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Kim Jong Il's body laid out for mourners

CBS News -
An image from North Korean state television, broadcast on Dec. 20, 2011, shows what is said to be the body of Kim Jong Il on display in a glass coffin.
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House GOP Plans to Reject Payroll Tax Cut Extension

Fox News -
| AP AP December 1, 2011: House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaves his news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. WASHINGTON - With the Senate adjourned for the holidays, House Republicans are moving to shelve a bipartisan two-month extension of ...

Gingrich: Rivals 'ought to be ashamed of themselves' for running negative ads -
By Alex Moe, NBC News HIAWATHA, Iowa - Newt Gingrich was very critical of his GOP rivals Monday as he is continuing to get hounded with negative ads in the Hawkeye State and is asking Iowans to help put a stop to it.

49ers Beat Big Ben, Steelers 20-3

ABC News -
By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer Ben Roethlisberger threw a few extra passes in near darkness after the lights went out at Candlestick Park.

Deutsche Telekom $3 Billion Breakup Fee From AT&T Buys Time for T-Mobile

Bloomberg -
Deutsche Telekom AG, whose proposed $39 billion sale of T-Mobile USA to AT&T Inc. (T) collapsed yesterday, has about a year before it needs to start the search for another partner amid rising costs for improving its network.

Texas Rangers win negotiating rights to Yu Darvish

Atlanta Journal Constitution -
By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP NEW YORK - After losing a pair of aces in the last two years, the Texas Rangers are going global to land a new one.

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Czechs pay last respects to dissident-turned-leader Havel | Philadelphia ...

Philadelphia Inquirer -
By Lenka Ponikelska, Ladka Bauerova and Krystof Chamonikolas Czech President Vaclav Klaus and the widow of Vaclav Havel agreed to hold a state funeral Friday as citizens waited as long as three hours to pay their last respects to the anti-communist ...

Syria unrest: Dozens of army deserters 'gunned down'

BBC News -
Dozens of army deserters have been shot dead by Syrian troops as they tried to flee their bases and join anti-government protests, reports say.

Egyptian Troops Attempt to Evict Protesters in Pre-Dawn Raid

Fox News -
| AP AP December 18, 2011: An Egyptian military solider throws a rock toward protesters near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt . CAIRO - Egyptian troops and riot police raided Cairo's Tahrir Square early on Tuesday in their latest attempt to evict ...

Philippines flood death toll nears 1000

CBS News -
Residents retrieve their household items from their house which landed on a concrete fence of a mansion, Dec. 19, 2011 in Iligan city, southern Philippines.

Snow halting pre-holiday travel across Great Plains, nearly 100 rescues along ...

Washington Post -
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - A late-autumn snowstorm lumbered into the Great Plains on Monday, unleashing snow and fierce winds that turned roads to ice, reduced visibility to zero and jeopardized thousands of holiday motorists' travel plans just two days before ...

Year-long DC undercover sting netted arrests, guns, drugs

Washington Post -
DC Police Sgt. Dale Sutherland's high-tech headquarters in a stylish Northeast rowhouse welcomed some of the city's most notorious gun-runners and drug dealers.

Suspect in NYC torching charged with murder

The Associated Press -
NEW YORK (AP) - Deloris Gillespie was a fun-loving, fast-talking mother of four who helped anyone she could in her Brooklyn neighborhood and at the post office where she worked for years.

Investigators Struggle To Find Motive In Shooting

by AP LOS ANGELES (AP) - Four days after a gunman opened fire on his co-workers before committing suicide at a utility office east of Los Angeles, investigators struggled to find a motive for the rampage.

U.K. Shuns Crisis Aid as Europe Channels Extra $195 Billion to IMF Lending

Bloomberg -
Enlarge image UK Shuns Crisis Aid as Europe Channels $195 Billion to IMF UK Shuns Crisis Aid as Europe Channels $195 Billion to IMF Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg A London taxi passes the HM Treasury building at Whitehall in London, UK Play Video Play Video ...

Financial stocks lead way lower; BofA slides 4 percent, the biggest drop in ...

Washington Post -
NEW YORK - The stock market took a late afternoon fall Monday after European Union finance ministers failed to come up with the full amount of money pledged for a bailout fund.

Apple scores hit on HTC in US patent case -
Apple on Monday scored a hit in an ongoing patent brawl with mobile handset giant HTC with a US trade authority ruling the iPhone maker has rights to features using one-tap screen commands.

IBM's Five Predictions for the Next Five Years

BusinessWeek -
Biometric passwords? Mind-reading headsets? Junk mail you'll look forward to? As with all predictions, the answer is "maybe" By Om Malik In each of the past five years, IBM has come up with a list of five innovations it believes will become popular ...

Supply chain of next-generation Kindle Fire to be ready in 2Q12

Digitimes -
Makers in the supply chain of the next-generation Kindle Fire are likely to begin preparing the needed parts and components for the production of new tablet device in the second quarter of 2012, according to industry sources.

New The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Revealed!

A new theatrical trailer for Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman flick The Dark Knight Rises has premiered. The two-minute clip shows Tom Hardy's ruthless villain Bane attacking Gotham City, as Catwoman, played by Anne Hathaway, warns Batman ...

From Bond To Blomkvist: Daniel Craig's Next Big Role

Mikael Blomkvist, the investigative journalist who teams up with the title character in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is the second iconic character that actor Daniel Craig (right, with Christopher Plummer) has tackled in the space of a half-decade.

'The Adventures of Tintin': It's Spielberg's Indy, but with a cowlick

The Seattle Times -
A movie review of "The Adventures of Tintin," director Steven Spielberg's tale of the fearless, quick-witted kid hero of the graphic novels by Belgium's Herge.

Chaz Bono And Jennifer Elia Break Off Engagement

Cinema Blend -
It's been a big day for separations. American Horror Story actress Jessica Lange and hubby Sam Shepard let out the news they have been separated for two years.

Chris Paul, Clippers open preseason with win over Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Paul had 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in his Los Angeles Clippers debut and Chauncey Billups made an equally impressive first impression with his new club, scoring 23 points in a 114-95 victory over the Lakers on ...

Marchand's goal was a real beauty -
Brad Marchand finishes a pretty play with a deft backhander past Canadiens goaltender Carey Price to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell When Bruins winger Brad Marchand scored with 5:46 remaining last night ...

Davidson upsets No. 12 Kansas

Kansas City Star -
By J. BRADY MCCOLLOUGH KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The scene has become all too familiar in recent years: A team from a mid-major conference celebrating a victory over the Kansas Jayhawks, who leave a neutral floor confused as to what just happened.

Turner scores 22 and LSU hands No. 10 Marquette its first loss, 67-59

Washington Post -
BATON ROUGE, La. - After watching Marquette race to 13-0 lead, LSU coach Trent Johnson decided he needed some senior leadership on the court.

Jets' Ryan disappointed but still takes aim at Giants

NEW YORK (AP) - Rex Ryan got on the phone, paused for a second and then offered the one positive thought he could come up with. By William Pearlmany, The Star-Ledger via US Presswire Rex Ryan is trying to guide the Jets to postseason for the third ...

NASA Shuttle Simulator Coming to A&M

Texas A&M University and NASA signed an agreement Monday that brings the space shuttle simulator from Johnson Space Center in Houston to College Station.

Remains of giant dinosaur found on Antarctica -
Scientists on Antarctica have discovered a fossil of a tail bone belonging to a titanosaur, the family of giant plant-eating dinosaurs.

Sunless Tanning Product Users Sunbathe Less

Medical News Today -
Young adult females who use tanning lotions and other sunless tanning products tend to sunbathe and use tanning salons less than other women of their age, researchers from Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, reported in Archives of ...

Fertile sperm donor draws criticism from FDA, docs

The Associated Press -
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Physicians and the federal government cited the case of a San Francisco Bay area man who has fathered 14 children as an example of the risks posed by the informal market for sperm donations, which doctors consider unsafe but some ...


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