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Villaraigosa seizes moment in spotlight

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎24 minutes ago‎
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stood confidently in the midst of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., last week, a Democratic "spy" who relished his role aggressively defending President Obama.
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Michael Clarke Duncan, film actor, dies

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎39 minutes ago‎
Michael Clarke Duncan, the hulking, prolific character actor whose dozens of films included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in "The Green Mile" and such other box office hits as "Armageddon," "Planet of the Apes" and "Kung Fu Panda ...
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Israeli police say vandals deface monastery with anti-Christian and pro ...

Washington Post - ‎56 minutes ago‎
JERUSALEM - Israeli police say vandals have spray-painted anti-Christian and pro-settler graffiti on a monastery located on a hilltop overlooking the highway linking Tel Aviv with Jerusalem.
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Euro firmer on ECB hopes, holds nears two-month high

Reuters - ‎14 minutes ago‎
By Masayuki Kitano and Ian Chua | SINGAPORE/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The euro pushed higher against the dollar on Tuesday, nearing a two-month high hit last week, supported by hopes the European Central Bank will soon unveil details of a plan to tackle the ...
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Hokies don't downplay meaning of beating Yellow Jackets

USA TODAY - ‎23 minutes ago‎
Comments BLACKSBURG, Va. - To a man, the Virginia Tech football players and coaches knew that in every season since 2005, when the Atlantic Coast Conference split into divisions, the victor in the game between the Hokies and Georgia Tech had gone on to ...
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Organic food hardly healthier, study suggests

CBS News - ‎1 hour ago‎
(AP) WASHINGTON Patient after patient asked: Is eating organic food, which costs more, really better for me? Unsure, Stanford University doctors dug through reams of research to find out - and concluded there's little evidence that going organic is ...
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Washington needs to take concrete steps to promote China-US ties

Xinhua - ‎1 hour ago‎
by Liu Chang BEIJING, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Though US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the Asia-Pacific is big enough to hold both China and the United States, Washington still need to take concrete actions to improve its ties with China.
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Children to carry on Rev. Moon's religious movement, but feuding could ...

Washington Post - ‎4 hours ago‎
GAPYEONG, South Korea - Unification Church patriarch Sun Myung Moon leaves behind children who have been groomed to lead a religious movement famous for its mass weddings and business interests - if family feuds don't bring down the empire.
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In Harm's Way in Pakistan: Diplomats Are Targets, Too

New York Times (blog) - ‎1 hour ago‎
By MARK MCDONALD A Majeed/Getty Images - AFPA charred US passport was retrieved from the wreckage of a diplomatic vehicle that was attacked Monday in Peshawar, Pakistan.
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Negotiations with rebels are over, Syria says

Boston Globe - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Bassem Mroue | AP Civilians inspected a destroyed residential building after an airstrike by the Syrian army in Al-Bab Monday. BEIRUT - The Syrian regime said Monday there will be no negotiations with the opposition before the army crushes the ...
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Obama assesses Isaac's wrath, meets with local leaders

WDSU New Orleans - ‎5 hours ago‎
President Barack Obama is met by local and state leaders after arriving at Armstrong International Airport. President Barack Obama is met by local and state leaders after arriving at Armstrong International Airport.

Toys R Us waives fee for layaway program - ‎1 hour ago‎
By MAE ANDERSON | Published: September 4, 2012 Leave a comment WAYNE, NJ - Toys R Us is making it easier for shoppers to use its layaway program ahead of the crucial holiday season, waiving its service fee and minimum purchase requirement beginning ...
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Wildfire Grows, Spoiling Holiday Plans

ABC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
A wildfire northeast of Los Angeles spoiled the Labor Day of thousands of visitors to the Angeles National Forest as firefighters bore down for what figured to be a long fight against the big blaze.

Injured endangered sea turtle lays 6 eggs at Florida hospital

Washington Post - ‎4 hours ago‎
MARATHON, Fla. - An injured endangered sea turtle has laid six eggs after being brought a turtle hospital in the Florida Keys. Bette Zirkelbach is the administrator of the hospital.
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Gold Advances to Five-Month High on Prospects for Extra Stimulus

Businessweek - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Glenys Sim on September 03, 2012 Gold gained to the highest level in more than five months as global data strengthened the case for more central-bank measures to boost growth, increasing demand for the metal.
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New Mine Clashes Rattle South Africa

Wall Street Journal - ‎5 hours ago‎
By DEVON MAYLIE Miners from a Lonmin mine, with supporters, celebrated their release from detention Monday near Pretoria. South Africa's state prosecutor had charged 270 of the miners with murder but withdrew the charges Sunday.
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Australia cenbank holds rates, admits to uncertainty on China

