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Iranian scientist involved in nuclear program killed in Tehran bomb attack

Washington Post -
TEHRAN - A scientist linked to Iran's nuclear program was killed in his car by a bomb-wielding assailant on Wednesday, a bold rush-hour attack that experts say points to a further escalation in a covert campaign targeting the country's atomic officials ...

Republicans head to South Carolina, guns blazing

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By Steve Holland | COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Reuters) - Republican presidential contenders brought buckets of cash and sharp rhetoric to South Carolina on Wednesday for an intense 10-day battle that may determine whether anyone can stop front-runner ...

Obama back in Chicago for string of fundraisers

Chicago Tribune -
President Barack Obama returned to the comfort of a supportive hometown Wednesday to raise campaign cash but also faced up to the discomfort of trying to re-energize a political base once built upon hope and change.

China Snubs Geithner on Iran Oil, Japan Plans Cut

Bloomberg -
Enlarge image Geithner Gets China Snub on Iran Oil as Japan Plans Cut Geithner Gets China Snub on Iran Oil as Japan Plans Cut Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg Timothy Geithner, US treasury secretary, left, speaks as Jun Azumi, Japan's finance minister, ...

Bryant scores 40 points, Lakers beat Jazz in OT

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By LYNN DeBRUIN SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Kobe Bryant scored 40 points and Andrew Bynum blocked Al Jefferson's shot with 1.9 seconds left in overtime to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 90-87 victory over Utah on Wednesday night, ending the Jazz's winning ...

People's Choice Awards: For the fans

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By Andrea Mandell and Maria Puente, USA TODAY LOS ANGELES - The fans have voted, and in the millions: Stars of TV, film and music picked up their trophies Wednesday night at the 38th annual People's Choice Awards.

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Iran's president visits Havana during Latin American swing

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By Juan O. Tamayo Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, visiting Cuba on the third leg of what one critic called his “Hate America Tour” of Latin America, Wednesday echoed Fidel Castro's prediction that capitalism is on its last legs.

As Assad Seeks to Rally, Syria Monitor Sees 'Farce'

Wall Street Journal -
By NOUR MALAS Syria's president pressed his case that he remains in firm control of his riven country, appearing to deliver a rare address to thousands of supporters in Damascus, even as ongoing killings turn an international effort to monitor Syria's ...

French journalist killed in Syria

Los Angeles Times -
Gilles Jacquier, 43, an award-winning correspondent for the TV channel France 2, dies in a shelling during a government-authorized visit to Homs.

Protesters condemn Guantanamo Bay on 10th anniversary with march from White House

Washington Post -
A somber line of protesters wearing orange jumpsuits and black hoods led a group of hundreds of human rights activists on a march from the White House to the Supreme Court to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the US military prison at ...

Anthony says she became pregnant after passing out at party

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By Barbara Liston | ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) - Casey Anthony, the Florida mother acquitted last year in the death of her toddler daughter, told a psychologist she may have become pregnant with Caylee after she blacked out at a party in 2004, a deposition ...

Marines to Investigate Lewd Video

New York Times -
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Marine Corps said Wednesday that it would investigate a video showing what appear to be American forces in Afghanistan urinating on dead Taliban fighters.

Supreme Court rejects curbs on eyewitness testimony at trials

Los Angeles Times -
In an 8-1 decision, the high court says that judges should not be allowed to consider the reliability of all eyewitness testimony before trials.

Wall Street ends near 5-month high before Europe test

Reuters -
By Chuck Mikolajczak | NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks held firm near recent five-month highs on Wednesday as investors awaited key bond market tests for Europe in the next two days that could determine the direction of the euro zone crisis.

China inflation eases to 15-month low, policy easing eyed

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* December consumer inflation 4.1 percent * Policy seen tilting towards support for growth * Food price inflation sticky, will keep Beijing wary * Growth figures to be released next week By Aileen Wang and Nick Edwards BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuters) ...

Romney Problem Is the Bain of Wall Street

Wall Street Journal -
By DAVID WEIDNER Republican A is for free markets, the rights of companies to do as they please and providing tax incentives for investment.

Rick Santorum in South Carolina aims to regain momentum

Politico -
WEST COLUMBIA, SC - Rick Santorum arrived here Wednesday trying to regain his momentum - and was greeted by crowds cheering him into the next phase of the fight.

