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2010 Primetime Emmy Award Winners: Celebrity Q&A Spotlight

2010 Primetime Emmy Award Winners: Celebrity Q&A Spotlight

  • August 29th, 2010 11:35 pm ET

It was a night of glitz, glamour and gleeful celebrities (especially the winners) at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards, presented August 29 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Here's what some of the winners said in interviews promoting their TV shows. Some of these prizes were also awarded at the 2010 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony, which took place August 21 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. A complete list of winners can be found at the official Emmy Awards website.
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Obama Marks Shift From Iraq Combat as Risks for U.S. Remain - Bloomberg

By Roger Runningen and Julianna Goldman - Aug 31, 2010
12:05 PM GMT+0800
President Barack Obama will give the second Oval Office address of his presidency to mark the transition from a U.S. combat role in Iraq, a shift that won’t end the risks to administration policy or to American troops.
Obama made a promise to wind down the war in Iraq a central element of his presidential campaign, and in tonight’s speech he’ll be able to fulfill that vow while also focusing on broader national security goals and the fight in Afghanistan.
Obama “is now able to make good on his pledge,” said Charles Kupchan, a senior fellow at theCouncil on Foreign Relations in Washington. “But he has to be very cautious in doing so because the United States is by no means out of the woods in Iraq.”
The official shift from Operation Iraqi Freedom to a lower-profile Operation New Dawn means the U.S. changes to an “advise and assist” role for Iraqi forces. Since it began with the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, the war has cost $750 billion and the lives of at least 4,421 Americans. In the U.S., 53 percent of the public said history will judge the war a failure, according to an Aug. 5-8 Gallup poll.
While the number of U.S. troops has dropped below 50,000 and Iraqi forces are taking over responsibility for security, insurgents and extremist groups continue to stage attacks.
War ‘Not Over’
“The Iraq War is not over and it is not ‘won,’” said Anthony Cordesman, a military expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan research organization in Washington. “This is not a situation where the president is claiming victory.”
Frederick Kagan, director of the Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington-based policy research group, said the U.S. must maintain a long-term political and military presence in Iraq. The country is still ill-equipped to defend itself, and stability in Iraq is “a core American national security interest,” he said.
In his television address, scheduled for 8 p.m. Washington time, Obama ought to “drop this rhetoric that we’re going to end this war and have all American forces out by December 2011,” Kagan said in a conference call.
There’s a danger of saying “things that can be construed as ‘mission accomplished.’”
Former President George W. Bush’s May 1, 2003, appearance aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln under a “Mission Accomplished” banner became of focal point of war critics as insurgent violence increased and U.S. casualties rose over the next several years.
‘Watershed Week’
“You won’t hear those words coming from us,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said yesterday.
Obama’s address comes as the administration is also moving to revive the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
“It’s kind of a watershed week for the president in the sense that two out of four of the major moving pieces of his Mideast policy are moving into a new stage,” said David Rothkopf, a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Gibbs said that in his speech, the president will put Iraq into “a bigger context of what this drawdown means for our national security efforts both in Afghanistan and in Southeast Asia, and throughout the world as we take the fight directly to al-Qaeda.”
The transition also means that “the responsibility of charting the future of Iraq, first and foremost, belongs to the Iraqis,” Gibbs said.
Focus on Afghanistan
As the U.S. has decreased its footprint in Iraq, Obama has shifted personnel and resources to Afghanistan, which the president has called the “epicenter” of the terrorist threat to the U.S.
Stephen Hadley, Bush’s national security adviser, said in an interview that the former president’s decision to deploy more than 20,000 extra troops in early 2007 to quell violence and provide greater security in such places as Baghdad and Anbar Province helped create conditions allowing for the withdrawal.
“For the Obama administration, Iraq has gone from a problem to be shed, to a burden to be borne, to finally, in the words of Vice President Biden, ‘an opportunity for a success’ for this administration,” he said.
“I’ll be the first to give them credit, but they in turn need to credit President Bush for the surge” of troops that “was essential to get the violence down,” Hadley said.
The number of U.S. military personnel swelled to about 170,000 in 2006 and 2007 during the height of the Iraqi insurgency.
Before giving the address, Obama will travel to Fort Bliss, Texas, home of the 1st Armored Division, to welcome soldiers returning from Iraq.
The base in El Paso, with 25,000 active-duty troops, is the second-largest military post after White Sands, New Mexico. More than 200,000 troops have been trained there and sent to Iraq since 2003.

