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Celebrations in Times Square Despite Troubled Times

New York Times - Sarah Wheaton - ‎56 minutes ago‎
Hundreds of thousands of revelers gathered in New York City's Times Square, despite the rain, slushy streets and heightened security, capping worldwide celebrations that often emphasized the hopes for a more peaceful tomorrow.

Obama rallies CIA after Afghanistan bomb attack

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
Barack Obama has sent a rallying letter to the CIA after seven staff were killed by an Afghan bomber - one of the worst attacks in the agency's history.

Obama summons intelligence chiefs to White House meeting

Reuters - Jeff Mason, Ross Colvin - ‎7 hours ago‎
KANEOHE, Hawaii (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has summoned the heads of US intelligence agencies for a meeting on Tuesday to discuss ways of preventing a repeat of the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner on December 25.

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In sharp contrast with Gaza, casualties decline in West Bank

Washington Post - Howard Schneider, Samuel Sockol - ‎2 hours ago‎
JERUSALEM -- The first year in a decade without a suicide bombing, as well as an expanded Palestinian security force, resulted in a decline in the number of Israeli and Palestinian casualties in the occupied West ...

Finland shootings leave six dead

BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
Finnish police have confirmed they have found the body of a gunman responsible for killing five people in a shooting rampage in the southern city of Espoo.

U.S. Drone Strike Kills 3 on Pakistani Border

FOXNews - ‎27 minutes ago‎
MIR ALI, Pakistan - Pakistani intelligence officials say a US missile strike has killed three people near the Afghan border. The two officials said early Friday's attack destroyed a car carrying three men in a village near Mir Ali, which is a main town ...

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Judge rules some state furloughs illegal

San Francisco Chronicle - Bob Egelko, Wyatt Buchanan - ‎1 hour ago‎
(12-31) 19:38 PST Oakland -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger acted illegally by placing tens of thousands of state employees on unpaid furloughs three days a month, an Alameda County judge said Thursday in a ruling that could require the financially reeling ...

Ruling by Montana Supreme Court Bolsters Physician-Assisted Suicide

New York Times - Kirk Johnson - ‎3 hours ago‎
DENVER - The Montana Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that state law protects doctors in Montana from prosecution for helping terminally ill patients die.

Agency Drops Bloggers' Subpoenas

New York Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
By AP WASHINGTON (AP) - The Transportation Security Administration on Thursday dropped the subpoenas it had issued to two Internet writers in its effort to learn who leaked an airline security directive.

Time Warner Cable, News Corp., Wells Fargo

MarketWatch - ‎27 minutes ago‎
By MarketWatch SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Among the shares expected to see active trade in Monday's session are Time Warner Cable, News Corp.

Few called market turn, fewer predict it will last

BusinessWeek - Tim Paradis - ‎2 hours ago‎
Few analysts forecast this year's remarkable stock market rebound as major indexes were plunging to 12-year lows last March. Now, with most experts predicting the pace of stocks' gains will slow in 2010, there's reason to believe they ...
Dow Ends 2009 Up Nearly 19% Wall Street Journal

China factories boom in Dec, demand lifts Korea exports

Reuters - Aileen Wang, Kevin Plumberg - ‎34 minutes ago‎
BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - China's economic growth looks set to accelerate into the new year, with booming factories driving a December manufacturing survey to a 20-month high while South Korea's exports to the country surged on strong demand.

2009 goes out on a blue moon

Los Angeles Times - Anna Gorman - ‎3 hours ago‎
New Year's Eve celebrations were a bit brighter this year with a blue moon shining in the sky Thursday night. A blue moon -- the second full moon in a month -- isn't really uncommon, occurring on average every 2 1/2 years.

Apple Orders 10 Million Tablets? Sound Fishy

PC World - Jeff Bertolucci - ‎7 hours ago‎
Today's Apple tablet rumor has an optimistic zing to it--and maybe that's a great way to close out a dreary 2009. According to a blog post by former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee, Apple plans to produce nearly 10 million tablets in the ...

Want to see Google's new phone on YouTube?

