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Sotomayor poised to take oath as Supreme Court justice

CNN International - ‎4 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- Sonia Sotomayor will make history Saturday when she is sworn in as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

UK embassy worker in Iran court

BBC News - ‎11 minutes ago‎
A decision by the Iranian authorities to put a British Embassy worker on trial in Tehran has been condemned as an "outrage" by the Foreign Office.

DNA test needed over Java death

BBC News - ‎16 minutes ago‎
Indonesia police say they will ask relatives of wanted Islamist Noordin Mohamed Top for DNA to confirm if he was killed in a shoot-out.

Pakistan Taliban denies leader dead

Aljazeera.net - ‎1 hour ago‎
A senior commander in the Pakistani Taliban has dismissed as "ridiculous" reports that the group's leader was killed in a US missile attack in South Waziristan.

Russia leader: Sarkozy deal keeps peace in Georgia

The Associated Press - ‎1 hour ago‎
MOSCOW - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says a cease-fire deal brokered by French President Nicolas Sarkozy is the only code of behavior between Russia and Georgia a year after they fought a five-day war.

Iraq attacks kill at least 52

Los Angeles Times - Liz SlySaif Hameed - ‎12 hours ago‎
A huge bomb near a mosque on the outskirts of the northern Iraq city of Mosul kills 39, mostly Shiite Turkmens. Baghdad blasts target pilgrims and police.

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GOP's Martinez says he'll leave Senate early

Boston Globe - ‎4 hours ago‎
ORLANDO, Fla. - Republican Senator Mel Martinez of Florida said yesterday that he will step down from the Senate before his term ends, adding intrigue over who will fill the seat.

Obama trumpets signs of improvement

Boston Globe - ‎4 hours ago‎
“Today, we're pointed in the right direction,'' President Obama said yesterday at the White House. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press) WASHINGTON - President Obama, armed with welcome - and somewhat surprising - evidence of an economic recovery, ...

Cash for clunkers: Good deal or a lemon?

Fort Worth Star Telegram - Bob Cox - ‎6 hours ago‎
Cars at Winner Ford in Cherry Hill, NJ, traded in as part of the "cash for clunkers" program. AP/Matt Rourke To hear car dealers and some in Congress tell it, the US government's "cash for clunkers" program is the best thing to hit the auto ...

US Loses Less Jobs Than Forecast

New York Times - Matt SpetalnickRichard Leong - ‎4 hours ago‎
By REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US unemployment rate fell in July for the first time in 15 months as employers cut far fewer jobs than expected, giving the clearest indication yet that the economy was turning around from a deep recession.

Dow and S&P Close at New '09 Highs

Washington Post - Renae Merle - ‎9 hours ago‎
At the New York Stock Exchange, investors find good news on unemployment. (By Daniel Acker -- Bloomberg) By Renae Merle Wall Street set a new high for the year Friday with investors cheering the government's latest labor report as evidence that the ...

AIG Turns Profit, Warns of 'Volatility'

Washington Post - Brady Dennis - ‎9 hours ago‎
American International Group, the insurance giant whose near-collapse threatened to bring down the financial system last year, on Friday reported its first quarterly profit since 2007, attributing the results to steadier performance in ...

Professor Main Target of Assault on Twitter

New York Times - Jenna WorthamAndrew E. Kramer - ‎8 hours ago‎
Damian Dovarganes/AP The Web attacks on Thursday and Friday kept millions of people from using sites like Twitter. By JENNA WORTHAM and ANDREW E. KRAMER The cyberattacks Thursday and Friday on Twitter and other popular Web services disrupted the lives ...

New Facebook iphone App "Pretty Much Done"

Washington Post - ‎6 hours ago‎
As one of the most popular applications on Apple's popular iphone platform, a lot of users are eagerly awaiting the next version of the app.

Apple Tablet PC Could Take In $1.2 Billion

InformationWeek - Antone Gonsalves - ‎14 hours ago‎
Sales of 2 million tablets priced between $500 and $700 could add 3% to Apple revenue in 2010, analyst says. By Antone Gonsalves Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster estimates that Apple could sell $1.2 billion worth of tablet PCs the first year ...

Most Likely to Understand

Washington Post - Hank Stuever - ‎7 hours ago‎
Remembering the life of the writer-director behind '80s teen classics like "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

'GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra'

Los Angeles Times - Betsy Sharkey - ‎13 hours ago‎
For a movie about supersonic warfare and good guys vs. bad guys, there is actually not enough action. By BETSY SHARKEY, Film Critic There are a few things we should go over on the GI Joe front before you lock and load for the nearly two hours of ...

Paula Abdul's First Day Not at Work

People Magazine - ‎12 hours ago‎
For eight seasons Simon Cowell has had the pleasure of taunting, teasing and tickling Paula Abdul on American Idol. But for the first time on Friday, Cowell and fellow judges Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson plowed ahead without Abdul.

Burnett shows his mettle vs. Red Sox

MLB.com - Anthony DiComo - ‎2 hours ago‎
NEW YORK -- In the end, perhaps the most memorable role AJ Burnett played in Friday's (and Saturday's) proceedings was the shaving cream pie he smashed in Alex Rodriguez's face, moments after the Yankees walked off 2-0 ...

Ireland's Padraig Harrington leaves bad days behind: Bill Livingston

The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com - ‎2 hours ago‎
On the biggest playing field in sports, what happens between a golfer's ears is the biggest thing. There are enough variables in the game to bedevil the best players.

Dodgers get little relief against Braves

Los Angeles Times - Gary A. Vasquez - ‎3 hours ago‎
Jonathan Broxton blows save in ninth, then Atlanta scores four in the 12th. Chad Billingsley injures hamstring. By Dylan Hernandez Chad Billingsley had another start cut short, this time with something more serious than a cramp.

Healthcare critics make outlandish claims, Obama says

Reuters - Matt SpetalnickPeter Cooney - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama accused his critics on Saturday of resorting to "outlandish rumors" and "misleading information" aimed at derailing his efforts to overhaul the $2.5 trillion US healthcare system.

Swine flu won't mean school's out, federal guidelines say

Los Angeles Times - Seema Mehta - ‎8 hours ago‎
New recommendations call for local districts to be conservative about school closures. Parents are urged to vaccinate children. By Seema Mehta Educators should be conservative when they consider shutting schools because of outbreaks of swine flu, ...
Schools given swine flu guidance San Francisco Chronicle

Wis. dealer sold gun extras to health club shooter

San Jose Mercury News - Todd Richmond - ‎7 minutes ago‎
MADISON, Wis.—An online weapons dealer who sold a gun or accessories to three mass killers, including a man who opened fire at a Pittsburgh-area health club this week, said Friday that any of the shooters could have just as ...

Pitchman Billy Mays' wife lashes out at autopsy report that said ...

New York Daily News - Leo Standora - ‎2 hours ago‎
Deceased pitchman Billy Mays' wife took strong exception to the reports of alleged drug use that may have contributed to his death.

Lawmaker Blocking Countrywide Subpoena Received Loans From Firm

Bloomberg - Lorraine Woellert - ‎4 hours ago‎
Aug. 8 (Bloomberg) -- The chairman of a US House committee who has refused Republican requests to subpoena Countrywide Financial Corp.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver hospitalized

CNN - ‎14 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President Kennedy, is in critical but stable condition in a Massachusetts hospital with her family at her side, her family said Friday.