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00:00 [Truthdig] Medicaid Expansion

00:00 [Truthdig] Of Course the NSA Phone Program Is Likely Unconstitutional, but Now a Judge Thinks So Too

00:00 [Truthdig] Vacation in North Korea

00:00 [Truthdig] Venezuelan Socialism Vindicated in City Elections

00:00 [Truthdig] The Compromise

00:01 [NPR] It's Called 'Africa.' Of Course It's About Race, Right?

00:02 [straight] Kinder Morgan files formal application for Trans Mountain pipeline expansion /files/styles/small_image_teaser/public/BurrardInlet-SH.jpg

00:02 [Mother Jones] One of the Films on This Year's Black List is an Alternate History of Stanley Kubrick Faking the Moon Landing

00:03 [zero hedge] Monday Humor: "New Normal" Retail Discounting

00:03 [Disinformation] Mike Tyson Has Better Taste In Books Than You Do

00:04 [Guardian] Firebomb explodes in Belfast shop

00:05 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Elise Foley: 10 Sweaters That Will Make You Want To Declare War On Christmas

00:05 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Meredith Bennett-Smith: Show Of Solidarity For Gay Davidson College Student Prohibited From Flying Rainbow Pride Flag

00:08 [] Decades Later, FDA Takes Action on Safety of Antibacterial Soaps

00:10 [Reuters: politics] House Ethics committee sets probe of Radel in cocaine case

00:11 [NPR] New Year Likely To Ring In Old Debt Ceiling Fight

00:11 [Sydney Morning Herald] WACA may lose Test cricket

00:11 [Sydney Morning Herald] No honeymoon for PM: Shorten rises

00:14 [Fox News] MORE FLYING FEES?Budget deal smacks travelers with new costs

00:14 [Fox News] 4TH AMENDMENT FIGHTJudge deals blow to NSA spying capabilities

00:14 [Fox News] CLEANSER CONCERN FDA wants tighter rules on antibacterial soaps

00:14 [Fox News] OUTCAST TO AMERICA?Man poised to lead India barred from entering US

00:15 [CNN: Technology] Apple's Tim Cook speaks out on civil rights

00:16 [Fox News: politics] House to begin probe into Rep. Radel's cocaine conviction

00:17 [Raw Story] Tea Party group posts video game image mocking Tea Party

00:18 [Voice of America] UN Chief: Syria, C.A.R World's Top Dangers

00:22 [Good] It's Not Rocket Science: We Need Walkable Communities

00:22 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Danielle Cadet: Latino, African-American Applicants Unfairly Denied Sandy Relief Funds?

00:22 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Shadee Ashtari: Iowa Republican Spent $150,000 To Expose Voter Fraud, Instead Found Nothing Significant

00:23 [Big Think] Lightweight Drone Able to Fly with Complete Autonomy

00:27 [Slashdot] Polynesians May Have Invented Binary Math

00:28 [CNN] CNN Student News - December 17, 2013

00:30 [Truthdig] Family Values Hypocrisy

00:30 [Electronic Intifada] EU sanctions Israeli settlements but not state that created them

00:33 [Mother Jones] Guess Who Gets the Most Brazen Federal Inflation Adjustment in the Country?

00:35 [Fox News: politics] Small businesses claim U.S. government stealing their ideas

00:37 [Raw Story] Researchers: Neanderthals cared for and buried their elders

00:38 [Guardian] Diana, Princess of Wales death: no evidence SAS was involved, says Met

00:40 [Slashdot] Inside the Massive 2014 Winter Olympics WiFi Network

00:41 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Rabbi Yaacov Behrman: Why Are We Giving Iran Breathing Room?

00:41 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Peter Cappelli: It's Not OK That Your Employees Can't Afford to Eat

00:42 [Reuters: politics] Senate confirms U.S. ambassador to Egypt for State Department post

00:43 [CNET News] Obama to meet with tech execs over glitchy

00:43 [CNET News] James Bond had a drinking problem, researchers conclude

00:43 [CNN: Entertainment] Jury deliberating Fawcett trial

00:45 [CNN: Politics] Federal judge rules NSA phone snooping unconstitutional

00:49 [straight] WFF 2013: What media consolidation means for Canadian film /files/styles/small_image_teaser/public/IMG_2719.JPG

00:50 [Truthdig] Pope Francis to Conservatives: ‘I Have Met Many Marxists in My Life Who Are Good People’

00:51 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Jon Ward: Revolutionary Roots Of U.S. Political Divide Explored In New Yuvel Levin Book

00:51 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Alexandra Zaslow: Soldier Gets Ultimate Homecoming During Pittsburgh Steelers Game

00:51 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Joseph Amodeo: Notice of Cancellation: Putting a Face on Obamacare

00:51 [NPR] Stoops: Game-Time Decision For Oklahoma At QB

00:51 [NPR] Feds Ease Rules On Same-Sex Health Care Tax Breaks

00:51 [NPR] FDA: Anti-Bacterial Soaps May Not Curb Bacteria

00:51 [NPR] Closer Axford, Indians Reach Terms On Contract

00:51 [NPR] Judge: NSA Program Is Likely Unconstitutional

00:51 [NPR] Chris Brown's Probation Revoked Over DC Arrest

00:51 [NPR] Sheriff: Ohio Suspect Last Person Seen With Girl

00:51 [NPR] First Lady Brings Holiday Cheer To Sick Kids

00:51 [NPR] National Finals Rodeo May Move To Florida In 2015

00:51 [NPR] Country Singer Ray Price Dead At 87

00:51 [NPR] Budget Legislation Gains GOP Support

00:54 [CNET News] Google Glass and guns: The movie

00:54 [CNN] Report: Pi Delta Psi pledge died of head injuries in fraternity ritual

00:56 [zero hedge] Is Bitcoin Bringing The "Dark Web" Into The Light?

00:57 [Raw Story] Brazilian tribe tells Coca-Cola: Buy supplies away from our ancestral land

01:00 [Voice of America] Jeff Seldin: South Sudan Unrest Worries US

01:01 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Ashley Alman: Jeh Johnson Confirmed By Senate As Secretary Of Homeland Security

01:01 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Ashley Alman: Feds Ease Rules On Same-Sex Health Care Tax Breaks

01:01 [The Atlantic: National] The NSA Ruling: Cogent, Brave—and Likely to be Overturned

01:03 [CNET News] Tablet highs and lows of 2013

01:06 [Slate Magazine] Snap Out of It

01:07 [Raw Story] Bipartisan budget deal likely to survive Senate vote

01:10 [Reuters] U.S. Senate approval of two-year budget deal likely this week

01:12 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Chris Weigant: Will Boehner Move On Immigration Reform?

01:12 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Luke Johnson: Center For American Progress, Third Way Debate Economic Populism In Democratic Party

01:12 [Reuters: politics] Senate approves Johnson to head U.S. Homeland Security department

01:12 [Reuters: politics] U.S. Senate approval of two-year budget deal likely this week

01:12 [Guardian] Born after 1960? You're probably poorer than your parents

01:14 [Sydney Morning Herald] 'Broad church': Abbott denies split in ranks

01:14 [The Independent] Grandparents ‘should be allowed unpaid leave’ to look after grandchildren

01:14 [The Independent] Children of ’60s and ’70s will be worse off than their parents when they retire

01:14 [The Independent] Man who faked his own death held for leaving country without permission

01:17 [Raw Story] California man rents ‘Smurfs’ movie, gets porn instead

01:20 [Telegraph] Post-war pensions boom 'is coming to an end'

01:24 [CNN: Politics] Mental health focus in gun debate

01:24 [CNN: Politics] Analyst: NSA ruling only affects two

01:24 [CNN] Amnesty report: China's abolition of labor camps a 'cosmetic change'

01:25 [CNET News] How to reset the audio system in OS X

01:25 [CNET News] Twitter reportedly exploring edit option to curb misinformation

01:26 [BBC: Technology] Growing pains for crowdfunding

01:26 [zero hedge] Despite Proposed Pay Caps, London Bankers Expect 44% Bonus Increase

01:27 [Raw Story] Witness saw Iranians arrest missing US man

01:28 [Slashdot] Google Seeks To Throw Out UK Safari Tracking Suit

01:28 [Sydney Morning Herald] Hockey, it's your economy now

01:28 [Sydney Morning Herald] Father shot dead answering door

01:30 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Jared Bernstein: How the Inequality/Growth Debate Has Evolved Over Time

01:30 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Zach Carter: WATCH: This Guy Spilled Bags Of Money At A Political Fundraiser To Make A Point

01:30 [HuffingtonPost: politics] William E. Jackson Jr.: The Long Arm of the Constitution: The Administration Is Trying to Evade Its Grasp

01:32 [Raw Story] Beyonce’s surprise album breaks iTunes sales record

01:32 [Raw Story] Lara Logan is tan, rested and ready to come back and be kind of bad at her job again

01:33 [straight] Where the money from your movie ticket really goes /files/styles/section_thumbnail/public/shutterstock_70786405.jpg

01:33 [straight] Homeless in Vancouver: Report of a missing cat /files/styles/section_thumbnail/public/mocha-cat.jpg

01:35 [Truthdig] The U.N. Needs $6.5 Billion to Keep Syria From Starving

01:36 [Fox News: politics] Pentagon lawyer confirmed as Homeland Security secretary

01:36 [The Atlantic: International] The Middle East's Snowstorm, Viewed From Space

01:36 [Deutsche Welle] Dozens killed in latest sectarian violence in Iraq

01:43 [Reuters] U.S. judge says phone surveillance program likely unlawful

01:43 [CNN] Nashville pioneer Ray Price dead at 87

01:43 [CNN] Chris Brown's probation yanked over D.C. fight; jail may follow rehab

01:45 [Fox News] FEDERAL THEFT? Small biz owners claim government stole their ideas /i/redes/icon-video.gif

01:48 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Kent Hayden, M.Div.: Affluenza, Privilege, and the Threat to American Freedom

01:51 [CNN] Fire at San Antonio Zoo kills six reptiles, including Komodo dragon

01:52 [NPR] Country Singer, Bandleader Ray Price Dies At 87

01:53 [BBC: Technology] Cybercrime shopping list prices fall

01:56 [zero hedge] Why Obama's Home Affordable Modification Program Failed (Spoiler Alert: Thank Bank Of America et al)

01:57 [CNN: Entertainment] Chris Brown's probation revoked over D.C. fight

01:57 [CNN: Entertainment] Critics' Choice Award nominations announced

01:57 [CNN: Entertainment] Nashville pioneer Ray Price dead at 87

01:58 [BBC: Technology] NSA data grab 'against constitution'

02:01 [Sydney Morning Herald] Cook told to act like a captain

02:03 [Disinformation] Chinese Spy Busted Stealing Iowa Corn Seeds

02:05 [Reuters: politics] Senate approves Johnson to head U.S. Homeland Security

02:06 [CNET News] Burgers become true fast food at 87 mph

02:06 [CNET News] Remembering 2013's best and worst phones

02:07 [Raw Story] Obama set to meet with with Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter chiefs

02:07 [Raw Story] Russia moves missiles with nuclear capabilities closer to European Union borders

02:12 [CNN] N.J. police: Dustin Friedland killed by carjackers in mall parking lot

02:15 [Slashdot] Owncloud 6 Brings Collaborative Open Document Format Editing to the Web

02:16 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Ashley Alman: White House: Edward Snowden Should Return To US, Face Charges

02:17 [The Independent] Transsexual PC's discrimination case against Essex Police rejected

02:17 [Sydney Morning Herald] Sharks sanctions announced

02:22 [Good] Top 10 Public Interest Design Videos of 2013

02:22 [Telegraph] Senate confirm Jeh Johnson as head of US Homeland Security

02:26 [zero hedge] Camden, New Jersey: One Of Hundreds Of U.S. Cities That Are Turning Into Rotting, Decaying Hellholes

02:27 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Emily Thomas: Bosting Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev Reportedly Feared Voices In His Head

02:31 [CNN] Budget bill prospects brighten in Senate

02:31 [Sydney Morning Herald] 'Trying to capitalise on people's anxieties'

02:32 [The Independent] Hague’s Azerbaijan gas pipeline deal attacked

02:32 [The Independent] A £38bn ‘subsidy’ for Big Four hits small banks

02:33 [Slashdot] DRM Has Always Been a Horrible Idea

02:33 [Reuters] Scores killed in Iraq bloodshed ahead of Shi'ite holy day

02:36 [Topix Activism News] US scholars endorse academic boycott of Israel

02:38 [Voice of America] Curfew in S.Sudan Capital After Alleged Coup Attempt

02:39 [CNN: Politics] 5 things that could still complicate budget deal

02:39 [CNN: Politics] Budget bill prospects brighten in Senate

02:42 [CNN] 5 things that could still complicate budget deal

02:42 [CNN] The most Instagrammed places in 2013

02:47 [CNET News] Google said to be considering a smart thermostat, again

02:47 [Sydney Morning Herald] Hockey dumps budget surplus promise

02:48 [The Independent] Satyajit Das: Each stage of the eurozone debt crisis has increased the risks Germany faces

02:48 [The Independent] James Moore: Reformers should look at £38bn bung from taxpayer to the banks

02:48 [The Independent] Market Report: Traders bet US Fed will keep the taps turned on into the  new year

02:48 [The Independent] Paranoia at Dixons: one high street giant’s key to beat the web

02:48 [The Independent] RBS cancels £8bn buffer deal with Government

02:48 [The Independent] Half of UK firms expect to create jobs next year, according to CBI report

02:50 [BBC: Health] Old bone dates human hand evolution

02:57 [Raw Story] Amazon workers in Germany walk off the job in push for higher wages

02:57 [CNET News] Yahoo, NBC extend digital pact to 2014 Winter Olympics

03:00 [Electronic Intifada] Why is Gaza always Egypt's scapegoat?

03:03 [Mother Jones] Quote of the Day: Free Health Care Kills.... Um.... Republicans?

03:03 [The Independent] A US Walmart worker shot car of co-worker's who was named 'Employee of the Month'

03:08 [Telegraph] Yellowstone volcano would be 2,000 times the size of Mount St. Helens

03:08 [Telegraph] UN urges calm on border between Israel and Lebanon

03:11 [CNN] Convicted abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell gets 30 years for pill mill

03:13 [Reuters] Japan to bolster military, boost Asia ties to counter China

03:13 [zero hedge] US Dollar Risks And The Four Fed Surprises

03:13 [zero hedge] Waiting On the Santa Rally

03:16 [BBC: Education] Grandparents 'must get unpaid leave'

03:16 [Deutsche Welle] Children among the victims in violent rampage in eastern DR Congo

03:17 [Fox News] Small business owners: Federal government is stealing our ideas /i/redes/icon-video.gif

03:17 [Fox News] ACADEMICS DRAW FIREJewish groups blast 'unjust' boycott plans

03:20 [Sydney Morning Herald] Sharks coach Flanagan suspended for a year

03:20 [Sydney Morning Herald] Hockey dumps surplus promise

03:20 [Sydney Morning Herald] Aussies go for the jugular

03:21 [CNN: Entertainment] Beyonce's new 'no promotion' approach

03:24 [Voice of America] Alleged Coup Thwarted in South Sudan

03:30 [BBC: Education] Children's centres 'lack clear role'

03:32 [Raw Story] ‘Man smells like ganja’: Watch Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor dancing at a church service

03:32 [Raw Story] Italian prosecutors investigate claims of restaurants serving dolphin

03:35 [Fox News: politics] Sen. tries to undo cuts to military retiree benefits ahead of Senate budget vote

03:43 [zero hedge] Gold Price - Value Versus Momentum

03:43 [zero hedge] BaNZai7 OpeN CaPTioN CoNTeST...

03:44 [The Hindu - News] News in pictures

03:44 [The Hindu - News] Day in pictures

03:49 [Voice of America] Reuters: Wildfire Destroys Homes Along California's Big Sur Coast

03:52 [Good] The Best Food Ideas This Year

03:52 [Unicef] Youth filmmaking: Big screens, big experiences

03:52 [Unicef] Safe spaces for new mothers and their babies, as recovery from Typhoon Haiyan continues in the Philippines

03:54 [CNET News] Amazon Studios to begin shooting original series in 4K

03:56 [Telegraph] Japan to increase military spending as row with China continues

03:59 [BBC: Science & Environment] Old bone dates human hand evolution

03:59 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Ashley Alman: Peter King Says U.S. Terror Threat More Dangerous Than Ever Before

04:04 [CNN: Money] Michael Jordan's home fails to sell at auction

04:05 [Voice of America] Luis Ramirez: Pentagon Downplays Near-Collision in South China Sea

04:06 [Sydney Morning Herald] NRL sanctions: Sharks coach Flanagan suspended for a year

04:07 [Raw Story] Jeh Johnson confirmed as new Homeland Security chief

04:08 [CNN] John Boehner Fast Facts

04:10 [The Hindu - News] A star who sprung out of nowhere

04:12 [zero hedge] Helsinki Unveils Europe's First Bitcoin ATM

04:13 [Big Think] 635 - Sex and Drugs and Border Changes

04:18 [The Hindu - News] California wildfire destroys 15 homes

04:23 [CNN] Levinson family wants meeting with FBI chief James Comey

04:24 [Slashdot] Fully Autonomous Flapping-wing MAV Is As Light As 4 Sheets of A4 Paper

04:27 [Raw Story] Australia posts code of conduct for asylum seekers

04:34 [Guardian] Canoe man John Darwin arrested for unauthorised trip to Ukraine

04:35 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Jason Evans: House and Senate Farm Bill Versions Less Different Than They Seem

04:36 [straight] Vancity dissatisfied with Fraser Surrey Docks environmental review of proposed coal facility /files/styles/small_image_teaser/public/coaltrain_130308.jpg

04:37 [CNN] Police knock down Princess Diana murder claim

04:38 [Guardian] Ashes 2013-14: Australia v England – live!

