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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

“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.

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

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.

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Soundgarden reunion planned for 2010
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Soundgarden will reunite for concerts in 2010, according to a Twitter message from frontman Chris Cornell which directs fans to a new Web site, Soundgardenworld.com.

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

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.

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Susan Boyle aims for sixth week atop U.S. chart
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Susan Boyle is on track to celebrate a sixth consecutive week at No. 1 on the U.S. pop album chart on Wednesday, but may fall short of claiming the best-selling release of 2009.

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Steelers and Texans keep playoff hopes alive
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Defending Super Bowl champions Pittsburgh Steelers and the surprising Houston Texans kept their slim playoff hopes alive with victories on Sunday, the final day of the NFL regular season.

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