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Arab League monitors head to Syrian city

Reuters -
| CAIRO (Reuters) - Arab League peace monitors headed on Tuesday to the Syrian city of Homs on a mission to assess whether Syria has halted a nine-month crackdown on protests against President Bashar al-Assad's rule, the head of the monitoring team ...

In pursuit, GOP contenders rumble through Iowa

The Associated Press -
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Three Republican presidential candidates, each claiming to be the truly conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, are launching bus tours Tuesday through this early nominating state.

Brees Sets Passing Mark, Saints Top Falcons 45-16

ABC News -
By BRETT MARTEL AP Sports Writer After Drew Brees broke an NFL passing record that stood for nearly three decades, his teammates called on him to make a speech in the Saints' locker room.

Helicopter Crash Kills 3, Puts Transplant On Hold

by AP MIAMI (AP) - A helicopter that was on its way to retrieve a heart for transplant crashed in northern Florida, killing all three on board and leaving the transplant patient having to wait for another organ to become available.

Lakers fall to 0-2 with a 100-91 loss to the Kings

Los Angeles Times -
By Mike Bresnahan Reporting from Sacramento -- Mike Brown tried to put on a brave front. He didn't care if there were cowbells in his ear.

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Nigerians fear more church attacks after 39 killed

CBS News -
(AP) MADALLA, Nigeria - Women returned to clean the blood from St. Theresa Catholic Church on Monday and one man wept uncontrollably amid its debris as a Nigerian Christian association demanded protection for its churches.

What to look for at NKorea funeral for Kim Jong Il

The Associated Press -
The 1994 funeral of North Korean leader Kim Il Sung is likely to serve as the template for this week's funeral for the son who succeeded him.

Texas police: Man in Santa suit killed 6 relatives

CBS News -
(AP) GRAPEVINE, Texas - Investigators in suburban Fort Worth are trying to piece together the history of a family targeted in a Christmas Day shooting that police believe was carried out by a relative dressed in a Santa Claus suit.

Police: Missing Maine Toddler Taken From Home

WMUR Manchester -
WATERVILLE, MAINE -- For the first time since a toddler went missing in Maine, police are now saying that they believe someone took Ayla Reynolds from her Waterville home.

Soldier shot at homecoming in critical condition

CBS News -
(AP) LOS ANGELES - A soldier who survived a suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan continues to fight for his life after he was critically wounded at his Southern California homecoming party.

Santorum fails to bag endorsement from Iowa's King

Los Angeles Times -
By Robin Abcarian It was a ringing non-endorsement on a surprisingly slow news day here, considering the first votes of the 2012 presidential cycle are to be cast in a week.

Conn. fire victim had career as safety chief -
Rubble left after the demolition of a house where a fire left five people dead Christmas Day lies on the ground, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, in Stamford, Conn.

Hordes of post-Christmas shoppers expected

Los Angeles Times -
Retail experts predict that the day after Christmas - a holiday this year for many American workers - will be the country's third-busiest shopping day of the year.

Fukushima Probe Highlights Regulator in Response Failure

BusinessWeek -
Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) -- When engineering professor Yotaro Hatamura took the job of heading the independent investigation into the Fukushima disaster, he said he was looking for lessons rather than culprits.

Anonymous Mused -
The recent attack on Stratfor [1][2][3] brings to light some questions that can not be ignored. As we all well know, Anonymous has taken credit [4] for this attack.

Spire installer brings Siri to any jailbroken iOS 5 device, legally -- proxy ...

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By Richard Lawler posted Dec 26th 2011 10:03PM A few months of work by iOS hackers Grant Paul (aka chpwn), Steven Troughton-Smith and Ryan Petrich has culminated in the release of Spire, a new installer that will easily set up Siri on your jailbroken ...

GoDaddy accused of interfering with anti-SOPA exodus

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by Declan McCullagh December 26, 2011 4:46 PM PST Follow @declanm An effort by GoDaddy customers to boycott the domain registrar over its support for Hollywood-backed copyright legislation has sparked allegations of foul play.

Box Office: 'Mission: Impossible' sequel is No. 1 Christmas pick

Los Angeles Times -
"Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," the fourth installment in the action franchise, grossed $46.2 million over the holiday period beginning Friday and ending Monday, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures.

Van Halen back on the road again in 2012

Entertainment Weekly -
by Kyle Anderson Next year with represent the 40th anniversary of the founding of Van Halen, and what better way to celebrate four decades of strumming and strutting than with another tour and a new album?

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves Are Engaged!

Us Magazine -
Matthew McConaughey had an extra special present for his girlfriend of five years, Camila Alves, on Sunday -- an engagement ring! "Just asked Camila to marry me, #MerryChristmas," the Lincoln Lawyer actor posted to his Twitter along with this pic of ...

Is It All Over for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?

E! Online -
Is it true that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo flopped at the box office because people went to see a Tom Cruise movie instead? What's wrong with people?

Dallas takes another tumble -
Brandon wade/Associated PressThe Mavericks' Jason Terry (31) is held back by Al Harrington after taking exception to a bump by Rudy Fernandez (right).

Stephen Curry lifts Warriors to 1st win of season

San Francisco Chronicle -
Stephen Curry's Christmas miracle came a day late, but it didn't make it any less special. A night after a sprained right ankle limited Curry physically and made him timid in decision-making, he appeared healed for the first 42 minutes of Monday's game ...

Nets overcome slow start to down Wizards

Chicago Tribune -
Washington, DC - Deron Williams scored 23 points and Kris Humphries added 21 and 16 rebounds, as the New Jersey Nets overcame a slow start to earn a season-opening, 90-84, win over the Washington Wizards.

Rangers blank Islanders

Chicago Tribune -
New York, NY - Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 shots for his third shutout of the season as the New York Rangers downed the New York Islanders, 3-0, at Madison Square Garden.

G Ward scores empty-netter, 'Canes beat Devils 4-2 -
Carolina Hurricanes' Tuomo Ruutu (15), of Finland, shoots the puck past New Jersey Devils goalie Johan Hedberg (1), of Sweden, for a goalduring the second period of an NHL hockey game with Hurricanes Alexei Ponikarovsky (23), of Ukraine, ...

Twin Probes to Orbit Moon, Study Gravity Field

Fox News -
| AP This undated artist rendering provided by NASA shows the twin Grail spacecraft mapping the lunar gravity field. The moon has come a long way since Galileo first peered at it through a telescope.

Searching for the Star of Bethlehem

National Geographic -
A popular explanation for the Star of Bethlehem is that it was actually a conjunction of Jupiter and Venus that presumably occurred on June 17, 2BC (see bethlehemstar.

Studies of deadly H5N1 bird flu mutations test scientific ethics

Los Angeles Times -
Dutch scientists have created a version of the deadly H5N1 bird flu that's easily transmitted. In an unprecedented move, a US board asks that some details of the research not be published.

Insight: FDA warned PIP on implant safety in 2000

Reuters -
By Anna Yukhananov | WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As early as 2000, US health authorities raised concerns about the French breast implant maker at the heart of a scandal affecting hundreds of thousands of women worldwide.

'No better gift': College student wakes from coma -
After Sam Schmid, a business major at Arizona State University, was critically injured in a five-car crash in October he was given a slim chance of recovering.

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