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Obama wants to 'finish the job' in Afghanistan

USA Today - ‎2 hours ago‎
President Obama confirmed he will make an Afghanistan announcement "shortly," but declined to say how many more US troops he would deploy and how he might pay for them.

52 Confirmed Deaths in Philippines Massacre

New York Times - Carlos H. Conde - ‎45 minutes ago‎
MANILA - The death toll in Monday's election violence rose to 52 on Wednesday, the Philippine authorities said, as six more bodies were recovered.

Southern Calif. wildfire spreads amid gusty winds

The Associated Press - ‎6 minutes ago‎
ANAHEIM, Calif. - A wind-driven wildfire broke out south of Los Angeles Tuesday night as late season Santa Ana winds blasted down burning slopes toward homes.

UK to set out 'battle of Danny boy' Iraqi abuse probe

BBC News - ‎4 hours ago‎
The defence secretary is to announce details of an inquiry into alleged war crimes by UK soldiers in Iraq. Bob Ainsworth will set out the terms of the probe into claims 20 Iraqis were murdered and nine others tortured at a UK base after a fire-fight in ...

World powers draft resolution on Iran

PRESS TV - ‎40 minutes ago‎
Five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have prepared a draft resolution on Iran's nuclear energy program.

Shalit deal gives Palestinian prisoners unprecedented media exposure

Ha'aretz - Avi Issacharoff - ‎4 hours ago‎
It's doubtful the organizers of the International Conference on Palestinian Prisoners ever believed it would get this kind of media exposure.

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Gov. Granholm among guests at Obama's first state dinner

The Detroit News - ‎1 hour ago‎
Washington -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm feasted on an elaborate array of vegetarian dishes and listened to the National Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday night at the first state dinner hosted by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle.

Maldonado bad news for Valley lieutenant governor hopefuls

Fresno Bee - E.J. Schultz - ‎59 minutes ago‎
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's choice of moderate Republican Abel Maldonado for lieutenant governor is unwelcome news for two Valley politicians seeking the same job in the 2010 election.

Dobbs Reaches Out to Latinos, With Politics in Mind

Wall Street Journal - Peter Wallsten - ‎2 hours ago‎
Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, pondering a future in politics, is trying to wipe away his image as an enemy of Latino immigrants by positioning himself as a champion of that fast-growing ethnic bloc.
Lou Dobbs Reaches Out To Latinos Huffington Post (blog)

Nikkei rises 0.4 percent in choppy trade, exporters up

Reuters - Aiko Hayashi - ‎1 hour ago‎
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average rose 0.4 percent in choppy trade on Wednesday as shares of exporters such as Sony Corp (6758.

PRECIOUS-Gold hits record on dollar, India buying talk

Reuters - Miho Yoshikawa - ‎28 minutes ago‎
TOKYO, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Gold struck a record high for a second time this week, rising above $1178 an ounce on Wednesday, as the dollar slipped and a newspaper reported that India was "open to buying" more gold from the International ...

Vietnam to Devalue Currency, Raise Rates

Wall Street Journal - Trong Khanh, Nguyen Pham Muoi - ‎1 hour ago‎
HANOI -- Vietnam will devalue its currency and raise interest rates, bowing to market forces that have long pressured the dong and acted as a drain on the country's foreign-exchange reserves.

Climate Change E-mail Leak Indicates 'Hacktivism' Trend

ChannelWeb - Stefanie Hoffman - ‎8 hours ago‎
An e-mail hack that exposed thousands of private e-mails and documents about global warming from a University of East Anglia climate change research center indicates a shifting paradigm for e-mail as a means of "private" ...

China doesn't want "empty" Copenhagen deal-Xinhua

Reuters - Tom Miles, Emma Graham-Harrison - ‎1 hour ago‎
BEIJING, Nov 25 (Reuters) - China will demand next month's Copenhagen climate summit culminates in a real deal, Xinhua news agency quoted a Chinese negotiator as saying, but appears to have accepted that a legally binding agreement must wait until 2010 ...

