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      A TABLE AVEC LE DIABLE
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Taras Grescoe. Au–delŕ de sa performance un brin provocatrice, le journaliste canadien soutient la th';se que l’interdit alimente le désir et qu’en supprimant le premier, on anéantit le second. (photo: DR) LIVRE . Champion du libre arbitre, le journaliste canadien Taras Grescoe a entrepris u >>>


      A VOS MARQUES, PRĘTS, AMORTISSEZ!
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     COMPTABILITE. Les entreprises qui ont procédé ŕ des acquisitions ch';rement payées ces derni';res années ont d$'; intégrer les primes dans leurs comptes comme goodwill. La récession qui s‘annonce devrait les contraindre ŕ réviser ŕ la baisse >>>


      A ZURICH, UNE ÉCOLE OFFRE AUX ÉTRANGERS UNE SECONDE CHANCE POUR ENTRER AU GYMNASE
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     ZURICH. Un projet pilote lancé par un établissement privé accompagne douze él';ves issus de la migration sur la voie difficile qui m';ne ŕ la maturité.

Neuf filles et trois garçons passent tous leurs mercredis apr';s–midi de congé ŕ l&ls >>>


      ANALYSE. LES PIČGES Ŕ ÉVITER DANS LES PLANS DE RELANCE
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Accusés de saboter les efforts globaux pour amortir la récession, les Allemands ne sont pas uniquement mus par un égoďsme myope.

Jean–Claude Péclet Lundi 15 décembre 2008 Le ministre des Finances Peer Steinbrück adore mettre les pieds dans le plat. Son interview ŕ N >>>


      ANDRÉ STEIGER, LA PENSÉE EN MOUVEMENT
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     André Steiger: «Avec ma canne, je réalise ainsi la prédiction du Sphinx (l’homme a trois pattes le soir) et assume ma vieillesse. Et puis, sur une sc';ne, miracle: je saute, je vole, la béquille s’efface!» (photo: Eddy Mottaz) SCENE. A 80 ans, le metteur en sc';ne et pédagogue ro >>>


      AU CŚUR DES MARCHÉS. BERNIE(S)– BIS
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     La question de la semaine. Taux zéro: les Etats–Unis ont–ils encore des moyens d‘action?

Du nouveau dans la finance. Les grands crus millésimés, un placement de substance L‘avis de l‘expert. Réduire sa charge fiscale en 200' A vos marques, pręts, amorti >>>


      AU PREMIER PLAN. CONFIANCE Ŕ ZÉRO
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Au premier plan. Myret Zaki Lundi 15 décembre 2008 Le choc est énorme ŕ Gen';ve. «L‘affaire Madoff», qui pourrait co$';ter jusqu‘ŕ 15 milliards de dollars aux clients de certaines banques et gérants de la Cité de Calvin, vient desservir encore la r >>>


      AUX PORTES DE SCHENGEN, DES MIGRANTS PAR MILLIERS ENTASSÉS DANS DES CAMPS EN UKRAINE
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Un garde–fronti';re ukrainien avec les derniers migrants dans le camp insalubre avant sa fermeture. Selon un accord signé avec l’Union européenne, tous les migrants passés par la Transcarpatie et interceptés en Europe pourront désormais ętre renvoyés en Ukraine. (photo: M >>>


      BAISSE ANNONCÉE DE LA PART VARIABLE DES RÉMUNÉRATIONS BANCAIRES
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     BONUS. La crise financi';re casse la spirale de hausse. La nouvelle tendance est appelée ŕ durer.

Yves Genier Lundi 15 décembre 2008 Les bonus dorés, les primes géantes ŕ la performance et les autres rémunérations variables excédant de loin le salaire fixe, c >>>


      CANDIDE. DES FAONS ET DES HOMMES
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Candide. Anna Lietti Lundi 15 décembre 2008 Cher Monsieur Maurer, permettez–moi de vous féliciter pour votre élection au Conseil fédéral.

