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Senate Democrats Likely to Drop Medicare Expansion

New York Times - Carl Hulse, Robert Pear - ‎35 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - Senate Democratic leaders said Monday that they were prepared to drop a proposed expansion of Medicare and make other changes in sweeping health legislation as they tried to rally their caucus in hopes of ...

Tensions Flare in Copenhagen

Wall Street Journal - Alessandro Torello, Spencer Swartz - ‎2 hours ago‎
COPENHAGEN -- Tensions flared Monday at the United Nations climate summit, as representatives from a group of poor nations briefly walked out of the conference to protest the slow pace of negotiations, ...

Obama leans on top us bankers

Washington Post - ‎37 minutes ago‎
President Barack Obama challenged top bankers Monday to explore "every responsible way" to increase lending, saying they were obliged to help after being rescued by taxpayers.

Silvio Berlusconi attack stirs up Italy

guardian.co.uk - ‎5 hours ago‎
Silvio Berlusconi's personal doctor put off a decision on when Italy's prime minister should be released from hospital, saying the 73-year-old's injuries were worse than initially announced.

Iran may have worked on key atom bomb part: diplomats

Reuters - Mark Heinrich, Andrew Quinn - ‎1 hour ago‎
LONDON (Reuters) - Intelligence suggests Iran worked on testing a key atomic bomb component as recently as 2007, diplomats said on Monday, a finding which if proven would clash with Iran's assertion its nuclear work is for civilian use.

New Gas Pipeline From Central Asia Feeds China

New York Times - Andrew E. Kramer, Edward Wong - ‎5 hours ago‎
MOSCOW - With the turn of a ceremonial valve, China's president, Hu Jintao, opened a big natural gas pipeline from central Asia to China on Monday, significantly increasing China's access to the fuel and providing the first major ...

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Millions of Bush administration e-mails recovered

CNN - ‎3 hours ago‎
The Bush administration e-mails had been "mislabeled and effectively lost," according to the National Security Archive. Washington (CNN) -- Computer technicians have recovered about 22 million Bush administration e-mails that the White House had said ...

Clinton outlines human rights policy

Reuters - David Alexander, Eric Beech - ‎3 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled a US human rights agenda on Monday calling for universal standards that apply to all nations, prompting rights groups to urge the administration to live up to its rhetoric.

Broad Service Cuts, Backed by MTA Panel, Stir Chorus of Complaints

New York Times - Michael M. Grynbaum - ‎39 minutes ago‎
AW train arriving at City Hall Station. The W and Z lines and free student rides would be eliminated in a 2010 austerity plan. By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM A punishing slate of service cuts that would affect nearly every bus, subway and commuter rail rider ...

TARP: And Then There Were None

Forbes - Liz Moyer - ‎12 minutes ago‎
Wells Fargo becomes the last major financial institution to agree to repay bailout funds, escaping tighter government scrutiny. For months, Wells Fargo insisted it would repay its $25 billion worth of federal bailout funding in a way that wouldn't dent ...

Exxon Places a Big Bet on Gas

Wall Street Journal - Christine Buurma - ‎2 hours ago‎
Exxon Mobil Corp.'s agreement to acquire natural-gas producer XTO Energy Inc. bolsters confidence in the view that US gas prices will rise modestly and stabilize in the next few years.

Euro May Extend Gain From Two-Month Low on Dubai Bailout Pledge

Bloomberg - Bo Nielsen, Ben Levisohn - ‎3 hours ago‎
Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The euro may rise for a second day against the dollar after Abu Dhabi pledged to bail out Dubai World, easing concern Europe's biggest banks will be forced to write down loans to the state-owned ...

NASA committed $320M to the WISE project

DailyTech - ‎3 hours ago‎
Near-Earth Objects (neos) represent an extinction level threat to the entire human race. The odds are extremely low that an undetected asteroid or comet will strike the Earth and cause catastrophic damage, but given a long enough period of time ...

FCC approves Nexus One with T-Mobile 3G

CNET News - Kent German - ‎2 hours ago‎
After a busy weekend where it made its very unofficial debut, htc's Nexus One entered into full legitimacy Monday with approval by the Federal Communications Commission.

Supreme Court To Weigh In On Employee Text Messaging Privacy

ChannelWeb - Stefanie Hoffman - ‎15 minutes ago‎
The Supreme Court is planning to rule on whether employees have a right to privacy when they send text messages on company-owned phones.

Best bets: 'Avatar' finally hits theaters

msnbc.com - ‎7 hours ago‎
It seems as if we've been hearing about James Cameron's "Avatar" ever since he stopped work on "Titanic." No, it hasn't been that long, but the long-awaited film, featuring an exotic new world and colorful characters created by stunning digital effects ...

Chris Brown Cancels His Twitter Account

MTV.com - Larry Carroll - ‎55 minutes ago‎
Chris Brown's irate state of mind, as displayed over the weekend in a series of angry tweets, came to an end Monday afternoon (December 14) when the embattled R&B artist abruptly canceled his Twitter account and abandoned tens of ...

Admitted mistress: I'm sorry I hurt Tiger's wife

msnbc.com - Mike Celizic - ‎8 hours ago‎
At first, it was just a fling with a famous man who said his marriage was falling apart. But by the time she finally broke off her affair with Tiger Woods, Cori Rist said she had come to feel remorse for the suffering she caused Woods' ...

Boston Red Sox land a 'bulldog'

MLB.com - ‎42 minutes ago‎
This is not quite like acquiring Roy Halladay, but it does keep the arms race going. In the rivalry that never rests, the Boston Red Sox have just taken their turn.

Blue Jays closing in on Halladay trade

MLB.com - Jordan Bastian - ‎42 minutes ago‎
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are on the brink of a new era. Roy Halladay -- arguably the greatest pitcher in the organization's history -- appears to be headed to Philadelphia for a chance at winning the World Series ...

AP source: Matsui, Angels reach preliminary deal

The Associated Press - Greg Beacham - ‎10 minutes ago‎
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Hideki Matsui is headed west. The World Series MVP and the Los Angeles Angels have reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract worth about $6.5 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

CT Scans Linked to Cancer

Wall Street Journal - Shirley S. Wang - ‎1 hour ago‎
The risk of cancer associated with popular CT scans appears to be greater than previously believed, according to two new studies published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes

U.S. News & World Report - Serena Gordon - ‎4 hours ago‎
MONDAY, Dec. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Here's good news for people who can't start their morning without a cup or two of java: Coffee and tea consumption may decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Survey Finds Travelers Taking Health Precautions

ABC News - ‎4 hours ago‎
AP More than half of adult travelers say they are taking more precautions against flu this year compared to last year, according to a poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health.

Paul A. Samuelson, Economist, Dies at 94

New York Times - Michael M. Weinstein - ‎Dec 13, 2009‎
Paul A. Samuelson, the first American Nobel laureate in economics and the foremost academic economist of the 20th century, died Sunday at his home in Belmont, Mass.

Obama Gives Britain the Cold Shoulder

Wall Street Journal - Con Coughlin - ‎Dec 13, 2009‎
Britain is the only European country President Barack Obama can really count on to respond positively to his plea for NATO to provide extra forces for Afghanistan.

Vice queen: I set up Tiger's £25000 orgies with 15 girls

The Sun - Pete Samson - ‎Dec 11, 2009‎
CHEATING Tiger Woods splashed out £25000 a weekend partying with high-class hookers, a notorious Hollywood madam told a US website last night.

In Bolivia, Water and Ice Tell of Climate Change

New York Times - Elisabeth Rosenthal - ‎22 hours ago‎
EL ALTO, Bolivia - When the tap across from her mud-walled home dried up in September, Celia Cruz stopped making soups and scaled back washing for her family of five.

Paul Volcker: Think More Boldly

Wall Street Journal - ‎Dec 13, 2009‎
That became a hot debate at the Future of Finance Initiative after former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker chastised the largely private-sector group for the timidity of its proposals, and said the ATM was the only financial innovation he ...