Google won't exclude distorted Michelle Obama image from its site

Los Angeles Times - David Colker - ‎2 hours ago‎
'We have, in general, a bias toward free speech,' a Google spokesman says, explaining that offensiveness alone is not a reason to remove the image from the search index.

Donny Osmond dances to victory on "Stars" finale

Reuters - Christopher Michaud, Bob Tourtellotte - ‎2 hours ago‎
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Donny Osmond danced his way to victory on Tuesday, winning the 9th season of the hit ABC television show "Dancing With the Stars" after wowing the judges with his irrepressible determination and final tango.

Adam Lambert and TV scandal: A match made in rock heaven

Los Angeles Times - ‎7 hours ago‎
Adam Lambert has taken the better part of a year to unfold his shiny wings on national television. He finally took flight Sunday on the American Music Awards -- but not in the direction that many, including some devoted fans, had hoped.

"Assassin," "Dogs" join teen vampires at box office

Reuters - Carl DiOrio - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Carl diorio LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - There's no doubt that "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" will rise to the top of the domestic box office again over the coming long holiday weekend.

Lakers' cruise gets a little choppy

Los Angeles Times - Broderick Turner - ‎17 minutes ago‎
The Lakers have started to hit their stride, winning four consecutive games, all of them by double digits. The latest victims were the New York Knicks.

Wizards owner helped transform DC

Washington Post - Peter Perl - ‎38 minutes ago‎
He arrived in Washington more than 75 years ago, the gangly son of a Russian metal worker named Morris Pollinovsky who came to America a poor man speaking no English.

Warriors top Mavericks using only 6 players

San Francisco Chronicle - Rusty Simmons - ‎2 hours ago‎
Trailing by nine points with six minutes to go Tuesday, Monta Ellis provided the loudest voice in the Warriors' huddle. With the athletic trainers trying to massage the cramps out of his tired calves, Ellis insisted that his team wasn't out of the game ...

Priority groups expanded for H1N1 shot

West Central Tribune - Anne Polta - ‎49 minutes ago‎
WILLMAR - Vaccine availability for H1N1 novel influenza is being expanded to all health priority groups, the Minnesota Department of Health announced Tuesday.

UNAIDS: Sex main cause for HIV spreading in China

The Associated Press - Elaine Kurtenbach - ‎1 hour ago‎
SHANGHAI - The virus that causes AIDS is now spreading fastest in China through heterosexual sex, a trend demanding new strategies to stave off a rebound in the epidemic after years of progress in containing it, a United Nations report said.

Recent Cancer Screening Changes Leave Many Confused

U.S. News & World Report - Amanda Gardner - ‎16 hours ago‎
TUESDAY, Nov. 24 (healthday News) -- The world of cancer screening has been upended in the past two weeks. Not only did the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) just raise the age at which it recommends women get their first ...
Cancer-test advice decried Louisville Courier-Journal

Brighter signs in economy haven't boosted confidence or hiring

CNN - Manav Tanneeru - ‎Nov 23, 2009‎
(CNN) -- Despite some signs that the economy is on the mend, a lack of confidence from consumers and companies alike may hamper job growth during the next few months, economists say.

Homeowners Charge US Made Toxic Drywall

CBS News - ‎Nov 23, 2009‎
Rotting, damaged drywall. George and Brenda Brincku and their family had to abandon their dream house because of noxious fumes and health concerns tied to contaminated drywall.

New Documentary Challenges Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth' on Global Warming

FOXNews - ‎Nov 21, 2009‎
In 2007, a British High Court judge ruled that Al Gore's global warming film contained nine significant errors and should no longer be screened in schools unless accompanied by guidance notes to balance Gore's "one-sided" views.

Huston Smith's painful spiritual odyssey

CNN - John Blake - ‎Nov 23, 2009‎
(CNN) -- Huston Smith sat at the bedside of his firstborn child, watching her life ebb away. "I have no complaints," Karen Smith told her father.

The Biology Behind the Milk of Human Kindness

New York Times - Natalie Angier - ‎Nov 23, 2009‎
As the festival of mandatory gratitude looms into view, allow me to offer a few suggestions on what, exactly, you should be thankful for.