If you're just getting into the swing of things after a long Christmas weekend, welcome back. If you're still on vacation, we're jealous.
Our early headlines:
-- Activists Condemn Syrian Army's 'Show,' Say Tanks Didn't Move Far.
-- Lost Money: $41 Billion In Gift Cards Haven't Been Redeemed Since 2005.
Other stories in the news:
-- "Dozens Of Kmart, Sears Stores To Close." (The Associated Press)
-- "Path Is Cleared For Yemeni Leader To Get Care In U.S." (The New York Times)
-- "No U.S. Troops, But An Army Of Contractors In Iraq." (Morning Edition)
-- "Al-Qaida In Iraq Says It Was Behind Baghdad Blasts" That Killed Scores Last Week. (The Associated Press)
-- South Korean Delegations Return Home After Meeting With Kim Jong Un In Pyongyang. (Yonhap News)
-- Moving Melee Causes Chaos At Packed Mall Of America. (Star Tribune)