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Low targets, goals dropped: Copenhagen ends in failure

guardian.co.uk - ‎3 hours ago‎
The UN climate summit reached a weak outline of a global agreement last night in Copenhagen, falling far short of what Britain and many poor countries were seeking and leaving months of tough negotiations to come.

Unhappy holidays in a partisan Senate

Los Angeles Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
With the healthcare bill making slow progress and senators working early mornings and late nights through the season, divisions between Democrats and Republicans are even sharper than usual.

Arrests in Africa connect Al Qaeda, drug traffickers

Boston Globe - Devlin Barrett - ‎48 minutes ago‎
AP / December 19, 2009 WASHINGTON - Three accused Al Qaeda associates taken to New York yesterday are charged with plotting to ferry drugs through the Sahara desert to raise money for terror attacks - evidence of what prosecutors say ...

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Hunt for Auschwitz Arbeit Macht Frei sign thieves

BBC News - ‎2 hours ago‎
Polish police are using a sniffer dog in their search for thieves who took the infamous Arbeit Macht Frei sign over the entrance to Auschwitz.

Pakistan Ministers Are Called Before the Courts

New York Times - Jane Perlez, Salman Masood - ‎9 hours ago‎
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A sweeping Supreme Court decision that reopened corruption cases against thousands of politicians, including President Asif Ali Zardari, reverberated through the government on Friday as important ...

US says nuclear agreement is near

Washington Post - Mary Beth Sheridan - ‎1 hour ago‎
President Obama said Friday the United States and Russia are "quite close" to reaching an agreement that would cut their nuclear stockpiles and allow the world's atomic giants to keep monitoring each other's arsenals.

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20 inches of snow expected as storm moves north

WLOS - ‎1 hour ago‎
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Winter storm warnings stretch from the Carolinas to Rhode Island as a massive weather system moves up the Atlantic Coast.

Franken shuts down Lieberman on Senate floor

The Associated Press - ‎8 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Al Franken took the unusual step Thursday of shutting down Sen. Joe Lieberman on the Senate floor. Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, currently is the target of liberal wrath over his opposition to a government-run ...

On environment, Obama and scientists take hit in poll

Washington Post - Jon Cohen, Jennifer Agiesta - ‎22 hours ago‎
As President Obama arrives in Copenhagen hoping to seal an elusive deal on climate change, his approval rating on dealing with global warming has crumbled at home and there is broad opposition to spending taxpayer ...

For retailers, snow would pile on

Washington Post - Ylan Q. Mui - ‎25 minutes ago‎
Retailers can stop accusing the economy of holding back holiday sales. Now they can blame it on the weather. The mighty blizzard expected to descend on the Northeast today comes on the last Saturday before Christmas, typically the ...

GM to shut down Saab, talks with Spyker fail

Reuters - Bernie Woodall, Soyoung Kim - ‎7 hours ago‎
The energy, finance, technology and healthcare industries are expected to be the hottest areas for dealmaking in 2010. Full Article | Full Coverage DETROIT/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - General Motors Co said it would begin shutting down its money-losing Saab ...
Saab dies--again. BusinessWeek

US Stocks Gain as Tech Rallies on Oracle, RIM Profit Reports

Bloomberg - Elizabeth Stanton - ‎5 hours ago‎
Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- US stocks rose, trimming a weekly loss for the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, after better-than- estimated profit at Oracle Corp.

Google in talks to buy review site Yelp: reports

Reuters - David Lawsky, Edwin Chan - ‎3 hours ago‎
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is in talks to buy Yelp Inc, the popular website for reviews of local businesses, in a deal that could help the Internet search leader tap a lucrative local ads market, media reports say.

French court shuts down Google Books project

Los Angeles Times - Gaelle Faure, Megan K. Stack - ‎6 hours ago‎
The Paris court's ruling, that the Google digitization project violates France's strict copyright laws, applies only to French-published books.

