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US aircraft to join international effort to fight Israeli fire

CNN International - ‎1 hour ago‎
By the CNN Wire Staff Jerusalem (CNN) -- Five US Defense Department aircraft will leave for Israel this weekend to help fight a wildfire that has killed at least 41 people and injured 17 others.
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Senate to vote on Democratic tax cut plans

The Associated Press - ‎38 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON (AP) - Their defeat on the Senate floor is predictable and the speeches have the ring of the recent campaign season. But Democrats are already eyeing the 2012 elections and eager to engineer a showdown over tax cuts in an attempt to depict ...
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WikiLeaks struggles to keep its site active online

Washington Post - Ellen Nakashima, Edward Cody - ‎2 hours ago‎
WikiLeaks, which has sought to leverage the anonymity and ubiquity of the Internet in its efforts to make public secret information, is struggling to keep its Web site online without interruption.
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LeBron: The Day After

Kansas City Star - ‎1 hour ago‎
Before the divorce.I realize I'm not a very good person to judge the emotions of a sports fan since emotions are the polar antithesis of what UFR is about.

Sources: Deal site Groupon rejects Google's offer

Chicago Tribune - Melissa Harris, Wailin Wong - ‎4 hours ago‎
Chicago-based Groupon Inc. has turned down an acquisition offer from Google Inc. and is staying independent, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation said Friday.

Dispute over Ivory Coast election result

BBC News - ‎3 hours ago‎
The opposition candidate in Ivory Coast's presidential election has declared himself the new head of state, despite his election victory being overturned by the Constitutional Council.

US Trade Pact Set With South Korea via Auto Tariff Deal

New York Times - Sewell Chan - ‎57 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - American negotiators have completed a free-trade agreement with South Korea that will eliminate most tariffs on exports and solidify one of the nation's most significant alliances in Asia, the Obama administration said on ...

Health forecasters see a normal flu season

Philadelphia Inquirer - Don Sapatkin - ‎1 hour ago‎
Nearly two years after pandemic flu terrified, however briefly, a lot of Americans, and nearly one year after all flu virtually disappeared, public-health officials said Friday that the early signs were pointing toward the return of a ...

Check out these must-see Art Basel highlights - Fabiola Santiago - ‎3 hours ago‎
So much art to see, and so little time! Need some help to navigate Art Basel this weekend? Here are some of the best stops to make.

Unemployment rises, job creation falls

San Francisco Chronicle - Tom Abate - ‎3 hours ago‎
Unemployment rose and job creation slumped in November, according to a Labor Department report that fueled debate about whether tax cuts, more stimulus or a combination would be the best remedy for a sick but recovering economy.

Lap-Band could be more widely available

Washington Post - Rob Stein - ‎1 hour ago‎
A federal advisory panel Friday endorsed a company's request that a device used for weight-loss surgery be permitted to be used on people who are slightly less obese, a crucial step toward making the already increasingly popular procedures ...

Oracle launches SPARC Supercluster, sets new DB performance record

Ars Technica - Ryan Paul - ‎7 hours ago‎
During a press briefing this week, Oracle head Larry Ellison announced the launch of the SPARC Supercluster, a new high-performance enterprise computing system that couples Sun's processor ...

'Significant progress' made between Jeter, Yankees

New York Post - George A. King III - ‎2 hours ago‎
The Yankees upping their offer to Derek Jeter produced the desired effect Friday when the sides moved closer to reaching a deal. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, “significant progress was made'' during a day ...

Increased jobless rate casts benefits fight in new light

Philadelphia Inquirer - Jane M. Von Bergen - ‎1 hour ago‎
Two separate bills that would extend unemployment benefits for a year may come up for votes in Washington on Saturday, even as politicians and economists respond to Friday's disappointing jobs report from the Labor Department.

Ron Santo - a passionate, feisty Cub for life

San Francisco Chronicle - Lea Suzuki - ‎58 minutes ago‎
Friday's tributes to Ron Santo, the longtime Chicago Cubs third baseman and broadcaster who died Thursday, included many anecdotes about his long, colorful career in baseball.

CA lawmaker aims to outlaw cell phones for inmates

Washington Post - ‎5 hours ago‎
AP SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A California lawmaker said Friday he will renew an attempt to make it illegal for prison inmates to have cell phones after a newspaper reported cult killer Charles Manson was once caught with one in prison.

Shuttle delayed to test out tank

Florida Today - Todd Halvorson - ‎3 hours ago‎
CAPE CANAVERAL - Delaying Discovery's final flight to February pushed Endeavour's last launch to April, but NASA still could fly one extra mission to the International Space Station before shuttle ...

Nicole Kidman Talks Babies, Nightmares At 'Rabbit Hole' Premiere - Eric Ditzian - ‎12 hours ago‎
'I was having nightmares and I was really shaken,' she tells MTV News about tackling difficult role. By Eric Ditzian (@ericditzian) Several years ago, when Nicole Kidman was pregnant with her daughter, she began developing a big-screen adaptation of ...

The Red Sox have long been viewed as the obvious match for Adrian Gonzalez - Jon Heyman - ‎4 hours ago‎
The San Diego Padres are talking fairly extensively to teams -- most notably the Boston Red Sox, though not exclusively the Red Sox -- about trades involving All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal: A Timeline Of Their Romance - Jocelyn Vena - ‎13 hours ago‎
Five weeks and many lattes later, we look back on the budding romance between the country superstar and the A-list heartthrob. By Jocelyn Vena (@jocelyn1212) Five weeks and many coffee-runs later, Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal appear to be the real ...

TCU waiting in the BCS wings

Philadelphia Inquirer - ‎1 hour ago‎
It's championship/bowl positioning Saturday in America. Auburn and Oregon are favored to advance to the BCS national title game Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.

Mel Gibson 'The Beaver' Trailer Video (WATCH NOW)

Right TV - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Joan Mel Gibson's 'The Beaver' trailer (video below) recently hit the web, much to the utter delight of his critics.

Sources: NBA weighing purchase of New Orleans Hornets

ESPN - Marc Stein - ‎2 hours ago‎
The NBA is weighing whether to buy the New Orleans Hornets from longtime owner George Shinn to have greater control over the permanent sale of the franchise, according to sources with knowledge of the league's thinking.
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