Sunday, March 13, 2011

Gadhafi drives rebels from one of last strongholds

ENGHAZI, Libya – Moammar Gadhafi's forces drove rebels from one of their final strongholds on Libya's main coastal highway on Sunday, pushing at least 25 miles deeper into opposition territory after hours of terrifying assault from the air, land and sea.
In this photo taken during a government-organised visit for foreign media, a pro-Gadhafi fighter makes his evening prayers in the desert as a plume of
Rebels said they were fleeing the oil town of Brega under heavy attack, losing a vital source of fuel for their vehicles and leaving Gadhafi's military less than 150 miles from the main opposition city of Benghazi.
A spokesman for Gadhafi's military declared that it had seized control of Brega.
The strongman's relentless advance left the city of Ajdabiya as the sole major population center between his forces and the rebel headquarters. If his string of successes continue, the Libyan strongman will soon face the choice of consolidating his control of the Mediterranean coast or moving swiftly toward Benghazi and the prospect of a devastating battle.

Worst U.S. neighborhoods for car theft

Woman installing steering-wheel lock (Corbis)
Nearly one in six vehicles are stolen in one surprisingly dicey area.

Japanese Major Leaguers await word

Ichiro Suzuki (AP photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Ichiro Suzuki and some others playing in the U.S. are struggling to reach their families back home.

Five games that rock on the iPad 2

Real Racing 2 HD. (Courtesy Firemint)
Titles like Real Racing 2 HD take full advantage of the new tablet's power.

Why the NFL season is in jeopardy

Jeff Pash, NFL executive vice president and general council talks with reporters   outside the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building following meetings   for extended labor negotiations March 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob   Carr/Getty Images)

The owners and players are too arrogant to avoid a long work stoppage, a writer explains. 

College player's spectacular buzzer beater

Washington Huskies guard Isaiah Thomas (2) celebrates after making the game winning shot in the 2011 PAC-10 basketball tournament championship game against the Arizona Wildcats at the Staples Center. The Washington Huskies won 77-75. Mandatory Credit: Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE
Washington's Isaiah Thomas sends his team to the NCAA tournament with one huge shot at the end of OT.

Figuring out which tax bracket you're in

Figuring out what tax bracket you're in. (ThinkStock)

Knowing what percentage of earnings you're liable to pay will help with crucial financial decisions.

Veteran rock band bests stars on money list

Brian Johnson (Ragnar Singsaas/

Oprah and Michael Jackson are the top-paid celebs, but a surprising group comes in third.

Is overdraft protection really worth it?

Paying with a credit card (Corbis)

Signing up for the service can be helpful in some cases, but it can cost you $35 a pop.

Kate Middleton’s coat sparks buying frenzy

Kate Middleton (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)

Whatever the bride-to-be wears tends to soon disappear from store shelves.

Video game plays on political fears

Homefront (THQ)

Homefront imagines a future America that's under attack from a unified North and South Korea.

From 'Baywatch' to 'Barbarian'

Jason Momoa in 'Baywatch: Hawaii' (Screengrab), Jason Momoa in 'Conan the Barbarian' (Lions Gate)

Jason Momoa is trading in his surfboard for swords in the "Conan the Barbarian' remake.

Five chef's knives a cook can depend on

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Good cooks know that a bigger knife doesn't necessarily mean a better one.

Morning workout tips for sleepyheads

Tired woman sitting in bed (Photo Hemera Technologies)
Instead of hitting snooze, turn on a bedside lamp to help you wake up and get moving.

Black Ops sets video game sales record

Call of Duty: Black Ops. (Activision/Treyarch)
Call of Duty: Black Ops is now the best-selling game ever released in the U.S.

Stars support serious issues

Ben Affleck (Paul Morigi/WireImage)
Ben Affleck brings awareness to an African nation's plight, and rockers show their softer side.

Aretha's and Jewel's health scares

Aretha Franklin (Screengrab/'Access Hollywood'), Jewel (Lester Cohen/WireImage)

The Queen of Soul discusses weight loss, and the pregnant country singer is involved in a car crash.

The best route to an early retirement

When is time to plan your retirement? (ThinkStock)

Ending workaday life at a younger age isn't for everyone, but it favors those in high-cost areas.

NCAA Tournament puzzle taking shape

Princeton's Douglas Davis reacts as he falls and slides backwards across the floor after sinking the game-winning shot at the buzzer in a 63-62 win over Harvard for the Ivy League's automatic bid. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Princeton's victory in the Ivy League title game earns the team a No. 13 seeding, one writer predicts.

Japan's death toll climbs past 10,000

A couple run while looking at the wave on a river in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011, two days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) 

Japan's PM says the country faces "worst crisis" since WWII, as millions go without food and water. 

Japan races to avert multiple meltdowns

Fukushima Daiichi power plant's Unit 1 is seen in Okumamachi, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, Friday, March 11, 2011. The nuclear power plant affected by a massive earthquake is facing a possible meltdown, an official with Japan's nuclear safety commission said Saturday. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yasushi Kanno) 

Risks remain high at a stricken nuclear plant where a partial meltdown is likely underway.

Japan earthquake and tsunami: How to help

Japan was hit by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded on Friday. The magnitude-8.9 quake spawned a deadly tsunami that slammed into the nation's east coast, leaving a huge swath of devastation in its wake. Hundreds of people are dead and many more are still missing or injured.
Waves of tsunami hit residences after a powerful earthquake in Natori, Miyagi prefecture (state), Japan, Friday, March 11, 2011.  The largest earthqua
Japan has often donated when other countries have experienced disasters, such as when Hurricane Katrina impacted the United States. Below are organizations that are working on relief and recovery in the region.

AMERICAN RED CROSS: Emergency Operation Centers are opened in the affected areas and staffed by the chapters. This disaster is on a scale larger than the Japanese Red Cross can typically manage. Donations to the American Red Cross can be allocated for the International Disaster Relief Fund, which then deploys to the region to help. Donate here.
GLOBALGIVING: Established a fund to disburse donations to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Donate here.
SAVE THE CHILDREN: Mobilizing to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter. Donate here.
SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need. Donate here.
AMERICARES: Emergency team is on full alert, mobilizing resources and dispatching an emergency response manager to the region. Donate here.
CONVOY OF HOPE: Disaster Response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance. Donate here.

: Putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities. Donate here.
SHELTER BOX: The first team is mobilizing to head to Japan and begin the response effort. Donate here.

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