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As Health Bill Advances, Few Changes Seen for Millions

New York Times - Reed Abelson - ‎1 hour ago‎
Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois on Thursday. The health care bills passed by the Senate and the House may end up affecting relatively few people.

Pope Unhurt After Being Knocked Down at Mass

New York Times - Rachel Donadio - ‎3 hours ago‎
ROME - An “unbalanced woman” jumped the barriers in St. Peter's Basilica and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI as he walked down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve Mass, a Vatican spokesman said Thursday.

Yemen Says It Attacked A Meeting Of Al Qaeda

New York Times - Jack Healy, Scott Shane - ‎7 hours ago‎
Yemeni fighter jets, acting on intelligence provided in part by the United States, struck what the Yemeni government said was a meeting of operatives from Al Qaeda early Thursday morning, and officials suggested that a ...

Russia to Crack Down on Police Corruption

New York Times - Clifford J. Levy - ‎3 hours ago‎
MOSCOW - President Dmitri A. Medvedev, confronting a series of scandals that have diminished the public's already low confidence in the police, ordered a major overhaul of the force on Thursday that is to include a 20 percent ...

Pilgrims crowd Bethlehem on warm Christmas eve

Reuters - Erika Solomon, Jon Boyle - ‎23 minutes ago‎
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - Thousands of pilgrims and dignitaries crowded into Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity for a Christmas Mass, where Latin Patriarch Fuad al-Tuwal urged visitors to return home bearing a message of peace for the Holy Land.

Suicide bombing kills five near security checkpoint in Pakistan

Washington Post - Karin Brulliard - ‎12 hours ago‎
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A suicide bombing on Thursday killed five people near a security checkpoint in this restive city that has borne the brunt of Pakistan's rising Islamist insurgency, police and government officials said.

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CA woman arrested on suspicion of dumping newborn

Merced Sun-Star - ‎7 minutes ago‎
AP STANTON, Calif. -- Authorities have arrested a Southern California woman on suspicion of dumping her newborn daughter in a trash bin.

Midwest Storm Brings Dangerous Conditions for Holiday Travel

Wall Street Journal - Ilan Brat, Ana Campoy - ‎3 hours ago‎
A winter storm buffeted the Midwest and Great Plains on Thursday, bringing flight delays, heavy winds and icy roads and threatening continuing dangerous travel conditions as many people set out for their ...

Md. authorities search Christmas Eve for missing 11-year-old girl as sex ...

Los Angeles Times - Brian Witte - ‎9 hours ago‎
SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Police in Maryland were searching Christmas Eve for a missing 11-year-old girl last seen wearing fuzzy Christmas pajamas, and they have charged a registered child sex offender in her disappearance.

Mortgage Titans Resist Shrinkage

New York Times - Agnes Crane - ‎1 hour ago‎
As with many giants, it's hard to cut Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac down to size. The government, which controls the mortgage behemoths, planned to shrink them by 10 percent in 2010.

Retailers Turn to Internet to Spur Late Holiday Business

Wall Street Journal - Miguel Bustillo, Geoffrey A. Fowler - ‎6 hours ago‎
As a relatively subdued last-minute rush brought pre-Christmas shopping to a close, retailers were hoping to entice procrastinating consumers to keep on buying through the holiday and after.

Madoff Transferred to Medical Center at Butner Prison

BusinessWeek - Bob Van Voris, Linda Sandler - ‎6 hours 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.

NORAD helps children track Santa via iPhone, iPod touch

Apple Insider - ‎6 hours ago‎
By AppleInsider Staff With the help of NORAD, children can once again track Santa's current location via the Maps application on an Apple iPhone or iPod touch all day Thursday for Christmas Eve.

Apple stockholders get record high for Christmas

CNET News - Michelle Meyers - ‎4 hours ago‎
Tech stocks typically have to break significant price milestones or have dramatic dips to make CNET's news story queue. Likewise, we try not hop on the Apple rumor bandwagon unless there's something credible or/and novel to report.