Justin Bieber, robo-boy, drops in on CES

Computerworld -
By Kerry Davis IDG News Service - Justin Bieber caused a minor scrum on the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday when he stopped by to launch a dancing robot for Vietnamese toy and robotics designer Tosy.

Twitter lambasts new Google search feature

Christian Science Monitor -
Search Plus Your World, the new initiative from Google, has come under fire from the folks at Twitter. By Matthew Shaer / January 11, 2012 Google, which this week introduced the Search Plus Your World feature, is under fire from Twitter.

CES: Lenovo K800 smartphone hands on review

Inquirer -
By Khidr Suleman CHINESE MANUFACTURER Lenovo will be the first manufacturer to ship a smartphone with Intel's Medfield processor, a surprise considering the firm's lack of pedigree in the handheld market.

SOPA fight in 'last rounds,' says senator at CES

Computerworld -
By Patrick Thibodeau Computerworld - LAS VEGAS -- With the odds perhaps still against them, two lawmakers who are fighting the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) bills took their case to the world's largest consumer ...

Is Khloe really a Kardashian? Two of her stepmoms say no

Chicago Sun-Times -
Khloe Kardashian reprimanded her two stepmothers, Jan Ashley and Ellen Kardashian, via Twitter on Wednesday. | Ethan Miller~Getty Images Thanks to the late Robert Kardashian's widow and an ex-wife, the paternity of Khloe Kardashian was a hot topic ...

One Tree Hill's Final Season Premiere: What'd You Think?

E! Online -
Tonight, we witnessed the last-ever season premiere of the CW classic One Tree Hill. No more denying the inevitable, folks. It's time to discuss and gush with all of you about the episode that was totally worth the wait.

Baby Blue's picture might not net outrageous fortune

Boston Herald -
By Inside Track Teeny weeny hip-hop diva Blue Ivy Carter, born Saturday to her fiercely famous parents, Beyonce and Jay-Z, has settled into her $20000 crib and will have a $600000 rocking horse to play on.

Sid joining Pens for trip, but no timetable for return

NHL.com -
By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer WASHINGTON -- Sidney Crosby was up in the Verizon Center press box Wednesday night, sitting with the coaches during the periods and mingling with some of the Pittsburgh Penguins' staff members between periods.

Nowitzki Leads Mavericks Past the Celtics

New York Times -
Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points, driving past Kevin Garnett for the go-ahead layup with 5.1 seconds left and leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 90-85 victory over the host Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Roundup: Kentucky wins SEC showdown

USA TODAY -
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Anthony Davis and Doron Lamb scored 14 points apiece, and Kentucky finished an uneven performance with a flourish to beat Auburn.

Bulls dispatch Wizards as John Lucas III covers for hurt Derrick Rose

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Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) drives to the basket as Chicago Bulls guard John Lucas III looks on during... Associated Press CHICAGO -- John Lucas III wrapped himself in towels and sat down at his locker with a bucket of ice near his feet.

Penn State trustees knew of probe: report

New York Daily News -
Months before Jerry Sandusky's November arrest on multiple counts of sexual abuse of boys over a 15-year period, the Penn State University board of trustees was made aware that a grand jury was investigating the former PSU defensive coordinator, ...

Mystery of 400-year-old supernova explosion solved

msnbc.com -
This image of Type Ia Supernova Remnant 0509-67.5 was made by combining data from two NASA Great Observatories. The result shows soft green and blue hues of heated material from the X-ray data surrounded by the pink optical shell, which shows ambient ...

Real-Life 'Tatooine': New 'Star Wars'-Like Planets With 2 Suns Found

Fox News -
By Charles Q. Choi An artist's illustration of Kepler-35 b, a Saturn-size planet around a pair of sun-size stars. Astronomers have found more real-life versions of Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine from "Star Wars" - alien worlds that see two suns ...

World's smallest frog discovered

BBC News -
By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News A frog species that appears to be the world's smallest has been discovered in Papua New Guinea by a US-based team.

FDA Suspends Orange Juice Imports to Examine for Fungicide

BusinessWeek -
By Stephanie Armour Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- The US has temporarily halted shipments of imported orange juice from all countries while they're being tested, and said it will destroy or ban products containing even low levels from a banned fungicide.

Runners, Rest Easy: Heart Risks Seem Overblown

Wall Street Journal -
By KATHERINE HOBSON Scattered reports of heart-related deaths during marathons and half marathons over the past few years have prompted questions about the safety of the events.

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