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Plane incident called an act of terrorism

Los Angeles Times - Alana Semuels, Ari Bloomekatz - ‎30 minutes ago‎
Federal authorities say a Nigerian passenger on an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight tried to blow up the airliner, which landed safely.

Pope can't be risk-free - Vatican

The Press Association - ‎50 minutes ago‎
The Vatican will review its security procedures after a woman jumped a barrier and rushed at Pope Benedict XVI for the second time in two years.

Senate, House to Haggle Over Differences

Wall Street Journal - Greg Hitt, Janet Adamy - ‎2 hours ago‎
Senate passage of the health-care bill gives all sides a last opportunity to change the far-reaching overhaul, and it looks to be a messy legislative bazaar.

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A Bumpy Journey to Rebuild Aceh After Tsunami

New York Times - Peter Gelling - ‎2 hours ago‎
BANDA ACEH, INDONESIA - It may be a testament to the reconstruction effort that, at first glance, the only clear evidence of the tsunami that obliterated much of the north Indonesian province of Aceh five years ago is a smattering of ...

Debt-laden Japan shocked by £630bn spree

Times Online - Leo Lewis, David Robertson - ‎5 hours ago‎
Yukio Hatoyama, the new Japanese Prime Minister, has stunned a nation already mired in huge public debt by unveiling the country's biggest ever postwar budget: a 92.3 trillion yen (£630 billion) spending spree aimed at “saving people's lives”.

Canada 'deplores' sentencing of Chinese dissident

AFP - ‎2 hours ago‎
OTTAWA - Canada's foreign minister on Friday strongly condemned China for sentencing dissident Liu Xiaobo to 11 years in prison for subversion and called for the activist to be released.

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Storm Threatens Holiday Travel

Wall Street Journal - Ilan Brat, Ann Zimmerman - ‎9 hours ago‎
A winter storm that gave Dallas a rare white Christmas continued its march across the center of the US Friday, bringing a blanket of snow and ice that stalled last-minute holiday travel by road and air.

Body of missing Maryland girl found in woods

USA Today - ‎5 minutes ago‎
SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The body of a Maryland girl who authorities say was abducted by a registered sex offender was found Friday in a wooded area near the Delaware state line after thousands of volunteers spent Christmas searching for her.

Obamas Begin Hawaiian Holiday, an Annual Tradition

ABC News - Yunji De Nies, Huma Khan - ‎12 hours ago‎
It may be a winter wonderland in Washington, DC, but the Obamas are keeping their tradition of a sunny Christmas alive. President Obama relaxes with his family in Hawaii.

Suspected Terrorist Tried to Blow Up Airplane, Officials Say

BusinessWeek - Nicholas Johnston, Martin Z. Braun - ‎45 minutes ago‎
Dec. 25 (Bloomberg) -- A suspected terrorist tried to blow up a Detroit-bound transatlantic flight with 278 passengers before he was subdued, US officials said.

Japan's Consumers, Businesses Try to Adapt to Falling Prices

Wall Street Journal - Takashi Nakamichi, Alison Tudor - ‎26 minutes ago‎
TOKYO -- Consumer prices in Japan fell in November for the ninth month in a row, the government said Friday, a worsening trend that is shifting consumer spending and imperiling a nascent recovery ...

Oil spill on same reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound as Exxon Valdez tanker

New York Daily News - Mark Begich - ‎2 hours ago‎
AP The tug Pathfinder is surrounded by a spill containment boom Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The Pathfinder, a 136-foot tug scouting for ice along Prince William Sound's oil shipping lanes near Valdez, Alaska, ...

The Wonder Of Apple's Tablet

Washington Post - ‎3 hours ago‎
In 2007, just prior to its launch, I was absolutely positive I wasn't going to buy an iPhone. My rationale was that I didn't even like using a cellphone, so why would I want a $600 one?

NORAD Successfully Tracks Santa Claus

eFitnessNow - ‎7 hours ago‎
Last night a crew of volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) successfully tracked Santa over the span of 31 hours as he crossed the globe at speeds up to 2326413 miles per hour.

