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New York Daily News - ‎30 minutes ago‎
The Feds issued the toughest airport security rules ever for US-bound passengers Sunday, ordering patdowns, body scans and other new screenings for most fliers.

Obama ends Hawaiian holiday, returns to Washington

Washington Post - Philip Elliott - ‎1 hour ago‎
AP HONOLULU -- President Barack Obama ended a Hawaiian vacation to return Monday to the Washington he never really escaped. Obama and his family boarded Air Force One on Sunday evening for an overnight flight, capping off an 11-day ...

NATO: 4 US service members dead in Afghan blast

Washington Post - Jim Heintz - ‎18 minutes ago‎
AP KABUL -- A roadside bombing killed four US service members, the first American combat deaths of the year in Afghanistan, while a British soldier died during a foot patrol elsewhere in the volatile south of the country, officials said ...

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Inside Obama's War on Terrorism

New York Times - ‎24 minutes ago‎
The evening before he was sworn into office, Barack Obama stepped out of Blair House, the government residence where he was staying across from the White House, and climbed into an armored limousine for the ride to a bipartisan dinner.

Two earthquakes rock Solomon Islands

The Money Times - Ishita Sood - ‎30 minutes ago‎
Honiara, January 4 -- Earthquakes of magnitude 7.2 and 6.5 rocked the Solomon Islands of Melanesia at 9:36 am and 8:46 am local time Sunday.

Egypt's steel wall sparks 'fatwa war'

Jerusalem Post - Rachelle Kliger - ‎1 hour ago‎
A religious ruling in support of the construction of a massive steel wall on the Egypt-Gaza border is drawing fire from fellow clerics.

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New York Daily News - ‎30 minutes ago‎
President Obama's 'low-key response' to the Christmas Day bombing attempt apparently worries former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Texas' US House delegation lacks serious challengers in either party

Dallas Morning News - Todd J. Gillman - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON - Congress is poised to undergo a fairly dramatic shift in 2010. Dozens of lawmakers are retiring, and a president's party almost always loses lots of seats in a midterm election.

Predawn fire guts Montco lawmaker's home | Philadelphia Inquirer | 01/04/2010

Philadelphia Inquirer - Mark Fazlollah - ‎1 hour ago‎
Wind-driven flames ripped through the Montgomery County home of State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf about 3:15 am yesterday, driving the lawmaker and his family into the icy weather.
Blaze destroys home of Pa. state senator Washington Observer Reporter
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Total, Chesapeake ink $2.25 billion shale gas pact

MarketWatch - Steve Goldstein - ‎5 minutes ago‎
LONDON (MarketWatch) -- French oil major Total on Monday struck a deal to enter the US shale-gas market for the first time with a $2.25 billion accord with Chesapeake Energy.

Euro-Zone Manufacturing Sector Expands

Wall Street Journal - Ilona Billington, Joe Parkinson - ‎11 minutes ago‎
LONDON--The euro zone's manufacturing sector purchasing managers' index rose to a 21-month high in December, confirming the flash estimate published last month, a survey showed Monday.

Novartis aims to buy rest of Alcon for $39 billion

Washington Post - Emma Thomasson, Ben Hirschler - ‎4 minutes ago‎
ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's Novartis aims to buy the rest of US eye care group Alcon for a total $39.3 billion, including a majority stake from Nestle , to diversify away from prescription drugs.

Future Uncertain for Stuck Mars Rover

ABC News - Alicia Chang - ‎15 hours ago‎
AP FILE - This undated file image provided by NASA shows the surface of Mars as seen from the stuck... Just weeks after landing in a Martian crater in 2004, it went haywire and transmitted gibberish to Earth.

Lenovo Unveils New AMD-Powered Business Laptops

PC World - Jacqueline Emigh - ‎4 hours ago‎
With its line of consumer PCs slated for rollout at the Consumer Electronics Show later this week, Lenovo has chosen to unveil its latest line-up of business computers on Monday.

