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House Narrowly Passes $290 Billion Increase in Debt Limit

Wall Street Journal - Corey Boles - ‎1 hour ago‎
The House on Wednesday approved a short-term $290 billion extension in the nation's debt ceiling, delaying a decision until February about a larger increase in the borrowing cap.

No Climate Deal as World Leaders Meet for Two More Days

Voice of America - Sonja Pace - ‎1 hour ago‎

Senate Health Care Debate Stalls as Republicans Invoke Delay Tactics

ABC News - Byron Wolf, Huma Khan - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Democrats' self-imposed deadline to pass health care legislation by Christmas is just around the corner, but delays abound and there are no guarantees that Senate leaders will have enough votes to pass the bill.

PLO Extends Leader's Term

New York Times - Isabel Kershner - ‎1 hour ago‎
JERUSALEM - The Palestine Liberation Organization indefinitely extended the term of President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, a move designed to avoid a constitutional crisis in the Palestinian territories when his official tenure ...
Why the PLO extended Abbas's term Christian Science Monitor

Doctors order Silvio Berlusconi to remain in hospital for fourth night

Times Online - Richard Owen - ‎1 hour ago‎
Silvio Berlusconi was ordered by his doctors to remain in hospital last night for the fourth successive night, raising alarm over the long-term physical and psychological damage caused by the attack on him in Milan.

Quinn Says He Knew About Prison Release Program

New York Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
By AP SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he knew ahead of time that his Corrections Department planned to begin releasing some prisoners after just a few days behind bars.

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SC Panel Kills Measure to Impeach Governor

New York Times - Shaila Dewan - ‎1 hour ago‎
Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina may have lost his marriage after his tearful confession that he had traveled to Argentina to conduct an extramarital affair, but he almost certainly will not lose his office.

UAW Leaders Nominate Bob King As President

Wall Street Journal - Jeff Bennett - ‎54 minutes ago‎
DEARBORN, Mich. (Dow Jones)???-The United Auto Workers' top leaders anointed Bob King to succeed Ron Gettelfinger as president, and asked for the rank-and-file to confirm his nomination at the union's convention ...

Michelle Obama urges donating gifts for older children

MiamiHerald.com - Margaret Talev - ‎30 minutes ago‎
STAFFORD, Va. -- First lady Michelle Obama is asking Americans who plan to donate to the Marines' Toys for Tots program but haven't yet to choose gifts for 11- to 14-year-olds, an age group for whom she said there was a dearth of ...

AT A GLANCE: FOMC Keeps Rates Unchanged; Cites Signs Of Recovery

Wall Street Journal - ‎1 hour ago‎
THE EVENT: The Federal Reserve's rate-setting committee left interest rates near zero Wednesday and repeated its expectation that rates will remain so low for "an extended period.

US Said to Reconsider Quick Sale of Citigroup Stake

New York Times - Eric Dash - ‎1 hour ago‎
Two days after Citigroup moved to untangle itself from Washington, the Treasury reversed course Wednesday and backed away from plans to immediately sell a portion of its stake in the banking giant, according to a person briefed on the ...

Senator Vows to Block Bernanke's Second Term at Fed

Bloomberg - Alison Vekshin - ‎1 hour ago‎
Dec. 16 (Bloomberg) -- US Senator Bernard Sanders vowed to block Ben S. Bernanke from a second four-year term to lead the Federal Reserve, as the Senate Banking Committee chairman said his panel tomorrow will clear the nomination.

Name the New Super-Earth

Wired News - Brandon Keim - ‎1 hour ago‎
Astronomers have spotted the most Earth-like planet to date, a massive ocean world that probably has an atmosphere and - though it's highly unlikely - may support life.

Nvidia CEO: FTC action 'transforms' industry

CNET News - Brooke Crothers - ‎40 minutes ago‎
Nvidia CEO Jen Hsun Huang issued an internal memo today to employees, calling the legal action by the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday an event that could potentially "transform the computer industry.

Key dates in EU antitrust action against Microsoft

ABC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
By AP AP - December: Sun Microsystems Inc. complains to EU regulators that Microsoft is refusing to supply it with the interoperability information it needs for its server software to communicate with Microsoft's Windows desktop operating system.

