The new leader of the Sri Lankan separatist group, the Tamil Tigers of Elam, was arrested in Kuala Lampur. (Al Jazeera)

home-alone1John Hughes, “The Tolstoy of American Teenagers” and director of classics like Sixteen Candles and Ferris Buhlers Day Off, died of a heart attack yesterday. He was 59. (LA Times)

Is Baitullah Mehsud dead? Pakistani Taliban sources are beginning to whisper that he may have died in the U.S. drone attack days ago (Al Jazeera)

Georgians and Russians commemorate the anniversary of their 5-day war with a lot of smack talk today. (France 24)

Sotomayor has been confirmed in a stunning Technicolor Desilu production (AT&T Business)

We’re back baby (almost)! Unemployment figures for July are lower than analysts predicted but we’re not out of the woods yet. (Bloomberg)

Yesterday, New York Governor David Paterson signed an order to make his state the 8th in the U.S. to pledge to cut greenhouse gas by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050. (Times Union)

AIG posted its first quarterly profit since 1997 (Reuters) while CBS second quarter profits have them down by 96% (Crain’s NY)

Indonesian police are in a shoot out with terror suspect Noordin Mohammed (BBC World)

2 billion more dollars for Cash for Clunkers (Reuters)


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