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LA fears long night of New Year's arsons awaits

The Associated Press -
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fire trucks parked in neighborhoods. Police patrolled the city. Switchboards took hotline calls. City officials scrambled on a busy New Year's Eve to identify who was behind dozens of arson fires that have spooked the Hollywood area ...
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Gaga, Beiber help huge New York crowd see in 2012

NEW YORK - Hundreds of thousands of people crammed into New York's Times Square to bid farewell to the old year and watch Lady Gaga trigger the famous drop of a crystal ball marking the start of 2012.

Iowa Politics Insider: 2012. -
Gifts aren't customary for New Year's, but Rick Santorum got a great big one at 7 pm last night, when the Register's final Iowa Poll before the caucuses placed him in third and surging hard among likely Republican caucus-goers.

7.0 sea quake shakes Tokyo, but causes no damage

The Associated Press -
TOKYO (AP) - A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck under the sea south of Japan on Sunday, shaking buildings in the capital but causing no apparent damage or tsunami.

Twin NASA Probes Have New Year's Date with the Moon

Fox News -
By Mike Wall This undated artist rendering provided by NASA shows the twin Grail spacecraft mapping the lunar gravity field. The first of two NASA spacecraft to study the moon in unprecedented detail has entered lunar orbit.

A Bird Flu Death in China. What it Means — and Doesn't Mean

By Jeffrey Kluger | January 1, 2012 | + Science and news cycles sometimes converge in unhandy ways. That was the case on on January 1, when word came out of Shenzen, a Chinese city bordering Hong Kong, that a 39-year-old bus driver, surnamed Chen, ...

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Syrian activists dying to tell their story -
During more than nine months of protest against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, culminating in some of the largest demonstrations ever two days ago on the last Friday of the year, it is Syria's media activists who have ensured that the outside ...

North Korea calls for "human shields" to protect new leader

Reuters -
By Jack Kim | SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea called on its people to rally behind new leader Kim Jong-un and protect him as "human shields" while working to solve the "burning issue" of food shortages by upholding the policies of his late father, ...

Nigeria's Jonathan declares state of emergency

Reuters Africa -
By Felix Onuah and Tim Cocks ABUJA (Reuters) - President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency on Saturday in parts of Nigeria plagued by a violent Islamist insurgency, and ordered shut the borders with Cameroon, Chad and Niger in the ...

New Year's Eve 2012: Celebrations around the world

BBC News -
A multi-million dollar firework display heralded in the new year in Sydney, while the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, was illuminated in Dubai.

In reversal, Saleh opts to stay in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Yemen's outgoing president has decided to stay in the country, reversing plans to leave, his ruling party said, in an apparent attempt to salvage his control over the regime, which has appeared to unravel in the face of internal ...

Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Ron Paul both Texans, but hardly twins

Kansas City Star -
By DAVE MONTGOMERY DES MOINES, IowaThey both reside in the Lone Star State, but in many other respects, Rick Perry and Ron Paul are as different as Paint Creek and Pittsburgh.

Monkey stolen from California zoo found safe

By the CNN Wire Staff Banana-Sam, who was stolen from the San Francisco Zoo, was found Saturday safe, but hungry, officials said. (CNN) -- Banana-Sam, a much-loved squirrel-monkey stolen from his enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo, has been safely ...

4.0 earthquake strikes in US

The Associated Press -
McDONALD, Ohio (AP) - Officials said Saturday they believe the latest earthquake activity in northeast Ohio is related to the injection of wastewater into the ground near a fault line, creating enough pressure to cause seismic activity.

Chief Justice Defends Peers' Hearing Case on Health Law

New York Times -
In the face of a growing controversy over whether two Supreme Court justices should disqualify themselves from the challenge to the 2010 health care overhaul law, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

New voter ID law takes effect -1/1/2012, 6:42 PM

Hays Daily News -
By GAYLE WEBER A new law requiring photo identification for Kansas residents to vote goes into effect today. The law requires voters to provide a driver's license, passport or other form of photo ID when they cast their ballots this year.

