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Spy Agencies Failed to Collate Clues on Terror

New York Times - Mark Mazzetti, Eric Lipton - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON—The National Security Agency four months ago intercepted conversations among leaders of Al Qaeda in Yemen discussing a plot to use a Nigerian man for a coming terrorist attack, but American spy agencies later ...
Questions for Abdulmutallab Wall Street Journal

Eight US 'CIA agents' killed in Afghanistan bomb attack

BBC News - ‎42 minutes ago‎
Eight CIA agents have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in south-eastern Afghanistan, US reports say. A bomber was wearing an explosive vest managed to enter Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost Province, on the border with Pakistan.

Cheney: Obama pretends nation is not at war

CNN - Alexander Mooney - ‎2 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- The White House responded forcefully Wednesday to former Vice President Dick Cheney's criticism of President Obama's response to the botched terror attack on Christmas Day.

Dutch to Use Body Scanners

Wall Street Journal - Daniel Michaels - ‎56 minutes ago‎
Dutch authorities said Wednesday that they would compel airline passengers heading to the US to submit to new advanced body scanners, in a sign that worries about the recent attempt to detonate explosives aboard an airliner from ...

Activists fall victim to Gaza blockade

ABC Online - Anne Barker - ‎1 hour ago‎
The self-styled "freedom marchers" include prominent authors, lawyers and journalists, many of them Jewish. They had hoped to cross the border to Gaza for a planned protest today against Israel and its economic ...

Abdurrahman Wahid, 69, Is Dead; Led Indonesia for 2 Years of Tumult

New York Times - Seth Mydans - ‎1 hour ago‎
BANGKOK - Abdurrahman Wahid, the eccentric, nearly blind Muslim cleric who served for almost two turbulent years as Indonesia's president, championing a tolerant brand of Islam, died on Wednesday in Jakarta at the age of 69.

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White House visitors log reflects Obama agenda

Washington Post - Michael D. Shear, Kimberly Kindy - ‎23 minutes ago‎
Tens of thousands of people poured through the White House in September, including many who visited as part of organized outreach by the Obama administration to particularly important constituencies, according to visitor logs that ...

Senator Nelson Defends His Health Care Vote

New York Times - Monica Davey, Kate Zernike - ‎7 minutes ago‎
Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, took to the airwaves in his home state on Wednesday, trying to defend his role as the decisive 60th vote in favor of broad health care legislation.
Ben Nelson's Purgatory Wall Street Journal

Political attacks over Christmas Day airline incident heat up

Washington Post - Philip Rucker, Michael D. Shear - ‎1 hour ago‎
The political war over the failed Christmas Day bombing of a US airliner showed no signs of abating Wednesday as leaders of both parties escalated their attacks, employing fiery rhetoric in assessing blame for the ...

News Corp. Says Deal on Fox Signal Is Unlikely

New York Times - Brian Stelter - ‎40 minutes ago‎
The News Corporation said on Wednesday that it looked doubtful that it would sign a new distribution contract with Time Warner Cable by Thursday night, increasing the likelihood that its Fox stations will be removed from cable lineups ...

Rusal Plans to Raise as Much as $2.6 Billion in IPO

BusinessWeek - Bei Hu, Kyunghee Park - ‎32 minutes ago‎
Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- United Co. Rusal Ltd. plans to raise as much as HK$20.1 billion ($2.6 billion) in a Hong Kong initial public offering, paving the way for the world's largest aluminum producer to pare $14.9 billion of ...

US takes majority stake in GMAC, giving lender $3.8 billion more in aid

Washington Post - Binyamin Appelbaum - ‎9 minutes ago‎
The federal government said Wednesday that it will take majority control of troubled auto lender GMAC and provide an additional $3.8 billion in aid to the company, which has been unable to raise from private investors the money it ...

Posted by samzenpus on Wednesday December 30, @09:44PM

Slashdot - ‎18 minutes ago‎
CyberDong writes "Roscosmos, Russia's Federal Space Agency, will start working on a project to save planet Earth from a possible collision with Asteroid Apophis, which may happen in 2036.

Google Nexus One Gets Possible Price, Launch Date

PC Magazine - Sascha Segan - ‎1 hour ago‎
Google on Tuesday sent out invitations for a January 5 "Android press gathering" at their Mountain View, Calif. campus. Most everyone expects the event will be the official unveiling of the Nexus One mobile phone, although Google didn't ...

