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After 2d test, Democrats sure on health bill

Boston Globe - Erica Werner - ‎46 minutes ago‎
“The finish line is in sight,'' said Senator Max Baucus (right), shown yesterday with Senators Chris Dodd and Harry Reid.
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American Airlines Flight Crashes at Jamaica Airport

FOXNews - ‎23 minutes ago‎
BREAKING NEWS - An American Airlines plane skidded off the runway and broke in two Tuesday night after landing in Kingston, Jamaica, injuring at least 40 people, according to local news reports.

New York GOP Lacks Big Name for 2010 Slate

New York Times - David M. Halbfinger - ‎4 hours ago‎
America's Mayor is out. But take heart, New York Republicans - Larchmont's mayor could get in. It has come to this for the party of such electoral lions as Rudolph W. Giuliani, George E. Pataki and Alfonse M. D'Amato: a rookie ...

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Eyewitness: How China sabotaged climate talks

ABC Online - ‎2 hours ago‎
'Intentionally humiliated': Lynas says China set out to snub and shift blame onto US President Barack Obama. (AFP: Attila Kisbenedek ) A writer and environmental activist who was present at the final Copenhagen climate talks says China sabotaged the ...

Diplomats Will Extend Iran Talks

Wall Street Journal - ‎1 hour ago‎
Representatives from Russia, China, Britain, France, the US and Germany adjourned their telephone consultation about Iran's nuclear program Tuesday without giving guidance on when they will ask the United Nations Security Council to consider measures ...

A Captive Soldier Becomes an Israeli Cause

Wall Street Journal - Joshua Mitnick - ‎2 hours ago‎
Amid Talks With Hamas to Free Sgt. Gilad Shalit in Exchange for 1000 Palestinian Prisoners, Fears of a Security Threat By JOSHUA MITNICK NAHARIYA, Israel -- Hope for the release of Sgt.

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Ala. Dem Defects to GOP Over Health Care, Policy

ABC News - Jay Reeves - ‎11 minutes ago‎
AP A US House Democrat who opposes the health care overhaul announced Tuesday he is defecting to the GOP, another blow to Democrats ahead of the midterm elections.

Obama names a cyber security chief

Boston Globe - ‎1 hour ago‎
AP / December 23, 2009 WASHINGTON - The White House has tapped a corporate cyber security expert and former Bush administration official, Howard A. Schmidt, to lead the effort to shore up the country's computer networks.

Obama Pledges More Support for Community Banks to Spur Lending

Bloomberg - Rebecca Christie, Kate Andersen Brower - ‎34 minutes ago‎
Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama told a dozen community bankers that he'll work to streamline regulations as Treasury Department data show there have been few takers for government funding meant ...

Home Sales, Prices Brighten

Wall Street Journal - James R. Hagerty, Kelly Evans - ‎2 hours ago‎
New data on home sales and prices provided fresh signs of a stabilizing housing market, but a continuing flood of foreclosures and the eventual withdrawal of government life support threaten that trend.

Buffett Sells Moody's Shares for Sixth Time After Profit Drop

BusinessWeek - Andrew Frye, Matthew Leising - ‎41 minutes ago‎
Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. cut its stake in Moody's Corp. for the sixth time since July after the ratings company was hit by profit declines, lawsuits and criticism from regulators ...

Oil Is Near a Two-Week High on Signs of US Economic Recovery

Bloomberg - James Paton, Yee Kai - ‎1 hour ago‎
Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Crude oil traded near a two-week high in New York as positive housing and fuel-inventory data signaled a recovery in the US, the world's largest energy user.

Microsoft Loses Lawsuit, But Word Likely to Stay

PC World - David Coursey - ‎4 hours ago‎
First, the good news: No, you won't have to turn in your copies of Office 2007, even now that Microsoft has lost its appeal of a lawsuit brought by the Canadian company, i4i.

RIM Confirms (Another) BlackBerry E-Mail Outage

PC Magazine - Chloe Albanesius - ‎1 hour ago‎
Research in Motion on Tuesday night confirmed a BlackBerry outage affecting some users in North and South America - the company's second in several days.

