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NEW YORK/EAST OF SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) – Libya will likely name a new government within 10 days, interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said, raising hopes of political progress in the fractured country weeks after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve on Wednesday looks set to launch a fresh effort to invigorate the faltering economic recovery, embarking on what could be the first in a series of incremental steps to foster stronger growth.

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran is expected on Wednesday to free two American men convicted of espionage on bail and turn them over to the Swiss embassy in Tehran, their lawyer told Reuters.

The blessings of freedom are many; but could one of them be making people better drivers? The people of Libya may soon find out.

A recently released Wikileaks cable, originally classified in November 2009, details the various the horrors of driving in Libya, where road accidents are the third leading cause of death. The cable's anonymous U.S. diplomat author quotes a local as wondering why many Libyans exhibit "criminal behavior" as soon as they get behind the wheel.

The cable's author twice quotes one rather interesting theory: that a lack of political freedom is basically turning people into carbon copies of Nick Cage from Drive Angry 3D.

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A lot of Republicans still really, really want New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to run for president. And a secretive new pro-Christie ad campaign running in New Jersey is making the case.

Christie says he's not in, and has said he's not in repeatedly. But he's welcoming a new $1.5 million ad campaign that appears to be making a nationally-focused case for how great Christie is -- just the kind of thing he'd need if he did jump in.

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Computer game skills could help save lives, and not just virtual ones.

As fanciful as it may sound at first, gamers on Foldit, a crowdsourced, online protein folding simulator from the University of Washington, actually managed to solve a longstanding problem in AIDS research that has vexed scientists for more than a decade. And they did so in about 10 days.

Three players in particular were able to build upon each other to establish the most accurate model to date of an elusive protease enzyme in the AIDS-like Mason-Pfizer monkey virus.

"People have spatial reasoning skills, something computers are not yet good at," said Seth Cooper, co-creator of Foldit and a researcher at UW Department of Computing Science and Engineering, in a statement. "Games provide a framework for bringing together the strengths of computers and humans."

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Updated 5:25 pm ET, Tuesday, September 20 Yahoo email users hoping to spread the word of the Occupy Wall Street protests ran into an unforseen obstacle on Tuesday when their messages containing links to the website occupywallst.org were blocked from being sent because an online filter deemed them "suspicious activity."

Although several Yahoo users and media outlets jumped to the conclusion that Yahoo was deliberately censoring the emails due on the basis of the anti-establishment content, the company quickly responded via Twitter, saying that "It was not intentional & caught by our spam filters. It is resolved, but may be a residual delay."

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Updated: Sept. 20, 2011, 5:33 p.m.

Get ready for another podium at this Thursday's Republican presidential debate on Fox News, with Gary Johnson reportedly set to be admitted onto the stage after many months of being left out.

Howard Kurtz at the Daily Beast reports: "The former New Mexico governor won the right to participate, according to Fox sources, by cracking 1 percent in the latest five national polls in which he was included--Fox News, CNN, McClatchy-Marist, ABC, and Quinnipiac--which was the criterion the network had set for inclusion."

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Update 7:13 pm ET, Tuesday, September 20 Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison and CFO W.G. Stover will plead the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer any and all questions put to them at a congressional hearing into the solar panel company's collapse on Friday, Reuters reports, citing letters obtained from Solyndra attorneys.

The two executives are still expected to appear before the House Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which has since February been investigating the Department of Energy's decision to grant Solyndra a $535 million loan guarantee back in 2009.

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