En prévision, j‘ai suivi de pr';s vos déclarations sur le rôle de la femme. Et je suis frappée par votre pr&# >>>


      CARLO JANKA A L‘ÉTOFFE D‘UN GRAND
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     SKI ALPIN. Le Grison a décroché samedi en géant sa premi';re victoire en Coupe du monde.

Isabelle Musy , avec SI Lundi 15 décembre 2008 Les mauvaises langues voyaient dans sa deuxi';me place de la descente de Lake Louise, au Canada, un coup d‘éclat sans lendemains >>>


      COMMUNISME: UN ROMAN VRAI
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Reynold Thiel et sa deuxi';me épouse, Stella. (photo: DR) • Reynold Thiel? Ce Neuchâtelois inconnu est un communiste suisse dont la vie ressemble ŕ un roman.

• «Le Temps» a choisi de raconter en trente épisodes cette aventure politique qui fait le tour du monde.

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      COMPLOTS ET RUMEURS Ŕ BERNE
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Olivier Meuwly, historien, rappelle que l‘élection des conseillers fédéraux s‘est rarement déroulée dans le calme et la bonne humeur. On a męme connu des «putschs».

Olivier Meuwly Lundi 15 décembre 2008 Comme c‘est désormais la coutume, la r& >>>


      CRITIQUE: «RENART» AU PETIT THÉ'4;TRE DE LAUSANNE. UN OPÉRA ANIMALIER POUR ENFANTS
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Critique: «Renart» au Petit Théâtre de Lausanne. Elisabeth Chardon Lundi 15 décembre 2008 D‘abord, il y a ce décor de Xavier Voirol, comme une foręt sculptée qui aurait envahi le plateau et menacerait la salle. Un peu grisouille, mais d‘autant mieux pensée qu&ls >>>


      DES ESPOIRS NOYÉS DANS L‘OCÉAN INDIEN
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     le bateau de Bernard Stamm sous voilure réduite. Le Vaudois, contraint de s‘arręter aux îles Kerguelen, y a retrouvé Dominique Wavre. (photo: LDD) VENDEE GLOBE. Le rythme effréné tenu par la flotte continue de faire souffrir les machines. Les Suisses en font les frais. Apr';s >>>


      DU NOUVEAU DANS LA FINANCE. LES GRANDS CRUS MILLÉSIMÉS, UN PLACEMENT DE SUBSTANCE
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Fonds placement Marchés Economie Carri';res Immobilier Samedi culturel Disques Livres Multimédia Dossiers Photos Vidéos Dessins Blogs Forums Archives Revue de presse Newsletters Hors–séries Netvibes Flux RSS Edition PDF Edition ePaper Espace abonnés Boutique Events SMSAnnonces WebA >>>


      DÉJEUNER AVEC MARTINE BRUNSCHWIG GRAF. ETRE LIBÉRALE ET DÉFENDRE L‘INTERVENTION DE L‘ETAT
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     La conseill';re nationale a soutenu, au parlement, le plan de sauvetage d‘UBS ŕ hauteur de 70 milliards de francs. Elle revient sur une semaine agitée ŕ Berne, qui a vu l‘élection d‘Ueli Maurer au Conseil fédéral.

Valentine Zubler, Berne Lundi 15 déce >>>


      DÉMOCRATIE GANGRENÉE
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Théodore Panos, La Tour– de–Peilz (VD Lundi 15 décembre 2008 La mort du jeune Alexis, 15 ans, abattu par un policier lors d‘une altercation ŕ Exarchia, quartier de la sc';ne alternative et anarchiste d‘Ath';nes, est un drame impardonnable (LT du 10 décembre).>>>


      FACE Ŕ FACEBOOK
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     INTERNET. Sur la Toile, plusieurs nouveaux sites de réseautage social sont nés, dans la foulée de Facebook. Ils sont toutefois plus ciblés que leur parfois chaotique mod';le. Tour d‘horizon.

