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21/02/2008 - 00:09

USA today Editoweb, 20 feb. 2008


Texas' complicated rules may favor Obama - Stocks reverse losses to finish higher - Weather may delay satellite shootdown - Ancient "devil frog" may have eaten baby dinosaurs - Clinton Needs Texas Latinos to Rescue Her Embattled Candidacy.



Texas' complicated rules may favor Obama
Hillary Rodham Clinton has been waiting to get to Texas to begin her comeback against a surging Barack Obama. She might be more careful about what she wishes for. Clinton has been banking on the state's large Hispanic population — typically about a quarter of the turnout in Democratic primaries — to give her a victory on March 4.
But the Democratic Party in President Bush's home state has a complicated, hybrid primary-caucus that might just be better suited for Obama.

Stocks reverse losses to finish higher
Stocks came off early losses to finish higher Wednesday as investors set aside some concerns about the economy after finding reassurance that the Federal Reserve remains committed to stoking growth before worrying about inflation.
A rebound in hard-hit stocks of financial companies helped fuel the session's turnaround, while an upbeat forecast from Hewlett Packard Co. pulled technology issues higher and record prices for oil gave a boost to energy stocks.

Weather may delay satellite shootdown
The Pentagon counted down Wednesday toward a dramatic nighttime effort to shoot down a dying and potentially deadly U.S. spy satellite, using a souped-up missile fired from a ship in the Pacific. Foul weather threatened to delay the operation. The timing was tricky. For the best chance to succeed, the military awaited a combination of favorable factors: steady seas around the Navy cruiser that would fire the missile, optimum positioning of the satellite as it passed in polar orbit and the readiness of an array of space- and ground-based sensors to help cue the missile and track the results.
The operation was so extraordinary, with such intense international publicity and political ramifications, that Defense Secretary Robert Gates — not a military commander — was to make the final decision to pull the trigger.

Ancient "devil frog" may have eaten baby dinosaurs
It was the biggest, baddest, meanest froggy ever to have hopped on Earth. Scientists on Monday announced the discovery in northwestern Madagascar of a bulky amphibian dubbed the "devil frog" that lived 65 million to 70 million years ago and was so nasty it may have eaten newborn dinosaurs. This brute was larger than any frog living today and may be the biggest frog ever to have existed, according to paleontologist David Krause of Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, one of the scientists who found the remains.

Clinton Needs Texas Latinos to Rescue Her Embattled Candidacy
Next to her gold medallion of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, Rosa Rosales of San Antonio wears a button pin for the woman she considers another patron of Mexican- Americans: Hillary Clinton. The New York senator needs to prevail in the March 4 primary in Texas, the second most-populous and delegate-rich state in the nation, to salvage her dwindling chances of becoming the Democratic presidential nominee. Her victory hinges on winning the support of a substantial majority of Hispanics, who are likely to account for about 35 percent of the Democratic primary electorate, Latino polling experts said.
The front-runner, Illinois Senator Barack Obama, is campaigning to cut into her base, with some success. To hold him off, Clinton probably needs to replicate her performance in the Feb. 5 primary in California, another state with a large Hispanic population, where she carried 71 percent of those voters, according to exit polls.

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