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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Obama aide says al Qaeda may plan Yemen attack
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm

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.

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No “smoking gun” in plane incident: Obama aide
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm

A top White House official said on Sunday the attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound plane on Christmas Day exposed security lapses and errors but he played down the need for a sweeping overhaul of the system to thwart attacks.

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Give Homeland Security role in U.S. visas: Senator
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm

The Homeland Security Department rather than the State Department should handle U.S. visas overseas to meet security threats, the chairman of the Senate homeland security committee said on Sunday.

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New U.S. screening for air travelers from 7 nations: report
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm

All travelers from Nigeria, Yemen, Pakistan, Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria flying into the United States will be patted down and have carry-on luggage searched under new security procedures starting January 4, Politico reported on Sunday.

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Lenovo unveils ThinkPad design with AMD chips
January 3, 2010 – 11:00 pm

Lenovo Group Ltd is unveiling a new look for its classic ThinkPad line, and is including Advanced Micro Devices Inc microprocessors in the laptops for the first time.

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