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With 48 hours left, Romney eyes Iowa breakthrough

Reuters -
By John Whitesides | DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - The Republican White House hopefuls launched a two-day dash to the finish in Iowa on Sunday, with front-runner Mitt Romney poised for a strong showing that could set him on the path to the nomination.
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Gunman loose in national park after fatal shooting -
By Mike Baker AP / January 1, 2012 MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash.—A Mount Rainier National Park ranger was fatally shot Sunday following a New Year's Day traffic stop, and the 368-square-mile park in Washington state was closed as dozens of ...

Syria bloodshed defies Arab monitor mission

Reuters -
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi | AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian security forces killed eight more protesters and an Arab League organization urged Arab monitors to leave Syria, saying unrelenting bloodshed made a mockery of their mission.

Broncos, Bengals in Playoffs, Patriots Top AFC

ABC News -
By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer They did it despite falling 7-3 to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday because San Diego knocked off Oakland 38-26.

NASA probe joins twin at moon on New Year's Day

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA kicked off the new year with a pair of probes circling the moon in the latest mission to understand how Earth's closest neighbor formed.

Cops arrest 68 as Occupy Wall Street protesters try to 'retake' Zuccotti Park

New York Daily News -
BY Barry Paddock & Helen Kennedy Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement moved police barricades to the center of Zuccotti Park to celebrate the new uear.

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Iran says it has successfully tested missiles in Gulf drill

Irish Times -
IRAN HAS claimed to have successfully tested a new medium-range ground-to-air missile during naval exercises in the Gulf, amid rising tensions over the country's nuclear programme.

Santorum Says He Would Threaten Strikes Against Iran

BusinessWeek -
By Kristin Jensen and Eric Engleman Jan. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said he would use air strikes against Iran unless the country dismantled its nuclear program or allowed inspectors to verify that the work isn't ...

'Status quo unsustainable; Israel, PA must use opportunity'

Jerusalem Post -
By JPOST.COM STAFF AND REUTERS Clinton welcomes announcement of first direct meeting between sides in more than a year: "We are hopeful this exchange can help move us forward on the Quartet pathway"; PA: "This is not a resumption of negotiations.

Police urge vigilance after Los Angeles arson attacks

Reuters -
| LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles police are urging jittery residents to remain vigilant on Sunday after an unusual spate of arson attacks in recent days torched dozens of cars, authorities said on Sunday.

Huntsman says he's only viable alternative to Romney -
By NBC's Jo Ling Kent FRANKLIN, NH -- While the rest of the pact campaigns in Iowa, here in New Hampshire Jon Huntsman is playing the electability card aggressively, calling himself the only viable alternative to Mitt Romney.

After Giffords shooting, civility still elusive

By Shaun Mckinnon, The Arizona Republic PHOENIX - The finger-pointing started before authorities had even confirmed that one of the victims of a shooting rampage near Tucson was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Paul Defends Past Criticism of AIDS Patients, Says Support in Iowa Is Strong

Fox News -
AP Dec. 30, 2011: Ron Paul signs a toy car during a campaign stop in Le Mars, Iowa. Ron Paul on Sunday defended controversial comments he made about AIDS patients in a 1987 book, while also disputing indications from recent polls that his support is ...

Down in polls, Michele Bachmann preaches at the pulpit

Los Angeles Times -
By Robin Abcarian It was tempting to read everything as metaphor Sunday morning in church with Michele Bachmann, struggling toward the finish line in Iowa where voters will cast the first ballots of the 2012 presidential season on Tuesday.

Venezuela Seen Getting Off 'Lightly' In $908 Million Exxon Payment

Wall Street Journal -
By KEJAL VYAS And ANGEL GONZALEZ CARACAS - An international arbitration panel awarded US oil major Exxon Mobil Corp. about $908 million in a verdict over oil assets nationalized by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in 2007, the company said late ...

Manufacturing in China Grows Only Slightly in December

New York Times -
BEIJING - Big manufacturers in China narrowly avoided a contraction in December a survey showed Sunday, but downward risks persist and suggest that the Chinese economy will need fresh policy support to counter a slowdown in growth.

Euro Leaders Aim to Buy Time to Save Currency

Bloomberg -
Enlarge image Euro Euro Simon Dawson/Bloomberg A Euro sign sculpture stands in front of the European Central Bank's (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt on Dec. 29, 2011.

Crisis talk, austerity calls mark euro anniversary

Reuters -
By Alexandra Hudson | BERLIN (Reuters) - Policymakers marked the 10th anniversary on Sunday of the introduction of euro notes and coins by urging governments in the currency bloc to save and consolidate to overcome their debt crisis.

Will someone besides Amazon release the next Kindle tablet?

by Eric Mack December 30, 2011 3:21 PM PST Follow @ericcmack Amazon sold millions of Kindles this holiday season, led by the company's first-ever tablet, the Kindle Fire, leaving some analysts wondering if other Android tablets might soon be flavored ...

LG details 55-inch OLED TV, will show off its true colors at CES 2012

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By Richard Lawler posted Jan 1st 2012 7:35PM While building the world's first 55-inch OLED TV panel is nice, it's not worth much unless you put an actual TV around it and LG Electronics will have the total package on display next week at CES.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Tops New Year's Box Office

Us Magazine -
The fourth installment in his Mission: Impossible film franchise, Ghost Protocol, topped the three-day New Year's weekend box office with an estimated $31.3 million gross according to early Sunday totals.

Katy Perry divorce: Singer comforted by Rihanna following split from Russell Brand

Daily Mail -
By Sarah Bull and Georgina Littlejohn Katy Perry has been invited to stay with Rihanna in Barbados following her split from Russell Brand, it has been claimed.

Mac Miller Brings 'Party' To 'NYE In NYC 2012' -
During Saturday night's live MTV special, MC re-creates '80s -inspired 'Party on Fifth Ave' video. By James Dinh NEW YORK - Underground-turned-chart topping MC Mac Miller was treated quite nicely by 2011, and he ended the year on a high note when he ...

Shiny Bibelot From Shakespeare, Handel & Co.

New York Times -
Forget “Auld Lang Syne.” The best music to ring in a new year is “Now a bright new day is dawning,” the joyous chorus that ends “The Enchanted Island,” the inventive concoction that had its premiere on Saturday night at the Metropolitan Opera.

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez's Late Night New Year's Eve Party

E! Online -
Got a question, comment, or just want to say "Hi?" Email what you've got to Just because Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez performed on different New Year's Eve television specials last night, doesn't mean they didn't get to ...

Kings: Cousins demands trade

AP SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings say DeMarcus Cousins has demanded a trade and has been told to stay away from the team.

Broncos in Playoffs Despite 7-3 Loss to Chiefs

ABC News -
By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer Tim Tebow has always done things the unorthodox way. Making the playoffs was no different.

Plenty of blame for Jets' failures, starting with Ryan, GM -
By Pete Prisco | Senior NFL Columnist MIAMI -- They will blame Mark Sanchez, and he deserves his share after his three-interception debacle Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Colts Gain From One Last Loss, Earning Top Pick

New York Times -
The Indianapolis Colts' season ended several days before it began in September, when quarterback Peyton Manning had neck surgery that sent him to the bench, imperiled his career and put the Colts into a tailspin.

Fitzgerald, Cardinals edge Seahawks in OT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Larry Fitzgerald's spectacular one-handed grab helped set up a 28-yard field goal by Jay Feely to give Arizona a 23-20 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, the Cardinals' fourth overtime victory at home in the last nine weeks ...

NASA: Quadrantids meteor shower on display

The State Column -
The 2012 Quadrantids, a little-known meteor shower named after an extinct constellation, will present an excellent chance for stargazers searching for some late-night meteor watching.

Insight: Shortage of ADHD drug Adderall seen persisting

Reuters -
By Toni Clarke | BOSTON (Reuters) - A shortage of Adderall, which is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, shows little sign of easing as manufacturers struggle to get enough active ingredient to make the drug and demand climbs.

Chinese bus driver infected with bird flu dies in city bordering Hong Kong

Washington Post -
BEIJING - A Chinese bus driver who tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus died Saturday in a city bordering Hong Kong, health officials said, in the country's first reported case of the disease in humans in 18 months.


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