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House-Senate deal reached on payroll tax cut

Fox News -
WASHINGTON - A top lawmaker says the House of Representatives and Senate have sealed a final agreement on legislation to renew a 2 percentage-point cut in the payroll tax and jobless benefits for millions of unemployed workers, a top priority of ...
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Aggressive Acts by Iran Signal Pressure on Its Leadership

New York Times -
WASHINGTON - A string of aggressive gestures by Iran this week - assassination attempts on Israelis living abroad that were attributed to Tehran, renewed posturing over its nuclear program and fresh threats of economic retaliation - suggest that ...

Huge prison fire kills over 350 inmates in Honduras |

Reuters -
By Mike McDonald and Mayra Navarro | COMAYAGUA, Honduras (Reuters) - More than 350 convicts died screaming and spluttering when a huge fire ripped through a prison in Honduras, reducing large swathes of the complex to a blackened husk.

Coach Sees Fredette and Lin Adjusting

New York Times -
Jimmer Fredette, the rookie guard for the Sacramento Kings, and Jeremy Lin have a bit in common as NBA anomalies. One was undrafted out of Harvard.

Santorum releases tax returns for 2007-10

By Jackie Kucinich, USA TODAY Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum released four years of tax returns Wednesday night, the most for any Republican presidential candidate this year.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks fall as Greek bailout delay dampens mood

Reuters -
* MSCI Asia ex-Japan falls 1.3 pct, Nikkei down 0.2 pct * Euro slips 0.4 pct on another Greece rescue delay * Copper down 1 pct, Brent crude off 8-month high By Chikako Mogi TOKYO, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Asian shares and the euro fell on Thursday as ...

Libya militias threatening stability, says Amnesty

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The human rights group says at least 12 detainees held by militias have died after being tortured since September. The report is being released to coincide with the one-year anniversary on Friday of the revolt that toppled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi ...

Syria opens the door to multi-party elections

ABC Online -
ELEANOR HALL: To Syria now where president Bashar Al-Assad has announced that in 10 days time a referendum will be held on a new constitution for his country, that could end the monopoly that his own Baath party has on power.

China leader-in-waiting Xi woos and warns US

Reuters -
By Carey Gillam and Chris Buckley | DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - China's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping received a warm welcome in the US heartland on Wednesday, moving from Washington and talks on contentious international issues to Iowa, ...

Thailand: Iranians Planned to Attack Israelis

ABC News -
Thailand's police chief said the Iranians who were arrested after accidentally setting off explosives at their rented home in Bangkok were plotting to attack Israeli diplomats, bolstering claims by Israel that the group was part of an Iranian-backed ...

Gay Marriage a Tough Sell with Blacks in Maryland

New York Times -
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - As a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland hurtles toward a vote in the legislature this week, a coalition lobbying for its passage has focused much of its efforts on a group of Democrats who could potentially scuttle its ...

Controversy surrounds Josh Powell burial

CBS News -
SEATTLE - Josh Powell's surviving relatives want him buried at the same cemetery as the two young sons he killed, in a plot just overlooking their grave, the city manager in Puyallup said Wednesday.

Shares Slide on Greece's Troubles

New York Times -
Stocks slumped on Wednesday in one of their worst showings this year as Greece slogged through negotiations with other countries over a bailout.

Brent slips on Greece woes; stays above $118 on supply fears

Reuters -
By Jessica Jaganathan | SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Brent crude prices slipped on Thursday on fears of a delay in a second bailout package for debt-ridden Greece, although worries of supply disruption from Iran and US data showing an unexpected drop in ...

Santorum gains support: GOP candidate visits ND to sway voters

Minot Daily News -
TIOGA - Riding what supporters called "the peak of his popularity," a former Pennsylvania senator with larger aspirations visited the heart of oil country Wednesday morning and afternoon.

On individual donors, Obama outraises GOP in most states

By Fredreka Schouten and Christopher Schnaars, USA TODAY WASHINGTON - President Obama has outraised the top Republican presidential fundraiser in two-thirds of the country, including battleground states such as Pennsylvania and North Carolina ...

