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Obama Stumps in Denmark for Chicago's Olympic Bid

New York Times - Peter Baker - ‎41 minutes ago‎
COPENHAGEN - Barely a year after his election, he was campaigning not for himself but for his adopted hometown. Yet as President Obama pitched Chicago's bid to host the Summer Games of 2016 on Friday, he put his own credibility on the ...

Letterman reveals affairs with staff, extortion attempt

CNN - ‎2 hours ago‎
NEW YORK (CNN) -- "Late Show" host David Letterman acknowledged on his show Thursday night that he'd had sexual relations with members of his staff and that he revealed those liaisons during grand jury testimony for a case involving an attempted ...

Fresh quake near Tonga, tsunami toll nears 200

Reuters - Tim Wimborne, Baris Atayman - ‎22 minutes ago‎
LALOMANU, Samoa, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Grieving Samoans buried their dead in unmarked beachside graves on Thursday as the gruesome task of recovering bodies from villages destroyed by four tsunamis continued and an aftershock shook the ...

Rescuers Dig by Hand After Indonesia Quake

New York Times - Norimitsu Onishi, Peter Gelling - ‎2 hours ago‎
Indonesian soliders searched for survivors at Selasih Hospital on Thursday in Padang, West Sumatera, Indonesia. More Photos > By NORIMITSU ONISHI and PETER GELLING PADANG, Indonesia - What has become unavoidable now in the streets of Padang, ...

Iran, world powers agree to further nuclear talks

The Associated Press - George Jahn - ‎1 hour ago‎
GENTHOD, Switzerland - Iran and six world powers put nuclear talks back on track at a landmark session that included the highest-level bilateral contact with the US in years.

Philippines 'state of calamity' as typhoon looms

AFP - ‎51 minutes ago‎
MANILA - President Gloria Arroyo placed the Philippines under a "state of calamity" on Friday and terrified people fled their homes as a powerful typhoon threatened to unleash more carnage following deadly floods.

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Panel Finishes Work on Health Bill Amendments

New York Times - Robert Pear, Jackie Calmes - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON - After a marathon session that ran well past midnight, the Senate Finance Committee on Friday passed a major milestone in its work on legislation to remake the health care system and provide coverage to ...

Support for abortion rights down in survey

Boston Globe - Heidi Przybyla - ‎37 minutes ago‎
The percentage of Americans who support abortion rights has slipped since last year, and opinion on the issue is now evenly divided, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Texting while driving banned for federal workers

Los Angeles Times - Kim Geiger - ‎2 hours ago‎
Obama signs an executive order preventing government workers from text messaging while driving on the job or in a government-owned vehicle.

Comcast's Roberts Chases NBC Channels as Investors Demand Cash

Bloomberg - Kelly Riddell, Sarah Rabil - ‎30 minutes ago‎
Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Comcast Corp.'s talks to gain a piece of NBC Universal spotlight Chief Executive Officer Brian Roberts's effort to grab cable channels without sacrificing the cash payouts his ...

Outgoing Bank of America Boss Kenneth Lewis

TIME - Randy James, Claire Suddath - ‎37 minutes ago‎
The beard should have given him away. When Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis returned from vacation in Aspen, Colo., last month, the clean-cut southerner was sporting scruff for the first time ...

CIT Pledges to Cut $5.7 Billion of Debt in Swap Offer

Bloomberg - Pierre Paulden, Shannon D. Harrington - ‎1 hour ago‎
Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- CIT Group Inc., the 101-year-old commercial lender, is seeking to cut at least $5.7 billion of debt to help it avoid collapse and return to profitability after nine quarters of losses.

Fossils Shed New Light on Human Past

Wall Street Journal - Robert Lee Hotz - ‎8 hours ago‎
After 15 years of rumors, researchers made public fossils from a 4.4 million-year-old human forebear they say reveals that our ancestors were more modern than scholars had assumed, widening the evolutionary gulf separating humankind ...

Google's Udi Manber: Search Is About People, Not Just Data

BusinessWeek - Rob Hof - ‎9 hours ago‎
Udi Manber, Google's vice-president of technology for core search, joined the company almost four years ago after stints running Amazon.

PSP Go review: Sony is charging you much more, for much less

Ars Technica - Ben Kuchera - ‎4 hours ago‎
We've finally had a chance to get to know the PSP Go in detail, and here are our thoughts: this isn't aimed at a clear market, it's more expensive in every way, and it takes away the choice of gamers.

Land of the free, home of a whole lot of zombies

New York Daily News - Joe Neumaier - ‎10 minutes ago‎
A worldwide plague turns almost every human into a flesh-eating ghoul, a few stragglers wander the postapocalyptic landscape looking for food, safety and zombie-free living.

LA County district attorney defends pursuit of Polanski case

Los Angeles Times - ‎7 hours ago‎
Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley says director Roman Polanski must be brought to justice and that his decades-old guilty plea to sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl should not be taken lightly.

Kanye, Lady Gaga tour canceled

Chicago Sun-Times - ‎21 minutes ago‎
Chicago hip-hop superstar Kanye West has canceled his "Fame Kills" tour with pop phenom Lady Gaga, concert promoter Live Nation announced Thursday.

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Boston Globe - ‎2 hours ago‎
It was only one game. And as coach Claude Julien promised, you can throw down a fistful of bucks in Las Vegas that Games 2 through 82 will be far better showings than last night's 4-1 season-opening thud.
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No bumps for Lester this time

Boston Globe - Amalie Benjamin - ‎2 hours ago‎
Jon Lester seemed surprised the question was even asked. He knew his knee was fine, since he threw a side session before Monday's game.

Jankovic & Sharapova reach final

BBC Sport - ‎13 minutes ago‎
Jelena Jankovic will meet Maria Sharapova in the final of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. The Serb overcame China's Li Na in straight sets, despite needing courtside treatment on her right arm during the semi-final.

Nasal spray flu vaccine becoming available

The Associated Press - Lauran Neergaard - ‎21 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - The long-awaited first vaccinations against swine flu - the squirt-in-the-nose kind - begin early next week in parts of the country, and states are urging people to be patient until more arrives.

UCSF, other UC med centers, get $10.1M to revamp breast cancer ...

Bizjournals.com - Chris Rauber - ‎9 hours ago‎
The University of California and its five statewide medical centers, led by UC San Francisco Medical Center, is using $10.1 million in new grants to launch a statewide program to revamp the study and care of breast cancer.
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Cheap three-drug combination helps cut heart risks

Reuters - Julie Steenhuysen, Maggie Fox - ‎9 hours ago‎
CHICAGO (Reuters) - High-risk patients who took a combination of three older heart drugs -- a generic statin, a generic blood pressure pill and a low-dose aspirin -- cut their risk of a heart attack or stroke by as much as 80 ...

Give Birds a Break. Lock Up the Cat.

New York Times - Natalie Angier - ‎Sep 28, 2009‎
The other day I looked out the window and saw a strange black cat sauntering through our yard. It was a beautiful animal, with bright penny eyes and fur that gleamed like a newly polished shoe, but still the sight turned me ghoulish.

The National Parks: The Super-Rich's Greatest Idea

Lew Rockwell - Gary North - ‎Sep 27, 2009‎
by Gary North Ken Burns is at it again. This time, it is a PBS series on the national parks. He subtitles it "America's Greatest Idea.

Michael Oren still 'enjoying every minute' as Israel's envoy to US

Ha'aretz - Natasha Mozgovaya - ‎Sep 27, 2009‎
WASHINGTON, DC - His office in the embassy - with the picture of Israel's president hanging above the desk, a statuette of appreciation from the Nahal Brigade behind it and a long row of books - is probably ...

The 'Veritas' About Harvard

Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) - Kevin Carey - ‎Sep 27, 2009‎
What happens when the gods of high finance dump a gigantic pile of gold on the richest university in the world? It sounds like the kind of hypothetical one might pose in a smoke-addled dorm room at 2 am But it is, of course, ...

Obama Facebook Poll: "Should Obama Be Killed?" Pulled From Site ...

Huffington Post (blog) - ‎Sep 28, 2009‎
Over 730 people had taken the poll, which was later removed from Facebook. The poll is now being probed by the Secret Service, reports the Associated Press.