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Pope laments Christmas consumerism in Christmas Eve Mass -
The Pope decried the increasing commercialisation of Christmas as he celebrated Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday night, urging the faithful to look beyond the holiday's "superficial glitter" to discover its true meaning.
The Associated Press
The Associated Press

US election 2012: Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry fail to get on Virginia ballot -
US presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, the US presidential candidates, have suffered a blow to their White House bit by failing to qualify for Virginia's 2012 Republican primary.

NORAD Santa trackers have a record holiday

DENVER (AP) - Santa piled up more than presents this year - trackers at NORAD say he also broke records during his global mission Christmas Eve.

Va. police find 2-year-old boy in SUV that was stolen following double-killing ...

Washington Post -
RICHMOND - A massive Christmas Eve search for a 2-year-old boy who was in the backseat of an SUV that was stolen following a double-slaying in Richmond ended around midnight with the boy being found safe.

Vikes top Redskins in Battle of the Blah

Delmarva Daily Times -
AP LANDOVER, Md. -- From the moment Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder were hurt on the first two offensive plays of the second half, the Minnesota Vikings seemed doomed to their longest single-season losing streak since they were a baby NFL ...

21000 domains transfer out of Go Daddy in 1 day

by Natalie Weinstein December 24, 2011 3:25 PM PST Domain registrar Go Daddy lost over 21000 domains yesterday. It could be a coincidence--or it could be the result of the company's pr debacle over its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act.

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Vast Rally in Moscow Is a Challenge to Putin's Power

New York Times -
MOSCOW - Tens of thousands of citizens converged in Moscow on Saturday for the second huge antigovernment demonstration in a month, an early victory for activists struggling to forge a burst of energy into a political force capable of challenging ...

Thousands Enjoy Merry Christmas in Bethlehem

Fox News -
| AP AP December 25, 2011: Christian priests hold the Christmas midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

Bomb in Nigerian church causes deaths at Christmas

Reuters -
By Felix Onuah | ABUJA (Reuters) - A bomb exploded in a Catholic church on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital Abuja during Christmas prayers on Sunday and emergency services said they did not have enough ambulances available to evacuate all the dead ...

Drinks and joy as defectors embrace Kim's death

The Associated Press -
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - More than 21000 North Koreans now live in South Korea. For many, the news of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's death stirred mixed emotions.

Salvation Army rings in hefty donations

San Francisco Chronicle -
The Salvation Army's annual red kettle campaign finishes up today, but for the corps in Redwood City, the season is ending with a blessing.

Favorable forecasts are gift for most holiday travelers -
By Karin Matz Holiday travelers throughout most of the United States are getting the gift of good weather to help their travel plans this Christmas Eve.

Soldier shot at welcome home party may be paralyzed

Los Angeles Times -
Christopher Sullivan, 22, was at a friend's home in San Bernardino when he intervened in an argument between his brother and another man, who shot him in the neck.

Toddler shoots 5-year-old to death near Denver

Reuters -
By Keith Coffman | DENVER (Reuters) - A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed a 5-year-old child in suburban Denver, and a man visiting from Kansas is under arrest on suspicion of child abuse in connection with the tragedy, police said on ...

Todays Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA DJI, Nasdaq Index, S&P 500 Stock ...

Learning and Finance -
A batch of positive economic data posted in the US during the latter half of the trading week which helped to keep indices in the green.

Online glitches disappoint US shoppers

Daily Gossip -
Jolly customers have assailed online stores in search of the perfect Christmas present for their beloved family and friends. Unfortunately the biggest retail chains were affected by temporary online glitches which left US shoppers disappointed, ...

Some New Little Treasures for the iPhone

New York Times -
For iPhone owners, 2011 brought a flood of new apps, but in many cases they struggled to outshine last year's best. So rather than present a top 10 list that includes names from 2010, I'm including only apps that had their debuts this year.

Apple EU Design May Be Less Valuable in Samsung Case, Court Says

Bloomberg -
A European Union design Apple Inc. (AAPL) used to win a sales ban on Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy 10.1 tablets may be of limited value after new evidence was introduced in an appeal of the decision, a German court said.

Box office update: 'Mission: Impossible' cruises to Friday win with $9.7 million

Entertainment Weekly -
by Grady Smith Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol led the Friday box office with a strong $9.7 million, which should lead the action blockbuster to a $27 million weekend and roughly $60 million total earnings by Sunday night.

Disney yanks two episodes from lineup after Demi Lovato has Twitter fit about ...

New York Daily News -
BY Amanda Mikelberg Demi Lovato arrives for the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas last month. Disney bigs chopped episodes from two hit shows after teen star Demi Lovato took to Twitter to rage about an insensitive eating-disorder joke she ...

Melanie Amaro Wins 'X Factor' Votes, Less Impressive Next Day WIth Reporters

Blinded By Sound -
Melanie Amaro is The X Factor's first winner stateside and I was honored to be given the opportunity to once again sit in on a conference call with her on Friday, less than 24 hours after her big win.

Steven Spielberg's newest films 'War Horse' and 'Tintin' show his experimental ...

Long Beach Press-Telegram -
By Rob Lowman, Staff Writer Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his horse Joey are featured in this scene from DreamWorks Pictures' "War Horse," directed by Steven Spielberg.

9/11 drama puts director Stephen Daldry to the test

Los Angeles Times -
The narratively and emotionally thorny novel 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close' wasn't easy to bring to the screen.

Giants ride Victor Cruz to win over Jets -
Victor Cruz had plenty to celebrate during the Giants' win, setting two team receiving records. (Gary hershorn/Reuters) By Dennis Waszak Jr.

Lions bounce Chargers in romp to clinch 1st playoff berth since 1999

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) is sacked by San Diego Chargers defensive end Vaughn Martin (92)... Calvin Johnson is one of seven wide receivers in NFL history to accumulate more than 45 touchdowns and 5500 yards in the first five years ...

Vick, Eagles beat Cowboys 20-7 in snoozer -
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) during the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas.

Report: Kobe Bryant saw German doc

Kobe Bryant traveled to Germany in October to undergo an innovative procedure on his left ankle, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

Curtis Conway analyzes the Bills' win over the Broncos -
Terry Bradshaw is a two-time Super Bowl MVP who led the Steelers to four Super Bowl championships during his pro career. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

Astronomers: Rare, bright galaxy formed just after the Big Bang

The State Column -
A team of scientists using NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes announced Wednesday they have discovered that one of the most distant galaxies known is churning out stars at a shockingly high rate.

Spectacular Christmas Comet Amazes Skywatchers in Chile -
A stunning comet that survived a recent brush with the sun is amazing astronomers again, this time in dazzling new photos captured just before sunrise over Chile.

France, UK issue clashing advice on breast implants

Reuters -
By Brian Love and Daniel Flynn | PARIS (Reuters) - France and Britain issued conflicting advice on Friday to tens of thousands of women with breast implants made of cheap industrial silicone that some fear pose health risks.

Twelve Swine Flu Cases Reported In Five States, Says CDC, USA

Medical News Today -
The CDC informs that it has received twelve reports of humans infected with swine flu - A(H3N2) virus. Reported cases have come in from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maine, Iowa, and Indiana.

States come to defense of graphic cigarette warning labels

Detroit Free Press -
By Michael Felberbaum AP RICHMOND, Va. -- Several states and US territories are weighing in on a lawsuit over proposed graphic cigarette warning labels that include a sewn-up corpse of a smoker and a picture of diseased lungs, saying the federal ...


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