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“Avatar” passes $1 billion at world box office
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
“Avatar” passes $1 billion at world box office

“Avatar” sped past the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office after three weekends in release, making it the fourth-biggest movie of all time, according to data released on Sunday.

Pope’s secretary visits woman who floored pontiff
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Pope’s secretary visits woman who floored pontiff

Pope Benedict’s personal secretary has visited a woman who knocked the 82-year-old pontiff to the ground before Christmas Eve mass and expressed the pope’s concern for her situation, the Vatican said on Sunday.

BAA to introduce full-body scanners at UK’s Heathrow
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
BAA to introduce full-body scanners at UK’s Heathrow

British airport operator BAA said on Sunday it would move quickly to install full-body scanners at London’s Heathrow airport after the failed Christmas Day attack on a U.S.-bound plane.

Death toll from Brazil mudslides rises to 76
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Death toll from Brazil mudslides rises to 76

At least 76 people have died in flooding and mudslides in Brazil’s three largest states over the past four days, O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported on Sunday.

Iraq to support Blackwater lawsuit in U.S. courts
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Iraq to support Blackwater lawsuit in U.S. courts

Iraq will help victims of the 2007 shooting of civilians in Baghdad to file a U.S. lawsuit against employees of security firm Blackwater, an incident that turned a spotlight on the United States’ use of private contractors in war zones.

Roadside bomb kills former Pakistan minister
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Roadside bomb kills former Pakistan minister

A bomb attack in northwest Pakistan killed a former minister on Sunday, officials said, keeping up pressure on a government struggling to contain a raging Taliban insurgency and stabilize the country.

U.S., British embassies in Yemen close on Qaeda threat
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
U.S., British embassies in Yemen close on Qaeda threat

The United States and Britain closed their embassies in Yemen on Sunday over security concerns about possible militant attacks after the failed bombing of a U.S.-bound plane on Christmas Day.

Obama aide says al Qaeda may plan Yemen attack
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Obama aide says al Qaeda may plan Yemen attack

The United States has indications al Qaeda is planning an attack against a target in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, a senior aide to President Barack Obama said on Sunday.

No “smoking gun” in plane incident: Obama aide
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
No “smoking gun” in plane incident: Obama aide

A top White House official said on Sunday the attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound plane on Christmas Day exposed security lapses and errors but he played down the need for a sweeping overhaul of the system to thwart attacks.

Give Homeland Security role in U.S. visas: Senator
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Give Homeland Security role in U.S. visas: Senator

The Homeland Security Department rather than the State Department should handle U.S. visas overseas to meet security threats, the chairman of the Senate homeland security committee said on Sunday.

New U.S. screening for air travelers from 7 nations: report
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
New U.S. screening for air travelers from 7 nations: report

All travelers from Nigeria, Yemen, Pakistan, Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria flying into the United States will be patted down and have carry-on luggage searched under new security procedures starting January 4, Politico reported on Sunday.

Lenovo unveils ThinkPad design with AMD chips
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Lenovo unveils ThinkPad design with AMD chips

Lenovo Group Ltd is unveiling a new look for its classic ThinkPad line, and is including Advanced Micro Devices Inc microprocessors in the laptops for the first time.

Bernanke-Rate hikes not best to burst bubbles
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Bernanke-Rate hikes not best to burst bubbles

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Sunday that vigorous financial regulation would have been the best way to restrain the housing bubble that helped cause the deep recession, but said policy makers can no longer rule out monetary policy to curb the buildup of risk.

NAB gearing up for Northern Rock takeover: report
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
NAB gearing up for Northern Rock takeover: report

National Australia Bank (NAB.AX) is gearing up for a takeover of nationalized British lender Northern Rock (NRKx.L) and has held a “beauty parade” of potential advisors on the deal, reported The Observer.

Brazil’s Itau may buy stakes in RBS, Lloyds: report
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Brazil’s Itau may buy stakes in RBS, Lloyds: report

Brazilian lender Itau Unibanco (ITUB4.SA)(ITUB.N) is considering buying stakes in one of the United Kingdom banks rescued by the government during the height of the global credit crisis of 2008, the U.K. Sunday Times reported on Sunday.

Kraft to raise Cadbury bid in next 2 weeks: report
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Kraft to raise Cadbury bid in next 2 weeks: report

Kraft Foods is preparing to sweeten its hostile 10 billion pound ($15.9 billion) takeover bid for British confectionery maker Cadbury, reported the Sunday Times.

Got a pet tarantula? Better protect your eyes
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Got a pet tarantula? Better protect your eyes

Here’s some advice stemming from the unusual case of a man who had spider hairs stuck in his cornea: Be sure to cover your eyes when hanging around with your pet tarantula.

McCluster-led Ole Miss beats OSU in Cotton Bowl
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
McCluster-led Ole Miss beats OSU in Cotton Bowl

Dexter McCluster gave Mississippi fans a finale to remember, rushing for 182 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead 2-yard run on a direct snap with 4:03 left as the Rebels beat No. 21 Oklahoma State 21-7 in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday.