Saturday, January 28, 2012


  • Cutting off service returns with abandon, the underdogs played risky, all-out tennis with the verve usually assigned to the Bryans, breaking their opponents ’ serve only twice but hitting nearly twice as many winning shots, 41 to 22. New York Times, Sports
  • There is something about a pet that often helps to " break the ice " and promote conversation. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Sharapova won the coin toss and let her serve first; it looked like a canny move when Azarenka double-faulted at 30-all and was broken. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • " Adelson is not breaking any rules. Guardian World
  • Damascus ' envoy to Cairo, Youssef Ahmed, said in a statement that unspecified Gulf nations were funding activists from the opposition Syrian National Council, whom he accused of breaking down the gates of the embassy and stealing documents from inside the building. CTV News Latest
  • Three topless Ukrainian protesters were detained Saturday while trying to break into an invitation-only gathering of international CEOs and political leaders to call attention to the needs of the world 's poor. CTV News Latest
  • South Sudan, which broke away from its northern neighbour Sudan on July 9 last year, said it had also approached Ethiopia about developing a new pipeline that would go through Ethiopia to a port in the tiny nation of Djibouti. CTV News Latest
  • Kilmarnock are getting closer and closer to breaking the deadlock... BBC Top Stories
  • India 's Paes and Czech Stepanek, playing in their fourth tour event, broke the Bryans early in the second set and cruised to victory in front of a small but vocal crowd at Rod Laver Arena. Reuters Sports
  • Azarenka took control after holding for the first time, breaking Sharapova at love and then holding again on a three-game roll. AP Top Headlines
  • In a relentlessly one-sided match, Azarenka officially broke through with a 6-3, 6-0 demolition. CNN Sports
  • But when the meeting broke up, Mr. Meles told reporters the hoped-for deal had fallen through. VOA News
  • white

    jan 28
  • 1254: Sam of Dundee with a quick joke: " What 's black and white and lies in the middle of the jungle ? BBC Top Stories
  • As passionate speeches flowed, and pictures from Ntuka 's life were projected on to a screen fashioned from a white cloth, one man broke down and rested his head on the shoulder of another, who tenderly stroked his back. Guardian World
  • Azarenka has been a distinctive presence at Melbourne Park as much as for her shrieks and hoots with each shot and seemingly boundless energy as for her white shorts, blue singlet and lime green head and wrist bands. Seattle Times full feed
  • Franken went white, she says. Slate
  • White River led by 11 at halftime. Seattle Times full feed
  • White, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer 's disease in 2003, died Friday night at his Beacon Hill home surrounded by his family, said George Regan, a family spokesman and friend. Fox News National
  • A skeptical Nadal, looking relaxed and assured in a white T-shirt, suggested it was mere naked gamesmanship. Reuters Sports
  • It also means a lot more can be done with adjustment brushes--the aforementioned shadow and highlight adjustments, for example, or selective sharpening, noise reduction, white balance tweaks. CNET News
  • Sunday, January 22, 2012


    jan 22
  • President Obama will use his election-year address on Tuesday to define an activist economic role for government, hoping to draw a stark contrast between the parties. NYTimes Front Page
  • The city of San Francisco needed a football team like that, after the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and the politician and gay rights activist Harvey Milk, and after the Jonestown massacre. New York Times, Sports
  • Florida DREAM Act activists, who have been among the most visible in the nation, also are promising to keep the heat on Romney as his campaign comes to the state. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Through my work as a teacher, a student, author, activist and Huffington Post guest blogger, I see every day how true those words really are. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • In today 's Chile, however, human rights activists are challenging low pay, long hours and discrimination that afflict domestic workers. Seattle Times full feed
  • The British-based opposition activist group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, confirmed the incident Saturday and said 15 prisoners were killed. NPR News
  • In today 's Chile, however, human rights activists are challenging low pay, long hours and discrimination that afflict domestic workers. Times Leader
  • Among the pardoned is Michael Nabil, 25, an activist who went on a hunger strike to protest his conviction for posting remarks saying the army tried to quell the uprising against Mubarak. Daily Beast Cheat Sheet
  • Syrian troops fought intense battles against defectors elsewhere in northern Syria, activists said, leaving dozens of people wounded in the increasingly militarized 10-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. NYTimes Front Page
  • While Alaa Jarban, a youth activist who said he saw protesters killed last spring, called the immunity law â ? NYTimes Front Page
  • WASHINGTON -- Although he appears headed to victory in Saturday 's South Carolina primary, Newt Gingrich faces skepticism from grassroots Republican activists and officeholders, who increasingly prefer Mitt Romney as their first choice for the Republican presidential nomination. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • marriage

