Lunchtime Links: June 25, 2010

Nearly a year in the making, House and Senate leaders struck a deal on financial regulatory reform early this morning.

BP said Friday it has spent $2.35 billion to date to clean up, contain and payout claims and grants to the states on the Gulf of Mexico that have been impacted by the U.S.'s largest oil spill.

Temperatures are rising and so are reports of infants and toddlers dying from being trapped inside sizzling automobiles. A researcher says 18 children have died of hyperthermia since the beginning of the year, with eight deaths reported since June 13. That's the largest number of fatalities through the first half of a year since Jan Null, an adjunct professor of meteorology at San Francisco State University, began tracking the data in the late 1990s.

The human fetus feels no pain before 24 weeks, according to a major review of scientific evidence published today. The connections in the fetal brain are not fully formed in that time, nor is the fetus conscious, according to Britain’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The findings of two reports commissioned by the Department of Health strike a blow to those seeking to reduce the upper time limit for having an abortion, currently at 24 weeks.

Yvonne Moore had tithed to Covenant Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., for 37 years. That ended when her congregation openly supports gay marriages. She sued to get her tithed money back to her, but later dropped the lawsuit after discussing the case with her former pastors. She hasn’t however, been back to the church since and illustrates the struggles many congregations face over how and if to accept homosexuality.

Several early iPhone 4 customers have discovered critical issues with the phone’s display and reception that could pose major problems for Apple’s newest mobile device.

University of Kentucky guard John Wall was the first pick in the NBA Draft, starting a record run of five Wildcats chosen in the first round.

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