Sandrine Perroud Lundi 15 décembre 2008 Facebook a fait des petits sur Internet. A >>>


      GENERAL MOTORS, HISTOIRE D‘UN COLOSSE DÉCHU
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     La magnifique Cadillac LaSalle, tout en élancements, dessinée par le styliste Harley Earl. 1'27. (photo: DR) Née il y a 100 ans, la Générale des moteurs a été la plus puissante compagnie au monde. A ses débuts, elle a failli disparaître ŕ plusieurs reprises.

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      L‘ALLEMAGNE SONGE Ŕ UN DEUXIČME PLAN DE RELANCE
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Angela Merkel a réuni plus d‘une vingtaine de banquiers, chefs d‘entreprises et conseillers économiques pour envisager des mesures anti–crise. (photo: Keystone) CRISE ECONOMIQUE. Angela Merkel a réuni dimanche les milieux économiques.

Yves Petignat, Berlin Lundi 15 déc >>>


      L‘AVIS DE L‘EXPERT. RÉDUIRE SA CHARGE FISCALE EN 200'
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     IMPOTS. Le rachat d‘années ŕ la caisse de pension ŕ partir de 45 ans est recommandé.

Raymund Egli, Directeur AWD Lausanne, http://www.awd.ch Lundi 15 décembre 2008 Pour la plupart des gens, les impôts sont un sujet rébarbatif dont ils ne se soucient qu‘au moment de >>>


      LA LE'';ON DU GRIOT
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Cheick–Tidiane Seck, vendredi ŕ Renens. Arnaud Robert Lundi 15 décembre 2008 On sert le champagne, un mousseux qui a le go$';t de bonbon. C‘est son anniversaire,
56 ans. Cheick–Tidiane Seck, et son uniforme de coton teint, soufflent les bougies dans une cave de Renens. Vendredi, un >>>


      LA QUESTION DE LA SEMAINE. TAUX ZÉRO: LES ETATS–UNIS ONT–ILS ENCORE DES MOYENS D‘ACTION?
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Janwillem Acket, chef économiste ŕ la banque Julius Baer. Selon le chef économiste de Julius Baer, les banques et les consommateurs sont déjŕ dans une trappe de liquidités.

Myret Zaki Lundi 15 décembre 2008 Le Temps: Si la Fed baisse les taux ŕ 0%, ne risque–t&ndash >>>


      LA VIE DES AUTRES
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Stéphane Bonvin Lundi 15 décembre 2008 Les chauffards sont plutôt des étrangers. Alors que les conducteurs ivres sont plutôt des Suisses. Pardon? D‘apr';s l‘hebdomadaire alémanique NZZ am Sonntag, en 2007, plus d‘une personne amendée pour grave exc';s >>>


      LE FEUILLETON ET LA PRESSE
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Un genre oublié né il y a deux si';cles. Alain Campiotti Lundi 15 décembre 2008 Trente épisodes? C‘est une série, un feuilleton comme on disait nagu';re.

Un genre lié ŕ l‘histoire de la presse, d‘abord écrite, presque depuis son origine. >>>


      LE MYTHE BILATÉRAL
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Pierre Veya Lundi 15 décembre 2008 La rencontre entre le président de la Confédération, accompagné de deux autres conseillers fédéraux, avec le président de la Commission intervient dans un climat plutôt froid. Comme l‘écrit le Conseil des ministres, le processus d >>>


      LE VOYAGE DE TROIS CONSEILLERS FÉDÉRAUX POUR APAISER BRUXELLES
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     BILATERALES. Aujourd‘hui, la délégation suisse rencontre la Commission. Le Temps Lundi 15 décembre 2008 Le président de la Confédération Pascal Couchepin répond ŕ l‘invitation du président de la Commission européenne José Manuel Barroso, qui l‘avai >>>


      LES RENDEZ–VOUS DE LA SEMAINE
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Le Temps Lundi 15 décembre 2008 Lundi 15 Imams et rabbins • A Paris s‘ouvre le 3e Congr';s mondial des imams et rabbins pour la paix, sur le th';me: «Israël–Palestine, la sacralité de la paix».