    jan 20
  • Newt Gingrich 's two daughters ( from his first marriage ) are defending their father from charges that he asked his second wife for an open marriage. Daily Beast Cheat Sheet
  • On ' Morning Joe, ' Stephen Colbert brought a fresh perspective to the coverage: The speaker was a gentleman for at least asking for an open marriage. Daily Beast Most Recent
  • ? s debate: Gingrich deflects the question about his baggage ( his failed 2nd marriage ) â ? ¦ Romney raises even more questions about his baggage ( those tax returns ) â ? ¦ And Santorum has a very strong performance. MSNBC Top Headlines
  • While stories continue to swirl that the Kardashian brand is having its troubles, that likely has had more to do with Kim’s short-lived marriage to Kris Humphries and a growing level of distrust of the family from fans, not a 45 second Old Navy commercial, experts say. Fox News Entertainment
  • Gingrich, meanwhile, faced stunning new allegations from an ex-wife that he had sought an open marriage before their divorce. AP Top Headlines
  • Cain applauded Gingrich for his defensive response when asked about allegations made by Marianne Gingrich, who said the former House Speaker asked her to have an " open marriage. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • The fallout from last night 's CNN debate continues this morning, with the broadcaster under fire for handing Newt Gingrich an open goal by beginning the debate not with an issue of policy substance, but the issue of his former wife 's claims about their marriage. Guardian World
  • " Now I stay here for baptisms, marriages and I take part in the village 's social life, " said Lawali, " and I get to stay with my wife. Guardian World
  • That factor may come into play as Newt Gingrich - who lost New Hampshire and Iowa pretty decisively - faces questions over his previous marriage. Guardian World
  • And surprise, surprise, many of the malign effects detectable in the celibate Catholic priesthood are equally detectable in this clergy group, plus often an equally malign problem: many gay clergy have conformed to peer pressure and entered a heterosexual marriage, thus endangering the happiness of not just one but at least two people and living out all sorts of lies alongside a ministry which is supposed to be characterised by truthfulness and integrity. Guardian World
  • ( CNN ) -- The approach of Valentine 's Day may have you entertaining thoughts of love, perhaps even marriage. CNN Entertainment
  • But perhaps the oddest reason for Gingrich 's rise is a bit of jujitsu he employed on a story that should have hurt his campaign: At least part of the reason Newt Gingrich is more likely to win South Carolina today than he was on Wednesday is that he lashed out at the media for asking him about allegations that he sought am open marriage from his then-wife to continue a long-running extramarital affair. Washington Post Business
  • Friday, January 20, 2012


    Fifty-two words comprise the entirety of this book. In the context of the year 2011, these words contain far deeper meaning than their definitions can reveal, because these are the words that ranked among the most salient lemmas (root words and proper names) tracked by for the entire year. Utterment is a web-based computer application that quite simply tracks words that matter to us the most. In more formal language, Utterment provides frequent periodical analysis of trends among lemmas in the English language as they occur within a real-time corpus. The primary purpose of Utterment is to assist human beings discovering, reading, comprehending, and weighing in on the most important news of the moment. Secondarily, Utterment enables ongoing lexicographical research with its large and unique database of up-to-date English language data, including word frequencies, trends, and associated source metadata. Utterment’s corpus contains more than 200 news sources from which millions of pages of content are continually distilled to calculate salient rankings.

    To create this book using Utterment's data resources, I first culled lemmas of the highest salient rank for each day of the year from among millions of words tracked over the course of the year. I then looked into the evidence of highly salient lemmas clustered around single newsworthy events in order to select only those lemmas whose evidence revealed the salient aspects of a news story in as few sentences as possible. Lastly, I edited the evidence for aptness and brevity. For word nerds, each of the 52 words spent at least one day near the top of the salient rankings, while the majority recorded high salient scores for more than a single day. Many words trended for weeks, a few for months.

    The number 52 was selected arbitrarily, partly for its association with the number of weeks in a year, but far more importantly with the belief that anyone, even a child, could read a history book with just 52 words in it. PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: Not all news stories appearing among the evidence are suitable for children, so adults please read along with your child to answer their questions and make certain your child accesses articles that are appropriate to their age. It is my hope that this book will provide insight into the human experience of 2011 for many years to come, and engender an empathic response for readers of all ages as they search for insight into the human condition.

    While I combed evidence to make sure the links to the original articles worked, if you find a broken link, please let me know by sending me a tweet (@jrome). In nearly all cases I selected only a tiny percentage of the evidence for a particular lemma, because an exhaustive list would have made for repetitive storytelling and ultimately dull reading.

    Lastly, this book is dedicated to my wife Nikki. I would not have been able to see Utterment through without her unflinching and unparalleled support. Thanks also to Orion Buckminster MontoyaJohn Mansfield, and Mark Greene for their work in making Utterment a truly remarkable project. If you like this book, please visit to check out the latest daily salient lemma. History continues into tomorrow.