Now Hear This: Apple Wins Appeal in iPod Hearing Loss Lawsuit

PC World - Jr Raphael - ‎4 hours ago‎
Apple may be facing an all-out legal assault from Nokia right now, but the not-so-little company from Cupertino is hearing the sound of victory in another courtroom battle.

Reconciliation could cost Sheen $1 million

msnbc.com - Ree Hines - ‎1 hour ago‎
The anticipated reconciliation between recently arrested Charlie Sheen and his estranged-by-court-order wife, Brooke Mueller, may cost the “Two and a Half Men” star big bucks.

Only one of Oscars' top winners added to National Film Registry

Los Angeles Times - ‎4 hours ago‎
Every year since 1989, the National Film Registry -- a branch of the Library of Congress -- has chosen 25 movies to preserve for posterity.

Ex-Police Chief Sentenced in Surrogate Mother Case

New York Times - Sean D. Hamill - ‎1 hour ago‎
ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio - Calling him arrogant, reckless and without remorse, a judge on Wednesday sentenced a former police chief to 32 months in prison for breaking in to the home of a surrogate mother who was carrying twins for the ...

McNeill regroups Texas Tech in wake of firing

Dallas Morning News - Paul J. Weber, Betsy Blaney - ‎34 minutes ago‎
Hours after Texas Tech fired coach Mike Leach on Wednesday, the Red Raiders tried projecting a message of family, solidarity and optimism.

Canada selects Devils goalie Martin Brodeur for its Olympic team

The Star-Ledger - NJ.com - Colin Stephenson - ‎1 hour ago‎
Saed Hindash/The Star-LedgerNJ Devils goalie Martin Brodeur stops a shot taken by Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night at the Prudential Center.

Huskies-Bearcats Preview

USA Today - ‎35 minutes ago‎
GAME NOTES: Two teams that will likely factor into the race for the Big East title, will open conference play this evening against one another, as the 10th-ranked Connecticut Huskies hit the floor at the Fifth Third Arena to take on the Cincinnati ...

H1N1 flu outbreak is over, but 3rd wave could strike

Minneapolis Star Tribune - Josephine Marcotty - ‎21 minutes ago‎
The fall spike in H1N1 illnesses has dropped off dramatically in the state, but the vaccine is still recommended. By JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY, Star Tribune Some of us have read the literature and have seen that the study linking vaccine preservatives to ...
Swine flu waning in county San Jose Mercury News

Bad back? Nerve stimulation won't help

CNN - Denise Mann - ‎4 hours ago‎
(Health.com) -- A popular pain-relief treatment that uses electricity to stimulate nerves isn't likely to benefit the millions of Americans who live with chronic low back pain and shouldn't be recommended for that purpose, new guidelines ...

Obama's Historic Health-Care Victory

Wall Street Journal - Robert Dallek - ‎14 hours ago‎
The hundred years' war over national health insurance is coming to an end. Or is it? Even if Congress passes a bill in January, as seems very likely, the fight won't end.

Kim Peek, Inspiration for 'Rain Man,' Dies at 58

New York Times - Bruce Weber - ‎Dec 26, 2009‎
In 1988, the film “Rain Man,” about an autistic savant played by Dustin Hoffman, shed a humane light on the travails of autism while revealing the extraordinary powers of memory that a small number of otherwise mentally disabled people ...

News in Daily Grind

Wall Street Journal - Melinda Beck - ‎Dec 29, 2009‎
To judge by recent headlines, coffee could be the latest health-food craze, right up there with broccoli and whole-wheat bread. But don't think you'll be healthier graduating from a tall to a venti just yet.

Family: China to execute British drug smuggler

CNN - Jo Ling Kent, Zain Verjee - ‎Dec 28, 2009‎
Clive Stafford Smith, center, director of Reprieve, speaks at a news conference with psychologist Peter Schaapveld, left, and Akbar Shaikh, right, brother of imprisoned Akmal Shaikh.

As the Nation's Pulse Races, Obama Can't Seem to Find His

New York Times - Maureen Dowd - ‎Dec 29, 2009‎
I was walking through a deserted downtown on Christmas Eve with a friend, past the lonely, gray Treasury Building, past the snowy White House with no president inside.

Making soba noodles the easy way

Los Angeles Times - Betty Hallock - ‎20 hours ago‎
At Akila Inouye's Tsukiji Soba Academy in Tokyo, a specially made wooden cabinet has 108 small cubbyholes, each containing a scroll of thick brown or green paper printed with a question.