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- NFL-Playoff race after Monday's game
Dec 9 (Reuters) - National Football League playoff race after Monday's game, based on order of potential seeding. (x - clinched playoff spot) AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE 1. x Denver (11-2) 2. New England (10-3) 3. Cincinnati (9-4) 4. x Indianapolis (8-5) 5. Kansas City (10-3) 6. Baltimore (7-6) Still alive 7. Miami (7-6) 8. San Diego (6-7) 9. New York Jets (6-7) 10. Tennessee (5-8) 11. Pittsburgh (5-8) 12. Oakland (4-9) 13. Jacksonville (4-9) 14. Cleveland (4-9) 15. Buffalo (4-9) Eliminated 16. Houston (2-11) - - NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE 1. x Seattle (11-2) 2. New Orleans (10-3) 3. ...
- US actress pleads guilty to Obama, Bloomberg ricin plot
A 36-year-old actress from Texas on Tuesday pleaded guilty to mailing ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a gun control activist, federal prosecutors said. A statement from the US Attorney's Office in Texas, said Shannon Guess Richardson had admitted to biological weapons charges during a court appearance in Texarkana following her arrest in June. Richardson was detained after sending ricin-impregnated letters to Obama, Bloomberg and Mark Glaze. Glaze had worked closely with Bloomberg in the New York chief's drive to increase gun control.
- Obama and Castro shake hands, Zuma humiliated at Mandela memorial
By Stella Mapenzauswa and Steve Holland JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuba's Raul Castro at a memorial for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, a rare gesture between the leaders of two ideological opponents that reflected the anti-apartheid hero's spirit of reconciliation. But the peace and harmony did not stretch to South African President Jacob Zuma, whom the crowd at the rain-soaked Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg booed and jeered as he prepared to give his closing address. Mandela's death at the age of 95 has diverted attention from a slew of corruption scandals in Zuma's administration, while underscoring the gulf between South Africa's first black president, a giant of the 20th century, and its fourth. "But what Zuma speaks, he doesn't live.
- You are what daddy ate, study says
A father's diet influences the health of his offspring, according to a study published on Tuesday that suggests men, like women, should plan to eat and live healthily in the run-up to conception. Researchers led by Sarah Kimmins at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, looked at what happened when male lab mice had a diet that was poor in vitamin B9. B9, also called folate, is present in green leafy vegetables, cereals, fruit and meat. Women often take folic acid supplements, before and during pregnancy, to reduce the risk of miscarriage and birth defects in their offspring.
- Woman finds out there was a razor blade inside her Dunkin’ Donuts croissant the hard way
Last week Priscilla Salas made her almost-daily pilgrimage to a Dunkin’ Donuts in Windham, Connecticut to get herself a croissant. Then something bad happened.
- Netanyahu skips Mandela memorial. Israelis say 'are you kidding?'
Apparently, no one told him that Mr. Netanyahu couldn't make it after all. While the Israeli leader's absence may have gone relatively unnoticed in South Africa, it has caused consternation in Israel. Detractors argue that missing the memorial of a man who championed freedom and brought down apartheid gives fresh fodder to critics who say Israel, too, has constructed an apartheid system and is insincere about reconciling with Palestinians after decades of conflict. "The anti-Israel lobby could not have wished for a better Christmas present," wrote Times of Israel blogger Neil Lazarus, author of "The 5 Rules of Effective Israel Advocacy."
- Attorney confirms Wis. snuggle business has closed
- Afghan Money Pit Claims Another Military Victim
The $107 million spent on an unfinished Afghan “Pentagon” is the latest in a long line of projects in which American money was misused, wasted or lost to corruption in Afghanistan. A Washington Post report Monday indicated that the United States has already dumped more than a hundred million on the Afghan military headquarters in Kabul. This project represents an endemic dilemma across Afghanistan. As the war winds down, and as relations between Afghan President Hamid Karzai break down, the United States has already committed billions of dollars to projects that are not likely to be completed.