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A 'major milestone' in search for Earth's twin -
>>> story of course has to do with our current earth but we learned today there may be another one out there. astronomers report the discovery of what they are calling an earth-like planet 600 light years away from here.

Threat to European Ratings Deflates a Stock Rally

ABC News -
Reports that all countries using the euro could get their credit ratings downgraded deflated a morning rally in the stock market Monday.

Cain supporters ask: Where do we go now? -
Herman Cain's implosion left a big chunk of voters up for grabs. Who will get them, and will the disappointment with Cain's troubles dampen Republican enthusiasm?

Afghanistan seeks more financial support

USA Today -
BONN, Germany - Afghanistan will need the financial support of other countries for at least another decade beyond the 2014 departure of foreign troops, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday at an international conference.

Xbox to Receive New Content Channels and Windows Phone Connectivity

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Microsoft isn't going to let Apple and Google take over your living room without a fight. Via updates to its Xbox Live service, Microsoft will be adding a slew of new TV, movie, sports and news hubs to its Xbox hardware, ...

Kurt Busch seeking a fresh start

MOORESVILLE, NC -- Kurt Busch bounced casually into his personal race shop with a swagger unbefitting a man who just lost a job. Chin held higher than Adam's apple, he extended an unexpectedly cordial hand.

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Old Mubarak allies fare poorly in first Egyptian vote -
CAIRO -- In a symbolic victory for Egypt's revolutionaries, results from the first round of parliamentary elections show a popular rejection of any vestiges of deposed President Hosni Mubarak's regime, ...

Syria Says It Will Allow Arab Observer Mission, with Caveats

New York Times -
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Syria said Monday it would agree to allow an Arab mission of military and civilian observers into the country as part of an Arab League proposal to end months of bloodshed there, but attached a number of conditions, ...

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange to take fight to British Supreme Court

Los Angeles Times -
Judges on Britain's High Court say WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could apply directly to the Supreme Court to hear his extradition case.

Recommended: Body of girl, 7, found in trash -
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Recommended: Sandusky's dinner with alleged victims raises new legal questions -
By Lisa RiordanSeville and Hannah Rappleye A lawyer for one of the alleged victims of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach who now faces 40 counts of child sex abuse, says Sandusky's long New York Times interview raises new questions ...

GOP Rejects Democrats' New Payroll-Tax Bill

Wall Street Journal -
Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a scaled-back bill to extend payroll-tax relief that drops President Barack Obama's proposal to cut employers' payroll taxes and reduces a proposed tax on millionaires.

California governor launches tax ballot measure

Reuters -
California Governor Jerry Brown speaks after vetoing the budget passed the day before by state legislators in Los Angeles, California June 16, 2011.

S&P Warns on 15 Euro-Zone Nations

Wall Street Journal -
Monday's euro-zone downgrade warning by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services is a muscular move by a firm that was pilloried for its supposed laxity in the financial crisis.

US Postal Service seeks to end next-day mail

Reuters -
WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The cash-strapped US Postal Service on Monday moved forward with plans to end next-day delivery of letters, postcards and other First Class mail.

Clearwire Seeks $300 Million In Equity Offering

Wall Street Journal -
NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Clearwire Corp. (CLWR), which last month inked a new network accord with partner Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) to help fund its operations beyond 2012, will seek $300 million in a new equity ...

Amazon's cloud extinguishes Kindle Fire?

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A number of Kindle Fire users are reporting Internet connectivity issues that are preventing them from browsing the web, according to posts to Amazon's community forums.

Should You Remove Carrier IQ From Your Phone?

PC Magazine -
There's been a lot of paranoia and FUD surrounding a small, IDC-award winning software company called Carrier IQ, ever since a young security researcher named Trevor Eckhart posted video footage showing how some popular phones use Carrier ...

Gowalla Co-Founders Williams, Raymond Are Joining Facebook

BusinessWeek -
Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc. is hiring Gowalla Inc. employees, including co-founders Josh Williams and Scott Raymond, tapping the talent of a once-pioneering provider of location-based services.

Trade Commission Delays Ruling In Apple-HTC Case

Wall Street Journal -
SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)--The US International Trade Commission has postponed its verdict on Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) closely watched complaint that HTC Corp.

Madonna Breaks Super Bowl News: 'It's a Huge Deal'

Extra TV -
Madonna has been confirmed as the performer for the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show on February 5, and "Extra's" Jerry Penacoli caught up with the "WE" director at her film's screening at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Rosie O'Donnell Engaged To Girlfriend Michelle Rounds

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Self-deprecating and punny comedian Rosie O'Donnell has some new news that will likely boost her self-esteem. The 49 year-old mother and The Rosie Show host has kept busy with memoirs and radio programs in recent years, finally making a talk show ...

'Twilight' Is No. 1 Film for 3rd Weekend With $16.5 Million

BusinessWeek -
Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” remained the top movie at US and Canadian theaters for a third straight weekend, collecting $16.5 million in ticket sales for Summit Entertainment ...

Five Finalists Named For Heisman

When No. 1 LSU Tigers and No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide meet in the Allstate BCS Championship Game in New Orleans, there will be two Heisman Trophy finalists on the field.

Bittersweet Moment As Hall Elects Santo

New York Times -
Ron Santo was elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday, barely a year after his death. Ted S. Warren/Associated Press Ron Santo was beloved by Cubs fans but not by the Hall of Fame, until Monday.

Matt Barkley not among Heisman Trophy finalists

Los Angeles Times -
USC quarterback Matt Barkley was not among the finalists announced Monday for the Heisman Trophy. Wisconsin running back Monte Ball, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, Louisiana State defensive back Tyrann Mathieu ...

BCS football: Winners and losers from the bowl selections

San Jose Mercury News -
Before we turn our attention to the postseason, a thought on the regular season. Specifically, LSU's regular season. The Tigers may not be the best team of the BCS era -- that's for another day (if they win one more game).

Carbon Emissions Show Biggest Jump Ever Recorded

New York Times -
Global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel burning jumped by the largest amount on record last year, upending the notion that the brief decline during the recession might persist through the recovery.

Astronomers Find Biggest Black Holes Yet

New York Times -
An artist's concept in the central figure of the black hole discovered in the galaxy NGC 3842. By DENNIS OVERBYE Lynette Cook/Gemini Observatory via Nature, via Associated Press An artist's conception of stars moving in the central regions of a giant ...

Few teens really 'sexting,' new research suggests

Chicago Sun-Times -
Teen sexting of nude photos online or via cellphone may be far less common than people think, new research suggests. Only 1 percent of kids aged 10 to 17 have shared images of themselves or ...

Child Abuse May Alter Structure of the Brain, Research Shows

San Francisco Chronicle -
Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Teenagers who were abused as young children show changes in their brains that put them at risk for behavioral problems in adulthood, according to research from Yale University.

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