NSA Dragnet Included Allies, Aid Groups and Business Elite – New York Times

New York TimesSecret documents reveal more than 1,000 targets of American and British surveillance in recent years, including the office of an Israeli prime minister, heads of international aid organizations,…

Beltran, Yankees may be looking at short window for success – USA TODAY

USA TODAYNEW YORK — Carlos Beltran began building his Hall of Fame case in the middle part of the last decade, when he excelled in nearly every aspect of baseball.…

Grant Balfour, doctors take issue with Orioles – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe Baltimore Orioles will not be signing free agent closer Grant Balfour as the club backed away from a two-year deal in the franchise’s latest episode in nixing a…

Bill Belichick is glad he doesn’t have to coach against Nick Saban – USA TODAY

USA TODAYIt’s well-known that Bill Belichick and Nick Saban are good friends. It makes sense — they share a passion for football, have no time for silly press conference questions,…

Adrian Peterson set to return, make run a rushing title – USA TODAY

USA TODAYEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson intends to return to action Sunday, and the reigning MVP hasn’t given up on his third rushing title either.…

Report: NSA paid RSA to make flawed crypto algorithm the default – Ars Technica

Ars TechnicaSecurity company RSA was paid $10 million to use the flawed Dual_EC_DRBG pseudorandom number generating algorithm as the default algorithm in its BSafe crypto library, according to sources speaking…

BlackBerry shares surge 15.5% on Foxconn deal – USA TODAY

USA TODAYShares of BlackBerry surged 15.5% Friday to close at $7.22 after the company announced a five-year partnership with Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn. The primary focus of the deal will be…

Eagles QB Nick Foles fined $10K for illegal block – USA TODAY

USA TODAYPhiladelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles figures to think twice before throwing another low block. The NFL has fined Foles $10,000 for an illegal peelback block on Vikings linebacker Erin…

YouTube Copyright Claim Fraudulently Used By Ares Rights Against Chevron In Ecuador Issue

The YouTube Copyright Claim Process, currently the focus of negative media coverage because of its allowance of fraudulent takedowns of videos allegedly under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), was…

Hawks, Jazz tussle in Atlanta – WXIA-TV

WXIA-TVAtlanta set an arena record with 38 assists in Wednesday’s 124-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Jeff Teague was the main facilitator with 15 assists to go along with 18…

NSA, GCHQ targeted wide spectrum of foreign interests, including allies, heads … – Washington Post

Washington PostBritish and U.S. spy agencies targeted the office of an Israeli prime minister, the heads of international aid organizations and a European Union official who oversees antitrust issues involving…

Act now if you want a vanity Web address on Vine – NBCNews.com

NBCNews.comStick with your original Twitter handle (as our own Helen Popkin did) or pick a new URL for your Vine Web presence. If you use Vine, Twitter’s micro-video sharing app,…

PJ Hairston’s family doesn’t realize what’s really a ‘shame’ here – CBSSports.com

CBSSports.com“We are displeased with the University of North Carolina’s decision not to submit the necessary paperwork to the NCAA requesting to have P.J. reinstated,” read a statement released by the…

Melvin Gordon to return to Badgers – ESPN

ESPNWisconsin running back Melvin Gordon will return for his redshirt junior season in 2014, he announced Friday. Big Ten Blog. Big Ten ESPN.com‘s Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett write about…

2013 Was a Schizophrenic Year at the Box Office – Variety

2013 Was a Schizophrenic Year at the Box OfficeVarietyBut for all the talk of box office becoming a 52-week game, industry players still have plenty of bad habits that need…

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers ‘looks ready to play’ but probably won’t – USA TODAY

USA TODAYGREEN BAY, Wis. — Much of what coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday suggested Aaron Rodgers is ready to play quarterback for the Green Bay Packers this week. But the…

Hairston’s Career Over at North Carolina – ABC News

ABC NewsP.J. Hairston’s career is over at North Carolina. The school said Friday that it won’t seek Hairston’s reinstatement from the NCAA after the junior committed several rule violations. Hairston…

Bus Vandalized as Protesters in SF, Oakland Target Silicon Valley Shuttles – KQED (blog)

