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Obama to lay out long-awaited Afghan plan

Reuters - Steve Holland, Adam Entous - ‎30 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama plans to announce on Tuesday that he will send about 30000 more US troops to Afghanistan in a long-awaited war strategy shift that he hopes will defeat the Taliban and allow ...

HIV-infected Chinese children struggle with stigma

Reuters - Royston Chan - ‎1 hour ago‎
FUYANG, China, Dec 1 (Reuters) - The second storey of this nondescript building in Fuyang city in China's central province of Anhui houses HIV-positive orphans, but unlike many other similar establishments, there are no signboards ...

Rogers asked to testify about party crashers

Chicago Sun-Times - Lynn Sweet - ‎55 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON --White House social secretary Desiree Rogers has been asked to testify at a Thursday hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee about how wannabe reality TV stars Tareq and Michaele Salahi crashed the ...

Switzerland minaret ban condemned

Aljazeera.net - ‎1 hour ago‎
Switzerland is facing international criticism and charges of intolerance following a shock referendum vote backing a constitutional ban on the construction of new minarets.

EU leaders want details on China emissions plan

The Associated Press - ‎46 minutes ago‎
BEIJING - China should provide details on how it will implement its greenhouse gas limits and offer further proposals commensurate with its status as the world's largest emitter, European leaders said Tuesday.

Some countries recognize Lobo's win

MiamiHerald.com - Laura Figueroa, Frances Robles - ‎48 minutes ago‎
The president-elect of Honduras was recognized by several countries in the region, but his ousted predecessor claimed fraud. By LAURA FIGUEROA AND FRANCES ROBLES TEGUCIGALPA -- Honduras awoke Monday with three presidents: one just elected, ...

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Healthcare debate is (officially) on in the Senate

Los Angeles Times - Noam N. Levey - ‎1 hour ago‎
The biggest questions are how long deliberations will last and what the final bill will look like when it finally comes to a vote.

Old Clemency May Be Issue for Huckabee

New York Times - Kate Zernike - ‎3 hours ago‎
When Mike Huckabee, a former Southern Baptist minister then serving as governor of Arkansas, granted clemency to Maurice Clemmons nine years ago, he cited his age: Mr.

Supreme Court Overturns Decision on Detainee Photos

New York Times - Adam Liptak - ‎11 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday vacated a lower court ruling that would have required the government to release photographs showing the abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Vivendi, GE Agree on Price for NBC Stake, Clearing Path to Deal

Bloomberg - Rachel Layne, Andy Fixmer - ‎1 hour ago‎
Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- General Electric Co. and Vivendi SA agreed on a $5.8 billion valuation for the French telecommunications company's 20 percent stake in NBC Universal, according to two people with knowledge of the ...

Dubai cast adrift as credibility crumbles

CNN International - Andrew England, Simeon Kerr - ‎1 hour ago‎
(FT) -- Whether knowingly or not, Dubai, a city state built with grandiose long-term plans financed by piles of short-term debt, has cut off a crucial lifeline that may have helped it navigate the storm that threatens to engulf it.

Japan's Bonds Rise on Speculation BOJ to Boost Debt Purchases

Bloomberg - Theresa Barraclough - ‎1 hour ago‎
Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Japan's 10-year bonds rose, set for the biggest gain in three weeks, after the Bank of Japan said it will hold an emergency policy meeting today, spurring speculation the central bank will increase debt ...

Harrabin's Notes: Debating the IPCC

BBC News - ‎8 hours ago‎
In his regular column, the bbc's environment analyst, Roger Harrabin, looks at how the affair of the stolen climate e-mails has sparked debate among some scientists about the body which peer reviews climate science.

Large Hadron Collider Breaks Energy Record

InformationWeek - Thomas Claburn - ‎9 hours ago‎
The LHC, a particle accelerator used to study small particles for advanced physics research, is operated by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

7 Reasons Why ereaders Make Great Gifts This Year

PC Magazine - Lance Ulanoff - ‎8 hours ago‎
Some people think ereaders like the Kindle are nothing but a blip in the technology timeline. I beg to differ. by Lance Ulanoff I just read a column by a guy whom I know, respect, and, typically, agree with.

