Ryan Budget Plan Draws GOP Flak :: House Republican leaders are drawing opposition from party members to the idea of revamping Medicare for more Americans than previously suggested.
TSA to Allow Small Knives on Planes :: The Transportation Security Administration said it would soon allow fliers to carry certain smaller knives onto airplanes, one of the biggest moves to scale back airport-security measures since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Venezuela Leader Chávez Dies at 58 :: Hugo Chávez, a former tank commander turned populist politician who used Venezuela's oil riches to pursue his vision of socialism and challenge the U.S., died Tuesday from complications related to cancer.
Cardinals Raise Questions Over Report :: When cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope, the chapel will become a fortress of the Holy See's most carefully guarded secrets. But there is one secret many of the cardinals themselves are trying to divine.
Five Stocks Handled the Heavy Lifting :: Five blue-chip stocks have accounted for about one-third of the rally in the Dow since the financial crisis.
Beijing, U.S. Unveil New Korean Sanctions :: The U.S. and China introduced a new round of sanctions against North Korea at the United Nations that the U.S. said would significantly impede the development of Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, in response to its test last month of an atomic bomb.
Venezuela Consults Cuban Playbook :: Hours before announcing Chávez's death, the government resorted to a ploy to try to unite his supporters: Talk of an alleged conspiracy by the U.S. to destabilize the country.
NSA Judge Is No Stranger to Controversial Rulings - Wall Street Journal :: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304403804579264413734088306.html
Bids for George Zimmerman painting near $100000 on eBay - Reuters UK :: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/12/17/us-usa-florida-zimmerman-idUKBRE9BG17720131217
The top TV complaints of 2013 - Telegraph.co.uk :: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/10523732/The-top-TV-complaints-of-2013.html
Neanderthals cared for elders - Ninemsn :: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/technology/2013/12/17/10/33/neanderthals-cared-for-elders
George Zimmerman's Painting Bids Reach $100K :: http://feeds.abcnews.com/c/35229/f/654843/s/34ebbde3/sc/38/l/0Labcnews0Bgo0N0CUS0Cgeorge0Ezimmermans0Epainting0Ebids0Ereach0E10A0A0A0A0A0Cstory0Did0F21242693/story01.htm
Big Sur Fire Destroys 15 Homes, Forces 100 to Flee :: http://feeds.abcnews.com/c/35229/f/654843/s/34e79b9d/sc/3/l/0Labcnews0Bgo0N0CUS0CwireStory0Cwildfire0Ebig0Esur0Eleads0Eevacuations0E21235760A/story01.htm
Boeing announces $10 billion buyback, raises dividend :: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/MostRead/~3/jo9FOU-VE4s/story01.htm
Ray Price, Country Singer, Dies at 87 :: Mr. Price placed more than 100 singles on the country charts, including hits like "Make the World Go Away," and helped change the genre.
The Power of Negative Thinking :: Both ancient philosophy and modern psychology suggest that darker thoughts can make us happier, writes Oliver Burkeman.
FRANCE: French culture minister snubs launch of Google's Paris arts hub :: http://www.english.rfi.fr/culture/20131210-french-culture-minister-snubs-launch-googles-paris-arts-hub
Best of the Web Today: Not a Dictator :: President Obama's declaration of ineffectuality.
Technology Shapes Kenyan Elections :: The Internet and social media in Kenya, which played a central role in this year's elections by allowing Kenyans to question candidates, took on a new function Tuesday—spreading messages of peace to avert new bloodshed.
Apps Are Creating New Jobs :: Mobile apps have spawned new sets of jobs that people are performing without having to have a computer-science degree.
EU Fines Microsoft $732 Million :: Microsoft has been hit with a $732.2 million fine by European Union regulators after it broke its promise to offer millions of users of its Windows system a choice of rival Web browsers.
#SequesterThis :: Meat inspectors have to go, but fine wines are still on the USDA menu.
Say Goodbye to the 4% Rule for Retirement :: If markets don't cooperate, the conventional wisdom on how much you can withdraw from your nest egg each year can fall short. What are the alternatives? Here are three of them.