Fonds Mobutu • Date limite pour le déblocage des avoirs ge >>>


      LES ROMS PLUS NOMBREUX QUE JAMAIS Ŕ GENČVE
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     A l’abri PC de la rue des Vollandes, ŕ Gen';ve. Cent trente personnes environ vont se présenter ce soir–lŕ, alors que l’espace n’est conçu que pour en accueillir une centaine. (photo: Eddy Mottaz) GENEVE. L‘interdiction de la mendicité par le Grand Conseil n‘a pas eu l& >>>


      PREMIČRE PROMOTION D‘IMAMS FORMÉS AUX VALEURS OCCIDENTALES
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     FRANCE. Une trentaine de religieux musulmans recevront le mois prochain les diplômes d‘«interculturalité» remis par une université... catholique.

Sylvain Besson, Paris Lundi 15 décembre 2008 Avec sa cour décorée de mosaďques et son parc ŕ vélos bien >>>


      QUI PAIERA LE PRIX DU CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE?
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     ENVIRONNEMENT. La conférence de l‘ONU, ŕ Poznan, s‘est achevée sans conclure sur le financement. Négociations ardues d‘ici ŕ Copenhague.

Hervé Kempf, envoyé spécial ŕ Poznan, Le Monde Lundi 15 décembre 2008 La conférence des Nations unies >>>


      QUOI DE NEUF. UN DON POUR CADEAU
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Quoi de neuf. Etienne Dubuis Lundi 15 décembre 2008 Sur l‘écran, des photos. Et derri';re chaque photo, un geste de générosité.

Le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM), l‘organisme onusien chargé de nourrir au jour le jour les victimes de la faim, a lancé fi >>>


      REDONNONS CONFIANCE AUX FUTURES MČRES
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Sandrine Prince, Saint–Cergue (VD) Lundi 15 décembre 2008 Un bébé sur trois qui naît par césarienne, c‘est beaucoup trop (LT du 4 décembre). Aux Pays–Bas, 30% des bébés naissent ŕ domicile, un pays oů les statistiques en mortalité et morbidité >>>


      RETOUR SUR UN «NON» VAUDOIS
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Christophe Jaccoud et Dominique Malatesta, sociologues, expliquent le refus des Vaudois par les maladresses des promoteurs, vus comme porteurs de la science infuse.

Christophe Jaccoud, Dominique Malatesta Lundi 15 décembre 2008 La politique est une boisson qui parfois se trouble, et ceci quand bien mę >>>


      SELIMA GHEZALI: «LE POLITIQUE S‘EFFACE DERRIČRE L‘ANTITERRORISME»
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     DROITS DE L‘HOMME. L‘écrivaine algérienne, Selima Ghezali, de passage ŕ Gen';ve pour un colloque.

Carole Vann , InfoSud Lundi 15 décembre 2008 La justification de la torture a pris un autre visage depuis le 11septembre 2001. Lors d‘un colloque mis sur pied les 4 et >>>


      STEVE GUERDAT, UN SURDOUÉ AMBITIEUX
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Steve Guerdat et Jalisca Solier. C’est avec cette jument qu’il avait remporté sa premi';re étape de Coupe du monde ŕ Gen';ve. Aujourd’hui, il est plus que jamais le favori du public de Palexpo. (photo: Keystone) HIPPISME. Le Jurassien de 26 ans a remporté le défi des champions av >>>


      THOMAS DE SAINT–SEINE: «NOUS AVONS ACHETÉ PLUS DE NOVARTIS, DE ROCHE ET D‘AUTRES PHARMAS»
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Questions ŕ Thomas de Saint–Seine, cogérant du Reyl European Equities. Jean–Pascal Baechler Lundi 15 décembre 2008 La violente crise que les marchés traversent depuis l‘été 2007 frappe également le fonds Reyl European Equities, un produit souvent récompensé >>>


      UN AMBITIEUX MAGASIN ET LABEL EN LIGNE VOIT LE JOUR
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     MUSIQUES. Le site d‘origine fribourgeoise Major Town permet aux artistes indépendants, liés ou non ŕ un label, de diffuser leur chanson en écoute libre et en téléchargement payant. A terme, l‘enseigne voudrait se muer en label discographique.