KQED (blog)Update 11:50 a.m.: It turns out there were two incidents this morning in Oakland involving Google buses in addition to a protest involving an Apple bus in San Francisco.…

UPDATE 4-BlackBerry steps back on handset business, shares jump – Reuters

Reuters(Adds details). By Euan Rocha, Alastair Sharp and Allison Martell. TORONTO Dec 20 (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd said on Friday it was entering a handset production deal that lowers the…

Google antitrust offer rejected in Europe – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSAN FRANCISCO — Google’s latest offer to end an antitrust investigation in Europe was rejected by authorities in the region, leaving a question mark over how the world’s largest…

Canada court strikes down prostitution restrictions – Irish Times

Irish TimesValerie Scott (left), one of three current and former sex workers who initiated a challenge to Canada’s prostitution laws, has her picture taken with a copy of the ruling…

Nine films eligible for Foreign Language Oscar nomination – UPI.com

UPI.comThe Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language film are announced by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, California on January 10, 2013. The…

Split decision: Van Damme or Norris? – USA TODAY

USA TODAYChuck Norris is wishing you season’s greeting in Jean Claude Van Damme style. Apparently, Van Damme isn’t the only one who can make an epic split. A video brought…

Kobe Bryant’s injury puts Lakers’ future in jeopardy – USA TODAY

USA TODAYCan we just fast forward to the summer of 2014 in Laker Land please? That’s when the real intrigue — and hopefully a fully healthy Kobe Bryant — will…

Drew Brees exploited Carolina secondary in first meeting – USA TODAY

USA TODAYNew Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees claimed he didn’t see Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell sprinting across the field to wag a finger in Brees’ direction. But Brees knew…

Woman Shot Near Oakland Superior Courthouse – CBS Local

Woman Shot Near Oakland Superior CourthouseCBS LocalRelated Tags: Crime, Lake Merritt, Oakland, Oakland Courthouse, Shooting. OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A woman was shot while walking near the Alameda County Superior…

Selena Gomez cancels shows: ‘I need to spend some time on myself’ – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesSelena Gomez is taking a bit of a hiatus from music. For real. The “Stars Dance” singer has canceled her upcoming tour dates in Australia, her rep told…

Was 2013 the year for video gamers? – ABC15.com (KNXV-TV)

ABC15.com (KNXV-TV)Among video-game enthusiasts, the year was nearly consumed by the official announcement, subsequent speculation about, and ultimate release of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One home consoles. Controversy…

Thief steals Salvation Army kettle from blind bell ringer – Las Vegas Sun

Las Vegas SunSalvation Army officials say someone stole a holiday donation kettle from a visually impaired bell ringer who uses a walker and lamented not being able to chase after…

Blackfish, The Armstrong Lie, The Act Of Killing: 15 Documentaries For Oscars 2014

Blackfish, the documentary that took the pop-culture World by storm, and, thanks to CNN’s constant showing of it last summer, made the use of Killer Whales as entertainment in water…

Dennis Rodman receives chilling open letter from an ex-North Korean prisoner – USA TODAY

USA TODAYShin Dong-hyuk is a human rights activist who was born in a North Korean labor camp. Shin escaped, and now writes to Dennis Rodman as the former NBA star…

‘Duck Dynasty’ family: No show without Phil – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe Duck Dynasty family issued a statement Thursday evening supporting patriarch Phil Robertson and throwing the future of their successful hit reality show into jeopardy. The A&E cable channel…

Canadian court strikes down anti-prostitution laws – USA TODAY

USA TODAYTORONTO (AP) — Canada’s highest court struck down the country’s anti-prostitution laws in their entirety Friday, including against keeping a brothel. The 9-0 Supreme Court ruling is a victory…

Apollo Theatre: Ceiling collapses during show in London – BBC News

BBC NewsSeventy-six people have been injured, seven seriously, after part of a ceiling in London’s Apollo Theatre collapsed during a show, police say. The venue in Shaftesbury Avenue was packed…

Freed Abruptly by Putin, Tycoon Arrives in Germany – New York Times

New York TimesMOSCOW — After 10 years in jail, Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, the former chairman of Yukos Oil and once Russia’s richest man, walked free from a prison colony in…