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“Idol” judge Jackson calls Cowell rumors distracting
January 8, 2010 – 11:00 pm | Comments Off on “Idol” judge Jackson calls Cowell rumors distracting

“American Idol” judge Randy Jackson said on Friday he did not know whether fellow panelist Simon Cowell would be leaving the show but fevered speculation on his future was a distraction from the TV singing contest’s mission of finding the next superstar.

France to introduce body scanners at airports
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France will use body scanners at some of its airports, initially to search passengers heading to the United States, Transport Secretary Dominique Bussereau told Europe 1 radio on Friday.

First Georgian plane since war lands in Moscow
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A Georgian Airways charter plane landed in Moscow from Tbilisi on Friday, the first direct flight between Georgia and Russia since the two countries fought a brief war in 2008.

Protests continue over Egypt Copt shootings
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Separate protests by Muslim and Christian groups broke out in southern Egypt on Friday after six Coptic Christians and a Muslim policeman were killed in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday, security sources said.

Car bomb seriously injures policeman in Northern Ireland
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Republican militants seriously injured a police officer when they exploded a bomb under his car in Northern Ireland on Friday, police said, in the latest of increasingly frequent attacks in the province.

Immigrants riot in Italy amid racial unrest
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Clashes between immigrants and locals in a southern Italian town entered a second day on Friday, with the government rushing extra police to try to stem one of the worst episodes of racial unrest in years.

Vice President Joe Biden’s mother dies at 92
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s mother, Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Finnegan Biden, died on Friday at the family’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, the vice president said in a statement. She was 92.

Employers slash jobs in Dec, pressuring Obama
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U.S. employers cut 85,000 jobs in December, confounding expectations the labor market was finally stabilizing and piling pressure on President Barack Obama to spur job growth.

Two more arrested in suspected New York bomb plot
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Federal authorities on Friday arrested two men linked to a suspected al Qaeda-inspired bomb plot after one of them led the FBI on a high-speed chase during which he invoked the name of Allah in a 911 call, a law-enforcement source said.

Frigid U.S. Midwest could see more snow
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Blowing snow and frigid temperatures have left the U.S. Midwest in a deep freeze for most of the new year, with the possibility of more wicked weather next week, a forecaster said Friday.

Not guilty plea entered for Nigerian bomb suspect
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A federal judge entered a not guilty plea on Friday on behalf of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian accused in the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airplane that prompted a sweeping review of U.S. security procedures.

Dollar posts biggest loss in six weeks after data
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The dollar suffered its biggest loss against a basket of six currencies in a month and a half on Friday after an unexpected drop in U.S. nonfarm payrolls dented expectations interest rates will rise any time soon.