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Obama Camp Predicts Health Bill Will Pass Soon

Wall Street Journal - Kara Scannell - ‎6 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON--David Axelrod, an adviser to President Barack Obama, predicted health-care legislation would pass "soon," after Senate Democrats on Saturday secured the 60 votes needed to clear a ...

Actress Brittany Murphy dies at 32

Washington Post - ‎29 minutes ago‎
Brittany Murphy died early Sunday morning after she went into full cardiac arrest and could not be revived. Murphy starred in such films as "Clueless", "8 Mile" and "Don't Say a Word".
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A great step forward: Obama's verdict on climate change pact

guardian.co.uk - ‎1 hour ago‎
Activists demonstrate outside the Bella Center in Copenhagen at the end of the COP15 UN Climate Change Conference, 19 Dec 2009. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images Barack Obama returned to a snowbound Washington at the weekend clutching a deal ...

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Iran regime on alert following death of dissident cleric Montazeri

guardian.co.uk - ‎1 hour ago‎
The body of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri at his home in Qom, surrounded by relatives in mourning. Photograph: AP Thousands of mourners are gathering in the Iranian city of Qom following the death of leading reformist cleric Grand Ayatollah ...

Eurostar suspends services for third day

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
Eurostar has said there will be no services for a third day on Monday while further tests are carried out on its fleet of trains. But commercial director Nick Mercer said engineers have now pinpointed the cause of electrical problems and he hoped ...

Hariri's visit to Damascus ends years of bitterness between Lebanon, Syria

Xinhua - Mohamad Ali, Ren Ke - ‎53 minutes ago‎
BEIRUT, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri ended on Sunday a landmark visit to Damascus, pledging with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to open new prospects on bilateral relations.

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Pivotal Senate Health Vote Looms

Wall Street Journal - Greg Hitt, Janet Adamy - ‎49 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON -- The Senate is marching toward a Christmas Eve vote on the biggest health-care legislation since the passage of Medicare 45 years ago, and its version is likely to form the template for the final bill that ...

Storm Creates Air-Travel Delays in Pre-Holiday Weekend

Wall Street Journal - Susan Carey - ‎45 minutes ago‎
The monster storm that barreled up the East Coast, burying airports from Washington to New York to Philadelphia in record snowfall Saturday, continued its march north Sunday, threatening more ...

McCain understands why Palin blacked out visor

The Associated Press - ‎49 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain says he understands why Sarah Palin blacked out his name on a McCain campaign visor so she could avoid recognition while on vacation in Hawaii.
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GM Gets Inquiries About Saab After Plan to Shut Unit

Bloomberg - Niklas Magnusson, Jeroen Molenaar - ‎44 minutes ago‎
Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Co. said it received inquiries from “several parties” regarding its Saab unit after announcing it would close down the Swedish automaker following the collapse ...

Citadel Broadcasting Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Bloomberg - Tiffany Kary, Don Jeffrey - ‎1 hour ago‎
Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Citadel Broadcasting Corp., the owner of radio stations in cities including New York and Chicago, filed for US bankruptcy protection in Manhattan with a deal to shed $1.4 billion of debt.

Ho Makes First Appearance, in Macau, After Long Hospital Stay

Bloomberg - ‎5 hours ago‎
By Chia-Peck Wong Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Macau casino billionaire Stanley Ho made his first public appearance in more than four months at the inauguration of the city's new government, a sign his health may be improving after two operations.

Astronauts blast off for Christmas space mission

The Associated Press - Peter Leonard - ‎39 minutes ago‎
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan - A Russian rocket blasted off from a cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and hurtled spaceward Monday, shuttling an American, a Russian and a Japanese to the International Space Station.

Open house? Google has also been eying Trulia

CNET News - Kara Swisher - ‎Dec 19, 2009‎
According to sources close to the situation, along with its pending bid for Yelp, Google has been in on-again, off-again acquisition talks with Trulia, the real-estate search engine.

3D high-def movies coming to your living room on Blu-ray

Ars Technica - Chris Foresman - ‎33 minutes ago‎
Get ready for the 3D movie revolution to come your your home theater next year. The Blu-ray Disc Association has approved a final spec to deliver high def 3D movies on Blu-ray discs.

