HEALTH-CONGRESS -- What's different in the health care debate after Obama's speech to Congress? One important thing: Some central players in Congress who seemed skeptical of the bill say they heard enough to their liking that they will keep working toward a bill. Some "Blue Dog" fiscal conservatives were encouraged by Obama's comments on the finances of the plan. Moderates, such a Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe and Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, say they remain engaged. And liberals, who had threatened to rebel over the issue of a government-run insurance plan, appear to have been calmed by Obama's comments on that issue and on the collapse of efforts to woo a large number of Republicans. Plus some of HEALTH-GOP will be folded into this story. (Levey/DC BURO)
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TRIGGER--We explain the idea Obama proposed in his speech of a "fiscal trigger" that would force spending cuts if the costs of the health care plan ran too high. (Oliphant/LAT) PHOTO?
HECKLERS-- So what other presidents have been heckled while addressing Congress? (TRIBUNE) PHOTO
IRAQ- -- Chris Hill, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, describes conditions there to House and Senate committees; says US sticking to withdrawal plan in Iraq; A suicide truck bomber attacked a Kurdish village early Thursday, killing at least 20 people and wounding 27 others in the latest attempt by militants to exploit northern Iraq's Arab-Kurdish frictions. (Richter/DC BURO) PHOTO of bombing
w/ IRAQ-SIDE-- The Iraqi television reporter who threw his shoes at former President George W. Bush in one of the more bizarre episodes of the Iraq war might use his new iconic status in Iraq to promote humanitarian causes, his family said.
LEBANON-HARIRI -- Lebanon's U.S.-backed prime minister-designate abruptly quit Thursday, plunging the nation deeper into a political crisis over failed efforts to form of a government. Saad Hariri, whose March 14 coalition of political parties trounced the Hezbollah-backed alliance in June 7 elections, announced that he was stepping down from his post after failing to form a Cabinet. (LAT) PHOTO BEI101, BEI103, BEI102
w/ LEBANON-SIDE--What went wrong: allegedly Hariri was seen as too close to U.S.
PHOTO: KASHMIR--Human rights protest over discovery of mass grave
LEAD: SWINE FLU-- Health officials are reporting what may be the first instance of a Tamiflu-resistant swine flu virus spreading from one person to another.
LOCKERBIE--British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Thursday discussed the release of the Lockerbie bomber with President Barack Obama in their first talks since U.S. officials criticized Scotland's decision to free the man.
SIERRA LEONE-BOAT ACCIDENT -- Police: At least 221 people missing, 8 dead after boat capsizes near Sierra Leone's coast.
IRAN: US unhappy with Iran's latest proposal for talks
LEONARDO-ATLANTIC CODEX -- All of Leonardo's Atlantic Codex to be displayed for 1st time in exhibits over 6 years. Photo (AP).
PRISON SEX-- Sex complaints double against US prison workers. ON THE BUBBLE
SCANDAL--A Republican state lawmaker who resigned after being caught on tape boasting about his sexual conquests has denied having an affair, and says he simply was engaging in "inappropriate storytelling."
INDIA-SCHOOL STAMPEDE Hundreds of students who were jammed into a narrow school staircase panicked and set off a stampede Thursday that left five girls dead and 31 other students injured in India's capital. (Qureshi/LAT) PHOTO of grieving parent + pullout quote
AFGHAN-RAID -- Under fire for acting too hastily, the British government Thursday defended its decision to mount a rescue raid in Afghanistan that freed a kidnapped New York Times reporter but killed his Afghan assistant, a British commando and possibly Afghan civilians. (Chu/LAT)
w/TROOPS: Pelosi: Upping troops to Afghanistan unpopular AP
THERE ARE FOTOS WITH AN AFGHAN ELECTIONS STORY SO THAT COULD BE USED. Also pix with AP story on furor of Afghan journos. NYNYT102, NY108, KND102, GFX205
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9/11-- Eight years on, what has been rebuilt? (Wires/TRIBUNE) Story will be a Graphic combined with Charticle
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SENATE-LEMIEUX -- George LeMieux is sworn in to US Senate for rest of term vacated by Florida's Mel Martinez; Senate pauses to remember Ted Kennedy. (AP) PHOTO
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EL NINO-- A weak El Nino is under way and it is expected to strengthen and last through winter, government climate researchers said Thursday. (AP)
EXTRA MODULE 3 FOLEY-RADIO: Former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley recorded his first show for a new program set to begin Sept. 22 on a radio station in north Palm Beach County, Fla. The title? "Inside the Mind of Mark Foley." (Sun-Sentinel) PHOTO: mug shot please
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SPACE SHUTTLE -- Thrusters maneuver craft to dodge debris; landing scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EDT is now in doubt due to weather. (AP)
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FAMILY-DETENTION-- Families slowly leaving Texas detention facility AP (IN ADVANCE) AP Photo DN105Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times