Hidden Van Gogh revealed in color by scientists (Reuters)

Undated handout picture shows a painting underneath Van Gogh's famous work 'Patch of grass' in Hamburg. Scientists have made a coloured view of an early rejected painting underneath Vincent van Gogh's 'Patch of Grass' painting, using advanced X-ray techniques, a Dutch university said on Wednesday. (DESY/Reuters)Reuters – Scientists have made a colored
view of an early rejected painting underneath Vincent van
Gogh’s ‘Patch of Grass’ painting, using advanced X-ray
techniques, a Dutch university said on Wednesday.

Oil near $123 in Asia on weak US economy (AP)

An oil rig extracts crude in Taft, California. Oil prices tumbled Tuesday amid market concerns about weakening demand in the United States, the world's largest energy consumer.(AFP/Getty Images/File/David Mcnew)AP – Oil prices extended losses from a day earlier Friday in Asia on expectations that slowing economic growth in developed countries will cut demand for crude products, such as gasoline and heating oil.

NTSB investigates Minn. plane crash that killed 8 (AP)

An aerial view of the wreckage from the crash of a small jet in Owatonna, Minn. Thursday, July 31, 2008. The crash killed at least eight people and one is missing. The passengers were traveling on business from Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/The Pioneer Press, Sherri LaRose-Chiglo)AP – Federal investigators planned to spend Friday sifting through the wreckage of a small plane, looking for clues that might explain why it crashed near a regional airport a day earlier, killing all eight people on board.

Minn., victims still struggling after bridge fall (AP)

Vehicles are stopped atop the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis after it collapsed, sending numerous vehicles into the Mississippi River, in this Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 file photo. One year later, the bridge's replacement is nearly finished, but the investigation is not. Many of the 145 people injured in the collapse are still struggling to rebuild their lives — physically, financially and emotionally. (AP Photo/Jacob Reynolds, FILE)AP – It was just past 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, when the Interstate 35W bridge buckled and fell into the Mississippi River. Thirteen people died.

EU awaits Iran nuclear response, not watching clock (Reuters)

E.U. foreign policy chief Javier Solana (L) stands next to Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili before a meeting on nuclear issues at the Town Hall in Geneva July 19, 2008. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)Reuters – The clock is ticking for Iran to
respond to an offer by major powers on its nuclear program, but
European diplomats say they are ready to wait a few more days
beyond Saturday’s informal deadline for an answer.

Hu says China stands by Games pledges, web curbs lifted (Reuters)

Chinese President Hu Jintao gestures as he answers journalists questions during a group interview at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing August 1, 2008. China's priority is to maintain steady, fast growth while containing price pressures, President Hu Jintao said on Friday. Speaking to a select group of foreign reporters at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Hu said Beijing would continue to strengthen and improve macroeconomic controls that have produced five straight years of double-digit growth. (Reinhard Krause/Reuters)Reuters – President Hu Jintao said China would
stand by pledges made when it was awarded the Olympics as Games
officials deflected fire over Internet censorship on Friday by
lifting restrictions.

Ludacris’ Obama song unlikely to alienate voters (AP)

In this Nov. 29, 2006 file photo, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and rapper Ludacris leave the senator's Chicago offices after a meeting. Obama's presidential campaign says a new rhyme by supporter and rapper Ludacris is 'outrageously offensive' to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Republican Sen. John McCain and President Bush.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)AP – Ludacris’ new song, “Politics as Usual,” may have cost him one of his biggest fans, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama.