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US shuts embassy in Yemen capital citing terror threat

BBC News - ‎6 minutes ago‎
The United States has shut its embassy in Yemen in response to threats by an al-Qaeda offshoot linked to an alleged failed US plane bomb plot.

Republicans seek more gains

The Olympian - ‎1 hour ago‎
For most of the past 10 years, Washington has been a clearly blue state in no hurry to change colors. However, the state had a distinctively red hue early in the decade, a few years after the 1994 Republican revolution.

Assassin shot in cartoonist's home has links to al-Qaida, say police

The Guardian - ‎9 hours ago‎
Danish police admitted yesterday that a Somalian caught breaking into the home of a cartoonist whose work sparked riots across the Muslim world five years ago was a would-be assassin with links to al-Qaida.

UN official: Afghan Cabinet dispute is a 'setback'

Washington Post - ‎45 minutes ago‎
AP KABUL -- The head of the UN mission in Afghanistan says lawmakers' decision to reject 70 percent of President Hamid Karzai's Cabinet nominees is a political setback that will only delay efforts to get a functioning government up and running.

US: Unrest in Iran opens window for immediate sanctions

Ha'aretz - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Haaretz Service The Obama administration says the internal unrest in Iran and signs of unexpected delays in their nuclear program make the Iranian government especially vulnerable to swift and serious sanctions, the New York Times reported on Sunday ...

Afghanistan and Pakistan face decisive year

BBC News - ‎9 hours ago‎
Guest columnist Ahmed Rashid says 2010 looks like presenting Afghanistan and Pakistan with their most difficult set of challenges since the end of the Cold War.

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Viewer tip leads to arrest in Thanksgiving slayings

CNN International - ‎2 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- A tip from a television viewer led to the arrest of a Florida man accused of gunning down four of his family members on Thanksgiving Day, authorities said early Sunday.

Obamas' Vacation Puts Spotlight On Hawaii's Struggling Tourism Industry

Hartford Courant - Alana Semuels - ‎1 hour ago‎
Between dealing with terrorism threats and crises abroad, President Barack Obama has been unwinding in Hawaii with his family. They've snorkeled in pristine bays and dined in fashionable restaurants.

Identical twins born a decade apart on New Year's at Florida's Tampa General ...

New York Daily News - Soraya Roberts - ‎17 hours ago‎
Marcello and Stephano Velasco were born in Florida on either side of New Year's causing them to be born a decade apart. Normally twins are born only minutes apart, but on New Year's Eve a Florida set was born with a decade between ...

For tobacco states, a change is in the air

Los Angeles Times - Faye Fiore - ‎3 hours ago‎
Virginia banned smoking in most restaurants a month ago -- and not all of them mind. North Carolina follows suit. Virginia state law now bans smoking in bars and restaurants, with exemptions for private clubs and for smoking rooms with separate ...

FAA watching American closer after mishaps

Houston Chronicle - ‎5 hours ago‎
© 2010 AP FORT WORTH, Texas - The Federal Aviation Administration is increasing oversight of American Airlines after three mishaps during landings last month.

Stock funds look good for 2010, but it all depends on confidence

Boston Globe - Steven Syre - ‎3 hours ago‎
Mutual fund investors will remember 2009 as the year stocks staged a rally for the ages while they were putting all their new money in bonds.
Mutual fund investors are confident Louisville Courier-Journal

'Google phone' debut expected this week

AFP - ‎6 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - Google is expected to ring in the new year by unveiling its own smartphone on Tuesday, the Nexus One, in a bid to expand its powerful Web brand in the booming mobile arena.

CES 2010: What to Expect

PC Magazine - Lance Ulanoff - ‎4 hours ago‎
A more intimate show could mean fewer surprises, or that they're simply easier to find. by Lance Ulanoff Ask anyone about the highlight of CES 2009 and they'll likely tell you it was the Palm Pre announcement.

10 Million Apple Tablets? A Glance Back for Perspective

PC World - Harry McCracken - ‎12 hours ago‎

Warren cites 'radical generosity' for $2.4 million for church

USA Today - ‎3 hours ago‎
When Rev. Rick Warren says "Urgent," folks reach for their checkbooks -- to the tune of $2.4 million and counting. Warren sent out an "urgent" plea Wednesday for the nation's sixth largest church to come up with more than $900000 in 48 hours to meet a ...

Elin Nordegren Skiing in the Alps

People Magazine - Stephen M. Silverman, Peter Mikelbank - ‎13 hours ago‎
While the embattled Tiger Woods seems to have vanished, reports have surfaced that place his wife, Elin Nordegren, in a posh French Alps ski resort as she considers her future.

Cable TV Standoffs Threaten Viewing Costs, Choices

New York Times - Ryan Nakashima - ‎1 hour ago‎
By AP CHICAGO (AP) -- Many questions remain for cable TV viewers nationwide even after Fox and Time Warner Cable settled their noisy spat with a New Year's Day agreement.

Ole Miss quarterbacks suffer through painful afternoon

Dallas Morning News - Mark Dent - ‎44 minutes ago‎
ARLINGTON - Jevan Snead still suffered from a headache as he answered questions in the postgame locker room. Snead admitted it hurt even worse during the game, although he said he was ready to play as soon as he ...
McCluster cleans up Baltimore Sun

Wizards' dispute a 'stain' on NBA

San Francisco Chronicle - Rusty Simmons - ‎1 hour ago‎
Reports this weekend of two Washington players pulling guns on each other reverberated across the country to the Warriors' locker room and affected each NBA city in between.

MSU ticker Seeing red all over San Antonio

Detroit Free Press - Shannon Shelton - ‎8 minutes ago‎
SAN ANTONIO -- There was little doubt where Texas Tech fans' allegiances fell in the case of fired head coach Mike Leach and the school administration that terminated his employment.

Flu season not over, but lessons emerging

Minneapolis Star Tribune - Hannah Foslien - ‎1 hour ago‎
People fill out paperwork while in line at the Anoka County H1N1 Vaccination Clinic held at the Schwan's Center at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.
Flu clinic draws crowd Attleboro Sun Chronicle

More healthcare votes ahead for Congress

Los Angeles Times - James Oliphant - ‎4 hours ago‎
What's coming next for the House and Senate versions of the bill, and other questions about the ongoing attempt to overhaul healthcare.

Earlier Bedtimes May Fight Teen Depression

WebMD - Bill Hendrick - ‎Jan 1, 2010‎
Jan. 1, 2010 -- Adolescents whose parents set earlier bedtimes are significantly less likely to suffer from depression or have suicidal thoughts compared to youngsters who hit the sack later, new research indicates.

Broadband, Yes. Toilet, No.

New York Times - Sarah Maslin - ‎Dec 30, 2009‎
It has no running water or working toilet, but this Mongolian-style yurt is home to Bretwood Higman, Erin McKittrick and their 11-month-old son.

Eat, Pray, Love, Then Commit

Wall Street Journal - Ann Patchett - ‎13 hours ago‎
Elizabeth Gilbert and I met several years ago when we spoke on a panel to a group of librarians, and what started off as mutual admiration quickly turned to friendship.

Rush Limbaugh Hospitalized: Taken To Hospital In Hawaii After Suffering Chest ...

Huffington Post (blog) - Audrey McAvoy - ‎Dec 30, 2009‎
HONOLULU - Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh remained hospitalized in Hawaii Thursday after experiencing chest pains similar to a heart attack, according to the guest host on his nationally syndicated radio show.

What's a Bailed-Out Banker Really Worth?

New York Times - Steven Brill - ‎Dec 30, 2009‎
Last August, as midnight approached on a Friday, two Treasury Department staff members sat in a cramped basement office in the Treasury Building next to the White House and watched as their e-mail in-boxes filled up.

Jonas Brothers Headed to Splitsville?

PopEater - Rob Shuter - ‎Dec 29, 2009‎
Oh, our teenage hearts are shattering into a billion little long-haired pieces! With one brother married and the next planning on becoming the next king of pop, an impending Jonas Brothers split may be in store for 2010.