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May 26, 2011

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TODAY'S HEADLINES

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

Senate Republicans stick by Medicare plan

Senate Republicans are standing by a plan to transform Medicare, one day after the party lost a House district in Upstate New York amid a Democratic to make that proposal the central issue.
(By Paul Kane, Amy Goldstein and Peter Wallsten)

Gold rush followed end of Libyan sanctions

The world’s most sophisticated banks rushed to do business with Gaddafi after Libya was removed from the list of terrorist sponsors.
(By Robert O’Harrow Jr. and James V. Grimaldi)

Lisa de Moraes: Scotty McCreery is the ‘American Idol’

TV COLUMN | The 17-year-old country crooner beat out 16-year-old Lauren Alaina for the title.
(By Lisa de Moraes)

Jared Lee Loughner unfit for trial in Ariz. shootings

A federal judge cites expert testimony that Loughner is schizophrenic and shows a paranoid distrust of his own defense attorneys. Loughner will receive mental-health treatment.
(By David Nakamura and Sandhya Somashekhar)

Egypt to reopen Gaza border, raising Israel concerns

Government says it will permanently open border crossing with the Gaza Strip this weekend, suggesting the country’s military rulers are being swayed by growing anti-Israeli sentiment.
(By Ernesto Londono and Joel Greenberg)
POLITICS
Mitt Romney's limited Iowa operation underscores more focused, disciplined national approach
DES MOINES, Iowa — Perhaps nowhere is the difference between Mitt Romney version 2008 and version 2012 more evident than in Iowa.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Congress faces midnight deadline as it rushes to renew anti-terror USA Patriot Act
WASHINGTON — Congress is rushing to extend the life of three anti-terror tools, including the use of roving wiretaps, before they expire at midnight Thursday.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Men gaining on women as share of US population, increase mostly among people 65 and older
WASHINGTON — Women are continuing to outlive men, but men are gaining on them in numbers thanks to medical improvements.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Palin signals she still has White House ambitions, stokes speculation with latest moves
JUNEAU, Alaska — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has authorized a feature-length film about her rise, added staff and recently said she has “that fire in the belly” for a presidential bid — all steps that fuel speculation she’s inching toward a White House run.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
N.Y. race a wake-up call for Republicans
The Democratic victory in the special House election Tuesday reminds Republicans that they have a long fight ahead in the battle for public opinion over their agenda.
(, The Washington Post)


STYLE
Scotty McCreery is the ‘American Idol’
TV COLUMN | The 17-year-old country crooner beat out 16-year-old Lauren Alaina for the title.
(, The Washington Post)
Frank Stewart’s Bridge: Spectacular defense

(, Tribune Media Service)
Ask Amy: 19-year-old’s financial woes lead to trouble
Her parents kicked her out because of her spending habits, so she moved in with “Steve,” a friend who’s making uncomfortable advances.
(, Tribune Media Service)
Hints From Heloise: Stop the junk mail
I’m receiving so much mail that I’ve had to install a larger mailbox. Is there someone I can call to stop the junk mail?
(, King)
Miss Manners: Tourist looks for solution to pesky behavior
I was just rude to a child. The fact that he was the 50th person today to ask me to buy something and the 40th who did not accept a polite “No, thank you” (in his language) may explain, but does not excuse my brusqueness. How should one deal with “subsistence-level tourist farmers”?
(, United Media)

SPORTS
Posey injured in brutal collision in San Francisco's 7-6 loss to Marlins
SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey laid in the dirt around home plate, dazed, writhing in pain and curling up in a ball. AT&T park fell silent, fans covering their mouths in disbelief.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Cousins runs over Posey, injures star catcher while scoring in 12th as Florida beats SF 7-6
SAN FRANCISCO — Scott Cousins went to college at the University of San Francisco. He lives in the Bay Area, and he had almost a dozen friends and family at AT&T Park on Wednesday night to witness the biggest moment of his professional career.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Phillies beat Reds 5-4 in 19th inning in longest MLB game of the season
PHILADELPHIA — Joey Votto. Scott Rolen. Jay Bruce. The heart of the Reds order was primed to finally this win this one in the 19th inning.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
NL Capsules
PHILADELPHIA — Infielder Wilson Valdez wound up as the winning pitcher early Thursday when the Philadelphia Phillies needed 19 innings to outlast the Cincinnati Reds 5-4.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Donovan scores on penalty kick in 46th minute, MLS-leading Galaxy beat Dynamo 1-0
CARSON, Calif. — Landon Donovan converted a penalty kick in the 46th minute and Los Angeles beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 on Wednesday night for the Galaxy’s third straight win.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

