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Al Franken declared winner after 8-month battle

Philadelphia Inquirer - Brian Bakst - ‎2 hours ago‎
AP ST. PAUL, Minn. - Al Franken went yesterday from the ranks of former Saturday Night Live comedians to the US Senate, outlasting Republican Norm Coleman in an eight-month-long recount battle and courtroom saga.

Losing Honduras, Zelaya Wins Outside Support

New York Times - Marc Lacey - ‎1 hour ago‎
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Manuel Zelaya was close to slipping into Honduran history books as a former president with ideas as large as his signature Stetson hat, but nowhere near enough political consensus to remake his troubled country.

Teen recovers after miracle rescue from jet crash

AFP - ‎13 minutes ago‎
MORONI (AFP) - Teenager Bahia Bakari recovered in hospital Wednesday a day after miraculously surviving the Yemeni jet crash off the Comoros feared to have killed 152 other people.

Iraq's 'Milestone' Day Marred by Fatal Blast

Washington Post - Ernesto LondoñoAnn Scott Tyson - ‎2 hours ago‎
While more than 130000 US troops remain in Iraq, patrols by heavily armed soldiers in hulking vehicles have largely disappeared from Iraq's urban centers, as the United States turns over security to Iraqi police and soldiers.

As Iran Seeks to Quash Foes, Ahmadinejad Cancels Africa Trip

New York Times - Michael SlackmanAlan Cowell - ‎1 hour ago‎
CAIRO - As the Iranian government sought to close the book on weeks of protest that presented the strongest challenge to its authority in 30 years, an opposition candidate in the disputed June 12 voting again ...

Freight Train Derailment and Explosion Kill 16 in Italy

New York Times - Rachel DonadioSofia Groopman - ‎1 hour ago‎
Lorenzo Galassi/AP A firefighter sprayed down a car of a freight train that was carrying liquefied petroleum gas. The train derailed late Monday.

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Frantic budget talks fall short

San Jose Mercury News - Mike Zapler - ‎32 minutes ago‎
SACRAMENTO —A frantic rush to close California's daunting deficit before a July 1 deadline fell short at midnight, when Senate Republicans refused to back billions in cuts to public education - not out of concern for schools but because ...

SC gov gambles to 'lay it all out' about affair

The Associated Press - Tamara LushBrett J. Blackledge - ‎1 hour ago‎
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - After days of assuring the public he was firmly in control after admitting a scandalous affair, South Carolina Gov.

EPA lets state get tougher on new vehicles

San Francisco Chronicle - Matthew B. StannardJennifer Dlouhy - ‎2 hours ago‎
(06-30) 19:21 PDT -- Federal officials on Tuesday cleared California to impose tough greenhouse gas limits on new motor vehicles that more than a dozen other states can follow immediately and that will form the basis of new nationwide rules in 2012.

South African Manufacturing PMI Gained for Second Month in June

Bloomberg - Nasreen Seria - ‎20 minutes ago‎
July 1 (Bloomberg) -- South Africa's purchasing managers' index gained for the second month in a row in June, indicating that the pace of decline in manufacturing may have eased, Kagiso Securities Ltd.

Stocks ready to advance

CNNMoney.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
Investors start the third quarter with key economic reports on manufacturing, auto sales and employment. By CNNMoney.com staff How will the economy fare in the second half of 2009?

Cities Grow at Suburbs' Expense During Recession

Wall Street Journal - Conor Dougherty - ‎4 hours ago‎
US cities that for years lost residents to the suburbs are holding onto their populations with a mix of people trapped in homes they can't sell and those who prefer urban digs over more distant McMansions, according to Census data ...