Olivier Horner Lundi 15 d&# >>>


      UN DÉJEUNER POUR ENTENDRE LES DOLÉANCES DE BRUXELLES
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Le président de la Commission européenne José Manuel Barroso et Pascal Couchepin lors d’une visite en Suisse. Plus que jamais, l’';re du bilatéralisme doit ętre celle du «donnant–donnant». (photo: Keystone) SOMMET. La délégation du Conseil fédéral devra corriger >>>


      UN OFFICIER BERNOIS GAGNE LE PRIX CHAMPIGNAC 2008
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     SUISSE ROMANDE. Les lauréats du concours dédié ŕ «l‘art oratoire» ont été honorés samedi.

François Mauron Lundi 15 décembre 2008 C‘est un rituel attendu dans le landerneau intellectuel, politique et médiatique de Suisse romande. Chaque an >>>


      UN PLAN D‘AIDE AUX PME Ŕ COURT DE CRÉDITS EST Ŕ L‘ÉTUDE Ŕ BERNE
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     FINANCEMENT. L‘assouplissement de la politique monétaire a amélioré, sans la restaurer, la confiance dans le syst';me interbancaire. Un soutien concret des entreprises est envisagé.

Yves Hulmann, Zurich Lundi 15 décembre 2008 Le nouvel assouplissement de la politique mon&# >>>


      UNE «CHAUVE–SOURIS» SAGEMENT PÉTILLANTE
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     La quęte effrénée des plaisirs et la célébration du Roi Champagne font basculer cette bourgeoisie des hautes sph';res dans un abîme existentiel.

(photo: GTG–Isabelle Meister) LYRIQUE. Le metteur en sc';ne britannique Stephen Lawless livre une mise en sc >>>


      ZAPPROPOS. DOCS DE FĘTES ET FĘTE DES DOCS
      Le Temps, 15-12-2008
     Zappropos. Olivier Perrin Lundi 15 décembre 2008 En deuxi';me semaine dans un «Giro» d‘Italie: Les Aventures culinaires de Sarah Wiener, avec cet accent allemand si irrésistible... (Arte, lu 15–ve 1', 20h15) ××× Les documentaires ferroviaires figurent parmi >>>


      IMPACT OF CREDIT CRUNCH ON ISLAMIC FINANCE
      Arab News, 15-12-2008
     Mushtak Parker | Arab News LONDON: Depending on whom you talk to or which report or statement you read, the impact of the credit crunch and the global financial crisis on the Islamic finance industry worldwide is either very small or very large, with sectors such as the Sukuk market badly affected.

The danger i >>>


      OPEC SET TO CUT OIL OUTPUT AS PRICES CRUMBLE
      Arab News, 15-12-2008
     AP CAIRO: OPEC is fine tuning its strategy heading into a meeting this week in Algeria, determined that its fourth attempt in as many months to reverse plummeting crude oil prices will succeed.

Working against the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is its own past — a history pockmarked with the riva >>>


      QATAR ECONOMY POISED TO GROW 10% IN 200'
      Arab News, 15-12-2008
     Khalil Hanware | Arab News JEDDAH: Despite global financial turmoil, looming world recession and falling oil and gas prices, Qatar’s economy looks poised to grow some 10 percent in real terms in 200'. Qatar’s strong economic performance is being fueled mainly by growth in the country’s LNG exports, and an expansioni >>>


      RUNNING OUT OF OPTIONS
      Arab News, 15-12-2008
     Habib F. Faris As 2008 draws closer to the finishing line, a worse–than–expected recession is anticipated in the United States.

