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Obama Arrives at Climate Talks, Seeking to Wrest a Deal

New York Times - John M. Broder, Elisabeth Rosenthal - ‎17 minutes ago‎
President Obama stepped off Air Force One Friday morning in Denmark to address the Copenhagen climate summit. By JOHN M. BRODER and ELISABETH ROSENTHAL COPENHAGEN - President Obama arrived here on Friday morning bent on applying a combination of muscle ...

Senate ends debate on defense spending

CNN - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Senate voted early Friday to end the debate on a massive defense spending bill. Washington (CNN) -- Facing year-end holidays and running out of time to discuss health care reform, the Senate voted early Friday to end debate on funding for the ...

Auschwitz 'Arbeit Macht Frei' Sign Stolen

Wall Street Journal - ‎5 minutes ago‎
AP WARSAW, Poland -- The iron sign bearing the Nazi slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei" that spanned the main entrance to the former Auschwitz death camp was stolen Friday, Polish police said.

Pakistani gov't under pressure over verdict against amnesty

Xinhua - Zhang Xiang - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Yangtze Yan ISLAMABAD, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- With both the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and its government in a quandary over the Supreme Court (SC)'s verdict against the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), cracks that have been visible ...

Russia: NATO Chief Dismisses Treaty

New York Times - ‎3 hours ago‎
By REUTERS NATO's secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said Thursday that he saw no need for a new security treaty for Europe proposed by Russia.

China calls for efforts to resume nuclear talks

The Associated Press - Kwang-Tae Kim - ‎Dec 17, 2009‎
SEOUL, South Korea - A top Chinese official called Thursday for efforts to quickly resume stalled talks on ending North Korea's nuclear programs, while Washington said any future disarmament deal will have to address Pyongyang's uranium enrichment ...

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Death penalty use declining nationwide

CNN - Bill Mears - ‎2 hours ago‎
Washington (CNN) -- Use of capital punishment by states continues its steady decline, with fewer death sentences handed down in 2009 than any year since the death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court in ...

New York to Slash Transit Service, Student Passes

Wall Street Journal - Suzanne Sataline - ‎4 hours ago‎
The decision by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to sharply cut services to close a nearly $383 million deficit is the latest sign that the state will operate under harsh fiscal constraints in the coming year.

Sarah Palin's climate change flip-flop

Seattle Post Intelligencer - Joel Connelly - ‎1 hour ago‎
As President Obama tries to curb global warming in the hothouse of Copenhagen, Sarah Palin has butted in to claim that climate change occurs naturally "like gravity," while warning that reducing greenhouse gas emissions will mean "job ...

BOJ Says Won't Tolerate Deflation, Keeps Rate at 0.1%

Bloomberg - Mayumi Otsuma - ‎31 minutes ago‎
Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The Bank of Japan held interest rates at 0.1 percent and policy makers said they are intolerant of price declines amid signs deflation may undermine the economic recovery.

Asian Stocks Fall on Concern Banks Need More Capital; BHP Drops

Bloomberg - Masaki Kondo, Akiko Ikeda - ‎38 minutes ago‎
Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks fell, with the MSCI Asia Pacific Index headed for its steepest weekly drop since November, on concern banks will need to raise more equity.

Haldane Says Crisis Shows UK Bank Exodus May Be No Bad Thing

Bloomberg - Jennifer Ryan - ‎1 hour ago‎
Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Bank of England official Andrew Haldane said the departure of financial institutions from the UK to avoid tighter regulation may be “a price worth paying” for the sake of the economy.

Palm to Boost Marketing, App Program to Grow Sales

PC World - Nancy Gohring - ‎7 hours ago‎
Palm plans to officially open the doors to its WebOS developer program in early January and has started stepping up marketing in an effort to boost continued lagging sales.

Facebook Privacy Complaint Ignites War of Words

PC World - Jr Raphael - ‎10 hours ago‎
A high-profile electronic privacy group filed a federal complaint against Facebook on Thursday -- and now, Facebook is lashing back.

3-D TV moves closer to reality

Los Angeles Times - David Colker - ‎3 hours ago‎
The Blu-ray Disc Assn. reaches agreement on a standard that allows for full 1080p viewing of 3-D movies on TVs. By David Colker Three-dimensional television took a big step forward Thursday with the finalization of a standard for Blu-ray disc machines.

'Avatar' lifts sci-fi star

Boston Herald - Stephen Schaefer - ‎43 minutes ago‎
LONDON - As the blue-skinned star of James Cameron's “Avatar,” Zoe Saldana caps a breakthrough year with what she calls “the best role that has ever crossed my path.

Did You Hear About the Morgans?'

MiamiHerald.com - Rene Rodriguez - ‎1 hour ago‎
In "Did You Hear About the Morgans?," Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker are supposed to pass for a married couple, but they have all the chemistry of two actors who just met and shook hands moments before the cameras rolled.

The Young Victoria'

MiamiHerald.com - Colin Covert - ‎1 hour ago‎
Rules, rules, rules - it's enough to drive a girl mad. Everywhere you go, adults are watching and telling you what to do. You're a fully capable 17-year-old and you can't climb the stairs in your own palace without a lady-in-waiting ...
'The Young Victoria' Los Angeles Times

Chris Henry's passing saddens Lions safety Marvin White, Michigan coaches

Detroit Free Press - Carlos Monarrez, Mark Snyder - ‎52 minutes ago‎
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the accident was a result of a domestic dispute between Henry and his fiancée, Loleini Tonga. Henry, 26, had a history of legal problems over his five-year career as a wide receiver with Cincinnati.

Colts strike late to remain unbeaten

Los Angeles Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Indianapolis Colts have surged into unfamiliar territory -- but took a well-worn path to get there. The Colts improved to 14-0 on Thursday for the first time in franchise history, and did so with yet another come-from-behind effort in the fourth ...

The ticker Commissioner: Tour will move on without Tiger

Detroit Free Press - Steve Schrader - ‎20 minutes ago‎
Tim Finchem wanted to set the record straight about the way he was parodied a week ago on "Saturday Night Live." "Let me just parenthetically say that the rumor that I keep a flask on my desk is not true," Finchem said Thursday.

Flu pandemic may change US flu approach forever

Reuters - Maggie Fox, Peter Cooney - ‎10 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - The swine flu pandemic may have changed the US approach to handling influenza forever, and for the better, US officials said on Thursday.

Natural swine flu defence found

Telegraph.co.uk - Rebecca Smith - ‎1 hour ago‎
A previously unknown natural defence against swine flu and other viruses has been discovered which could lead to new treatments. By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor Natural defence against swine flu found by scientists Photo: AP Scientists found that the ...

Holding Doctors Accountable for Medical Errors

New York Times - Pauline W. Chen - ‎13 hours ago‎
Dr. Robert Wachter, center, with colleagues Dr. Andy Auerbach and Dr. Arpana Vidyarthi at the University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center.

Rove: The President Is No B+

Wall Street Journal - Karl Rove - ‎21 hours ago‎
In fact, he's got the worst ratings of any president at the end of his first year. By KARL ROVE Barack Obama has won a place in history with the worst ratings of any president at the end of his first year: 49% approve and 46% disapprove of his job ...

The 9 worst tech movies of all time

CNN - Manav Tanneeru - ‎17 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- Sometimes terrible movies -- the ones with such bad acting, dumb dialogue and cheesy special effects that they're unintentionally hilarious -- are the ones we remember the most.

In Surgery, a Tangled Tumor Meets Its Match

New York Times - Denise Grady - ‎Dec 14, 2009‎
HOURS TO GO Dr. Tomoaki Kato in glasses and his team at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia operated last week on a 59-year-old Wisconsin man with a cancerous tumor.

Why Do Rappers Hold Their Guns Sideways?

Slate - Brian Palmer - ‎Dec 14, 2009‎
Why wouldn't you just fire a pistol the normal way? As police chased Raymond "Ready" Martinez through Times Square on Thursday, the street hustler and aspiring rapper fired two shots, ...

FoxSexpert: 9 Things You May Not Know About Orgasms

FOXNews - ‎Dec 14, 2009‎
Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about an orgasm, someone is one up on you. 1. Are the sensations experienced from orgasm the same for males and females?