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BBC News - Chile begins drilling mine rescue shaft

The drilling is the start of up to four
months of work to free the men
Engineers in Chile have begun drilling the rescue shaft through which they hope to eventually free the 33 men trapped in a collapsed gold mine.
The miners have been stuck 700m (2,300ft) underground for the past three weeks.
Officials say it could take up to four months for the tunnel to be completed and the men to be winched out.
Some of the miners have developed fungal infections and body sores in the hot conditions underground.
A huge Australian-made "Strata 950" excavator began work late on Monday evening.
The rescue shaft is likely to take 90 to 120 days to complete.
Once finished to a width of about 60cm, a capsule will be lowered down so the miners can be hauled out one-by-one.
Mining Minister Laurence Golborne had said up to 10 options were being considered in the efforts to rescue the men.
But he dismissed suggestions that the men could be out within a month, saying: "Up to now there is no alternative... that would allow us to get them out in 30 days."

On Sunday, the miners were each able to speak to family members for one minute by telephone.
The supply line which is proving vital to the Chilean miners
Alicia Campos, said she broke down as she said goodbye to her son, Daniel Herrero, promising him she would see him again.
"His voice is the same. He's not good, but not so bad either," she said.
Jessica Chille said speaking to her husband, Dario Segovia, had been "a balm to my heart".
The men are trapped in a refuge chamber of the mine, where they managed to take shelter after a rock collapse on 5 August.
Rescue workers have been using narrow shafts to send essential supplies to the trapped men, and ensure they have adequate ventilation.
One of the men has some medical training and has been able to give his colleagues vaccinations against tetanus. They will be sent flu vaccinations later this week.
Quick-dry clothing has also been sent down, after some of the miners said they were suffering from skin conditions in the hot, wet conditions. Others have been sent mats to sleep on to protect them from the damp ground.
They have also been sent mp3 players to listen to music and a small screen, so they can watch football matches.
'Well organised'

The drill will first make a pilot shaft and then widen
it out sufficiently for a rescue capsule to be lowered
Four experts from Nasa are due to arrive at the mine this week at the request of the Chilean authorities, to advise the miners and rescuers on how to cope with their situation.
The team includes a doctor, nutritionist, and engineer and a psychologist.
NASA deputy chief medical officer Michael Duncan said that while the environment was different to that experienced by astronauts, "the human response in "physiology, behaviour, responses to emergencies is quite similar".
"We think that some of the things we learned in research and operation can be adaptable to the miners who are trapped under the ground," he said.
Mr Duncan praised the responses of the miners and officials, saying they appeared to be well organised.
"They have done a lot for the miners, and in fact the miners have done a lot for themselves underground," he said.
Families of the men have set up a temporary encampment at the head of the mine, which they have called Camp Hope.
The BBC's James Reynolds at the mine, about 800km (500 miles) north of Santiago, says a shrine has been built for each of the miners, covered in photographs, messages and football shirts.

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Hurricane Earl barreling across Atlantic

The timing of a strong low-pressure trough moving off the East Coast will determine whether Earl's hurricane-force winds remain offshore or whip states from N.C. to Maine.

 Hurricane Earl in the northeast Gulf of
Mexico on September 2, 1998


Hurricane Earl grew into a powerful Category 4 storm Monday and put a massive swath of the East Coast under that uncomfortable ``cone of uncertainty'' for the first time this season.
Florida wasn't in it. But states from North Carolina to Maine were, as the National Hurricane Center continued nudging Earl's track closer toward the coast with the projected path posted at 5 p.m. skirting the Bahamas and -- by Thursday -- bending precariously close to North Carolina's Outer Banks and later, Cape Cod, Mass.
Right behind, though of far less concern, was newly named Tropical Storm Fiona.

Hurricane Earl in Carribean
Forecasters still expect 135-mph Earl to turn more north, then northeast, away from the U.S. coast -- but timing remains dicey and a small shift in track could mean the difference between getting ruffled or seriously raked.
``We feel more comfortable down here than they would up in the mid-Atlantic states,'' said Richard Pasch, a hurricane specialist at the center in West Miami-Dade.
Pasch said some early computer modeling runs had miscalculated atmospheric currents steering Earl, with a subtropical high-pressure ridge proving more persistent than expected in pushing Earl west. A trough driving off the East Coast should block Earl's dangerous core from making landfall but if it arrives late or weak, there is a chance that stronger winds and waves could sweep the coast.
Earl moved north of the British Virgin Islands Monday afternoon as the storm began the northwest turn forecasters had predicted. The center posted tropical storm warnings for the Turks and Caicos and a storm watch for the southeastern Bahamas.
In the Caribbean, the Associated Press reported Earl caused power outages and flooding and damaged homes on Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla and St. Maarten.
At El Conquistador Resort in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, people lined up at the reception desk, the lights occasionally flickering, to check out and head to the airport. There, more delays awaited.
John and Linda Helton of Boulder, Colo., opted to ride out the storm. The couple, celebrating their 41st wedding anniversary, finished a cruise Sunday and planned to spend three days in Puerto Rico.
The National Weather Service warned that Earl will likely worsen rip currents that caused dangerous weekend swimming conditions along the Atlantic coast. The AP reported more than 250 people in Ocean City, Md., and roughly 70 on Florida's central Atlantic coast were rescued from rip currents generated in part by the earlier passage of Danielle, which had faded to a tropical storm Monday in the North Atlantic.
The Weather Service in Miami also issued rip-current and small-craft advisories, with Atlantic seas projected at 6 to 8 feet for the next several days.
Tropical Storm Fiona, meanwhile, was barreling west at 24 mph in Earl's wake. As it closed ground on the stronger hurricane ahead, Fiona could begin falling apart, Pasch said.

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Hong Kong Stocks Fall for First Month in Three

August 31, 2010, 1:04 AM EDT
By Hanny Wan
Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong stocks fell, dragging the benchmark index to its first monthly drop in three, after Foxconn International Holdings Ltd.’s first-half loss widened and developers slid ahead of a government land auction.
Foxconn, the world’s biggest contract maker of mobile- phones, slumped 8.3 percent. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd., the city’s No. 1 developer by market value, declined 1.4 percent. PetroChina Co., Asia’s largest company by market value, retreated 1.4 percent after crude oil prices dropped.
The Hang Seng Index lost 1.1 percent to 20,513.05 at the 12:30 p.m. break, extending its drop this month to 2.5 percent.
“Globally there’s plenty of liquidity, however, confidence hasn’t come back yet,” said Danny Yan, Hong Kong-based portfolio manager at Taifook Asset Management, which oversees about $400 million. “We can be pretty certain that growth in the second half of the year is going to slow. As a result, all this capital sits there, not knowing what to do.”
Shares also declined as slower-than-estimated growth in personal incomes in the U.S. heightened concern the economic recovery there may slow. A U.S. government report showed income growth failed to keep up with the biggest increase in consumer spending since March.
Yan said he is “optimistic that the U.S. will in the next couple of months introduce policies to support the economy,” and that he is looking into opportunities to reduce cash and increase equity holdings.
Global Growth
Concern economic growth may slow in the U.S., Europe and China has dragged down the Hang Seng Index by 5.9 percent from a four-month high on Aug. 9. Shares on the measure trade at an average of 13.2 times estimated earnings.
The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index of so-called H shares of Chinese companies fell 1.2 percent to 11,398.69.
Foxconn plunged 8.3 percent to HK$5.10 after reporting its first-half loss widened to $142.6 million from $18.7 million as the company increased research spending to attract orders, and average selling prices declined.
Sun Hung Kai slid 1.4 percent to HK$109.20. Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd., the city’s No. 2 developer by market value, fell 0.2 percent to HK$98. Henderson Land Development Co., controlled by billionaire Lee Shau-kee, dropped 1.6 percent to HK$46.55.
Land Sale
PetroChina slid 1.4 percent to HK$8.44. Cnooc Ltd., China’s largest offshore energy explorer, fell 0.5 percent to HK$13.32.
Crude oil futures declined 0.6 percent yesterday to $74.70. The contract fell 1.1 percent in after-hours electronic trading in New York as of 12:32 p.m. Hong Kong time.
China Resources Land Ltd., a state-controlled property developer, slipped 2.5 percent to HK$14.76. BNP Paribas cut its recommendation on the stock to “hold” from “buy,” saying the company’s “debt-funded growth is unsustainable in the medium term.”
Thirty-four stocks fell among the Hang Seng Index’s 43 constituents. Futures on the gauge declined 1.3 percent to 20,407.
--Editors: John McCluskey, Malcolm Scott.

