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CNN fires veteran editor for Mideast over Tweet

Reuters - Thu, 2010-07-08 08:09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CNN has fired a senior editor for Middle East news after she published a Twitter message that said she respected a Lebanese Shi'ite cleric branded a terrorist by the United States, U.S. and British media said on Thursday.

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U.S. to review Afghan troop surge by end of year: Obama

Reuters - Thu, 2010-07-08 07:23
MILAN (Reuters) - The United States will review its strategy of increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan at the end of this year, President Barack Obama said in an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera on Thursday.

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Obama administration set for drill ban legal fight

Reuters - Thu, 2010-07-08 05:08
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration heads to court on Thursday with a single goal -- to reinstate a six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling imposed in response to the BP Plc oil spill but blocked by a federal judge.

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Tropical depression forms in Mexico's Gulf

Reuters - Thu, 2010-07-08 03:39
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A tropical depression formed in the Gulf of Mexico late on Wednesday and was set to slam into the Gulf Coast near the Texas-Mexico border on Thursday, a region still recovering from Hurricane Alex, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a report.

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Netanyahu offers Palestinians talks on settlements

Reuters - Thu, 2010-07-08 01:50
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday he was prepared to discuss "right away" the future of Jewish settlements if Palestinians entered direct peace talks with Israel.

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Court refuses stay in deepwater drilling case

Reuters - Thu, 2010-07-08 01:42
NEW ORLEANS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Thursday rejected the Obama administration's request to stay a lower court decision to lift a six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the wake of the BP Plc oil spill.

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Earthquake shakes California, no damage reported

Reuters - Thu, 2010-07-08 00:44
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.4 earthquake shook the Southern California desert east of Los Angeles on Tuesday, rattling nerves across the region but causing no serious damage or injuries.

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Obama bypasses Senate to fill Medicare post

Reuters - Thu, 2010-07-08 00:38
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama appointed health expert Donald Berwick on Wednesday to run the Medicare and Medicaid programs that provide care to seniors and the poor, bypassing the Senate to fill a key job over Republican objections.

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U.S. and Russia to swap spies after 10 plead guilty

Reuters - Thu, 2010-07-08 00:36
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ten people pleaded guilty on Thursday to being agents for Russia while living undercover in the United States as part of a spy swap between the U.S. and Russian governments that revived Cold War-era intrigue.

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Bioethics gets an airing

Scientific American Online - Wed, 2010-07-07 23:50

By Meredith Wadman

On the same day in late May that J. [More]

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U.S. aims to detect cyber infrastructure attacks: report

Reuters - Wed, 2010-07-07 22:57
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government is launching a program nicknamed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private U.S. companies and government agencies running critical infrastructure, the Wall Street Journal said in its online edition.

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The proton shrinks in size

Scientific American Online - Wed, 2010-07-07 22:01

By Geoff Brumfiel

The proton seems to be 0.00000000000003 millimeters smaller than researchers previously thought, according to work published in the July 8 issue of Nature.

The difference is so infinitesimal that it might defy belief that anyone, even physicists, would care. [More]

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Goldman and Morgan Stanley saw turbulent Q2

Reuters - Wed, 2010-07-07 20:57
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group and Morgan Stanley have generated billions of dollars of revenue from fixed income trading over the last year, but that profit engine may have sputtered in the second quarter as bond markets grew turbulent.

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Researchers Rush to Fill Noah's Ark Seed Bank While Politicians Bicker

Scientific American Online - Wed, 2010-07-07 20:30

WAKEHURST PLACE, England -- Scientists at the Millennium Seed Bank in this idyllic rural area some 30 miles south of London are racing against time to gather seeds from as many of the world's plant species as they can before habitat loss and climate change erases them from the face of the Earth.

In the decade since they started, it has been an uphill struggle against tight budgets, political whims and local suspicion. Now the toxic combination of the global recession, the rise of the climate skepticism , the failure to advance a global treaty and empty government coffers risk making it far harder.

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Netanyahu bodyguards' guns go missing on U.S. visit

Reuters - Wed, 2010-07-07 19:37
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Several pistols belonging to bodyguards of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took an unexplained cross-country U.S. detour this week before four of them went missing altogether, officials said on Wednesday.

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Heat wave stresses Mid-Atlantic power grid again

Reuters - Wed, 2010-07-07 17:54
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. electric companies urged consumers to keep cutting back on energy use on Wednesday as a record-breaking heat wave kept a stifling grip on the Mid-Atlantic states, straining power plants and distribution lines and leaving some customers without power.

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The first Britons endured cold climate

Scientific American Online - Wed, 2010-07-07 17:48
A haul of stone tools unearthed in England hints that humans were living in northern Europe far earlier than we thought - and in a Scandinavian-like climate.
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United States charges men in NY and Britain bomb plots

Reuters - Wed, 2010-07-07 17:29
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States charged five men on Wednesday with plotting to bomb New York City's subway system and attack an unidentified target in Britain under orders from al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan.

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New snag for Senate financial regulations bill

Reuters - Wed, 2010-07-07 17:27
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin on Wednesday put off naming a successor to the late Senator Robert Byrd, which could further complicate passage of financial reform legislation in the U.S. Senate .

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