Reuters - ‎27 minutes ago‎
(Adds RBA decision, market, analyst reaction) * RBA holds interest rates, flags some uncertainty over China * Pressure mounts for rate cut as another miner scales back investment * Net exports and government spending point to solid Q2 GDP growth By ...
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Q&A: New Texas Democratic chairman pins comeback hopes on Hispanic vote

Dallas Morning News - ‎1 hour ago‎
By GROMER JEFFERS JR. CHARLOTTE, NC - Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa is bullish about his party's prospects - both nationally and at home.
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Deval Patrick set to step into the limelight

Boston Herald - ‎18 minutes ago‎
By Joe Battenfeld and Hillary Chabot CHARLOTTE, NC - Gov. Deval Patrick, in the biggest address of his political career to date, will set his sights on GOP nominee Mitt Romney as he looks beyond Boston for a chance to make a national mark.
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Smartphones 2012: the big players - ‎28 minutes ago‎
Last week, at IFA in Berlin, Samsung dominated with a string of announcements, including a new and improved Galaxy Note. In the weeks that follow, many of the Korean firm's competitors are expected to announce their latest entrants into a mobile market ...
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Arrested

Wall Street Journal - ‎18 hours ago‎
By JAMES HOOKWAY Cambodian police on Sunday said they arrested one of the masterminds behind notorious file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, months after he was due to begin a one-year prison sentence in his native Sweden.
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Nicki Minaj mixtape track may (or may not) suggest whether singer is voting ...

New York Daily News - ‎1 hour ago‎
The political world is parsing a profane rap song, trying to figure out if Nicki Minaj really endorsed Mitt Romney on a mixtape track.
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Telluride 2012: Ben Affleck to Filmmakers: 'Ward Off Cynicism,' Movies Can ...

Hollywood Reporter - ‎3 hours ago‎
With a number of this year's films focusing on terrorism, their directors debate what impact they will have. Can movies change the world?
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'Bachelor Pad' Recap: Motorin' In Week 7

Huffington Post (blog) - ‎1 hour ago‎
Ah the '80s. It was a time when grown adults wore skin-tight acid washed jeans, shredded at the knee. We sprayed at least half a can of Aqua Net on our permed bangs to reach maximum height for head banging.
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Rising Raonic mastered by Murray - ‎1 hour ago‎
NEW YORK -- "Upside" has proven a cruel millstone on the professional tennis circuit over the past decade, where the defining trend has been the booming value of experience.
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McIlroy wins his 3d PGA event of year

Philadelphia Inquirer - ‎47 minutes ago‎
NORTON, Mass. - In a Labor Day finish filled with some of golf's biggest names, Rory McIlroy sent his stock soaring in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
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'Double Bagel' for Serena

Philadelphia Daily News - ‎32 minutes ago‎
Monday's match was less than 15 seconds old. It might as well have been over. Dominant from the moment she ripped that return of an 88 mph second serve, forcing Hlavackova into an out-of-control backhand that sailed well long, to the moment she powered ...
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Dodgers earn 2nd straight walk-off win, beat Padres 4-3 in 11 innings

Washington Post - ‎43 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES - Three games into September and the Los Angeles Dodgers keep winning the close ones. AJ Ellis singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning, giving them a 4-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night for their second ...
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Denny Hamlin Gets Sprint Cup Victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway: A Fan's Reaction

Yahoo! Sports - ‎23 minutes ago‎
By Kristin Watt By Kristin Watt | Yahoo! Contributor Network - 6 minutes ago On Sunday, September 2, 2012, the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers raced at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the AdvoCare 500.
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Tigers 'take night shift' to dodge humans

BBC News - ‎6 hours ago‎
Tigers in Nepal seem to be taking night shifts in order to avoid their human neighbours, a study has shown. The big cats generally move around at all times of the day and night, to monitor territory, mate and hunt.
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Global warming GOOD for biodiversity, say boffins

Register - ‎6 hours ago‎
By Richard Chirgwin • Get more from this author A study led by the University of York reveals that geologically warm periods are a biodiversity plus - but only on long time-scales.
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Gene therapy restores sense of smell in mice

BBC News - ‎Sep 2, 2012‎
By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News Gene therapy has been used to give mice born without a sense of smell the ability to sniff their surroundings, an international team of researchers say.
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Almost half of U.S. kids with autism bullied

Newsday - ‎4 hours ago‎
Health Newsday New York > News Print Aa From Almost half of US kids with autism bullied Originally published: September 3, 2012 9:40 PM Updated: September 3, 2012 9:43 PM By HEALTHDAY Nearly half of US children with an autism spectrum disorder are ...

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