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Pakistan launches risky offensive into Taliban-Al Qaeda stronghold

Los Angeles Times - ‎53 minutes ago‎
The military faces fierce militants and a desolate, rocky terrain in South Waziristan. And the Taliban may counter with more attacks in major cities, analysts say.

'Balloon boy' dad to media: Put questions in box

CNN - ‎2 hours ago‎
FORT COLLINS, Colorado (CNN) -- The man whose giant Mylar balloon ascended into the sky this week, amid fears that his 6-year-old was aboard, emerged from his house Saturday and offered a cardboard box for the media to submit questions.

Republicans Eye Democratic Leaders in 2010 Midterm Elections

FOXNews - ‎3 hours ago‎
Republicans are targeting seats that they haven't pursued in decades, including seats held by Democratic leaders whose approval ratings are plunging according to polls.

Maldives Cabinet Meets Below Waves to Highlight Climate Change Threat

Voice of America - Steve Herman - ‎4 hours ago‎
In an effort to highlight climate change, the Cabinet of the government of the Maldives, an Indian island nation, has held a meeting under water.

US' Kerry: decide Afghan vote before adding troops

Reuters - Doina Chiacu - ‎25 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - It would be irresponsible of President Barack Obama to commit to sending more US troops to Afghanistan when the outcome of that country's election is undecided, US Senator John Kerry said on Saturday.

Netanyahu vows to fight UN report

Aljazeera.net - ‎2 hours ago‎
Israel's prime minister has vowed a long-term battle to "delegitimise" United Nations charges that his country committed war crimes during its offensive on Hamas in Gaza at the start of the year.

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The Obama-Dubya Connection

Newsweek - Jon Meacham - ‎4 hours ago‎
Obama is a lot more like Bush 43 than anyone involved—including Obama and Bush 43—would readily admit. By Jon Meacham | NEWSWEEK Please fill in the following information and we'll email this link.
Obama praises elder Bush at A&M Dallas Morning News

Heat Builds in Interracial Marriage Denial

CBS News - ‎5 hours ago‎
Calls Intensify for Firing or Resignation of La. Justice of the Peace Who Wouldn't Marry Black Man, White Woman Terence and Beth McKay, whose clasped hands are shown here, say a justice of the peace in Robert, La.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: I don't take orders from anybody.

Christian Science Monitor - Patrik Jonsson - ‎1 hour ago‎
Refusal by 'America's toughest sheriff' to stop immigration sweeps fits into the career of a controversial populist. By Patrik Jonsson | Staff writer/ October 17, 2009 edition Much like the late Jefferson Parish, La.

CIT Group amends debt restructuring offer

The Associated Press - Tom Murphy - ‎5 hours ago‎
CIT Group Inc., a major lender to small and midsize businesses that has struggled under mounting losses and tight credit availability, has amended its debt restructuring offer to enlist more bondholder support.

Billionaire's indictment is warning to traders: US watchdog

AFP - ‎1 hour ago‎
NEW YORK - A top US watchdog has warned financial firms they face increased scrutiny after a billionaire appeared in court on Friday charged with one of biggest hedge fund insider trading case in US history.

Bank of America Tells Congress Merrill Disclosures Were Proper

Bloomberg - David Mildenberg - ‎16 hours ago‎
Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Bank of America Corp. told a congressional committee studying its purchase of Merrill Lynch & Co. that securities laws didn't require the company to disclose rising losses at the brokerage or discussions about ...

The Macalope Weekly: You should see the other guy

Macworld - ‎7 hours ago‎
Apple announces quarterly results on Monday and Windows 7 comes out just days later, which means it's gut-check time again. Some fret about Windows 7, but Phil Schiller ain't one of them (shocking footage at 11!

12 Phones Strong, Android Army Mobilizes for Explosive Growth

Wired News - Roselyn Roark - ‎Oct 16, 2009‎
If you've thought about picking up an Android-powered phone but found yourself turned off by the hardware choices (ahem, G1), you may soon wish to reconsider.
Android gets boost from Hero, Cliq San Francisco Chronicle

NASA moon crash did kick up debris plume as hoped

Los Angeles Times - John Johnson Jr - ‎14 hours ago‎
Images are released showing that the lunar mission may be more successful than it first appeared. Scientists are 'are blown away by the data returned.