    Jerome Haines
    6 January 2012

    Monday, January 16, 2012


  • But the warmth of a winner’s reception in the room can tell a lot about Hollywood sentiment, and where the Oscar ballots are headed. New York Times, Arts
  • “They kept asking, ‘Did you see the naked girls?’ I told them no, I hadn’t. What I was really worried about was the rest of the block would blow up while we were standing there. I didn’t see Dustin Hoffman, either.” New York Times, NY Region
  • Katy Ulrich, 26, first grade teacher Achievement First Bushwick Charter School in Brooklyn: Songs that help tell the movement’s story such as this one. New York Times, NY Region
  • Whether those results are applicable to our post-2004 high-stakes world, we can not tell. New York Times, NY Region
  • The man, a relative of the new party secretary, Mr. Lin, “just became very scared” after receiving the calls, which urged him to turn himself in if he had been involved in the protests, his wife told The Singapore Straits-Times. New York Times, World
  • Noting that Gingrich has been telling South Carolinians he is the most electable, Santorum asked: " Then why did he finish behind me, if he was the most electable ? " LA Times Politics
  • " We would n't have set up a bureau if we had n't been able to operate the way we 'd like to operate, " Carroll told The Huffington Post by phone Monday morning from Pyongyang. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Dr. Karen Sheehan, of the Children 's Memorial Hospital, told CBS Chicago parents should buy straps to help secure televisions and other furniture pieces. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • " But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate-filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six-year-old daughter why she can't go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five-year-old son who is asking: " Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean ? " Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Richard Wallace told the country 's media ethics inquiry that hacking " might well " have been going on at the Mirror in the early 2000s. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Folks tell me that when they ask for money from clients or customers, questions swim inside their heads about their value, impact, and "appeal." Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Victims told the programme it was time for the law to get tough. BBC Business
  • Saturday, January 14, 2012


    jan 14

  • The video released by the Pentagon showed armed boats with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps ' navy approaching within several hundred yards ( metres ) of the USS New Orleans, an amphibious transport ship, on January 6, a U.S. military official said. Reuters Top News
  • Over the years his explorations of the gap between intention and realisation have included a Porsche 911, assembled in a Thai car factory from a sketch he 'd made from memory, and a cafe decked out in screamingly loud stripes based on the paint schemes of ships used in the first world war. Guardian Culture
  • Survivors who escaped a luxury cruise ship that ran aground and tipped over recounted a scene reminiscent of " Titanic " on Saturday, describing a delayed then panicked evacuation, as plates and glasses crashed around them and they crawled along upended hallways trying to reach safety. Seattle Times full feed
  • There has been a lot of anxious waiting since the ship left Russia in mid-December. Seattle Times full feed
  • Survivors who escaped a luxury cruise ship that ran aground and tipped over recounted a scene reminiscent of " Titanic " on Saturday, describing a delayed then panicked evacuation, as plates and glasses crashed around them and they crawled along upended hallways trying to reach safety. AP Top Headlines
  • Shipping sources said the widening sanctions were likely to deter most international ship owners from engaging in deals in which Iran can hire tankers, compounding its logistic problems. Reuters Most Read
  • A ship carrying Russian ammunition docked in Syria this week, after it had been temporarily halted during a refueling stop in Cyprus, stirring concern in Washington. Reuters Top News
  • A cruise ship carrying 4,200 on board ran aground near the Italian island of Giglio late Friday, killing at least three. Daily Beast Cheat Sheet
  • Passengers were seen in a rescue boat from the stranded ship. NYTimes Front Page
  • A luxury cruise ship ran aground off the coast of Tuscany, sending water pouring in through a 160-foot gash in the hull and forcing the evacuation of some 4,200 people from the listing vessel early Saturday, the Italian coast guard said. LA Times World News
  • Survivors from a luxury cruise ship that ran aground and tipped over, leaving at least three dead and 69 people still unaccounted for, described Saturday a chaotic evacuation, as plates and glasses crashed and they crawled along upended hallways trying to reach safety. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2012

    Iran and friends

    jan 11
  • TEHRAN, Iran -- Two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and his driver Wednesday, reports said. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Iran nuclear scientist killed in Tehran motorbike bomb attack Guardian World
  • North Korea is worse, then Pakistan and Iran ( which has about 7 kg of spent HEU fuel stored at the Tehran Research Reactor ). Guardian World
  • They are both resolute on Iran and, frankly, voters don’t care if Santorum was on the Senate Armed Services Committee years ago. Washington Post Opinions

  • jan 11
  • TEHRAN, Iran -- Two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and his driver Wednesday, reports said. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Footage from local TV shows the scene in Tehran where an Iranian professor working at a nuclear facility was killed Link to this video Guardian World
  • Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, the American sentenced to death by the Iranian government, is linked to a small New York company specializing in video games that recreate real-life conflicts in the Middle East and beyond. Fox News SciTech
  • Because the Treasury Department enforces American sanction laws, Mr. Geithner spent time explaining the new legislation, which would generally deny access to the U.S. financial system to foreign financial institutions that do business with the Because the Treasury Department enforces American sanction laws, Mr. Geithner spent time explaining the new legislation, which would generally deny access to the U.S. financial system to foreign financial institutions that do business with the Iranian central bank. NYTimes Business
  • The last time the group moved the hands closer to midnight was in 2007, by two minutes due to a North Korean nuclear weapon test, Iranian nuclear ambitions and a renewed U.S. emphasis at the time of the military utility of nuclear weapons. Toronto Sun News
  • Iranian authorities give conflicting versions about his involvement or otherwise in the country 's nuclear programme. Guardian World
  • Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is welcomed by the Venezuelan vice-president in Caracas. Guardian World
  • As another Iranian nuclear scientist is assassinated, the mystery thickens as to whether the Mossad, US or the UK are involved Guardian World
  • Two assailants on a motorcycle attached a magnetic bomb to the car of an Iranian university professor working at a key nuclear facility, killing him and another person Wednesday, state TV reported. Seattle Times full feed
  • On January 12, 2010, Iranian university professor and nuclear scientist Massoud Ali Mohammadi was killed in a blast when an assailant stuck a bomb under his car. CNN World
  • The bombing, which Iranian officials said bore all the hallmarks of assassinations of other nuclear scientists in the past years, came as Washington sought to persuade a sceptical China to help efforts to toughen sanctions against Iran. Reuters Most Read