Freescale takes aim at tablet computer market

Reuters - Gabriel Madway, Andre Grenon - ‎2 hours ago‎
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chipmaker Freescale Semiconductor Inc is staking its claim on the tablet computer market, an emerging product category that will generate plenty of interest in 2010.

'Avatar' soars into $1-billion territory

Los Angeles Times - ‎4 hours ago‎
Strong foreign ticket sales help make the science-fiction movie the fifth in history to pass the watermark. An "Avatar" media event is held in Beijing with Jim Gianopulos, CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, left, director James Cameron and producer Jon ...

'Hurt Locker' wins over National Film Critics

Los Angeles Times - Susan King - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Iraq war drama captures three of the society's top honors, including best picture, director (Kathyrn Bigelow) and actor (Jeremy Renner).

Report: McConaughey, Alves welcome new addition to family

USA Today - ‎13 hours ago‎
Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves welcomed their second child, who joins big brother Levi, 17 months, reports People.com. Details are not yet available.

Tony Romo shows he's learned well in Dallas Cowboys' 24-0 win

Dallas Morning News - ‎27 minutes ago‎
ARLINGTON - Throughout the season, Tony Romo talked about a learning process, taking bits and pieces of information, infusing that with experience and coming out a better player.
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Call him a game-breaker

Boston Globe - Joe Sullivan - ‎1 hour ago‎
Pollard is the player who dived at Tom Brady's knee, shredding the quarterback's ligaments and ending his 2008 season before the first game was complete.
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NFL Capsules

Plain Dealer - ‎13 minutes ago‎
AP AP (AP) - EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Rex Ryan's top-ranked defense shut down the Cincinnati Bengals, and rookie Mark Sanchez efficiently led a clock-eating offense as the New York Jets clinched their first playoff berth in three seasons with a 37-0 ...

Health officials expect third wave of H1N1

The Daily News of Newburyport - Lynne Hendricks - ‎23 minutes ago‎
As kids return to school this week, waning numbers of H1N1 flu cases may increase, according to public health officials. To combat the spread, long-awaited H1N1 flu vaccines have arrived for residents of Newburyport, Amesbury and ...

Health bills could expand IRS role

USA Today - Phil Galewitz, Christopher Weaver - ‎3 hours ago‎
Internal Revenue Service agents already try to catch tax cheats and moonshiners. Under the proposed health care legislation, they would get another assignment: checking to see whether ...

Evidence lacking for special autism diets, says report

The Canadian Press - ‎2 hours ago‎
CHICAGO - An expert panel says there's no rigorous evidence that digestive problems are more common in children with autism compared to other children, or that special diets work, contrary to claims by celebrities and vaccine naysayers.

Michael Meyer: Myths of 1989

Los Angeles Times - Michael Meyer - ‎Jan 3, 2010‎
Americans are prone to take credit for the Soviet bloc's demise. The reality is that 'our' victory in the Cold War was not what we thought it was, and our myths have hurt the world and ourselves.

Americans Doing More, Buying Less, a Poll Finds

New York Times - Damien Cave - ‎Jan 2, 2010‎
Diego Montoya, 6, above, and his mother, Rosario, sitting near an outdoor fire pit made by his father. By DAMIEN CAVE MIAMI - Rosario and Igor Montoya used to buy, buy, buy for themselves and their two children without a second thought.

Red Sox Q&A: Peter Abraham answers readers' inquiries

Boston Globe - Peter Abraham - ‎Dec 31, 2009‎
The final day of 2009 seemed like a good time to clear out the in-box and answer some actual e-mails from actual readers. Mike writes: I have this nagging feeling that the Sox regret moving Adam LaRoche and Mark Kotsay.

Mayo scandal leads to heavy sanctions for USC basketball; team 'shocked and ...

Los Angeles Times - ‎8 hours ago‎
Postseason play and Pac-10 tournament? Gone. All 2007-08 victories? Gone. Money from the NCAA tournament? Gone. 'I feel terrible for our players, in particular our seniors,' says Coach Kevin O'Neill.

New Year's Resolutions for Washington

Wall Street Journal - Karl Rove - ‎Dec 30, 2009‎
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.