Candidates work to woo women, evangelicals

As John McCain and Barack Obama continue on the campaign trail, the two candidates are working to lock in several groups: Hispanics, evangelicals, and the females formerly of Hillary Clinton's camp.

As John McCain and Barack Obama continue on the campaign trail, the two candidates are working to lock in several groups: Hispanics, evangelicals, and the women formerly pledged to Hillary Clinton's camp.

Obama works on the latter today as he and Clinton head to Unity, NH, in a much watched strategic political merger.

Both candidates will appear before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials on Saturday; McCain recently met with evangelical leaders in Ohio; and Obama received support from the pastor who officiated Jenna Bush's wedding.

To boost appeal to women, both camps have brought on female senior advisers. Obama also created a page on his Web site specifically for Clinton supporters, and cut a $2,300 personal check to help the former rival with her post-campaign debts, encouraging others to follow his lead.

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Bill Gates steps down from his day-to-day role at Microsoft, the company he helped build and lead to a dominant position in its category now threatened by changes in the marketplace. The Harvard dropout, philanthropist, and entrepreneur was as a big part of the company's brand as its ubiquitous software, though he says his exit will free others at Microsoft to get creative.

Another company - this time it's Gatorade - scores with a viral video: ball girl.

After the Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn a Washington, DC, handgun ban, groups including The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the NRA are working to promote their sides of the issue.

Nearly 70% of blacks in the US are online, a figure that jumps to more than 90% for black teenagers, according to a survey released by Radio One today.

North Korea blows up its atomic cooling reactor today, showing its commitment to dismantling its Yongbyon nuclear plant, which it agreed to as part of six-party talks with its neighbors and the US.

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