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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.

Search for plane expands off Comoros

CNN International - ‎6 minutes ago‎
(CNN) -- The French navy will join Yemeni authorities in expanded search and rescue efforts Wednesday off Comoros in the Indian Ocean, following the crash of a Yemenia Airways jet a day earlier.

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 - ‎2 hours 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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11th-hour votes on state budget fail

Los Angeles Times - Shane GoldmacherMichael Rothfeld - ‎2 hours ago‎
Rich Pedroncelli / AP Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), with Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), responds to a question concerning the cash crisis during a news conference at the Capitol.

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 - ‎24 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 ...

All-day party celebrates China web filter delay

Reuters - Emma Graham-HarrisonBen Blanchard - ‎3 hours ago‎
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese web users flooded to a trendy art zone cafe Wednesday to celebrate a last-minute halt to a rollout of government-sponsored filtering software, and make a stand for freedom of expression in the ...
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.

Memorial event for Michael Jackson still under discussion

Los Angeles Times - Jay L. Clendenin - ‎3 hours ago‎
A wreath on the front gate of Neverland is changed as dozens of Michael Jackson fans look on. Services at Staples Center and Neverland are considered, as well as a 125-mile funeral procession from LA to the Santa Barbara County ranch.

Michael Jackson's will surfaces

Los Angeles Times - Harriet RyanChris Lee - ‎2 hours ago‎
The posthumous affairs of Michael Jackson boiled down to two things Tuesday: His memorial service will draw a huge crowd and the settling of his estate will be complicated.
Doubt over Michael's kids Chicago Sun-Times

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.
Old bawl game Boston Globe

Yankees win sixth straight

Boston Globe - ‎3 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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Pistons fans love, hate move to fire Michael Curry

Detroit Free Press - ‎1 hour ago‎
Chiavon: He (Joe Dumars) won the Title. Any talk about how Joe should be fired, he shouldn't be a GM, yadda yadda. … Has Dumars made mistakes?

New Zealand influenza A/H1N1 confirmed cases rise to 711

Xinhua - Wang Guanqun - ‎58 minutes ago‎
WELLINGTON, July 1 (Xinhua) -- The number of influenza A/H1N1 confirmed cases in New Zealand rose to 711 on Wednesday, up 58 from 653 on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health said.
Do not party 'til swine flu comes home Waterbury Republican American

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.