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North Korean Leader's Death Inspires Worries, Anxiety

New York Times -
By ALAN COWELL LONDON - The death of Kim Jong-il plunged diplomats, military strategists and political leaders among its neighbors and much further afield into a state of anxiety and uncertainty on Monday as they awaited some signal on isolated North ...
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Czechs to Plan Havel Funeral as EU Holds Minute of Silence

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By Lenka Ponikelska, Ladka Bauerova and Krystof Chamonikolas Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- The Czech Cabinet meets today to begin discussing a state funeral for Vaclav Havel as the European Union plans tributes for the anti-communist dissident playwright who ...

AP photographer travels with the last US troops to leave Iraq, crossing the ...

Washington Post -
Under the cover of night, America's war in Iraq ended. It was called a “Tactical Road March” and consisted of five separate movements, all aimed at getting America's last soldiers out of Iraq safely.

Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Barclays, BP, CDR, UBS in Court News

BusinessWeek -
Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Daniel Mudd, the former chief executive officer of Fannie Mae, and Richard Syron, ex-CEO of Freddie Mac, were sued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission for understating by hundreds of billions of dollars the subprime ...

Jim Caldwell still isn't safe; Romeo Crennel made strong case to keep Chiefs job

The Chiefs neutralized Aaron Rodgers with a ferocious pass rush that brought the Packers QB down four times and held him to a season-low 80.1 rating.

NYC police: Suspect says woman set afire over debt

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By CRISTIAN SALAZAR AP NEW YORK - As Deloris Gillespie goes up in the elevator to her fifth-floor Brooklyn apartment, carrying groceries, a man is waiting.

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Clashes in Egypt rage for 3rd straight day

Xinhua -
BEIJING, Dec. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Clashes between protesters and the security forces in downtown Cairo, continued for a third consecutive day Sunday as reports of casualties escalated.

Russia spots raft with people after rig sinking

Reuters -
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) - A Russian navy aircraft spotted a raft carrying people in the icy seas off Russia's far eastern coast on Monday, raising slim hopes of finding survivors after a drilling rig sank with 67 people on board.

With morgues full, Philippine flood victims buried

The Associated Press -
ILIGAN, Philippines (AP) - With funeral parlors overwhelmed, authorities in a flood-stricken southern Philippine city are organizing the first mass burial of some of nearly 700 victims who were swept to their deaths.

Senators Lament 'Maintenance Congress' Passing Short Tax Cut

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Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The US Senate voted to extend an expiring payroll tax cut for two months, with senators concluding their work for the year by putting the same tax cut on their agenda for early in 2012.

Investigator links soldier to documents in WikiLeaks case

Los Angeles Times -
A computer specialist testifies about sensitive information found on the work computer of the Army private accused of divulging secrets.

Mass for NY Police Officer Shot in Botched Robbery

ABC News -
A New York police officer killed during a botched robbery in Brooklyn is being laid to rest in his Long Island community - an NYPD veteran with 12 medals and more than 200 career arrests.

Wide-ranging Mitt Romney tries to build steam

The Boston Globe -
By Matt Viser “We are prepared. If we go on for months and months, we will have the resources to carry a campaign to each of the states,” Mitt Romney said yesterday on ''Fox News Sunday.

Gold weakens after Fitch downgrade warning

Reuters -
Gold and silver bars are pictured at the Austrian Gold and Silver Separating Plant 'Oegussa' in Vienna August 26, 2011. By Rujun Shen SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Gold prices fell nearly 1 percent on Monday, extending last week's loss, which was the biggest ...

Private Investment Rounds Weaken IPO's

New York Times -
By ROBERT CYRAN and ROB COX Facebook's initial public offering will grab plenty of headlines in 2012. But as Zynga's tepid debut last week shows, multiple private investment rounds and the ability to trade shares before going public mean slim pickings ...

Draghi warns of costs of European breakup

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By Barbara Kollmeyer MADRID (MarketWatch) -- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has warned that struggling euro-zone countries that leave the euro bloc would still face great economic difficulties afterwards.

Online holiday spending rises 15 percent: comScore

Reuters -
(Reuters) - Consumers spent $30.9 billion toward online purchases during the current holiday season, a 15 percent increase from the year-ago period, as shoppers took advantage of free shipping and other online deals, according to comScore.

App makers rushing to beat Apple's holiday deadline

by Daniel Terdiman December 18, 2011 7:38 PM PST Follow @GreeterDan If you're an iOS app developer and you're hoping to get your new project in Apple's App Store in time for Christmas, you might want to stock up on Red Bull.

BT sues Google over Android

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British Telecom is claiming billions of dollars of damages from Google in a lawsuit filed in the US which says that the Android mobile operating system infringes a number of the telecoms company's key patents.

TV features emerge as Apple holds meetings with media companies

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Apple may be deeper into the television project than we thought, as the company is reportedly visiting media companies to share its technology plans.

Dragon Slayer Smackdown: Survivor: South Pacific Crowns Million-Dollar Winner

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Kourtney & Kim Take New York Recap: Is Jonathan Cheban Using Kim? Plus, Kris ...

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Is one of Kim Kardashian's closest friends selling her out in the name of book sales?! That was the question on tonight's episode of Kourtney & Kim Take New York when Kim learns that her BFF Jonathan Cheban is planning to write a tell-all book about ...

Weekend Box Office: Holmes and Chipmunks Get Christmas Coal

Cinema Blend -
'Tis the season to see sequels. But this season the sequels aren't being seen by very many. Hollywood's Christmas 2011 continues to disappoint at the box office.

Tebow, Broncos fall from grace

The Boston Globe -
By Theresa Smith Tim Tebow was last seen scrambling backward in a zigzag fashion, finally taken down by Rob Ninkovich for a 28-yard sack as the Patriots prevailed, 41-23, snapping one of the most unexpected six-game winning streaks.

Chargers fighting for playoffs, Norv Turner -
Norv Turner is helping his cause to stay head coach of the Chargers with a late-season playoff push. (Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE) AJ Perez previously worked at USA Today, AOL and CBSSports.

Quenneville gets victory No. 600

The Boston Globe -
| AP Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist, and Joel Quenneville became the 10th coach to earn 600 NHL victories as the Blackhawks beat the Calgary Flames, 4-2, last night in Chicago for their fifth straight win.

Philadelphia Eagles team report: Samuel to have MRI on injured hamstring -
PHILADELPHIA —The Eagles will hold their breath and hope an MRI on cornerback Asante Samuel's injured hamstring Monday morning comes back negative.

Scientists fear permafrost thaw could compound warming

eTaiwan News -
A bubble rose through a hole in the surface of a frozen lake. It popped, followed by another, and another, as if a pot were somehow boiling in the icy depths.

Another Billionaire Joins Space Race

Scientific American -
Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen, via his new venture, Stratolaunch Systems, hopes to launch space craft from massive airplanes. John Matson reports.

Health Reform - Individual States Given More Flexibility And Freedom, USA

Medical News Today -
US states are being given more freedom and flexibility in the implementation of health reform as stipulated in the Affordable Care Act, which aims to make sure all US citizens have access to affordable, quality health insurance, according to a bulletin ...

Healthcare Business News -
By David Burda If you're a regular reader of this page, you know we're always telling you what we think. But today, you're telling us what you think—at least when it comes to the biggest healthcare stories of the past year.

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