FRANCE: French court convicts Islamic veil-wearing woman :: http://www.english.rfi.fr/france/20140108-french-court-convicts-islamic-veil-wearing-woman
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.
The Autism Debate: Who's Afraid of Jenny McCarthy? :: Parents of autistic children call Jenny McCarthy an inspiration, but doctors say she's a menace to public health. How a former Playmate and television loudmouth became one of the most feared mothers in America
The Power of Negative Thinking :: Both ancient philosophy and modern psychology suggest that darker thoughts can make us happier, writes Oliver Burkeman.
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.
Warren Buffett's Secrets, Our 10 Favorite Quotes And 1 You Won't Find - Seeking Alpha :: http://seekingalpha.com/article/1916341-warren-buffetts-secrets-our-10-favorite-quotes-and-1-you-wont-find
Coordinates: Designing the Next Wave of Computer Chips :: Scientists are looking for new ways to make computer chips and investigating materials that can self-assemble.
Scientists: Americans Are Becoming Weather Wimps :: http://feeds.abcnews.com/c/35229/f/654843/s/35c00a62/sc/10/l/0Labcnews0Bgo0N0CTechnology0CwireStory0Cscientists0Eamericans0Eweather0Ewimps0E21480A726/story01.htm
Amiri Baraka, Polarizing Poet and Playwright, Dies at 79 :: Mr. Baraka's work was widely anthologized, and he was also long famous as a political firebrand, with critical opinion divided in every arena.
National Park Proves a Hard Gift to Give :: A landowner's plan to donate 75,000 acres for a national park in Maine has met fierce opposition, partly because many in the region loathe the idea of giving Washington a toehold there.
California Hospital Sets Up Flu Tent :: http://feeds.abcnews.com/c/35229/f/654843/s/35ba8d7c/sc/22/l/0Labcnews0Bgo0N0Cblogs0Chealth0C20A140C0A10C0A90Ccalifornia0Ehospital0Esets0Eup0Eflu0Etent0C/story01.htm
Man Allegedly Kills Stepdad with 'Atomic Wedgie' :: http://feeds.abcnews.com/c/35229/f/654843/s/35b69f4c/sc/42/l/0Labcnews0Bgo0N0Cblogs0Cheadlines0C20A140C0A10Cman0Eallegedly0Ekills0Estepdad0Ewith0Eatomic0Ewedgie0C/story01.htm
Mikaela Shiffrin's Swift, if Unplanned, Ascent to World Champion :: Shiffrin, an 18-year-old American who has dominated the World Cup slalom and is an Olympic favorite, was raised with a focus on process, not results.
Op-Ed Contributor: The Shroud Over Rwanda's Nightmare :: Evidence of whether the 1994 genocide could have been prevented remains classified.
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.
FRANCE: Paris' Mayor joins ranks of politicians against French comic Dieudonné :: http://www.english.rfi.fr/france/20140105-paris-mayor-joins-ranks-politicians-against-french-comic-dieudonne
Berkshire seen failing Buffett's 5-year test for 1st time since 1965 - STLtoday.com :: http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/berkshire-seen-failing-buffett-s--year-test-for-st/article_24533310-7006-5aaa-b8af-1b5c712dfbc4.html
FRANCE - SYRIA: Nationalities of aid doctors with MSF abducted in Syria revealed :: http://www.english.rfi.fr/france/20140104-nationalities-aid-doctors-msf-abducted-syria-revealed
National Affairs: THE NEGRO CRIME RATE: A FAILURE IN INTEGRATION :: National Affairs: THE NEGRO CRIME RATE: A FAILURE IN INTEGRATION
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.
The Pour: 20 Winter Wines for $20 :: Eric Asimov selects 20 fantastic winter wines, all at the price point of $20, presented here in no particular order.