04:41 [Voice of America] Lisa Bryant: Russia, EU Try to Bridge Differences Over Ukraine

04:42 [zero hedge] Bitcoin Tumbles After PBOC Rumors Confirmed

04:42 [zero hedge] 'Pacifist' Japan Launches "No Guts But All The War Spending Glory" Military Plan

04:45 [The Hindu - News] Minimum fare should be Rs. 25: AIADMK union

04:47 [Raw Story] British police find ‘no credible evidence’ that Princess Diana was murdered

04:53 [Sydney Morning Herald] 'They destroyed a few families by doing this'

04:53 [Sydney Morning Herald] NBN Co gagged by Turnbull: hearing

04:53 [Sydney Morning Herald] It happened again and again

04:53 [The Hindu - News] Yadava College students stir against “poor” hostel food

04:57 [Raw Story] Brave hearts, ‘Family Guy’ fans — Brian the dog is back

04:57 [Raw Story] Catholic scholars ask Vatican-approved university to give up Kochs’ $1 million donation

04:57 [The Hindu - News] Tiruchi vendors demand fresh census

04:57 [The Hindu - News] Meeting of Karnataka agri-labourers' leaders with RDPR soon

04:59 [Telegraph] Russia accuses US of ignoring calls for more proof Syrian regime used chemical weapons

04:59 [The Hindu - News] Kolanukonda Sivaji seeks President’s intervention

04:59 [The Hindu - News] Chennai suburbs clamour for small bus services

05:03 [The Hindu - News] HC dismisses petition for stay on temple demolition

05:03 [The Hindu - News] Only 195, of India’s 500 zoos, made the cut: CZA

05:05 [The Hindu - News] Greetings of the season, with a personal touch

05:05 [The Hindu - News] GVMC staff to cough up penalties

05:11 [The Hindu - News] Celebrating women

05:13 [The Hindu - News] Evolve new formula for devolution of resources: CM

05:13 [The Hindu - News] Cold wave condition in North Karnataka to subside

05:14 [zero hedge] Manhattan Apartment Rental Rates Drop For Third Month In A Row

05:15 [The Hindu - News] Against all odds, a dogged pursuit of knowledge

05:15 [The Hindu - News] Plea opposes inclusion of captive elephants in camp

05:17 [The Hindu - News] Trust challenges allegations relating to memorial

05:21 [Voice of America] North Korea Commemorates Kim Jong Il's Death Anniversary

05:21 [CNN] Apparently This Matters: And the color of the year is ...

05:22 [The Hindu - News] Tiger estimation begins in Kerala forests

05:23 [Reuters: politics] Obamas, stars come out for Christmas in Washington show

05:24 [The Hindu - News] Congress not committed to passing Lokpal Bill: BJP

05:26 [The Hindu - News] Police tighten vigil for mass contact at Kannur

05:26 [The Hindu - News] “Notify jallikattu as State sport’’

05:28 [The Hindu - News] Fishermen launch indefinite strike

05:32 [The Hindu - News] Lorry owners oppose common sand stockyards

05:32 [The Hindu - News] HC verdict in Soumya murder case on Tuesday

05:34 [CNET News] Amazon said to be buying payments startup GoPago

05:36 [The Hindu - News] Fog descends on Delhi, flights hit

05:39 [Sydney Morning Herald] Sharks coach suspended for a year

05:40 [] IMF warns against further rate cut to aid shekel

05:40 [] After killing of IDF soldier on Lebanese border, Israel faces rogue soldier dilemma

05:40 [] Chicky: A night with the African migrant marchers

05:40 [] Rare colonial-era mikveh unearthed in Venezuela

05:40 [] Bennett says anti-leftist-NGO bill doesn't go far enough

05:40 [] EU warns Israel not to announce new settlement building after prisoner release

05:40 [] PM's point man on Prawer plan says it's still going ahead

05:40 [] Baby born in traffic jam near snowbound Jerusalem

05:44 [The Hindu - News] Elephant care without iron chains

05:45 [Voice of America] VOA News: North Korea Commemorates Anniversary of Kim Jong Il's Death

05:48 [The Hindu - News] At Munirka, women still feel unsafe

05:48 [The Hindu - News] Study warns of nuclear instability in South Asia

05:52 [The Hindu - Opinion] Carnatic Music & Comman man

05:56 [The Hindu - News] Attack rattles forest staff

05:58 [The Hindu - News] Three held in foresters’ murder case

05:59 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Andrew Hart: Mike Huckabee Launching 'Huckabee Post'

06:00 [The Hindu - News] Draft Reorganisation Bill calls for constitutional amendments

06:01 [Telegraph] Wildfire in California destroys homes and forces 100 people to evacuate

06:01 [AntiWar] ‘Let it Snowden,’ the Chorus of 2013

06:02 [The Hindu - News] MLA Hanmanth Shinde all set to quit TDP

06:02 [The Hindu - News] Dharmana’s decision a big jolt to Congress

06:05 [Fox News: politics] Sen. Sessions tries to undo cuts to military retiree benefits ahead of Senate budget vote

06:06 [straight] Homeless in Vancouver: Another pink salmon sunset in the can /files/styles/section_thumbnail/public/pink-sky-01.jpg

06:07 [Reuters] Mexico's president says he will enact energy reform soon

06:09 [Voice of America] Dorian Jones: EU Agrees to Talks on Visa-free Travel for Turks

06:12 [Sydney Morning Herald] Criminal gangs find new way to steal

06:13 [Anarchist news] Anarchism/Syndicalism as Vision, Strategy, Experience of Bottom-up Socialist Democracy

06:13 [Big Think] Plugging into the Power of Everyday Sensors

06:13 [Reuters] North Korean elite pledges loyalty to young leader Kim after purge

06:15 [The Hindu - News] Amenities galore planned for proposed multi-level parking lot on OMR

06:17 [The Hindu - News] Toilet at Chromepet school renovated

06:17 [Raw Story] Rachel Maddow: Chris Christie ‘rotten and vindictive’ political payback scandal deepens

06:19 [The Hindu - News] Steep steps in Chennai mini buses trouble the elderly, disabled

06:19 [The Hindu - News] ‘Steps on to shift pipeline operations in north Chennai’

06:19 [Fin24 News] JSE indices end week lower

06:20 [Fox News] Watters' World: Christmas quiz

06:20 [Fox News] 'Family Guy' miracle

06:20 [Fox News] Surprise celeb nude scenes

06:20 [Fox News] Beaches that are still warm

06:20 [Fox News] THIS is gingerbread

06:20 [CNN] You won the big one, now what?

06:21 [The Hindu - News] CTO Colony compost yard remains shut since May

06:21 [The Hindu - News] More job opportunities in finance sector, students told

06:24 [Slashdot] The Geekiest Game Ever Made?

06:25 [The Hindu - News] Records forged to claim my father’s pension: Councillor

06:25 [The Hindu - News] By March 2014, Aavin to get more processing facilities

06:27 [The Hindu - News] Defunct lift at Chennai MRTS station proves a nightmare for ill commuter

06:27 [The Hindu - News] SC/ST workers of TNAU allege discrimination

06:29 [The Hindu - News] Recognising the genius of an instrument maker

06:29 [The Hindu - News] Four held for pushing man off train in Chennai

06:31 [The Hindu - News] Ceiling collapses at Egmore post office

06:31 [The Hindu - News] ‘Enrolment ratio in TN rises’

06:31 [CNN] Can cultural revival heal rift in Cyprus' divided capital?

06:33 [The Hindu - News] Most TN colleges yet to set up anti-sexual harassment cells

06:35 [The Hindu - News] Dalit street performers demand compensation

06:37 [Voice of America] In Philippines, Kerry Hopes for Progress on Troop Deal

06:39 [The Hindu - News] Mayor seeks funds from Finance Commission

06:41 [Topix Activism News] John Baird says suggestion Canada's foreign policy is only about jobs 'ridiculous'

06:41 [The Hindu - News] Now, it is ‘Tirupparankundram Potruvom’

06:41 [The Hindu - News] AIADMK man arrested for assaulting sweeper

06:42 [CNN] North Korea's top brass marks Kim Jong Il's death

06:43 [The Hindu - News] HC declines bail to students in principal murder case

06:45 [The Hindu - News] Protest against SC verdict on gay sex

06:45 [The Hindu - News] Temple tank set for a facelift

06:46 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Richard (RJ: 2014 Will Be The Year of "Economic Populism." Then What?

06:47 [The Hindu - News] Koodal Azhagar Perumal Temple tank set for a facelift

06:47 [Fin24 News] Brand ANC on the back foot

06:55 [Voice of America] North Korea Commemorates Kim Jong Il's Death Anniversary

06:56 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Joanna Zelman: Major Drug Company Will Stop Paying Doctors To Promote Drugs

06:56 [Fox News: politics] Holder claims FBI prevented 148 mass shootings in 2013

06:58 [Mother Jones] Southern California is the Fast Food Capital of the World /files/blog_top_fast_food.jpg

06:58 [Sydney Morning Herald] 'I thought he was going to die'

07:01 [The Hindu - News] Women are humiliated if they complain of sexual harassment

07:02 [Raw Story] Jon Stewart knocks Megyn Kelly and the media’s fake ‘Knockout Game’

07:03 [Guardian] Australia beat England to reclaim Ashes – live!

07:05 [Reuters] Kerry arrives in Manila to strengthen U.S. ties with old ally

07:05 [The Hindu - News] ORBIT shows it can deliver

07:07 [The Hindu - News] Govt sanction not needed to probe public servants: SC

07:07 [The Hindu - News] Two differently-abled land dream jobs with US company

07:10 [The Hindu - News] 175 petitions received at pension adalat

07:10 [The Hindu - News] Life convict on leave apprehended

07:14 [Fin24 News] Brand Zuma on the back foot

07:15 [] Report: Car bomb hits Hezbollah stronghold in east Lebanon

07:15 [CNN] Car bomb explodes at Hezbollah checkpoint, casualties reported

07:17 [Reuters] Analysis: China needs Western help for nuclear export ambitions

07:19 [Telegraph] Watchdog pans ticket agents for fleecing theatre goers

07:19 [Telegraph] One in ten teenage girls 'extremely worried' about their weight

07:19 [Telegraph] Alex Salmond under pressure to account for 'mystery' Ryder Cup spending

07:19 [Telegraph] Alex Salmond delegation spent more than £10,000 a day wining and dining at the Ryder Cup

07:22 [The Hindu - News] Soumya murder: Kerala HC upholds death sentence for Govindachamy

07:25 [Guardian] Australia beat England to reclaim Ashes – as it happened

07:28 [Reuters] Exclusive: Syria region where polio found excluded from 2012 vaccination drive

07:29 [Mother Jones] For President Obama, 2013 Can't End Soon Enough

07:30 [The Hindu - News] Kerala HC confirms death sentence for Soumya murder accused

07:30 [] Car bomb hits Hezbollah stronghold in east Lebanon, casualties reported

07:31 [Sydney Morning Herald] 'Sirens screaming past the school'

07:35 [CNN] Mind the gap: China's great education divide

07:37 [Guardian] Ashes 2013-14: Australia beat England to reclaim the urn

07:40 [The Hindu - News] Committed to Lokpal, Rahul Gandhi tells Hazare

07:42 [The Independent] Australia regain Ashes after unbeaten series against England

07:43 [Guardian] Matthew Perry and Peter Hitchens clash on Newsnight over drugs policy

07:45 [] Want to see nature? For Palestinians convicts, it's a no go at West Bank reserve

07:47 [CNET News] Candy Crush Saga tops iTunes app download list for 2013

07:48 [The Hindu - News] Marshals evict TD, YSRC MLAs

07:50 [straight] Vancouver Police Department technocrats have something in common with casino industry CEOs /files/styles/small_image_teaser/public/JimChuDec18_1.jpg

07:50 [The Hindu - News] “It is not Delhi that has changed, rather the women have changed”

07:54 [The Hindu - News] Arrest of Seemandhra NGOs decried

07:54 [The Hindu - News] Justice P.C. Rao faults A.P. bifurcation process

07:55 [Guardian] Heathrow expansion - Airports Commission publishes interim report: Politics live blog

07:56 [The Hindu - News] 12 farmers die within two months in Krishna dt.

07:56 [The Hindu - News] TD men’s bid to storm Panabaka’s office foiled

07:58 [Financial Times] China accuses US of ‘harassing’ navy ships

07:58 [Financial Times] China energy corruption probe widens

07:58 [Financial Times] Australia reveals deepening budget shortfall

07:58 [Financial Times] Australia reclaim Ashes as England collapse

08:01 [Voice of America] Reuters: Sources Report PetroChina Corruption Probe Expands

08:05 [The Hindu - News] Rahul, Shinde decline to meet US delegation

08:05 [Voice of America] Amid Dispute with China, Japan Boosts Military Spending

08:12 [Deutsche Welle] Aydan Özoguz, a Turkish-German at the topözoguz-a-turkish-german-at-the-top/a-17300952?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf

08:13 [Guardian] Offender management programme is putting public at risk, report says

08:14 [CNET News] Facebook said to finally be ready to press play on video ads

08:15 [The Hindu - News] Kumbalam-Aroor bridge to open to traffic this week

08:17 [Sydney Morning Herald] Many people wanted Antoun dead

08:20 [Fin24 News] Rand seen under pressure ahead of Fed meeting

08:22 [Telegraph] Children among the victims of a savage attack in Democratic Republic of Congo

08:25 [The Hindu - News] Plan panel member reviews Kochi Metro works

08:29 [The Independent] Australia reclaim Ashes from England in Perth: Third Test, day five – as it happened

08:32 [New Statesman] Boris Island fails to make Airports Commission shortlist

08:33 [The Hindu - News] Wheelchair basketball camp draws to a close

08:35 [The Hindu - News] ‘Livelihood concerns top in opposition to PCPIR’

08:35 [Guardian] Heathrow and Gatwick airports shortlisted for new runways

08:35 [Voice of America] VOA News: Amid Dispute with China, Japan Boosts Military Spending

08:38 [Telegraph] Snow circles: how a skier creates huge designs in the snow

08:38 [Telegraph] Vitamins are a waste of money, say scientists

08:38 [Telegraph] Liverpool Care Pathway ban was 'scapegoat' warns consultant

08:38 [Telegraph] Angela Merkel's SPD coalition partners will be bad news for David Cameron's hopes of reform

08:38 [Telegraph] 2013: The year in pictures

08:38 [Telegraph] Fracking chemicals 'could cause infertility, cancer and birth defects'

08:38 [Telegraph] Samantha Cameron relatives urged to reach agreement in inheritance row to stop 'haemorrhaging' wealth

08:39 [The Hindu - News] Gang of four held on charge of cheating

08:42 [Deutsche Welle] North Korea marks second anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

08:43 [The Hindu - News] Teamwork stressed to check violence against women

08:43 [The Hindu - News] Tributes paid to martyrs on Vijay Diwas

08:44 [The Independent] Airports Commission report: Third runway at Heathrow and second at Gatwick are options – but 'Boris Island' left off shortlist

08:47 [Deutsche Welle] Bundestag to vote for Merkel, government to begin first day

08:49 [BBC: Science & Environment] VIDEO: Spectacular view of volcano eruption

08:49 [Fox News: politics] Democratic senators push to extend clean energy tax breaks

08:49 [The Hindu - News] Plan for 27 new courts yet to take off

08:50 [Sydney Morning Herald] Coalition gives Mirabella new job

08:51 [BBC: Health] Young teens' weight terror 'common'

08:52 [Telegraph] Wifi could be killing plants, a school experiment found

08:53 [Guardian] Car insurance too high, says Competition Commission

08:55 [Voice of America] China Blames Terrorists for Deadly Clash in Xinjiang

08:58 [CNN] Top travel destinations for 2013

09:00 [Fox News: politics] Small businesses claim U.S. government stealing their ideas

09:00 [The Independent] Car insurance premiums 'too high', says Competition Commission

09:02 [The Hindu - News] SC restrains UP police from acting against Taslima

09:06 [Sydney Morning Herald] Celebrations as Australia reclaim the Ashes

09:07 [Voice of America] China Blames Terrorists for Deadly Clash in Xinjiang

09:12 [Fin24 News] Kumba sees 20% earnings rise

09:17 [NPR] Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle

09:17 [NPR] To Make Science Real, Kids Want More Fun And Fewer Facts

09:17 [NPR] Environmentalists Split Over Need For Nuclear Power

09:17 [NPR] Economists, Unemployed Fret Over Long-Term Jobless Aid Lapse

09:18 [The Hindu - News] Turn in your IDs, India tells US diplomats

09:20 [CNN] Beatles bootlegs released on iTunes

09:23 [Voice of America] VOA News: China Blames Terrorists for Deadly Clash in Xinjiang

09:24 [Telegraph] North Korea's best rants since Kim Jong-un's rise to power

09:25 [CNN: Crime] NSA program called unconstitutional

09:25 [CNN: Crime] Student's hug leads to suspension

09:25 [CNN: Crime] Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell gets 30 years for pill mill

09:25 [CNN: Crime] Coroner: Pi Delta Psi pledge died of head injuries in fraternity ritual

09:27 [NPR] Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms

09:27 [NPR] Year In Numbers: The Federal Reserve's $85 Billion Question

09:30 [Truthdig] Demand Your Privacy

09:33 [Slashdot] First Hard Evidence for the Process of Cat Domestication

09:36 [] Louis Farrakhan defends Kanye West: Saying 'Jews have connections' isn't anti-Semitic

09:37 [BBC: Entertainment] Director Evans revisits Oliver!

09:38 [Sydney Morning Herald] Celebrations as Australia win Ashes

09:41 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Chloe Fox: Senator Daniel Inouye Tribute: Why We Need More Leaders Like Him In Congress

09:44 [Guardian] Heathrow and Gatwick shortlisted for new runways

09:44 [Guardian] Google buys robot firm Boston Dynamics

09:44 [The Hindu - News] Odisha Assembly adjourned sine die

09:44 [The Hindu - News] Supreme Court to hear Campa Cola case on Jan 6

09:46 [The Hindu - News] Water cess pending against industries touches Rs. 822 cr.