Elin Nordegren to Spend Holidays in Sweden Without Tiger

People Magazine - Linda Marx - ‎1 hour ago‎
Escaping the media glare, Elin Nordegren is taking the kids and traveling to her homeland for the holidays, a source tells PEOPLE.

'Avatar' a success of titanic proportions

Boston Herald - James Verniere - ‎29 minutes ago‎
Prepare to be astonished. In terms of story, “Avatar,” James Cameron's long-awaited follow-up to his 1997 landmark “Titanic,” is “Dances With Giant Blue Ewoks.

Roy Disney Dies At 79

MTV.com - Larry Carroll - ‎1 hour ago‎
Roy Disney, nephew of the most famous name in animation history and a key figure in the Walt Disney Company's existence over the past several decades, died Wednesday (December 16) in Newport Beach, California, according to Variety.
Roy Disney, Nephew of Walt, Dead at 79 Seattle Post Intelligencer

Report: Bengals WR Henry suffers 'very serious injuries' in crash

FOXSports.com - ‎15 minutes ago‎
Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry was seriously injured in a car accident in North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon, according to multiple published reports.

Jays officially bid farewell to Doc Halladay

National Post - Jeremy Sandler - ‎2 hours ago‎
Nathan Denette/National Post Roy Halladay, arguably the greatest pitcher in Toronto Blue Jays history, has been traded to Philadelphia, as has been speculated for much of the week.
Holding 2 aces never in cards Philadelphia Inquirer

Titans Players Take Johnson's Side Over Ginn Jr.

Titans Radio - Benjamin Seamon - ‎17 minutes ago‎
Titans running back Chris Johnson has yet to back down from an opposing defense, and the NFL's leading rusher said he didn't back down from a race suggested by Miami's speedy wide receiver Tedd Ginn Jr.

Swine Flu Vaccine Now Plentiful in Half the States

ABC News - Mike Stobbe - ‎1 hour ago‎
Now there's enough swine flu vaccine for everyone in 24 states, but will they get it? By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer The Associated Press After weeks of shortages, swine flu vaccine is plentiful enough that nearly half the states now say everyone can ...

FDA Panel Recommendation on Crestor Spurs Debate

ABC News - Dan Childs, Peggy Peck - ‎3 hours ago‎
A US Food and Drug Administration panel's recommendation that some adults with no prior heart problems should take the cholesterol-busting statin Crestor appears to have pitted cardiologists against many primary care ...

US Study: 1 in 5 Lost Health Insurance in Past Year

ABC News - Susan Heavey - ‎5 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 20 percent of the US population -- or almost 60 million people -- went without health insurance at some point since January 2008, according to government estimates released Wednesday.

Ignoring Credit-Card Mail May Cost You

Wall Street Journal - Karen Blumenthal - ‎4 hours ago‎
Here's some friendly year-end advice: Read those disclosure letters that banks and credit-card companies are sending you in coming months—or at least try really hard.

Police identify remains, look for link to 'Green River Killer'

CNN - ‎3 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- The remains of an Oregon teenager missing for more than 25 years were recently identified by authorities, and police are looking into whether she might have been a victim of Gary Ridgway, known as the "Green River Killer.

Daniel Sarewitz and Samuel Thernstrom: The myth of pure science

Los Angeles Times - Daniel Sarewitz, Samuel Thernstrom - ‎21 hours ago‎
As two scholars with different political orientations but common concerns, we have each worked to challenge conventional wisdom that has undermined public understanding of the climate change problem.

The Google Phone: what we know... and what we don't

Engadget (blog) - Joshua Topolsky - ‎Dec 13, 2009‎
There's been an immense amount of crosstalk, speculation, and just plain noise over the past 48 hours about a device allegedly called the Nexus One, or as it's more commonly known: the Google Phone.

In order, here's how I break down the playoff chances of the four AFC wild ...

SI.com - ‎Dec 13, 2009‎
1. Baltimore (7-6): 50 percent shot of qualifying -- All in all, it was a great Week 13 for the Ravens. The Steelers lost, the Jaguars lost, the Broncos lost, and John Harbaugh's club took out its recent frustrations by beating the Lions senseless, ...