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Last Convoy of American Troops Leaves Iraq, Marking an End to the War

New York Times -
The last American military convoy crossed over the border from Iraq into Kuwait on Sunday. By TIM ARANGO and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT BAGHDAD - The last convoy of American troops to leave Iraq drove into Kuwait on Sunday morning, marking the end of the ...
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Woman set afire in elevator of her NYC building

Wall Street Journal -
AP NEW YORK - A woman burned to death in the elevator of her Brooklyn apartment building Saturday after a man ambushed her, sprayed her with liquid and set her afire with a Molotov cocktail, police said.

Three die in Egyptian protests

Sydney Morning Herald -
Nine are dead and hundreds more injured in Cairo after two days of bloody street battles as prime minister calls protestors 'counter-revolutionaries'.

Tony Romo throws 3 first-half TD passes, Cowboys beat Buccaneers 31-15

Washington Post -
TAMPA, Fla. - Tony Romo made it look easy, shredding Tampa Bay's secondary at will and helping the Dallas Cowboys get back on track in the NFC East.

Sony's PlayStation Vita hits stores in Japan

USA Today -
By Mari Yamaguchi, AP TOKYO - Sony's long-awaited PlayStation Vita portable game machine hit stores in Japan this weekend as thousands of game enthusiasts lined up to be among the first to buy it.

Occupy Wall St. arrests after church lot breached

San Francisco Chronicle -
Colleen Long, AP New York officers push a fence back against Occupy protesters as they try to enter a Trinity Church lot. Dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested Saturday after they scaled a chain-link fence or crawled under it to get to ...

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More than 500 Dead in Storm in Philippines

Voice of America -
December 18, 2011 More than 500 Dead in Storm in Philippines Rescue efforts under way after a powerful typhoon strikes Mindanao region, wiping out entire villages VOA News Rescue efforts continue in the southern Philippines, which has been pounded by a ...

Arabs threaten to take Syria to UN

Ynetnews -
Arab League irked as Assad flouts demands to allow observers in Syria, stop brutal crackdown on protesters. Qatar says will bring matter before UN Security Council The Arab League is threatening to take Syria to the United Nations for procrastinating ...

A fruit seller's legacy to the Arab people

By Salman Shaikh, Special to CNN Crowds gather Saturday in Mohamed Bouazizi square, Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia, named after the fman whose self-immolation sparked the Arab Spring.

Protest hits Lowe's after chain pulls ads from Muslim show

Los Angeles Times -
About 100 people, including Christian clergy and a state legislator, demonstrate at a store in Allen Park, Mich. ASSOCIATED PRESS ALLEN PARK, Mich.

Gingrich works to counteract Romney attack

Detroit Free Press -
Newt Gingrich is introduced Monday in Londonderry, NH On Saturday, he teleconferenced from Washington with Iowans. / Elise Amendola/Associated Press By Kasie Hunt and Philip Elliott Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Newt Gingrich says as president, ...

Manning showed warning signs before WikiLeak

Reuters -
1 of 5. US Army Private Bradley Manning is seen in a courtroom sketch during his Army Article 32 hearing in the courthouse at Fort Meade, Maryland, December 16, 2011.

Police eye mob in Massachusetts mansion murders of Jack and Geraldine Magee

New York Daily News -
BY Braden Goyette With a police cruiser parked in the driveway, a woman passes the home of developer John Magee Jr. and his wife Geraldine in Andover, Mass.

Keystone Pipeline Faces Uncertain Fate Despite Senate Deal

Fox News -
AP Nov. 6, 2011: Demonstrators march with a replica of a pipeline during a protest to demand a stop to the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline in Washington, DC A senior House GOP aid tells Fox News that the House is opposed to the payroll tax deal ...

Payroll tax-cut extension adds $17 a month to typical mortgage

Chicago Sun-Times -
By ALAN FRAM AP December 17, 2011 4:50PM WASHINGTON - Who is paying for the two-month extension of the payroll tax cut working its way through Congress?

TAKE TWO: Luck of the Irish runs out for Rudy; bad taste left behind

Columbia Daily Tribune -
By Joe Walljasper A few years back, while I supervised a Columbia Youth Football League practice at Cosmo Park, a truck crept along the road, stopped in front of each team's patch of grass and unloaded large boxes.

