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Afghanistan surge: What can it accomplish in 18 months?

Christian Science Monitor - Mark Sappenfield - ‎3 hours ago‎
The goal of the Afghanistan surge is limited: to break the Taliban's momentum by July 2011. Plenty of US troops will remain in Afghanistan after that to continue work on longer-term goals, said Defense Secretary Robert Gates Sunday.

Copenhagen climate change summit poised to open

BBC News - ‎19 minutes ago‎

New Government-Run Health Proposal Eyed

Wall Street Journal - Greg Hitt, Janet Adamy - ‎16 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON -- White House officials on Sunday said they were confident that the Senate had the necessary votes to pass its health-care bill, as Democrats wrestled with a new proposal to bridge differences over a ...

Protesters riot in Athens on police shooting anniversary

CNN International - John Psaropoulos - ‎2 hours ago‎
Athens, Greece (CNN) -- The anniversary of a fatal police shooting triggered a new riot in Greece's capital Sunday, with protesters occupying a university building and throwing rocks and burning garbage at police.

Romania Presidency Claimed by Geoana and Basescu

Bloomberg - Adam Brown, Irina Savu - ‎1 hour ago‎
Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Romanian opposition leader Mircea Geoana claimed victory over President Traian Basescu yesterday and pledged to form a Cabinet within two weeks.

DOJ: Ampatuan patriarch faces massacre, rebellion raps

GMA news.tv - ‎40 minutes ago‎
Former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., the patriarch of the powerful Ampatuan clan, faces separate charges for the massacre of at least 57 people last November 23 and for a supposed looming rebellion in the province, the Department of Justice ...

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A Tale of Two Cultures: Amanda Knox Case Reveals a Stark Divide

ABC News - Elizabeth Vargas, Michael S. James - ‎2 hours ago‎
The Italian lawyers for US college student Amanda Knox say their client has lost a battle but not the war. They're already preparing to appeal her murder conviction.

Palin draws hundreds at Iowa book signing

msnbc.com - Kay Henderson - ‎2 hours ago‎
SIOUX CITY - Hundreds of fans of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin gathered at a bookstore in Sioux City, Iowa, waiting early Sunday morning for Palin to arrive and begin autographing copies of her book, “Going Rogue.
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L.A. Episcopal Diocese elects openly gay bishop

Los Angeles Times - Larry B. Stammer, Paul Pringle - ‎6 hours ago‎
Mary D. Glasspool is the first such choice since the national church lifted a ban on gays in its highest ordained ministry. She and Diane M. Jardine Bruce are also the diocese's first female bishops.

Company issues 2nd recall for tainted beef

USA Today - Peter Eisler - ‎25 minutes ago‎
By Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY By Blake Morrison and Peter Eisler, USA TODAY For the second time this year, a Fresno beef company is recalling thousands of pounds of ground beef contaminated with a drug-resistant strain of salmonella.

Shares revival allows KIA to profit from Citigroup stake

guardian.co.uk - ‎6 hours ago‎
Kuwait's sovereign wealth fund has made a $1.1bn (£668m) profit by selling its entire stake in US bank Citigroup, cashing in on a recent revival in financial shares.

Venezuela Pres Says Top Ally Resigns On Bank Scandal

Wall Street Journal - Darcy Crowe - ‎2 hours ago‎
CARACAS (Dow Jones)--One of President Hugo Chavez's top collaborators will resign from his post following the arrest of his brother as part of a brewing banking scandal.

Brown: Copenhagen climate deal 'essential'

BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said it is ''essential'' that a climate change deal is agreed by nations meeting in Copenhagen next week.

Intel Larrabee Graphics Chip Cancelled

InformationWeek - Alexander Wolfe - ‎45 minutes ago‎
The plan to field a multicore graphics engine, which would have put Intel into direct competition against Nvidia, has been put on hold for now.

Balloon hunt nets $40000 for MIT-led team

msnbc.com - Alan Boyle - ‎2 hours ago‎
A team led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology spread the wealth far and wide to locate 10 red balloons in undisclosed locations across the country on Saturday and win a $40000 cash prize from the Pentagon's think tank.