WORLD
Drug gang battles leave 28 dead in western Mexico
Fierce fighting among apparent rival drug gangs in western Mexico bloodied one highway with 28 dead, while in a nearby state more than 700 people huddled in shelters after fleeing villages that had become battlegrounds.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Turkey: 7 injured in bomb blast during rush hour in Istanbul, no claim of responsibility
ISTANBUL — A bomb exploded at a bus stop during rush hour in Istanbul on Thursday, injuring seven people.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
North Korea's Kim reportedly visits tech company in Beijing following meeting with Hu Jintao
BEIJING — North Korean leader Kim Jong Il reportedly visited a technology zone in Beijing on Thursday following a summit with Chinese President Hu Jintao that highlighted the North’s growing dependency on its most important ally.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Blasts kill 2 in southern China city
Explosions, some from car bombs, occurred within a half-hour outside three government buildings in a south China city Thursday, killing two people and wounding at least six others, officials said.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Georgian police say 2 people killed in violent dispersal of anti-government demonstration
TBILISI, Georgia — Police in Georgia say a police officer and a demonstrator were killed during the violent clearing of an anti-government protest in the capital Tbilisi.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

LIVE DISCUSSIONS
The Sarah Palin movie; Kim Kardashian's engagement and huge 20.5-carat ring; So long, Oprah, and more: Celebritology Live
Join Celebritology blogger Jen Chaney to gab about the latest celebrity gossip and pop culture news making waves across the Web.
(, vForum)
D.C.'s big stories: Lunchline's Clinton Yates breaks them down (Video)
Clinton Yates a news junkie and pop culture fanatic who scours The Washington Post and its partner sites every weekday to find the gems that you want to read but don't have time to search for.
(, vForum)
Carolyn Hax Live: Advice columnist tackles your problems (Thursday, May 26)
Advice Columnist Carolyn Hax takes your questions and comments about the strange train we call life.
(, vForum)
Free Range on Food
Free Range on Food is a forum for discussion of all things culinary.
(, vForum)
Mayor Gray vs. Wal-Mart; Is D.C. a fit city?: Lunchline's Clinton Yates breaks them down (Video)
Clinton Yates a news junkie and pop culture fanatic who scours The Washington Post and its partner sites every weekday to find the gems that you want to read but don't have time to search for.
(, vForum)

TECHNOLOGY
Amazon Repeats $0.99 Deal On Lady Gaga Album, Says Servers Won’t Melt This Time

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)
Yahoo CEO determined to be 'appropriately compensated' for Alibaba spinning off a unit
SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo Inc. CEO Carol Bartz found herself in a familiar position Wednesday: assuring stock market analysts that she will clean up a mess damaging the long-slumping Internet company’s market value.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt NYC Is…Getaround!

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)
Amen: Plazes Founder And First Twitter Engineer Team Up For Mysterious Startup

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)
Summary Box: Yahoo CEO pushing to be paid for Alibaba spinoff, still working on revenue growth
DAMAGE CONTROL: Yahoo Inc. CEO Carol Bartz assured analysts the Internet company is making progress in its effort to be “appropriately compensated” for a recent change in its 43 percent stake in Alibaba Group, a leader in China’s rapidly growing online market. Alibaba recently spun off its online payment service without giving Yahoo anything.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

BUSINESS
China wants 'democratic' choice of IMF leader but no sign whether it supports France's Lagarde
BEIJING — China said Thursday it wants the next International Monetary Fund leader to be selected through “democratic negotiation” but gave no sign whether it backs candidates from France, Mexico or other governments.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Amazon Repeats $0.99 Deal On Lady Gaga Album, Says Servers Won’t Melt This Time

( by TechCrunch.com , TechCrunch.com)
Japanese copier maker Ricoh to shrink staff by 10,000 to revamp business
TOKYO — Ricoh Co. will reduce its global workforce by 9 percent as the Japanese copier maker seeks to overhaul its struggling business.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Sony forecasts return to profit this fiscal year after reporting third year of losses
TOKYO — Sony is forecasting a return to profit for the fiscal year ending March 2012, as sales are expected to recover after the plunge from the March 11 earthquake, but reported its third straight year of red ink.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Report: German finance minister says Greece may need more time on reforms
BERLIN — Germany’s finance minister says Greece may need more time to implement reforms including a big privatization program.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

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