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CIA chief in Pakistan recalled after his identity revealed

The Hindu - ‎1 hour ago‎
PTI The top CIA official in Pakistan has been called back home from Islamabad after his cover was blown allegedly by the ISI, resulting in serious threat to his life.
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End of the line for $8 billion in earmarks

Los Angeles Times - Kathleen Hennessey - ‎3 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - Republicans on Friday reveled in a dual victory over government spending that showed off the party's resolve in the upcoming fight over the federal purse.
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Richardson presents proposals to North Korea

CNN International - ‎4 hours ago‎
By the CNN Wire Staff New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is welcomed by an unidentified North Korean official upon his arrival at the Pyongyang Airport on December 16.
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LeBron's triple-double helps Heat extend win streak to 11

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎2 hours ago‎
AP LeBron James delivered another vintage performance at Madison Square Garden, scoring 32 points to help the Miami Heat stretch their winning streak to 11 games with a 113-91 win over the Knicks on Friday night.

Madoff investor's widow to return money

Washington Post - Zachary A. Goldfarb - ‎2 hours ago‎
Before his death, Jeffry M. Picower had benefited more than anyone from Bernard Madoff's fraud. A longtime investor with the disgraced money manager, he had withdrawn more than $7 billion in other people's money before the Ponzi ...

Justice: Path cleared for Plan B after Yao's setback

Houston Chronicle - Richard Justice - ‎3 hours ago‎
The Rockets face an uncertain future without center Yao Ming for the rest of this season. OK, Daryl Morey, what's Plan B? Not to be insensitive, but it's not like you could count on Yao Ming anyway.

Senate to decide on Dream Act, don't ask repeal

Los Angeles Times - Lisa Mascaro - ‎3 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - With enactment of the tax-cut compromise and the possible passage of other key White House priorities, congressional leaders have asserted their authority to achieve bipartisan agreements in ...

Colorado jobless rate rises to 8.6 pct in November

BusinessWeek - Kristen Wyatt - ‎8 hours ago‎
Colorado has notched its first three months of consecutive job growth since 2007. But more hiring has attracted even more job-seekers to the market, nudging Colorado's unemployment rate up slightly in November.

'TRON' before it had a legacy: PopWatch Rewind plugs into the original model

Entertainment Weekly - Darren Franich, Keith Staskiewicz - ‎13 hours ago‎
TRON is either the first brilliant cinematic exploration of the digital world … or the silliest. Released by Disney in 1982 - over a year before the Apple Macintosh brought the graphical user interface home to ...

McNabb benched, Grossman in

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎2 hours ago‎
AP Donovan McNabb is falling to second-string. Then third-string. Then no guarantee he'll be back next season. The ever-dramatic Washington Redskins made news again Friday when coach Mike Shanahan announced Rex Grossman as his starter for the rest of ...

Jonathan Storm: Larry King is a genuine giant, but he got a phony send-off

Philadelphia Inquirer - Jonathan Storm - ‎1 hour ago‎
Has there been a worse finale for a long-running show? Seinfeld comes to mind. Jerry Seinfeld had a bit of run-in in 2007 with King, who, as usual, had done no homework and assumed the classic comedy had been canceled by NBC.

Mass escape from Mexico prison

euronews - ‎29 minutes ago‎
Security is now tight around a prison in Mexico after a brazen escape by scores of inmates. Soldiers and federal police are surrounding the jail in Nuevo Laredo, but it has come too late after 140 prisoners walked out in broad daylight from the prison ...

Ellison: Oracle Gaining On 'Vulnerable' HP - James Rogers - ‎17 hours ago‎
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. (TheStreet) -- Oracle(ORCL), which posted strong second-quarter results on Thursday, is rapidly gaining ground on HP(HPQ) and IBM(IBM) in the high-end server market, according to CEO Larry ...

Kenya warns Cote d'Ivoire leader - ‎37 minutes ago‎
Kenyan PM calls on African nations to oust Ivorian incumbent president Gbagbo if he refuses to step down. International pressure has been mounting on Laurent Gbagbo, Cote d'Ivoire's incumbent president, to step down, with Kenya saying he should now be ...

Your Apps Are Watching You

Wall Street Journal - Scott Thurm, Yukari Iwatani Kane - ‎7 hours ago‎
A Journal investigation finds that iPhone and Android apps are breaching the privacy of smartphone users. By SCOTT THURM and YUKARI IWATANI KANE Few devices know more personal details about people than the smartphones in their pockets: phone numbers, ...

US Official Expresses Confidence in Pakistan

New York Times - Thom Shanker - ‎8 hours ago‎
KABUL, Afghanistan - Hoping to reassure Afghans about cross-border attacks, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday that it was “very possible” that Pakistan would be able to root out insurgents from havens inside its ...

US Yield Curve Steepest Since February on Tax-Cut Extension

BusinessWeek - Susanne Walker - ‎5 hours ago‎
Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The extra yield Treasury investors demand to hold 10-year notes over 2-year securities touched the widest since February on speculation an extension of tax cuts will spur growth and increase deficits.

Vikings make state-ment

San Jose Mercury News - Elliott Almond - ‎1 hour ago‎
CARSON -- Christoph Bono felt the soggy field at the Home Depot Center during warm-ups Friday and had trouble keeping his footing.

Captain Beefheart: His Five Best Albums

Entertainment Weekly - Clark Collis - ‎10 hours ago‎
Image Credit: Richard McCaffrey/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images Rock music lost one of its most legendary stars today with the death of Captain Beefheart (aka Don Van Vliet), who passed away at the age of 69 of complications from ...

California couple charged with murdering mother of baby boy

CNN International - ‎10 hours ago‎
By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) -- A California county sheriff said on Friday that a couple executed what he called a "cold, calculating plan" to lure a mother to their home, strangle her, then run off with her baby.

Debit Card Fee Cap Could Mean Higher Banking Costs

ABC News - Eileen Aj Connelly - ‎10 hours ago‎
AP By EILEEN AJ CONNELLY AP Personal Finance Writer A proposed cap on the fees that banks charge for debit card transactions would substantially reduce the cost for businesses.

Los Angeles: Deluge of Calls in 'Grim Sleeper' Case

New York Times - Ian Lovett - ‎4 hours ago‎
The Los Angeles Police Department was inundated with phone calls Friday within 24 hours of the release of photographs of women that had been found in the home of the suspected “Grim Sleeper” serial killer.

Zimbabwe's president threatens 'revenge' against Western companies

CNN - ‎13 hours ago‎
By the CNN Wire Staff Mutare, Zimbabwe (CNN) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe threatened Friday to seize all Western-owned investments in the country unless their governments remove targeted sanctions imposed on him and his senior ZANU-PF party ...
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