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BlackBerry ban in India delayed - CNN.com

By the CNN Wire Staff
August 31, 2010 -- Updated 0539 GMT (1339 HKT)
New Delhi, India (CNN) -- India's ban on BlackBerry services, which was expected to begin Tuesday, has been delayed pending a 60-day security test.
The country's home affairs department announced the delay Monday.BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has been in talks with the Indian government for the past several weeks. They are locked in a battle over how much access the country's government should have to RIM's encrypted e-mail and messaging services.A ban, if imposed, will have huge ramifications in India, one of the fastest growing telecommunications markets in the world.

More than 600 million Indians use cellular phones, according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India; 1 million of those are BlackBerries.The loss for RIM is potentially huge in India. If it loses some of the services it offers, it could have a harder time attracting customers.

Earlier this month, India said it would block BlackBerry services starting Tuesday unless RIM, based in Canada, made the messages sent through them available to the government.

India's Ministry of Home Affairs posted a short, cryptic statement on its website Monday saying the BlackBerry maker agreed to "certain proposals for lawful access by law enforcement agencies."

The Indian government is worried that RIM's strong encryption makes it possible for terrorists to exchange messages over the network without being monitored. But RIM has pointed out that other messaging services in India also use heavy encryption, and says its BlackBerry network shouldn't be singled out.

India's Department of Telecommunications said it will "study the feasibility" of providing local BlackBerry services only through a server in India.

A report is expected in 60 days, and the Ministry of Home Affairs will review the situation at that time.

India was shaken after suspected Pakistani militants attacked Mumbai in November 2008, leaving more than 160 people dead.

In that incident, the government eventually tapped into satellite phone conversations between the terrorists and their handlers, but the attack was already under way.

Vikram Sood, a retired Indian intelligence agent, said India would be completely blindsided if terrorists used BlackBerries to plot an attack and the devices were inaccessible by the government."So what do you do? React after the fact?" Sood said earlier this month. "If you react after the fact, the explosion has taken place or a terrorist act has taken place, 100 people, 150 people have died.

"Who is liable for that? Is BlackBerry going to be liable because it was withholding information in a manner of speaking? So isn't it better to share? Knowledge and information from all sources is necessary, there are no two ways about it."

Telecom operators in the country seem to be hedging their bets. They're working up contingency plans, but not really expecting to lose BlackBerry services, especially considering that RIM was able to make concessions and strike a deal with Saudi Arabia to avoid a ban.The United Arab Emirates has also threatened RIM with a shutdown of services if access to encrypted information is not granted.

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