`New Moon' keeps shining with $42.9M weekend

The Associated Press - ‎8 hours ago‎
LOS ANGELES - "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" finished at the top of the Thanksgiving weekend box office with $42.9 million, while "The Blind Side" ran a close second at $40.1 million.

Wilbon: Little reason to care

Washington Post - Michael Wilbon - ‎35 minutes ago‎
As significant stories go, this Tiger Woods episode isn't much of one, but it certainly has the nation engaged. Once upon a time we were at least a little embarrassed about gossip.

Chelsea Clinton to Wed Long-Time Boyfriend

ABC News - Andrew Quinn, Jill Serjeant - ‎8 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chelsea Clinton, the only child of former President Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has announced her engagement to long-time boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky.

Saints Sprint Past the Patriots to Remain Unbeaten

New York Times - Judy Battista - ‎1 hour ago‎
NEW ORLEANS - The last time the New England Patriots played in the Louisiana Superdome, they won their first Super Bowl and launched a dynasty.

Notre Dame alumni and boosters respond to firing of Weis

USA Today - ‎1 hour ago‎
USA TODAY sent an e-mail survey to dozens of Notre Dame alumni and boosters around the country. We asked about the place of Notre Dame in the college football world.

Tiger Woods will skip tournament in Thousand Oaks

Los Angeles Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
He won't play host at Sherwood Country Club event this week, he announces on website. His decision to not speak publicly after single-car crash is a bad move, crisis experts say.

Fall Wave of Swine Flu Has Peaked, Data Confirm

New York Times - Donald G. McNeil Jr - ‎3 hours ago‎
By DONALD G. mcneil Jr. New swine flu infections continue to drop across the United States, confirmation that the pandemic's fall wave has peaked, according to figures posted online Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Health-Insurance Costs Won't Rise for Most in US, Study Finds

Bloomberg - Alex Nussbaum - ‎1 hour ago‎
Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The Obama Administration hailed a congressional report that predicted most Americans will pay no more for insurance coverage under health-care legislation being debated in the US Senate.

Amid probe, pharmacies cut back on liquid Tamiflu price

USA Today - Alison Young - ‎1 hour ago‎
Walgreens has reduced its prices by nearly 20% and CVS nearly 10% for a scarce liquid form of the H1N1 drug Tamiflu amid state investigations into potential price gouging.

The Short, Strange Trip of Nathan Abbott: A Cautionary Tale

Wired News - Mat Honan - ‎8 hours ago‎
[Editor's note: Every now and then, an event crosses from the world we observe into the world we inhabit. This is one of those situations: Wired magazine contributing editor Mathew Honan—a regular in the office and the pages of the ...

Bracing for another market crash

CNNMoney.com - Walter Updegrave - ‎Nov 27, 2009‎
The markets have made quite a comeback this year. But is it too much too soon? By Walter Updegrave, Money Magazine senior editor NEW YORK (Money) -- Question: I'm very worried that we may see another stock market correction.

Walking Into the Earth's Heart: The Grand Canyon

New York Times - Henry Shukman - ‎Nov 27, 2009‎
Hikers coming up out of the canyon on the South Kaibab trail, headed for the South Rim. By HENRY SHUKMAN “I HAVE heard rumors of visitors who were disappointed,” JB Priestley once said of the Grand Canyon.

Golfers: Completely Out of Control

Wall Street Journal - Jason Gay - ‎13 hours ago‎
Ladies and gentlemen, this is why the planet needs a 24-hour celebrity-golf-justice channel. We've been arguing this for years.

Dubai's threat to US banks

CNNMoney.com - Les Christie - ‎Nov 27, 2009‎
Although there's little direct exposure to Dubai World's default risk, US financial institutions could take major indirect hits.