Republican: Why I can't support Hagel :: To the surprise of many, including me, President Barack Obama has nominated former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel to be his next defense secretary. Like many Texans, I am grateful for Hagel's courageous military service, but I fear he is the wrong man to lead the Pentagon.
The revival of an ancient whistling language :: On a Spanish island, an ancient whistling language that seemed to be dying out is now undergoing a revival.
Bennett: Obama's spending problem :: Second terms, untainted by re-election posturing, often reveal a president's true governing philosophy. In the case of President Obama, two recent revelations have confirmed all we may need to know about his agenda for the next four years.
Lung infection breath test discovery :: Scientists have identified the chemical "fingerprint" of bacteria present in the lungs, which could lead to a quick breath test to diagnose infections like tuberculosis, says a study in the Journal of Breath Research.
VIDEO: Take a tour of The Shard's roof :: BBC News gets a preview of the viewing platform on the 72nd floor of The Shard in London, western Europe's tallest building.
A look at U.S. gun laws from 1791 :: Mass shootings in 2012 reignited the debate over legislation to combat gun violence. Here's a look at laws already on the books in the United States dealing with firearms.
For disabled, a Web access divide :: Melissa Earll owns stacks of classic comic books, baseball cards that include a young Hank Aaron and Whitey Ford and other collectibles she wants to sell.
Can airliners really fly upside down? :: The pilot turned his airliner upside down. On purpose. And it saved nearly a hundred lives.
China's Southern Weekly returns :: Southern Weekly hit Beijing newsstands for the first time since journalists went on strike to protest apparent editorial interference but was not widely available in its home province.
'Lincoln' leads Oscar race :: Nominations are in and Kim Serafin takes a look at the leading contenders to take home an Oscar this year.
Saudi beheading: Inhuman and illegal? :: The beheading of Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan in Saudi Arabia convicted of the murder of a baby, should spotlight the precarious existence of other domestic workers, Jo Becker of Human Rights Watch writes.
What do Biden, NRA have in common? :: There are obviously deep divisions between the two, but they may find common ground on gun control, says John Avlon.
Microsoft sets Messenger deadline :: The Windows Live Messenger service will be switched off on 15 March, Microsoft says in a message to all users of the service.
Police find alligator guarding marijuana :: During a probation check, police find 34 pounds of marijuana being guarded by an alligator. Affiliate WPIX reports.
Huge dust storm hits Down Under :: Amazing visuals show a mammoth dust storm passing over Western Australia after a large storm near Onslow.
Tiny machine apes production line :: Manchester scientists develop a tiny molecular machine they hope one day could synthesize new drug molecules or new types of plastic.
How Manchester United nearly died :: The air-raid sirens haunted the night sky. It was March 11 1941 and the Luftwaffe was on the attack. There was fear, panic, death and ruin.
Day in pictures: 11 January 2013 :: Twenty four hours of news photos: 11 January
How L'Occitane avoided ruin :: It started with one man peddling lavender and rosemary oil at local markets -- now it's a business valued at $4.8 billion.
Adoption map launch for campaign :: A new map showing the number of children waiting to be adopted in different parts of England is being published by the government.
Can you still go from burger flipper to president? :: Ex-McDonald's president Fred Turner, who died this week, made it from burger flipper to the top. But is this still realistic?
Australia: Facing off with nature :: Australia's farmers are struggling in the face of extreme weather such as catastrophic bushfires, says author Geoff Hiscock.
A grandmother, a new bunker lead to India-Pakistan clashes :: url: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/INtopNews/~3/yllg5z5iRcw/india-pakistan-border-clash-reason-idINDEE90A09V20130111
Who will win battle for new Tunisia? :: When ultra-conservative Salafist Muslims took an interest in an artist Nadia Jelassi's work at a Tunis exhibition, the reaction was much stronger than she bargained for. The case highlights growing tensions between liberal and religious forces over the limits of free speech in post --revolution Tunisia.
Will 'Abenomics' lift Japan? :: As the new Japanese government of Shinzo Abe unleashes a new round of stimulus for the ailing economy, a Tokyo restaurateur has thrown his support behind the new government -- but it comes with a resigned sigh that seems to mark most leadership changes in the world's third largest economy.
A-level science funding fears :: Scientists have asked the government to reconsider a plan to remove higher funding for A-level science courses.
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Oscar nominations :: The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced. Which film received the most nods? Who were the surprise snubs? Get the scoop here.
Why Spanish hoops star spurned NBA :: It's the dream of millions of basketball fans around the world -- to be an NBA star.
Clegg vows to stand again in 2015 :: Nick Clegg confirms he will stand again as a parliamentary candidate at the next general election.