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Obama shifting focus to Al Qaeda over Taliban

Los Angeles Times - Christi Parsons, Paul Richter - ‎29 minutes ago‎

New Philippine floods kill dozens

BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
More than 90 people have been killed by flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rain in the northern Philippines, reports say. Local officials said at least 69 people were killed in Benguet province alone.

Brooke Astor's son found guilty

Los Angeles Times - Tina Susman - ‎32 minutes ago‎
Anthony Marshall faces up to 25 years in prison for tricking the New York philanthropist into changing her will to divert her nearly $200-million fortune to him.

17 Die in Kabul Bomb Attack

New York Times - Sabrina Tavernise, Abdul Waheed Wafa - ‎4 hours ago‎
KABUL, Afghanistan - A car packed with explosives blew up beside the Indian Embassy on Thursday morning, leaving 17 people dead in what India's foreign secretary said was a direct attack on the embassy ...

A Prize That Shies From Predictability

New York Times - Dwight Garner - ‎4 hours ago‎
The childhood home in Nitzkydorf of the Romanian-born novelist Herta Müller, the 2009 Nobel winner in literature. By DWIGHT GARNER The winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature isn't always a bolt-out-of-the-blue surprise, a writer whose work is known ...
A Nobel for Tales of Tyranny Wall Street Journal

French minister clings to post in sex tourism furor

Reuters - ‎9 hours ago‎
PARIS (Reuters) - French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand on Thursday rejected calls for his resignation for having written about paying boys for sex in Thailand, saying his partners had been consenting adults.

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Lawmakers play hoops with Obama at White House

The Associated Press - Matthew Daly - ‎3 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - You could call it the Obama All-Stars vs. the Capitol Hills. President Barack Obama and a few members of his Cabinet played basketball Thursday night at the White House with a handful of House members, two of them Republicans.
Video: Gibbs: Obama Got Game
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Wider Ethics Inquiry for Rangel

New York Times - Raymond Hernandez - ‎3 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - The House Ethics Committee announced on Thursday that it had expanded its investigation into a series of questionable financial dealings made by Representative Charles B. Rangel of New York.

Partial Patriot Act Extension Is Approved by Senate Panel

Washington Post - Ellen Nakashima, Carrie Johnson - ‎4 hours ago‎
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday that would renew portions of the USA Patriot Act in an effort to address administration concerns about protecting terrorism investigations.

Stocks rally on earnings hopes

CNNMoney.com - ‎6 hours ago‎
Wall Street welcomes Alcoa's better-than-expected results and a government report showing that the number of people filing for first-time unemployment declined.

Fed Said to Consider Clearing Banks, Facility to Drain Reserves

Bloomberg - Liz Capo McCormick, Craig Torres - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Liz Capo mccormick and Craig Torres Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The Federal Reserve is considering accessing money market funds through clearing banks or creating a facility to drain the record amount of cash added to the financial system, according to ...

US anti-foreclosure programs not enough: watchdog

Reuters - Kevin Drawbaugh - ‎57 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Government programs to fight the US home foreclosure crisis look increasingly inadequate and should be reworked, expanded and supplemented with new ideas, a congressional watchdog said in a report on Friday.

Moon punch draws a crowd to Mountain View

Los Angeles Times - ‎29 minutes ago‎
A NASA satellite will steer a spacecraft into the Cabeus crater at 4:30 am, then check the cloud of dust for water. An artist's rendering provided by NASA via Brown University shows the Centaur upper stage rocket on a trajectory toward the moon.

CTIA Diary: Major Themes at Wireless's Big Show

PC World - Mark Sullivan - ‎4 hours ago‎
CTIA Conference, San Diego--Since arriving here yesterday, I've seen a few things that have impressed me, and heard a few ideas that keep coming up in conversation.

Windows 7, Bing and mobile will determine Ballmer's future

Register - ‎2 hours ago‎
The wheels continue to roll, and fall off, of Steve Ballmer's pan-European tour of serious-minded national and broadcast media.

