Monday, August 1, 2011

Nation/world under consideration for 8/2 Oakland Press

Nation/world for T Oakland Press
— DEBT SHOWDOWN — Evening votes possible, but unsure in both houses.
— MISSING GIRL-NH — Prosecutor: Female body found near dam, not far from home of missing girl; no ID yet. Will be updated.
— GRIM SLEEPER — L.A. prosecutors to seek death penalty in “Grim Sleeper” serial killing case. Will be updated.
WASHINGTON — With Senate approval all but sure, House Speaker John Boehner is working hard to round up Republican votes to pass the no-default deal to raise the federal debt limit by Tuesday’s deadline. The White House dispatched Vice President Joe Biden to lobby Democrats at the Capitol as Americans everywhere try to figure out what the agreement means for them. By Special Correspondent David Espo.
AP photos, video. An interactive about the debt showdown has been updated.
WASHINGTON — So what did we learn? The ability of President Barack Obama and Congress to compromise comes only upon the imminent threat of economic disaster. Expect more to come, America. The mix of decision-making by deadline, divisive politics and vastly different visions for the country will keep defining the debate in a country that just wants more jobs and less squabbling from its elected leaders. An AP news analysis by Ben Feller and Charles Babington.
WASHINGTON — Manufacturers had their weakest growth in two years in July, a sign that the economy could weaken this summer. By Business Writer Daniel Wagner.
AP photos.
— CONSTRUCTION SPENDING — Construction spending grows for third consecutive month in June but remains at depressed levels. AP photos.
— WALL STREET — Dow Jones average down more than 90 points after U.S. manufacturing slows in July. AP photos.
WASHINGTON — A half century after the advent of the pill, the Obama administration ushers in another change in women’s health care potentially as transformative: Health insurance plans must cover birth control as preventive care, with no copays. Also included: breast pumps for nursing mothers, screening for the virus that causes cervical cancer and counseling on domestic violence. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar.
DADAAB, Kenya — As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins, Faduma Aden is fasting all day even though she doesn’t have enough food to celebrate with a sundown feast at this refugee camp. The Somali mother of three, who fled starvation in her homeland, says she will fast because she fears God. For other Somalis, it’s a matter of faith — even though Islam allows the ailing to eat. By Malkhadir M. Muhumed.
AP photos by Schalk van Zuydam and Farah Abdi Warsameh. AP video.
BEIRUT — Anti-government protesters set up barricades and take up stones and sticks to defend themselves in the city of Hama after one of the bloodiest days so far in the Syrian regime’s campaign to quell a popular uprising. Protesters say they will not allow a repeat of 1982, when President Bashar Assad’s father ordered a massacre of thousands in Hama. By Zeina Karam.
AP photos, video. An interactive about the ongoing uprisings and protests across the Middle East and North Africa has been updated.
WASHINGTON — The first phase of a deal to raise the government’s borrowing limit would pose little threat to the economy in the short term because almost none of the spending cuts would occur before 2014. By Business Writer Christopher S. Rugaber.
AP photo.
— DEBT SHOWDOWN-HIGHLIGHTS — Highlights of budget and debt-limit agreement showing when cuts would take effect and broad outlines of what they are.
— DEBT SHOWDOWN-Q&A — Explanation of key features in debt-reduction plan and impact on major programs.
— DEBT SHOWDOWN-PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS — Republican presidential candidates on the debt-reduction deal.
— DEBT SHOWDOWN-LOBBYING — Credit rating firms mulling U.S. debt downgrades wield strong lobbying presence.
— ECONOMY-COUNTRIES-GLANCE — A look at economic developments and activity in major stock markets around the world.
A separate advisory has been sent highlighting comprehensive coverage of the debt showdown.
CAIRO — The army uses force to break up a three-week sit-in at Tahrir Square, clashing with activists demanding justice for those behind the killing of protesters during Egypt’s uprising. The violence comes two days before the trial of ousted President Hosni Mubarak is to begin on charges he orchestrated the lethal crackdown, and shows a growing military impatience with street pressure. By Sarah El Deeb.
AP photos by Nasser Nasser and Ben Curtis. AP video.