09:48 [CNN] Budget bill prospects brighten in Senate

09:49 [Fin24 News] More petrol pain on cards - AA

09:51 [The Hindu - News] Nepal extends deadline for nominations to assembly

09:53 [Pravda] Lakshmi Puri speaks to Pravda.Ru

09:55 [The Hindu - News] Aadhaar must for LPG subsidy in Dakshina Kannada

09:57 [BBC: Science & Environment] Zebra stripes mystery 'explained'

09:57 [Reuters] British police rule out military involvement in Princess Diana death

09:57 [Reuters] North Korea marks anniversary without Kim Jong Un's aunt

10:02 [Deutsche Welle] Christian Democrats and Greens agree on coalition in German state of Hesse

10:02 [The Atlantic: National] Reports from the Road: Hangar 24 and a Student-run Farm

10:03 [The Independent] Paul Walker’s funeral: Fast & Furious stars bid final farewell to the late actor with football game

10:05 [The Hindu - News] Udupi’s brinjal growers in distress

10:09 [The Hindu - News] ‘Arecanut will not be banned’

10:09 [Pravda] Washington Drives the World Toward War

10:09 [CNN] Twentieth Century Fox announces plans for first theme park

10:10 [Telegraph] Devon house with private beach goes up for sale at £7.5m

10:10 [Telegraph] Kim Jong-un in pictures: The bizarre photo opportunities of North Korea's leader

10:11 [The Hindu - News] Remembering war heroes

10:15 [CNN: Money] North Dakota's homeless population jumps

10:15 [CNN: Money] Family still struggling post-Sandy

10:15 [CNN: Money] Retiring? How to leave your business behind

10:15 [CNN: Money] The economy is ready to burst out

10:15 [CNN: Money] Where to invest next year

10:15 [CNN: Money] Real estate: Look for value

10:17 [The Hindu - News] Kerala govt. firm on recovering land from encroachers

10:17 [The Hindu - News] Odisha contractor chops off migrant labourers’ hands

10:18 [The Independent] Belfast man 'bursts into flames' in sports shop

10:23 [Reuters] Merkel elected to third term in parliament vote

10:23 [The Hindu - News] ‘Knowledge application key to learning process’

10:26 [Telegraph] Lord Hanningfield defends 'clocking in' at House of Lords

10:26 [Telegraph] David Cameron or Catherine the Great?

10:26 [Telegraph] Kim Jong-un: 10 ways North Korea's 'Dear Leader' is different

10:27 [The Hindu - News] Hundreds bid adieu to Uthradom Tirunal

10:30 [Voice of America] Fresh Gunfire in S. Sudan Capital After Alleged Coup Attempt

10:32 [Deutsche Welle] Amazon workers in Germany continue strike action

10:33 [New Statesman] Boris declares "we're not dead yet" - but his aviation policy soon will be

10:33 [The Hindu - News] State mourns the ‘king’ of humility, simplicity

10:34 [The Independent] Metropolitan Police rule out SAS role in Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed deaths

10:34 [The Independent] Simon Calder: Sir Howard Davies has tight-rope walked the line between Cameron and Boris over airport expansion

10:34 [The Independent] North Korea commemorates anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death – just days after execution of his former brother-in-law

10:36 [Reuters] Ukraine leader seeks cash at Kremlin, Kiev protest planned

10:40 [Voice of America] VOA News: Fresh Gunfire in South Sudan Capital After Alleged Coup Attempt

10:40 [CNN] Suicide bomber hits Hezbollah checkpoint, casualties reported

10:40 [CNN] Putin, Yanukovych to meet, as Ukraine protesters urge closer EU ties

10:41 [The Hindu - News] ‘DMK will contest alone in LS polls’

10:43 [Reuters] Main Thai opposition party divided over running in election

10:43 [Sydney Morning Herald] Lehmann asked, Australia answered

10:43 [Sydney Morning Herald] Furore over 'dubious' appointment

10:45 [The Hindu - News] AAP MLAs meet to discuss future course of action

10:48 [The Hindu - News] Chennai Margazhi Season in pictures

10:48 [Voice of America] North Korea Commemorates Kim Jong Il's Death Anniversary

10:49 [Fin24 News] First ever Numsa special congress starts

10:49 [The Independent] Pope Francis named ‘Person of the Year’ by leading gay rights magazine

10:49 [The Independent] Andy McSmith's Diary: The less than noble Lord Laird will have few friends left in the House

10:49 [The Independent] Beyonce breaks iTunes record with new album

10:51 [] U.S. judge orders kosher meals at Florida prisons

10:51 [] Only 1/4 of African migrants detained in 'open' facility returned overnight

10:54 [The Hindu - News] Merkel begins third innings as German chancellor

10:54 [CNN: Money] Inside Hong Kong's biggest Bitcoin mine

10:55 [Topix Activism News] China continues rights abuses though labor camps ditched

10:56 [Global Voices] Official Chinese Patriotism: Without Motherland, You Are Nothing!

10:56 [The Hindu - News] N Korea tries to project unity on Kin Jong-il death anniversary

10:56 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Jade Walker: Edward Snowden Pens 'Open Letter' Offering To Help Brazil Investigate U.S. Spying

10:58 [Telegraph] How the Kiwi could be Australian and not from New Zealand

10:58 [Guardian] Man in flames flees Belfast shop after firebomb attack

10:59 [Fin24 News] First-ever Numsa special congress starts

11:00 [Sydney Morning Herald] Rudd denies eye is on top UN job

11:00 [Voice of America] Putin, Yanukovych Meet in Moscow

11:04 [New Internationalist] LGBTIQ Africa: we are here and we are many!

11:04 [The Hindu - News] RS members seek Justice Ganguly’s resignation

11:04 [The Hindu - Opinion] Carnatic Music & Common man

11:05 [The Independent] UK inflation falls to a 4-year low at 2.1% in November

11:05 [Fin24 News] Mboweni appointed to Discovery board

11:06 [Reuters] Kerry downplays dispute with China in East China Sea

11:06 [Reuters] GlaxoSmithKline overhauls sales practices after scandals

11:06 [The Hindu - News] Lok Sabha proceedings adjourned for the day

11:06 [Guardian] UK inflation falls to four-year low of 2.1%; house prices hit record high - business live

11:06 [Guardian] Edward Snowden offers to help Brazil over US spying in return for asylum

11:07 [Deutsche Welle] EU foreign ministers meet Lavrov

11:07 [Deutsche Welle] In Peru, organic cocoa instead of cocaine

11:07 [CBC: politics] Woodland caribou still at risk, despite federal plan to help

11:07 [CBC: politics] St. Anne's Residential School survivors face off with Ottawa

11:10 [Reuters: politics] Kerry downplays dispute with China in East China Sea

11:10 [The Hindu - News] Bill in Lok Sabha to add three communities in ST list

11:11 [Fox News: politics] Hillary Hype: She’ll Be a Democratic Player in 2014 (No Kidding!)

11:11 [CNN] Nirvana, KISS among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

11:16 [Pravda] German companies want to work in the Nizhny Novgorod region

11:18 [New Statesman] Mandela’s stoicism, tea with Ian Smith, and South Africa’s civil war that never was

11:20 [The Independent] Google Zeitgeist revealed: Paul Walker tops list of the most searched for People of 2013

11:20 [CNN] Obama to meet with telecom bosses after judge rules on NSA data-mining

11:22 [Deutsche Welle] Ukraine's Yanukovych goes looking for money in Moscow

11:22 [Slashdot] GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses

11:24 [Voice of America] VOA News: Putin, Yanukovych Meet in Moscow

11:24 [The Hindu - News] Lokpal Bill taken up for consideration in Rajya Sabha

11:28 [Financial Times] Business figures held in Turkish probe

11:28 [The Hindu - News] Indian diplomat arrest: Khurshid says U.S. action unacceptable

11:28 [Telegraph] Pictures of the day: 17 December 2013

11:28 [Telegraph] Man convicted of murdering Peter Falconio in Australian outback appeals

11:34 [Sydney Morning Herald] Coalition gives Mirabella new role

11:35 [The Independent] A Christmas offer they couldn’t refuse: Naples' Camorra mafia members arrested for forcing shopkeepers to buy €100 poinsettia plants

11:35 [The Independent] President Obama family Christmas photo is upstaged by elf

11:36 [The Hindu - News] India ups ante in diplomat arrest row

11:37 [INTER PRESS SERVICE] Sexual Minorities Fight for Health Services In Uganda

11:37 [INTER PRESS SERVICE] An Argentine Town that ‘Celebrates’ Garbage

11:37 [INTER PRESS SERVICE] Glaring Asymmetries in Bali Accord

11:37 [INTER PRESS SERVICE] Bachelet’s Promised Reforms Could Face Uphill Struggle

11:37 [INTER PRESS SERVICE] Syria, CAR top U.N.’s Challenges for 2014

11:37 [INTER PRESS SERVICE] Guantanamo Transfers Hint at Momentum Towards Closure

11:37 [INTER PRESS SERVICE] U.S. Wind Industry Buffeted by Uncertainty

11:37 [INTER PRESS SERVICE] Dam the Fish

11:40 [Reuters] Insight: The Luxembourg tax break that helps firms profit from loss

11:40 [CNN] Obama to meet with tech bosses after judge rules on NSA data-mining

11:41 [Guardian] Guardian Women awards 2013: from Miley to Malala

11:42 [Voice of America] German Lawmaker Coalition Re-elects Angela Merkel as Chancellor

11:42 [Deutsche Welle] German machine tool sector expects decent 2014 growth

11:43 [New Statesman] Watch: Matthew Perry vs Peter Hitchens (aka "could I *be* any more in favour of drug courts?")

11:45 [Telegraph] North Korea 'preparing to carry out new nuclear test'

11:47 [Guardian] Judge charged with third count in Huhne case

11:47 [Guardian] Bob Diamond raises £200m to invest in African banks

11:49 [The Hindu - News] Lokpal bill taken up for consideration in Rajya Sabha

11:49 [BBC: Entertainment] Atkinson skit tops Ofcom complaints

11:50 [Voice of America] Kerry: No Alternative to Syria Conference

11:50 [Voice of America] Reuters: Iraqi Minister Says Kurdish Oil Exports OK with Baghdad's Agreement

11:51 [BBC: Entertainment] Ticket booking fees 'too expensive'

11:51 [The Hindu - News] 'Cyanide' Mohan convicted for murdering Anita

11:51 [The Independent] Nelson Mandela sing language interpreter ‘helped burn two men to death’

11:51 [The Independent] 'The reaction to my vaginal knitting shows society is still telling a woman what to do with her body'

11:52 [CNN: Money] Stocks: Calm before the Fed storm?

11:53 [New Statesman] Why airport expansion will be the tuition fees of 2015

11:55 [The Hindu - News] DMK to face LS polls with existing allies: Karunanidhi

11:55 [BBC: Entertainment] Beatles fans await 1963 rarities

12:01 [The Hindu - Opinion] ‘Must not’ buy

12:01 [Telegraph] Schoolboys taught to chat up girls in mentoring scheme

12:01 [Telegraph] Wifi could be killing plants, a schoolgirls claim

12:01 [Telegraph] Airline sorry for 'H8GAYS' confirmation code

12:01 [Telegraph] 'God is for life, not just for Christmas', says vicar

12:01 [Telegraph] 'Infectious' wrapping paper on sale for homeless

12:02 [Slate Magazine] Touchy Issue

12:03 [CNN] Student suspended for sexual harassment after hugging teacher

12:04 [Pravda] Collapse looming on oil market in 2014?

12:06 [] Palestinian official: U.S. pressing us to recognize Israel as Jewish state

12:06 [Global Voices] Chungui: Digging up the Horror of Terrorism in Peru

12:06 [The Independent] British prisoner Dr Abbas Khan found dead in Syrian jail days before he was due to be handed over to MP George Galloway

12:06 [The Independent] EastEnders beats Breaking Bad to become 2013's most searched for TV show

12:07 [The Hindu - News] Australia PM says Ashes win equals early Christmas

12:07 [The Hindu - News] First India-Japan maritime excercise in Bay of Bengal

12:07 [BBC: Also in the news] Women want ban on marriage to deities

12:10 [Voice of America] Obama to Meet with Technology Heads

12:10 [CNET News] Smart socks give runners data most fitness trackers don't

12:11 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Ashley Alman: DCCC Launches Online Campaign To Rebut Obamacare Repeal Efforts

12:11 [Fox News: politics] Judge deals blow to NSA phone data program

12:12 [CNN] Think clowns are creepy? This one's fantasy home will change your mind

12:12 [Fin24 News] SAA, Mango deal a 'giant commercial leap'

12:15 [BBC: Entertainment] Nirvana to enter rock Hall of Fame

12:15 [Guardian] UK inflation falls to four-year low of 2.1% as food prices steady

12:19 [Mother Jones] Does Purell Breed Superbugs?

12:19 [Mother Jones] North Carolina Home Schools To Get Public School Money

12:19 [Mother Jones] Unemployment Benefits Are Ending for 1.3 Million Americans. What's That All About?

12:19 [Mother Jones] We’re Still Losing Ice at the Poles /files/ice-loss-antarctica.jpg

12:19 [Mother Jones] How Beyoncé Is Saving the Planet With Her New Album /files/Screen%20Shot%202013-12-16%20at%202.51.53%20PM.png

12:19 [Mother Jones] MoJo Staff Picks: The Best Books of 2013 /files/pilgrims150.jpg

12:19 [The Hindu - News] India downgrades privileges of US diplomats

12:21 [Guardian] Violence in western Chinese city of Kashgar leaves 16 dead

12:22 [The Independent] Two close Sarkozy aides arrested

12:22 [The Independent] Yellowstone Supervolcano 2.5 times bigger than previously thought

12:22 [The Independent] 'I can name fifty others that do it': Disgraced peer Lord Hanningfield defends 'clock-in' cash

12:24 [BBC: Entertainment] Coen film lauded by Toronto critics

12:24 [BBC: Health] British doctor dies in Syrian jail

12:25 [Financial Times] Japan unveils assertive defence strategy

12:26 [BBC: Health] US warning on antibacterial soaps

12:31 [The Atlantic: Politics] Another Massive Problem With U.S. Democracy: The FEC Is Broken

12:31 [The Atlantic: Politics] History May Be Harsh to Judges Who Sign Off on Mass Surveillance

12:33 [Telegraph] The toy that stole Christmas

12:33 [Telegraph] Drivers paying '£200m' too much for car insurance

12:33 [Telegraph] Walter Kershaw admits harassing ex lover

12:33 [Telegraph] Nigella Lawson took cocaine to help her work through night on cookery books, jury told

12:36 [Pravda] Elephant in the Global Living Room

12:38 [The Hindu - News] British police reject Princess Diana murder claim

12:38 [The Independent] Video: Airport security officer saves baby in incredible dive catch

12:39 [Guardian] Why doing a Sainsbury's advert doesn't make me a sellout | Jack Monroe

12:41 [Global Voices] Mexico's Congress Approves Energy Reform Bill Ending State Oil Monopoly

12:42 [The Hindu - News] AAP seeks public views on government formation

12:42 [Deutsche Welle] Fighting re-erupts in South Sudan's capital following 'coup attempt'

12:42 [Raw Story] President Obama’s NSA Review Group is typical administration whitewash

12:44 [The Hindu - News] Two Odisha I-T officials arrested for taking bribe

12:46 [The Hindu - News] First India-Japan maritime exercise in Bay of Bengal

12:47 [Telegraph] Airports Commission: Gatwick and two Heathrow options make short-list

12:47 [Telegraph] Locks changed on Nelson Mandela grandson's home

12:49 [CNN] Angela Merkel voted into third term as German chancellor

12:50 [] Just Another Front Yard Garden Fighting City Hall

12:52 [Voice of America] US Pledges $40 Million in Military Aid to Philippines

12:52 [Voice of America] Fresh Gunfire in S. Sudan Capital After Alleged Coup Attempt

12:53 [Guardian] Japan increases defence budget amid tensions with China

12:53 [The Independent] Bob Diamond makes triumphant return to the City with a new African banking business

12:54 [The Hindu - News] Two killed in Egyptian raid on suspected Islamists

12:56 [] 'Pro-Israel' discussion in New York ends in walkout, insults and recriminations

12:56 [Reuters] GSK to stop paying doctors in overhaul of sales practices

12:57 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Braden Goyette: Judge's Decision That NSA Program Is Unconstitutional Won't Be The Last Word

12:57 [Guardian] South Sudan factional fighting leaves dozens dead

12:57 [Guardian] Jayden Parkinson: ex-boyfriend charged with her murder

12:58 [NPR] It's Looking Like The Senate Will Approve The Budget Deal

12:59 [CNN] Syria: Why the worst-case scenario has prevailed

12:59 [CNN] Ashes cricket: Australia defeats England to win series

13:00 [Topix Activism News] Environmentalists Split Over Need For Nuclear Power

13:02 [Raw Story] Land of the free? America has 25 percent of the world’s prisoners

13:03 [CNN: Money] Qualcomm's new CEO: Steve Mollen-who?

13:03 [CNN: Money] How do you get out of a cash-flow crunch?

13:03 [CNN: Money] How to get the flood coverage you need

13:03 [CNN: Money] Why the impressionable media industry loves fraud

13:03 [Telegraph] British volunteer surgeon dies in Syria, says family

13:03 [Telegraph] Edward Snowden asks Brazil for asylum

13:03 [Reuters] Kerry arrives in Manila to strengthen U.S. ties with old ally

13:04 [Disinformation] Enough Is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin and Mineral Supplements //

13:04 [Voice of America] Amid Dispute with China, Japan Boosts Military Spending

13:08 [New Statesman] I thought I'd never have to be weird around male humans, so why does it keep happening?

