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At Least 200 Die as Quake Hits Indonesia Island

New York Times - Mark McDonald, Liz Robbins - ‎27 minutes ago‎
Dita Alangkara/AP Residents walked through an area damaged by the earthquake in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia, on Thursday. By MARK McDONALD and LIZ ROBBINS HONG KONG - The Indonesian city of Padang was in chaos on Thursday - fires burning, ...

Show of force for China anniversary

Aljazeera.net - ‎40 minutes ago‎
China has been marking the 60th anniversary of communist rule with a show of military might in the form of a massive parade through central Beijing.

US Won't Push for Sanctions in Nuke Talks With Iran

FOXNews - Major Garrett - ‎1 hour ago‎
Administration officials say that while gaining access to inspect Iran's uranium enrichment facility near Qom is "critically important," the US won't walk away from negotiations if Iran refuses.

Samoa quake exposes tsunami warning limitations

Reuters - Rob Taylor, Sugita Katyal - ‎1 hour ago‎
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Successive tsunamis which pounded South Pacific islands, killing more than 100 people, have exposed the limitations of early alert systems set up since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, an expert said on Thursday.

War Council Divided on Afghan Strategy

FOXNews - Yochi Dreazen - ‎17 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is confronting a split among his closest advisers on Afghanistan, reflecting divisions in his own party over whether to send in thousands more US troops and complicating his efforts to adopt a war policy he can sell ...

Toll from Typhoon Ketsana climbs

BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
The death toll from Typhoon Ketsana in Vietnam has risen to at least 85, a relief official has said. The official from the national flood and storm control committee said 24 of the deaths occurred in the mountainous inland province of Kon Tum.

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Health bill survives GOP attacks

Boston Globe - David Espo - ‎52 minutes ago‎
Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, conferred with Senator Olympia Snowe during a hearing yesterday. (Win McNamee/ Getty Images) By David Espo Associated Press / October 1, 2009 WASHINGTON - A White House-backed overhaul of the ...

Nation Digest: Rep. Grayson Won't Apologize for 'Die Quickly' Remarks

Washington Post - ‎31 minutes ago‎
House Republicans on Wednesday demanded an apology from Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) for saying from the floor of the chamber, "Republicans want you to die quickly," and brandishing a sign with a similar message.

Mich. shutdown ends, lawmakers OK interim budget

The Associated Press - ‎39 minutes ago‎
LANSING, Mich. - Michigan's brief partial government shutdown is over after lawmakers voted to adopt a temporary 30-day budget.
State officially shut down Detroit Free Press

Bank of America's Lewis Resigns After Betting on US Rebound

Bloomberg - David Mildenberg - ‎1 hour ago‎
Lewis, 62, said yesterday he will resign as chief executive officer at the end of the year, leaving his successor to capitalize on, or salvage, the acquisitions that led to his downfall.

Comcast, GE Said to Discuss NBC Universal Stake Sale

Bloomberg - Rachel Layne, Andy Fixmer - ‎58 minutes ago‎
Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Comcast Corp., the largest US cable network, is in talks with General Electric Co. to buy a stake in NBC Universal Inc., said three people with knowledge of the discussions.

Subdued recovery ahead, IMF warns

MarketWatch - Rex Nutting - ‎20 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The global economy will grow next year, but it will be a sluggish recovery that could stall out if policymakers declare victory too soon, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday in its ...

Apps From The Serious To The Fun Go Google Wave

ChannelWeb - Joseph F. Kovar - ‎7 hours ago‎
A wave of developers ranging from giants like SAP and salesforce.com to small companies like personalized Web gadget and game developer LabPixies are building extensions to the new Google Wave tool.
What's Next for Google Wave Wall Street Journal

Internet governance goes global as US loosens grip on ICANN

Los Angeles Times - Dan Fost - ‎1 hour ago‎
A deal with Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers allowing the US to review the group expired Wednesday. ICANN now will be reviewed by a group of stakeholders from around the world.

Laliberte Takes Clown Act to ISS

eWeek - Roy Mark - ‎12 hours ago‎
Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte blasts off for the International Space Station aboard a Russian spacecraft for what he calls a poetic social mission.