Vince Vaughn grows up in 'Couples Retreat'

Newsday - Rafer Guzmán - ‎8 minutes ago‎
Photo credit: Universal Pictures | From left to right, Joey (JON FAVREAU), Ronnie (MALIN AKERMAN), Dave (VINCE VAUGHN), Shane (FAIZON LOVE) and Lucy (KRISTIN DAVIS) co-star in "Couples Retreat," in which four Midwestern couples travel to a tropical ...

Jon & Kate Gosselin call truce to celebrate twins Mady & Cara's birthday

New York Daily News - Michael Sheridan - ‎3 hours ago‎
Jon and Kate Gosselin reportedly had a 'cordial' reunion on Thursday for the birthday of their daughters, Mady and Cara. Do you think Jon & Kate have made too much of their personal issues public since splitting?

A Hilarious Look at Black 'Dos & Don'ts

Washington Post - Ann Hornaday - ‎1 hour ago‎
Chris Rock watches as a 6-year-old has her hair relaxed in "Good Hair." (Roadside Attractions) By Ann Hornaday "Daddy, how come I don't have good hair?
'Good Hair' Los Angeles Times

Wainwright's outing inspires awe

MLB.com - Tom Singer - ‎30 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES -- Before it ended so wrong for the Cardinals, it had all been so Wainwright. Adam Wainwright tendered a postseason masterpiece for eight innings of Game 2 of the National League Division Series, repeatedly going ...

Lackey baffles Sox in Game 1

MLB.com - Lyle Spencer - ‎30 minutes ago‎
ANAHEIM -- Two dominant figures, a pair of alpha males, rule the Angels' clubhouse. One is John Lackey, and the other is Torii Hunter.

Nebraska beats Missouri 27-12

The Associated Press - Alan Scher Zagier - ‎18 minutes ago‎
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Zac Lee threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Niles Paul, and Ndamukong Suh and Dejon Gomes intercepted passes to set up two more fourth-quarter scores in No.
Lee, Nebraska use big 4th to upend Mizzou Seattle Post Intelligencer

Swine flu vaccine arriving in Florida

MiamiHerald.com - Fred Tasker - ‎24 minutes ago‎
The first swine flu vaccine doses have arrived in two North Florida counties. More vaccine will be flooding into Florida soon. BY FRED TASKER The first swine flu vaccine arrived in Florida on Thursday, in Jefferson and St. Johns counties -- two ...

Swine Flu Put Many Hospitalized Patients Into ICU

ABC News - Marilynn Marchione - ‎38 minutes ago‎
AP In this photo provided by the Ohio Department of Health, a worker holds a package of H1N1 flu... One quarter of Americans sick enough to be hospitalized with swine flu last spring wound up needing intensive ...

Students diversify involvement in Pinktober

The Daily Toreador (registration) - Sherrel Jones - ‎29 minutes ago‎
Saturday's Pack the Jones in Pink event has come and gone, but Texas Tech students are still fired up about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

David Letterman had secret bedroom above Ed Sullivan Theater, sez ex-'Late ...

New York Daily News - ‎Oct 4, 2009‎
David Letterman had a special 'suite' above the 'Late Show' theater, according to an ex-staffer. An ex-"Late Show" intern unmasked herself Saturday as one of David Letterman's former flings - and sources revealed the randy funnyman keeps a bachelor pad ...

Op-Ed Columnist The Public Imperative

New York Times - Roger Cohen - ‎Oct 4, 2009‎
NEW YORK - Back from another trip to Europe, this time Germany, where the same dismay as in France prevails over the US health care debate.

Couple Trading Affronts Put Their Marriage On The Line

Kevin Sites in the Hot Zone - Abigail Van Buren - ‎Oct 4, 2009‎
Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. DEAR ABBY: Several months ago I made a terrible mistake and e-mailed "Tom" -- a friend I had a crush on -- some topless pictures ...

Why do women have sex?

Salon - Tracy Clark-Flory - ‎Oct 4, 2009‎
Oct. 5, 2009 | Women just don't think about sex all that much. They have sexual fantasies only twice a month. Sometimes, they have sex simply out of a sense of duty.

Op-Ed Columnist The Politics of Spite

New York Times - Paul Krugman - ‎Oct 4, 2009‎
There was what President Obama likes to call a teachable moment last week, when the International Olympic Committee rejected Chicago's bid to be host of the 2016 Summer Games.