13:09 [CNN] Snowden's open letter offers to help Brazil look into NSA surveillance

13:09 [The Independent] Country singer Ray Price dies aged 87

13:09 [The Independent] Sir Howard Davies' Airports Commission: Air travel could be transformed within a few years – with no more 'stacking'

13:09 [The Independent] Matthew Perry sparks furious drug debate with Peter Hitchens on Newsnight

13:10 [The Hindu - News] Communication gap denies BSP invitation to All Party Meeting

13:10 [Reuters: politics] Kerry arrives in Manila to strengthen U.S. ties with old ally

13:11 [CNET News] Why Apple's 2014 won't be like 2013

13:12 [Raw Story] Chinese man’s severed hand surgically attached to his leg while his badly injured arm heals

13:13 [New Statesman] Cameron's indulgence of Tory fantasies is weakening his hand in Europe

13:16 [BBC: Entertainment] Almost 300 films qualify for Oscars

13:16 [BBC: Entertainment] VIDEO: Rare Beatles tracks to be released

13:17 [Fox News] Vehicle found after man killed in NJ mall carjacking

13:17 [Guardian] Nigella Lawson's assistant 'found banknotes coated with white powder'

13:17 [Guardian] Vitamin supplements are waste of money, say scientists

13:19 [Telegraph] Chinese state newspaper says Western media must be controlled

13:22 [The Hindu - News] SP stages boycott paving way for Lokpal Bill discussion

13:22 [Raw Story] India launches reprisals against the U.S. over diplomat Devyani Khobragade’s arrest

13:22 [Raw Story] Coming soon to your newsfeed: Facebook to launch video advertising spots

13:24 [BBC: Entertainment] VIDEO: Deacon Blue on writing a Christmas single

13:24 [The Independent] US regulators seek $1.1m from former Goldman VP Fabrice Tourre

13:24 [The Independent] Operation Yewtree: Stoke Mandeville doctor aged 78 charged with child rape and indecent assault

13:24 [The Independent] Lee Rigby murder trial: Defendants will not face charge of conspiracy to murder

13:25 [CNN] Amanda Knox tells retrial court she's innocent in Kercher killing

13:25 [CNN] Dozens killed after 'barrel bombs' fall on Syria's largest city

13:26 [CNN] Do headaches worsen with weather?

13:28 [zero hedge] All Eyes Turn To The Fed, Again

13:32 [Raw Story] German MPs elect incumbent Angela Merkel as chancellor for third term

13:33 [CNN: Health] Do headaches worsen with weather?

13:33 [CNN: Health] First CTE diagnosis in MLB

13:33 [CNN: Health] James Bond drinks too much

13:34 [New Statesman] Men with writing on their trousers: our unconscious need to communicate with the divine

13:35 [Telegraph] Is Kim Jong-un shaping up to be the worst of the Kims?

13:37 [Guardian] Alcohol consumption in UK adults continues to fall – ONS

13:37 [Slate Magazine] “A Mistake Has Been Made Here, and No One Wants to Correct It”

13:37 [Slate Magazine] The Music Club, 2013

13:37 [Slate Magazine] Dividends Are Evil

13:38 [NPR] Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt And KISS Are In The Rock Hall

13:38 [BBC: Technology] Facebook starts auto-play video ads

13:40 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Derek Shearer: The Ambassadude Abides: Mandela, Obama and the Arc of History

13:40 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Matt Sledge: Why One Muslim Group Gave The NYPD's Ray Kelly An Award

13:40 [The Independent] Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile

13:40 [The Independent] 5,000 years of scrounging: Scientists discover world’s earliest evidence of cats living off humans

13:40 [The Independent] Hands off - Christmas chocolate survives for just 51 minutes on hospital wards

13:40 [Fin24 News] Chirwa elected Numsa president

13:42 [BBC: Entertainment] PA 'saw powder in Nigella's handbag'

13:42 [Deutsche Welle] Thai shrimp death: scientists still baffled by Southeast Asian disease

13:42 [Reuters] Ukraine leader boosted by Russia oil supply deal, seeks loans

13:42 [Raw Story] Five-thousand-year-old cat bones discovered in China raise new questions about domestication

13:45 [CNET News] AT&T unloads Connecticut wireline biz for $2B

13:46 [Voice of America] China Blames Terrorists for Deadly Clash in Xinjiang

13:47 [CNN] 7 myths about the flu vaccine and why you should get it anyway

13:47 [BBC: Science & Environment] AUDIO: Has being 'geeky' become acceptable?

13:49 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Luke Johnson: House, Senate Republican Leaders Split On Bipartisan Budget Deal

13:51 [CNN] Opinion: Why the world went mad over Santa

13:51 [CNN] Is the banking 'boy's club' dead? Six female trailblazers in finance

13:52 [Raw Story] President Viktor Yanukovych tells Vladimir Putin Ukraine and Russia must advance ‘strategic partnership’

13:53 [CNN] Opinion: Can companies win by investing in emerging markets?

13:55 [] Azerbaijan Arrests Civil-Rights Guru, Talks Gas with UK, Europe

13:55 [The Hindu - News] Rajya Sabha passes Lokpal Bill

13:56 [] Top Israeli tycoon Nochi Dankner loses control of IDB Holding Corporation

13:57 [Global Voices] Meet 5 Brazilian Women Who Do What They Love and Love What They Do

13:58 [zero hedge] Frontrunning: December 17

13:59 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Luke Johnson: Senate Republicans Swing Their Support Behind Budget Deal

13:59 [CNN] Angela Merkel voted into 3rd term as German chancellor

13:59 [CNN] India: Where politics and property collide

13:59 [CNN] Opinion: Should false rape accusers be sued?

14:01 [Guardian] Naming British marine who murdered Afghan prisoner was justified - judges

14:01 [Guardian] Chinese police arrest suspects after Kashgar violence

14:02 [BBC: Technology] Facebook tops 2013 Google searches

14:02 [Raw Story] Bidding at eBay nears $100,000 for George Zimmerman’s first-ever painting

14:02 [Raw Story] Edward Snowden offers to help Brazil over U.S. spying in return for asylum

14:02 [Raw Story] Russian parliament approves amnesty that could see jailed Pussy Riot members released early

14:05 [Telegraph] PM's security adviser rejects MPs' call to send GCHQ staff into Huawei

14:07 [CNET News] Best Buy trims price of Nokia Lumia 520 in half

14:07 [CNET News] Opera updates Coast browser for iOS with music and PDF options

14:07 [The Hindu - News] Rajya Sabha passes Lokpal bill

14:09 [CNN: Politics] Analyst: NSA ruling only affects two parties

14:09 [CNN: Politics] Judge rules NSA phone snooping unconstitutional

14:09 [CNN: Politics] Does NSA ruling exonerate Snowden?

14:09 [CNN: Politics] Snowden offers Brazil help in investigating NSA

14:09 [CNN: Politics] Obama to meet with telecom bosses after NSA ruling

14:09 [CNN: Politics] Budget ax looming over veterans

14:09 [CNN: Politics] GOP divided over budget deal

14:09 [CNN: Politics] Budget deal looks likely to pass key Senate test vote

14:10 [Guardian] Lee Rigby was killed to wreak carnage, Woolwich jury hears

14:10 [Guardian] Nymphomaniac – first look review

14:11 [CNN: Money] Tech CEOs head to Washington

14:11 [BBC: Health] GSK to stop doctor incentive schemes

14:11 [The Independent] Is Saudi Arabia planning to censor YouTube?

14:11 [The Independent] Glasgow crash: helicopter maker issues alert over fuel gauge problem

14:11 [The Independent] Marks & Spencer appoints Lloyds retail director to board

14:11 [The Independent] 'I saw Nigella with white powder on her nose, but she claimed it was make-up': Former PA tells court she found substance in chef's bag

14:11 [The Independent] Boeing unveils record $10bn share buyback and hikes dividend

14:11 [The Hindu - News] Pets for adoption in Chennai

14:16 [Guardian] Lee Rigby was killed to wreak carnage, Woolwich trial hears

14:18 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Joshua Hersh: Syrian People Struggle To Survive Humanitarian Disaster Hidden From Western Eyes

14:19 [The Hindu - News] A collective passion

14:23 [Raw Story] Insecticides implicated in bee population decline may also impact human nervous system

14:23 [CNN: Money] Amazon workers in Gemany strike over pay

14:23 [NPR] Edward Snowden Seeks 'Permanent Political Asylum'

14:25 [The Hindu - News] Space for creativity

14:26 [] Israel Police forcing African migrants to board buses back to detention facility

14:27 [Voice of America] North Korea Commemorates Kim Jong Il's Death Anniversary

14:27 [The Independent] Dixons posts first profit in six years following rival Comet exit

14:27 [The Independent] Colin Farrell reveals ‘affair’ with Elizabeth Taylor: 'She was my last romantic relationship'

14:28 [The Hindu - News] Four killed in Turkey copter crash

14:28 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Howard Fineman: We Broke Iraq And We're Still Paying For The Damage

14:28 [zero hedge] As First Volcker Rule Victim Emerges, Implications Could "Roil The Market"

14:32 [The Hindu - News] Govt. formation: AAP decision on Monday

14:32 [Deutsche Welle] Grinding poverty in rural Moldova

14:32 [Deutsche Welle] Former Sarkozy allies held in French graft probe

14:32 [Pravda] Russian village becomes extinct

14:33 [CNN: Health] Headaches linked to weather?

14:33 [CNN: Health] Food allergies during the holidays

14:33 [CNN: Health] Navigating the holidays with food allergies

14:33 [CNN: Health] 7 myths about the flu vaccine, and why you still should get it anyway

14:36 [The Hindu - News] When viewers turn producers

14:36 [Guardian] Pope Francis marks birthday with online card and meal with homeless

14:36 [Guardian] Ministers reveal UK fracking roadmap

14:36 [CNET News] Microsoft may add Kinect-like detection to Surface Mini

14:37 [CNN: Crime] Philadelphia abortion doctor gets 30 years for pill mill

14:37 [CNN: Crime] Police: Carjackers after lawyer's Range Rover killed him

14:37 [CNN: Crime] Coroner: Frat pledge died of head injuries during ritual

14:37 [CNN: Crime] Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs powerful in jail?

14:37 [CNN: Crime] Opinion: It's time to reconsider polygamy

14:37 [CNN: Crime] Teen suspended for hugging teacher

14:38 [Telegraph] Gold plated Xbox One on sale at Harrods for almost £6,000

14:38 [Telegraph] Homeless dog rescued from a rubbish heap helps other abandoned animals

14:38 [Raw Story] Flying Spaghetti Monster joins crowded holiday display at Wisconsin State Capitol

14:38 [The Hindu - News] Indigenous thalassemia diagnostic kit launched in India

14:38 [The Hindu - News] A shade of love

14:38 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Joshua Hersh: There's So Much Violence In Iraq The Tragedy Has Become Easy To Ignore

14:39 [Fin24 News] Business is booming - fastjet

14:39 [CNN: Money] Facebook launches video ads

14:39 [CNN: Money] Obama meeting with tech CEOs

14:40 [The Hindu - News] Manual update

14:41 [Reuters] India removes U.S. mission security barriers as anger grows over arrest

14:42 [The Independent] Society cares too much about how politicians look, says David Schneider

14:42 [The Independent] JP Morgan set to bar traders from online chat rooms

14:42 [The Independent] Video: Bizarre traditional Christmas pooing figurines

14:42 [The Independent] Mega Millions $568m jackpot climbs towards US lottery record

14:42 [The Independent] Hacking trial: Former NOTW Managing Editor Stuart Kuttner 'appalled' at allegations against him

14:42 [zero hedge] Gold And Silver Slammed; Retrace Yesterday's Gains

14:43 [Voice of America] Reuters: Judge Revokes Chris Brown's Probation

14:43 [CNN: Entertainment] Nirvana among Rock Hall of Fame inductees

14:43 [CNN: Entertainment] 'Homeland': Why'd they do it?

14:43 [CNN: Entertainment] Vergara's dance slip

14:43 [CNN: Entertainment] Beatles bootlegs out on iTunes

14:45 [Foreign Policy in Focus] In Mali, Conflict Continues a Year After the French-led Invasion

14:45 [Fox News: politics] Once-supportive Hispanics turning backs on Obama, health law

14:46 [The Hindu - News] Eight plus

14:47 [Global Voices] Explaining the Evergrowing Tradition of “Chanté Nwèl” (Singing Christmas) in the French West Indies

14:47 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Priscilla Frank: George Zimmerman Is Now Selling Paintings On eBay

14:47 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Nathan Allen: Reddit's Science Forum Banned Climate Deniers. Why Don't All Newspapers Do the Same?

14:50 [Guardian] British doctor dies in Syrian prison cell

14:50 [Guardian] Amanda Knox protests innocence in email to murder retrial

14:50 [Guardian] Lord Hanningfield: I can name 50 peers who 'clock in' to claim expenses

14:50 [The Hindu - News] Tripura gets commission on child rights

14:50 [The Hindu - News] ‘Tis the season for calendars

14:50 [] Snowden: 'I Would Rather Be without a State than without a Voice'

14:50 [] US Sailors: Response to Fukushima Emergency Resulted in Cancer

14:50 [Sydney Morning Herald] Hard work worth the struggle

14:50 [Sydney Morning Herald] A piece of creative accounting

14:50 [Sydney Morning Herald] Discount site misleads buyers

14:50 [Sydney Morning Herald] This is their moment

14:50 [Sydney Morning Herald] Chained protesters arrested at NSW mine

14:51 [New Statesman] The champions and the opponents of fracking are both wrong on energy

14:52 [CNN] Teen girl is brain dead after tonsil surgery, family says

14:55 [Reuters: politics] Obama's top economic aide postpones move as website fix continues

14:55 [Reuters: politics] Kerry says meeting with Syrian rebel group possible

14:56 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Paige Lavender: It's Conservatives Who Really Want Christ Out Of Christmas

14:56 [CNN] 2nd former assistant accuses Nigella Lawson of drug use

14:56 [The Hindu - News] Chaos continues in LS as Opposition disrupt proceedings

14:56 [The Hindu - News] Stories you never forget

14:57 [Voice of America] US Pledges $40 Million in Military Aid to Philippines

14:58 [The Independent] Wrong takeaways, dead squirrels and directions to the fireworks display: Metropolitan Police releases audio of the strangest nuisance calls received by the 999 emergency service in 2013

14:58 [CNN] Is the banking 'boys' club' dead? Five female trailblazers in finance

14:58 [The Hindu - News] Get hands on!

15:01 [The Atlantic: Politics] Polygamy Is a Thornier Issue for Social Conservatives Than They Realize

15:01 [New Statesman] Reddit's science section has banned climate change-denying trolls

15:02 [The Hindu - News] The city as muse

15:03 [The Atlantic: National] I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System

15:03 [msnbc: politics] Senate set to vote on budget deal

15:04 [The Hindu - Opinion] Corrections and Clarifications -- December 18, 2013

15:05 [Truthout] The Compromise

15:05 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Stephen Schlesinger: Democrats Still Solid for Obama

15:05 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Paige Lavender: With Trouble At Home, Boehner Fights The Right

15:05 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Katherine Fung: Glenn Greenwald To Jeffrey Toobin: NSA Ruling Vindicates Edward Snowden

15:05 [BBC: Technology] NSA data grab 'may be unlawful'

15:06 [The Hindu - News] Flamanville EPR reactor runs into trouble

15:07 [Good] Gaming for Social Change: The Making of an App for Charity:Water

15:08 [Telegraph] Amanda Knox claims she was forced into confession

15:09 [CNN] 3 men convicted in gang rape of American tourist in India

15:09 [CNN] McLaren: From Formula One to a formula for gold

15:09 [CNN] Six members of NATO-led force killed in aircraft crash

15:10 [Truthout] News?

15:11 [CNN: Politics] The Lead: 2016 polls could be misleading

15:11 [CNN: Politics] 5 things that could complicate deal

15:12 [CNN: Health] Girl on life support after tonsil surgery

15:13 [zero hedge] Headline November Inflation Unchanged, Below Consensus; Core Inflation Higher Than Expected

15:13 [zero hedge] Jim Grant Slams Steve Liesman "The Fed Can Change How Things Look, But Not What They Are"

15:13 [BBC: Science & Environment] Cattle top global livestock emitters

15:13 [CNET News] AmazonFresh vs. supermarket: A hands-on shopping test

15:13 [The Independent] French border chief says UK 'a magnet for illegal immigrants'

15:14 [Reuters] Kerry plays down tension with China in maritime disputes

15:14 [CNN] Opinion: Bridge scandal tarnishes Chris Christie's image

15:15 [Fox News] BUDGET BATTLE: Senators mount last-ditch bid to spare vets from cuts /i/redes/icon-video.gif

15:15 [Fox News] 'ALMOST ORWELLIAN' Judge deals legal blow to NSA phone data program /i/redes/icon-video.gif

15:15 [Fox News] FAST-MOVING BLAZE California wildfire destroys homes, forces 100 to flee /i/redes/icon-video.gif

15:15 [Fox News] 'THE WORM' RETURNSDennis Rodman due back in N. Korea despite turmoil /i/redes/icon-video.gif

15:15 [Fox News] 'OUT OF OUR HANDS' Teen to be taken off life support after tonsil surgery /i/redes/icon-video.gif

15:15 [CNN: Money] Why a Fed taper will be good for the economy

15:16 [CNET News] Samsung files for electric-vehicle patents, prompts speculation

15:18 [CNN: Money] How to innovate? Google exec explains

15:20 [BBC: Entertainment] Beatles 1963 rarities released

15:20 [New Internationalist] Development, exploitation and the 2014 World Cup

15:20 [Truthout] Radical Democracy Against Cultures of Violence

15:21 [Reuters: politics] Kerry plays down tension with China in maritime disputes

15:21 [CNN: Money] Fed taper will be good for the economy

15:22 [Guardian] Afghanistan plane crash: six Nato soldiers killed

15:22 [CNET News] Google Dart target: Chrome soon! Other browsers...someday

15:23 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Antonia Blumberg: Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych Meets With Putin In Moscow Amid Mass Protests

15:23 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Rhonesha Byng: The Youngest Person Elected To The Mississippi House of Representatives Is Still In College

15:23 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Pamela Meyer: Year of the Whopper: Top Ten Lies, Hoaxes, and Pranks of 2013

15:23 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Dennis Trainor: Drones in Yemen, Hunger Games in America, and Corporate Espionage

15:24 [Telegraph] Photographer Maurizio Pignotti's stunning timelapse images of the solar system

15:24 [Telegraph] 'Real' Santa is divorced, eats beef and drives a Toyota

15:27 [The Hindu - News] Lalu supports Rahul but prefers PM candidate be decided after polls

