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Nebraska Sen. Nelson will retire

Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska says he will not run for re-election next year. Party officials are reaching out to former Sen. Bob Kerrey regarding Nelson's seat Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson announces he will not seek re-election (CNN) ...

Newly combative Newt Gingrich swipes at Mitt Romney, Ron Paul

Los Angeles Times -
By Robin Abcarian Newt Gingrich, trying to reverse a slide in Iowa by positioning himself as the unabashedly positive alternative to his trash-talking rivals for the GOP presidential nomination, unleashed an unexpectedly harsh attack today against his ...

Rights group accuses Syria of hiding detainees from monitors

CNN International -
By the CNN Wire Staff Cairo (CNN) -- Syrian authorities have moved perhaps hundreds of detainees to military sites to hide them from Arab League monitors assessing whether the government is upholding a commitment to end its crackdown on protesters, ...

Brady has slim chance of catching Brees for passing record

NFL News -
By Dan Hanzus By Dan Hanzus Drew Brees bumped Dan Marino off the top of the all-time passing yardage mountain on Monday night, but will Brees still be there this time next week?

50 Argentine women threaten lawsuit for free replacements of faulty French ...

Chicago Tribune -
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - A group of 50 Argentine women threatened to sue their plastic surgeons on Tuesday if they don't get free replacements of faulty French breast implants.

Windows Phone Marketplace hits 50000-app mark

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by Josh Lowensohn December 27, 2011 2:20 PM PST Follow @Josh Nearly a year and two months after its launch, Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace has hit a new milestone.

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Al-Qaeda In Iraq Claims Responsibility For Baghdad Bombings

RTT News -
(RTTNews) - Al-Qaeda in Iraq, a militant group affiliated to the global terror network, claimed Tuesday in a statement posted on Islamist militant websites that it has carried out the multiple bombings that left at least 69 people dead in Iraqi capital ...

Kremlin ousts strategist as Putin stands ground on vote

Washington Post -
MOSCOW - The Kremlin on Tuesday reassigned one of the chief architects of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's governing strategy to a job far removed from domestic politics, a sign that the protests of recent weeks have started to shake the highest levels ...

Egyptian court bans virginity tests on female detainees

Washington Post -
CAIRO - A court on Tuesday banned virginity tests on female detainees in Egypt's military-controlled prisons, buoying human rights groups, who said the civilian court's ruling was binding on the country's military leaders.

North Korea stops to remember Kim Jong Il

ABC Online -
A two day long funeral for the former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il gets underway today. Although the event is shrouded in secrecy, it's likely that the event will be filled with propaganda honouring the exploits of the country's dear leader.

Slain Ind. girl's grandfather was sex offender

The Associated Press -
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - To assist her dying father, Tarah Souders made a choice: She moved her three young girls to a run-down trailer park in rural Indiana to help take care of him as his lungs rotted from emphysema.

Old fireplace embers caused Conn. fire that left 5 dead

Chicago Sun-Times -
AP December 27, 2011 9:06AM Rubble lies on the ground, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, after the demolition of a house where a fire left five people dead on Christmas Day, in Stamford, Conn.

Oil price climbs amid Iranian threat

Financial Times -
By Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran and Javier Blas in London Iran on Tuesday threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, a chokepoint for a third of the world's seaborne oil trade, if the West imposes oil sanctions on Tehran, causing a rise in oil prices.

Wall Street finishes mostly flat in thin trade

Reuters -
By Angela Moon | NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks ended flat on Tuesday after fluctuating between small gains and losses in a light-volume session, as investors took a breather following a 5 percent rally last week.

Company to Close at Least 100 Sears, Kmart Stores

ABC News -
By CHRISTINA REXRODE and MICHELLE CHAPMAN AP Business Writers After a disastrous holiday shopping season, the parent company of Sears and Kmart will close at least 100 stores to raise cash - a move that sparked speculation about whether the ...

NY Times Co to sell regional newspaper group for $143 million

Reuters -
(Reuters) - The New York Times Co said it will sell 16 regional newspapers spread across the US Southeast and California to Halifax Media Holdings for $143 million in cash to cut costs and focus on its most important newspapers and their websites.

Hackers say to publish emails stolen from Stratfor

Reuters -
(Reuters) - Hackers affiliated with the Anonymous group said they are getting ready to publish emails stolen from private intelligence analysis firm Strategic Forecasting Inc, whose clients include the US military, Wall Street banks and other ...

Samsung to buy Sony's half of LCD-making joint venture

Los Angeles Times -
Samsung Electronics Co. is buying Sony Corp.'s half of an LCD-display-making joint venture between the two companies for about $935 million.

Singer Sinead O'Connor ends marriage after 16 days

BBC News -
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has announced the end of her marriage to therapist Barry Herridge. Writing on her blog, O'Connor blamed the end of her fourth marriage after only 16 days on disapproval from Mr Herridge's family and friends.

Rapper's death underscores danger of sitting on long flights -
By Rita Rubin Heavy D's name highlights one of the risk factors for the pulmonary embolism that killed him: obesity. The 44-year-old rapper, whose real name was Dwight Arrington Myers, collapsed outside his Beverly Hills home Nov.

3 things to watch vs. Louisville: No. 1 -- Statement time -
The Hoyas have been one of the surprise teams in the first stretch of the season, but Big East play ultimately will determine if they are for real.

NBA Insider: Wizards' Blatche hears it from coach for rant

By Rachel Shuster, USA TODAY It was not a quiet start to the NBA season for the Washington Wizards or New Jersey Nets on Monday. By Geoff Burke, US Presswire Opening night was not pleasant for Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche, right, ...

Bucks forward Drew Gooden to miss Milwaukee's first home game for flagrant ...

Washington Post -
MILWAUKEE - Bucks forward Drew Gooden will miss Milwaukee's first home game for his flagrant foul in the season opener. The NBA said Tuesday that Gooden had been suspended without pay for that night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Weber injury could hit Predators hard -
Last season, the Predators withstood the lengthy absences of defenseman Ryan Suter and goalie Pekka Rinne. But the news before the Predators' 4-1 loss to the Red Wings that Shea Weber was out with an "upper body" injury could hurt more than the others.

Globe-trotting turtle returns to sea after long rehab -
Johnny Vasco da Gama, a Kemp's ridley sea turtle, is released on Dec. 27 at Lido Beach in Florida by Lynne Byrd, medical care coordinator at Mote Marine Laboratory, and Dr.

Invasive black tiger shrimp prove a genuine threat to Gulf shrimp populations

Corpus Christi Caller Times -
By David Sikes Contributed Photo The highly aggressive black tiger shrimp, which can be a foot long and weigh nearly a pound, can carry diseases that can harm native brown, white and pink shrimp, according to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Teen obesity tied to mom-child relationship -
NEW YORK - Toddlers who have poor relationships with their moms are more likely to pack on extra pounds as they grow up, a new US study shows.

Idaho teen loses cancer fight after delivering son

The Associated Press -
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - Jenni Lake gave birth to a baby boy the month before her 18th birthday, though she was not destined to become just another teenage mother.

Should scientists create deadly viruses? Yes, says bioethicist -
By Art Caplan, Ph.D. One of the predictable consequences of science's rapidly growing knowledge of genetics is that the knowledge can be put to use to kill, harm or terrorize.


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