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CNN: Obama calls for Israel's return to pre-1967 borders
His position agreed with the Palestinian negotiating stance on border issues in the staggering peace process, now stalled again by disputes over Israel settlements in the West Bank and the role of Hamas - a terrorist group in the eyes of the United States and Israel - in the Palestinian leadership. At the same time, Obama reiterated unwavering U.S. support for Israel's security, and he endorsed major negotiating positions of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, including an incremental handover of security responsibilities by Israel when conditions on the ground allow it.
CNN: No consensus in Middle East on Obama speech
Voices around the Middle East and North Africa gave mixed grades to Barack Obama's address on the region Thursday, with Libyan rebels calling it "good enough" and a Palestinian official calling it a "half-full glass." In Benghazi, the heart of the Libyan revolt against longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi, a rebel leader pronounced Obama's speech in support of democratic movements across the region "good enough."
CNN: Here comes Huntsman
Jon Huntsman plunged into the presidential waters Thursday, hitting New Hampshire with the kind of swarm of news cameras, journalists and expectations normally seen buzzing around a more established campaign. …Seen as a rising star in the GOP, Huntsman has yet to declare his candidacy. But he plans to make roughly a dozen stops over five days in this crucial primary state.
CNN: Barbour: Media sound bites make Gingrich seem like 'a jerk'
Now that he's officially out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is candidly sharing his thoughts on the field of potential candidates. During an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King Thursday, Barbour said that announced candidate Newt Gingrich was "thoughtful and smart" but appeared to be a "jerk" in the press.
Washington Post: Some FBI agents are angered by plan to extend tenure of Director Robert Mueller
President Obama’s plan to keep FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III in office beyond his 10-year term has triggered an angry reaction among some agents, who say Mueller imposed term limits on hundreds of supervisors in the agency but is failing to abide by legal limits set on his own tenure. … Known as “up or out,’’ [the FBI’s policy] requires FBI supervisors to leave their posts after seven years and compete for other managerial jobs, retire or accept a demotion in the same field office with lower pay.
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CNN: Floodwaters to linger in Mississippi town for weeks, forecasters say
The Mississippi River is not expected to return to its 43-foot flood stage in Vicksburg until after June 14, which is 46 days after it climbed out of its banks, said Amanda Roberts, a National Weather Service hydrologist. It crested at 57.1 feet Thursday, and the weather service predicts the crest will hold through at least Saturday morning in Vicksburg.
Arizona Republic: E-mails detail college’s struggle with Loughner
E-mails obtained Thursday as part of a lawsuit by The Arizona Republic against the college show that in the months leading up to Loughner's suspension, instructors wanted to remove him from class and campus police wanted to expel him from school. Administrators, concerned about violating his rights or treating him unfairly, wanted more time to investigate. Officials acknowledged in e-mails that Loughner's outbursts in class left students and teachers fearful but stressed that he never made any overt threats.
CNN: FBI: We want Unabomber's DNA in 1982 Tylenol case
Authorities want to take DNA samples from "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski in connection with their investigation into the 1982 incident in which seven people died after taking Tylenol capsules laced with potassium cyanide, according to the FBI office in Chicago. "As part of the re-examination of the 1982 Tylenol poisonings, the FBI attempted to secure DNA from numerous individuals, including Ted Kaczynski," said Cynthia Yates, FBI spokeswoman.
CBS News: Ex-Teammate: I saw Lance Armstrong use EPO
[Former Armstrong teammate Tyler] Hamilton says Armstrong used EPO, a drug that boosted endurance by increasing the amount of red blood cells in his body, to win the 1999 Tour de France, the race he won an astonishing seven times. "I saw [EPO] in his refrigerator...I saw him inject it more than one time like we all did, like I did many, many times."
CNN: Doctors: Electrical implants a big step in paralysis treatment
Electrical stimulation from a spinal cord implant, mimicking the signals the brain would normally transmit to move the body, has allowed a paralyzed patient to stand on his own and walk on a treadmill with assistance, researchers said Thursday.
New York Times: Make My Bed? But You Say the World’s Ending
The Haddad children of Middletown, Md., have a lot on their minds: school projects, SATs, weekend parties. And parents who believe the earth will begin to self-destruct on Saturday. The three teenagers have been struggling to make sense of their shifting world, which started changing nearly two years ago when their mother, Abby Haddad Carson, left her job as a nurse to “sound the trumpet” on mission trips with her husband, Robert, handing out tracts. They stopped working on their house and saving for college.
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CNN: Blast hits U.S. Consulate vehicles in Pakistan
A car bomb targeted U.S. Consulate vehicles in northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing one person and wounding 11 others, police said. The car, packed with 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of explosives, detonated as the consulate cars passed in Peshawar, according to Liaqat Ali Khan, the police chief.
New York Times: China Gives Pakistan 50 Fighter Jets
China has agreed to immediately provide 50 JF-17 fighter jets to Pakistan, a major outcome of a visit by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to Beijing this week, Pakistani officials said Thursday. China and Pakistan have jointly produced the JF-17 aircraft, but the new planes would be equipped with more sophisticated avionics, the officials said. The latest jet fighters would be paid for by China, they said.
CNN: Tokyo Electric reports massive losses after tsunami and earthquake
Hammered by the nuclear disaster at its Fukushima Daiichi power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company Friday reported a net loss of 1.2 trillion yen ($15.4 billion) for the fiscal year that ended March 31. Tokyo Electric also announced it will decommission reactors Nos. 1-4 at Fukushima Daiichi. It also has cancelled plans to build two other reactors at the site.
CNN: Family: Photographer missing in Libya now believed dead
The family of South African freelance photojournalist Anton Hammerl, who has been missing in Libya since April, said late Thursday they now believe he was killed by Libyan government forces. …"On 5 April 2011, Anton was shot by Gaddafi's forces in an extremely remote location in the Libyan desert. According to eyewitnesses, his injuries were such that he could not have survived without medical attention," according to the Facebook statement.
CNN: Former IMF chief to leave jail Friday, attorney says
Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is expected to be released from jail Friday after being granted bail on charges related to the alleged assault of a maid in a New York hotel, his lawyer said. …Supreme Court Judge Michael Obus granted bail on condition that Strauss-Kahn posts $1 million in cash, a $5 million bond, surrender his travel documents and submit to home detention.
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CNNMoney: LinkedIn stock more than doubles in IPO
LinkedIn shares more than doubled in their debut Thursday, a sign that investors may be eager for other hot social networking companies to soon go public. …The stock opened at $83 and quickly rose above $90, where it stayed for most of the morning. They hit a high of $122.70 in late morning trade before slipping back to close at $94.25 a share.
New York Times: NBC Executive Who Delivered Olympics Quits
Dick Ebersol, who had defined NBC’s formidable Olympic presence since the mid-1990s and who was the last of the high-profile TV sports impresarios, resigned abruptly on Thursday after negotiations on a four-year contract collapsed. …[H]e has been best known for his work with the Olympics, and his departure could significantly change what is expected to be a vigorous battle for the television rights for the next two Games.
CNNMoney: Pricier bread and cereal. Coming soon?
Surging wheat and corn prices could hit the items in your grocery basket by mid-summer if planting conditions across the country don't improve. It's a case of two extremes: dry weather conditions in parts of the southern United States and in Europe have sparked fears of a supply crunch of wheat, while supplies of corn are being threatened by flooding and heavy rain in the Midwest.
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