Falcone Said to Be Seeking Spectrum Swap to Salvage LightSquared

BusinessWeek -
By Katherine Burton and Saijel Kishan Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Billionaire Phil Falcone is seeking to swap spectrum owned by LightSquared Inc. with that controlled by the US Department of Defense, a person familiar with the company said, in an effort to ...

With apps, an easy sweep of user data from phones

San Jose Mercury News -
By Nicole Perlroth and Nick Bilton The address book in smartphones -- where some of the user's most personal data is carried -- is free for app developers to take at will, often without the phone owner's knowledge.

The Rise of Intermarriage

Pew Social and Demographic Trends -
by Wendy Wang This report analyzes the demographic and economic characteristics of newlyweds who marry spouses of a different race or ethnicity, and compares the traits of those who “marry out” with those who “marry in.

The 'Idol' Plague is the only winner on group night -
By Craig Berman “American Idol” said goodbye to Hollywood Week on Wednesday, leaving behind the group performances, Room 3 and - it hopes - the plague.

'Revenge' Postmortem: Joshua Bowman Speaks Out on Daniel's Fate

Hollywood Reporter -
The ABC drama's cast and the episode's director tell THR what to expect after the death at Wednesday's twisted Fire and Ice Ball.

Angelina Jolie in tears at movie screening

Apun Ka Choice -
By IANS Actress Angelina Jolie ended up in tears following a standing ovation from the audience at a screening of her new movie In The Land of Blood and Honey in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo.

Will Miami be Peyton Manning's place?

Boston Herald -
Question du jour: Could Peyton be the Man-ning for Miami? The Manning-Colts saga took another twist yesterday with all kinds of intriguing scenarios that, of course, would have all kinds of intriguing consequences for the New England Patriots [team ...

Martin scores 32, Rockets take down Thunder -
HOUSTON -- Kevin McHale had a talk with Kevin Martin late Tuesday night after he went scoreless for the first time in six years and was relegated to the bench for most of the second half of a loss to Memphis.

Ellenberger tops Sanchez at UFC on Fuel 1

By Sergio Non, USA TODAY Jake Ellenberger won a unanimous 29-28 decision against welterweight Diego Sanchez on Wednesday during the main event of UFC on Fuel 1 in Omaha.

Barnes scores 23 points to help No. 8 North Carolina rally in 2nd half and ...

Washington Post -
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The North Carolina Tar Heels lead the nation in scoring and rebounding. They showed Miami they can be good on defense, too.

Selanne leads Ducks past Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Dog tired at the end of a lengthy shift, Anaheim's Matt Beleskey saw a familiar No. 8 out of the corner of his eye, flipped the puck in that general direction and hoped for the best.

Leaked: a plan to teach climate change skepticism in schools -
By Bill Dedman Updated: 4:40 pm ET: The Heartland Institute says the documents referred to below were obtained through "pretexting," in which a person posing as a board member sent an e-mail asking a staffer to "resend" documents from board meetings.

Dwarf galaxy yields up middle-sized black hole

Register -
By Richard Chirgwin • Get more from this author Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope to confirm X-ray observations first published in 2009 have turned up the first observational evidence of mid-sized black holes.

Switzerland: Plan to Ease Space Clutter

New York Times -
Swiss scientists say they plan to launch a “janitor satellite” specially designed to get rid of orbiting debris known as space junk.

Space robot makes history by shaking astronaut's hand -
NASA robot Robonaut 2 shakes the hand of astronaut Daniel Burbank on Feb. 15, 2012, during the Expedition 30 mission. Robonaut 2 is the first humanoid robot ever to fly in space.

Cancer Patients Fume Over Counterfeit Avastin

ABC News -
( Cancer patients are furious that a counterfeit version of the drug Avastin has landed in US clinics. Avastin, which is made by the California-based company Genentech, is used in combination with chemotherapy to treat cancers of the colon, ...

Stanford surgeons put pacemaker in 15-minute-old premature newborn with heart ...

Washington Post -
SAN FRANCISCO - The name Jaya in Hindi means victorious. And little Jaya Maharaj was just that, when she became one of the smallest recipients of a pacemaker when she was just 15 minutes old.


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