15:29 [CNN: Travel] Photos: Wright Brothers take flight

15:29 [CNN: Travel] Your most spectacular travel photos

15:29 [zero hedge] Gold To Rally Year End As Traders Close Some Of Record Short Positions

15:29 [The Independent] Delta Air Lines flight slips off icy runway into snow at Wisconsin airport

15:30 [Truthout] One Hundred KIPP Fifth Graders in a Single Classroom on the Floor for a Week Until They "Earned" Their Desks

15:32 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Lauren Duca: Here's What You Missed While Miley Cyrus Was Twerking In 2013

15:32 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Paige Lavender: Scott Brown Moving To New Hampshire: Report

15:33 [Raw Story] Florida high school finally drops name honoring KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest

15:33 [Reuters] Merkel formally elected to third term by parliament vote

15:33 [Reuters] Six NATO soldiers killed in plane crash in southern Afghanistan

15:35 [The Hindu - News] Lalu supports Rahul but prefers PM candidate be decided after polls

15:35 [The Hindu - News] India initiates retaliatory steps against US diplomats

15:35 [CNN: Living] Student's hug was sexual harassment

15:36 [Guardian] Afghanistan aircraft crash: six US soldiers killed

15:36 [BBC: Also in the news] Belgium shut to new citizens in 2013

15:40 [Telegraph] Indian leaders snub American Congressmen as row over public arrest of a senior diplomat grows

15:40 [Telegraph] Criminals keep more than £99 in every £100 they 'earn' due to confiscation failings

15:40 [Reuters] GSK to stop paying doctors in major marketing overhaul

15:40 [Truthout] The Geopolitics of Election Approval: The US Response to Honduras and Venezuela

15:40 [CNN: Entertainment] 2013: TV a streaming success

15:40 [CNN: Entertainment] 'Homeland' finale delivers big

15:41 [The Hindu - News] BHRC deems handover of political leader to Nepal illegal

15:41 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Antonia Blumberg: In South Sudan, Army Hunts Coup Plotters As Tension Mounts

15:42 [CNET News] Apple's tearjerker holiday ad: Self-absorbed teens care after all

15:42 [CNET News] Samsung unwraps game controller for Android phones

15:43 [Financial Times] Snowden offers Brazil help on US spying

15:43 [The Hindu - News] 1 dead, 9 injured in Dibrugarh blast

15:44 [CNN] Putin, Yanukovych promise closer economic ties amid Ukraine protests

15:44 [CNN] TV was a streaming success in 2013

15:45 [Voice of America] Reuters: Afghanistan Plane Crash Kills 6 US Soldiers

15:46 [Reuters] Afghanistan air crash kills six U.S. soldiers

15:49 [Financial Times] India hits back at US arrest of diplomat

15:49 [Voice of America] Brutal Attacks Leave 21 Dead in DRC

15:50 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Maxwell Strachan: Hero Judge Pens 4,000 Words On The Lack Of Financial Crisis Arrests

15:51 [CNET News] Get a Kindle with Special Offers for $49 shipped

15:51 [Fox News: politics] Reid cracks the whip

15:53 [Slate Magazine] Meek

15:53 [NPR] Medicare Names Best And Worst Hospitals For Joint Replacements

15:53 [The Hindu - News] BJP MPs protest in parliament for Karnataka arecanut growers

15:53 [The Hindu - News] Amnesty demands Irom Sharmila’s release

15:54 [Telegraph] Middle aged and elderly unrepentant as abstemious young abandon the daily drink, study suggests

15:54 [Telegraph] Picasso raffle: a novice's guide to owning a masterpiece

15:58 [Raw Story] GOP lawmaker won’t budge after party asks him to apologize for Nazi-Obamacare tweet

15:58 [zero hedge] 2014 Will Move Us Closer To The End

15:58 [NPR] From 'Death Jars' To Wasps: A Quest To Stamp Out The Stink Bug

15:59 [The Hindu - News] India, Pak DGMOs to meet next week

15:59 [The Hindu - News] Lalu backs Rahul but prefers PM candidate after polls

16:00 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Matthew Chapman: Bloomberg Is Going to Teach Other Cities What?

16:00 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Chris Gentilviso: John Beliveau II, Navy Investigator, Will Plead Guilty In Multimillion-Dollar Fraud Case: Attorney

16:00 [Guardian] Ex-News of the World editor puzzled by payment requests, hacking trial hears

16:00 [Guardian] Refillable electronic cigarettes face EU ban

16:01 [Truthout] Honduran Elections Signal Increased Militarism and Resource Extraction

16:01 [The Atlantic: Politics] The Latest in Anti Spyware: Late-Night Comedy Roundup

16:01 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Eric Zuesse: How Aristocrats Create Economic Bubbles and Crashes That Hurt Everyone But Themselves

16:02 [Slashdot] NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

16:02 [Slashdot] The Case For a Global, Compulsory Bug Bounty

16:02 [Slashdot] Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

16:03 [The Atlantic: National] Novels Every Supreme Court Justice Should Read

16:03 [CNN] Navigating the holidays without a loved one

16:03 [CNN] Florida school will drop Confederate Nathan B. Forrest's name

16:03 [CNN: Living] How to deal with loss at the holidays

16:03 [CNN: Living] Dealing with loss at the holidays

16:03 [CNN: Living] Was student's hug sexual harassment?

16:05 [The Hindu - News] Lizard part found in mid-day meal in Bihar

16:08 [NPR] India-U.S. Row Over Diplomat's Arrest in New York Escalates

16:08 [NPR] Six U.S. Soldiers Reported Killed In Afghan Crash

16:08 [BBC: Technology] Huawei under closer UK scrutiny

16:10 [Amnesty International] Azerbaijan: Detained election watchdog chief must get fair trial

16:12 [CNN: Technology] The pioneers behind a human-powered helicopter

16:12 [CNN] Vitali Klitschko quits pugilism for politics: 'My people need me'

16:12 [CNN] The pioneers behind a human-powered helicopter

16:13 [Deutsche Welle] Tunisia's Arab Spring wilts in political limbo

16:14 [World Policy Institute] 2013: The Year of Bulgarian Protest

16:15 [CNET News] Nelson Mandela tops Google's 2013 searches

16:15 [The Hindu - News] Draft bill on tackling modern slavery in the U.K.

16:15 [The Hindu - News] Raman Singh cabinet swearing-in begins on Wednesday

16:15 [The Hindu - News] India, Pak DGMOs to meet next week

16:16 [The Independent] Boris Bike turns up in Gambia: Photograph appears to show hire bicycle a long way from home

16:16 [New Statesman] Why the national debt is about to increase by £30bn

16:19 [Voice of America] VOA News: Brutal Attacks Leave 21 Dead in DRC

16:20 [The Hindu - News] News in pictures

16:20 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Fernando Espuelas: Lies, Big Lies and Speaker Boehner: Why the Budget Deal Fails America

16:20 [Guardian] India-US row over arrest of diplomat Devyani Khobragade escalates

16:22 [The Hindu - News] HC ruling a setback to SP election promise on releasing Muslim youth arrested on terror charges

16:22 [Fox News] Tax-exempt academic group's Israel boycott draws fire

16:22 [CNN] Shia LaBeouf responds to plagiarism allegations on Twitter

16:23 [Raw Story] CNN’s Jake Tapper suggests Rick Santorum rightly blamed gay sex for polygamy

16:23 [Raw Story] No, Ross, Misogyny Does Not Make Women Happier

16:25 [Voice of America] Protests in Kiev

16:26 [The Hindu - News] Allahabad HC ruling a setback to SP poll promise

16:26 [The Hindu - News] Iran backs deep-sea gas pipeline to India

16:26 [Truthout] Gunpowder and Blood on Their Cold, Dead Hands

16:26 [] Democracy Now!: Headlines for December 17, 2013

16:26 [] Democracy Now!: As Judge Rules NSA Surveillance "Almost Orwellian," Obama Prepares to Leave Spying Program Intact

16:26 [] Democracy Now!: The Selling of ADHD: Diagnoses, Prescriptions Soar After 20-Year Marketing Effort by Big Pharma

16:28 [zero hedge] ECB Fails To Sterilize Bond Purchases For Second Time In A Month

16:28 [zero hedge] Homebuilder Confidence Spikes Back To Highest In 8 Years

16:29 [Fox News: politics] Budget bill clears key test vote in Senate

16:30 [CNN: Money] Amazon workers in Germany strike over pay

16:31 [Truthout] Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice? Scientists Consider Extinction

16:31 [The Independent] GlaxoSmithKline to stop paying doctors to promote its drugs

16:31 [Reuters] Six U.S. soldiers killed in chopper crash in southern Afghanistan

16:31 [CNN] Most-searched, shared of 2013

16:33 [Slate Magazine] The Music Club, 2013

16:34 [The Hindu - News] The Edge: Tech News

16:35 [Guardian] Domestic violence victims personal details should stay secret, says Labour

16:35 [CNN: Money] Apple's Merry Christmas ad

16:37 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Sabrina Siddiqui: Senate Advances Budget Deal, Clearing Way For Final Passage

16:38 [Deutsche Welle] South Stream pipeline quarrels

16:38 [Reuters: politics] U.S. budget deal clears crucial vote in Senate

16:39 [CNN: Money] Market flat as investors brace for the Fed

16:40 [The Hindu - News] The Internet can make a radio star

16:40 [The Hindu - News] The Edge: Tech News

16:41 [Guardian] Domestic violence victims' personal details should stay secret, says Labour

16:41 [Guardian] NoW royal editor would never 'stir' himself to go out of office, court told

16:41 [The Atlantic: Technology] Oh, No! Auto-Playing Videos Are Coming to Facebook

16:41 [The Atlantic: Technology] If a Tweet Calls in a Forest, Will Anybody Hear It?

16:42 [The Hindu - News] Unravelling the mysteries of life

16:42 [Telegraph] Why was Stonehenge built? The eight most popular theories

16:45 [CNN] Budget compromise clears Senate procedural hurdle

16:46 [The Hindu - News] We are a nation of the working poor

16:46 [The Hindu - News] Crowdsourcing contacts

16:46 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Paige Lavender: GOP Makes Tech Gains But Still Playing Catch-Up

16:47 [The Independent] Teenager, 14, accidentally shoots father dead before turning gun on himself

16:47 [The Independent] European Union unveils tough new rules for 'Big Four' accountants

16:47 [The Independent] Payday lender First Financial fined £175,000 for spam texting

16:47 [CNN: Politics] Breaking: Budget compromise clears critical Senate procedural hurdle

16:47 [BBC: Entertainment] Smith to star in C4 comedy pilot

16:47 [BBC: Entertainment] Stonehenge visitor centre to open

16:48 [Big Think] Meet Google's New Robotic Pets

16:48 [Big Think] William Safire on the Media

16:49 [Voice of America] Snowden to Brazil: I'll Help You Probe US Spying for Asylum

16:50 [Reuters] Six U.S. soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

16:50 [CNN] Travel Photo of the Day

16:51 [Voice of America] Fresh Gunfire in S. Sudan Capital After Alleged Coup Attempt

16:51 [Voice of America] US Inflation Flat In November

16:51 [CNN: Politics] Breaking: Budget deal clears critical Senate procedural hurdle

16:52 [CNN: Living] Loss at the holidays

16:53 [Raw Story] End finally comes for radio evangelist Harold Camping, who falsely predicted the apocalypse

16:53 [msnbc: politics] Procedural vote moves Senate one step closer to budget deal passage

16:53 [CNN] Budget deal: Who wins, who loses?

16:53 [CNN] Mandela's death shines uncomfortable light on ANC

16:54 [Fin24 News] Numsa to consider call for Zuma to quit

16:54 [The Hindu - News] A Home away

16:56 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Brian Glyn Williams: CIA Agent Mike Spann: America's Very First Casualty in the War on Terror

16:56 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Jason Linkins: Christmas Movies Are Getting Worse. Like, A Sequel To 'It's A Wonderful Life' Worse.

16:56 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Salvador G. Sarmiento: Where Does Jeh Johnson Stand on Immigration? No One Has Bothered to Ask

16:56 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Braden Goyette: Death Rate Unusually High For Young Veterans

16:56 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Paige Lavender: Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie Aims To Build Fiscal Reserves

16:58 [Fin24 News] Numsa may ask Zuma to quit

16:58 [Fin24 News] Numsa breaks Cosatu custom

16:58 [zero hedge] Europe Officially Loses Fight For Ukraine, Russia Wins

16:58 [NPR] Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation Names New CEO

16:58 [The Hindu - News] Indian Idols

16:58 [Telegraph] Six Nato soldiers killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

16:58 [Telegraph] Dixons shows the high street how to beat Amazon

16:58 [Telegraph] British volunteer surgeon Abbas Khan dies in Syria

16:58 [Telegraph] What makes someone ride a Boris bike up the most formidable mountain in the Tour de France?

16:58 [Telegraph] Judge Sir Paul Coleridge disciplined for stating views on traditional marriage

17:00 [CNET News] Apple envisions a computer without a monitor or cables

17:00 [CNET News] Samsung ready to one-up iPhone with iris scanner

17:01 [Truthout] Climate Change Clears the Way for the Extraction of Arctic Resources

17:02 [] U.S. family accuses Israel of bowing to Chinese pressure in anti-terrorism case

17:02 [The Hindu - News] The little black dot

17:02 [The Independent] Job prospects for graduates improving as more companies look to hire, says CBI

17:02 [The Independent] Mega discounters luring customers away from Big Four supermarkets in record numbers, says Kantar

17:02 [Slashdot] Red Light Camera Use Declined In 2013 For the First Time

17:02 [Slashdot] Standardized Laptop Charger Approved By IEC

17:03 [Reuters] Russia reaches deal with Ukraine on $15 billion bailout

17:04 [Disinformation] Hunger Games in Montana: Judge Flustered By ‘Natural Man’ Ernie Tertelgte Leaves Hearing

17:05 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Rebecca Klein: Brothers Kicked Out Of School After Becoming Homeless

17:05 [BBC: Science & Environment] Diamond clues under Antarctic ice

17:05 [BBC: Science & Environment] Vast mud volcano worm habitat found

17:06 [CNN] Thousands seek refuge from South Sudan violence, U.N. says

17:07 [Truthout] "Makes Absolutely No Sense": David Cay Johnston on Budget Deal That Helps Billionaires, Not the Poor

17:07 [Guardian] The Wolf of Wall Street – first look review

17:07 [CBC: politics] Obama and tech giants to talk NSA, health-care website

17:09 [Voice of America] Six US Soldiers Killed in Afghan Helicopter Crash

17:09 [Topix Activism News] African migrants in Israel protest detentions

17:10 [] For One Kyrgyz Mother, A Long Search For Answers -- And Justice

17:10 [The Hindu - News] A for adaptation

17:12 [Truthout] Ukrainians Protest Oligarchic Rule That Has Stripped the Country of Its Wealth

17:12 [The Nation] The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’

17:12 [CNN: Politics] Obama meeting with telecom bosses after NSA ruling

17:12 [CNN: Politics] Budget deal: Who wins, who loses?

17:13 [The Hindu - News] Turning the clock forward

17:13 [Guardian] Fracking: huge impact of largescale UK shale gas industry revealed

17:13 [NPR] Industrial Meat Bad, Small Farm Good? It's Not So Simple

17:14 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Rep. Mike Honda: The Time for Immigration Reform Is Now

17:14 [CNN] Cyprus' energy treasure chest locked beneath the sea

17:15 [Telegraph] Number of foreign fighters in Syria nearly doubles

17:15 [Telegraph] Roaring Twenties were awful for women, says Downton Abbey actress

17:15 [Telegraph] Cyclist rides London Boris bike up French mountain and returns it in under 24 hours for charity

17:15 [Telegraph] Ukraine receives half price gas and $15 billion to stick with Russia

17:15 [Telegraph] Man jailed for fatal one punch car park attack

17:15 [Telegraph] CCTV of moment man delivers fatal punch

17:17 [The Progressive] Victims of Oil Spills Tell Their Stories

17:18 [Deutsche Welle] South Sudan clashes enter second day

17:18 [Deutsche Welle] Former AC Milan captain Gennaro Gattuso under investigation in Last Bet match-fixing probe

17:18 [Deutsche Welle] Russia makes $15 billion, gas discount commitments to Ukraine

17:18 [Raw Story] Bill O’Reilly uses image of dark-skinned Saint Nicholas to prove Santa is white

17:18 [The Independent] India-US row over arrest of diplomat Devyani Khobragade in Washington escalates

17:18 [The Independent] New Zealand’s kiwi bird may actually be Australian, scientists say

17:18 [The Independent] India: First dense fog of the season

17:18 [The Independent] Anti-North Korea protest in Seoul

17:18 [Slate Magazine] The Supervolcano Under Yellowstone Is Way Bigger Than We Thought

17:20 [Mother Jones] It's Time For Everyone to Check Up On Their Crystal Balls

17:21 [Voice of America] US Budget Deal Clears Key Senate Hurdle

17:24 [CNN: Money] GSK won't pay staff based on drug sales

17:24 [CNN: Money] Find an apartment in San Francisco? That'd be Lovely

17:25 [Financial Times] Russia cuts deal to finance Ukraine

17:25 [Financial Times] US Senate poised to pass budget

17:26 [CNET News] Gran Turismo 6: The XCAR Review

17:28 [CNN] Second former assistant accuses Nigella Lawson of drug use

17:28 [Raw Story] LGBT magazine names Pope Francis the ‘most influential person of 2013′

17:28 [Raw Story] Six U.S. troops killed in Afghan helicopter crash

17:28 [Raw Story] U.S. seeks $1.1 million from ex-Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre

17:28 [NPR] Project Xpat: How It Sounds To Live In Russia

17:28 [zero hedge] The US Budget "Deal" Summarized (In One Cartoon)

17:28 [zero hedge] Stocks Slumping & VIX Jumping On JPY-Carry Unwind

17:29 [Telegraph] Couple used tiger charity to fund luxury lifestyle, court hears

17:29 [Telegraph] Foreign-born population quadrupled in 60 years

17:29 [Pravda] Antibiotics to kill Russia's organic hopes?

