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Two Locked in Iowa Dead Heat

Wall Street Journal -
By NEIL KING JR. And PATRICK O'CONNOR DES MOINES, Iowa—Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum were deadlocked atop the Republican presidential field in the first nominating contest of 2012, as Iowa voters split their support Tuesday among candidates with ...
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Obama campaigns at the other Iowa caucuses

CBS News -
"Hello, Iowa!" President Obama opened a video conference Tuesday, strategically scheduled the same night as a possible future Republican opponent emerged from caucuses in the same state.

Police: Man admits firebombing NY Islamic center

CBS News -
Ray Lazier Lengend, accused of involvement with hurling crude Molotov cocktails at an Islamic cultural center and four other New York-area sites on New Year's Day, is led out of the 103rd precinct in Jamaica, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011, in Queens borough of ...

Reserve deputy who caught arson suspect shuns spotlight

Los Angeles Times -
Attorney Shervin Lalezary gives a brief glimpse into the arrest of the man accused of setting fires across a swath of Los Angeles County.

Sweet victory for Michigan in Sugar Bowl

By Kelly Whiteside, USA TODAY NEW ORLEANS - Of course, the Sugar Bowl came down to the game's final seconds. After the Rose and Fiesta were decided in their final moments, the Sugar Bowl followed suit Tuesday night.

Should you buy Wall Street's top stocks for 2012?

MarketWatch -
By Brett Arends, MarketWatch BOSTON (MarketWatch) - It's the time of year when the geniuses on Wall Street tell you the best stocks to buy for the year ahead.

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Taliban Opening Qatar Office, and Maybe Door to Talks

New York Times -
KABUL, Afghanistan - Giving a first major public sign that they may be ready for formal talks with the American-led coalition in Afghanistan, the Taliban announced Tuesday that they had struck a deal to open a political office in Qatar that could allow ...

Syria Killings Continue; Group to Add Observers

New York Times -
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Syrian activists reported that at least two people were killed on Tuesday in the restive city of Hama in central Syria, despite the presence of Arab League observers there.

As Israelis and Palestinians Talk, the Rise of a Political Islam Alters the ...

New York Times -
JERUSALEM - Israeli and Palestinian officials met in Amman, Jordan, on Tuesday, their first encounter in more than a year, and while little emerged, the meeting said a great deal about the crossroads facing the Palestinians - and the entire Middle East ...

Overtures to Egypt's Islamists Reverse Longtime US Policy

New York Times -
CAIRO - With the Muslim Brotherhood pulling within reach of an outright majority in Egypt's new Parliament, the Obama administration has begun to reverse decades of mistrust and hostility as it seeks to forge closer ties with an organization once ...

Singer Responds to 'Supreme Patriotic Duty' to Enter Senegal's Presidential Race

New York Times -
Putting his lucrative recording and touring career on hold in response to what he called a “supreme patriotic duty,” the Senegalese singer-songwriter Youssou N'Dour announced late Monday that he was running for president of his country.

Mount Rainier Remains Closed After Ranger Shooting

ABC News -
By GENE JOHNSON AP Staff at Mount Rainier National Park gathered Tuesday to grieve the loss of a ranger fatally shot on New Year's Day - and to wonder what led the gunman, heavily armed and carrying a bulletproof vest, to that rugged, remote spot as he ...

Soldier denies knowing of explosives in plane bag

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - A soldier charged with trying to bring explosives on an airplane in Texas told investigators he used them in Afghanistan but didn't realize any were in a bag he brought back to the US and apparently carried on a flight from North ...

Fed to begin providing forecasts of key interest rate shifts

Los Angeles Times -
The central bank each quarter will reveal when it plans to change the benchmark short-term rate it sets. The new communications strategy is a bid to stimulate the economy and ease stock market volatility.

Iran Closing Hormuz Strait Would Hurt Tankers, Arctic Says

BusinessWeek -
By Isaac Arnsdorf Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Iran's threatened closing of the Strait of Hormuz, the biggest global chokepoint for seaborne oil trade, would cut demand for the largest tankers by blocking their busiest route, according to Arctic Securities ...

US Charges 3 Swiss Bankers

New York Times -
United States prosecutors charged three Swiss bankers on Tuesday of conspiring with wealthy American taxpayers to hide more than $1.2 billion in assets from tax authorities.