  • jan 11
  • "From the international consensus that we can see against Iran, even if (Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) does retaliate, it's not very likely that the pressure – sanctions and isolation – would ease," he said. "He's in a tight spot." Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Because the Treasury Department enforces American sanction laws, Mr. Geithner spent time explaining the new legislation, which would generally deny access to the U.S. financial system to foreign financial institutions that do business with the Iranian central bank. NYTimes Business
  • Turkey has imposed trade sanctions on Syria and is allowing its opposition groups to meet on its territory. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • His visit comes after the Islamic Republic fanned tensions with western powers by threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, the world 's most important oil shipping lane, in response to possible new sanctions over its nuclear plans. Reuters International
  • Infrastructure remains dilapidated after years of war and economic sanctions, and investment is needed to reform banking, build houses and roads and fix a chronic electricity shortage. Reuters International
  • Both have used vetoes to stop sanctions from being imposed on their ally. Guardian World
  • The NGO is not advocating the removal of all US sanctions until key human rights benchmarks are met, but the clawback of specific measures that block technical assistance to key ministries, particularly health and social welfare. Guardian World
  • Since December, Iran has held or announced a series of war games that included threats to close the Gulf 's vital Strait of Hormuz - the passageway for about one-sixth of the world 's oil - in retaliation for stronger U.S.-led sanctions. Seattle Times full feed
  • His talks highlighted the Asian nation's need for stable supplies of oil, in particular if Iran follows through on threats to choke off the strait through which a sixth of the world's crude flows in retaliation for U.S. sanctions targeting its central bank. Seattle Times full feed
  • Because Hungary does not use the euro, the EU does not have the power to impose financial sanctions on the country. AP World
  • The bombing, which Iranian officials said bore all the hallmarks of assassinations of other nuclear scientists in the past years, came as Washington sought to persuade a sceptical China to help efforts to toughen sanctions against Iran. Reuters Most Read

  • jan 11
  • Tehran has accused Israel 's Mossad, the CIA and Britain 's spy agency of engaging in an underground " terrorism " campaign against nuclear-related targets, including at least three slayings since early 2010 and the release of a malicious computer virus known at Stuxnet in 2010 that temporarily disrupted controls of some centrifuges – a key component in nuclear fuel production. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Iranian state agencies described Wednesday's attack as a terrorist operation, and a senior official blamed Israel for it. Guardian World
  • India, China and Israel ranked among the world's worst for nuclear security Guardian World
  • A Hamas official in Gaza says the militant group has sentenced a local Palestinian to death for collaborating with Israel. Seattle Times full feed
  • Such leaks are considered a crime in Israel. Seattle Times full feed
  • MANAGUA ( Reuters ) - Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega on Tuesday urged Israel to destroy its nuclear weapons to foster peace in the Middle East as he hosted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who is touring Latin America. Reuters International
  • JERUSALEM ( Reuters ) - Israel's parliament gave initial approval on Wednesday to laws to curb public use of Nazi symbols after ultra-Orthodox protesters caused outrage by calling police Nazis and wearing concentration camp garb. Reuters International
  • " Description de l'Egypte " was destroyed, along with many other rare manuscripts, including historical maps used to delineate Egypt 's border and an original map that played an important role in Israel 's withdrawal from Taba in 1989. NPR Opinion
  • The Jewish Daily Forward has word of an official inquiry by Yad Vashem, Israel's centre for Holocaust research and commemoration. Guardian World
  • Now, the myth-makers demonstrate that the evil Chavez is allying himself with the power in the Middle East that is pressing on with nuclear experiments that the west has decided only Israel is allowed to undertake. Guardian World

  • jan 11
  • Mr Ford said calling the player to tell him he was sacked had been the toughest thing he had ever done in football but he felt that the Southern-Premier League club had made the right decision. BBC Tech
  • Not only would they have to convince voters that they are still worth voting for, but they would have to beg them for money to stay afloat. And that’s tough. Washington Post Politics
  • Those are really tough but I’m lucky enough to have a close group of widow friends and really help to support each other in getting through some of our harder times. Fox News Top Headlines
  • " He singled out her ability to crack up on command at a very unfunny joke, saying, " It 's tough to come up with a convincing laugh, and she did that almost every time. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • FLEURUS, Belgium -- When Eric Pierart takes in the chaotic wiggling of thousands of hens caged in his renovated barn, he 's reminded of how tough it is for Europe to unite on anything. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Like the Greek politicians raising the spectre of state bankruptcy, Monti is trying to strengthen his own hand in tough negotiations. Guardian World
  • "But still, it's two matches away and the next one is really tough. Seattle Times full feed
  • Sen. Nelson is therefore in a tougher spot than Obama. Miami Herald Top Stories
  • As a result, they urged the public and private sectors to work together to prevent a vicious cycle, whereby tough times feed disillusion and jeopardize the social contract between states and citizens. Seattle Times full feed
  • Budget chief Jack Lew 's promotion to chief of staff leaves the president with tough choices when it comes to getting a new budget director confirmed. CNN Business
  • States good for us and states that are tougher. CNN Politics
  • Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, is seeking bankruptcy protection, blaming its pension and medical benefits obligations, increased competition and tough economic conditions. AP Top Headlines
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2012


