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Divers to blast rescue hole in Italian cruise ship

By the CNN Wire Staff Giglio, Italy (CNN) -- Divers trying to locate survivors of the Costa Concordia cruise ship will use explosives to blow a hole in the cruise ship's hull to make an entry and exit point for search-and-rescue teams, Italian Navy ...
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Romney is pushed again on tax returns, business background at SC debate

By Rachel Streitfeld, CNN Political Producer Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (CNN) -- Mitt Romney's rivals put his corporate record under the microscope in a Republican presidential debate Monday, with most of his GOP opponents looking to dislodge the ...

Wikipedia Will Blackout for 24 Hours to Protest US

BusinessWeek -
By Chiara Remondini Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia where users contribute and edit entries, will shut the English version of its website for 24 hours tomorrow to protest proposed US anti-piracy legislation.

China's Growth Engine Declines

Wall Street Journal -
By TOM ORLIK and BOB DAVIS BEIJING—China's GDP growth slowed to 8.9% in the last quarter of 2011, compared with a year earlier, showing that the world's fastest engine of growth is downshifting.

Hollywood gets religion, sees god. (Funny, he looks like ... Harvey Weinstein!)

Chicago Tribune -
"GOD IS a concept by which we measure our pain," said John Lennon. Well, maybe that's why Madonna referred to Harvey Weinstein as "The Punisher" from the stage of the Golden Globes and Meryl Streep later called the rejuvenated producer/mogul "God" in ...

Those inspired hail King legacy

The Boston Globe -
By Kathy McCabe Valence Harris-Alleyne, Bithiah Carter, and Karen Tobin-Guild of the NewEngland Gospel Ensemble sang ''Remember the Dream'' at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Iran Face-Off Testing Obama the Candidate

New York Times -
WASHINGTON - The escalating American confrontation with Iran poses a major new political threat to President Obama as he heads into his campaign for re-election, presenting him with choices that could harm either the economic recovery or his image as a ...

Syrian official defects, says regime will fight at all costs

Cairo (CNN) -- While the Syrian government's fierce crackdown on dissidents shows no sign of letting up, cracks are emerging in the regime's armor.

Twelve killed in Syria despite peace plan monitors

National Post -
A member of the Free Syria Army with an assault rifle stands guard during a patrol in the western border town of Zabadani in this undated still image taken from amateur video obtained by Reuters January 16, 2012.

Fuel transfer begins at iced-in Alaska city

CBS News -
(AP) ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A Russian tanker and its crew have begun offloading more than a million gallons of fuel to an iced-in city along the western coast of Alaska.

Election-year politics will chart Congress' path this year

By Ted Barrett and Deirdre Walsh, CNN senior congressional producers The fight over extending a payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits picks back up Tuesday as Congress returns.

Worst blizzard since '85? Seattle braces for storm -
Travel could become 'dangerous or impossible' by Tuesday night in several parts of Washington, forecaster says; Portland, Ore.

Landowners search for teacher's body

The Boston Globe -
AP WILLISTON, ND - Authorities renewed calls yesterday for landowners near the northern North Dakota-Montana border to look for signs of a missing Montana teacher's buried body, while documents revealed one of the two suspects in her disappearance has ...

Bailout Fund Borrowing Costs Up Ahead of Bill Auction

Wall Street Journal -
By ART PATNAUDE LONDON—The euro-zone's temporary bailout fund, the European Financial Stability Facility, is set to test investor appetite for six-month bills Tuesday in the wake of a downgrade from Standard & Poor's Corp that has generated concerns ...

Overnight deposits at ECB top half a trillion euros

Reuters -
| FRANKFURT Jan 17 (Reuters) - Commercial banks parked over half a trillion euros at the European Central Bank, the highest on record, as the mix of debt crisis worries and a recent giant injection of ECB cash left banks awash with money but too scared ...

Samsung Companies Plan Record Spending to Continue Growth

BusinessWeek -
By Jun Yang Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Samsung Group, South Korea's largest industrial group, said it will boost spending to a record 47.8 trillion won ($41.7 billion) this year to continue growth in its chip and display businesses and cultivate new ...

