Astronauts make good progress on space station repairs – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSpacewalkers accomplished more than expected Saturday outside the International Space Station but wrapped up their work early, after one reported feeling cold. Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins breezed through…

AP Source: Choo Agrees to 7-Year Deal With Texas – ABC News

ABC NewsThe Rangers have made another Texas-sized deal to improve their offense. Free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo agreed to a $130 million, seven-year contract with the Rangers, a person familiar…

Typhoon Haiyan: an aid worker’s diary of a disaster – The Guardian

The GuardianAid agency worker Sandra Bulling was part of a team that flew to the Philippines when it was hit by the devastating storm last month. This is what she…

Beyonce Sticks It to Target, Drops $37500 on Walmart Gift Cards – Celebuzz

CelebuzzAfter the superstore chain refused to sell her new self-titled album, the Beyonce took her business — and money — somewhere else, dropping a boat load of cash at its…

Oakland honors fallen landmark tree – Inside Bay Area

Oakland honors fallen landmark treeInside Bay AreaOn Saturday, Oakland’s Public Works Agency held a ceremony to honor the tree that once stood 120 feet tall, and served as a landmark…

Wizards rally to beat Celtics – HoopsWorld

HoopsWorldBOSTON — Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman likes what he saw from his young basketball team on Saturday. With good reason. The Wizards rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit and…

Las Vegas Bowl: Freso State vs. Southern California. – USA TODAY

Las Vegas Bowl: Freso State vs. Southern California.USA TODAYRoyal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. No. 20 Fresno State (11-1) vs. Southern California (9-4). Time/TV: 3:30 p.m. ET/ABC. Surface: Artificial. Glantz-Culver line:…

Randolph, Grizzlies Beat Knicks 95-87, End Skid – ABC News

ABC NewsZach Randolph had 25 points and 15 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped a five-game losing streak with a 95-87 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday. Tony…

For the Nets, no way back from Brook Lopez’s broken foot – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBehold, the Brooklyn Nyets. There’s no way back from this series of surreal and unfortunate events – no matter how much Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov spends. Nets center Brook…

Justine Sacco Racist AIDS Tweet Leads To #HasJustineLandedYet On Twitter

Justine Sacco is in big trouble, both with her employer IAC, which owns OKCupid, and with the Twitterverse. Ms. Sacco issued a Twitter tweet that was racist and offensive to…

Tabloids InTouch, Life & Style reach settlement with Tom Cruise – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesFacing a $50-million lawsuit over headlines in its supermarket tabloids that claimed Tom Cruise had “abandoned” his daughter following his 2012 marital split with Katie Holmes, Bauer Publishing…

Bayern Munich beats Raja Casablanca to win Club World Cup – SI.com

SI.comThe European champion added a record fifth title of the year to its trophy cabinet with the Club World Cup win. Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images. MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) Bayern Munich…

Preview: Wizards at Celtics – Reuters

ReutersThe Washington Wizards seem to have solved their road woes; now, they need to figure out how to beat the Boston Celtics. The visiting Wizards look to snap a seven-game…

Dad watched LAPD shoot his son to death on live television – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsBill Beaird, 80, wept as talked with reporters outside the Los Angeles Police Department’s downtown headquarters. His son, Brian led officers on a high-speed car chase then…

Russian oligarch Khodorkovsky reunited with family – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBERLIN (AP) — The former oil baron Mikhail Khodorkovsky was reunited with his family in Berlin on Saturday, a day after being released from a decade-long imprisonment in Russia.…

Lockerbie victims remembered 25 years on – Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukThe 25th anniversary of what remains the worst act of terrorism on UK soil was remembered at memorial services in Scotland, England and the United States yesterday. Relatives of the…

Obama keeping with tense situation in South Sudan – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleHONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says any effort in South Sudan to seize power through military force will lead the U.S. and others to cut off support. The…

Kim Kardashian — Kanye West Kills in ‘Anchorman’ Cameo – TMZ.com

TMZ.com122113_kanye_west_launch_v2 Kanye West and Marlon Brando have a lot in common in the acting department … just ask Kim Kardashian. Kim and Kanye hit up the Commons in Calabasas Friday…