ATHENS — They descended by the hundreds — black-shirted, bat-wielding thugs chasing down Muslim immigrants through the streets of Athens and beating them senseless in an unprecedented show of force by Greece’s far-right extremists. The twin Greek crises of financial meltdown and soaring illegal immigration are creating conditions for a rise of the right-wing — and the Norway massacre has prompted authorities to heighten security. By Derek Gatopoulos.
AP photos.
MIDDLESBURG, Va. — For the last four years, a summer camp has brought together relatives of 9/11 victims and young people from around the world who have been scarred by terrorism. Known as Project Common Bond, participants from eight countries this year have done everything from talk about their reaction to Osama bin Laden’s death to more typical camp activities like sports, drama and dance. By Ben Nuckols.
AP photos.
VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Beyond the foreclosure signs and graffiti-stained windows, this downtrodden desert city east of Los Angeles is seeing a glimmer of hope in a long-decommissioned military base that has become a hub for commercial aviation, freight shipping and logistics. By Gillian Flaccus.
AP photos, video.
— POLYGAMIST LEADER — Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is unsuccessful in his third attempt to remove the Texas judge overseeing his child sex assault case, this time writing that God demands a change. AP photos.
— QUADRIPLEGIC SKYDIVING DEATH— Experienced skydiver, a quadriplegic, dies in Montana.
— CASEY ANTHONY — Judge signs order that could require Casey Anthony to serve probation for fraudulent checks in Orlando area.
— CARIBBEAN DRUG SUB — U.S. Coast Guard stops submarine-like craft in Caribbean with $180 million worth of cocaine aboard.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s upcoming mission to Jupiter can’t get much greener than this: a solar-powered, windmill-shaped spacecraft. The robotic explorer Juno, set to launch on Friday, will become the most distant probe ever powered by the sun if the mission’s a success. It also would be a good sign for future solar-powered missions of all types. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn.
AP photos.
WASHINGTON — Pick up the phone and hear, “Hey, what’s up?” Chances are, those few words are enough to recognize who’s speaking — perhaps unless you have dyslexia. In a surprise discovery, researchers found adults with that reading disorder also have a hard time recognizing voices. By Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard.
LOS ANGELES — Five months before stars converge for the Golden Globe Awards, a federal judge will begin to untangle two decades of agreements and actions to determine who owns the broadcast rights to the glitzy banquet. The show’s organizers and its longtime producers have been battling for months over who can negotiate with networks, and whether a recent deal keeping the show on NBC through 2018 needs to be undone. By AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney.
AP photo by Matt Sayles.
MIAMI — One-year-old Alice Di Giovanni asks for “banane,” not banana, when she’s in the mood for one. She’ll bid you farewell with a “ciao.” And if she wants more, she says “mas.” The Miami toddler is being raised speaking multiple languages. Her Polish-Canadian mother speaks to her in French, her father in Italian and her Honduran nanny in Spanish. Parents raising multilingual children use a variety of methods to encourage fluency in more than one language, and OPOL, which stands for “one parent, one language,” is one of those methods. By Rasha Madkour.
AP photos.
— PARTY SCHOOLS — Ohio University in Appalachia called nation’s top party school in 2011 Princeton Review survey.
— BRITAIN-HSBC — HSBC bank to cut 30,000 jobs worldwide, sell almost half of its U.S. branches. AP photo.
— PEOPLE-HALLE BERRY — Judge grants Halle Berry, daughter 3-year restraining order against alleged stalker. AP photo.
— MONTANA BEAR ATTACK — Former U.S. Ski Team member Ani Haas attacked by black bear while running in Montana.
— DB COOPER — FBI investigates “credible” D.B. Cooper lead; tip comes 40 years after hijacker jumped from jet. AP photo.
— BRITAIN-AMY WINEHOUSE — The family of Amy Winehouse seeks political backing to set up a drug rehabilitation center in her name.
— RUSSIA-TORNADO — Russia’s Far East region declares emergency in the wake of deadly tornado. AP video.
— NASSAU COLISEUM REDEVELOPMENT — Voters in New York suburb to decide on whether to back $400 million bond issue for new hockey arena.


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