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Obama blames al Qaeda for plane attack
January 2, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Obama blames al Qaeda for plane attack

The Obama administration on Saturday zeroed in on al Qaeda as the driving force behind an attempt to bomb a U.S.-bound airliner on Christmas and promised again to hold accountable those involved in the failed attack.

Book Talk: Ali Shaw makes magic with debut novel
January 2, 2010 – 5:00 am
Book Talk: Ali Shaw makes magic with debut novel

British writer Ali Shaw drew inspiration from fairy tales for his debut novel and to magical effect, with “The Girl With Glass Feet” published to great acclaim.

Central volunteer fire chief celebrates 20 years with department
January 2, 2010 – 3:13 am
Central volunteer fire chief celebrates 20 years with department

Ed Reynolds said he was laying carpet in Central in the late 1980s when first approached about the possibility of becoming a volunteer firefighter for the town.

Clemson set to open ACC slate at vengeful Devils
January 1, 2010 – 11:15 pm
Clemson set to open ACC slate at vengeful Devils

To say Duke has dominated Clemson on the hardwood historically would be putting it mildly, at best. The Blue Devils lead 100-29 all-time in the series and until the 2008 ACC Tournament held a 22-game win streak dating back better than a decade.

Greg Oliver: Clemson ends 2009 football season on a positive note
January 1, 2010 – 11:10 pm
Greg Oliver: Clemson ends 2009 football season on a positive note

Let’s not get carried away. Clemson’s 21-13 win over Kentucky in the Music City Bowl earlier this week in no way erases the disappointment of a loss to archrival USC, a loss to Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship game and the freefall from a BCS bowl to a lower-tier bowl.

Gamecocks bring offensive mystery against UConn
January 1, 2010 – 11:05 pm
Gamecocks bring offensive mystery against UConn

Lawrence Wilson and the Connecticut defense aren’t sure exactly what to expect from Steve Spurrier in the Papajohns.com Bowl.

Snowboarder in critical condition after accident
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Snowboarder in critical condition after accident

American snowboarder Kevin Pearce was in critical condition at a Utah hospital Friday after suffering a head injury while training in Park City, his publicist said.

Bowden goes out a winner in Gator Bowl, 33-21
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Bowden goes out a winner in Gator Bowl, 33-21

Bobby Bowden rode only a few bouncy steps on his players’ shoulders, then hopped off.

Pryor leads Bucks past Oregon 26-17 in Rose Bowl
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Pryor leads Bucks past Oregon 26-17 in Rose Bowl

Ohio State’s bowl woes are over, thanks to a sturdy defense and a quarterback who finally played up to his enormous potential.

McDaniels benches star receiver for season finale
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
McDaniels benches star receiver for season finale

Just when they finally patched things up, Brandon Marshall and Josh McDaniels are back to square one, and another reconciliation appears farfetched.

Arenas, teammate pull guns on each other
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Arenas, teammate pull guns on each other

The investigation of Gilbert Arenas and the guns he brought to the Verizon Center took a much more serious turn Friday amid a report that the Washington Wizards point guard and teammate Javaris Crittenton allegedly drew on each other during a locker-room argument over a gambling debt.

New-look US Olympic hockey roster picked
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
New-look US Olympic hockey roster picked

Not since NHL players started going to the Olympics 12 years ago has the U.S. team featured so many fresh faces.

Errant Chinese smoker stops world’s fastest train
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Errant Chinese smoker stops world’s fastest train

The world’s fastest train hit its first speed bump in the form of a disobedient smoker less than a week after it began running in southern China.

Mother Teresa, Katharine Hepburn to get U.S. stamps
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Mother Teresa, Katharine Hepburn to get U.S. stamps

The U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday said Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa and Hollywood actress Katharine Hepburn will be honored in 2010 with their own mail stamps.

Regis Philbin returns to “Live” in January
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Regis Philbin returns to “Live” in January

Regis Philbin will return to “Live with Regis and Kelly” on January 4, having spent December recovering from hip replacement surgery.

U2 tour tops annual rankings in North America
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
U2 tour tops annual rankings in North America

U2 may have suffered disappointing sales for their new album, but the Irish rockers were easily the most popular draw on the North American concert circuit this year, according to data issued on Wednesday.

Abbas may review security ties after Israeli raid
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Abbas may review security ties after Israeli raid

The Palestinians may review their West Bank security ties with Israel if it continues unilateral operations such as a December 26 raid which killed three militants, President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday.

Finnish mall shootings “not random”: police
January 1, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Finnish mall shootings “not random”: police

A Kosovan-born gunman who killed his ex-girlfriend and four other people in a New Year’s Eve rampage in Finland shot his victims systematically and did not fire at random, police said on Friday.