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8 dead in Calif. salon shooting; Suspect held

CBS News -
Investigators stand near a salon where eight people were killed in Seal Beach, Calif., Oct. 12, 2011. (AP) SEAL BEACH, Calif. - Eight people were killed and one critically wounded Wednesday when a gunman opened fire in a busy hair salon, ...
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Romney leads Republicans, Cain second: Reuters/Ipsos

Reuters -
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney smiles before the start of the Republican Party of Florida presidential candidates debate in Orlando, Florida, September 22, 2011.

Alleged Assassination Plot Seen as Sign of Emboldened Iran, Shifting Strategy

Fox News -
AP The US government is implicating officials high up in Iran's special operations Quds Force over the alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington as the White House claims it will "take no options off the table" in dealing with Iran ...

What iOS 5 brings to iPad

With iOS 5, your Apple ID is now all that's needed to sync over your settings, accounts, calendars, contacts, and purchased content.

BlackBerry woes spread to the US

Los Angeles Times -
Users lose patience as a major disruption that began in Europe widens to North America. BlackBerry's US market share has been plunging.

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Egypt military says soldiers didn't intentionally kill Copts

Los Angeles Times -
Generals' comments are first public statements by the military on clashes between Coptic Christian demonstrators, thugs and military police that left 22 protesters and three police officers dead.

Israeli-Hamas Agreement to Swap Prisoners May Reshape Politics in Region

New York Times -
JERUSALEM - The prisoner exchange between Hamas and Israel that is expected to begin next week could reshape regional relationships, strengthening Egypt, Hamas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel while posing an acute ...

Libya conflict: Confusion over Mutassim Gaddafi's fate

BBC News -
There are conflicting reports in Libya about the fate of one of ousted leader Col Muammar Gaddafi's sons. Some figures from the National Transitional Council told news agencies Mutassim Gaddafi had been seized in the family's embattled hometown of ...

Myanmar frees fewer prisoners than expected

Los Angeles Times -
In Myanmar, 120 to 300 detainees are released out of a total of 6359 granted a 'humanitarian' amnesty. Analysts say the release was aimed at persuading the West to lift economic sanctions.

China official paper urges wider yuan trading band

Reuters -
BEIJING Oct 13 (Reuters) - The time may be ripe for China to widen the yuan's trading band, the official China Securities Journal said on Thursday, although the currency is running out of room to climb because it is already near a "reasonable level".

Nigerian Man Pleads Guilty in Qaeda Plane Bombing Case

New York Times -
DETROIT - The trial of a man accused of trying to blow up a commercial airliner with a bomb sewed into his underwear ended Wednesday, just a day after it had begun, when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the accused, abruptly announced that he ...

Second woman dies from Manhattan chopper crash

Los Angeles Times -
A second person has died from injuries suffered in the crash of a helicopter that plunged into the East River off of Midtown Manhattan on Oct. 4. The chopper had been carrying a party of tourists celebrating a woman's 40th birthday.

Why Topeka, Kan., repealed its ban on domestic violence

Christian Science Monitor -
The move was part of a successful bid to force the county district attorney to prosecute misdemeanor domestic-violence charges, which he wasn't doing because of budget cuts.

White House names NC stops on Obama bus tour

Atlanta Journal Constitution -
AP WASHINGTON - The White House has named some of the first stops on President Barack Obama's three-day bus tour of politically important North Carolina and Virginia.

Shares Are Bolstered by News From Europe

New York Times -
Wall Street closed higher on Wednesday, after a new plan was unveiled to recapitalize European banks and a deal was struck in Slovakia that is expected to permit the creation of a larger, more powerful euro zone bailout fund.

Pennsylvania's Capital City Files for Bankruptcy

New York Times -
The City Council of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's financially troubled capital, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, a surprise move that was immediately opposed by the mayor and Gov.

Democrats Embrace of Wall Street Protests Poses Political Peril

Fox News -
A demonstrator affiliated with Occupy Wall Street protests is arrested during a march near the financial district's Zucotti park, Monday, Oct. 12, 2011, in New York as the protest entered its fourth week.

PlayStation Takes New Hit

Wall Street Journal -
TOKYO—Setting back its efforts to repair its reputation regarding online security, Sony Corp. said it was forced to suspend about 93000 user accounts after discovering a "large amount" of unauthorized sign-in attempts on its PlayStation ...

Samsung Galaxy S II (T-Mobile)

The good: The Samsung Galaxy S II supports T-Mobile's faster HSPA+ network and has a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and an NFC chip.

Baseball's rain delay postpones 'X Factor' -
TV junkies Anna Chan and Ree Hines dish on the latest boob-tube news, from what happened on your favorite shows, to casting rumors, sneak peeks and more.

Craig Brewer in step with 'Footloose'

Los Angeles Times -
For his remake, the director wanted to stay true to the 1984 original - after all, it was one of his favorite films as a kid. For the 2011 version, he toned down some of the fire and brimstone and updated the tunes.

Who Is Sara Leal?

ABC News -
Ashton Kutcher and Sara Leal appear on the latest issue of Us Weekly. (US Weekly) Sara Leal: Texas native, San Diego party girl and now, purported Ashton Kutcher paramour.

Live blog: Rangers rally in 6th; Cards up big early

USA Today (blog) -
In Detroit, the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers kickoff today's double header in Game 4. The Tigers look to even the series 2-2 with a win while the Rangers hope to get within one win from the World Series.

Theo Epstein Expected to Leave Red Sox for Cubs

New York Times -
For sheer futility in professional sports, the Chicago Cubs are the standard. They have not won the World Series in 103 years. They have not won a pennant since 1945.

The chasm of difference continuing the NBA lockout

USA Today -
By Michael Cohen, Getty Images Commissioner David Stern and the NBA owners moved off of a hard salary cap but want a more punitive luxury tax to help achieve competitive balance.

Federal Mediator Will Meet With NBA Sides

New York Times -
Keep up with the latest news, on the court and off, with The Times's basketball blog. George H. Cohen, the head of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, is scheduled to meet with league and union leaders early next week, ...

Scientists Solve Puzzle Of Black Death's DNA

New York Times -
After the Black Death reached London in 1348, about 2400 people were buried in East Smithfield, near the Tower of London, in a cemetery that had been prepared for the plague's arrival.

Possible 'super volcano' trigger described -
CORVALLIS, Ore., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A catastrophic so-called super-eruption of a major volcanic system happens about every 100000 years, and US researchers say they've found a possible trigger.

Skin transformed into liver cells to treat an inherited disease

The Guardian -
This article was published on at 18.23 BST on Wednesday 12 October 2011 . A version appeared on p10 of the Main section section of the Guardian on Thursday 13 October 2011 .

Teen Sex Down, Condom Use Up

MedPage Today -
The percentage of teens 15 to 19 years old reporting that they have had sexual intercourse has continued a long-term decline and now stands at just over 40%, according to CDC survey data from 2006 to 2010.

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