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US Demands Clear Results From Afghan Reforms

New York Times - Peter Baker, Mark Landler - ‎44 minutes ago‎
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived Wednesday in Kabul. She later met with the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai. By PETER BAKER and MARK LANDLER WASHINGTON - President Obama's top diplomat privately pressed Afghan President Hamid Karzai to ...

Senate health bill woos moderates

Boston Globe - Lisa Wangsness, Susan Milligan - ‎27 minutes ago‎
Senate majority leader Harry Reid unveiled his long-awaited version of a sweeping health care bill last night. He is hoping to bring the health care package up for a test vote on Saturday.

Obama and Lee urge N Korea talks

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
US President Barack Obama and his South Korean counterpart, Lee Myung-bak, have urged North Korea to return to international nuclear negotiations.

Afghan corruption a political obstacle

BBC News - Paul Reynolds - ‎12 hours ago‎
The problem of corruption in Afghanistan was highlighted recently when an international survey placed the country as the second most corrupt in the world.

Mideast Peace Talks Hang in Balance Over Abbas

New York Times - Ethan Bronner - ‎34 minutes ago‎
JERUSALEM - Two weeks after the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, vowed not to run for re-election and hinted that he might resign, the Middle East peace process has sunk into a deep crisis amid urgent efforts to revive it.

Iraqi Veto Threatens Parliamentary Vote

Wall Street Journal - Ben Lando - ‎3 hours ago‎
BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi vetoed a recently approved election law, throwing a parliamentary vote slated for January into question.

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Sarah Palin's 'Going Rogue'

ABC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who captured the nation's attention as the No. 2 on the Republican 2008 presidential ticket, shares her life story in "Going Rogue: An American Life.

Judge rules Army engineers liable for Katrina flooding

Washington Post - ‎19 minutes ago‎
By AP NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Army Corps of Engineers' failure to properly maintain a navigation channel led to massive flooding in Hurricane Katrina.

Holder Defends Decision to Use US Court for 9/11 Trial

New York Times - Charlie Savage - ‎2 hours ago‎
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. fought off criticism Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee over his choice not to use a military commission.

How to Survive Thanksgiving Travel

Wall Street Journal - Scott Mccartney - ‎23 minutes ago‎
If you're planning to fly this Thanksgiving, be prepared for some fresh hassles at the airport. New security rules, changes in airline staffing and holiday crowds mean that vacationers—especially those who haven't flown in a ...

Japanese Bank Plans $11.2 Billion Share Sale

New York Times - ‎53 minutes ago‎
By BETTINA WASSENER Japan's largest bank, the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, said Wednesday that it would press ahead with plans to raise up to $11.2 billion to bolster its financial cushion, despite results that showed a sharp jump in profit in the ...

China Minsheng Bank raises $3.9 bln in HK IPO -sources

Forbes - Kennix Chim, Jonathan Hopfner - ‎30 minutes ago‎
HONG KONG, Nov 19 (Reuters) - China Minsheng Banking Corp, the country's seventh-largest listed bank, raised US$3.9 billion when it priced its Hong Kong initial public offering around the mid-point of its indicated range, ...

Judges Denies AT&T's Request To Halt Verizon Ads

ChannelWeb - Rob Wright - ‎5 hours ago‎
AT&T may hate Verizon Wireless' 3G advertising, but the company will have to deal with it now that AT&T's quest to have the ads taken off the air has been thrown out of court.

Reality Check: Google Phone Far From a Sure Thing

PC World - Jr Raphael - ‎6 hours ago‎
Reading some of the Web's headlines today, you'd be hard-pressed not to think the so-called Google Phone is as good as on store shelves.

Modern Warfare 2 five-day sales hit $550 million

GameSpot - Tom Magrino - ‎10 hours ago‎
Activision claims Infinity Ward's latest shooter breaks host of 24, 120-hour entertainment records spanning games, movies, books.

