Oscar horse race to be a photo finish – Washington Post

Washington PostLOS ANGELES — Many of the winners who will take home an Oscar on Sunday have long been forecast, their triumph made seemingly self-evident after months of anticipation. That…

Real-Life Stories Behind Best Picture Nominees – ABC News

ABC NewsIf many of this year’s best picture nominees sound familiar, it could be because they are based on real-life stories. Six of the nine Academy Award nominated films claim…

Oscar contenders pull their weight – Quad City Times

Quad City TimesThe depth of the Academy Awards’ Best Picture nominees makes it tough to pick a probable winner from the pool. Remarkably, while three contenders — “Gravity,” “12 Years…

Syria field hospital hit by car bomb near Turkey – BBC News

BBC NewsSeveral people are reported to have been killed by a car bomb near a field hospital in northern Syria, close to the border with Turkey. Activists said the blast…

Rapid changes in Ukraine: What they mean – Washington Post

Washington PostKIEV, Ukraine — A frenzy of shuttle diplomacy and hard compromises produced what may be a breakthrough in Ukraine’s 3-month-old political standoff, a crisis that this week prompted the…

New restrictions on wall signs in Seattle proposed – The Seattle Times

New restrictions on wall signs in Seattle proposedThe Seattle TimesYou’ve seen the giant wall signs around downtown Seattle, the five-story ads for iPads on the back of the Macy’s parking…

Highlights and lowlights for 49ers in 14-5 year – MiamiHerald.com

MiamiHerald.comSANTA CLARA, Calif. — In another season of coming oh so close, here is a look at some of the best and worst moments for the San Francisco 49ers during…

World news of the year – Windy City Times

Windy City Times—Of note: Handwritten letters between the late Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi and close friend Hermann Kallenbach, a South African bodybuilder, went on display in India’s National Archives. Some…

After repair, space station systems return to normal – USA TODAY

USA TODAYLaboratories in the U.S. portion of the International Space Station are running at full power again, officials said Thursday, after a pair of spacewalks to repair a partially failed…

Watch Christmas flash mob surprise Fashion Square Mall-goers in Saginaw … – Bay City Times

Watch Christmas flash mob surprise Fashion Square Mall-goers in Saginaw …Bay City TimesSAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI — Those grabbing a bite to eat during the last weekend of Christmas shopping inside…

Iowa State ends with 8-0 run to top rival Iowa – USA TODAY

USA TODAYAMES, Iowa — They came into a sold out Hilton Coliseum as rateds for the first time since 1987 – and only for the second time in the 66-game…