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Congress Poised to Back Obama War Plan

FOXNews - ‎55 minutes ago‎
AP Lawmakers are prepared to back Obama's plan to send 30000 more troops to Afghanistan after getting assurances that some soldiers and Marines will begin withdrawing in July 2011.

Obama to Meet With Business Leaders at Jobs Summit

FOXNews - ‎57 minutes ago‎
AP At the jobs forum, Obama plans to defend his administration's handling of the economy and argue that it would be in far worse shape had Congress not passed the huge stimulus bill earlier this year.

Senate Breaks Health Stalemate; First Votes Today

New York Times - Robert Pear, David M. Herszenhorn - ‎4 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - After more than two days of Senate debate on sweeping health care legislation, Democrats and Republicans said Wednesday that they had broken an impasse over the seemingly simple question of how and ...

UN General Assembly chief voices concern at Swiss ban on minarets

Xinhua - Deng Shasha - ‎2 hours ago‎
UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- UN General Assembly President Ali Treki Wednesday added his voice to a chorus of UN concern over the weekend referendum in Switzerland which outlawed the erection of new minarets, his spokesman said.

Russia: Chechen Separatists Claim Responsibility for Train Bombing

New York Times - Clifford J. Levy - ‎5 hours ago‎
Chechen separatists took responsibility on Wednesday for the bombing of a luxury train last week that killed 26 people in Russia, but the authorities gave no indication that the claim was credible.

Honduran Congress Votes Down Return by Zelaya

New York Times - Elisabeth Malkin - ‎4 hours ago‎
MEXICO CITY - The Honduran Congress voted Wednesday night against restoring the ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, to office to serve out the last two months of his term, throwing into further disarray an American-backed plan to end ...

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NY gay marriage measure defeated

Boston Globe - Jeremy W. Peters - ‎1 hour ago‎
ALBANY, NY - The New York state Senate decisively rejected a bill yesterday that would have allowed gay couples to wed, providing a major victory for those who oppose same-sex marriage and underscoring the deep and emotional ...

Will couple accused of crashing White House dinner show up at House?

CNN - Ed Henry, Kristi Keck - ‎41 minutes ago‎
Michaele and Tareq Salahi have been asked to appear Thursday at House Committee on Homeland Security hearing. Rep. Bennie Thompson says Salahis could be subpoenaed if they don't appear (CNN) -- The couple who allegedly showed up uninvited to last ...

Michelle Obama previews White House's holiday look

CNN - Shawna Shepherd - ‎34 minutes ago‎
Michelle Obama says some of this year's holiday decorations were left over from prior administrations. Washington (CNN) -- Unveiling the White House Christmas tree and holiday decorations, ...

BofA Set to Repay Taxpayers

Wall Street Journal - Dan Fitzpatrick, Deborah Solomon - ‎1 hour ago‎
Bank of America Corp. reached an agreement to repay $45 billion in federal bailout funds and escape pay restrictions and other curbs imposed by the US government.

FOREX-Dollar, yen slide after bofa payback; ECB awaited

Reuters - Satomi Noguchi - ‎41 minutes ago‎
TOKYO, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The yen and the dollar fell on Thursday after Bank of America said it would repay $45 billion of taxpayer bailout funds, boosting investor confidence and trimming safety bids in those currencies.

Bernanke May Defend Fed Powers in Senate Confirmation Hearing

Bloomberg - Craig Torres, Alison Vekshin - ‎2 hours ago‎
Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Ben S. Bernanke, who led the most expansive use of the Federal Reserve's powers in its 96-year history, may fight efforts to curtail its authority and independence during his confirmation hearing ...
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Global-warming e-mails prompt Republican letter to EPA

Los Angeles Times - Jim Tankersley, Alexander C. Hart - ‎4 hours ago‎
GOP members of Congress ask the administration to put climate-change measures on hold because messages from scientists in Britain appear to cast doubt on the idea of man-made warming.

Verizon nixes holiday ads to continue AT&T-bashing

CNET News - Chris Matyszczyk - ‎8 hours ago‎
If you thought that all wireless carriers know just how good their competitors' networks are, you might be suffering from a dropped conception.