17:31 [Guardian] Nigella Lawson's assistant took 'huge amounts of money', court told

17:32 [Reuters] 3M to spend up to $22 billion on buybacks, raises dividend

17:32 [Reuters] U.S. budget deal clears crucial vote in Senate

17:33 [Deutsche Welle] Japan boosts ties with ASEAN

17:33 [Deutsche Welle] Four more years of quiet power for Merkel

17:34 [CNN] Six U.S. troops killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

17:34 [The Independent] Marine A may need same prison protection as paedophiles, court hears

17:34 [The Independent] Nicola Payne: Two arrested over young mother's 1991 disappearance

17:34 [The Independent] Nathan B. Forrest High School named after Ku Klux Klan leader will be renamed

17:34 [The Independent] Video: Commander Chris Hadfield on space tourism

17:34 [The Independent] Locks changed on Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela as family feud boils over

17:34 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Braden Goyette: How DC Police Use Citizens As Spies

17:34 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Katherine Fung: Chuck Todd Wants Us To Stop Pretending Donald Trump's Running For Office

17:36 [CNN: Money] Loehmann's is bankrupt, but T.J. Maxx is fine

17:37 [CNET News] Teacher calls autistic student 'hot mess,' parents 'crazy' on Facebook

17:37 [CNET News] Sprint, Dish to test rollout of new wireless broadband service

17:38 [CNN: Technology] Most-searched, shared of 2013

17:38 [NPR] $586 Million Mega Millions Jackpot In Play

17:42 [The Atlantic: Technology] Robots of Yore: Lab Footage From the 1980s to the Present

17:42 [CNN: Money] Glaxo won't pay staff based on drug sales

17:43 [Reuters] Consumer prices flat in November as gasoline falls

17:43 [zero hedge] Guest Post: What If There's A Recession In 2014?

17:43 [zero hedge] Weekly Sentiment Report: Bearish Signs Sited

17:44 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Mollie Reilly: Sean Duffy: Fellow Republicans Sometimes 'Come Across As Knuckle-Dragging Neanderthals'

17:45 [Pravda] Michelle Bachelet wins presidential elections in Chile

17:45 [Voice of America] VOA News: US Budget Deal Clears Key Senate Hurdle

17:47 [CNN: Money] Uber 'price gouging' complaints are silly

17:47 [The Progressive] Pope Francis Embodies the True Spirit of Christmas

17:47 [Infoshop] Talk to your neighbors…

17:47 [CNET News] Snowden writes open letter to Brazil; warns citizens of privacy

17:48 [Raw Story] Michigan man repeatedly punches mom in the face over missing Christmas tree ornament

17:49 [CNN] Spain's recovery: Can short-term, low-paid labor help?

17:49 [CBC: politics] Rob Ford apologizes to Toronto Star reporter over 'kids' quote

17:50 [New Statesman] The Guardian's Christmas card: you're a ho /sites/default/files/images/XmasCardAnimatedFINALedited.gif

17:50 [The Independent] Video: Gas explosion in Mexico

17:50 [The Independent] Elephants could be being slaughtered far quicker than previous figures suggest

17:50 [The Independent] UK News 2013

17:50 [The Independent] World News 2013

17:50 [The Independent] Syrians living in London beg Prince of Wales to intervene in conflict tearing apart their homeland

17:50 [The Independent] Ashes 2013-14: Australia regain Ashes with limp England showing stamp of terminal decline

17:50 [The Independent] Project to modernise facilities at Stonehenge finally opens

17:50 [CNN: Politics] 2016 polls could be misleading

17:50 [CNN: Politics] Budget winners and losers

17:51 [Voice of America] Russia Promises Ukraine Cheaper Gas and a $15 Billion Loan

17:52 [Infoshop] The Nostalgic Left

17:53 [Deutsche Welle] Bitcoin's US buzz stokes fears in Washington

17:53 [BBC: Entertainment] 12 Years leads London Critics' nods

17:55 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Curtis M. Wong: Melissa Etheridge Says She'd Visit Russia To Lend Support 'As A Known Gay Person'

17:55 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Sen. Patty Murray: We just got one step closer to a budget deal--but now I need your help

17:55 [New Statesman] The Guardian’s Christmas card: you’re a ho /sites/default/files/images/XmasCardAnimatedFINALedited.gif

17:56 [CNN: Entertainment] 'Homeland' finale delivers big 3

17:56 [CNN: Entertainment] Shia LaBeouf responds to plagiarism allegations

17:56 [The Atlantic: Politics] Does Having Daughters Really Make You More Republican?

17:56 [BBC: Education] AUDIO: Wakeman: School music 'doesn't exist'

17:58 [BBC: Entertainment] Dinosaur skeleton bought by museum

17:58 [NPR] Paul Walker, Boston Bombing Among Top 2013 Google Searches

17:59 [The Hindu - News] A star who sprung out of nowhere

17:59 [The Hindu - News] NSA snooping unconstitutional: U.S. judge

18:00 [CNET News] Low Latency No. 84: Attack of the drones

18:01 [Telegraph] Britain now a nation of coffee drinkers as tea sales plunge

18:02 [Pravda] Edward Snowden seeks warmer shelter in sunny Brazil

18:03 [The Hindu - News] Four killed in Turkey copter crash

18:03 [The Hindu - News] Two killed in Egyptian raid on suspected Islamists

18:03 [The Hindu - News] Diana death conspiracy theory: dud’s the word

18:04 [Disinformation] Video from Band ‘Imagine Dragons’ Depicts Faked Moon Landing

18:04 [Fin24 News] ConCourt to rule on costs

18:05 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Amanda Terkel: Chris Christie Bridge Controversy Expands As Senator Calls For Federal Investigation

18:05 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Jon Ward: Yuval Levin On Obama's Claim To Be Conservative, GOP's Lack Of Governance

18:05 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Dan Glickman: Income Inequality and Campaign Money: A Case of Cognitive Dissonance

18:05 [HuffingtonPost: politics] James Howard Kunstler: The Volcker Rule Is a Maddening Case Study in How to Suffocate Wall Street Reform

18:05 [CNN: Crime] Report: Accused Boston bomber heard voices

18:05 [The Independent] UK house prices jump 5.5% driven by London's booming property market

18:07 [BBC: Also in the news] India: How to count wild tigers

18:10 [Doctors Without Borders] [Press Release] Syria: Hospitals Overwhelmed Amid Aleppo Bombings

18:11 [Voice of America] Nirvana, KISS, Hall and Oates to Become Rock Hall of Famers

18:12 [The Hindu - News] Merkel's second ‘grand coalition’ with Social Democrats

18:12 [The Hindu - News] U.S. judge terms NSA snooping ‘arbitrary’

18:12 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Mollie Reilly: Obama Wishes Politics Was As 'Ruthlessly Efficient' As On 'House Of Cards'

18:12 [CNN] Passengers, crew member injured in North Carolina ferry accident

18:12 [zero hedge] Cronyism Strikes Again: Ex-Microsoftee Married To Democrat Congresswoman Set To Take Over Obamacare Exchange

18:13 [NPR] Are Americans Getting Smarter About Obesity?

18:13 [NPR] Costs Of Shutdown And Health Website Highlight 'Wastebook'

18:16 [Fox News: politics] Homeland Security watchdog resigns under ethics cloud, days before hearing

18:17 [Pravda] USA concerned about Russia's Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad

18:17 [Pravda] Methane reserves on Saturn's Titan 40 times larger than on Earth

18:17 [Pravda] Yanukovych finds understanding in Moscow's Kremlin

18:17 [The Progressive] Our 'Land of the Free' Has 25% of the World's Prisoners

18:18 [Raw Story] ‘Affluenza’ teen who killed four people in DUI crash sued by victims’ families

18:18 [Raw Story] Florida man baffles clerk and authorities by offering live gator for cold beer

18:18 [Deutsche Welle] Island dispute: 'One of Asia's key political risks'

18:18 [Slate Magazine] No Reason for the Season

18:20 [The Independent] Lee Rigby murder trial: 'Great' Islam is not in trial, jurors told, as judge says nothing in Michael Adebolajo's evidence amounts to a murder charge defence

18:21 [straight] Candy Crush Saga leads 2013 iTunes app downloads in Canada /files/styles/section_thumbnail/public/screen480x480_1.jpeg

18:23 [Raw Story] American Studies Association backs boycott of Israeli educational institutions

18:23 [CNET News] Want to live in a Tardis? Try this real estate site

18:24 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Roque Planas: Conservative's Attempt At 'Satire' Will Make You Wretch

18:24 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Emily Cohn: Debt Collectors Are More Likely To Go After Black People

18:24 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Luke Johnson: Kurt DelBene, Former Microsoft Executive, To Run Obamacare Website

18:25 [Truthdig] Judge Blasts Feds for Failure to Go After Wall Street Fraudsters

18:25 [Truthdig] Ethiopia’s Becoming More Homophobic As We Speak

18:26 [The Hindu - News] Moscow to give logistics support for Syria weapons transfer

18:26 [The Hindu - News] Polls must witness contests, says Bangladesh ruling party

18:26 [Canadian Dimension] Demand or destruction? Two ways out of the profitability puzzle

18:27 [CNN] Arab Spring three years on: Why instability will continue in 2014

18:27 [CNN] Doctors save hand by attaching it to man's calf

18:27 [Reuters] Inflation tame, but Fed may still trim bond buying

18:27 [Slashdot] Interview: Ask Forrest Mims About Rockets, Electronics, and Engineering

18:27 [Slashdot] Fedora 20 Released

18:27 [Slashdot] Google Testing Smart Appliance, Would Compete With Nest Thermostat

18:28 [NPR] Israeli Startup Offers Kids Social Media Training Wheels

18:30 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Paige Lavender: Flying Spaghetti Monster On Display At Wisconsin State Capitol

18:31 [Telegraph] 'Happy feet' penguins move like cars in a traffic jam to keep warm

18:31 [Telegraph] House of Lords needs to reform expenses, warns Prime Minister

18:32 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Lila Shapiro: Lesbian Student Brings Shocking Claims That Teachers, Principal Harassed And Bullied Her

18:32 [Fin24 News] CFR accuses PIC of protectionism

18:33 [Reuters: politics] Kurt DelBene, retired Microsoft exec, to oversee Obamacare website overhaul

18:33 [CNN: Money] Shamed ex-CEO of Barclays is back

18:34 [Anarchist news] The Ex-Worker Podcast, Episode #15: The Holiday Special!

18:36 [The Hindu - News] Singapore to deport 52 Indians

18:37 [Guardian] Tech firms push back against White House efforts to divert NSA meeting

18:37 [Voice of America] Reuters: Antarctica Ice Might Include Diamonds

18:38 [Fox News: politics] New tech honcho for Obama health care website

18:38 [The Hindu - News] Bomb blast kills girl, injures 17 in Dibrugarh

18:41 [CNET News] Oppo confirms 2K display for Find 7 smartphone

18:41 [CNET News] Google, HP recall Chromebook 11's original charger

18:41 [Voice of America] US Likely to Appeal Surveillance Ruling

18:42 [The Atlantic: Technology] Twitter Attackers Pacified With Lyrics From Broadway Musicals

18:42 [CNN: Health] Doctors attach man's hand to ankle

18:43 [NPR] The Case Against Multivitamins Grows Stronger

18:45 [The Hindu - News] India, Pakistan DGMOs to meet on December 24

18:45 [The Hindu - News] AAP to seek people’s views on next step

18:45 [The Hindu - News] Odisha contractor chops off hands of two labourers

18:45 [The Hindu - News] Supreme Court to hear Campa Cola residents’ plea on January 6

18:45 [The Hindu - News] No coercive action against Taslima, SC tells U.P. police

18:45 [Global Voices] Empowering Women in Afghanistan: Interview with Anita Haidary

18:45 [CNN: Health] 7 myths about the flu vaccine and why you should get it anyway

18:47 [The Hindu - News] Another car catches fire, passengers escape unhurt

18:47 [The Hindu - News] Christmas trees don’t come cheap anymore

18:47 [The Progressive] Snowden to Brazil: Don't Let America Determine Your Rights

18:48 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Jeffrey Young: Everything You Wanted To Know About The Obamacare Launch Debacle But Were Afraid To Ask

18:48 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Paige Lavender: Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Supreme Court Justices Should Stay If They're Able To Work

18:48 [Raw Story] Will Pope Francis end up being a big disappointment for progressives?

18:48 [Raw Story] 9/11 suspect removed from Gitmo hearing after outburst about secret CIA prison

18:48 [Slate Magazine] The Crowdsourcing of JFK’s Most Iconic Speech

18:48 [Fox News] PIGS TO THE RESCUE Egypt's 'Garbage People,' pigs tackle trash problems

18:48 [Fox News] FINAL ACT OF HEROISMMan killed in NJ carjacking reportedly saved wife

18:49 [The Hindu - News] SP boycott paves way for Bill passage

18:49 [The Hindu - News] Lokpal Bill goes through in Rajya Sabha; SP walks out

18:49 [BBC: Health] UK doctor's Syria death 'suspicious'

18:49 [Fox News] Judge deals blow to NSA phone data program- Snowden to NSA: I told you so

18:49 [Fox News] Professor pulled from class over prostitution lecture

18:49 [Fox News] Hispanics turning backs on Obama, health law- New tech honcho to take over ObamaCare website

18:49 [Fox News] British police reject Princess Diana murder claim

18:49 [Fox News] Boy gives trophy to rival swimmer with bone infection

18:49 [Fox News] Calif. wildfire destroys homes, forces 100 to flee

18:49 [Fox News] Multivitamins not linked to memory or heart benefits, studies find

18:49 [Fox News] US Olympic fundraising mittens made in China

18:49 [Fox News] George Zimmerman painting nears $100G on eBay

18:49 [Fox News] Boston bombing survivor engaged to nurse he met during recovery

18:49 [Fox News] BREAKING NEWS: Homeland Security watchdog resigns under ethics cloud, gets new job

18:49 [Pravda] Russia made big mistake, supporting UN Security Council resolution on Libya

18:50 [Mother Jones] Elizabeth Warren Introduces Bill to Prevent Employers From Discriminating Against Poor People

18:53 [CNN: Health] Psychiatrist: Lottery fever is good

18:54 [BBC: Health] UK doctor's Syria death 'murder'

18:54 [CNET News] Japan's new Series E7 bullet train: Understated, luxurious

18:54 [CNET News] Microsoft's Kurt DelBene to lead revamp

18:55 [The Hindu - News] HMDA gets notice on dredged material dump

18:56 [] Fracking Puts People In Direct Path of Cancer, Birth Defects-Causing Chemicals: Study /sites/

18:57 [zero hedge] Previewing Tomorrow's Fed Announcement From A Game Theory Perspective

18:57 [Infoshop] Green Capitalism: Why it can’t work

18:58 [Deutsche Welle] France: Other European troops destined for Central African Republic

18:58 [straight] Mayor Gregor Robertson issues statement on B.C. Place casino decision /files/styles/small_image_teaser/public/MayorGregorPoppy-SH.jpg

18:59 [The Hindu - News] Software engineer commits suicide at Madhapur

19:01 [] Snowden: 'I Would Rather Be without a State than without a Voice'

19:01 [] US Sailors: Response to Fukushima Emergency Resulted in Cancer

19:01 [] Fracking Dumping Cancer, Birth Defect Causing Chems into Human Water Supply /sites/

19:02 [Reuters] Analysis: Mexican president races through reforms but risks loom

19:02 [straight] The Georgia Straight presents A Night for Johnny featuring Cash’d Out at the Commodore /files/styles/section_thumbnail/public/Cash%27d%20Out%2020131216_0.jpg

19:03 [Raw Story] Court finds S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley violated civil rights by arresting Occupy protesters

19:03 [CNN] Ex-Italy and AC Milan star Gennaro Gattuso probed on fixing charges

19:03 [The Hindu - News] Three commit suicide; mystery shrouds man’s death

19:03 [The Hindu - News] Rahul taking a personal interest in Lokpal Bill: Maken

19:03 [Telegraph] Foreign-born migrants quadruple in 60 years

19:03 [CNET News] Microsoft trims year-end prices on Xbox 360 games

19:03 [CNN: Money] Microsoft exec to head Obamacare website

19:04 [Truthout] Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Found in Water at Fracking Sites

19:05 [Guardian] British surgeon 'murdered by Syrian regime'

19:05 [Guardian] Turkish ministers' sons arrested in corruption and bribery investigation

19:05 [Guardian] 'I'm not a monster,' Amanda Knox tells murder retrial in email

19:07 [BBC: Entertainment] Dragon Tattoo sequel to be written

19:07 [The Hindu - News] SI injured in attack by hooch traders

19:07 [The Independent] Why 2013 was an annus horribilis for the police

19:08 [CNET News] Meta's $3,000 wearable computer envisions the augmented reality future

19:10 [CNN] Bids for George Zimmerman artwork near $100,000

19:11 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Kim Bellware: Brian Murray, Medical Marijuana Clinic Doctor, Accused Of Illegally Taking Fee From Pot-Seeking Patients

19:11 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Anthony W. Orlando: The One Percent Is Hogging So Much of Our Income That It's Holding the Economy Back

19:11 [The Hindu - News] Division Bench to vet plea to ban MIM

19:11 [Slashdot] Google Nabs Bing Maps Architect

19:12 [The Atlantic: Technology] A New Map Reveals The Geography of American TV News

19:12 [The Progressive] Earth Just Experienced the Hottest Month in Recorded History

19:13 [Good] At Karma Rescue Redesign, a Pet Advocacy Group Gets a Digital Makeover

19:13 [CNN: Living] After hugging teacher, student suspended for harassment

19:13 [BBC: Health] UK doctor 'murdered' in Syrian jail

19:16 [CNET News] Yahoo buys Web server aide PeerCDN

19:16 [msnbc: politics] Obama huddles with tech execs

19:17 [zero hedge] A Word Of Caution To The "Vibrant Economic Recovery" Optimists

19:17 [Telegraph] Sketch: Boris tangles with the great yellow albatross

19:17 [Telegraph] Dunkin' Donuts to launch drive-thrus in expansion blitz

19:18 [Raw Story] Fossil discovery closes the human evolutionary gap by about half a million years

19:18 [NPR] Um, @chaddickerson How Did You Get An Invite To The White House?

