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How Harry Reid shepherded healthcare reform through the Senate

Los Angeles Times - ‎45 minutes ago‎
The Democratic leader's unusual grasp of the institution and of colleagues' individual needs enabled him to bargain and smooth the path to victory.

Winter Storm Moves Across Nation's Midsection

ABC News - Josh Funk - ‎1 hour ago‎
AP Stranded flyer Mollie Sheridan sleeps as she waits for her father to drive from Cincinnati to pick... Holiday travelers battled slick, icy roads and flight cancellations and delays on Wednesday as a major winter storm began to ...

Hostage standoff at post office is over

CNN - Shawn Nottingham - ‎36 minutes ago‎
(CNN) -- An eight-hour hostage standoff ended late Wednesday when an armed, disabled man wheeled himself out of a Virginia post office and was taken into custody, according to the mayor of Wytheville.

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Crash Flags Runway Hazards

Wall Street Journal - Andy Pasztor - ‎1 hour ago‎
AP Workers and officials Wednesday sifted through debris surrounding the fuselage of American Airlines flight AA331. The American Airlines plane that crashed while landing in stormy weather in Kingston, Jamaica, late Tuesday highlights ...

Iran Beats Mourners, Signaling Harder Line

Wall Street Journal - Chip Cummins - ‎1 hour ago‎
DUBAI -- Iranian security forces clashed with mourners in the city of Isfahan on Wednesday, according to opposition Web sites, signaling a possible hardening by Tehran in its response to protests following the death of a dissident ...

Israelis file lawsuit against Hamas leaders in Belgian court

Jerusalem Post - ‎1 hour ago‎
By JPOST.COM STAFF The Pro-Israeli lobby European Friends of Israel has filed a lawsuit in Belgium against Hamas leaders, demanding that they be brought to justice for war crimes.

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Obama says disappointment at Copenhagen justified

Reuters - Sandra Maler, Todd Eastham - ‎6 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that disappointment over the outcome of the Copenhagen climate change summit was justified, hardening a widespread verdict that the conference had been a failure.

Schwarzenegger Seeks Obama's Help as Budget Gap Defies Solution

Bloomberg - Michael B. Marois, William Selway - ‎51 minutes ago‎
Dec. 24 (Bloomberg) -- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants President Barack Obama to help ease large- scale cuts to the most populous US state's already diminished social programs amid a $21 billion ...

Col. Robert Howard, highly decorated soldier, dies in Texas at age 70

Los Angeles Times - ‎3 hours ago‎
By AP WACO, Texas (AP) - A man considered to be the country's most decorated soldier has died. Oak Crest Funeral Home in Waco, Texas, says retired Col.

Texas population booms amid lean times

Houston Chronicle - Chris Moran, Nancy Sarnoff - ‎1 hour ago‎
US Census estimates released Wednesday show that Texas added more residents than any other state in the year ending July 1. The Lone Star State has 478000 more people than it did a year ago - roughly the equivalent of packing up all of ...

Geely, Chinese Carmaker, Is Close to Buying Volvo

New York Times - David Jolly, Vikas Bajaj - ‎25 minutes ago‎
The Ford Motor Company and the Chinese automaker, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, said Wednesday that they had settled “all substantive” details on a sale of Volvo, clearing the way for Geely to buy Ford's Swedish unit.

TARP profit at least $16 bln so far: Treasury

MarketWatch - Alistair Barr - ‎6 hours ago‎
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- The Troubled Asset Relief Program has generated at least $16 billion in profit so far, the Treasury Department said late Wednesday.

Second BlackBerry e-mail outage in a week rankles users

Los Angeles Times - W.J. Hennigan - ‎39 minutes ago‎
Complaints about Tuesday's nine-hour disruption probably won't result in mass defections but customers don't forget, one analyst cautions.
BlackBerry Maker Feels Strain Wall Street Journal

How to sue Microsoft - and win

CNNMoney.com - Cindy Waxer - ‎9 hours ago‎
TORONTO (CNNMoney.com) -- For a tiny Toronto software manufacturer nestled in the city's grimy garment district, winning a $290 million court judgment against Microsoft is more than ...

Tablet hint? Apple developers supersizing apps for January event

CNET News - Peter Kafka - ‎5 hours ago‎
The Apple tablet is threatening to approach Yeti status, but here's an indication that it will turn out to be real: the company has told some of its key developers to prepare versions of their iPhone apps that will work on a ...

Susan Sarandon & Tim Robbins are over

MiamiHerald.com - ‎27 minutes ago‎
Here's a shocker: After 23 years together, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins have called it quits. Sarandon's rep Teal Cannaday released a statement to People saying they had split over the summer, but gave no reason.

Balloon boy parents are sent to jail for hoax

The Associated Press - Solomon Banda - ‎6 hours ago‎
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The parents who pulled the balloon boy hoax in hopes of landing a reality TV show were sentenced to jail Wednesday - 90 days for him, 20 days for her - and barred from profiting from their newfound celebrity status for the next ...

After 21 Years at the South Street Seaport, Still Believing in Santa Claus

New York Times - Manny Fernandez, Ann Farmer - ‎13 hours ago‎
Roger Franklin, 83, is one of the city's longest-running Santas at any one location. He has served for 21 years at the South Street Seaport.

Bears' empty feeling

San Francisco Chronicle - Ron Kroichick - ‎1 hour ago‎
Cal's season began with grand ambitions, three consecutive wins and a peak of No. 6 in the national rankings. It ended in a half-empty stadium, two nights before Christmas, with another in a mystifying collection of desultory losses.

Coyotes' Ilya Bryzgalov makes 21 saves for NHL-leading fifth shutout

The Canadian Press - ‎43 minutes ago‎
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Ilya Bryzgalov's Phoenix Coyotes teammates made his NHL-leading fifth shutout easy. Bryzgalov stopped 21 shots for his 13th career shutout and the Coyotes beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-0 on Wednesday night for their eighth straight home ...

Rockets fall to Magic, snap three-game winning streak

Houston Chronicle - Jonathan Feigen - ‎3 hours ago‎
John Raoux AP Rockets forward Trevor Ariza takes a shot over Magic center Dwight Howard, left, and guard Vince Carter during the first half.
Nelson gets the point Orlando Sentinel

Swine flu deadlier in children than seasonal flu

Reuters - Gene Emery, Xavier Briand - ‎8 hours ago‎
BOSTON (Reuters) - H1N1 swine flu can kill children at a much higher rate than seasonal flu, and the elevated risk for pregnant women extends as long as two weeks after they give birth, researchers reported on Wednesday.
More H1N1 vaccine recalled by its maker Minneapolis Star Tribune

Madoff Transferred to Medical Center at Butner Federal Prison

Bloomberg - Bob Van Voris - ‎51 minutes ago‎
Dec. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Bernard Madoff, the con man who operated the biggest Ponzi scheme in history, has been moved to the Federal Medical Center at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina.

Alzheimer's May Guard Against Cancer and Vice Versa

ABC News - Laura Buchholz - ‎8 hours ago‎
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with Alzheimer's disease may be less apt to get cancer and people with cancer may be less apt to get Alzheimer's disease, new research hints.

Doctors' Spat Exposes FDA Loophole

Wall Street Journal - Alicia Mundy, Jared A. Favole - ‎12 hours ago‎
At Northwestern University's prestigious research hospital, one heart doctor is making a serious accusation against another. Nalini Rajamannan alleges that Patrick McCarthy, her former professional idol, ...

The best films of 2009

Chicago Sun-Times (blog) - Roger Ebert - ‎Dec 19, 2009‎
Since Moses brought the tablets down from the mountain, lists have come in tens, not that we couldn't have done with several more commandments.

In Search of a Formula to Entice Mind, Stomach and Wallet

New York Times - Sarah Kershaw - ‎Dec 22, 2009‎
FIRST, DROP THE $$$$$ The new menu at Tabla, which is still experimenting with color titles, left, and the one it used before the redesign, right.

THE WIDER VIEW: Three years in the making, it's every boy's dream... the ...

Daily Mail - Jason Lewis - ‎Dec 19, 2009‎
It's every schoolboy's dream - from the tiny rows of ammunition to the miniature cockpit canopy gracing this stunning model aircraft.

Elin Nordegren wants half of Tiger's fortune

NEWS.com.au - ‎Dec 19, 2009‎
TIGER Woods' wife Elin Nordegren wants a divorce, sole custody and half his estimated £370 million ($671 million) fortune, according to a newspaper report.