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Reid Seeks to Break Impasse on Payroll Tax Cuts, Unemployment

BusinessWeek -
Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to offer a new proposal to extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits that are set to expire this month.
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Russia's Putin and party suffer election blow |

Reuters -
1 of 25. Journalists and observers work beneath a screen showing the first results from voting in Russia's parliamentray election at the Central Electoral Commission in Moscow, December 4, 2011.

Italy borrowing costs fall on austerity plan

BBC News -
Italy's implied cost of borrowing in financial markets has fallen after new Prime Minister Mario Monti unveiled his austerity plans over the weekend.

Breaking down Alabama's BCS standings win

San Francisco Chronicle -
Six things to consider regarding Alabama's spot at No. 2 in the final BCS standings, just ahead of Oklahoma State, earning the Tide a rematch with LSU in the national title game Jan. 9 in New Orleans: 1. The losses: Alabama's only loss was at home in ...

Egypt Holds First Election Run-Offs After Islamist Gains

BusinessWeek -
Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Egyptians in Cairo, Alexandria and seven other provinces started to vote today in run-offs for the first stage of an election that may give Islamist groups the dominant role in parliament.

Leaders Piece Together an Effort to Keep the Euro Intact

New York Times -
PARIS - European leaders are working overtime on a tentative deal to try to save the euro, which they hope to complete at a crucial summit meeting in Brussels this week.

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West's Afghan resolve tested by economy, Pakistan, Iran

BONN (Reuters) - The West wants to use an Afghanistan meeting on Monday to signal enduring support for Kabul as allied troops head home, but economic turmoil in Europe and crises with Pakistan and Iran could prompt ...

Exclusive: Argentina flirts with Iran as West watches nervously

Reuters -
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Argentina is quietly reaching out to Iran, worrying key Western powers and Israel as they try to tighten Tehran's international isolation over its nuclear program, UN diplomats told Reuters.

Iran forces shoot down unmanned U.S. spy plane

Detroit Free Press -
AP TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's armed forces shot down an unmanned US spy plane that violated Iranian air space along the country's eastern border, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday.

31 Are Arrested at Occupy DC Building Site

New York Times -
The police used a cherry picker to remove Occupy DC protesters from a building they put up. By CHARLIE SAVAGE and JOHN H. CUSHMAN Jr.

Frank, Gingrich are back in the ring

The Boston Globe -
MATTHEW J. LEE/GLOBE STAFF FILES ; STEPHEN MORTON/AP Representative Barney Frank (left) and Newt Gingrich have revived a long-running enmity.

Police: Calif. wife tried to sever husband's penis -
PALM SPRINGS, Calif.—Police say a 69-year-old woman from Palm Springs has been arrested after her husband reported that she tried to cut off his penis with a pair of scissors.

Asia Stocks Extend Weekly Surge; Euro, Oil Rise

Bloomberg -
Energy Resources of Australia Ltd., a uranium producer controlled by Rio Tinto Group, rallied 11 percent for the biggest advance in the S&P/ASX 200.

Cyber Monday: web customers flock online as frenzied shopping peaks -
British retailers are bracing for a record 1000 visits online every second from customers desperate for a bargain on the web, during a frenzied day of shopping dubbed "Cyber Monday".

SAP Challenges Oracle With $3.4 Billion SuccessFactors Purchase

BusinessWeek -
Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) -- SAP AG, the largest maker of business-management software, agreed to buy SuccessFactors Inc. for $3.4 billion in cash, stepping up competition with archrival Oracle Corp.

Microsoft's Voice Search for Xbox, Content Deals Go Live This Week

PC Magazine -
Microsoft said Sunday night that it plans to launch its fall update for its Xbox 360 game console, complete with voice search via Xbox Kinect, this week.

Guinness says Madonna is the world's top-selling female recording artist

(CNN) -- Madonna will take center stage at halftime of Super Bowl XLVI, flanked by Cirque du Soleil performers in what traditionally is one of the year's most watched shows.

Neil Diamond is a uniter at Kennedy Center Honors

Los Angeles Times -
Kennedy Center Honors includes a sing-along to Neil Diamond's 'Sweet Caroline.' Meryl Streep, Sonny Rollins, Yo-Yo Ma and Barbara Cook are also honored.

Sheen's ex gets arrested

Detroit Free Press -
Brooke Mueller, 34, and Charlie Sheen, 46, were married in November 2008. Their divorce was finalized in May. The mother of his twin sons, now 2, she was his third wife.

For first time, Tiger looks like he's back -
After more than 20 years of covering everything from election campaigns to Olympic Games, Robert Lusetich turned his focus to writing about his first love - golf.

Marlins go from penny-pinchers to poachers by luring Reyes to Miami

After adding Heath Bell earlier in the week, the Marlins landed prized shortstop Jose Reyes (above) on the eve of winter meetings.

Don Banks: Win a big boost for undefeated Packers

Don Banks sheds light on the Packers' thrilling 38-35 win over the Giants and what it means for the rest of the regular season.

Most valuable? Gotta be Tebow right now -
Tim Tebow is 6-1 as a starter this year ... and the Broncos are now in first place. Greg Couch has been a national columnist at AOL Fanhouse and The Sporting News and an award-winning columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Despite lesson to learn from Suh's suspension, Lions go out of control -
"Grow the [expletive] up! Grow the [expletive] up! That's all the [expletive] I have to say!" Another game filled with unwarranted personal-foul penalties while public enemy No.

Nepal-based Icimod calls for greater observations of ice loss rates in the ...

BBC News -
As ministers begin arriving at the UN climate talks in South Africa, new science is showing the challenges they face in trying to curb global warming.

China, Europe Maneuver to Avoid Blame for Expiring Carbon Pollution Limits

Bloomberg -
A coking factory discharges a plume of exhaust in Linfen, Shanxi province, China. The EU is seeking to broaden the accord to include commitments from developing nations such as China, ...

Insight: Stem cell therapy poised to come in from the cold

Reuters -
1 of 6. Aastrom Biosciences Research Associate Judith Schmitt removes tissue culture and harvest solution from a centrifuge tube in the laboratory at their headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan November 29, 2011.

How Old Is Your Health Insurance ? -
Have you had your medical insurance plan for more years than you can count? Unlike fine wine, health insurance policies do not necessarily improve with age.

Few teens sexting racy photos: Study

Times of India -
Teen sexting of nude photos online or via cellphone may be far less common than people think, new research suggests. CHICAGO: Teen sexting of nude photos online or via cellphone may be far less common than people think, new research suggests.


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