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

New York Times - Manohla Dargis - ‎3 hours ago‎
Max Records in a scene from "Where the Wild Things Are," directed by Spike Jonze. By MANOHLA DARGIS Most of the snuffling, growling beasts that roam and often stomp through “Where the Wild Things Are,” Spike Jonze's alternately perfect and imperfect if ...
Movie Review: Where the Wild Things Are The Daily Blabber from iVillage

Lawsuit: Jon Used Kids as Pawns in Contract Dispute

People Magazine - Nicole Weisensee Egan - ‎Oct 16, 2009‎
When Jon Gosselin decided to pull his kids from Jon and Kate Plus 8 last month, he said it was for their well-being because he and his wife were going through a divorce.
Video: TLC Sues Jon Gosselin
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'The Stepfather'

Los Angeles Times - ‎20 hours ago‎
In this remake, Dylan Walsh takes over the title role from Terry O'Quinn and makes an equally chilling family man. Dylan Walsh stars as a really, really wicked "Stepfather.
The Stepfather Entertainment Weekly

Sooners QB Bradford hurts shoulder

Sports Network - ‎41 minutes ago‎
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Oklahoma starting quarterback Sam Bradford left Saturday's 16-13 loss to third-ranked Texas with what appeared to be a recurrence of a right shoulder injury he suffered earlier this season.

Buckeyes-Boilermakers Game Review

USA Today - Carson Wiggs - ‎48 minutes ago‎
West Lafayette, IN (Sports Network) - Carson Wiggs kicked four field goals and Purdue forced five turnovers in a 26-18 victory over seventh-ranked Ohio State, ending the Buckeyes' chance at a Big Ten record-tying 17th consecutive conference road win.

Vettel's F1 title chances take a hit in qualifying

USA Today - ‎1 hour ago‎
SAO PAULO (AP) - Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel's hope of winning the Formula One championship took a hit with a poor qualifying run for the Brazilian Grand Prix on Saturday.

US, Mexico face shortage of H1N1 flu vaccine

Los Angeles Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
Production is running behind, the CDC says. In Mexico, response to the outbreak is more muted than in the spring. Cezar Gonzalez, 3, left, and Jose, 4, are treated in a hospital in Colorado for flu-like symptoms.
11 More Children Die From Swine Flu: CDC Atlanta Journal Constitution

Obama: health insurers 'deceptive and dishonest'

Reuters - Patricia Zengerle, Todd Eastham - ‎5 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - US President Barack Obama lashed out on Saturday against the "deceptive and dishonest" efforts of health insurance companies, who he said are trying to kill healthcare reform, no matter the cost to ...

H1N1's Links to Pneumonia Appear Clearer

CBS News - Madonna Lebling, Michael Laris - ‎24 minutes ago‎
As swine flu continues to spread around the globe, a clearer and in some ways more unnerving picture of the most serious cases has started to emerge, indicating that the virus could pose a greater threat to some young, otherwise vibrant people.

Dungeons and Dragons Online: behold the power of free

Ars Technica - Ben Kuchera - ‎Oct 13, 2009‎
Dungeons and Dragons Online is enjoying a second life in terms of player count and buzz, all thanks to a new business strategy: giving the game away.

Waiver Wire: There has to be a catch, right?

CBSSports.com - Jamey Eisenberg - ‎Oct 13, 2009‎
Wide receivers are going to be popular on the waiver wire this week, and for good reason. After some of the performances we saw in Week 5, there should be some great options available.

Modern man a wimp says anthropologist

Reuters - John Mehaffey - ‎Oct 13, 2009‎
LONDON (Reuters) - Many prehistoric Australian aboriginals could have outrun world 100 and 200 meters record holder Usain Bolt in modern conditions.

HP jump-starting Compaq brand with ultra-cheap machines

Yahoo! Tech - ‎Oct 13, 2009‎
Remember Compaq? Hewlett-Packard acquired the venerable computer company way back in 2002, but it's kept the name alive as a secondary brand ever since, mainly relegating Compaq to overseas markets (Compaq is particularly popular in Asia) and as ...

'Daily Show' Destroys CNN For Fact-Checking 'SNL' Instead Of Their Guests (VIDEO)

Huffington Post (blog) - ‎Oct 13, 2009‎
"While you were doing your research did you also find that sharks live in water and don't deliver candy grams... and that the majority of boxes do not have d*cks in them?