    jan 10
  • AlexConant New Quinnipiac poll of Florida voters finds Sen. Rubio 's job approval at all time high: http: // Huffington Post Full Feed
  • WGME Residents in New Hampshire are taking to the polls today to vote in the nation 's first primary. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • In Hart 's Location, a town of only 29 registered voters, citizens were faithful to the most recent polls. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • 10am: There has of course been a result from New Hampshire already today, from the tiny precincts of Dixville Notch and Hart 's Location, which exploit a loophole in the voting regulations that allow a precinct to close its poll and count ballots if every elector has been accounted for. Guardian World
  • The polls are open through most of New Hampshire, where a record turnout is forecast for the nation 's first presidential primary. LA Times Politics
  • Michele Bachmann was the first woman to win a presidential straw poll. Guardian World
  • Also: A new Post poll finds that Romney is the only GOP candidate viewed favorably by a majority of conservatives. Washington Post Opinions
  • More than the polls and election returns in early states, what is significant is that actual voters are beginning the process of deciding who is a top-tier contender, who can take it to President Obama and who can articulate the vision of the Republican Party. Washington Post Opinions
  • Is this a good opportunity for Lohan, or is it sacrilege to imagine her assuming the role of the Oscar winner and AIDS activist? Let’s process our many feelings about this matter the only way we know how: by voting in an online poll. Washington Post Entertainment
  • The Crimson Tide also claimed the top spot in the final Associated Press poll for the eighth time, tying Notre Dame for the most of any team in college football. AP Sports
  • In top oil consumer the United States, crude stocks were expected to have risen last week by 200,000 barrels, a Reuters poll showed. Reuters Most Read
  • According to the latest polls by Reuters, Nokia was expected to sell 418 million phones in 2011, versus Samsung 's 320 million. Reuters Business
  • Monday, January 09, 2012


    jan 8
  • His family is of Iranian origin. Seattle Times full feed
  • An Iranian court has convicted an American man of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death, state radio reported Monday, in a case adding to the accelerating tension between the United States and Iran. Seattle Times full feed
  • Iranian state television aired what it called a " confession " by 28-year-old Amir Hekmati last month. CNN U.S.
  • An Iranian official who asked not to be identified told Reuters: " The enrichment in Fordow has started. Reuters International
  • Iranian technician at Uranium Conversion Facility outside Isfahan, 255 miles ( 410 kilometers ) south of Tehran, Feb. 2007 ( file photo ). VOA News
  • Caracas, Venezuela ( CNN ) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will welcome his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday on his first stop of a four-nation tour of Latin America, state media reported. CNN World
  • A Dec. 27, 2011 file photo of a video frame grab image made from the Iranian broadcaster IRIB TV, shows U.S. citizen Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, accused by Iran of spying for the CIA, in Tehran 's revolutionary court, in Iran. AP Top Headlines
  • His family is of Iranian origin. AP U.S. National
  • Tension over potential blockages to Iranian oil supplies, however, limited losses in crude markets. AP Business
  • As he has previously, Mr. Panetta cautioned against a unilateral strike by Israel against Iran’s nuclear facilities, saying the action could trigger Iranian retaliation against U.S. forces in the region.” Washington Post Opinions
  • The claim of responsibility by the Sunni militants said the suicide attack was targeting " the head of the Iranian project in Iraq, " an apparent reference to al-Maliki and the ties of Iraqi Shiites to Shiite-majority Iran. Seattle Times full feed
  • Tebow

    jan 9
  • It took just one spectacular play to start overtime for Tebow mania to write its audacious playoff chapter. New York Times, Sports
  • On the first play of the extra period Sunday, Tebow threw a crossing pattern to Thomas, who stiff-armed Ike Taylor and won the race to the end zone for an 80-yard score that lifted the Broncos to a 29-23 playoff victory over the stunned Steelers. Seattle Times full feed
  • Willis McGahee, on what Tebow proved New York Times, Sports
  • Home: Top Stories: Tebow 's magical TD pass lifts Denver to 29-23 victory CTV News Latest
  • As NPR 's Tom Goldman explained on Morning Edition, the Steelers defense dared Tebow to throw — betting that his well-known problems with accuracy would come back to bite the young QB. NPR News Headlines
  • After Ben Roethlisberger rallied the Pittsburgh Steelers from a two-touchdown deficit, the Denver Broncos won the overtime coin toss, and on first down, Tebow tucked the ball in Willis McGahee 's belly like he 'd done all afternoon. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Sunday, January 08, 2012


