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As Gingrich Reels From Attack Ads, Some Aides Suggest Fighting Back

New York Times -
DES MOINES - Alarmed by Newt Gingrich's decline in the polls in the face of a fusillade of negative advertisements, some senior aides and grass-roots supporters have suggested that he reverse course and fight fire with fire, fearing for the future of ...

Paul Assails Rivals' Criticism of His Policy on Iran

New York Times -
DES MOINES - Representative Ron Paul of Texas assailed criticism of his opposition to United States military involvement abroad, saying he fears an overreaction to worries about Iran's nuclear program could lead to war.

Russell Brand-Katy Perry 14-month marriage over |

Reuters -
| LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British comedian and actor Russell Brand called it quits on his 14-month marriage to "Teenage Dream" singer Katy Perry on Friday, filing for divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences.

North Korea says names Kim Jong-un top military commander

Reuters -
By Sung-won Shim | SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea announced on Saturday it has appointed Kim Jong-un, the anointed successor and youngest son of Kim Jong-il, as supreme commander of its 1.2 million-strong military, two days after official mourning for ...

Verizon: Recent 4G LTE outages are 'growing pains'

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Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network, normally known for its speed and stability, has had a rough time this month with three nationwide outages.

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At Least 32 Killed in Syria as Monitors Conduct Visits

Voice of America -
December 30, 2011 At Least 32 Killed in Syria as Monitors Conduct Visits VOA News Activists say Syrian forces killed at least 32 people on Friday, as Arab League monitors visited more sites to check the government's compliance with a pledge to end its ...

Party as Samoa loses Friday in time zone jump

APIA - Samoans celebrated in the streets at midnight Thursday when, with a song, a prayer and the ringing of bells, they wiped Friday off the calendar this week in a historic leap across the dateline.

'Dudus' Coke scandal doomed Jamaica's ruling party -
Jamaicans at home and abroad hope the return of opposition leader Portia Simpson Miller as prime minister will help improve relations with Jamaica's diaspora and jumpstart the country's stagnant economy.

Kurds Protest Airstrike Killing Dozens in Turkey

New York Times -
ISTANBUL - Kurdish separatist banners in red, yellow and green draped the coffins of 35 Turkish civilians and fluttered among mourning crowds on Friday, a day after the Turkish authorities admitted that airstrikes in northern Iraq intended to kill ...

Two doctors charged with murder under Md. fetal homicide law

Washington Post -
Two doctors who Maryland authorities say botched an abortion last year in Elkton have been indicted on murder charges - in what appears to be the first use of the state's fetal homicide law involving a medical professional performing surgery.

For Christie, returning favor to Romney is important

CBS News -
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney listens at right as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a campaign appearance at a Hy-Vee grocery store, Dec. 30, 2011, in West Des Moines, Iowa.

New court challenge to Wisconsin union law filed

Reuters -
By Jeff Mayers | MADISON, Wisc (Reuters) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court should void a controversial state law curbing the power of public sector unions because a judge who ruled on the law had a conflict of interest, a county attorney said on Friday.

LA-area residents fear arsonist may strike again

Los Angeles Times -
Twenty-one 'highly unusual' fires are set within a few hours in Hollywood and West Hollywood. Nearly all of them started with a vehicle being set ablaze, but flames also damaged several residences.

S&P 500 Misses 2011 Gain by a Hair; Dow Rises 5.5% on Year -
By Kaitlyn Kiernan 12/30/11 - 04:32 PM EST NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stocks edged lower on the slow last trading session before the New Year as the S&P 500 failed to eke out a gain in 2011, ending the year just 0.04 point in negative territory.

Treasurys end year as one of the best 2011 investments as Europe continues to ...

Washington Post -
NEW YORK - Investors clamored for Treasurys in 2011, giving the market its best return since 2008, even after the US government lost its sterling AAA credit rating.

Local Sears store to stay open

Bennington Banner -
BENNINGTON -- The local Sears store will not be among those locations closed in a move by Sears Holdings Corp. to save money, according to its owner.

Why we need Windows Phone 7

by Kent German December 30, 2011 12:01 PM PST Follow @KentGerman For a slow holiday news week, there's been plenty of chatter over the last few days about Windows Phone 7. It all started Tuesday when several tech blogs posted editorials on why ...

Apple design master Jonathan Ive awarded British knighthood

Los Angeles Times -
As of the new year Apple's head of design, Jonathan Ive, will be a knight of the British Empire. The London-born engineer has been the lead designer at Apple for more than 15 years and grew to become the "spiritual partner" of the company late ...

Will someone besides Amazon release the next Kindle tablet?

by Eric Mack December 30, 2011 3:21 PM PST Follow @ericcmack Amazon sold millions of Kindles this holiday season, led by the company's first-ever tablet, the Kindle Fire, leaving some analysts wondering if other Android tablets might soon be flavored ...

It's a Girl! Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane Are Parents Again

E! Online -
Grey's Anatomy doc Eric Dane's wife Rebecca Gayheart has given birth to the couple's second daughter. A rep for the proud parents confirmed to E! News that "Rebecca Gayheart and husband Eric Dane welcomed Georgia Geraldine Dane on December 28th, ...

Zooey Deschanel Gets Bluesy With Joe Gordon-Levitt (watch!) -
By TheImproper, December 30th, 2011 Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel sing a sweet two-part harmony on Nancy Wilson's “What Are You Doing New Year's Eve.

Etta James off respirator

LOS ANGELES - Grammy-winning blues and soul legend Etta James, famous for her hit "At Last," was taken off respiratory assistance but remains hospitalized in California, her agent said Friday.

UFC 141 play-by-play: Lesnar vs. Overeem

By Sergio Non, USA TODAY LAS VEGAS -- Join us now for the Ultimate Fighting Championship's final pay-per-view card in 2011, featuring Brock Lesnar vs.

UFC 141: Round-by-round recaps -
Hettes gets Phan down quickly and starts to ground and pound. Phan stands up but Hettes keeps on him. They head back down to the ground and Hettes goes for a guillotine.

GRAIL Probes Set to Begin Lunar Orbit Saturday, Sunday

Voice of America -
December 30, 2011 GRAIL Probes Set to Begin Lunar Orbit Saturday, Sunday VOA News US space agency NASA says its twin lunar spacecraft that are on a mission to study the Moon's gravitational field and internal structure are set to begin orbiting Earth's ...

Where Would Earth-like Planets Find Water?

Discovery News -
Throughout 2011 there was a string of breathless news stories about astronomers finding extrasolar planets in the habitable zones surrounding their stars.

Brazil to ban sales of French-made breast implants

SAO PAULO - Faulty French-made PIP breast implants will be permanently banned in Latin America's biggest country, Brazil's Health Ministry said Friday.

FDA clears Pfizer vaccine for adults over 50

CBS News -
(AP) WASHINGTON - Federal regulators have approved a vaccine for adults age 50 and older to prevent pneumococcal disease, including the most common type of pneumonia.

Federal Health Probe Finds Mead Johnson Infant Formula Not Contaminated

Wall Street Journal -
By CHRISTOPHER WEAVER Federal health investigators cleared an infant formula of suspected bacterial contamination that last week prompted retailers to pull a batch of the product from their shelves.


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