The latest survey by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) in November showed about '6 percent of economists believe a recession has started and nearly >>>


      CAR PRICES UNLIKELY TO GO DOWN IN 200', DEALERS SAY
      Arab News, 15-12-2008
     Sarah Abdullah | Arab News JEDDAH: Potential car buyers who are delaying the purchase of vehicles until next month following media reports that prices are expected to fall between 20 and 40 percent on account of the weakening of the three big automobile makers in the US may be in for a big surprise, according to local c >>>


      HRC MOOTS PLAN TO PROMOTE ‘RIGHTS CULTURE’
      Arab News, 15-12-2008
     Walaa Hawari | Arab News RIYADH: The governmental Human Rights Commission has put out a plan to promote the culture of human rights in the Kingdom. The announcement came as the world celebrated the 60th birthday of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this past week.

The HRC plan includes organizing a numb >>>


      INCENTIVES TO MAKE WORKPLACE SMOKE–FREE
      Arab News, 15-12-2008
     Nuha Adlan | Arab News RIYADH: A Riyadh–based company that specializes in business electronics has announced financial incentives for staff members who give up smoking in the workplace.

Smokers who quit during work hours are promised SR5,000 each. The incentives are being offered to protect non–smok >>>


      MAURITANIAN BOY RESCUED FROM HOLE
      Arab News, 15-12-2008
     Yousuf Muhammad | Arab News MADINAH: A nine–year–old Mauritanian boy was rescued from a waterlogged hole at a construction site in the Salam district of Madinah early yesterday.

The boy’s parents had been looking for him as he had not returned home after sunset.

Some other boys informed the >>>


      SAUDI SHOT DEAD IN ASIR FARM
      Arab News, 15-12-2008
     Hayat Al–Ghamdi | Arab News ABHA: A 30–year–old Saudi man was gunned down yesterday allegedly by a gang of African overstayers in a remote farm in the southern Asir province.

«The man died of machinegun fire. Several bullets were found in his body. Investigations are under way to ascerta >>>


      SIDELIGHTS: DRESSING DOWN FOR NOT BEING IN TRADITIONAL DRESS
      Arab News, 15-12-2008
     Arab News QUNFUDAH: Eid celebrations were going well at an events hall in the west coast town of Qunfudah — until the guy in blue jeans and a T–shirt showed up. According to a report in yesterday’s Al–Madinah newspaper, Eid revelers were outraged when one of the attendees showed up in Western attire and bega >>>


      WHEN INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS CONFLICT WITH SAUDI COURT RULINGS
      Arab News, 15-12-2008
     Angelo Young | Arab News JEDDAH: Abiding by international agreements as well as Shariah has been a stated focus of the governmental Saudi Human Right Commission, which recently commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

One such international agreement is the Convention on t >>>


      BUSH &#3'SHOED&#3' DURING IRAQ VISIT
      Arab News, 15-12-2008
     Agencies BAGHDAD: On a farewell trip to Iraq, US President George W. Bush said yesterday the war has been hard, but was necessary to protect the US and give Iraqis hope for a peaceful future.

Bush appeared at a Baghdad news conference yesterday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al–Maliki and said there is mo >>>


      PAKISTAN DOWNPLAYS ALLEGED INDIA BREACH
      Arab News, 15-12-2008
     AP ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has downplayed alleged Indian violations of its airspace, suggesting yesterday that they were «inadvertent» and «technical» in an apparent bid to avoid worsening tensions already spiked by the Mumbai attacks.

Pakistani officials said Indian aircraft entered about 4 >>>


      26 RESCUED AFTER YACHT SPRINGS LEAK IN SF BAY
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     SAN MATEO, Calif. –– The Coast Guard says it rescued 26 people from a yacht that ran aground on rocks and took on water in San Francisco Bay.

No injuries were reported. Authorities in San Mateo, Calif., say they received a distress call early Sunday from the 52–foot cabin cruiser Giant Feet.>>>


      ANALYSTS EXPECT MORE DISCOUNTS AS CHRISTMAS NEARS
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     MILWAUKEE –– The clock is winding down on what could be one of the worst holiday shopping seasons in decades and recession–hit shoppers are finally starting to feel some pressure to spend.

But toy stores, electronic outlets and clothing boutiques are also under pressure to get shoppers to loos >>>


      BROWNS FAN FACING PENALTY FOR UNREGISTERED COUCH
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     CLEVELAND –– Cleveland Browns fan Mike Meredith is a couch potato with a cause.

Meredith has a motorized sofa _ the "Go–Kouch" _ that he usually rides around a municipal parking lot for tailgate parties before games.

But on Nov. 23, he decided to take the couch, a converted >>>


      BUSH TALKS WITH KARZAI ON SURPRISE AFGHAN VISIT
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     KABUL (Reuters) – President George W. Bush told Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday the United States would stand by the war–torn country despite a transition of power at the White House.

Moving from one war zone to another, Bush flew secretly from Baghdad to Kabul, landing under cover of darkne >>>


      COURT ALLOWS LAWSUITS OVER ‘LIGHT‘ CIGARETTES
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The Supreme Court on Monday handed a surprising defeat to tobacco companies counting on it to put an end to lawsuits alleging deceptive marketing of "light" cigarettes.

In a 5–4 split won by the court‘s liberals, it ruled that smokers may use state consumer protec >>>


      COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF SMOKERS WHO SEEK TO SUE BIG TOBACCO
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     15, 2008; 12:10 PM The Supreme Court today said smokers may sue tobacco companies over what they allege to be deceptive marketing of "light" cigarettes.

The court split 5–4 in saying that a group of Maine smokers may proceed with their suit against Philip Morris USA, now owned by Altria. The smo >>>


      DOGS FEEL ENVY –– OR AT LEAST GRASP INEQUITY WHEN IT COMES TO TREATS
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     Do dogs feel envy? A provocative new study indicates that they do, making man‘s best friend the first species after humans and primates to appear to chafe at being treated unfairly.

Aside from offering the first scientific evidence supporting what many dog lovers take for granted, the finding adds to the >>>


      ELECTORS CASTING HISTORIC VOTE ACROSS THE COUNTRY
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     RICHMOND, Va. –– Presidential electors are gathering in state capitals across the country to cast the votes that will formally elect Barack Obama as president.

It‘s a mostly ceremonial procedure, but one mandated by the Constitution _ and a necessary one, as well.

In Virginia, the sta >>>


      EXCLUSIVE: QUESTIONS OF KGB TIES FOR ACTIVIST
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     2008; 4:21 AM WASHINGTON –– Lira Tskhovrebova flew nearly 6,000 miles to Washington on a mission: The self–described independent activist from South Ossetia wanted to challenge the strong U.S. support for Georgia in its war with Russia over the breakaway region and describe atrocities by Georgian troop >>>


      ILLINOIS LAWMAKERS TO FOCUS ON OUSTING GOVERNOR
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     AM SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –– Republicans and Democrats alike are calling for Illinois lawmakers to begin impeachment proceedings against Gov. Rod Blagojevich, saying the step is necessary to restore public confidence in state government.

"The General Assembly must move to impeach Rod Blagojevich imm >>>


      IRAQI SHOE–THROWING REPORTER BECOMES THE TALK OF IRAQ
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush in a supreme insult has suddenly become the talk of Iraq, hailed by marchers as a national hero but blasted by the government as a barbarian.

The little–known Shi‘ite reporter, said to have harbored a >>>


      JUSTICES WON‘T REVIEW OBAMA‘S ELIGIBILITY TO SERVE
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     WASHINGTON –– The Supreme Court has turned down another challenge to Barack Obama‘s eligibility to serve as president because of his citizenship.

The appeal by Cort Wrotnowski of Greenwich, Conn., was denied Monday without comment.

Wrotnowski argued that Obama was a British subject at >>>


      MATCH THE RIGHT STAMP TO THE RIGHT SECRETS
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     This notice floated by the other day from the Pentagon, which is trying to make sure unauthorized people don‘t see anything that‘s not really secret but that officials think might be sensitive. So get ready to throw out your old "For Official Use Only" stamp. There‘s a new one coming: "C >>>


      NO DECISIONS YET ON AUTO BAILOUT REQUEST
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     WASHINGTON –– A Treasury Department official said Monday that no decisions have been made on what type of support to provide Detroit automakers.

