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Baghdad hit by wave of attacks; 49 killed

CBS News -
Iraqi security forces inspect a crater caused by a car bomb attack in the neighborhood of Karrada in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 22, 2011.

NKorea Media Dubs Young Kim 'Outstanding Leader'

ABC News -
The handover of power in North Korea to Kim Jong Il's young son appeared to be going smoothly Thursday, with official media calling him the "outstanding leader" and no outward unrest in the capital or troop movements along its borders.

Gingrich Uses Precious Time to Get on Virginia Ballot

Fox News -
| AP AP Dec. 14, 2011: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during a discussion at the University of Iowa College of Public Health in Iowa City, Iowa.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, euro gain, banking concerns nag

Reuters -
* Euro steady at $1.3070 * European stocks open firmer * Bank concerns linger after ECB tender By Richard Hubbard LONDON, Dec 22 (Reuters) - European stocks and the euro rose on Thursday, recovering much of their losses a day earlier when banks ...

Blake Griffin scores 30 as Clippers beat Lakers again

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin scored nine of his 30 points in the final 5:18, and the Los Angeles Clippers wrapped up their two-game preseason sweep of the Lakers with a 108-103 victory on Wednesday night.

The X Factor Final: Did Melanie, Josh and Chris (or Alanis and Avril) Give $5 ...

E! Online -
The X Factor Final: Did Melanie, Josh and Chris (or Alanis and Avril) Give $5 Million Performances? It all ends tomorrow, but first, the top three contestants had to shine tonight.

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Arab League Team to Arrive in Syria After Accord on Monitoring

BusinessWeek -
By Massoud A. Derhally Dec. 22 (Bloomberg) -- An Arab League mission is due in Syria today to prepare for monitoring of the accord Syria signed this week to end nine months of violence, as Al Arabiya reported that the crackdown on protests continued ...

French Turks protest ahead of "genocide bill" debate

Reuters Africa -
By John Irish and Pauline Mevel PARIS (Reuters) - Several thousand Franco-Turks demonstrated in central Paris Thursday ahead of a parliamentary vote on a bill that would make it a crime to deny the 1915 mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks was ...

Russia's Medvedev says backs political reform

Reuters -
| MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Dmitry Medvedev called on Thursday for comprehensive reform of Russia's political system, proposing the direct election of regional governors rather than their appointment by the Kremlin.

Iran: IAEA could visit in January

Jerusalem Post -
By JPOST.COM STAFF VIENNA - A team of senior UN nuclear officials could visit Iran in January, the Islamic state's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency told Reuters.

Snowbound ASU Student Survives Ten Days on Candy, Melted Snow

Fox News -
An Arizona State University student missing for 10 days was located Wednesday in good condition in a remote part of east-central Arizona, after surviving on candy bars and melted snow.

Understanding Congress' payroll tax cut fight

The Associated Press -
WASHINGTON (AP) - If President Barack Obama, the House and the Senate all want to extend a Social Security payroll tax cut and jobless benefits through next year, why are they fighting so bitterly over doing it?

Stocks Rebound in Late Trading; Finish on a Mixed Note

Beacon Equity Research -
Stocks rebounded in late trading on Wednesday to finish on a mixed note. All three major indexes had fallen sharply earlier in the day, led by a decline in the Technology sector.

Countrywide Will Settle a Bias Suit

New York Times -
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department on Wednesday announced the largest residential fair-lending settlement in history, saying that Bank of America had agreed to pay $335 million to settle allegations that its Countrywide Financial unit discriminated ...

European Stock-Index Futures Advance Before U.S. Jobless-Claims Report

Bloomberg -
European stocks advanced as investors awaited data on US jobless claims and consumer confidence for signals on the recovery in the world's largest economy.

Yahoo's Least Bad Option for Alibaba

Wall Street Journal -
By TOM ORLIK How much is Yahoo's stake in Alibaba Group worth? Nothing if Yahoo can't sell it. There are fresh reports that Yahoo is considering selling part of its 40% stake in China's e-commerce giant back to Alibaba, as it considers options from its ...

Microsoft has had it with CES

Inquirer -
By Dave Neal SOFTWARE FLOGGER Microsoft will make its last appearance at the consumer electronics show (CES) next month. Microsoft goes with CES like queues, name badges and free mousemats, so it might seem an emptier place without a Steve Ballmer ...

Amazon Updates Kindle Fire Software: Fixes Some Nagging Issues

PCWorld -
By Daniel Ionescu, PCWorld Dec 21, 2011 5:36 AM Amazon is pushing out a free over-the-air software update for the Kindle Fire, that fixes a batch of problems with the tablet.

David Fincher and 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

San Jose Mercury News -
By Rene Rodriguez Actor Daniel Craig, actress Rooney Mara, director David Fincher, actor Stellan Skarsgard and screen writer Steven Zaillian arrive to the premiere of the movie `The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo¿ at the Sergel theatre in Stockholm, ...

'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy talks the game-changing season finale ...

Entertainment Weekly -
by Tim Stack SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THE SEASON FINALE OF AMERICAN HORROR STORY!!!!! I'm not sure there's another show on TV that would have the guts to kill off its lead characters and that's what makes AHS' finale such an exhilarating ...

Jailed! Mayweather will serve 90-day prison sentence after pleading guilty to ...

Daily Mail -
By Sportsmail Reporter Floyd Mayweather has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to a domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges.

Roundup: Luongo, Canucks take care of Red Wings

By Rich Lam, Getty Images Alexandre Burrows, left, and goalie Roberto Luongo share a laugh after the Canucks beat the Red Wings in Vancouver on Wednesday.

College basketball roundup: North Carolina routs Texas for fifth win in row

Detroit Free Press -
North Carolina's Harrison Barnes (40) shoots over Texas' J'Covan Brown on Wednesday. / GERRY BROOME/Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, NC -- Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 26 points to help No.

LeBron James says he is back to having fun again

By Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY MIAMI - During training camp last season, Miami Heat forward LeBron James told USA TODAY, "There's no villain bone in my body.

What Chelsea Player Said May Be a Crime

New York Times -
LONDON - In a landmark case, the England and Chelsea captain John Terry has been ordered to appear before a criminal court, accused of racially abusing a fellow soccer player during a Premier League match.

First True 'Alien Earth' May Be Found in 2012 -
By Mike Wall While 2011 was a huge year for alien-planet discoveries, 2012 could bring something even more exciting: the first true "alien Earth.

Hubble Telescope Spots Complex Organic Molecules on Surface of Pluto

Fox News -
By The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted new evidence of complex organic molecules - the carbon-containing building blocks of life as we know it - on the frigid surface of Pluto, a new study finds.

Russia's sputtering scientific push

Washington Post -
The country has poured money into research in the past decade, but corruption and exhaustion have largely hollowed out its gains. At the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, spectators watch the launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket booster with ...


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