Could 'Avatar' hit $1 billion?

Los Angeles Times - ‎20 minutes ago‎
20th Century Fox's $430-million bet on James Cameron is off to a rip-roaring start and set up for a huge holiday haul. "Avatar" sold a studio-estimated $232.2 million worth of tickets around the world this weekend, the ninth-biggest global debut of all ...

Weather doesn't stop Jonas brother's wedding

msnbc.com - ‎16 hours ago‎
NEW YORK - In a setting fit for a Disney prince and his princess, Kevin Jonas married Danielle Deleasa Saturday night at Oheka Castle, a turn-of-the-century French-style chateau, on a sprawling estate in Long Island.

Angry off-duty cop waves his gun around after his Hummer is pelted with snowballs

New York Daily News - Helen Kennedy - ‎37 minutes ago‎
Frame grab of an off-duty cop in Washington DC waving gun after his vehicle was hit by snowballs. Courtesy of reasontv.com An off-duty Washington DC police detective went berserk and began waving his gun around when his Hummer was ...

Cribbs, Harrison lead Browns over Chiefs 41-34

The Associated Press - John Marshall - ‎19 minutes ago‎
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jerome Harrison ran from nowhere into the record books. Joshua Cribbs topped even himself. Embattled Browns coach Eric Mangini should thank them both.

Gonzalez's 6-yard TD leads Falcons past Jets 10-7

The Associated Press - Dennis Waszak Jr - ‎59 minutes ago‎
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Atlanta Falcons' offense kept stalling in the cold of the Meadowlands until finally busting through the New York Jets' top-ranked defense at the end.

Stanton plays but Lions lose at home to Cardinals

Detroit Free Press - Kirkland Crawford - ‎30 minutes ago‎
Anquan Boldin's 5-yard touchdown pass with 1:54 to play handed the Lions a 31-24 loss to the Cardinals today at Ford Field. Drew Stanton wasn't able to lead a last-minute drive, which fizzled on a fourth-down incompletion.

H1N1 vaccine plentiful in WNC, but seasonal flu shots hard to come by

Asheville Citizen-Times - Nanci Bompey - ‎17 hours ago‎
ASHEVILLE - The long-awaited swine flu vaccine is finally here and available to anyone who wants it, but those looking for a seasonal flu shot may be out of luck.

Negotiating to 60 Votes, Compromise by Compromise

New York Times - Robert Pear - ‎21 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - Thirty million people without health insurance stand to gain coverage under a deal announced on Saturday by Senate Democrats.

Maine to consider cell phone cancer warning

The Associated Press - Glenn Adams - ‎5 hours ago‎
AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine legislator wants to make the state the first to require cell phones to carry warnings that they can cause brain cancer, although there is no consensus among scientists that they do and industry leaders dispute the claim.

Yahoo gets kicked to curb by Google, Bing

CNNMoney.com - David Goldman - ‎Dec 17, 2009‎
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Once the world's online search leader, Yahoo's share has sharply declined, putting it in danger of losing its relevance in a market increasingly dominated by Google.

'Hot Stocks For a New Decade?' Wait!

Wall Street Journal - Brett Arends - ‎6 hours ago‎
You should have. These were top stocks of the decade in the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index. Ten years ago, the smartest thing you could have done with your money was to invest in these.

Blunder on the Mountain

New York Times - Maureen Dowd - ‎20 hours ago‎
Flying over the waves of snow-covered mountains that make Afghanistan a natural fortress and a sinkhole for empires, it's impossible not to think of Osama's escaping from Tora Bora as one of the greatest bungled opportunities in history ...

STEPHEN GLOVER: 50 days to save the world? I might listen to the doomsayers if ...

Daily Mail - Stephen Glover - ‎Dec 16, 2009‎
Not many people understand climate change. But they can recognise hypocrisy when they see it, and are also likely to count their spoons whenever wild-eyed politicians invoke the impending end of the world.

New hope for celiac disease sufferers?

Los Angeles Times - Cathryn Delude - ‎Dec 18, 2009‎
In a sense, the 2 million plus Americans with celiac disease are lucky. No other autoimmune disease has such a safe and effective treatment.