19:18 [NPR] 'Rapture' Prophet Harold Camping Dies

19:20 [Mother Jones] National Review Lets Its Freak Flag Fly /files/blog_climate_change_holocene.jpg

19:21 [Reuters] Russia agrees $15-bln bailout of Ukraine, fuelling protests

19:22 [BBC: Entertainment] Attenborough gets freedom of Bristol

19:22 [The Independent] Last orders looming for Trappist beers as Belgium's band of brotherly brewers dies off

19:22 [The Independent] This is how much it costs Kanye West for Kim Kardashian to look like Kim Kardashian

19:22 [The Independent] Video: Girl in China gets her head stuck in between railings

19:23 [The Hindu - News] Child labourers rescued

19:27 [CNET News] Colbert fights Google's robots with Ewoks

19:27 [CNET News] Microsoft: No CEO news until 2014

19:27 [Reuters] Brazil says not considering Snowden asylum

19:27 [Reuters] 3M sets year's biggest U.S. buyback plan, raises dividend

19:32 [Guardian] Alan Rusbridger, Jimmy Wales and ex-GCHQ chief debate spying – live

19:33 [Raw Story] Antarctica could be rich in diamonds, geologists say

19:33 [Raw Story] ‘Rebuilding our broken budget process’: Senate advances bipartisan budget agreement

19:33 [Raw Story] World experiences hottest November in 134 years

19:33 [Raw Story] Ethics investigation against Georgia governor reportedly turns into criminal probe

19:33 [Deutsche Welle] Grisly attacks in DRC leave 21 dead, says UN

19:33 [CNN] Steven Spielberg Fast Facts

19:33 [Fox News: politics] Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf to retire

19:33 [Telegraph] One-in-five redundant NHS staff rehired

19:34 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Tyler Kingkade: CU-Denver Administrator Placed On Leave For Phone Sex Operation

19:34 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Mollie Reilly: Frank Wolf, GOP Congressman, Won't Seek Reelection In 2014

19:34 [Disinformation] Woman With Argyria Longs For Normal Life

19:35 [The Hindu - News] Four held for extortion bid

19:36 [Canadian Dimension] Art in the Age of Fatalism

19:36 [CNN: Crime] Bids for George Zimmerman artwork near $100,000

19:36 [CNN: Money] No lotteries in these 7 states

19:36 [CNN: Money] Santa drives a Tesla Model S

19:37 [] U.S. student group to boycott Israeli billionaire Shari Arison

19:38 [CNET News] Xbox One ditches clunky cable TV interface with Verizon FiOS app

19:40 [Voice of America] Reuters: Ukraine's Opposition Vow to Block Russian Bailout in Parliament

19:40 [Guardian] British drug mules jailed for more than six years in Peru

19:42 [The Progressive] The Walmartization of Higher Education

19:42 [CNN: Entertainment] DiCaprio on 'Wolf of Wall Street'

19:43 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Rebecca Klein: Protecting Student Privacy In The Data Age

19:44 [Voice of America] President, Tech CEOs discuss IT reforms, NSA Data Collecting

19:45 [Reuters] Russia to bail out Ukraine for $15 billion

19:45 [] Turkey: Armenian Church Catalyst for Change in Kurdish Region Dorian Jones

19:47 [CNN: Money] Microsoft exec takes most thankless job

19:47 [Reuters: politics] U.S. FCC withdraws proposal to relax media ownership rules

19:47 [Reuters: politics] Former Microsoft exec to oversee Obamacare website overhaul

19:48 [The Hindu - News] Three killed in blast outside Pak Imambargah

19:48 [Voice of America] Vietnamese Executives to Appeal Corruption Death Sentence

19:48 [Fox News] TERROR TOOL? Troubled investor visa program raises security fear

19:48 [Fox News] NEARING FINISH LINE Budget bill clears test vote despite cuts to veterans /i/redes/icon-video.gif

19:49 [Fox News] Mega Millions jackpot grows to $636 million

19:50 [Telegraph] Sarkozy aides questioned in connection with alleged embezzlement of police funds

19:50 [Mother Jones] It's Hard For a White Guy to Get Himself Arrested /files/blog_constantino_graffiti.jpg

19:53 [Deutsche Welle] Constitutional court clears resident's complaint on Garzweiler II coal plant

19:53 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Dave Jamieson: Worker Who Reported Wage Theft Gets Reprieve From Deportation

19:54 [The Independent] Boris Johnson rules out standing as a Conservative MP - for now

19:54 [The Independent] 13,000 flee to UN facilities after attempted coup in South Sudan

19:54 [The Independent] Drug smugglers Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum jailed in Peru

19:54 [The Independent] The Wolf of Wall Street: Scorsese's lurid account of white-collar excess is a rake’s progress on steroids

19:54 [The Independent] More than 1,000 extra trainee nursing places to be created

19:56 [Voice of America] Anger Grows Over Indian Diplomat's Arrest

19:56 [The Hindu - News] Can the musical bridge across Palk Strait be rebuilt?

19:58 [CNN: Politics] Carney: Everyone has taken a hit

19:58 [The Hindu - News] Armaan Kohli held, granted bail

19:58 [Guardian] I'm not a monster, Amanda Knox tells murder retrial in email

19:58 [Reuters: politics] U.S. orders some diplomats out of South Sudan because of unrest

19:58 [Reuters: politics] FCC withdraws proposal to relax media ownership rules

20:01 [CNN: Money] Robots are taking over corporate America

20:02 [The Hindu - News] Mayor promises funds for Kempambudhi lake

20:02 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Samantha Lachman: Iowans Favor Chris Christie Over Hillary Clinton, Poll Shows

20:02 [Reuters] Germany's Merkel begins third term with focus on Europe

20:02 [Reuters] France says EU countries to send troops to Central African Republic

20:02 [The Atlantic: In Focus] Syrian War Worsens Ahead of Peace Conference

20:03 [Fin24 News] Holiday champagne recession over - experts

20:06 [CBC: politics] Ontario not receiving expected health transfer funds

20:06 [The Hindu - News] Japanese offer to revive sagging ring road project

20:08 [The Hindu - News] Auto rides to cost more

20:09 [BBC: Science & Environment] Pesticides may harm growing brains

20:09 [Reuters: politics] U.S. Senate Republican leader McConnell to oppose Yellen

20:10 [straight] Lord Strathcona elementary school getting $25.6-million seismic upgrade /files/styles/small_image_teaser/public/LordStrathcona.png

20:10 [straight] Festive Cantatas for Christmas breaks with tradition /files/styles/small_image_teaser/public/ART_Cantatas5_2400.jpg

20:10 [The Hindu - News] Konchavaram, Lucia in the race for BIFFes glory

20:10 [The Independent] Arab Spring’s source carries on legacy as truce is called in Tunisia’s culture wars

20:10 [The Independent] 'Tightrope walker' and 'trapeze artist': François Hollande is a wimp at home and a warrior in Africa

20:11 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Lydia O'Connor: Bottled Water Ban In San Francisco Would Be One Of Nation's Strictest

20:12 [zero hedge] A Quick Guide To What's Fake: Everything That's Officially Sanctioned

20:12 [zero hedge] Meet The New Bundesbank Hawk At The ECB

20:12 [The Hindu - News] Filmmaking a constant balancing act: Baragur

20:13 [Fox News: politics] US orders staff out of South Sudan amid unrest

20:13 [Fox News: politics] India retaliates against US over diplomat arrest, removes security barriers at embassy

20:14 [NPR] Concussion Research Slowed By Shortage Of Brains

20:14 [The Hindu - Opinion] Strong provisions, weak implementation

20:14 [The Hindu - News] Two men arrested for pelting stones at moving trains

20:16 [Voice of America] UN Chief Urges Calm in South Sudan

20:19 [CNN] Opinion: Who broke the law, Snowden or the NSA?

20:20 [Financial Times] EU military reticence frustrates France

20:20 [Financial Times] Spy ruling creates a dilemma for Obama

20:20 [The Hindu - News] Mars orbiter well on its way

20:20 [Mother Jones] Raw Data: Inflation Is Going Down, Down, Down /files/blog_inflation_2013.jpg

20:21 [Financial Times] EU ministers set to define banking union

20:22 [The Hindu - Opinion] The lack of wind beneath Obama’s wings

20:23 [Raw Story] Darrell Issa urges health official to ‘watch more Fox’ to learn about Obamacare

20:23 [Slate Magazine] Note to Selfie

20:28 [] U.S. Holocaust museum gets long lost diary from top Hitler aide

20:28 [The Hindu - News] 146 unauthorised layouts in TG Halli baffles court

20:29 [CNN] 'Poop cruise' Carnival Triumph set sail with problems

20:32 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Mollie Reilly: Obama Meets With Tech Executives At White House

20:33 [The Hindu - News] Court: No sanction required for prosecution in court-monitored cases

20:33 [CNET News] Instagram bigger than Twitter on mobile in 2013

20:33 [CNET News] Buy this $7.85 million mansion with Bitcoin

20:33 [The Atlantic: National] The Great American Gender Debates of 2013

20:34 [Disinformation] ‘Anarchist Cookbook’ Author Wants It Banned In Wake Of Latest Murder

20:34 [The Hindu - Opinion] Time for a ‘Right to Healthcare’

20:35 [CNN: Politics] Who broke the law, Snowden or the NSA?

20:36 [Telegraph] Patients may have died at Scottish hospital thanks to poor care

20:39 [The Hindu - News] School boy run over by lorry on airport road

20:40 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Zachary Graves: The Problem Is NSA Overreach, Not the Technology We Use

20:40 [Guardian] Sunderland v Chelsea – live! | Barry Glendenning

20:40 [Slashdot] Datawind Not Blowing Smoke: $38 Tablet Coming To the US

20:40 [Slashdot] Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL

20:41 [Campaign For Liberty] Campaign for Liberty Urges NO Vote on Yellen

20:41 [The Independent] ‘It is worth it and it is right’: A year of living dangerously for the prosecutor taking on the Mafia

20:41 [The Independent] Russia bails out Ukraine - but deal triggers street protests in Kiev

20:43 [Good] Reduce, Repair, Reuse, Recycle, Reimagine for a Sustainable Snow Season

20:44 [zero hedge] Change In US Net Worth - By Age Group

20:44 [zero hedge] Questions about Obamacare? Chat with someone who can help!

20:46 [Fox News] TERROR TOOL? US investor visa program raises security concerns

20:47 [Fox News] School named for honorary KKK leader to be changed

20:47 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Kate Sheppard: U.S. Is Making A Lot Less Off Drilling On Public Lands Than It Should Be

20:47 [Reuters] Exclusive: West signals to Syrian opposition Assad may stay

20:49 [NPR] The Year Of Disappointing The Liberal Base: Obama, 2013

20:49 [The Hindu - News] CAT notice to State, Centre on R.P. Singh’s plea on police medal

20:49 [The Hindu - News] U.S. “looking into arrest procedures”

20:52 [CNET News] Roku enters early 21st century, offers YouTube

20:52 [Telegraph] Boris bike spotted in Gambia

20:52 [Telegraph] All Marks and Spencer toys to be gender neutral by spring 2014

20:53 [Raw Story] Study: Exposure to dominant male behavior can reduce women’s math performance

20:53 [Raw Story] Pat Buchanan: Anti-LGBT Vladimir Putin is a true conservative hero

20:53 [Deutsche Welle] Fighting continues in South Sudan as fears rise over ethnic violence

20:54 [Voice of America] Russia Promises Ukraine Cheaper Gas and a $15 Billion Loan

20:54 [The Hindu - Opinion] Ending an uneasy partnership

20:55 [The Hindu - News] ‘Application-oriented research needed to stoke innovation’

20:55 [CNN] Dozens detained in Turkish graft probe

20:57 [The Independent] British Muslim dies after joining fight in Syria

20:57 [The Independent] Margaret Hodge’s fortune hammered as vulture funds swoop on father’s Stemcor steel empire

20:57 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Luke Johnson: Jim Matheson, Democratic Congressman, Won't Run For Reelection

20:57 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Rebecca Klein: Education Dept. Awards $120 Million To Districts

20:58 [] As Kerry waffles, other U.S. officials see an Assad victory as the least of evils

20:58 [The Hindu - Opinion] Unfinished reform

20:59 [The Hindu - News] India hits back, row with U.S. hots up

21:03 [Raw Story] NRA official in New Jersey rebuked after linking Holocaust to gun control

21:04 [NPR] Pope Francis Shakes Up Important Congregation For Bishops

21:05 [Sydney Morning Herald] Oz Lotto winner claims entire $70m

21:05 [Sydney Morning Herald] Police swoop on Brothers for Life

21:05 [CBC: politics] AFN asks Flaherty to boost First Nations education funding

21:05 [CBC: politics] NDP wants committee to study Canada Post service cuts

21:05 [Truthdig] Court Ruling on the NSA

21:05 [Truthdig] Elizabeth Warren’s New Bill Aims to Stop Employers Discriminating Against the Poor

21:06 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Drew Guarini: Proof Google Just Triggered The Robot Apocalypse

21:06 [The Hindu - Opinion] India’s Afghan muddle

21:07 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Andrea Rael: Marijuana Possession For 18-21 Year-Olds Likely To Be Decriminalized In Denver

21:07 [The Hindu - News] Ministries in consultation on Ganguly

21:08 [CNN] Mega Millions jackpot rises to $636 million, nears record

21:09 [CNN] Coburn shows what $28 billion in government waste looks like

21:11 [Truthout] On the News With Thom Hartmann: Federal Judge Ruled That the NSA Is Violating the Fourth Amendment, and More

21:12 [Reuters: politics] Senate Republican leader McConnell to oppose Yellen

21:12 [Reuters] NATO says would have to plan for Afghan pullout by spring

21:13 [CNN: Entertainment] Unreleased Beatles music out on iTunes

21:13 [Good] Eight Inspiring Examples of Urban Art

21:13 [The Independent] British officer rejects blame for Camp Bastion attack that killed two US Marines

21:13 [straight] Vancouver Harbour oil spill could cover local beaches quickly /files/styles/section_thumbnail/public/Vancouver%20harbour%20drift%20card%20recoveries_0.jpg

21:14 [Slate Magazine] Why the Art World Is So Loathsome

21:14 [Voice of America] US Likely to Appeal Surveillance Ruling

21:14 [Voice of America] Russia Promises Ukraine Cheaper Gas and a $15 Billion Loan

21:14 [Topix Activism News] Mandela a Hero to Gays, Yet Bias Rampant in Africa

21:14 [The Hindu - Opinion] AAP’s dilemma

21:15 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Jim Sleeper: David Brooks Explains More Than He Intended

21:15 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Michael Beckerman: Senate Must Maintain Momentum for Legislation to Stop Patent Trolls

21:15 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Chris Rodda: Rep. Fleming: NDAA Religious Freedom Language Not a "Touchdown" -- New Talking Points Needed

21:17 [Fox News: politics] Utah Democrat Rep. Matheson won't seek 8th term

21:17 [Financial Times] ‘Fragile five’ countries face taper crunch

21:18 [The Hindu - Opinion] Envoy’s arrest

21:19 [The Hindu - News] Soumya murder: HC confirms death sentence

21:20 [Truthdig] Budget Deal

21:20 [The Hindu - Opinion] Intern’s allegations

21:20 [Mother Jones] A Glitter-Covered Banner Got These Protesters Arrested for Staging a Bioterror Hoax

21:20 [Mother Jones] 2015 in Film, as Predicted by the 2013 Black List

21:20 [Mother Jones] What These Climate Scientists Said About Earth's Future Will Terrify You

21:21 [Truthout] Goodies for the Rich, Pennies for the Poor

21:22 [The Hindu - Opinion] ‘Code 1612’

21:23 [Fox News] Top luxury trends of 2013

21:23 [Fox News] Security guard saves toddler

21:23 [Fox News] Gifts forgeeks

21:23 [Fox News] Greediest wedding ever?

21:23 [Fox News] Facebook adds 'dislike' button

21:23 [Fox News] Jaclyn Smith weeps for Farrah

21:23 [Fox News] Morton's disses cancer patient

21:23 [Fox News] C-section for false pregnancy?

21:23 [Fox News] Bad place for butterfly tat

21:23 [Fox News] Phil 'Ducks' Barbara Walters

21:23 [Fox News] Race for invisibility cloak

21:23 [CNN: Money] Bill aims to stop credit checks by employers

21:23 [CNN: Money] Exclusive: LearnVest hires Netflix data scientist

21:23 [CNN: Money] Holiday gifts that encourage STEM education

21:24 [The Hindu - Opinion] Bali package

21:25 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Mollie Reilly: John Bolton: Edward Snowden 'Ought To Swing From A Tall Oak Tree'

21:26 [CNN] November temps set new global high, NOAA says

21:26 [CNN] Florida man tries trading gator for beer

21:26 [The Hindu - Opinion] Multifaceted rulers

21:28 [] South African Jews in Australia reflect on a post-Mandela era

21:28 [The Independent] Matthew Perry: He'll be there for you

21:28 [The Independent] Don’t call them drones: RAF launches charm offensive for ‘unmanned aircraft’

21:30 [straight] Deck the halls with Senate scandals /files/styles/section_thumbnail/public/media-youtube/OAu-pAkWgHQ.jpg

21:33 [Raw Story] European court tells Romania to respect jailed Buddhist’s vegetarian diet

21:34 [Disinformation] Police Claim That Yet Another Teen Handcuffed In Back of Cruiser Shot Himself In the Head

21:35 [Truthdig] Polygamy Comes Out

21:35 [Truthdig] Diane Ravitch Reviews ‘Reign of Error’ Review: ‘Beautiful’

21:35 [Truthdig] Stephen Colbert: NSA Is Distracting Us From FBI’s ‘Great Snooping’

21:36 [zero hedge] "Twas The Night Before Taper" - Deutsche's Joe LaVorgna Sees A $10 Billion Taper Shadow Tomorrow

21:36 [zero hedge] HoLiDaY Greetings FRoM THe DiMoN FaMiLY...