Trade group expects little excitement from IPOs this year

By Tim Mullaney, USA TODAY Initial public offerings by high-tech start-ups dropped in 2011 and will stay weak this year, reducing job growth, a leading trade group said.

RIM co-CEOs reportedly may be out as board chairmen

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Los Angeles Times -
Research In Motion may reportedly relieve its co-chief executives, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, of their positions as co-chairmen of the company's board of directors.

CES 2012 Preview: Ultrabooks Everywhere

InformationWeek -
The big question will be whether ultrabooks prove to be affordable enough to compete with tablets and smartphones. By Thomas Claburn InformationWeek The 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show returns to Las Vegas, Nev.

Gary Busey and Gayle Haggard as captive newlyweds on 'Celebrity Wife Swap': A ...

Entertainment Weekly -
by Ken Tucker Granted I was only catching it between covering the Iowa caucus media circus, but the high point of Tuesday night's Celebrity Wife Swap had to be when Gary Busey introduced the wife of disgraced preacher Ted Haggard, the gracious Gayle ...

Did Katy Perry and Russell Brand Have a Prenup? And Who Will Walk Away Richer?

E! Online -
Who stands to walk away with the most money in the Katy Perry-Russell Brand divorce? I assume they had a prenup? There was no prenup in this celebrity insta-marriage, at least, if you believe what Russell Brand has said.

Loyal US subjects return to PBS' 'Downton Abbey'

By Maria Puente, USA TODAY PBS hit 'Downton Abbey,' which details the lives of British aristocrats and their servants on the eve of World War I, returns for Season 2 on Sunday.

'Biggest Loser' sends three packing on premiere night -
By Ree Hines "The Biggest Loser" season 13 contestants arrived in pairs, but were quickly split up to compete alone and against their loved ones.

Roundup: Hudler leads Red Wings to win over Stars

DALLAS (AP) - Jiri Hudler, Valtteri Filppula and Henrik Zetterberg form what's supposed to be Detroit's No. 2 line. By Jerome Miron, US Presswire The Red Wings' Jiri Hudler (26) celebrates one of his two first-period goals in Tuesday night's game ...

Thunder drop 2nd in a row as Blazers pull away late

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Even after losing All-Star Brandon Roy to an injury-induced early retirement, look who's on top of the Western Conference early on this NBA season: The Portland Trail Blazers.

GM Jerry Angelo just couldn't keep pace; Packers and Lions have more talent

Chicago Sun-Times -
Chicago Bears Chairman George McCaskey (L) and President Ted Phillips talk about the firing of General Manager Jerry Angelo and the resigning of Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz Tuesday January 3, 2012 at Halas Hall.

Change doesn't come easy for Chargers owner

Los Angeles Times -
Dean Spanos chooses to retain Norv Turner as coach and AJ Smith as general manager despite team's poor showing the last two seasons, but the decision is not surprising.

Deng's layup with 3.7 seconds to go lifts Bulls to 76-74 win over Hawks

Washington Post -
CHICAGO - Luol Deng's layup with 3.7 seconds to play lifted the Chicago Bulls to a 76-74 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

Meteor Shower Tonight: Quadrantids Best Before Dawn

ABC News -
By NED POTTER (@NedPotterABC) A meteor streaks across the sky in this August 13, 2010 file photo. (Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images) If you're up early Wednesday morning and the weather is promising, bundle up and go outside.

Alien world discovered in Antarctic deep-sea vents -
A new species of yeti crab piles around the hydrothermal vents in Antarctica. The vents may be a safe haven for the crabs. By Stephanie Pappas LiveScience senior writer Scientists doing their first exploring of deep-sea vents in the Antarctic have ...

Strange crystals reveal rock to be ancient meteorite -
A rock found in Eastern Russia more than 30 years ago is, in fact, a meterorite with a crystal arrangement previously only found in laboratories, scientists now say.

High-protein diet may boost metabolism and prevent pounds, says new Orlando study

Orlando Sentinel -
By Marni Jameson, Orlando Sentinel Eating a diet higher in protein may help you pack on a better kind of pounds, according to a new study out today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Hong Kong Urges Bird-Flu Vigilance

Wall Street Journal -
By YVONNE LEE Hong Kong will step up surveillance of H5N1 to prevent more human cases. The WSJ's Deborah Kan speaks to Hong Kong University bird-flu expert Leo Poon.


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