    jan 8
  • " That demonstrates how out of touch the U.S. government and U.S. Congress is with the American people, " Paul responded, arguing that his failed proposals represented legislation favored by the public but rejected by politicians. CNN Top Stories
  • STEPHANOPOULOS: Paul targeted Rick Santorum, too, trying to stop any momentum from Santorum 's near-win in Iowa. ABC News Politics
  • But Paul said his biggest proposal is to take on the spending problem in this country, saying that his opponents talk about reforming Social Security and Medicare, when he believes those departments should be cut entirely. Daily Beast Blogs and Stories
  • " I do n't think we can defeat Obama with a candidate that supported single-payer systems and TARP bailouts, " said Paul. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Santorum on Paul: All things GOP wants him to do, he ca n't accomplish, and all the things they do n't want him to do, he can do on day one. Washington Post Politics
  • Santorum, a social conservative, finished a close second to Romney in Iowa this week, with Paul coming in third. CTV News Latest
  • " It 's fantastic that Paul has made this decision, " said Ferguson. BBC Top Stories
  • Paul, Maidstone, via text: " I 'm backing Paul Scholes to come on as a sub, score a wondergoal and get sent off all in five minutes. BBC Top Stories
  • Romney, Paul and Santorum are bickering back and forth when Perry interjects, taking this opportunity to differentiate himself from the rest of the D.C. insider candidates. Daily Beast Most Recent
  • Paul stood firm in calling Santorum " corrupt " and Gingrich a " chicken hawk " for not having served in the military. CNN Most Popular
  • Friday, January 06, 2012


    aug 24

  • Plus, what 's the best thing to do in an earthquake ? Slate
  • A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Virginia on Tuesday, with shaking felt in Washington, D.C., New York City, and all the way to New England. Slate
  • Many people on the East Coast had quizzical looks on their faces as the ground lightly shook beneath them when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday afternoon. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • In meetings in Tokyo and a visit to an area ravaged by the March earthquake and tsunami, Biden said that as an ally and friend, the United States would continue to do all it can in the nation 's time of need, because he knew " you would do the same. LA Times Politics
  • 3 economy slipped back into recession in the first quarter due to tumbling output and exports following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. NPR World
  • " Several factors make it difficult for Japan to slow the growth of debt-to-GDP and thus drive this rating action, " Moody 's said in a statement, adding that the March 11 earthquake and ensuing nuclear crisis had exacerbated Japan 's problems. Reuters Top News
  • Earthquakes and California go together. MSNBC Business
  • Hours after shock waves from an earthquake quivered Progressive Field 's upper deck, Shin-Soo Choo rocked the ballpark by himself. MSNBC Sports
  • An earthquake centered in Virginia briefly rattled Lamade Stadium but play never stopped. Boston Globe
  • And the top floor of my Maryland house — where I had been on the Internet, tracking the path of Hurricane Irene, to see if it was going to ruin my trip to Bethany Beach next week — was not the place to be during an earthquake. Washington Post Opinions
  • However, it was also hit by an earthquake and tsunami in March, and the rebuilding cost is weighing on growth and state finances. BBC Top Stories
  • The airline has also been hit hard by a string of natural disasters, namely the earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand, floods and cyclones in Queensland, and disruptions caused by a Chilean volcanic ash cloud. BBC Top Stories
  • storm

    aug 27

  • Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, ordered mandatory evacuations for nearly 300,000 residents living in coastal areas, and President Obama on Friday declared a state of emergency in New York state in anticipation of the storm. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • There is a very dangerous storm headed in our direction, " Bloomberg said. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Diane Sawyer talks with ABC News ' Sam Champion about the storm 's path. ABC News Top Stories
  • BANGALORE ( Reuters ) - Hurricane Irene is turning north-northeast, as tropical storm conditions spread inland over southeastern North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center ( NHC ) said late Friday. Reuters US News
  • U.S. Open tennis officials called off one of their big pre-tournament events, an MLS game was rescheduled and the New York Mets postponed their Saturday and Sunday games against the Atlanta Braves in advance of the storm. Seattle Times
  • As the storm 's outermost bands of wind and rain began to lash the Outer Banks of North Carolina, authorities in points farther north begged people to get out of harm 's way. CBS News
  • The exquisite pleasure of reading in storms, reading under duress, reading via melting wax is not something that can be explained to someone who does not automatically understand the appeal of such an activity. Washington Post Lifestyle
  • Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring on Friday declined to say where Republicans would look to make cuts to pay for a potential storm aid package. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • MOREHEAD CITY, North Carolina ( Reuters ) - Hurricane Irene closed in on the U.S. Atlantic coast on Friday, triggering emergency preparations that included unprecedented mandatory evacuations in New York City as the massive storm approached. Reuters US News
  • The Broadway League announced the closure on Friday as the East Coast braced for the storm. Reuters US News
  • share

