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Richard Holbrooke, noted diplomat, is dead at 69

CNN - Joe Sterling, Elise Labott - ‎2 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- Richard C. Holbrooke, the high-octane diplomat who spearheaded the end of the Bosnian war and most recently served as the Obama administration's point man in the volatile Afghan-Pakistani war zone, has died, officials said ...
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Key healthcare provision voided by federal judge

Los Angeles Times - Noam N. Levey, David G. Savage - ‎1 hour ago‎
A requirement that Americans buy insurance - the central provision of Obama's signature domestic achievement - is unconstitutional, the ruling says.
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Embattled GOP Chief Is Seeking a Second Term

New York Times - Jeff Zeleny - ‎26 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - In the face of overwhelming criticism about his stewardship of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, the party chairman, declared Monday evening that he had no intentions of quietly stepping aside and vowed to ...
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Vikings fall behind Giants 21-3 without Favre - ‎10 minutes ago‎
DETROIT (AP) - Ahmad Bradshaw broke free for a 48-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, and the New York Giants took advantage of Brett Favre's absence by rolling to a 21-3 lead over the Minnesota Vikings after three quarters Monday night.

Obama tax deal gets nod from Senate. Will House risk making changes?

Christian Science Monitor - Gail Russell Chaddock - ‎1 hour ago‎
Senators vote to end debate on GOP-Obama tax deal, clearing the way for its passage. Attention now shifts to the House, where liberal Democrats are expected to discuss revisions.

Stockholm bomber's friends recall friendly teenager

Reuters - Mia Shanley - ‎2 hours ago‎
TRANAS, Sweden (Reuters) - Kind, clever and popular; that was how friends and acquaintances described Taimour Abdulwahab, the man now named as Sweden's first suicide bomber.

What you need to know about the Gawker breach (FAQ)

CNET - Elinor Mills - ‎1 hour ago‎
This weekend's breach of Gawker has readers of the blogging empire's Web sites scrambling to see if their e-mail addresses have been publicly exposed, but even people who don't use the site can learn lessons from what happened.

Jets suspended assistant - David J. Neal - ‎1 hour ago‎
Sal Alosi, the Jets strength coach who tripped Nolan Carroll along the sideline, was suspended for the season by the team. BY DAVID J. NEAL Dolphins coach Tony Sparano didn't feel the need to apologize for anything Monday while Jets strength and ...

'Dexter' stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter file for divorce

Entertainment Weekly - Dan Snierson - ‎1 hour ago‎
Image Credit: After nearly two years of marriage, Dexter stars Michael C. Hall, 39, and Jennifer Carpenter, 31, are getting a divorce.

Berlusconi fights for survival in confidence vote

Reuters - James Mackenzie, Jon Hemming - ‎4 hours ago‎
ROME, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faces a close parliamentary confidence vote on Tuesday that could drive him from office or cement his image as one of the great survivors of Italian politics.

WikiLeaks cyberbrawl is battle of amateurs

The Associated Press - ‎5 hours ago‎
NEW YORK (AP) - The Internet drama precipitated by WikiLeaks' release of classified US diplomatic cables has been called the first "global cyberwar.

Netanyahu has rejected one too many US packages

Ha'aretz - Akiva Eldar - ‎1 hour ago‎
After Benjamin Netanyahu's rejection of one too many sweetened deals, the Americans are now refocusing their efforts - moving closer in spirit to the Madrid process.

The Yankees are still thought to be the front-runners in the Cliff Lee derby - Jon Heyman - ‎1 hour ago‎
At last the Philadelphia Phillies have formally joined the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers in the bidding for Cliff Lee, the top pitcher available in this winter's free-agent market.

Ja Rule Protests Gun Violence In The Face Of Weapons Charges - Hillary Crosley - ‎4 hours ago‎
By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Rahman Dukes Ja Rule himself called the events on Monday (December 13) - where he was sentenced to two years in jail - a "minor setback to a major comeback" via Twitter.

Kids living in apartments at risk of passive tobacco smoking

Food Consumer - ‎59 minutes ago‎
Children living in multi-unit apartment buildings are at higher risk of passive tobacco smoking than those living in detached houses, a new study in the Jan 2011 issue of Pediatrics suggests.

Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Star on Walk of Fame

Hollywood Reporter - David Simpson - ‎2 hours ago‎
The Country Strong star jokes that if nominated for a Golden Globe, she'll celebrate "with a joint." Joined by Country Strong co-star Tim McGraw, director Shana Feste, and Faith Hill, Gwyneth Paltrow received the 2427th star on the Walk of Fame on ...

Nasdaq Snaps Nine-Day Winning Streak - Shanthi Bharatwaj - ‎5 hours ago‎
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stocks trimmed gains in the final hour of trading to finish on a mixed note on Monday, as strength in commodity stocks was offset by weakness in tech stocks.

Fabricated 'Michael' represents another sad chapter

Washington Post - Chris Richards - ‎36 minutes ago‎
If you've ever dreamed of Michael Jackson singing into your answering machine, then you have a reason to pick up "Michael," the first posthumous album from a singer who's sold more than 35 million albums worldwide since his sudden ...

Dell Plans More Data-Storage Acquisitions After Purchase of Compellent

Bloomberg - Aaron Ricadela, Amy Thomson - ‎5 hours ago‎
Dell Inc. plans more data-storage acquisitions following the $960 million purchase today of Compellent Technologies Inc. to strengthen its hand in the market against rivals ...

Brittany Mae Smith Will Be Reunited With Family Tonight

ABC News - Jessica Hopper - ‎5 hours ago‎
Brittany Mae Smith, the 12-year-old girl who was missing for more than a week, is on her way back to Virginia to be reunited with her family.

China to keep new loan target unchanged -report

Reuters - Langi Chiang, Simon Rabinovitch - ‎3 hours ago‎
BEIJING Dec 14 (Reuters) - China will probably target about 7.5 trillion yuan ($1125 billion) in new loans next year, level with the 2010 target, a leading official newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing an unnamed source described as authoritative.

Poll: Almost half of Britons feel WikiLeaks sex charges are "excuse"

CNN - Michael Martinez - ‎2 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- Almost half of Britons believe that the sex charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are "an excuse" to keep him in custody so that the US government can prosecute him for releasing secret diplomatic cables, ...

Russia prods N.Korea on nuclear programme, attack

Reuters - Steve Gutterman, Thomas Grove - ‎8 hours ago‎
MOSCOW Dec 13 (Reuters) - Russia's foreign minister told his North Korean counterpart on Monday that Moscow was deeply concerned over the North's uranium enrichment efforts and condemned an attack on a South Korean island, the ministry said.

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