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How Obama Came to Plan for 'Surge' in Afghanistan

New York Times - Peter Baker - ‎11 hours ago‎
On Veterans Day, President Obama visited a section of Arlington National Cemetery reserved for service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Baucus defends recommending his girlfriend for US attorney post

Kansas City Star - Matthew Daly - ‎17 minutes ago‎
AP WASHINGTON | Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, on Saturday defended recommending his girlfriend for appointment as Montana's US attorney.

Russia mourns 109 killed in nightclub blaze

guardian.co.uk - ‎4 hours ago‎
Russia was coming to terms last night with its most deadly fire since Soviet times after 109 people died and more than 130 were injured in a blaze at a packed provincial nightclub.

IRAN: Outrage, and a warning, over Swiss vote to ban minarets

Los Angeles Times - ‎7 hours ago‎
An East-West clash over a Swiss referendum last week banning the construction of mosque minarets heated up today as Iran's foreign minister warned of unspecified "consequences" if the ban were enforced.

Philippines' Arroyo May Maintain Martial Law in Maguindanao

Bloomberg - Francisco Alcuaz Jr - ‎1 hour ago‎
Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Philippine President Gloria Arroyo may have enough legislative support to maintain martial law in Maguindanao province, where the ruling clan has been linked to the election-related killing of 57 people.

Egyptian Rescuers End Search for Victims of Ferry Collision

Voice of America - ‎3 hours ago‎
Egyptian rescue workers have ended a search for possible victims of a collision between two ferries on the Nile River. Local officials say they have found no bodies and have accounted for everyone, after initial reports suggested dozens of passengers ...

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Obama, Senate Democrats to Meet Sunday on Health Care

Wall Street Journal - Martin Vaughan - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will huddle with Senate Democrats on Sunday in a special meeting to discuss health-care legislation.

Obama Pledges to Put More Americans Back to Work

Voice of America - Kent Klein - ‎8 hours ago‎
In his weekly radio and Internet address, the US president said Saturday he will 'focus every single day' on building the economy and getting people into productive jobs.

Protesters Rally Against New York Terror-Trial Plan

Wall Street Journal - ‎1 hour ago‎
AP NEW YORK--Several hundred people rallied in the rain near Manhattan's federal courthouse complex Saturday to protest the plan to put major terrorism suspects on trial in New York City.

Group contends popular Zhu Zhu Pets toys unsafe

The Associated Press - ‎3 hours ago‎
ST. LOUIS - A consumer group contends one of the holiday season's must-have toys is unsafe. San Francisco-based goodguide named the robotic Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters on Saturday as one of the top-selling toys with low ratings.

Bernanke May Get Second Term at Fed Shorn of Bank Supervision

Bloomberg - Scott Lanman, Craig Torres - ‎Dec 3, 2009‎
Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke left a Senate confirmation hearing with support for a second term heading a central bank that may be shorn of its powers to supervise financial firms.

Unemployment Rate Falls to 10%

Wall Street Journal - Kelly Evans, Justin Lahart - ‎Dec 4, 2009‎
After a two-year climb to heights unseen in nearly three decades, the jobless rate dropped to 10% in November, raising hopes that unemployment has neared its peak and that the economy is gaining ...

That Climate Change E-Mail

New York Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
The theft of thousands of private e-mail messages and files from computer servers at a leading British climate research center has been a political windfall for skeptics who claim the documents prove that mainstream scientists have conspired to ...

Dutch defense against climate change: Adapt

Washington Post - Anthony Faiola, Juliet Eilperin - ‎7 hours ago‎
As nations prepare for the Copenhagen summit to halt climate change, the Netherlands is leading a fight of a different kind: How to live with it.

DARPA's giant red balloons officially at large

CNET News - Chris Jacob - ‎7 hours ago‎
DARPA says the balloons will be in readily accessible locations and visible from nearby roads. You may have heard about that DARPA balloon challenge, where the first team to identify the latitudes and longitudes of 10 moored weather ...