The Other Droid Cell Phone

Wall Street Journal - Jonnelle Marte - ‎40 minutes ago‎
When Verizon launched the Motorola Droid cell phone, it drew a lot of attention. There was talk that it could be an iPhone killer.

Charlie Sheen Jailed on Domestic Violence Charges

ABC News - Steve Gorman - ‎41 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Charlie Sheen, star of the hit comedy television series "Two and a Half Men," was arrested and jailed on Friday on domestic violence charges in the Colorado ski resort city of Aspen, police there said.

Sleuthing after Sherlock Holmes in London

Los Angeles Times - John Lee - ‎7 hours ago‎
Determined to track down the old chap? You won't be alone. The cobblestones teem with fans seeking their hero. Some actually think he was real.

Brittany Murphy buried in Hollywood Hills

Los Angeles Times - ‎6 hours ago‎
Family and friends gather on Christmas Eve for a small, private service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Associated Press Brittany Murphy's family says words can't express the devastation they felt as they laid the 32-year-old actress to rest at a private ...

Chargers take 21-10 lead over Titans at half

Atlanta Journal Constitution - Will Graves - ‎24 minutes ago‎
AP NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes, and LaDainian Tomlinson added another score to help the San Diego Chargers take a 21-10 halftime lead over the mistake-prone Tennessee Titans on Friday night.
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Trading Shoves and Shots, Lakers Fall to the Cavaliers

New York Times - Billy Witz - ‎20 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES - In the days leading up to their marquee matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers, most members of the Los Angeles Lakers did not seem in the mood.

Celtics-Magic Game Review

USA Today - Bob Delaney - ‎4 hours ago‎
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Ray Allen scored 18 points while Rajon Rondo notched 17 points with 13 rebounds and eight assists, as the Boston Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic, 86-77, in a Christmas Day matchup between two of the top teams in the ...
One happy holiday Boston Globe

Swine flu remains widespread in California but is abating

Los Angeles Times - Rong-Gong Lin II - ‎Dec 24, 2009‎
Many believe a third wave is likely. State public health department urges all residents to get the H1N1 vaccine. With help from assistant Veronica Monterroso, Dr.

Other viruses abound in flu season, tests show

Reuters - ‎Dec 23, 2009‎
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several flu-like viruses are more common than usual this flu season in the United States, adding to the misery and confusion caused by H1N1 swine flu, one lab company said on Tuesday.

Alzheimer's May Guard Against Cancer and Vice Versa

ABC News - Laura Buchholz - ‎Dec 23, 2009‎
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.

Is There a Real McCain?

New York Times - Maureen Dowd - ‎Dec 22, 2009‎
John McCain is no longer the media's delight and his party's burr, bucking convention with infectious relish. The man used to be such a constructive independent that some of his Republican Senate colleagues called him a traitor.

McCain Senate Re-Election Race Already Getting Ugly

Huffington Post (blog) - ‎Dec 22, 2009‎
PHOENIX, AZ -- Talk-radio host, Tea Partier, and former House member JD Hayworth (R-AZ) hasn't even filed to run against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in the Republican senate primary, but both sides have already gone on the offensive.

Vietnamese refugees recall their warm welcome

Los Angeles Times - My-Thuan Tran - ‎22 hours ago‎
A film will honor the efforts of sponsors helping families settle in the United States after a divisive war. Outside their church are the children of two families: David McGlynn, left, Hong Pham-Brown, Thao Pham Danz, Tam Pham, Tommy McGlynn and Tuong ...

36 Hours in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

New York Times - Rocky Casale - ‎21 hours ago‎
WITH its breezy blue skies and baroque architecture, San Miguel de Allende has been a tropical haven for expatriates and retirees since the 1930s.

Intriguing people for December 23, 2009

CNN - Jay Kernis - ‎Dec 23, 2009‎
US Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama announced that he is leaving the Democratic Party and joining the GOP. Editor's note: Every weekday, CNN focuses on a handful of people in the news.