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  • FINAL LOOK: Mubarak allies on the attack…

    Here's our rundown of stories that evaded the full-on blog treatment today:

    • The Egyptian government appears to have unleashed an organized mob of rowdy provocateurs in an effort to drive protesters from the streets. (The New York Times)

    • Planned Parenthood fired an employee who was caught on tape giving inappropriate advice to a couple posing as a pimp and a prostitute, as part of a sting run by conservative activists. (The Washington Post)

    • The U.S. Army wants to replace the standard rifle that troops around the world have used for almost half a century. (The Wall Street Journal)

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  • Feinberg: The Gulf will fully recover from oil spill by 2012

    ken feinbergIt's been over 20 years since the Exxon Valdez spilled more than 11 million gallons of crude into Alaska's Prince William Sound, and some of the local fisheries still haven't recovered.

    Still, Gulf Coast Claims Facility administrator Ken Feinberg said today that he believes the Gulf Coast's fisheries will recover fully from the 205 gallons of crude the BP spill dumped into the Gulf of Mexico by next year, and he's using that estimate as the basis for the financial settlements he offers claimants whose livelihoods have been affected by the disaster.

    In a conference call with reporters, Feinberg -- no stranger to controversy of late -- announced his plan for paying final settlements. Under his proposal, claimants will receive twice their documented 2010 losses, while oyster harvesters will be offered four times their 2010 losses, since most experts seem to universally agree that oyster fisheries will be the hardest hit. The AP reports that Feinberg based his estimate of the long-term impacts to the Gulf economy advice of a Texas A&M University professor and a consulting firm.

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  • AP10110209353New Mexican lawmakers are moving to end the state's reputation as a "sanctuary state" for illegal immigrants. On Monday, Governor Susana Martinez issued an executive order to let police ask about the immigration status of people they arrest. On the same day, a lawmaker introduced one of two laws being considered to end the state's policy of giving out drivers licenses without asking for proof of legal residency.

    New Mexico is one of only two states that requires no proof of legal residency (like a Social Security card or a visa) to obtain a driver's license. New Mexico Rep. Andy Nunez, a one-time Democrat who defected from the Party this month, introduced a bill earlier this month to reverse the 2003 law and require everyone to prove they're a legal resident.

    "People have been abusing it," Nunez tells The Lookout. "Some people are bringing carloads of people who are getting...driver's licenses and then they go [back] to the other state where they came from."

    An Associated Press analysis found that immigrant applications for licenses in New Mexico, Utah and Washington surged 60 percent in the weeks following the passage of Arizona's immigration law, suggesting that people may have been coming from out of state seeking valid ID. It's tricky to say how many of those people were not authorized to be in the country, however, because the states group legal immigrants and illegal immigrants' applications together.

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  • Midday Glance: Silver companies

    Shares of some top silver companies are up at 1 p.m.: Hecla Mining Co. rose $.01 or .5 percent, to $3.26. Pan American Silver Corp. rose $.15 or 1.1 percent, to $14.37. Silver Standard Resources Inc. rose ...

  • 11 stocks to buy now at bargain-basement prices
    11 stocks to buy now at bargain-basement prices

    With the S&P 500 hanging out right around that psychologically meaningful 2,000 mark, investors may be wondering if they can you still find some bargains. According to Matt Krantz, markets reporter for USA Today, the answer is yes. You can find 11 to be exact.

  • UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis
    UN Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

    The U.N. Security Council met Thursday in an emergency session on the growing crisis in Ukraine with some members expressing outrage.

  • But Obama must ask Congress for permission to expand the conflict, the senator says
    But Obama must ask Congress for permission to expand the conflict, the senator says

    Sen. Chris Murphy says he would be “very unlikely” to support expanding America’s military campaign against the brutal ISIL militia from Iraq into neighboring Syria. But the Connecticut Democrat says President Obama must seek explicit authorization from Congress if he decides to widen the conflict.

  • Stephen Hawking delivers the most heartwarming ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ video yet
    Stephen Hawking delivers the most heartwarming ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ video yet

    No one is more aware of how hard it is to live with ALS than Stephen Hawking, the world’s most famous physicist who has been suffering from an ALS-related condition for decades now. Because of this, we knew it was only a matter of time before we saw Hawking pop up in an “Ice Bucket Challenge” video of his own to help raise funds for finding a cure for ALS. FROM EARLIER: Elon Musk engineers the most elaborate ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ contraption we’ve yet seen Unfortunately, Hawking said that he couldn’t take the Ice Bucket Challenge himself because he had pneumonia last year. However, he did recruit his three children Robert, Lucy and Tim to take the challenge on his

  • New iPhone 6 photo leak shows fully assembled housing… and it’s still ugly
    New iPhone 6 photo leak shows fully assembled housing… and it’s still ugly

    We have good news and we have bad news, Apple fans. The good news is that you’ll soon finally be able to get your hands on an iPhone with a significantly larger display, as Apple has sent out invitations to its big iPhone 6 event set to take place on September 9th. The bad news is that from the looks of things, the new iPhone with a significantly larger display is also going to be significantly uglier than its predecessor. FROM EARLIER: Will the iPhone 6 really be as hideously ugly as we’ve seen in leaks? Several months ago, iPhone 6 schematics leaked from Foxconn and we’ve seen iPhone 6 mockups pop up all over the place ever since. These mockups all

  • Chelsea Clinton quits as NBC News reporter
    Chelsea Clinton quits as NBC News reporter

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chelsea Clinton said Friday she is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and the imminent birth of her first child.

  • Humanity's Longest-Lasting Legacy: Miles of Holes
    Humanity's Longest-Lasting Legacy: Miles of Holes

    People have changed the planet so dramatically that some geologists think the Earth has entered a new phase in its geological timeline, named the "Anthropocene." But what about the marks humans are leaving deep underground? "Because it's not in our immediate living environment, it doesn't seem as significant," said Jan Zalasiewicz, a senior lecturer in palaeobiology at the University of Leicester, in the United Kingdom.

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