In Roman Polanski case, is it Hollywood vs. Middle America?

Los Angeles Times - John Horn, Tina Daunt - ‎3 hours ago‎
From Michael Moore's politics to on-screen sex and violence, the movie business is constantly being assailed for not sharing the country's values.

Pay or Be Blamed for Son's Death, Travolta Told

ABC News - Neil Hartnell - ‎10 hours ago‎
NASSAU (Reuters) - Actor John Travolta testified in a Bahamian extortion trial on Wednesday that he was told that unless he paid $25 million, stories would be sold to the news media implying his son's death was intentional and he was ...

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have split

New York Daily News - Cristina Everett - ‎13 hours ago‎
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel had been dating for the past three years before their split. Are you surprised that Justin and Jessica's relationship didn't last?

Contenders to Host the 2016 Summer Olympics

Washington Post - ‎31 minutes ago‎
Pros: A victory for Chicago means an influx of money to the Olympic movement with increased value of rights fees; the United States has not hosted a Summer Games since 1996 in Atlanta.

Ex-Bear Morrow more than a one-hit wonder?

San Francisco Chronicle - Susan Slusser - ‎44 minutes ago‎
Were it not for a tricky bouncer toward the middle and Rajai Davis' speed, former Rancho Cotate High School and Cal pitcher Brandon Morrow might have had a no-hitter spinning into the late innings at Safeco Field on Wednesday.

Manuel shows faith in Lidge

MLB.com - ‎48 minutes ago‎
PHILADELPHIA -- This should tell you something about Charlie Manuel, not the Phillies manager, but Charlie Manuel the compassionate human being.

Swine flu shots delayed for most

Boston Globe - Stephen Smith - ‎52 minutes ago‎
Vials of the vaccine for H1N1 were packaged before they were shipped at a plant in Swiftwater, Pa. Massachusetts is expected to receive 1.1 million doses by early November.
Flu-like symptoms on rise Alamogordo Daily News

Breast cancer deaths falling

Boston Globe - Thomas H. Maugh II - ‎52 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES - US breast cancer deaths have declined about 2 percent a year since 1990, according to the American Cancer Society. Its report estimates 192370 women will be diagnosed with the disease in 2009 and 40170 will die from ...

Number of People Getting Lifesaving HIV Drugs Rises

Washington Post - David Brown - ‎3 hours ago‎
In a significant advancement, about 42 percent of people in the developing world who are infected with the AIDS virus and should be taking antiretroviral drugs are now receiving them, according to a new report.

Snap Judgments: Zorn's security, the other 'Wildcat' guy in Philly

SI.com - Don Banks - ‎Sep 27, 2009‎
AP MINNEAPOLIS -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we try to fathom the latest comeback miracle, and undoubtedly one of the greatest, in Brett Favre's long and eventful 19-year NFL career.... • In today's NFL, it's never too early ...

Biblical Adversity in a '60s Suburb

New York Times - Franz Lidz - ‎Sep 25, 2009‎
Michael Stuhlbarg plays a put-upon professor and Adam Arkin his divorce lawyer in “A Serious Man,” directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.

Thinking literally

Boston Globe - Drake Bennet - ‎Sep 26, 2009‎
WHEN WE SAY someone is a warm person, we do not mean that they are running a fever. When we describe an issue as weighty, we have not actually used a scale to determine this.

Confessions of a home-schooler

Salon - Andrew O'Hehir - ‎Sep 27, 2009‎
By Andrew O'Hehir Sept. 28, 2009 | It's a Sunday night at the tail end of summer, and I've dragged two squawky kids out of the minivan and into a half-closed rest stop on the Garden State Parkway in search of non-dreadful dinner options.

Barf City: Clip From The Human Centipede (One of the Grossest ...

/FILM (blog) - Hunter Stephenson - ‎Sep 27, 2009‎
Over the summer, I briefly heard about a torture-pornish horror movie entitled The Human Centipede (First Sequence) but didn't give it (or the title) a second thought.