BlackBerry Outage Sparks User Revolt

InformationWeek - Paul McDougall - ‎13 hours ago‎
The second outage in as many weeks for Research In Motion's BlackBerry e-mail service has prompted a mini-revolt among users. The Crackberry blog, which tracks all things related to the addictive device, on Thursday was flooded with ...
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Sherlock Holmes

Washington Post - Michael O'Sullivan - ‎4 hours ago‎
By Michael O'Sullivan Maybe you've read the Sherlock Holmes canon cover to cover. Twice. Maybe you've seen every episode of the slavishly faithful Jeremy Brett TV series and consider the late actor's portrayal of the fictional detective the gold ...

It's Complicated (2009) A September-September Romance

New York Times - Manohla Dargis - ‎4 hours ago‎
In the pleasurable, daffy if at times daft “It's Complicated,” Meryl Streep plays Jane Adler, a successful restaurateur who's about to nest happily alone in an upscale Southern California coastal community, or so it seems.
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Brittany Murphy's family, friends gather for somber Christmas Eve funeral

New York Daily News - Nancy Dillon - ‎4 hours ago‎
Brittany Murphy is being mourned by family and friends at the star's private funeral Thursday. LOS ANGELES - Brittany Murphy's heartbroken family and friends gathered for a somber farewell Thursday to the 32-year-old actress who died ...

Washington Wizards say guard Gilbert Arenas had firearms in locker

The Canadian Press - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON - The Washington Wizards say Gilbert Arenas stored unloaded firearms in a locked container in his locker, and the NBA also is looking into the situation.

George Michael: The man that was must-see TV

Washington Post - Michael Wilbon - ‎1 hour ago‎
Through word of mouth in the community of people that revolved around and adored George Michael, I'd come to know that he was sicker than he would ever let on.

Lakers' Pau Gasol signs three-year extension

Los Angeles Times - Broderick Turner - ‎21 hours ago‎
'It's been hard to contain my happiness and excitement about this,' he says of waiting for the deal. It will be worth up to $64.7 million, depending on NBA salary-cap figures to be determined in 2011.

H1N1 remains widespread in California but is abating

Los Angeles Times - Thomas H. Maugh II, Rong-Gong Lin II - ‎16 minutes ago‎
Many believe a third wave is likely. State health department urges all residents to get the flu vaccine. By Thomas H. Maugh II California is one of only seven states where H1N1 influenza is still widespread, but a variety of indicators suggest that ...

US FDA: unlikely Merck's Vytorin ups cancer risk

Reuters - Lisa Richwine, Bill Berkrot - ‎Dec 22, 2009‎
WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Merck & Co's (MRK.N) blockbuster cholesterol drug Vytorin is unlikely to raise the risk of cancer but a link cannot be ruled out, US health officials said on Tuesday.

Tylenol May Ease Headaches <i>and</i> Heartaches

BusinessWeek - Jennifer Thomas - ‎7 hours ago‎
THURSDAY, Dec. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Acetaminophen -- best known as Tylenol -- is usually taken to relieve physical pain, but a new study suggests that the over-the-counter drug may also help ease the psychological pain of rejection ...

Taking Hold in Silicon Valley, a Ping-Pong Boom

New York Times - Patricia Leigh Brown - ‎Dec 23, 2009‎
Rajul Sheth, a veteran of the Indian national team, is executive director of the India Community Center's Ping-Pong facility. By PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN MILPITAS, Calif.

Los Angeles sees sharp rise in red-light camera revenue

Los Angeles Times - ‎8 hours ago‎
Since late '07, monthly income grew from about $200000 to about $400000, according to estimates. Last year, the city more than doubled the fines it charges for violations.

Turning points in millennium's first decade

CNN - Julian Zelizer - ‎Dec 22, 2009‎
Editor's note: Julian E. Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.

Chilly Climate for Oil Refiners

New York Times - Jad Mouawad - ‎Dec 23, 2009‎
Julia Robertson/AP This month, Valero Energy, the nation's largest refiner, shut down its plant in Delaware City, Del., which could process 210000 barrels of oil a day.

<span id="pt19288106">'Avatar': Fun Fantasy or Political Statement?</span>

Moviefone (blog) - Jane Boursaw - ‎Dec 21, 2009‎
'Avatar' is a big blockbuster with gorgeous visuals and awesome 3D effects. It's not so much a movie you watch as it is a movie in which you immerse yourself, soaring along with the dragons, rooting for the good guys and hoping the bad guys perish in a ...