'SNL' Can't Resist Taking Swipes at Tiger Woods

ABC News - ‎3 hours ago‎
AP FILE - Tiger Woods reacts to winning the 2005 Masters in a playoff with Chris DiMarco on the 18th... In both a skit and multiple "Weekend Update" jokes this weekend, NBC's comedy institution took on the golfer, who has admitted to letting his family ...

List of Woods' legion of ladies likely to grow

msnbc.com - Courtney Hazlett - ‎1 hour ago‎
The number of women connected to Tiger Woods could topple a dozen by week's end, according to several sources familiar with Woods' behavior during his frequent trips to Las Vegas.

'The Blind Side' sacks 'New Moon' at box office

USA Today - Scott Bowles - ‎3 hours ago‎
By Ralph Nelson, Warner Bros. By Scott Bowles, USA TODAY For years, studios have looked for an actress to replace Julia Roberts as America's sweetheart.

Alabama, Texas will play for national title after 1-2 finish in final BCS

USA Today - ‎34 minutes ago‎
Two traditional heavyweights, two of the top three defenses in the country, two expected Heisman Trophy finalists make for a compelling Bowl Championship Series title game when No.

Tebow to close his career vs. Cincy in Sugar Bowl

The Associated Press - ‎39 minutes ago‎
NEW ORLEANS - Tim Tebow will play his final game for Florida against Big East champion Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. The fifth-ranked Gators lost the Southeastern Conference championship game to Alabama on Saturday night to end their 22-game ...

Tech Orange Bowl tickets go on sale Monday

Atlanta Journal Constitution - Doug Roberson - ‎32 minutes ago‎
Lost amid the 469 yards Georgia Tech piled up in its 39-34 win against Clemson in the ACC championship game Saturday night were the players on the offensive line that paved the way.

Genetic Studies Reveal New Causes of Severe Obesity in Childhood

Science Daily (press release) - ‎1 hour ago‎
sciencedaily (Dec. 6, 2009) - Scientists in Cambridge have discovered that the loss of a key segment of DNA can lead to severe childhood obesity.

Flu vaccine clinic turnout lower than expected

Boston Globe - Meghan E. Irons - ‎18 hours ago‎
Kyle Kelley of West Roxbury put on a brave face as a public health nurse wiped a spot on his arm and gave him a quick shot of the H1N1 vaccine.

Secondhand smoking raises breast cancer risk

Food Consumer - David Liu - ‎4 hours ago‎
There has been a debate over whether women would start receiving mammogram screenings at 40 or 50 since the US Preventive Services Task Force changed its recommendations on mammogram screening last month.

Star of Real Estate Boom Is Confronting Hard Times

New York Times - Christine Haughney, Alain Delaquérière - ‎Dec 1, 2009‎
Through the real estate boom, few new developers filled the city with luxury condominiums as fast as Shaya Boymelgreen. He turned Wall Street corner offices into minimalist bachelor lairs, built TriBeCa apartments snapped up by ...

The Best-Selling Record of All

Wall Street Journal - Roy J. Harris Jr - ‎Dec 4, 2009‎
It was a peaceful song that became a wartime classic. Its unorthodox, melancholy melody—and mere 54 words, expressing the simple yearning for a return to happier times—sounded instantly familiar when sung by America's favorite ...

Football: Pete Carroll decision not drawing support

Los Angeles Times - ‎Nov 29, 2009‎
The decision of USC Coach Pete Carroll to have Matt Barkley throw a touchdown pass in the final minute of Saturday night's 28-7 victory against UCLA is provoking talk in the high school coaching ranks over sportsmanship.

NY Giants Midseason Report

The Star-Ledger - NJ.com - Mike Garafolo - ‎Nov 15, 2009‎
Hakeem Nicks has smashed the perception that rookie wide receivers can't contribute. Lately, Nicks has been the Giants' most reliable receiver; he has 21 catches for 389 yards and 4 TDs in the past six games.

Interview with Joe Lieberman: No Way, No How, to the Public Option

Wall Street Journal - Kimberley A. Strassel - ‎Dec 5, 2009‎
The Connecticut senator, free of partisan loyalties, has a pivotal role in the health-care debate. By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL 'About two months ago my wife and I were out with another couple, and they said 'So, how's it going?