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Article Category: Wired News

Source: Wired News

Sonic 'Lasers' Head to Flood ZoneExternal Link to Wired News

Experimental speakers that can send audible messages up to a mile away or disperse a crowd with ear-splitting pulses could face one of their biggest tests yet in the Katrina disaster zone. Xeni Jardin reports from Edwards Air Force Base, California.

Burning Man's Founder Looks AheadExternal Link to Wired News

In the 20 years since he first burned an effigy on a San Francisco beach, Larry Harvey has seen Burning Man grow into an international phenomenon. In an exclusive interview, he discusses the event's history and what its future holds. By Daniel Terdiman.

Flood Waters Can't Sink Net LinkExternal Link to Wired News

New Orleans may be underwater, but one internet company in a downtown high-rise has been able to keep the lights on. It's even publishing live, on-the-street reports. By Joel Johnson.Plus: Resource: Katrina-Related Links

When It's Good to Be a TeaseExternal Link to Wired News

'America's favorite burlesque game show' goes online and finally feels like it's in the right place. Commentary by Regina Lynn.

Hulk Smash Game!External Link to Wired News

The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction avoids most of the pitfalls of licensed games, but some remaining flaws make the big green guy's adventure less than smashing. By Chris Kohler.


Article Category: Technology News

Source: USA Today Technology

Katrina reignites global warming debateExternal Link to USA Today Technology

Hurricane Katrina's fury has reignited the scientific debate over whether global warming might be making hurricanes more ferocious. At least one prominent study suggests that hurricanes have become significantly stronger during the same period that global average temperatures have increased.

Don't get ripped off by hurricane cyberscamsExternal Link to USA Today Technology

Online con artists have launched at least a dozen scams preying on people donating to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts or seeking news, federal authorities and anti-spam experts say. The FBI is looking into suspicious Web sites and phishing spam messages that attempt to filch personal data.

Katrina.com becomes makeshift family finderExternal Link to USA Today Technology

Www.katrina.com, formerly home toa small Powhatan, Va.-based business, has become a place to look for family or loved ones still missing from Hurricane Katrina. It's also full of helpful information such as how to make a donation or how to reach Louisiana hotels.

Google opens digital library to European book publishersExternal Link to USA Today Technology

Google Inc. is asking European book publishers to submit non-English material to its digital library a move that indicates the company won't rely too heavily on Anglo-American content. The Google Print book-scanning project is open to France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands and Spain.

Clever whale uses fish to catch seagullsExternal Link to USA Today Technology

A young killer whale at Marineland has figured out how to use fish as bait to catch seagulls and has shared his strategy. The whale spit regurgitated fish onto the surface of the water, then sank and waited. When a hungry gull landed on the water, the whale would surface for his meal.

Source: Technology News from New York Times

Billion-Dollar Baby Dot-Coms? Uh-Oh, Not AgainExternal Link to Technology News from New York Times

Some are pointing to the recent deal for Facebook, an online service popular with the college set, as proof that inflation is back in the venture world.

Intel Sharply Rebuts A.M.D.'s Antitrust SuitExternal Link to Technology News from New York Times

The Intel Corporation denied any wrongdoing and characterized Advanced Micro Devices, its rival and accuser, as a victim of its own mistakes.

Judge Dismisses Disclosure Suit Brought by S.E.C. Against SiebelExternal Link to Technology News from New York Times

The lawsuit was part of the S.E.C.'s effort to eliminate the selective disclosure of financial information by public companies.

Hitachi to Introduce Tiny DriveExternal Link to Technology News from New York Times

In the race to make ever-smaller disk drives for hand-held consumer appliances, Hitachi will announce that it has created the smallest drive on the market.

A Baby Step Toward Wi-Fi PhotosExternal Link to Technology News from New York Times

Two new digital cameras from Nikon have more than megapixels to recommend them. They also include Wi-Fi transmitters for wireless networking. How useful is that?

Source: BBC Technology News

Microsoft plans telephone serviceExternal Link to BBC Technology News

Microsoft is preparing to allow computer users to make a normal telephone call from their PC.

Puppy love hounds US gamersExternal Link to BBC Technology News

Catch up with the latest news from the world of video gaming.

Apple iTunes phone due to launchExternal Link to BBC Technology News

Apple is said to be poised to unveil a mobile phone that plays music just like its best-selling iPod.

Storm blogs offer Katrina insightExternal Link to BBC Technology News

People turn to the web for the latest hurricane updates as net news once again proves invaluable.

Cuteness triumphs in NintendogsExternal Link to BBC Technology News

Nintendogs for the DS is unique, accessible and a joy to play for joystick junkies and non-gamers alike.


Article Category: National News

Source: USA Today Nation

National Guard arrives in force in New OrleansExternal Link to USA Today Nation

Four days after Hurricane Katrina struck, the National Guard arrived in force Friday with food, water and weapons, rolling through the floodwaters in a vast truck convoy with orders to retake the streets and bring relief to the suffering.

Congress rushes $10.5 billion initial package of Katrina aidExternal Link to USA Today Nation

Congress moved Friday to send a $10.5 billion down payment for immediate rescue and relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina's sweep across the nation's Gulf coast, amid complaints that the government's response has been inadequate.

Jury convicts mastermind of $10M Maryland arsonExternal Link to USA Today Nation

A man was found guilty Friday of masterminding Maryland's largest residential arson, a cluster of fires last December that caused $10 million in damage at a subdivision under construction.

Some stations out of gas; others charge $6 a gallonExternal Link to USA Today Nation

Gas stations ran dry in pockets across the East, Southeast and Midwest on Thursday, and prices rocketed above $6 a gallon in isolated areas, as damage from Hurricane Katrina delayed shipments hundreds of miles from where it hit.

From catastrophe to chaos in New OrleansExternal Link to USA Today Nation

Ragtag armies of the desperate and hungry begged for help, corpses rotted along flooded sidewalks and bands of armed thugs thwarted fitful rescue efforts as Americans watched the Big Easy dissolve before their eyes.

Source: New York Times Headlines

Local Officials Criticize Federal Government Over ResponseExternal Link to New York Times Headlines

Despair, privation and violent lawlessness grew so extreme in New Orleans that the mayor issued a "desperate S.O.S."

Government Saw Flood Risk but Not Levee FailureExternal Link to New York Times Headlines

Despite all the warnings, Hurricane Katrina overwhelmed the very government agencies that had rehearsed for such a calamity.

From Margins of Society to Center of the TragedyExternal Link to New York Times Headlines

Many African-American leaders note that many of those still stuck at the center of the tragedy are largely black and poor.

New Orleans Mayor, in Tears, Blasts Washington's ResponseExternal Link to New York Times Headlines

Fires and explosions at a chemical storage facility jolted an area across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter this morning.

Higher Death Toll Seen; Police Ordered to Stop LootersExternal Link to New York Times Headlines

Officials said there was no choice but to abandon New Orleans, perhaps for months. President Bush pledged vast assistance, but said, "This recovery will take years."

Source: USA Today Politics

Poll: Voters relieved by decisive electionExternal Link to USA Today Politics

Most American voters say the decisive presidential election last week has given them renewed confidence about the nation's electoral system and they're hopeful about the next four years, an Associated Press Poll finds.

Rove speaks out on Bush's winExternal Link to USA Today Politics

President Bush "absolutely" will use his second term to push for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, his top political strategist said Sunday. Karl Rove, who oversaw Bush's re-election victory, said Bush will renew the effort, which failed in Congress this year but may enjoy new support after 11 states approved bans on same-sex marriage on Election Day.

McGreevey contrite in farewellExternal Link to USA Today Politics

A contrite New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey delivered a farewell address Monday in which he said he does not apologize "for being a gay American but rather for having let personal feelings impact my decision-making."

Big voter turnout seen among young adultsExternal Link to USA Today Politics

Under-30 voters came through in big numbers this year, with more than 20 million casting a ballot for president, researchers found. The turnout bested their 2000 showing by more than nine percentage points and heartened activists who worked to get young voters to the polls.

Bush wraps up post-election strategy sessionExternal Link to USA Today Politics

Assured of four more years in office, President Bush returns to the White House after four days pondering his second term at Camp David.

Source: USA Today Washington

Administration arranges for 90 million barrels of oilExternal Link to USA Today Washington

The Bush administration said Friday it will release 30 million barrels of oil from the nation's strategic stockpile and that another 60 million will come from overseas to relieve an energy crunch caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Congress rushes $10.5 billion initial package of Katrina aidExternal Link to USA Today Washington

Congress moved Friday to send a $10.5 billion down payment for immediate rescue and relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina's sweep across the nation's Gulf coast, amid complaints that the government's response has been inadequate.

Administration feeling heat for response to KatrinaExternal Link to USA Today Washington

The Bush administration is coming under increasing pressure for its emergency response to Hurricane Katrina, with even the president acknowledging Friday that actions so far are "not acceptable."

Admitting relief's troubles, Bush tours Gulf regionExternal Link to USA Today Washington

Facing sharp criticism, President Bush opened a tour of the hurricane-battered Gulf Coast on Friday by vowing the government will restore order in lawless New Orleans and saying the $10.5 billion being approved by Congress is just a small downpayment for disaster relief.

Senate passes $10.5 billion aid packageExternal Link to USA Today Washington

Acting in an emergency, late-night session, the Senate approved $10.5 billion in immediate aid Thursday to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The money is a mere down payment on the billions of dollars that will be needed for housing, food, medical care, restoration and environmental cleanup.


Article Category: Sports News

Source: USA Today Sports

Simon, Colts in deal; teens in McDougle shooting enter pleasExternal Link to USA Today Sports

Former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Corey Simon, cut loose by Philadelphia after he refused to sign a one-year franchise tender, agreed to a multiyear contract Thursday with Indianapolis. Four teens charged in the July 28 shooting of Philadelphia defensive end Jerome McDougle pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Agassi topples Karlovic; Muller melts vs. GinepriExternal Link to USA Today Sports

Size doesn't matter in tennis. Neither does age. Andre Agassi stood 11 inches shorter than 6-foot-10 Croatian Ivo Karlovic, spun serves about 50 mph slower, and logged far fewer miles on court. The ace count went to Karlovic, 30-5, but the second-round victory at the U.S. Open on Thursday went to Agassi in straight sets.

Saints play through preseason finale with heavy heartsExternal Link to USA Today Sports

Across the country from their devastated city, the New Orleans Saints somehow played a competitive football game when it's probably the last thing some of them wanted to do. Randy Moss caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Kerry Collins, leading the Oakland Raiders over the Saints 13-6 Thursday night.

Arizona St. extends Temple's miseryExternal Link to USA Today Sports

Freshman Keegan Herring rushed for 134 yards on 12 carries in the most prolific debut by a running back in Arizona State history and the 20th-ranked Sun Devils beat Temple 63-16 in Thursday night's season opener.

Angels blank Athletics to draw even in AL WestExternal Link to USA Today Sports

The Los Angeles Angels' starting pitcher Ervin Santana is emerging into a gem. Santana allowed six hits in 8 1/3 innings as the Angels shutout the Athletics 3-0. The win puts the Angels into a tie for the American League West lead with the Athletics.

Source: USA Today NFL

Denver's Warren likes low-key roleExternal Link to USA Today NFL

Just one of the guys. What a weird role for Gerard Warren. After the abuse he took in Cleveland with the struggling Browns, he couldn't be happier in his new surroundings and in relative anonymity with the Denver Broncos.

Colts hope Simon is missing piece to Super Bowl puzzleExternal Link to USA Today NFL

Addition of Simon could bolster team's Super Bowl aspirations.

Notes: Chiefs release Freddie MitchellExternal Link to USA Today NFL

Knee kept WR sidelined; four in McDougle case enter plea.

He Hate Me, He Hate Me notExternal Link to USA Today NFL

Panthers RB, XFL legend Smart to now be known as "He Love Me."

Simon, Colts in deal; teens in McDougle shooting enter pleasExternal Link to USA Today NFL

Former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Corey Simon, cut loose by Philadelphia after he refused to sign a one-year franchise tender, agreed to a multiyear contract Thursday with Indianapolis. Four teens charged in the July 28 shooting of Philadelphia defensive end Jerome McDougle pleaded not guilty Thursday.


Article Category: World News

Source: USA Today World

U.S. soldier, Taliban leader killed in Afghan fightingExternal Link to USA Today World

A clash between coalition forces and militants killed an American soldier, an Afghan interpreter and a regional Taliban commander, officials said Friday. Elsewhere, officials found two bodies believed to be those of Japanese tourists who went missing early last month.

Typhoon Talim kills at least 10 in ChinaExternal Link to USA Today World

Torrential rains and flooding from Typhoon Talim killed at least 10 people and left 15 missing in eastern China, the government said Friday.

Gas, oil prices fall more than $1 a barrelExternal Link to USA Today World

Crude oil prices dropped more than $1 a barrel and gasoline futures fell sharply Friday as key allies discussed releasing supplies from their stockpiles to help offset U.S. shortages.

Saddam trial on Shiite massacre set for OctoberExternal Link to USA Today World

A court has decided to begin the first trial of Saddam Hussein on Oct. 19, an official said Friday. Saddam could receive the death penalty if found guilty of orchestrating a Shiite massacre in 1982. He is expected to face about a dozen trials for crimes allegedly committed by his regime.

Iraqis will make 'minor changes' to charter for SunnisExternal Link to USA Today World

Discussions are under way to fine tune Iraq's draft constitution in hopes of still winning Sunni Arab approval, representatives of both sides in the talks said Friday. "Minor changes in the language" will likely be made, a Shiite negotiator said.

Source: BBC World

New Jersey's gambling salvationExternal Link to BBC World

James Silver discovers how Atlantic City's fortunes have been turned around by the lure of the casino.

Iraq: Another Vietnam for the US?External Link to BBC World

With no end in sight to the violence, Jonathan Charles reports on the similarities and differences between Iraq and Vietnam.

Hariri killing suspects chargedExternal Link to BBC World

A Lebanese prosecutor charges four pro-Syrian generals with the murder of former PM Rafik Hariri.

Guantanamo hunger strike stagedExternal Link to BBC World

Inmates at the US-run Guantanamo Bay camp refuse food in protest at their detention without charge.

Islamists in Israel talks protestExternal Link to BBC World

Members of Pakistan's main alliance of Islamic parties walk out of parliament in protest at talks with Israel.


Article Category: Entertainment

Source: Yahoo! News - Entertainment

Astonishing, Again! Tour of 'Little Women-The Musical' Launches; Maureen McGovern Stars (Playbill)External Link to Yahoo! News - Entertainment

Playbill - An Aug. 18 stage fire at The Civic Theatre in San Diego was nothing compared to the fire inside literary heroine Jo March, of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women."

Blues Great R.L. Burnside Dead (E! Online)External Link to Yahoo! News - Entertainment

E! Online - R.L. Burnside, the Mississippi blues innovator who found new generations of fans in the 1990s by combining his gritty countrified sound with elements of indie rock, hip-hop and even electronica, died Thursday in a Memphis hospital. He was 78.

Japan's Kitano surprises Venice with wacky new film (Reuters)External Link to Yahoo! News - Entertainment

Reuters - Japanese cult director Takeshi Kitano baffled and enthralled Venice on Friday with the premiere of "Takeshis,"' a surreal send-up of his eclectic career which weaves together the lives of a TV celebrity and his lookalike.

Aid Efforts Halt Tenn. 'Idol' Auditions (AP)External Link to Yahoo! News - Entertainment

Army Corps of Engineers, disaster team members Ward Pardum, left, Jerry Colletti, team leader, center and Dennis Kamper go over flood information about New Orleans at their crisis center in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005. (AP Photo/Greg Campbell)AP - Auditions for "American Idol" scheduled for Monday have been canceled, with producers citing the extensive Hurricane Katrina relief efforts being coordinated in the city.



Snoop Dogg Sues Car Dealership Over Ads (AP)External Link to Yahoo! News - Entertainment

Snoop Dogg arrives at the World Music Awards on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)AP - Snoop Dogg is seeking $2 million from a car dealership that he accuses of having misappropriated his image and speech pattern in its advertisements.




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