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Obama to discuss plans to thwart terrorist attacks (AP)

U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington December 21, 2009. Obama on Tuesday plans to unveil reforms aimed at thwarting future attacks like the attempted Christmas Day airliner bombing, as he seeks to limit political fallout from the incident. REUTERS/Jim Young/FilesAP - President Barack Obama prepared Tuesday to update the public about steps the government is taking to keep it safe after an alleged terrorist's failed attempt to destroy a Detroit-bound U.S. airliner on Christmas Day.

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1,000 people homeless on Solomons after tsunami (AP)

In this image provided by the Solomon Island's Police,  a man stands near a damaged hut on the island of Rendova, Solomon Islands, Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, following an earthquake. Authorities were still trying to reach hard-hit areas on Rendova and Tetepare islands, and to account for an unknown number of people believed to have fled their villages, police commissioner Peter Marshall told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Solomon Islands Police, HO)  EDITORIAL USE ONLYAP - Landslides and a tsunami destroyed the homes of about one-third of the population on a Solomon Island, but lives were likely spared as residents with memories of previous disasters fled quickly to higher ground, officials said Tuesday.

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Yemen shows frictions with US over terror fight (AP)

This image, reviewed by the US military, shows an unidentified detainee at the AP - Yemen showed signs of friction Tuesday with the United States over the fight against al-Qaida, insisting it has the terror group under control, as the U.S. Embassy in San'a ended a two-day closure.

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Pending home sales fall 16 percent in Nov. (AP)

In this Dec. 22, 2009 photo, a sale pending sign is posted over a realtor's sign outside a home in Andover, Mass. The number of buyers who agreed to purchase previously occupied homes fell sharply in November, an indication that sales will fall this winter, undermining last summer's recovery.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)AP - The number of people preparing to buy a home in November fell sharply in the latest sign that the housing market, which had been rebounding strongly, may be headed for a "double-dip" downturn over the winter.

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Big carmakers report 2009 sales declines (AP)

A Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle, seen here in August. General Motors has told US authorities it will attempt a public share offering by July 2010 as part of a plan to exit the government bailout, a Treasury official has said.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Bill Pugliano)AP - Big automakers are glad to see the end of 2009, the worst year for U.S. sales in nearly 30 years.

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Hubble telescope shows earliest photo of universe (AP)

This undated handout photo provided by NASA, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, shows a snapshot of when the universe was just a toddler, 600 million years after the Big Bang, the earliest image yet. (AP Photo/NASA)AP - The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the earliest image yet of the universe — just 600 million years after the Big Bang, when the universe was just a toddler.

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Democrats begin work to finalize health bill (AP)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, and House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer of Md., left, arrive for a new conference to discuss health care legislation, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, on Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)AP - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders are embarking on the tough work of ironing out differences between the House and Senate health care legislation with the aim of finalizing a bill quickly as midterm elections loom.

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Google confirms plans to sell own mobile phone (AP)

Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, holds the Google Nexus One phone during a news conference at Google headquarters Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Robert Galbraith, POOL)AP - It's official: Google Inc. will sell its own mobile phone in an effort to protect its online advertising empire as people increasingly surf the Web on handsets instead of personal computers.

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Crosses in potatoes appear to online sellers (AP)
AP - Move over, Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese. Step aside, Fish Stick Jesus. Online bidders may now buy two potatoes containing likenesses of crosses in their centers. One was found by an Iowa family and the other by a police detective in Ohio.
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NYPD: Jayson Williams charged with DWI after crash (AP)

File-- In a Sept. 6, 2002 file photo former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams is shown during a hearing before Superior Court Judge Edward M. Coleman at the Hunterdon County Courthouse in Flemington, N.J.  New York police say Williams was taken to a hospital with minor injuries after his SUV struck a tree in New York City early Tuesday Jan. 5, 2010.  (AP Photo/Frank H. Conlon, file)AP - Former NBA star Jayson Williams was charged with drunken driving after his SUV veered off an exit ramp and struck a tree early Tuesday, police said, the latest legal woe for the troubled ex-player.

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Obama poised to unveil counterterrorism reforms (Reuters)

US President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha disembark from Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland upon their return from vacation in Hawaii. Obama received a review into the incident from the CIA on Monday and met with his top counter-terrorism advisor, John Brennan.(AFP/Jewel Samad)Reuters - President Barack Obama plans to unveil reforms on Tuesday aimed at thwarting future attacks like the attempted Christmas Day airliner bombing, as he seeks to limit political fallout from the incident.

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Ford surges as U.S. auto sales end '09 on uptick (Reuters)

A Ford logo reflects a car dealership in Manassas, Virginia, August 3, 2009. REUTERS/Larry DowningReuters - Ford Motor Co posted a 33 percent sales gain for December as U.S. auto sales ended 2009 on an upswing after a tumultuous year that saw GM and Chrysler collapse into bankruptcy and China overtake the United States as the biggest car market.

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California airport shut down in security scare (Reuters)
Reuters - A hazardous substance was found in a passenger's luggage at a California airport, sending two federal baggage screeners to the hospital and prompting an evacuation of the terminal on Tuesday in the latest U.S. aviation security scare.
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Yemen hemming in al Qaeda, U.S. embassy reopens (Reuters)

A traffic policeman inspects cars in the Yemeni capital Sanaa January 4, 2010. REUTERS/Khaled AbdullahReuters - Thousands of Yemeni troops are hemming in al Qaeda militants in three provinces, security sources said on Tuesday, and the U.S. embassy in Sanaa reopened after security forces staged a raid just outside the capital.

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Air passengers deal with tougher U.S. security (Reuters)
Reuters - Air travelers arriving in the United States under tighter security on Tuesday said they faced repeated passport checks and could not use blankets or leave seats in the last hour of their flight, but some said they felt safer.
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Exhausted Japan finance minister to quit: report (Reuters)

Japanese Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii speaks during a news conference in Tokyo December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Yuriko NakaoReuters - Japan's aged finance minister is to quit due to poor health after weeks of exhausting wrangling over the budget, the Nikkei news agency said on Tuesday, a fresh blow for Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama as he struggles with a frail economy and huge public debt.

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Nigeria chafes at tougher U.S. air security rule (Reuters)

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in a booking photo released by the U.S. Marshals Service on December 28, 2009. REUTERS/US Marshals Service/HandoutReuters - Nigeria urged the United States on Tuesday to reconsider its decision to require tighter security for Nigerian air travelers in the wake of the botched bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner.

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Yemeni loses appeal for release from Guantanamo (Reuters)
Reuters - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a ruling that a Yemeni man who cooked for Taliban and al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan was lawfully detained at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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US to unveil new air security steps (AFP)

A man looks out the window at airplanes at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC, in December 2009. US President Barack Obama was unveiling Tuesday tough air security reforms after an attempted attack on a US passenger jet, as new details emerged about the would-be bomber.(AFP/File/Saul Loeb)AFP - US President Barack Obama was unveiling Tuesday tough air security reforms after an attempted attack on a US passenger jet, as new details emerged about the would-be bomber.

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US intel operations in Afghanistan under fire (AFP)

A US military intelligence personnel talks to a district government representative about 3 kms from the Afghan-Pakistan border in eastern Afghanistan. US counter-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan were under intense scrutiny Tuesday after an Al-Qaeda double agent killed seven CIA officers and a top military spy chief slammed intelligence failings in the country.(AFP/File/Simon Lim)AFP - US counter-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan were under scrutiny Tuesday after an Al-Qaeda double agent killed seven CIA officers and a military spy chief slammed intelligence failings in the country.

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