A working coalition of members of the U.S. Senate have reached a deal on an economic stimulus plan and a vote is expected sometime tonight. Earlier, Democratic sources and a GOP negotiator said a tentative agreement for a $780 billion stimulus package had been reached, CNN reports.
The Obama administration is weighing three different military options for withdrawing troops from Iraq — including the possibility of breaking Obama’s campaign pledge of a pullout within 16 months. While one option is along the lines of Obama’s campaign pledge of 16 months, the second option envisions about 23 months for combat forces to leave. This is an option that many of the military leaders favor because it would not require leaving so much equipment behind. An earlier report by the Associated Press said a third, in-between option of 19 months is also being weighed. FOX News
Last fall, the government and vaccine maker Merck concluded there’s no link between the HPV vaccine Gardasil and serious adverse events such as seizures, strokes and heart problems. But a new analysis calls that finding into question. The National Vaccine Information Center, a private vaccine-safety group, compared Gardasil adverse events to another vaccine, one also given to young people, but for meningitis. Gardasil had three times the number of Emergency Room visits – more than 5,000. Reports of side effects were up to 30 times higher with Gardasil. CBSNews
Christian Bale has apologized for his profanity-filled tirade against a crew member on the set of “Terminator: Salvation” and says he wants everyone to make fun of him for his tantrum. “I deserve it completely,” Bale told the hosts of a Los Angeles radio show Friday. CNN
In an interview with NBC, the mother of octuplets, whose story has sparked controversy around the world, rejects suggestions that she may not be able to care adequately for all 14 of her children and that her decisions have been selfish. Nadya Suleman, a 33-year-old single mother, had the octuplets through fertility treatments, while already having six young children and no clear source of income. CNN
Olympic hero Michael Phelps was suspended from competitive swimming for three months on Thursday — just hours after one of his sponsors announced it would not renew his contract after a photo surfaced of him smoking from a bong. USA Swimming, the nation’s governing body for competitive swimming, said it was withdrawing financial support for Phelps and barring him from competition during the period of his “reprimand.” Earlier Thursday, Kellogg Co. said it will not renew Phelps’ advertising contract. CNN