'Twilight,' the love that dare not speak its shame

Washington Post - Monica Hesse - ‎1 hour ago‎
Good, smart, literary women tried to resist the romantic-vampire phenomenon. And then, alas, they bit. The "Twilight" phenomenon is huge, and fans eagerly await sequel "New Moon," which stars Kristen Stewart, center, as mortal Bella Swan.

'New Moon' ticket pre-sales breaking records

Entertainment Weekly - Kate Ward - ‎29 minutes ago‎
No surprise here: Twilight fans are salivating in preparation to sink their teeth into the franchise's much-anticipated sequel, New Moon.

Book Award for Novel on Impact of Aerialist

New York Times - Motoko Rich - ‎46 minutes ago‎
Colum McCann won the National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday night for “Let the Great World Spin,” a novel featuring a sprawling cast of characters in 1970s New York City whose lives are ineluctably touched by the mysterious ...

MMA Fighting Stances: Mixed martial arts intelligence from the cage and ring

USA Today - Sergio Non - ‎31 minutes ago‎
World Extreme Cagefighting's featherweight belt changed hands Wednesday night, with Jose Aldo's speed overwhelming champion Mike Brown.

Avalanche-Oilers Sums

New York Times - ‎46 minutes ago‎
By AP First Period--1, Colorado, Hejduk 9 (Preissing, Duchene), 8:26. 2, Edmonton, Horcoff 4 (Hemsky, Visnovsky), 16:39. 3, Colorado, Hejduk 10 (Duchene, Durno), 18:36.

Cavaliers-Wizards Game Review

USA Today - Bennie Adams - ‎1 hour ago‎
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Antawn Jamison thrived in his season debut, pouring in 31 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, and the Wizards snapped their six-game slide by pulling away for a 108-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Flu vaccine tops Santa's wish list

Boston Herald - Marie Szaniszlo, Renee Nadeau - ‎30 minutes ago‎
Mall Santas who want to be prioritized say their concerns are nothing to ho ho ho about. Ernest Berger of Santa America wants Kris Kringles across the country to be given priority for the H1N1 vaccine - and not just ...

Breast Cancer Screening Policy Won't Change, US Officials Say

New York Times - Kevin Sack, Gina Kolata - ‎3 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration distanced itself Wednesday from new standards on breast cancer screening that were recommended this week by a federally appointed task force, saying government insurance programs would ...

Egyptian Mummies Had Clogged Arteries

ABC News - Lauren Cox - ‎11 hours ago‎
Rich Egyptians living 3500 years ago may have been walking around with the same clogged arteries that modern Americans now battle, according to a presentation Monday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting.

TCU, Cincinnati title-worthy? Welcome to the sport's new reality

SI.com - ‎Nov 15, 2009‎
AP At his postgame press conference last Friday following a 24-21 win over West Virginia, Brian Kelly, coach of the 10-0 Cincinnati Bearcats, said all the things a coach should say when he's still got two games left ahead of him.

Vaccination: A Conversation Worth Having

Huffington Post (blog) - ‎Nov 15, 2009‎
While America is still in the grips of swine flu mania, let me use this opportunity to clear up a few things about my beliefs concerning the flu shot, vaccines, and health in general.

Lucius Baston, left, and Nicolas Cage, who plays as a tormented, drug-addled ...

New York Times (blog) - Manohla Dargis - ‎Nov 13, 2009‎
THERE are any number of characteristic Nicolas Cage scenes in Werner Herzog's “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” interludes you watch with a now-familiar mixture of genuine appreciation and more than a touch of bewilderment.

Pirates foiled in a second attack on Maersk Alabama cargo ship

CNN - Mohamed Amiin Adow, Al Goodman - ‎10 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- A US-flagged ship that played a central role in a bloody hijacking drama last spring was attacked again Wednesday, a busy day for piracy in the dangerous waters off the east coast of Africa.

The new flipping: short sales

Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Michael Braga, Chris Davis - ‎Nov 14, 2009‎
This house in Nokomis was bought on June 30 for $205000 and then sold the same day for $230000. By Michael Braga & Chris Davis Untold millions of dollars that banks could have recovered from the sale of distressed Florida homes have instead been ...