Joaquin Phoenix takes another interesting turn in ‘Her’ – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeNEW YORK — The Joaquin Phoenix who’s being interviewed today for his new movie, “Her,” is different — very different — from the Joaquin Phoenix seen in the movie.…

USC vs. Fresno State: Live updates from the Las Vegas Bowl – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesUSC 14, Fresno State 6 (6:22 left in first quarter). Cody Kessler eluded pressure in the pocket and connected with wide receiver Nelson Agholor for a 40-yard touchdown…

South Sudan rebel Riek Machar ‘controls key state’ – BBC News

BBC NewsFormer South Sudan Vice-President Riek Machar has said rebel troops have captured the key oil-producing state of Unity and control much of the country. Mr Machar also confirmed to…

Seven winter images for today’s Winter Solstice – io9

io9Winter Solstice is today, Saturday. You’re as close to the winter sun as you’ll ever be. Also, since it’s December, look for reflexions off alien ships in the sky, better…

Lockerbie father Jim Swire: ‘Tell us the truth’ – BBC News

BBC NewsThe father of a woman who was killed in the Lockerbie bombing has demanded British and US governments “tell the truth” about who was behind the attack. Libyan Abdelbaset…

Lakers-Warriors Preview – ESPN

Lakers-Warriors PreviewESPNLos Angeles (13-13) responded to the news that Bryant will miss at least six weeks because of a fracture in his left knee with a 104-91 home win over…

Choo signing vaults Rangers to top of AL mountain – MLB.com

MLB.comThe Texas Rangers just won the offseason. In the end, it appears to be about that simple. That is, if winning the offseason is defined as identifying the club that…

Kansas uses size, free throws to blow past Georgetown – Washington Post

Washington PostLAWRENCE, Kansas — For 20 solid minutes, Georgetown did an impressive job containing Andrew Wiggins, the 6-foot-8 freshman phenom and NBA-star-in-waiting who’s at the heart of this season’s young…

Pope warns against mediocrity, gossip in Vatican – Washington Post

Washington PostVATICAN CITY — Pope Francis warned Vatican administrators Saturday that their work can take a downward spiral into mediocrity, gossip and bureaucratic squabbling if they forget that theirs is…

Cybersex Primer: What You Should Know About Her With Joaquin Phoenix … – E! Online

E! OnlineReady for an upgrade? Writer/director Spike Jonze’s sci-fi love story is set in the not-too-distant—but never specified—future and stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore, a lonely Los Angeleno who writes…

Britney Spears: I Think About Retiring – E! Online

E! OnlineJust because Britney Spears is about to launch a two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas that doesn’t mean the 32-year-old pop princes doesn’t think…

Amborella Genome Yields Evolutionary Insight into Flowering Plants – Guardian Express

Guardian ExpressThis is neither the website of, nor affiliated in any way with, Guardian News and Media. Amborella genome yields evolutionary insight into flowering plants. A slew of scientific papers…

Lockerbie bombing: Investigation vow on anniversary – BBC News

BBC NewsThe UK, US and Libyan governments have vowed to work together to reveal “the full facts” of the Lockerbie bombing which claimed 270 lives. The administrations also expressed their…

Lindsey Vonn, watched by boyfriend Tiger Woods, can’t complete downhill – CNN

CNN(CNN) — Even if Lindsey Vonn competes at the Olympics in Sochi in February, what kind of form will the four-time World Cup overall champion be in? Vonn missed a…

Body of UK doctor who died in Syria released – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBEIRUT (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross handed over to British officials Saturday the body of a U.K. doctor who died this week in Syrian government…

Today’s News: Our Take – Real Housewives of Orange County: Meet the New … – Middletown Transcript

Middletown TranscriptReal Housewives of Orange Countyis welcoming two new housewives when the show returns for Season 9. With longtime cast membersAlexis BellinoandGretchen Rossileaving, along with one-season wonderLydia McLaughlin, Bravo has…

Beyonce surprises fans at Walmart, gifts over $37, 000 in gift cards – New York Daily News

New York Daily News‘Tis the season of Queen Bey. Beyonce not only spread holiday cheer to her fans when she released her surprise self-titled album last week, but on Friday…