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Obama Cites 'Systemic Failure' in US Security

New York Times - Peter Baker - ‎26 minutes ago‎
HONOLULU - President Obama on Tuesday blamed a “systemic failure” in the nation's security apparatus for the attempted bombing of a passenger jet on Christmas Day and vowed to identify the problems and “deal with them immediately.

Bomb threat closes Wis. capitol

Chicago Tribune - ‎27 minutes ago‎
AP MADISON, Wis. - A bomb threat has forced police to evacuate the state capitol in Madison. State Department of Administration spokeswoman Carla Vigue says in a statement police have found nothing suspicious in the building but the investigation ...
Bomb threat closes state Capitol Wisconsin State Journal

Democrats to push to fill US transport security post

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Spurred by last week's failed attack on a US-bound jetliner, Senate Democrats will try to break a deadlock and confirm President Barack Obama's choice to run the Transportation Security Administration, a Senate aide said ...

What other Al Qaeda-linked attacks have involved Yemen?

Christian Science Monitor - Dan Murphy - ‎42 minutes ago‎
With mounting evidence that alleged airplane bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab received his explosives and guidance in Yemen, eyes are turning to the Arab country that has been the source of Al Qaeda-linked attacks in the past.

US rejects Russian missile shield concerns

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
The United States has rejected fresh concerns raised by Moscow about its planned missile defence system. The State Department statement came after Russian PM Vladimir Putin said the US plans were holding up a new nuclear disarmament treaty.

Akmal Shaikh: China refers to controversial Opium Wars with Britain

Telegraph.co.uk - ‎55 minutes ago‎
The Chinese embassy referred to the controversial role Britain played in supplying opium to China following the execution of British citizen Akmal Shaikh, according to a leading historian.

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GOP California Rep. Will Retire Next Year

CBS News - ‎42 minutes ago‎
Eight-Term Rep. George Radanovich Will Not Seek Re-Election, Has Potential Replacement in Mind Eight-Term Rep. George Radanovich (R-Calif.

Karl Rove Divorce Finalized

FOXNews - ‎17 minutes ago‎
Karl Rove, a former top adviser to President George W. Bush, was granted a divorce in Texas last week after 24 years of marriage, Politico reported Thursday.

Accused killer prison guard's car found near Atlanta

Houston Chronicle - Paige Hewitt - ‎1 hour ago‎
A multi-state manhunt for a Texas correctional officer charged in the murder of his wife and mother-in-law in Rosenberg has narrowed in on Cobb County, Ga.

Fibonacci 50% Rebound Shows S&P 500 Meeting Forecasts

BusinessWeek - Lynn Thomasson, Lu Wang - ‎21 minutes ago‎
Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) -- The 50 percent recovery in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index from its bear-market bottom means gains of almost 9 percent next year, according to analysts who follow the Fibonacci system of forecasting ...

Broadcom to Pay $160.5 Million in Investor Suit

Wall Street Journal - John Kell - ‎28 minutes ago‎
Broadcom Corp. said Tuesday it will pay $160.5 million to settle investor claims related to the semiconductor maker's accounting for stock options.

Hacker Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy In Credit-Card Data Theft

CNNMoney.com - ‎39 minutes ago‎
Albert Gonzalez pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to hack into computer networks of major US retail and financial organizations and to steal data related to tens of millions of credit and debit cards.

Hacker Says He Cracked Cellphone Security Code

Wall Street Journal - Niraj Sheth, Vanessa Fuhrmans - ‎53 minutes ago‎
A German hacker claims to have cracked the encryption that protects most cellphone calls, potentially paving the way for others to eavesdrop on conversations.

Google Confirms Android Media Event -- Hello, Nexus One?

PC World - ‎1 hour ago‎
It may be the moment the tech world's been waiting for: Google has just officially announced plans for an Android-related media event to be held next Tuesday, January 5, at its Mountain View campus.

Apple May Gain on New Products After Reaching Record

BusinessWeek - Kelly Riddell, Nick Turner - ‎1 hour ago‎
Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. shares may advance next year after reaching a record yesterday as the maker of the iPhone and Macintosh computer sells more handsets and introduces new products, analysts said.

