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Michele Bachmann limps to the finish line in Iowa after one-two punch

The Guardian -
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann insisted she would push on with her campaign in spite of having suffered two major setbacks on Thursday.

Egyptian security forces raid offices of US, other democracy groups

Washington Post -
CAIRO - Egyptian authorities stormed the offices of three American democracy-building organizations and at least three other nonprofit groups Thursday in a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-led government that could imperil its ...

US cautious in face of mounting criticism on Arab League monitors in Syria

Haaretz -
State Department Spokeswoman says the US was concerned violence was continuing, but success will be judged based on how they execute their mission.

Florida to lose 11 Sears or Kmart stores; Ohio, Michigan and Georgia face losing 6

Washington Post -
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Florida will be hit the hardest by the closing of Sears and Kmart stores, losing 11, according to a preliminary list of 79 planned closures released Thursday.

Romney to duck out of Iowa to head back to NH

CBS News -
Republican Presidential candidate, former Massachsetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds up two-month-old Anne Martin, of Portsmouth, NH, during a campaign stop in Portsmouth, Tuesday Dec. 27, 2011.

Kid Cudi (left) and Ben Breedlove

People Magazine -
The messages on his index cards have already been read by more than a million people and counting. The words, written in bold black ink, share Ben Breedlove's hopes, dreams and fears about life, death and the heart condition that would ultimately take ...

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At Huge Rally, North Koreans Declare Kim Their Leader

New York Times -
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea publicly declared the young heir Kim Jong-un its supreme leader at a huge rally on Thursday in Pyongyang that culminated with his ascent to the top of the hermetic Communist nation after nearly two weeks of national ...

Mistaken for militants, 35 killed in Turkey air strike

Times of India -
DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY: Turkish warplanes killed at least 35 people in an air strike in southeastern Turkey near the Iraqi border overnight, apparently mistaking smugglers for Kurdish militants, a pro-Kurdish party and local officials said on Thursday.

Settlement outposts at root of Jewish violence in West Bank

Los Angeles Times -
With their legal challenges exhausted, settlers are increasingly nervous Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition is preparing to enforce court orders to dismantle outposts.

US, Saudi Arabia agree to $30 billion deal for F-15s

By the CNN Wire Staff The deal calls for the production of 84 new F-15s and the modernization of 70 current aircraft. NEW: The new fighter jets are to be built in St. Louis Washington (CNN) -- The US government has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia ...

Federal judge blocks Calif. low-carbon fuels rule

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge is blocking California from enforcing its first-in-the-nation mandate for cleaner, low-carbon fuels, saying the rules favor biofuels produced in the state.

Two killed, dozens injured in 40-car pile-up near New Orleans

Reuters -
By Kathy Finn | NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A 40-car pile-up near New Orleans in an area that has been blanketed by fog in recent mornings killed two men and injured dozens of other people on Thursday, tying up traffic for hours, police said.

With 2012, state laws kick in on everything from immigration to shark fins

Christian Science Monitor -
State legislatures passed close to 40000 new laws in 2011, and a number of those measures take effect on Jan. 1. On some issues, like immigration, state laws are taking markedly different stands.

'I'm shooting people': Man who allegedly shot family calls 911 [Audio]

Los Angeles Times -
A Texas man can be heard whispering to a 911 operator, "I'm shooting people," from a Dallas-area home where seven family members were killed on Christmas Day.

Euro Trades Near Decade Low Versus Yen as European Crisis Weighs on Growth

Bloomberg -
The euro traded 0.5 percent from a decade low versus the yen amid concern the European debt crisis will weigh on the region's economic growth.

Standard & Poor's positive for 2011 once again

Los Angeles Times -
The S&P 500 index on Thursday once again reversed course and rose above the level where it was when 2011 began. The index has bounced in and out of positive territory all week.

Verizon Wireless to charge $2 for one-time payment

By Peter Svensson, AP NEW YORK - Verizon Wireless, the country's largest cellphone company, said Thursday that it will start charging $2 for every payment subscribers make over the phone or online with their credit cards.

Report: Apple Revealing Two iPad 3 Tablets in January

Tom's Guide -
Apple will reportedly unveil two iPad 3 models next month, one sporting a 5MP camera and the other an 8MP camera. Apple will reportedly reveal two iPad 3 models during the Macworld/iWorld expo scheduled for January 26-28, 2012, in San Francisco.

GoDaddy bows to boycott, now 'opposes' SOPA copyright bill

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by Declan McCullagh December 29, 2011 2:03 PM PST Follow @declanm GoDaddy, the domain register targeted by online activists in response to its enthusiasm for a pair of Hollywood-backed copyright bills, has finally denounced the legislation in response ...

Kindle Fire continues streak as Amazon's top selling item

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Los Angeles Times -
The Kindle Fire tablet has, since its launch, sold more units than any other single item on But just how many tablets sold would that be exactly?

Michael Jordan engaged to model Yvette Prieto

The Associated Press -
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - Michael Jordan is engaged to longtime girlfriend Yvette Prieto, a Cuban-American model he's been dating for three years.

Meryl Streep forges a memorable 'Iron Lady'

By Claudia Puig, USA TODAY The Iron Lady opens with an elderly and wobbly Margaret Thatcher venturing out to buy milk at a convenience store in London.

Settlement in Elly Mae Clampett Barbie doll suit

CBS News -
(AP) NEW ORLEANS - The actress who played pigtailed, critter-loving Elly May Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies" has settled her lawsuit over a Barbie doll that uses the character's name and likeness.

Lesnar, Overeem Official for UFC 141 -
More than 500 pounds of bravado, muscle and skill will collide in the cage when Brock Lesnar meets Alistair Overeem in the final Ultimate Fighting Championship main event of the year.

Tom Brady has shot at 5000 yards passing in finale

Boston Herald -
By AP FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tom Brady [stats] is just a few long passes away from throwing for 5000 yards this season. He even has a chance to overtake Drew Brees for the NFL record.

Winter Classic

The fifth annual Winter Classic will be played in Philadelphia on Jan. 2. USA TODAY hockey reporter Kevin Allen strolls down memory lane for his top 10 moments from the first four: The weather couldn't have been more picturesque for the inaugural ...

NASA Spacecraft Set To Orbit Moon

InformationWeek -
The two spacecraft in the GRAIL mission aim to create a new gravity map of the moon. They will go into orbit one after the other on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

China Unveils Ambitious Plan for Space Exploration

New York Times -
BEIJING - Broadening its challenge to the United States, the Chinese government on Thursday announced an ambitious five-year plan for space exploration that could establish China as a major rival at a time when the American program is in retreat.

Venezuela offers free removal of faulty breast implants

BBC News -
Venezuela's government has offered to pay for the removal of breast implants feared to be at risk of rupture. The authorities would cover the cost of the surgery for Venezuelan women but would not pay for replacement implants, Health Minister Eugenia ...

Drug Falls Short In Cancer Study

Wall Street Journal -
By MATT JARZEMSKY Roche Holding AG's Avastin failed to lengthen ovarian cancer patients' lives but stalled progression of the disease for a few months in studies reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.


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