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Peter Gabriel goes orchestral for covers album
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
Peter Gabriel goes orchestral for covers album

Peter Gabriel eschews traditional rock’n'roll instrumentation on his upcoming album, “Scratch My Back,” which sports orchestral covers of material originally recorded by David Bowie, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Radiohead and Arcade Fire, among others.

This year in film – what could possibly go wrong?
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm
This year in film – what could possibly go wrong?

Can the New Year live up to what was a rotten old year for everybody but the movie business? There are never any guarantees that films will perform, and movies usually look best sight unseen.

“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.