Billy Joel's Daughter Hospitalized in Manhattan

New York Times - Al Baker, Sarah Wheaton - ‎3 hours ago‎
Alexa Ray Joel, the daughter of the singer Billy Joel and the model Christie Brinkley, was admitted to a Manhattan hospital on Saturday after swallowing an unknown number of pills following a breakup with her boyfriend, ...

New hottie outs tomcatting Tiger Woods

Boston Herald - Renee Nadeau - ‎2 hours ago‎
First there was Rachel, then Jaimee, then Kalika. Now, a fourth mistress is reportedly dishing on her tryst with the PGA playboy. TMZ.

Adam Lambert to appear, sing on abc's 'The View'

The Associated Press - Frazier Moore - ‎4 hours ago‎
NEW YORK - ABC says glam-rocker Adam Lambert will appear and perform on its daytime talk show "The View" on Thursday. The announcement comes almost two weeks after Lambert's racy performance on abc's broadcast of "The American Music Awards.

Mark Ingram: 'When we get in the red zone, you get hungry'

SportingNews.com - ‎1 hour ago‎
Alabama tailback Mark Ingram rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-13 victory over Florida in Saturday's SEC championship.

Kimbo Slice wins unanimous decision vs. Houston Alexander in UFC action

Los Angeles Times - ‎37 minutes ago‎
Kimbo Slice is making his UFC debut before a paying crowd tonight, but the first round was so dull someone remarked, "Good thing this wasn'ta pay-per-view.

Aftermath: Blackhawks 2, Penguins 1 OT

NHL.com - Sam Kasan - ‎17 minutes ago‎
The Penguins played good enough to win against the Blackhawks. Unfortunately, Chicago netminder Antti Niemi played better. The Finnish goalie stopped 32 shots and was pivotal in Chicago's 2-1 overtime victory.

CDC: Few Serious Reactions After Swine Flu Vaccine

WebMD - Cathryn Meurer - ‎16 hours ago‎
Dec. 4, 2009 - Serious reactions after receiving the H1N1 swine flu vaccine are rare and not significantly higher than those seen from the seasonal flu vaccine, according to a briefing at the CDC today.

Put down the Slim-Fast can -- regardless of flavor, sell-by date, etc.

Los Angeles Times - ‎Dec 4, 2009‎
The maker of Slim-Fast has recalled all of its ready-to-drink canned beverages. All of them. Turns out, the stuff might be contaminated with the bacterium Bacillus cereus.

Top Senate Democrats fight to sustain support in face of amendments

Washington Post - Lori Montgomery, Shailagh Murray - ‎2 hours ago‎
Heading into a make-or-break week, Senate Democratic leaders are struggling to preserve the fragile support of interest groups for an overhaul of the nation's health-care system, even as lawmakers seek to change ...

Love in the time of HIV/AIDS

CNN - ‎Dec 1, 2009‎
By Madison Park, CNN Shawn Decker and Gwenn Barringer have been married for five years. Decker is HIV positive. (CNN) -- From the beginning, it seemed an unlikely match.

Yes, Miky, There Are Rabbis in Montana

New York Times - Eric A. Stern - ‎Dec 4, 2009‎
HELENA, Mont. - In Montana, a rabbi is an unusual sight. So when a Hasidic one walked into the State Capitol last December, with his long beard, black hat and long black coat, a police officer grabbed his bomb-sniffing German shepherd ...

Another woman emerges in Woods scandal

msnbc.com - Courtney Hazlett - ‎Dec 1, 2009‎
The Tiger Woods case might be closed in the opinion of the Florida Highway Patrol, but not according to some of the women who reportedly have had relationships with the pro golfer.

Loneliness spreads in social networks

CNN - Elizabeth Landau - ‎Dec 4, 2009‎
Loneliness is defined as perceived social isolation, and it's not based on the number of people around you. (CNN) -- Have you ever felt cut off from other people, even if there are plenty around you?

The Talented Mr. Obama

FOXNews - Glenn Beck - ‎Dec 1, 2009‎
No matter what he says, he's guaranteed to hack off a ton of people within the first five seconds of the speech. That's because he's pre-empting "Charlie Brown's Christmas.