Tiger Woods scandal cost shareholders up to $12 billion

Reuters - Pascal Fletcher, Gene Cherry - ‎3 hours ago‎
MIAMI (Reuters) - The sex scandal that engulfed Tiger Woods may have cost shareholders of companies endorsed by the world's No.

Sheen's arrest reveals something highly personal - his tattoos

New York Daily News - Jim Farber - ‎1 hour ago‎
Charlie Sheen has a tattoo that says 'Back in 15 Min.' according to a Sheriff's report. Bad boy Charlie Sheen has the tattoos to go with the role, apparently.

Back from Brazil: Sean Goldman Wants to Go Fishing

People Magazine - Michael Y. Park - ‎1 hour ago‎
It was the best Christmas present David Goldman could ever imagine: A holiday with his son, Sean, whom the New Jersey dad finally brought home after a five-year battle with his Brazilian former in-laws.

Mets reach deal with Bay

SI.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Mets have reached a deal to bring All-Star outfielder Jason Bay to New York pending a physical, SI.com confirmed. The news was first reported by Mike Francesa of WFAN, who added that the announcement will come early next week.

Fernando Torres: Saves the Dramatics for Late

Rotowire - ‎11 minutes ago‎
Torres scored in the third minute of stoppage time to give Liverpool a dramatic 1-0 win in the snow against Aston Villa on Tuesday.

Legal action seeks to reinstate Tech's Leach for bowl

Houston Chronicle - David Barron, Joseph Duarte - ‎20 minutes ago‎
Geoffrey McAllister AP Texas Tech suspended football coach Mike Leach on Monday while the school investigates complaints from receiver Adam James and his family about how the coach treated the player after a concussion ...
Leach's attorney says coach did no wrong Atlanta Journal Constitution

5 reasons the H1N1 flu is actually good for us

msnbc.com - William Schaffner - ‎56 minutes ago‎
By now many of us have gotten our doses of influenza vaccine. Now it's time for a dose of influenza reality. Let's acknowledge that flu virus is a living thing - and a pretty crafty one at that.

Study: Ginkgo biloba has no effect on Alzheimer's, dementia

USA Today - Elizabeth Weise - ‎1 hour ago‎
The popular botanical ginkgo biloba does not improve memory nor does it prevent cognitive decline in older people, according to the largest and longest scientific study ever undertaken to look at the supplement.

Tylenol Recall Expands

WebMD - Daniel J. DeNoon - ‎5 hours ago‎
Dec. 29, 2009 - A nauseating "moldy" odor has sickened some people using Tylenol Arthritis Pain Caplet 100-count bottles with red EZ-Open caps.

Jonah Goldberg: 'Avatar' and the faith instinct

Los Angeles Times - Jonah Goldberg - ‎14 hours ago‎
Humans are hard-wired to believe in the transcendent; the faith instinct manifests itself across the ideological spectrum. By Jonah Goldberg You probably don't need a long synopsis of James Cameron's half-billion-dollar epic, "Avatar," in part because ...

Ford brings Wi-Fi to the highway

CNN - Chuck Squatriglia - ‎Dec 26, 2009‎
The next generation of the Sync in-car entertainment and information system will use a USB mobile broadband modem to establish a secure wireless connection capable of supporting several devices simultaneously.

The Sidney Awards II

New York Times - David Brooks - ‎18 hours ago‎
On Friday, I gave out the first batch of Sidney Awards for the best magazine essays of the year. Frankly, it was disappointing to see how quickly some winners were corrupted by fame.

USC offers America 101 for foreign students

Los Angeles Times - Larry Gordon - ‎18 hours ago‎
The topic was baseball and the class members, foreign graduate students recently arrived in the United States to attend USC, were befuddled.

Four new kings of the hill in Washington

CNN - Julian E. Zelizer - ‎Dec 27, 2009‎
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) is one of four senators who hold great power in today's Washington, Julian Zelizer says. Editor's note: Julian E. Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton ...