An explosion occurred in downtown Oslo, Norway knocking out all the windows of the 17-story building where the Prime Minister’s office is located, the massive heat wave continues across the U.S, the Senate rejected the “Cut, Cap and Balance” deficit reduction plan, but House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama have already moved on to negotiations on a different deficit reduction plan, NFL owners approved a new CBA, and Russia now classifies beer as alcoholic.
A 101-year-old woman in Wisconsin who has voted in every federal, state and local election for 83 years must now prove her identity with a photo ID, New York City expects to meet the demand for same-sex marriages on Sunday, and 1 million copies of OS X Lion have already sold.
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At least one person reported killed in Oslo blast, http://usat.ly/qeQknV
USA Today has live updates on the explosion in downtown Oslo, Norway that reportedly injured 8 people and killed one. The explosion knocked out all the windows of the 17-story building where the Prime Minister’s office is located, but Norweigian news agencies report that he is safe.
East Coast broils as temps soar, air quality plummets, http://on.msnbc.com/ncZXdC
A massive heat wave is continuing to wreak havoc across the United States. High temperatures have already killed 22 people, and 29 states are still under a heat advisory today. The heat caused a “code red” air quality advisory in DC and Baltimore, and left cattle in drought-ravaged Oklahoma starving.
(via POLITICO Breaking News) The Senate has blocked the conservative version of a deficit reduction plan known as “Cut, Cap and Balance” on a party line 51-46 vote. The procedural vote was to “table” the bill, meaning a “yes” vote would yank the bill from the Senate floor. The House passed the same plan earlier this week, and the Senate rejection comes as House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama have already moved on to negotiations on a different deficit reduction plan.
Boehner and Obama Nearing Deal on Cuts and Taxes, http://nyti.ms/mVt5oR
President Obama and Republican House speaker, John Boehner, are closing in on a package calling for as much as $3 trillion in savings from spending cuts. The White House wants a trigger that would raise taxes on the wealthy, and some Democrats are frustrated with all of Mr. Obama’s concessions.
NFL lockout: Owners approve proposed labor agreement, http://lat.ms/qHkEvy
NFL owners voted 31-0, with the Oakland Raiders abstaining, to approve a new collective bargaining agreement through the 2020 season. The new agreement gives players 47% of revenue, cutting salaries for rookies. The lockout could end tomorrow if the players vote to accept the agreement.
Russia classifies beer as alcoholic, http://bbc.in/qPaAzp
Before Russian President Medvedev signed a new bill into law this week, the country considered anything with less than 10% alcohol content to be “foodstuff.” Beer has seen a huge increase in popularity in Russia, with sales growing 40% while vodka sales dropped by 30%.
Plain Talk: 101-year-old disgusted with Walker’s voter ID law, http://bit.ly/nYaprS
With the new Wisconsin law, a 101-year-old woman who has voted in every federal, state and local election for 83 years must prove identity with a photo ID.
In Marriage Lottery, City Expects to Meet Demand, http://nyti.ms/nkW6pq
823 same-sex couples in New York entered a lottery for the chance to get married on Sunday, the the first day that same-sex marriage will be permitted in the state. All 823 couples will be accommodated, although 74 couples who had hoped to marry in Manhattan will be asked to go to another borough. City Council speaker Christine C. Quinn said in a statement, “Everybody wins.”
1 million copies of OS X Lion already sold, http://reut.rs/mRNl5g
The $30 update to Apple’s operating system only went on sale Wednesday morning, but two days was enough time for a million Mac users to upgrade. Despite being sold only as a digital download and not on a disk, it’s the fastest sales rate ever for Apple.
“Glee’s” Darren Criss may take over ‘How to Succeed,’ http://bit.ly/pPcSc0
Kate’s Wedding Dress Goes on Display! http://bit.ly/mQBbab
Arnold & Maria’s Son Hospitalized After Surfing Accident, http://bit.ly/pkzf3g
Five Reasons You Need To See ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ http://bit.ly/neKChG
Why Did the Glee Kids Have to Learn of Their Termination Via Twitter? http://eonli.ne/pKOvFt