Microsoft promises 'open' Bing strategy

Register - ‎2 hours ago‎
Microsoft is committed to an open online strategy to include partners and developers and build market share, while unveiling updates to Bing with a decidedly Microsoft flavor.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK: A big Grammy nomination: This show has got to go

Los Angeles Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
People will disagree over the nominees. But can they agree that this nomination telecast isn't worthy? This year's Grammy nominations promise to inspire loud raspberry choruses from several corners of the popular music world.

Tiger Woods regrets 'transgressions'

Los Angeles Times - ‎4 hours ago‎
He makes an apologetic statement on his website as tabloids continue to run with the story and others wonder about the 'smotherage' of the reporting on his personal life.

Sundance comes to terms with marketplace reality

Los Angeles Times - John Horn - ‎5 hours ago‎
By John Horn >>> With a college application acceptance rate of 7.5%, landing a chance to travel to New Haven, Conn., is a cakewalk compared to catching an invitation to Park City, Utah: For next January's Sundance festival, 1058 features were submitted ...

Woods finds privacy elusive with 'transgressions' admission

USA Today - Steve DiMeglio, Mike McCarthy - ‎3 hours ago‎
By Matt Sullivan, Reuters By Erik Brady and Steve DiMeglio, USA TODAY When a grateful nation sat down to Thanksgiving dinner, Tiger Woods was known simply as the greatest golfer on the planet - a brand name in golf shoes with a public image as neatly ...

Nets set record with 18th consecutive loss

Los Angeles Times - ‎8 minutes ago‎
New Jersey establishes mark for worst start in a season in a 117-101 defeat to the Dallas Mavericks. East Rutherford, NJ - The New Jersey Nets were pounded into NBA infamy Wednesday night, falling to the Dallas Mavericks, 117-101, for their 18th ...

No criminal charges for Woods

Washington Post - Amy Shipley - ‎19 hours ago‎
Tiger Woods received a traffic citation for careless driving that will cost him $164 and four points on his Florida license, but the Florida Highway Patrol said during a news conference Tuesday it had no evidence to pursue any criminal ...

Area health centers to distribute flu vaccine

Boston Globe - Stephen Smith - ‎25 minutes ago‎
In a clear sign that vaccine supplies are becoming more bountiful, Boston-area health departments will distribute thousands of shots and nasal sprays against swine flu during major public immunization drives in coming days.

Mammogram panel says guidelines 'poorly worded'

Los Angeles Times - ‎3 hours ago‎
Members of the task force tell a House hearing that women in their 40s should begin getting breast exam procedures whenever they want.

Embryonic stem-cell lines made available

MiamiHerald.com - Lauran Neergaard, Fred Tasker - ‎1 hour ago‎
AP WASHINGTON -- Scientists can start using taxpayer dollars to do research with 13 batches of embryonic stem cells, and the government says dozens more cell lines should be available soon to open a new era for the potentially ...

Kubiak must go, the amazing Colts, coaching blunders and more Snaps

SI.com - ‎Nov 29, 2009‎
Musings, observations and the occasional insight in a rather lackluster Week 12 that clearly will save its best for last: Patriots at Saints, where I'll be Monday night in a jacked-to-the-gills Superdome in New Orleans .

Home buyers will have to lay out more cash for an FHA mortgage

Los Angeles Times - Jim Puzzanghera, Alejandro Lazo - ‎9 hours ago‎
They'll also need to have higher minimum credit scores under changes announced by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. By Jim Puzzanghera and Alejandro Lazo Reporting from Los Angeles and Washington Alejandro Lazo -- Thousands of Southern California home ...

What really killed Jane Austen?

CNN - Richard Allen Greene - ‎10 hours ago‎
This work by British painter Ozias Humphry is the only known oil painting of Jane Austen, believed to be aged about 14. London, England (CNN) -- It is a truth universally acknowledged -- or nearly so -- that Jane Austen, ...

Vivienne Flesher and Ward Schumaker

New York Times - ‎Dec 1, 2009‎
ONE hundred and fifty years ago today, the most successful terrorist in American history was hanged at the edge of this Shenandoah Valley town.

The Brad & Angelina Tell-All Book - How Fake Is It?

Huffington Post (blog) - ‎Nov 29, 2009‎
Us Weekly has screamed it on covers and the New York Post did the same on Sunday (Brangelina's SEXY SECRETS), but are Brad and Angelina really fighting constantly and breaking up in the near future as an upcoming book claims?