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Obama fundraiser took active interest in Solyndra loan, emails show

Los Angeles Times -
Steven Spinner, an Energy Department advisor whose wife worked for a law firm representing Solyndra, may have done more than simply monitor the progress of the $535-million loan guarantee to the now-bankrupt company, White House emails indicate.

After the Award, Re-Election Fight for Liberia's Chief

Wall Street Journal -
DAKAR, Senegal—Four days after being named co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will face what may be an even tougher contest: re-election.

Brown law signing flurry includes shark fin ban

Los Angeles Times -
The governor OKs 57 bills, including the shark fin measure, boosts to natural gas pipeline safety and a ballot initiative change. He vetoes bids on motorists passing bicyclists and microchipping pets.

Carpenter Finishes Off the Phillies

New York Times -
Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals threw a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during game five. More Photos » By TYLER KEPNER PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Phillies banked their season on baseball's most timeless adage: good pitching ...

Surging Cain Takes Aim at Sagging Perry

Fox News -
With Rick Perry's support dropping and Herman Cain's rising in GOP presidential race polls, Cain, a former pizza company executive who has mostly avoided attacking his Republican rivals, is now taking aim at the Texas governor.

A capsule look at Cardinals and Brewers in NLCS -
AP A look at the best-of-seven National League championship series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers: Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Sunday, at Milwaukee (4:05 pm); Game 2, Monday, at Milwaukee (8:05 pm); Game 3, Wednesday, ...

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Libya battle hits heart of Sirte

BBC News -
Fresh shelling has been heard in the Libyan city of Sirte, as interim authority forces renew their offensive in the face of fierce resistance.

Amanda Knox Juror: I Never Believed They Did It

Fox News -
| AP Oct. 4, 2011: Amanda Knox tries to gain her composure to make a statement to the media as her father, Curt Knox, stands behind, shortly after her arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle.

FBI searches for missing Mo. baby in Kan. landfill

Boston Globe -
AP / October 8, 2011 KANSAS CITY, Mo.—FBI agents scoured a Kansas landfill for the second time this week as the search for a missing 10-month-old Missouri girl entered its fourth day -- and just hours after the child's mother ...

Prominent Pastor Calls Romney's Church a Cult

New York Times -
Robert Jeffress, in his Dallas pulpit, said his views on Mormons are widely held by evangelicals. By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and ERIK ECKHOLM WASHINGTON - A Texas pastor introduced Rick Perry at a major conference of Christian conservatives here on Friday ...

Obama ups pressure ahead of Senate jobs bill vote

Reuters -
President Barack Obama gestures during a news conference at the White House in Washington, October 6, 2011. By Alister Bull WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama maintained his attack against congressional Republicans over his jobs bill on ...

Casey Anthony to Plead the Fifth in Video Deposition

ABC News -
Casey Anthony sits in court during her murder trial at the Orange County Courthouse in this June 30, 2011 file photo, in Orlando, Fla.

Da '85 Bears finally get their trip to da White House

Chicago Tribune -
- "This is as much fun as I will have as president of the United States." All presidents resort to hyperbole now and again.

Economy Adds Jobs, but Not Enough

Wall Street Journal -
US employers added workers to their payrolls last month, easing recession fears but falling well short of the pace needed to get 14 million jobless Americans working in the next few years.

Bank of America, Adam Smith and a Fee Market System

ABC News -
The Bank of America Corp. logo is displayed in front of a branch in Galveston, Texas on Oct. 1, 2011. (Scott Eells/Bloomberg/Getty Images) This week, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.

Samsung Third-Quarter Profit Beats Estimates on Smartphones

BusinessWeek -
Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Samsung Electronics Co., the world's second-largest maker of mobile phones, reported profit that beat analysts' estimates as demand for Galaxy smartphones outweighed slumping sales of displays and semiconductors.

How Jobs Put Passion Into Products

New York Times -
Kin Cheung/AP Condolence notes at an Apple store in Hong Kong on Friday. Culture, not technology, inspired Steve Jobs's design, an expert said.

Apple iPhone 4S pre-orders soar at AT&T after death of Steve Jobs -
Apple sold hundreds of thousands of Apple's new iPhone 4S, far in excess of expectations, as fans appeared to be paying tribute to the late Steve Jobs by buying the latest electronic gadget form the company he created.

US Military Drones Infected With Mysterious Computer Virus

Fox News -
Airman 1st Class Caleb Force assists 1st Lt. Jorden Smith, a MQ-1B Predator pilot, in locating simulated targets during a training mission conducted inside the simulators at Creech Air Force Base, Nev.

Money Dispute May End 'Simpsons'

Daily Beast -
A money dispute between Fox and the actors who voice the characters on The Simpsons may force the long-running hit series to shut down next spring.

Sir Paul McCartney 'to wed this weekend' -
Sir Paul McCartney is to marry wealthy heiress Nancy Shevell in London this weekend, according to reports. The former Beatle is expected to tie the knot at Westminster Register Office, where he also married his first wife, Linda.

Looking For Suggestions In How To Fix Tiger Woods' Game

Hartford Courant -
Golf Channel knew there would be a lot of attention on Tiger Woods, so they showed him from start to finish in his first round in the Frys.

New setback could mean delay of NBA season

CNN International -
(CNN) -- It is almost a certainty that the NBA will cancel the first two weeks of the regular season as fragile labor talks between the players and owners took a negative turn Friday.

Oklahoma vs. Texas in Red River Rivalry

Cover The Number -
One of the oldest and most high profiled rivalries in all of sports will take place this weekend when the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns face-off in the Red River Rivalry.

Fantasy Forecast: Texans' Jones could step up in Johnson's absence

The Salem News -
When Houston Texans star wide receiver Andre Johnson went down with an injury last week, it looked bad. People were comparing how it looked to Wes Welker's Week 17 injury two years ago, which took place on the same turf.

Five questions with FSD Tigers broadcaster Rod Allen

Detroit Free Press -
I'll take it a step further. If this series goes seven games, we might see Justin Verlander pitch in three of the games. I don't know if it will be a relief appearance or three starts, but I know that question is going to come up, and Jim Leyland's ...

A Meteor Storm Tonight: Watch The Draconids!

Science 2.0 -
I am an experimental particle physicist working with the CMS experiment at CERN and the CDF experiment at Fermilab. In my spare time I play chess... The Draconids (also called Giacobinids) are a meteor shower associated to comet Giacobini-Zinner (see ...

Venus surprises with ozone layer

BBC News -
The thin layer, which is hundred of times less dense than the Earth's, was discovered by the European Space Agency's Venus Express craft, researchers report in the journal Icarus.

Prostate screening may cause more harm than good

A man gets a blood test done, as one would have to if they were looking for the prostate-specific antigen that indicates there may be cancerous cells in the body.

Death toll in listeriosis outbreak now at 21

USA Today -
A total of 21 people nationwide have now died in the listeriosis outbreak linked to cantaloupes from a Colorado farm, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

Merck wins US approval for drug combining diabetes and cholesterol treatments

Washington Post -
By AP, TRENTON, NJ - The first combination pill for the millions of people with the dangerous combination of diabetes and high cholesterol won US approval Friday, offering convenience - and savings - to patients taking multiple pills.

Chemical makers say BPA no longer used in bottles

USA Today -
WASHINGTON - Makers of the controversial chemical bisphenol-A have asked federal regulators to phase out rules that allow its use in baby bottles and sippy cups, saying those products haven't contained the plastic-hardening ingredient for two years.


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