China's Internet backdown lauded by firms, activists

Washington Post - Chris Buckley - ‎2 hours ago‎
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's ambitions to strengthen control of the Internet with filtering software became a show of the limits of its power on Wednesday, as activists and industry groups welcomed AN abrupt delay of the contentious ...
China backs down on Internet filter Atlanta Journal Constitution

Firefox 3.5: Excellent for fans, but competition getting tougher

CNET News - Seth Rosenblatt - ‎10 hours ago‎
Firefox 3.5 brings the world's second-most popular browser up to speed with current browsing technology and trends, and perhaps nudges it just a bit ahead of the competition.

Pirate Bay Users Jump Ship Over Site Sale

PC World - Jeff Bertolucci - ‎10 hours ago‎
Calling The Pirate Bay's owners “sellouts” who made a “deal with the devil,” users of the notorious torrent-tracking site expressed their frustrations across the Internet today.

Public Enemies

Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum - ‎4 hours ago‎
The massive financial rip-off masterminded by Bernard Madoff, an extended crime spree that harmed thousands, is proof enough that public enemies still walk among us.

Jackson's public viewing set amid speculation on cause of death

CNN - Alan DukeSaeed Ahmed - ‎3 hours ago‎
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- More than two dozen television satellite trucks lined the narrow, two-lane road leading to Neverland Ranch early Wednesday, jostling to reserve space for a public viewing of pop icon Michael ...

Michael Jackson shatters chart records

Reuters - Keith Caulfield - ‎2 hours ago‎
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - As expected, Michael Jackson is once again the King of the Pop charts. Based on preliminary sales numbers from Nielsen soundscan, the top nine positions on Billboard's Top Pop Catalog Albums chart will house ...

Orioles rally for stunning 11-10 win over Boston

The Associated Press - David Ginsburg - ‎1 hour ago‎
BALTIMORE (AP) - Terry Francona nearly carved a path into the infield grass at Camden Yards while walking from the dugout to the mound.
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Iowa manufacturers see share price gains

DesMoinesRegister.com - David Elbert - ‎36 minutes ago‎
Share prices of Iowa's manufacturers bounced back better during the first half of this year than other Iowa stocks or most major stock indexes.
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Yankees win sixth straight

Boston Globe - ‎2 hours ago‎
Melky Cabrera hits his run-scoring double against the Mariners in the eighth inning as the Yankees defeated Seattle to extend their winning streak.
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Do not party 'til swine flu comes home

Waterbury Republican American - Carrie Macmillan - ‎36 minutes ago‎
It sounds like a throwback to an earlier era before there were vaccines for chicken pox and measles, but "swine flu parties" are not a good idea, say local and national health experts.

Panel Recommends Ban on 2 Popular Painkillers

New York Times - Gardiner HarrisDonald G. McNeil Jr. - ‎6 hours ago‎
ADELPHI, Md. - A federal advisory panel voted narrowly on Tuesday to recommend a ban on Percocet and Vicodin, two of the most popular prescription painkillers in the world, because of their effects on the liver.

Kennedy Seeks Public Health Insurance Plan That Finances Self

Bloomberg - Nicole Gaouette - ‎3 hours ago‎
July 1 (Bloomberg) -- Senator Edward M. Kennedy's committee will propose creating a government-backed alternative to private insurance designed to pay for itself after getting federal start-up money.

Drive-By Shooting at Detroit Bus Stop Injures 7 Teenagers

New York Times - ‎7 hours ago‎
By AP DETROIT (AP) - Gunmen in a minivan opened fire on a group of teenagers waiting at a bus stop near a Detroit school on Tuesday, wounding seven, the authorities said.

Panel wants openly gay guardsman discharged

San Francisco Chronicle - Joe Garofoli - ‎2 hours ago‎
A military review panel recommended Tuesday that National Guard Lt. Dan Choi, the gay Arabic translator who became a national figure in fighting the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy after declaring his sexuality on television, be discharged ...

Supreme Court decisions made in the 2008-09 term

The Associated Press - ‎2 hours ago‎
Some of the significant cases the Supreme Court decided in its 2008-09 term: REVERSE DISCRIMINATION The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn.