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Giant 'Hailstorm' Bombarding Nearby Solar System, NASA Reports

The celestial equivalent of a hailstorm is raining down on a nearby baby solar system in a phenomenon that may resemble the process that brought water to Earth billions of years ago, NASA said on Wednesday

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 8:40pm

Energy And Commerce Panel To Examine Net Gambling

It looks like supporters of fully legalizing online poker may get a chance to make their case before Congress.

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 7:40pm

The Once a Quarter Fundraiser?

Plagued for years by too many fundraisers and not enough time, lobbyists and candidates regularly complain about the bane of raising and giving money. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland has come up with a novel solution: the once per quarter fundraiser. 

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 6:40pm

Right Out of a Movie - Serum Works Against Virus

It’s just like a movie – a mysterious and deadly virus emerges from the jungle; there’s no cure and no vaccine. Researchers try a highly experimental treatment made from human serum, and it works.

But this story is from real life – a team of experts say that an experimental treatment protected monkeys from Hendra virus. Hendra and a related virus called Nipah are both linked to tropical fruit bats, and they can kill people.

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 5:40pm

Obama's Bus Tour Hits Virginia -- PICTURES

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Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 5:40pm

Today's eReads Updated: Microsoft CEO Says It Got Lucky, Gates To Testify

C Spire, the regional wireless operator formerly known as Cellular South, will be the fourth wireless operator to get the newest iPhone, gaining access to the popular smart phone before its larger rival T-Mobile USA, Reuters reports.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the company got lucky when its bid to buy Yahoo in 1998 was rejected, CNN reports.

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 5:40pm

U.S. Seeks Details of China's Internet Restrictions

The U.S. government announced on Wednesday that it is seeking detailed information about China’s Internet restrictions and how they may impact trade.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said he is requesting that the World Trade Organization look into how China’s policies of blocking websites may harm U.S. companies.

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 4:40pm

After Criticism, Supers to Meet Publicly Again

The deficit-reduction super committee will hold a public hearing next Wednesday on security and non-security discretionary spending—only its fourth public event.

(RELATED: Key Dates for the Super Committee)

The panel of 12 Republicans and Democrats, formally called the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in savings over 10 years by Nov. 23, also publicly held its initial organizational meeting.

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 4:40pm

Poll: Romney's Image Rating Rivals Obama's

About half of Americans have a favorable impression of Mitt Romney, according to a new Associated Press poll released Wednesday, a significant improvement over the past eight weeks that makes the former Massachusetts governor the best-positioned candidate to defeat a vulnerable President Obama.

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 4:40pm

Huntsman Tries to Define Himself as Anti-Big Bank

GOP presidential hopeful and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's editorial in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday on the lingering problems of "too big to fail" financial firms let him toe the Republican line against Dodd-Frank financial reform while taking a swipe at big banks and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive front-runner who has cleaned up in contributions from Wall Street.

Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 3:40pm