21:37 [Sydney Morning Herald] Boy, 16, caught in police bikie raid

21:38 [The Hindu - News] Yeddyurappa’s return to BJP likely by month-end

21:39 [Slate Magazine] There’s No Defense for Affluenza

21:40 [CNET News] Preorder an unofficial Iron Man suit for $2,000

21:42 [The Hindu - News] ‘It’s a total sell-out of seats to private college managements’

21:44 [The Hindu - News] Pope plays host to homeless

21:44 [The Hindu - News] State BJP leaders are eager to bring me into party fold: Yeddyurappa

21:44 [straight] Happy hour among B.C. liquor policy changes /files/styles/small_image_teaser/public/Happy%20Hour_Shutterstock.jpg

21:44 [CNN] CNN Instagram challenge: Stories behind street art murals

21:44 [CNN] Big Sur fire burns 500 acres of California coast amid drought anxiety

21:45 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Ian Reifowitz: 'Will You Serve Your Full 6-Year Term as U.S. Senator?' Absolutely, Said Sens. Warren and Obama

21:46 [The Hindu - News] ‘Poor President’ to adopt 30 children

21:46 [] 'Face of Resistance in Northwest' Blockades Tar Sands 'Megaload' /sites/

21:46 [] Will Snowden's Vindication Be Obama's Downfall? /sites/

21:47 [The Progressive] Wall St. Broker Mocks Walmart Workers With Fake Protest

21:48 [The Hindu - News] Pakistan to get tough with Taliban only as a last resort

21:49 [CNN: Technology] They pedal, they fly

21:49 [CNN: Technology] When is my personal drone landing?

21:49 [CNN: Crime] Florida man tries trading live gator for beer

21:50 [The Hindu - News] Not for court to legislate on definition of Editor, says Delhi High Court

21:50 [The Hindu - News] No truck with Congress and BJP, reaffirms DMK

21:51 [Mother Jones] This Might Be the Most Jaw-Dropping Tale of Fraud You Read This Year

21:51 [CNET News] Facebook feeds now playing video ads

21:52 [Sydney Morning Herald] Rudd eyeing off Ban Ki-moon's job?

21:52 [The Hindu - News] WBHRC seeks report on schoolgirls molestation

21:53 [Raw Story] How the wealthiest Americans use this one weird trick to avoid $100 billion in taxes

21:54 [Slate Magazine] Move Silicon Valley to Cleveland

21:54 [The Hindu - News] States callous about ending sexual exploitation of children, says Supreme Court

21:54 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Azadeh Shahshahani: The Geopolitics of Election Approval: The US Response to Honduras and Venezuela

21:54 [HuffingtonPost: politics] David Ransom: Santa's NSA

21:54 [Telegraph] Jailed marine needs the same protection as a paedophile, court told

21:54 [Telegraph] British 'celebrity jihadi' and chef dies in Syria

21:55 [Guardian] Outcry in Italy over video of naked refugees being disinfected in public

21:55 [CNN: Living] Good grief: Mourning at the holidays

21:55 [CNN] 5 questions about the NSA court ruling

21:56 [zero hedge] Is The Fed Driving You To Drink?

21:56 [The Hindu - News] Barricades around U.S. Embassy removed

21:56 [The Hindu - News] Soon, SMS alerts for electricity bills in TN

21:56 [CNN] You won the big one -- now what?

21:58 [Voice of America] Cambodian Monks Demand Action on Stolen Buddha Relics

21:59 [NPR] Bridge Controversy Could Take Toll On Chris Christie's Future

22:00 [The Hindu - News] Tensions rise as U.S. moves missile interceptor batteries to Guam

22:00 [The Hindu - News] TN Govt. to build over 2 lakh houses for slum dwellers

22:02 [The Hindu - News] Officers facing graft charge will get hearing

22:02 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Aly Walansky: Now There's Absolutely No Excuse Not to Have Health Insurance

22:03 [] Jewish scholars rue 'misguided' boycott of Israeli academia

22:04 [CNN: Money] Maryland: A minimum wage battleground

22:04 [The Hindu - News] Uniform anti-corruption road map for Centre, States

22:06 [The Hindu - News] Don’t telecast serial based on Taslima’s script, channel told

22:06 [CNN] Hate crime triggers federal oversight of New York suburb's police

22:07 [CNET News] XCAR Awards 2013 - Best Shoot

22:07 [CNET News] The 404 1404: Where we channel surf with Robyn Ross (podcast)

22:08 [The Hindu - News] New lease of life for rare mango species

22:08 [Telegraph] Tippi Hedren receives $1.5 million damages after a gallon of water fell on her while filming

22:09 [This Magazine] Anarchy in the nunnery

22:10 [Voice of America] Cambodian Opposition Gives Government Three-Month Deadline

22:10 [The Hindu - News] Discussion on Telangana Bill to begin on Wednesday

22:11 [Global Voices] Misuse of National Flag Causes a Stir in Tajikistan

22:11 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Michael McAuliff: Mitch McConnell Predicts Debt Ceiling Won't Be Raised Without A Hostage

22:12 [The Atlantic: Technology] November Was the Warmest November Since 1880 (When We Started Keeping Track)

22:12 [The Hindu - News] Manik Sarkar, the ‘poorest CM’ is really appreciative of tag

22:13 [Raw Story] Atheism flexing its muscles: Secular group endorses six Democrats in upcoming races

22:14 [The Hindu - News] My twitter account has been faked: Kejriwal

22:18 [Reuters: politics] Tech executives press Obama to reform surveillance practices

22:18 [CNET News] Tech leaders push Obama 'move aggressivly' on surveillance reform

22:19 [The Hindu - News] Four injured in gas blast in Ramachandrapuram

22:19 [CNN: Money] Stocks barely budge. Next up: The Fed!

22:19 [Slate Magazine] Would James Madison Have Agreed With Edward Snowden?

22:19 [CNN: Health] Doctors attach man's hand to leg

22:21 [The Hindu - News] It’s tribals versus Tamil settlers’ rights in Attappady

22:22 [zero hedge] Marc Faber Warns The Fed "Will Never End Its Insane Policies"

22:23 [The Hindu - News] Sonia Gandhi to take up Maudany’s cause

22:23 [The Hindu - News] Both Houses of AP Assembly disrupted for fourth day

22:23 [Raw Story] Steakhouse apologizes for mistreating cancer patient as five-star rating plummets

22:24 [NPR] How The U.S. Helped To Fight The Global AIDS Epidemic

22:25 [Telegraph] British volunteer surgeon Abbas Khan 'in effect, murdered' by Assad in Syria

22:25 [Telegraph] Stop pussyfooting around on airports, warns Boris

22:25 [The Hindu - News] Supreme Court rejects plea for probe against Kurien

22:26 [BBC: Science & Environment] Half UK 'suitable for fracking'

22:26 [BBC: Science & Environment] VIDEO: Where is best for fracking in the UK?

22:29 [The Hindu - News] US confirms Indian diplomat was strip-searched

22:29 [CNN: Politics] 5 questions about the NSA court ruling

22:29 [CNN: Politics] Coburn shows what $28 billion in government waste looks like

22:29 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Curtis M. Wong: Colorado Gay Men That Accused Bakery Of Discrimination Has Something 'Demonic' Inside Of Them, Pundit Claims

22:31 [The Hindu - News] Leaders heap praise on Bill’s architect

22:31 [CNN: Travel] CNN Exclusive: Ill-fated Triumph cruise set sail with issues

22:32 [CNN] Colorado school shooter planned larger attack

22:32 [CNN] Newtown police chief withdraws request to fire officer with PTSD

22:32 [CNN] World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso investigated on fixing charges

22:33 [Reuters] France says EU countries to send troops to C. African Republic

22:34 [NPR] Some Competitors Say Freediving Needs A Safety Sea Change

22:34 [NPR] How The U.S. Helped Fight The Global AIDS Epidemic

22:34 [NPR] In A Divided San Francisco, Private Tech Buses Drive Tension

22:34 [Disinformation] EU: Same Insecticides Killing Bees Also Harming Human Nervous System

22:39 [CNET News] Researchers 3D-print a fully functional loudspeaker

22:40 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Matt Sledge: Anti-NSA Surveillance Senators Cheer Federal Ruling While Harry Reid Waits It Out

22:42 [CNN: Travel] AAA: Expect more holiday travelers

22:42 [Voice of America] President, Tech CEOs Discuss IT Reforms, NSA Data Collecting

22:43 [Good] Why We're Hand-Delivering Backpacks to Kids in Need

22:43 [Raw Story] Dianne Feinstein: Supreme Court should settle the NSA spying debate

22:45 [CNN: Travel] New dawn for Stonehenge

22:45 [straight] Photo of the Day: Water bottle bokeh /files/styles/section_thumbnail/public/11412760143_e7dd84633a_b.jpg

22:45 [straight] Non-Apology Watch: Toronto mayor Rob Ford can't quite apologize to reporter Daniel Dale, blames media /files/styles/section_thumbnail/public/shutterstock_128700830_0.jpg

22:45 [straight] David Suzuki: Let’s celebrate winter instead of complaining about it /files/styles/small_image_teaser/public/DavidSuzuki_3_3_0_0_0.jpg

22:45 [straight] First man-versus-woman fight coming to mixed martial arts /files/styles/section_thumbnail/public/ShootoBrasil.jpg

22:46 [] Feinstein Defends NSA Spying as 'Major Tool' to Stop 'Terrorists' /sites/

22:46 [] GlaxoSmithKline to Quit Paying Doctors for Promotional Talks

22:46 [] EU: Common Insecticides Bad for Bees, Bad for Human Health

22:48 [] Wagner conference interrupted by Hatikva-singing heckler

22:48 [] Lebanese soldier who killed Israeli saw suspicious figure nearing border

22:49 [NPR] Russia Throws Ukraine Financial Lifeline Amid Popular Unrest

22:50 [Reuters: politics] Republican heavy favorite in Alabama special congressional election

22:51 [CNET News] Wearable tech at CES 2014: expect the unexpected

22:55 [Truthdig] Progressives on the Take

22:56 [Sydney Morning Herald] Crane operator plucked from fire

22:56 [Sydney Morning Herald] British media lash 'limp' losers

22:59 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Robert Scheer: Progressives on the Take

22:59 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Bill Moyers: Gunpowder and Blood on Their Cold, Dead Hands

23:00 [Electronic Intifada] Taking direct action against Israel's racist marriage law

23:02 [Anarchist news] Anarchists Take Credit for Calendar Theft

23:02 [Anarchist news] Call for an Anarchist Response to the Construction of the Youth Jail at 12th and Alder (Seattle)

23:02 [CNN: Money] $800 million in unclaimed lottery prizes

23:03 [Slashdot] Chat with Microsoft Beat Journalist Preston Gralla (Video)

23:03 [Slashdot] Former Microsoft Exec To Lead

23:03 [Slashdot] Lawmakers Out To Kill the Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate

23:03 [Raw Story] 9/11 suspect ejected by Gitmo judge after mentioning secret CIA prisons

23:04 [NPR] What Has NAFTA Meant For Workers? That Debate's Still Raging

23:05 [The Hindu - News] Obama meets with tech CEOs amid NSA concerns

23:05 [The Hindu - News] NSA’s indiscriminate spying collapsing: Snowden

23:09 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Arthur Delaney: That Time The House Of Representatives Actually Had A Vote About The 'War On Christmas'

23:12 [zero hedge] The South American Gem Investors Are Ignoring

23:12 [zero hedge] Fight Over Greek Feta Blocks US-EU Trade Talks

23:12 [straight] Dan Savage Podcast Episode 373: Can porn kill your boner? /files/styles/small_image_teaser/public/Dan_Savage_Podcast_3.jpg

23:13 [CNN: Money] You can't win the lottery here

23:13 [Deutsche Welle] Bayern Munich dismantle Guangzhou in Club World Cup semis

23:19 [NPR] Angela Merkel Is Sworn In For Third Term As Chancellor

23:19 [Reuters] Russian bailout wins Ukraine economic respite but deepens political rift

23:20 [Fox News: politics] Marine facing probe for emailing Afghan threat warning garners Hill backing ahead of hearing

23:22 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Ashley Alman: World War II Veteran's Lost Medals Returned To His Family

23:23 [Raw Story] Ministers hammer out final details for European ‘Banking Union’

23:23 [CNN: Money] Minimum wage battleground takes shape

23:24 [CNN: Living] The stories behind public murals

23:27 [Sydney Morning Herald] Tourist fell 'checking phone'

23:27 [Telegraph] Christianity beginning 'to disappear' in its birthplace, warns Prince of Wales

23:27 [Telegraph] Police fiddle crime data, admits inspector

23:27 [Telegraph] European court 'steamrolling' Britain, warns leading judge

23:27 [Telegraph] Traditional Barcelona 'pooper' figurines hit shelves

23:28 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Leonard Steinhorn: White Men and Their Guns

23:28 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Kevin Short: Pro-Walmart Wall Streeter Conducts World's Most Bogus Protest

23:28 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Leslie K. Stein: GOP, Stop Manufacturing Scandals -- We Cannot Afford Anymore Tea Party-Made Crises

23:28 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Arin Greenwood: D.C. Council's Bill Raising Minimum Wage To $11.50 Per Hour By 2016 On Its Way To Mayor's Desk

23:28 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Kevin M. Gallagher: Why Barrett Brown's Trial Matters

23:29 [NPR] Urbana Hotel Cuts Rates For Students During Finals

23:29 [NPR] Year-End Agreement: Budget Heads To Final Passage

23:29 [NPR] Kickoff Rules Have Made Returners Restless

23:29 [NPR] Sean Penn With US Businessman Wanted In Bolivia

23:29 [NPR] Shaun White To Compete In World Cup Event

23:29 [NPR] Snowden: NSA's Indiscriminate Spying 'Collapsing'

23:29 [NPR] Charges Against Fan Who Hugged Ronaldo Dropped

23:29 [NPR] Jersey City 'Mystery' Safes Contain Extension Cord

23:29 [NPR] Jury "At A Standstill" In Ex-BP Engineer's Trial

23:29 [NPR] Zimmerman's Former Attorney Faces Bar Complaint

23:29 [NPR] Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel Headed To Rock Hall

23:30 [Electronic Intifada] Prawer protesters beaten, threatened with rape by Israeli police in Haifa

23:30 [] In Eastern Turkey's Yogurtlands

23:33 [straight] Homeless in Vancouver: Look at the puppy! /files/styles/section_thumbnail/public/bobby01-edit.jpg

23:33 [straight] The Chilean wine invasion continues /files/styles/small_image_teaser/public/FOO_Uncorked_2400.jpg

23:33 [CNN: Living] Mourning at the holidays

23:34 [straight] Jack & the Beanstalk: An East Van Panto at the York Theatre /files/styles/small_image_teaser/public/ARTSPIX_Panto_2400.jpg

23:34 [Financial Times] MPs to investigate torture of terror suspects

23:34 [Financial Times] Boris airport dream left in holding pattern

23:34 [Financial Times] Bailout moves Ukraine closer to Moscow

23:36 [CNN] Pentagon probes whether U.S. troops killed by enemy fire

23:37 [straight] Winter Solstice Lantern Festival brightens up Vancouver /files/styles/small_image_teaser/public/ARTSPIX_Solstice_2400.jpg

23:37 [Guardian] Sunderland v Chelsea – as it happened | Barry Glendenning

23:38 [Raw Story] Holocaust Museum takes possession of long-lost Nazi diary

23:40 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Paul Harris: Marriage Licenses for Everyone

23:40 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Mollie Reilly: Tom Latham, Republican Congressman, Will Not Seek Reelection

23:42 [zero hedge] If You Have Children, You Need To See These Numbers

23:43 [Good] The Future of Off-The-Grid Living Looks Promising

23:44 [NPR] A Majority In U.S. Favor Legal Pot, But Will That Stick?

23:44 [International Crisis Group] Testimony to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing “Responding to the Humanitarian, Security, and Governance Crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR)”

23:46 [straight] Unusual toys on offer at Hot Art Wet City gallery /files/styles/small_image_teaser/public/ARTSPIX_Toys_2400.jpg

23:46 [straight] The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors Festive Cantatas for Christmas /files/styles/section_thumbnail/public/cantatas%20soloists.jpg

23:46 [straight] Seussical: The Musical at the Waterfront Theatre /files/styles/small_image_teaser/public/ARTSPIX_Suess_2400.jpg

23:46 [Reuters: politics] Former Microsoft executive named to oversee Obamacare website

23:47 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Matt Ferner: Colorado Sheriffs Refuse To Enforce New Gun Control Laws

23:47 [HuffingtonPost: politics] Eliot Nelson: HUFFPOST HILL - Obama Hires Microsoft Honcho To Ctrl-Alt-Delete

23:47 [CNN] Bayern's 'final objective' draws into sight

23:47 [CNN: Entertainment] The Buzz Today

23:47 [CNN: Entertainment] LaBeouf responds to plagiarism allegations

23:49 [NPR] NASA Orders Spacewalks To Fix Faulty Pump On Orbiting Station

23:49 [NPR] How This Bay Area Tech Boom's Different From The The Last One

23:49 [NPR] Why Glaxo Won't Pay Doctors To Sell Its Drugs Anymore

23:51 [Fox News] Budget bill clears test vote despite cuts to veterans

23:51 [Amnesty International] Brazil must seriously consider Snowden asylum request

23:55 [Reuters: politics] Senators discuss 'unintended consequences' of U.S. patent bill

23:56 [zero hedge] Goldman's Top 100 Charts Of 2013 - Part 2

23:57 [Telegraph] Nasa orders urgent spacewalks to fix broken cooling pump

23:57 [Telegraph] Colorado school gunman planned to attack five areas

23:58 [The Nation] Obama Is Trying to Fix Inequality by Hiring the Same Hacks Who Caused It

23:58 [CNN] CNN Student News - December 18, 2013

23:58 [CNN: Money] Warren: No credit checks on job applicants

23:59 [Sydney Morning Herald] Two deaths, a birth and a phone

23:59 [Sydney Morning Herald] The controversial new boss

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