Farmville creator Zynga's rough IPO marks uneven tech stock year

Chicago Sun-Times -
By BARBARA ORTUTAY December 17, 2011 10:54AM THE DIP: Zynga Inc. saw its stock dinged on its first day of trading Friday - an unexpected turn of events for a closely watched initial public offering seen as a precursor to Facebook's next year.

Time short for S&P to end 2011 higher

Reuters -
Use the Reuters Breakingviews stress test calculator to calculate how the Target core Tier 1 capital ratio and sovereign haircut levels affect the amount of capital banks need to pass the stress test.

Controversy Over Carrier IQ Leading Sprint to Disable the Service -
The recent storm over Carrier IQ, a software installed on more than 150 million smartphones was sparked by a security researcher by the name of Trevor Eckhart, where he posted a 17-minute video a couple of weeks back revealing the use of CIQ that kept ...

Internet Explorer: Microsoft plans 'silent' updates

BBC News -
From January, Internet Explorer (IE) users will be automatically updated to the latest version of the browser. Microsoft said it was starting the project to update millions of machines to improve security online.

The Best of Jimmy Fallon: The Comedian Returns to Host 'SNL' (Video)

Hollywood Reporter -
The late-night host returned to his former "Saturday Night Live" stomping grounds on NBC Dec. 17. Jimmy Fallon returned to the show that launched his comedy career Saturday, Dec. 17, hosting Saturday Night Live's holiday episode.

J.R. Martinez Is Going to Be a Dad

People Magazine -
By Monica Rizzo He nabbed a mirror ball trophy on Dancing With the Stars last month, but the biggest and best prize is yet to come.

Lakers Moving On

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant swears he's moved on from the three-team trade that was nixed by NBA commissioner David Stern last week, ultimately preventing the Los Angeles Lakers from acquiring Chris Paul.

Louisiana-Lafayette wins New Orleans Bowl on last-second FG -
Brett Baer's winning field goal came after he had missed two extra points earlier in the game. NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Blaine Gautier's record-setting passing and a long clutch kick by Brett Baer gave Louisiana-Lafayette fans the kind of thrills they ...

As Permafrost Thaws, Scientists Study the Risks

New York Times -
Katey M. Walter Anthony, a scientist, investigated a plume of methane, a greenhouse gas, at an Alaskan lake. Dr. Walter Anthony is a leading researcher in studying the escape of methane.

Six defense satellites launched by Soyuz rocket

Spaceflight Now -
BY STEPHEN CLARK A Russian Soyuz rocket fired six satellites into space Friday, launching missions to serve defense agencies in Europe and Chile with high-resolution imagery and electronic intelligence.

NASA Satellite May Have Found The Smallest Known Black Hole

Forbes -
Researchers using NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer may have found the 'heartbeat' of the smallest known black hole. (Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab) Just last week, astronomers discovered what are believed to be the largest ...

Space News: Comet Lovejoy plunges into the sun and survives

Lake County News -
On Friday morning, an armada of spacecraft witnessed something that many experts thought impossible: Comet Lovejoy flew through the hot atmosphere of the sun and emerged intact.

FDA Approves Berlin Heart for Kids

ABC News -
By KATIE MOISSE (@katiemoisse) Lane Eberhardt, 9, survived 16 months on the Ohio transplant waiting list because of the Berlin Heart.

Legalized same-sex marriage may boost gay men's health

USA Today -
Gay men who live in states where same-sex marriage is legal are healthier, have less stress, make fewer doctor visits and have lower health-care costs, a new study finds.

Obama to let states decide benefit levels under health law

Los Angeles Times -
The decision shifts to local officials the decision on what medical insurers must offer consumers starting in 2014. Reporting from Washington - Seeking to defuse a potential showdown over a key part of the new healthcare law, the Obama administration ...

New recommendations for whooping cough vaccination

USA Today -
By Tom Wilemon, The Tennessean NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Grandparents eager to hold the new baby in the family this holiday season should add vaccines to their shopping list.


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