Stocks end mixed year with a whimper

Chicago Tribune -
NEW YORK— - US stocks slid Friday, with the S&P 500 relinquishing its 2011 gain, as investors closed the books on a volatile year largely driven by Europe's uncertain efforts to stem its debt crisis.

From six economists, six ways to confront 2012

Economic Times -
At least that's what the dry statistics keep telling us. Industrial production, GDP - the kind of figures that Washington and Wall Street sweat over - suggest that the economy is on the mend.

Iran Claims to Have Produced Its First Nuclear Fuel Rod

Fox News -
| AP AP FILE: The reactor building of Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is seen, just outside the port city of Bushehr. TEHRAN, Iran - Iran says its scientists have produced the nation's first nuclear fuel rod, a feat of engineering the West doubted ...

Stocks: Volatility sign flashing red

CNNMoney -
By Ben Rooney @CNNMoneyMarkets January 1, 2012: 12:01 AM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Investors may be saying good riddance to a choppy year, but they'd better buckle up.

Longtime Apple products designer Jonathan Ive awarded British knighthood

Washington Post -
LOS ANGELES - Fans of the clean, inviting look of the iPhone, iPad and other blockbuster Apple products are legion, and that includes Queen Elizabeth II.

Verizon Reverses on $2 Fee for One-Time Payments

By AP | December 31, 2011 | + Verizon employees prepare to open the company's San Francisco, CA store where the iPhone 4 went on sale Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.

PHOTO: Russell Brand Spotted Post-Split

People Magazine -
By Kevin O'Donnell One day after Russell Brand filed for divorce from Katy Perry, the British comedian was spotted leaving London's Savoy Hotel Saturday.

Déjà Vu? Watch Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Harmonize Together

E! Online -
Kinda. The 500 Days of Summer costars have reunited on screen, except this time, instead of going through an emotional rollercoaster, Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt sing a rendition of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

Hot Lakers get lift from center

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette -
AP LOS ANGELES - Andrew Bynum had 29 points and 13 rebounds in his season debut following a four-game suspension that carried over from the playoffs, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 92-89 Saturday.

Once again, Hoosiers are upset artists

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette -
Indiana's Verdell Jones III defends against Ohio State's Jared Sullinger while going to the basket during the first half Saturday in Bloomington.

Virginia Can't Keep Pace in 43-24 Loss to Auburn

ABC News -
By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer Hurt by special teams breakdowns, Virginia didn't keep pace with high-scoring Auburn, losing 43-24 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Saturday night.

Seemingly everyone but Jagr excited about Classic -
PHILADELPHIA - Most of the Philadelphia Flyers have embraced the idea of playing the New York Rangers outdoors on Monday in the fifth annual Winter Classic, this one at Citizens Bank Park.

Anthony helps New York dominate Sacramento

Chicago Tribune -
Sacramento, CA - Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and was one of six Knicks in double-figures as New York dismantled Sacramento, 114-92, on Saturday night.

China push to put astronaut on the moon

Financial Times -
By Simon Rabinovitch in Beijing China has declared its intention to land an astronaut on the moon, in the first official confirmation of its aim to go where Americans last set foot nearly 40 years ago.

Organic Agriculture May Be Outgrowing Its Ideals

New York Times -
TODOS SANTOS, Mexico - Clamshell containers on supermarket shelves in the United States may depict verdant fields, tangles of vines and ruby red tomatoes.

Breast implants scandal: Andrew Lansley orders new review of dangers

The Guardian -
The government is to review the risks posed by faulty silicone breast implants after suggestions that more than 3000 women in the UK could face complications.

Elderly brains stay sharp after low trans-fat life -
By Jospeh Brownstein, MyHealthNewsDaily Older people with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B, C, D, and E in their blood do better on cognitive tests than those with lower levels, according to a new study.


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