎Aug 28, 2009‎
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold. Facebook, the online social grid, could not command loyalty forever. If you ask around, as I did, you'll find quitters.

A Clash of Camelots

Vanity Fair - Sam Kashner - ‎Aug 31, 2009‎
Within months of JFK's death, the president's widow asked William Manchester to write the authorized account of the assassination.

Canon 7D DSLR First Hands On: 18 Megapixels, 24FPS Full HD Video ...

Gizmodo.com - matt buchanan - ‎Aug 31, 2009‎
By matt buchanan , 12:00 AM on Tue Sep 1 2009, 43620 views Yep, it's real. The Canon 7D is an 18-megapixel semi-pro DSLR that shoots 1080p video in 24—or 30—glorious frames per second for $1899, kicking Nikon's previously unchallenged D300s where it ...

Don't Buy Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French CookingYou ...

Slate - Regina Schrambling - ‎Aug 28, 2009‎
Anyone weary of the nonstop hype over Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia this summer had to be happy with this week's news that the fuss has not all been in vain: Julia Child's Mastering the Art ...

Kennedy and the KGB

American Thinker - Paul Kengor - ‎Aug 30, 2009‎
Shortly after the announcement of Ted Kennedy's death, I had already received several interview requests. I declined them, not wanting to be uncharitable to the man upon his death.