    nov 29

  • Headed by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, the group has the task of finding ways in which the privations of recession can be shared more equally in the city, with specific attempts to protect the less well-off. Guardian World
  • The upscale white professionals the Democrats are courting disproportionately share a cultural affinity for government and faith that statist interventions are for your own good. LA Times Commentary
  • Their confidence in the Afghan security forces has risen, but they do n't share the U.S.-led coalition 's stated belief that the Afghan soldiers and policemen will be ready to secure the entire nation in three years. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Apart from BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, HTC shares are the worst performers among smartphone peers this year, down 62 % from a lifetime high in late April, as sales growth has slowed and investors have been spooked by two profit warnings. Guardian World
  • The men who interviewed for the Craigslist ad came from around the country but shared much in common. Fox News Top Headlines
  • Now, Kayani is under renewed pressure from his rank and file, intelligence sharing has stopped and Pakistan has withdrawn its offer to nudge the Afghan Taliban to the negotiation table. ABC News World
  • " Unless you have 100 percent coverage, you ca n't have the right preventive care, and you ca n't have a rational system, " he said in 2005, at a health care forum where he shared the stage with his former nemesis Hillary Clinton. NPR News Headlines
  • Both of these Honeycomb tablets share many similarities: Qualcomm 's dual-core 1.5GHz chip, 1GB RAM, 1,280 x 800 IPS display ( pretty nice on a 7-inch form factor, with 216ppi density ), eight megapixel main camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, dual-mode 3G ( China Telecom 's EV-DO plus China Unicom 's WCDMA ) for data plus voice calls, and plans to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich in the future. Engadget
  • you know, they 're not sharing a room any more or anything like that â ? ¦ It remains to be seen at this point what happens. Guardian Culture

  • dec 1

  • But they 're utterly loyal to each other, and they share a deep aversion to both injustice and the Byzantine ways of Army brass — especially when things take a devious turn, as they do often in this compelling book. Seattle Times full feed
  • Two old men in overcoats are quietly sharing a park bench: “How terribly strange to be 70.” New York Times, Health Care Policy
  • The region is forecast to account for the lion 's share of global aircraft deliveries over the next two decades as demand for air travel surges amid strong economic growth. Seattle Times full feed
  • Detailed genetic analysis found that different subpopulations within a particular tumor shared other gene mutations, indicating they had originated from the same precursor cells. ScienceDaily All News
  • After the TV show aired, Routson said, she has had multiple requests to share what she knows about couponing. Seattle Times full feed
  • The quilt will be shared via Facebook with millions of people around the world. CNN Most Popular
  • Reached by telephone Thursday, Terry Simon, a friend of Horman, said she was with him in the Chilean coastal city of Vina del Mar during the coup and said she believed Horman was killed because of information U.S. Navy officials shared with them as they waited to return to the capital. Seattle Times full feed
  • The Post also found that Apple is the only one of the MTA’s 100 tenants that won’t have to make revenue sharing payments to the agency. Forbes Tech
  • At least publicly, though, only some of Chavez 's closest allies seem to share his interests in creating alternatives to established bodies such as the Washington-based Organization of American States, which includes every nation in the Americas except Cuba among its active members. Salon

  • dec 2

  • He too does n't see the backlash against big banks causing them to lose significant market share to small banks and credit unions. Seattle Times full feed
  • Equal parts photo blog, personal ad and online stalking tool, TubeCrush was started in London last spring as a place for Underground riders to upload and share photos of men on the train who caught their eye. New York Times, Technology
  • Techniques are similarly uncomplicated, he said, and they share many ingredients. New York Times, NY Region
  • The team stained cells with fluorescent dye and as the cells divided, the dye was shared equally between the divided cells. ScienceDaily All News
  • Our shared teachings encourage generosity and care for our neighbors and standing up for the poor. Seattle Times full feed
  • Belief that America is an exceptional country is widely shared in the U.S. CNN U.S.
  • Even basic financial information on how colleges spend money is often not fully shared with trustees or key politicians who help fund or oversee college operations. CNN Most Popular
  • The Supreme Court 's ruling Friday reversed a lower court decision and said the state 's share of punitive damages is due no matter what sort of lawsuit led to the award. Seattle Times full feed
  • it was the result of bank-owned politicians deregulating and subsidizing the finance industry, turning it into a monster swallowing an outsize share of national wealth. Seattle Times full feed
  • He shares a great duet with Clyde - " You Can Do Better Than Him " - but has a tendency to dramatically punch things such as desks to get the point across that he 's mad. Seattle Times full feed
  • The border measures are expected to include better screening to reduce bottlenecks at the border, the use of new technologies, sharing information among law enforcement agencies and identifying potential threats early. Seattle Times full feed
  • manifesto

    jul 25

  • In tapes and sermons from mosques in London and Hamburg, you may find whole manifestos about the need to keep women as chattel, to eradicate the disease of homosexuality, to thwart the Jewish design over international finance, and other fantasies of the Third Reich mentality. Slate
  • The chilling manifesto advocates an armed campaign against the Muslims it says are overrunning Europe. LA Times World News
  • A Toronto connection lies deep within a radical manifesto posted to the Internet hours before explosions and gunfire rocked Norway on Friday. Toronto Sun News
  • Calling himself a crusader against a tide of Islam in a rambling 1,500-page online manifesto, the 32-year-old mass murderer wants the opportunity to explain actions he deemed " atrocious, but necessary ". Reuters International
  • His manifesto, which denounced Norwegian politicians as failing to defend the country from Islamic influence, quoted Robert Spencer, who operates the Jihad Watch Web site, 64 times, and cited other Western writers who shared his view that Muslim immigrants pose a grave danger to Western culture. New York Times, World
  • “Around year 2000 I realized that the democratic struggle against the Islamization of Europe, European multiculturalism, was lost,” he wrote in a manifesto that he published on the Web shortly before the attacks. New York Times, World
  • According to the 32-year-old 's 1,500-page manifesto, the first step in his journey to becoming a mass killer began when he was a boy. CBC Top Stories
  • same-sex