Soyuz craft docks, boosts space station crew

CNET News - William Harwood - ‎2 hours ago‎
A veteran Russian cosmonaut, a Japanese shuttle flier, and a NASA astronaut making his first space flight docked with the International Space Station Tuesday after a two-day orbital chase, donning Santa hats to mark the holiday ...

Prescription meds probed in death of Brittany Murphy

Boston Herald - ‎46 minutes ago‎
By Inside Track A deadly cocktail of prescription medicines - like the combo that killed “Dark Knight” star Heath Ledger - is the likely cause of 32-year-old actress Brittany Murphy's death, experts said yesterday.

Michael Jackson's FBI file more snooze than sizzle

Los Angeles Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
The late singer smiled for DMV photos, according to the material made public Tuesday. There are mysterious references to his chimp Bubbles.

Robert Downey Jr.'s allegedly gay 'Sherlock Holmes.' Seriously?!

Entertainment Weekly - Jeff Jensen - ‎4 hours ago‎
Last night on “The Late Show With David Letterman,” Robert Downey Jr. stopped by to promote Sherlock Holmes, in theaters on Friday, and bantered with Dave about the possibility that Arthur Conan Doyle's great detective and his ...

Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh makes history as player of year

Los Angeles Times - ‎49 minutes ago‎
The Cornhuskers tackle is the first defensive player to be voted college football player of the year by the Associated Press. Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh voted college football player of the year by the Associated Press, receiving 26 of a ...

BYU 44, Oregon St. 20

USA Today - Harvey Unga, Mitch Payne - ‎7 minutes ago‎
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Max Hall threw three touchdowns and BYU's defense did the rest in the 15th-ranked Cougars' 44-20 thumping of No.

” -- Floyd Mayweather

ESPN - Dan Rafael - ‎3 hours ago‎
Floyd Mayweather Sr., the fighter's father, has repeatedly accused Pacquiao of taking illegal substances, even though Pacquiao denies it and he has never failed a drug test.

U.S. Urges H1N1 Shots as Supplies Surge

Wall Street Journal - Betsy Mckay - ‎56 minutes ago‎
The vaccine to fight the H1N1 virus is plentiful after weeks of short supply, and long lines have largely disappeared at clinics, pharmacies and doctors' offices.

Sen. John F. Kerry: Health bill will help state

Boston Herald - Christine McConville - ‎47 minutes ago‎
As the state that provided the template for the nation's health-care reform effort, Massachusetts stands to benefit from its pioneering ambitions, US Sen. John F. Kerry said yesterday at the Children's Hospital in Boston.

Audit Says State Wasted $92 Million on Medicaid

New York Times - Nicholas Confessore - ‎3 hours ago‎
New York's Medicaid system, the state's largest single expense, lost at least $92 million to improper payments, billing errors and poor recordkeeping during the last five years, according to several audits released Tuesday by ...

My Initiation at Store 5476

New York Times - Stephanie Rosenbloom - ‎Dec 19, 2009‎
JUST after 9 on a rainy December morning, the employees of Wal-Mart Store 5476 gathered in the electronics department and arranged themselves in a circle.

FBI Probes Hack at Citibank

Wall Street Journal - Siobhan Gorman, Evan Perez - ‎16 hours ago‎
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing a computer-security breach targeting Citigroup Inc. that resulted in a theft of tens of millions of dollars by computer hackers who appear linked to a Russian cyber gang, ...

Intriguing people for December 22, 2009

CNN - Jay Kernis - ‎16 hours ago‎
Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is expected to announce that he will be ending his political career. Editor's note: Every weekday, CNN focuses on a handful of people in the news.

More prime mortgages default in 3rd quarter

Los Angeles Times - Jim Puzzanghera - ‎15 hours ago‎
Also: Many homeowners with modified mortgages fall behind again. And the number of homes in foreclosure rises, though new foreclosures are steady, report shows.

Nigel Lawson: Time for a Climate Change Plan B

Wall Street Journal - Nigel Lawson - ‎14 hours ago‎
The world's political leaders, not least President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Gordon Brown, are in a state of severe, almost clinical, denial.