December 30, 2011 Sears Holdings plans to close 100 to 120 of its locations as it seeks to cut costs. So far, Florida is home to the most that will be shuttered — 11.
Ben Breedlove, in one of his final videos.
December 30, 2011 In Austin yesterday more than 1,500 people gathered — as many more watched online — to say goodbye to a Texas teen who reached millions with the videos he posted online in the months before his Christmas Day death from heart disease.
"Oh dear, the car doesn't seem to recognize me." (1960 file photo from the U.K.)
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December 30, 2011 Researchers at the University of Tokyo's Graduate School of Industrial Technology have developed an anti-theft device for cars that senses whether the derriere behind the wheel is or isn't supposed to be there.
December 30, 2011 Also: "outrage" over Verizon's planned fee; Romney and Paul are 1 and 2 in new Iowa poll; Samoa skips Friday.
December 30, 2011 There are reports of nail bombs being fired by security forces and of some deaths.
December 30, 2011 The tiny island's shift from one side of the International Dateline to the other means people there jumped from Thursday to Saturday.
December 30, 2011 Verizon said it was scrapping its plans because of customer feedback. The fee caused an uproar on the Internet.
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney campaigning in Ames, Iowa, on Thursday (Dec. 29, 2011).
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December 30, 2011 With just one holiday weekend between now and Tuesday's Republican presidential caucuses in Iowa, there's another poll signalling that it could be a close battle at the top between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).
She'll be paid well to party: Kim Kardashian.
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December 29, 2011 That's what Kim Kardashian reportedly will earn for being in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve and again during some "special appearances" in 2012. But in the celebrity world, it's not unusual.
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December 29, 2011 America and its allies are looking to further isolate and pressure Iran so long as that Persian nation continues to be a threat to others in the region.
Aisha Gadhafi in 2006.
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December 29, 2011 The former Libyan leader's daughter Aisha has reportedly told friends she would feel safer there than anywhere else. For years, there have been rumors of Jewish roots in the Gadhafi family tree. It's not likely she'll be welcomed, though.
December 29, 2011 Our post-Christmas post about the estimated $41 billion worth of gift cards that haven't been redeemed since 2005 seemed to strike a chord. Here's another idea about what to do if you've got cards just sitting around.
Gen. David Petraeus in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on July 4, 2011.
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December 29, 2011 An Associated Press report about Paula Broadwell's new book led with the "news" that Petraeus "almost resigned." But that was wrong. Friends encouraged him to do that, she says, but Petraeus did not consider it.
December 29, 2011 Also: Videos belie monitor's comment about "nothing frightening" happening in Syria; U.S. reportedly moving ahead with weapons sales to Iraq; air strike by Turkish warplanes kills 35 near Kurdish village.
Siku on Dec. 8, 2011.
December 29, 2011 Go ahead. Try not to feel all warm and fuzzy after you watch a video or two of the month-old polar bear who is quickly becoming an Internet hit. He's at a zoo in Denmark.
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