    jun 25

  • A gay Methodist pastor who was suspended for officiating at a same-sex union said Friday that her church trial this week was a positive experience, and that her jurors were deft in balancing the need for justice with the church's longstanding message of inclusion. ABC News
  • While entering the institution of marriage voluntarily seems to be losing its luster amongst opposite-sex couples -- many same-sex couples are red-hot for equal access to it, given its germane economic benefits. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • It took the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court less than five months to vindicate Scalia’s prediction when it cited Lawrence in finding that the state’s own constitution protects same-sex marriage. Washington Post Opinions
  • Advocates are calling it a historic step as New York stands to become the sixth but by far the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage. ABC News US
  • A protester is seen behind a rainbow flag at a demonstration supporting same-sex marriages outside Sheraton Hotel where U.S. President Barack Obama was attending a function in New York June 23, 2011. Reuters Top News
  • New York legalized same-sex marriage, becoming the sixth state to do so and by far the largest. Daily Beast Cheat Sheet
  • NEW YORK ( Reuters ) - As New York 's same-sex couples head to the altar to celebrate their newly won right to marry, they can take comfort in the fact that, if it does n't work out, their right to get divorced in the state just got a lot easier as well. Reuters Top News
  • NEW YORK ( Reuters ) - When New York became the sixth and by far the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage, following a grueling overtime session in the state Legislature on Friday, it immediately transformed the national debate over the issue, legal experts said. Reuters US News

  • jun 26

  • According to a recent Washington Post poll, and confirmed by five other national polls, more than 52 percent of the public supports the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • With the new law, which takes effect after 30 days, the number of Americans in same-sex marriage states more than doubles. NPR US News
  • Just two years earlier, a measure to legalize same-sex marriage had failed. LA Times National News
  • Successfully passing the same-sex marriage bill in New York State is helping Gov. Andrew Cuomo to emerge as a possible Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president. Daily Beast Cheat Sheet
  • Courting the evangelical Christian voting bloc so crucial to the Republican Party, Mehlman’s boss campaigned on a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Daily Beast Blogs and Stories
  • An unannounced inspection that several agencies carried out at a gay bar in Manhattan on Friday night occurred at nearly the same time that patrons were celebrating the passage of legislation in Albany legalizing same-sex marriage. New York Times, NY Region
  • Many obstacles still lie ahead for supporters of same-sex marriage, and eventually they will need Congress or the Supreme Court to embrace their goal.
  • At the Greenpoint Reformed Church, Aull said she and co-pastor Kansfield, who got married themselves in Massachusetts years ago, have presided over same-sex unions before. Jakarta Post
  • Two weeks ago, France 's National Assembly rejected a bill presented by the opposition Socialist Party seeking to legalize same-sex marriage, despite growing public support for gay rights. Denver Post
  • On the latter, Obama once again stuck with his half-step positioning, refusing to endorse the then-still-pending New York bill on same-sex marriage while lauding the fight for " change that is lasting " -- a stance that continues to place him to the right of Dick Cheney. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • At the Greenpoint Reformed Church, Aull said she and co-pastor Kansfield, who got married themselves in Massachusetts years ago, have presided over same-sex unions before. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Just two years earlier, a measure to legalize same-sex marriage had failed. LA Times Politics

  • jul 24

  • Gay-rights activists Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd were legally married the very first moment they could be during a midnight ceremony at Niagara Falls that ushered in same-sex marriage in the state and marked a pivotal moment in the national drive for recognition. ABC News US
  • President Barack Obama 's administration in February concluded that the 15-year-old law that prohibits same-sex couples from receiving marriage-based federal benefits was unconstitutional and indefensible in law. MSNBC Top Headlines
  • Against a cascade of rainbow-colored falls and with cicadas humming in the background, Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd became one of the first, if not the first, same-sex couples to wed in New York State shortly after midnight on Sunday. New York Times, NY Region
  • NIAGARA FALLS, New York ( Reuters ) - Two women, both grandmothers, became New York state 's first legally wed same-sex couple early Sunday, with traditional honeymoon capital Niagara Falls as the backdrop for the historic event. Reuters US News
  • Kitty Lambert, 54, and Cheryle Rudd, 53, both of Buffalo, made it a point to be among the first same-sex couples to wed in New York state. Huffington Post
  • Elsewhere, today is the first day gays can marry in New York so, unlike the " left at the altar " president, same-sex couples will finally be able to tie the knot. Huffington Post Full Feed
  • Still in the glow of midnight marriages across New York, hundreds of gay couples are expected to marry on the first full day same-sex weddings are legal in the Empire State. ABC News Top Stories