Olympus sues 5 auditors seeking up to 1 billion yen

Reuters -
| TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Olympus Corp said on Tuesday it has sued five past and current auditors seeking up to 1 billion yen ($13 million) in compensation, after they signed off on 13 years of fraudulent accounts.

Huntsman drops out, Romney takes more shots

By the CNN Wire Staff Tune in at 8 pm ET Thursday for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate.

Commentary: Colbert's super PAC shows political spending is so sad it's funny

Kansas City Star -
Stephen Colbert is making a mockery of political spending in the 2012 election. This seems to be the only sensible response. Mocking is what's called for.

Republican debate in South Carolina: Ron Paul takes drubbing

Politico -
MYRTLE BEACH, SC - The rivals who largely ignored Ron Paul for much of the campaign gave him a drubbing Monday night. The Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate pile-on began after Paul answered a question about whether the US government had the authority ...

Zappos cautions customers after cyberattack

Financial Times -
By Barney Jopson in New York Zappos, the online shoe seller owned by Amazon, has been hit by a cyberattack that has forced it to warn up to 24m customers that hackers may have gained access to some of their personal information.

The Woz: Android Has Some Advantages Over iPhone

The Mac Observer -
Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak has set off a few shock waves in the tech blogosphere by saying that the iPhone may be the best smartphone for some users, but that Android has some advantages over his alma mater's smartphone platform.

Get the best Golden Globes beauty looks

Hindustan Times -
White took the cake at the Golden Globes this year as Hollywood beauties descended on the red carpet in pale shades for the first awards gala of this season.

Silent film "The Artist" leads BAFTA nominations

Reuters -
* The Artist leads field with 12 BAFTA nominations * Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy close behind with 11 * Meryl Streep picks up actress nod for Thatcher role (Adds details, background) By Mike Collett-White LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Silent movie "The ...

'The Bachelor' recap: Shawntel's back from the dead to fight for Ben

Los Angeles Times -
What girl is deserving of such a flowery moniker, you ask? The one and only Shawntel Newton. That's right, the chick from the morgue.

Avril Lavigne and Brody Jenner Call it Quits

E! Online -
2012 Golden Globes Edition! See Lea Michele, Angelina Jolie, Rooney Mara, Emma Stone and more. Rate the highs 'n' lows! A source confirms to E! News that the rocker and Jenner have split, after dating for almost two years.

Bryant cools off, but Fisher saves Lakers -
Kobe Bryant's run of 40-plus points per game came to an end Monday night against the Mavericks. (Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE) Joe McDonnell is an award-winning journalist/talk show host.

Experimental Djokovic easy winner in 1st round at Australian Open, US Open ...

Washington Post -
MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic was having an easy time of it in his first-round match at the Australian Open, so he decided to experiment by coming to the net.

Jayhawks send Baylor to first loss of season

Fox News -
| AP LAWRENCE, Kan. - The last time Baylor coach Scott Drew brought a team into Allen Fieldhouse, he led them off the court and into a tunnel after his players had been introduced.

Patriots block it all out -
By Shalise Manza Young FOXBOROUGH - Bill Belichick gave his players Sunday off, a day to rest and enjoy their dominating divisional round win over the Denver Broncos the night before.

Mystery Persists Over Russian Spacecraft Fall Site

ABC News -
Computer rendition of failed Russian Phobos Grunt space probe before burning up in Earth's atmosphere. (Analytical Graphics) Russian officials say they still have no firm information where a failed Mars moon probe plummeted to Earth, the day after it ...

1st private rocket launch to space station delayed

Fox News -
The first test flight of a privately built robot space capsule to the International Space Station has been delayed to allow more time to prepare the vehicle, the spacecraft's builder announced Monday, Jan. 16.

Ga. nurse donates kidney to patient she barely knew

By Jerry Carnes, 11Alive Reporter DECATUR, Ga - An Emory nurse provided more than the usual care for a 23-year-old patient when she offered to donate her kidney.

Conquering the Chilly Workouts of Winter -
Warming hands & feet is a must because in cold the body shunts blood away from the extremities to warm internal organs. (Saint Katherine City, Egypt) By Dorene Internicola (Reuters) - The short days, the weak sun, and the warm beds of winter can wreak ...


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