CNET News - Peter Kafka - ‎9 hours ago‎
Google won't officially unveil its Nexus One smartphone until Tuesday, when it has scheduled an Android Press Gathering. There are plenty of descriptions and images of the phone floating around the Web, though--a result of ...

Limbaugh Undergoes 'Complete Examination'

KHON2 - Andrew Pereira - ‎6 minutes ago‎
Conservative icon Rush Limbaugh, 58, continues to rest at the Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu one day after experiencing chest pains that felt like a heart attack.
Radio host felt chest pains Winston-Salem Journal

Singer Van Morrison Denies Baby Report

ABC News - ‎6 hours ago‎
DUBLIN/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer Van Morrison on Thursday denied that he had fathered a child with his manager, saying a widely reported statement that appeared on his website three days ago was the result of a hacking attack.

Prosecutors may go after Charlie Sheen even without wife's help

New York Daily News - Nicole Carter - ‎12 hours ago‎
Brooke Mueller and Charlie Sheen. Christmas wasn't the first time their fights have turned violent, according to a report. Prosecutors may not need help from Charlie Sheen's wife to go after him for allegedly attacking her on Christmas ...

Hokies win one for the ACC

Atlanta Journal Constitution - Ray Glier - ‎46 minutes ago‎
There was shame heaped on the ACC all season, from Miami's collapse after a terrific start, to Virginia's defeat at the hands of William and Mary, to Georgia Tech's breakdown against Georgia, to Florida State's shunning of Bobby Bowden, ...

Gaborik reaches 50 points

Minneapolis Star Tribune - ‎49 minutes ago‎
• NY RANGERS 2, CAROLINA 1: Marian Gaborik became the fourth NHL player to reach 50 points this season, assisting on both goals as the Rangers beat the host Hurricanes.

Fenway on ice season's hottest ticket

Boston Herald - Laurel J. Sweet - ‎24 minutes ago‎
There's been some chilly receptions at Fenway Park [map] over the past 97 years, but nothing quite like what awaits today's Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

Children at Greater Risk for H1N1

ABC News - Michael Smith - ‎12 hours ago‎
A study of household transmission of the H1N1 pandemic flu has confirmed that children 18 and younger are more at risk than young adults and seniors.

Tasmanian devil facial cancer origins 'identified'

BBC News - Mark Kinver - ‎1 hour ago‎
Researchers believe they have identified the source of fatal tumours that threaten to wipe out the wild population of Tasmanian devils.

Total impact: Sectors hit differently by health bill's passage

Milwaukee Business Journal - Corrinne Hess - ‎22 minutes ago‎
And while passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in no way means the health care debate is over, it finally provides people with an idea of what national health reform might look like if it is signed into law by President Barack ...

Religious hatred simmers in terror suspect's homeland

CNN - John Blake - ‎8 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab wouldn't have to go to an al Qaeda training camp in Yemen to learn how to hate. He had plenty of examples in his own country.

Down on the Farm, an Endless Cycle of Waste

New York Times - Henry Fountain - ‎Dec 28, 2009‎
MILKING IT At Frank Volleman's dairy in Central Texas some manure is sucked up, dried and used as fertilizer. More Photos > By HENRY FOUNTAIN GUSTINE, Tex.

Racehorse's plight shines light on illegal slaughter farms

CNN - Kim Segal, John Zarrella - ‎Dec 28, 2009‎
Miami, Florida (CNN) -- Freedom's Flight is a beautiful thoroughbred with an impressive pedigree. His bloodlines can be traced to two of the greatest race horses of all time, Seattle Slew and Secretariat.

Rove: New Year's Resolutions for Washington

Wall Street Journal - Karl Rove - ‎12 hours ago‎
President Obama not only left Washington, DC, for the holidays, but the lower 48 as well. So I thought I'd offer a few New Year's resolutions for him and others to come back to in the coming year.

A Stunt Cyclist's Tour de Fence

New York Times - Carol Wallace - ‎Dec 28, 2009‎
EDINBURGH - Like his fellow Scot Susan Boyle, who made a meteoric entry into show business, the stunt bicyclist Danny MacAskill can divide his life in two: before his YouTube video and after.