While U Slept. The Big 5 Overnight Stories. Friday, September 10, 2010

September 10, 2010

KORAN BURNING CONTROVERSY NOT OVER While Muslim protests erupt in Afghanistan, the Christian pastor rescinds his Thursday pledge to cancel plans to burn copies the Islamic holy book, “suspending it” after he says he was lied to by an imam in a deal linking the bonfire to plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero. (Reuters)

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL Compromise 1993 policy toward gay members of the military  infringes the fundamental rights of United States service members, rules California federal judge. (NYT)

US MARINES STORM PIRATE SHIP IN DARING RESCUE Commandos take cargo ship off Somalia coast, reclaiming control without firing a shot in the first such boarding raid by the international anti-piracy flotilla. (AP)

OBAMA TO NAME 41-YEAR-OLD GOOLSBEE TO TOP ECON POST Loyal Obama aide Austan Goolsbee will be new chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, succeeding Christina Romer as recovery from deep recession appears to stall. (Politico)

NOKIA PLUCKS MICROSOFT MAN AS NEW CEO Stephen Elop, a Canadian-born head of Microsoft’s business unit, takes over the world’s largest mobile-phone maker as it struggles to take on challenges from the iPhone and other smart phone devices. (Bloomberg)

BONUS: BORIS JOHNSON TO SEEK REELECTION AS LONDON MAYOR The eccentric Conservative party mayor says he wants to run again, dispelling rumors he wanted to return to Parliament. (Guardian)


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