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Dixon runs UConn past South Carolina, 20-7
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Dixon runs UConn past South Carolina, 20-7

The Connecticut Huskies made a statement in the Southeastern Conference’s backyard, while Steve Spurrier and South Carolina left embarrassed by what the coach described as a “sad, sad effort.”

Pitt deals No. 5 Syracuse its first loss, 82-72
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Pitt deals No. 5 Syracuse its first loss, 82-72

Cross No. 5 Syracuse off the list of unbeatens. Ashton Gibbs scored 24 points and Jermaine Dixon added 21 to lead Pittsburgh to an 82-72 victory Saturday over the Orange.

Cal’s Jahvid Best to leave school to enter draft
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Cal’s Jahvid Best to leave school to enter draft

California star tailback Jahvid Best announced Saturday that he will skip his senior year and enter the NFL draft after a disappointing final college season cut short by injury.

Saints plan to rest Brees, start Brunell
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Saints plan to rest Brees, start Brunell

Drew Brees will get some rest in the New Orleans Saints’ regular-season finale at Carolina, likely keeping his NFL-record completion percentage intact.

Fox, Time Warner Cable reach deal to avoid blackout
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Fox, Time Warner Cable reach deal to avoid blackout

Time Warner Cable and Fox have reached a deal to keep carrying Fox Networks programing after the companies negotiated through New Year’s Day to avoid a blackout of TV shows like “The Simpsons” and college and NFL football games in 13 million U.S. homes.

A Minute With: Bryce Dallas Howard in “Teardrop”
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
A Minute With: Bryce Dallas Howard in “Teardrop”

After starring opposite giant robots in the action movie “Terminator: Salvation,” Bryce Dallas Howard plays a debutante in 1920s Memphis in the film drama “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond.”

Egypt committee rejects Orascom’s appeal on Mobinil bid
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Egypt committee rejects Orascom’s appeal on Mobinil bid

An Egyptian appeals committee has rejected a request by Orascom Telecom (ORTE.CA) that the regulator block France Telecom’s latest bid to buy all of Mobinil shares, the regulator said on Saturday.

Tokyo Stock Exchange to launch new trading system on Jan 4
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Tokyo Stock Exchange to launch new trading system on Jan 4

The Tokyo Stock Exchange, Asia’s largest equities bourse, said it would go ahead with the launch of its new trading system as planned on Monday after running final checks.

Ferrero discusses Cadbury with Hershey, private equity
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Ferrero discusses Cadbury with Hershey, private equity

Italian confectioner Ferrero has met with private equity firms as well as Hershey Co to discuss a possible bid for Britain’s Cadbury Plc, Il Sole 24 Ore daily reported on Saturday.

Bomb suspect may not have begun trip in Ghana
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Bomb suspect may not have begun trip in Ghana

A Nigerian charged with trying to blow up a U.S. passenger jet on Christmas Day may not have begun his journey in Ghana, a Ghanaian airport official said on Saturday.

Karzai visits south Afghanistan, rockets land nearby
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Karzai visits south Afghanistan, rockets land nearby

Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited the southerly Helmand province on Saturday, where he condemned recent foreign air strikes that have killed civilians, and two rockets apparently exploded nearby.

Picasso, other art works stolen from French villa
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Picasso, other art works stolen from French villa

Thieves have stolen about 30 paintings, including a work by Spanish master Pablo Picasso, from a private villa in the south of France, police said on Saturday.

Bin Laden daughter should be free to quit Iran: Saudi Arabia
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Bin Laden daughter should be free to quit Iran: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia urged Iran on Saturday to allow a daughter of Osama bin Laden, who fled house arrest and sought refuge in the Saudi embassy in Tehran, to leave the country if she wishes.

Yemen president tackles boosting security with U.S.
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Yemen president tackles boosting security with U.S.

Yemen’s president met a top U.S. general on Saturday to discuss boosting military cooperation, after President Barack Obama tied al Qaeda’s regional arm to the Christmas Day attempt to blow up a U.S. passenger jet.

Danish cartoonist attacker suspected of al Qaeda ties
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Danish cartoonist attacker suspected of al Qaeda ties

A Somali man armed with an axe and suspected of links with al Qaeda broke into the home of a Danish cartoonist whose drawings of the Prophet Mohammad caused global Muslim outrage and was shot and wounded by police.

Afghan MPs reject two-thirds of Karzai’s cabinet
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Afghan MPs reject two-thirds of Karzai’s cabinet

The Afghan parliament dealt President Hamid Karzai a painful blow on Saturday when it rejected more than two-thirds of his cabinet nominees, including several close allies and former guerrilla commander Ismail Khan.

Bomb suspect “reached out” to UK militants: report
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Bomb suspect “reached out” to UK militants: report

British security services knew three years ago that the Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a U.S.-bound plane had “multiple communications” with Islamic extremists in Britain, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

Venezuela captures bigger drug haul in 2009
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Venezuela captures bigger drug haul in 2009

Venezuela reported on Saturday 60 metric tons of drugs were confiscated in 2009, an 11 percent bigger haul than the previous year, and said anti-narcotics efforts had improved since it ended cooperation with the United States.