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Mormons grapple with media attention during Romney run

Kansas City Star -
By MANYA A. BRACHEAR As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney continues his drive to win his party's nomination, Mormons worry they could face a barrage of negative scrutiny, much like that which engulfed President Barack Obama's former church ...
The Associated Press
The Associated Press

Russia's UN Veto on Syria Gives Assad 'License to Kill'

Bloomberg -
Enlarge image Syria Syria Tomas Munita/The New York Times/Redux Members of the Free Syrian Army at the funeral for a fellow comrade in the Damascus suburb of Saqba on Jan. 27, 2012.

Giants' Manning winning over critics

Philadelphia Inquirer -
By Jeff McLane INDIANAPOLIS - Like many, Kurt Warner didn't think much of Eli Manning when he first saw him play. And like many who slighted Manning because he played for the hated New York Giants, or because they thought he was treated like royalty ...

Carlos Condit beats Nick Diaz

AP LAS VEGAS -- Carlos Condit earned the interim welterweight title and a match with champion Georges St. Pierre with a unanimous decision victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 143 Saturday night.

Russians stage rival protests over Putin

Times of India -
Tens of thousands of Russians defied bitter cold to demand fair elections in a march against Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule, while supporters of the prime minister staged a rival rally drawing comparable numbers.

Demi is in Utah rehab – report

New York Daily News -
By Barry Paddock / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Actress Demi Moore has reportedly checked into a Utah rehab clinic after her recent drug-induced collapse.

Protesters attack 7 Syrian embassies around world

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Protesters attacked seven Syrian embassies around the world following reports of the bloodiest episode yet in Damascus' nearly yearlong crackdown on dissent.

European chill moves west, 122 die in Ukraine

Reuters -
* Russian gas exporter cannot meet increased demand * Family of nine die in Russian home fire * Homeless in Ukraine, Poland bear the brunt * Heathrow flights threatened (.) By Richard Balmforth KIEV, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Bitterly cold weather that has ...

Military comeback a distant dream for Afghan Taliban

Reuters -
By Rob Taylor | KABUL (Reuters) - A secret NATO report showing the strength of confidence among the Afghan Taliban is raising concerns from Kabul to Washington that the militant group might overrun the country again when foreign combat forces finally ...

100 cruise passengers struck by norovirus -
AP | Posted: Saturday, February 4, 2012 7:09 pm | Loading… Officials with Princess Cruise Lines say a stomach virus affected nearly 100 passengers on a ship that arrived in South Florida.

Occupy Wall Street in DC

Washington Post -
Some demonstrators are refusing to leave Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square, as Park Police begin to enforce no-camping rules. US Park Police in riot gear, some on horseback, raid McPherson Square to enforce no-camping regulations against Occupy DC ...

Ore. mushroom pickers found alive after 6 days

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A family of three huddled on the edge of an old-growth Oregon forest for six days, lost and cold, unable to signal search helicopters flying low and slow overhead.

Whooping crane migration comes up short

Los Angeles Times -
While following an ultralight aircraft guiding them to Florida, young Maryland-bred birds get distracted in Alabama. They'll stay there for now.

Ayla home struck by vandals

Morning Sentinel -
By Doug Harlow WATERVILLE -- Police on Saturday said vandalism overnight Friday at the Violette Avenue home where toddler Ayla Reynolds was reported missing in December was reckless and cowardly.

Gingrich's Deep Ties to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

New York Times -
WASHINGTON - On a trip to Ireland in 1998, Speaker Newt Gingrich researched his Irish roots, discussed the prospects for peace in Northern Ireland and entertained speculation about his presidential ambitions.

Greek Talks at a Delicate Point, Official Says

New York Times -
ATHENS - The Greek finance minister, Evangelos Venizelos, said on Saturday that talks between the government and its foreign creditors on a second rescue deal were “on a razor's edge,” adding that though progress had been made on some levels, ...

Young crowd turns out in Arden Hills to hear Ron Paul's call for less government

Pioneer Press -
By Megan Boldt Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul campaigned across Minnesota on Saturday, telling at least 2000 supporters that they can protect personal liberty and cut out-of-control spending and rising debt if they stand together to curb ...

Ron Paul supporters crash special religious caucus

Los Angeles Times -
By Michael J. Mishak When Rabbi Shea Harlig took in the packed room at a special evening caucus for Republicans who observe a Saturday sabbath, he couldn't believe his eyes.

Tea Party voters more open to Romney

Boston Globe -
By Matt Viser AP/File While Tea Party supporters have been cool to Mitt Romney, activists say Republicans will unite behind him eventually.

Gingrich dismisses rumors he's ending presidential bid

Los Angeles Times -
By Ashley Powers Newt Gingrich returned to the familiar role of fiery insurgent Saturday, as electoral drubbings in two states this week forced him to bat down rumors that he was abandoning his presidential bid.

GOP, Dems spar over long-term unemployed

Politico -
The falling unemployment rate clearly favors Barack Obama, so Republicans now are talking about the harsh shadows cast by the sunnier jobs numbers - calling the 8.3 percent rate an illusion made possible by millions dropping out of the workforce.

The $1.6 Billion Woman, Staying on Message

New York Times -
SAN FRANCISCO SEVENTY-TWO hours before Facebook's big moment, Sheryl K. Sandberg was half a world away, hobnobbing with the likes of Bill Gates and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Facebook, Dead or Alive

Wall Street Journal -
By AL LEWIS I will not make the same mistake I made in 2004 when I panned the initial public stock offering of Google. "A bet on Google is a bet on a company that makes 95% of its revenues on Internet advertising," I wrote, before I came to work for ...

Microsoft Windows 8 Unification Plan: Grand, But Risky

InformationWeek -
Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 appear to look very much alike. That's great news for users, but can Redmond pull off one OS across desktops, mobile and more?

Robinson: Wishing you love, peace and soul

Alexandria Town Talk -
If you grew up a child of the 1970s, this past week you saw another one of our childhood icons leave this life. Don Cornelius, creator of "Soul Train," died Wednesday in Los Angeles at the age of 75.

Ben Gazzara, Risk-Taking Actor, Is Dead at 81

New York Times -
Ben Gazzara, an intense actor whose long career included playing Brick in the original “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” on Broadway, roles in influential films by John Cassavetes and work with several generations of top Hollywood directors, died on Friday in ...

LA Reid Signs On for Season Two of The X Factor

E! Online -
Drew: Flower Power! Plus, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel McAdams, Kristin Davis & Ashley Tisdale. Rate the highs and lows! As it turns out, not everyone got the boot from The X Factor.

Giants' front four could control destiny -
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NFL MVP Award: Aaron Rodgers Prevails Over Drew Brees, Tom Brady

SB Nation -
By Gethin Coolbaugh - Regional Editor There just isn't any love for Tom Brady. That was the case for the 2012 NFL MVP Award, at least, as Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won the award over both Drew Brees of the Saints and Brady of the ...

The Surface Of Mars Is Too Dry For Life

Forbes -
A new study by a research team at the Imperial College in London has confirmed what has been the most probable result since the Viking lander first visited Mars - it's far too dry to be inhabited.

SpaceX launch will be a key test for NASA

By Ledyard King, Gannett Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - NASA controllers and curious spectators won't be the only ones watching the upcoming launch of the first commercial vehicle to the International Space Station.

Rescuers release beached dolphins

Boston Globe -
Two dolphins were rescued after stranding themselves on a beach opposite Duck Creek in Wellfleet yesterday, officials said. The dolphins, a male and a female, were rescued by members of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and were released from ...

Russian scientists eye mission to moon this decade

Fox News -
Russia's space agency and training center for cosmonauts is launching a campaign to choose a new team of cosmonauts to train for a special mission, most likely for the moon this decade, Pravda.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder defends Planned Parenthood decision

Los Angeles Times -
Nancy G. Brinker says abortion is not the reason that grants for breast cancer exams are being cut off. Lawmakers, women's health advocates and others continue to criticize the move, and both groups see donations pour in.

Paying for stem cells: A bad idea

Los Angeles Times -
The practice might lead to donors who wouldn't admit to having a medical condition that could potentially endanger the recipient.

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