Verizon defends its ETF hike

CNET News - Nicole Lee - ‎3 hours ago‎
Verizon claims that the ETF allows the company to offer the phones at lower upfront prices and to reduce its losses if the customers do break their contracts early.

'Avatar' Arrived, but Will It Deliver?

New York Times - Brooks Barnes - ‎40 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES - For weeks this movie capital has crackled with speculation on a lone topic: Will James Cameron's “Avatar,” one of the biggest motion pictures - in budget and scope - ever made, soar or sputter at the box office?

Tiger Woods and wife: If they split, how to divide?

Los Angeles Times - ‎4 hours ago‎
Talk of divorce arises in Tiger Woods' crisis, in which riches and child custody issues could be at stake. Tiger Woods and his wife, Elin Nordegren, were all smiles at the Presidents Cup golf competition this fall at Harding Park Golf Course in San ...

Was That You, Santa?

New York Times - Kathryn Harrison - ‎1 hour ago‎
BEFORE the lie, a confession: My involvement with Christmas stockings approaches a fetish. As a child I was fixed on my own, filled always by my mother.

Recap: Buffalo vs. Toronto

MiamiHerald.com - ‎37 minutes ago‎
By Sports Network Derek Roy, Toni Lydman, Mike Grier and Matt Ellis tallied during a four-goal second period for the Sabres, winners in five of their last six.

Curtis Strange on the golf community's reaction to Tiger Woods

ESPN - Bob Harig - ‎5 hours ago‎
Padraig Harrington has played a lot of golf with Tiger Woods over the years and considers the game's No. 1 player a friend. But the three-time major champion told an Irish newspaper he is stunned at the recent disclosures about Woods' personal life and ...

Sixers snap Celtics' 11-game streak with 98-97 win

The Associated Press - Jimmy Golen - ‎43 minutes ago‎
BOSTON - Elton Brand had 23 points and eight rebounds, giving Philadelphia the lead on a tip-in with 7.7 seconds left, and the 76ers snapped Boston's 11-game win streak with a 98-97 victory over the Celtics on Friday night.

US autism cases show 59% increase, alarming activists

Palm Beach Post - Stacey Singer - ‎29 minutes ago‎
One in every 100 children in the United States may have some form of autism spectrum disorder, far more than previously believed, and the rate appears to be worsening quickly, especially among boys, new figures from the CDC show.

Testing group data shows swine flu waning in US

Reuters - Jackie Frank - ‎8 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Results from flu tests show the pandemic of swine flu is definitely on the downswing in the United States, researchers at Quest Diagnostics said Friday.

Whiskey hangover worse than vodka, study says

msnbc.com - Rachael Rettner - ‎2 hours ago‎
If you've ever had one too many drinks during a night out, you're probably familiar with the dreaded aftermath: the hangover.

Congress Travels More, Public Pays

Wall Street Journal - Brody Mullins, T.W. Farnam - ‎Dec 16, 2009‎
EDINBURGH -- The expenses racked up by US lawmakers traveling here for a conference last month included one for the "control room.

More homes are poised to hit the market

Los Angeles Times - ‎12 hours ago‎
A 'shadow' inventory of properties close to foreclosure or seized but not yet for sale has been growing. This home in Moreno Valley was one of many in the Inland Empire to enter foreclosure last year.

The Best Walking Partner: Man vs. Dog

New York Times (blog) - Tara Parker-Pope - ‎Dec 14, 2009‎
Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times A dog will never try to talk you out of going for a walk. Is it better to walk a human or to walk a dog?

The 40 Hottest Female Athletes Of The Decade

Bleacher Report - ‎Dec 14, 2009‎
With the 2000's winding down, the end of the aughts, or whatever you want to call it, this is a time where we can look back at the last ten years and see how much we've packed into this decade.

Stem cell therapies for hearts inching closer to wide use

CNN - Elizabeth Landau - ‎13 hours ago‎
Dr. Joshua Hare at the University of Miami works on stem cell therapies for heart attack patients. (CNN) -- If you've just had your first heart attack, doctors may one day be able to reverse the damage done with stem cell ...