Treasury spokeswoman Brookly McLaughlin said department officials are continuing to assess the information they have received from the auto companies. Trea >>>


      NYC CABLE TV GUY SHOWS UP ON TIME IN 200' CALENDAR
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     NEW YORK –– There‘s no need to wait around for the cable guy in New York. He‘s right there all year in a new playful calendar. Time Warner Cable Inc. is putting out the tongue–in–cheek item featuring its technicians and call center representatives posing while having fun.

Mr. >>>


      OHIO WOMAN BEING RELEASED IN PREGNANT WOMAN CASE
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     CANTON, Ohio –– An Ohio woman who helped a police officer dispose of his pregnant lover‘s body is getting out of prison early.

Myisha (my–EE‘–shuh) Ferrell had pleaded guilty to obstructing justice in the 2007 death of Jesse Davis. Ferrell was a key witness against Canton pol >>>


      PROGRESS TO RESTORE POWER TO NORTHEAST SLOW
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     JAFFREY, N.H. –– A church–turned–shelter dished up donated lobster casserole, pot roast and barbecued chicken, while a general store five miles away threw out spoiled meat and melted ice cream as utility crews struggled to repair power lines snapped by New England‘s devastating ice storm.>>>


      RICE: BUSH APPROACH BEST TO ACHIEVE MIDEAST PEACE
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     WASHINGTON –– Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday that the Mideast peace process President Bush launched is the best chance yet to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians and should not be dropped just because a year–end deadline for a deal is being missed.

Rice told T >>>


      RIDE TO HONOR AMERICAN INDIANS KILLED IN 18'0
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. –– Kim Cameron is about to set off on a nearly 300–mile journey into the past.

She and other American Indian horseback riders plan to begin the annual Big Foot Memorial Ride on Monday at Sitting Bull‘s grave site. They hope to finish at Wounded Knee battle site in two >>>


      RUSSIA, U.S. OFFICIALS DISCUSS NUCLEAR ARMS PACT
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian and U.S. officials on Monday met for talks, which Moscow‘s negotiator said could open doors for a new deal in nuclear arms control with Washington‘s next administration in 200'.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and U.S. Under–Secretary of Stat >>>


      STUDY: LEANER NATIONS BIKE, WALK, USE MASS TRANSIT
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     AM KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –– Jim Richards is no kid, but he loves to ride his bike.

At 51, he has become a cycling commuter, pedaling 11 miles from his home in the suburbs to his job in downtown Knoxville.

"It really doesn‘t take that much longer" than driving, he insists. And he >>>


      THE NATION‘S WEATHER
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     AM –– A powerful winter storm gripped the middle of the nation while another swirled over the West Coast early Monday. Most of the nation will begin the week with cold temperatures.

Dangerous, arctic weather over the Northern Plains was to leave bitter, cold temperatures and subzero wind chills thro >>>


      TODAY IN HISTORY – DEC. 15
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     12:01 AM –– Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 15, the 350th day of 2008. There are 16 days left in the year.

Today‘s Highlight in History: On Dec. 15, 17'1, the Bill of Rights went into effect following ratification by Virginia.

On this date: In 18'0, Sioux Indian Chief S >>>


      EXECUTIVE PAY LIMITS MAY PROVE TOOTHLESS
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     By Amit R. PaleyWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, December 15, 2008; A01 Congress wanted to guarantee that the $700 billion financial bailout would limit the eye–popping pay of Wall Street executives, so lawmakers included a mechanism for reviewing executive compensation and penalizing firms that break the rules >>>


      IG‘S REPORT HIGHLIGHTS ‘MATERIAL WEAKNESSES,‘ FINANCIAL MISMANAGEMENT AT THE PENTAGON
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     Most critiques of the Defense Department‘s spending focus on macroeconomic issues that are so large, readers can only groan and move on.

Last week provided yet another example: The Pentagon‘s deputy inspector general for auditing released a 140–page independent auditor‘s report on the de >>>


      IN ILLINOIS, UNCERTAINTY ON BLAGOJEVICH CORRUPTION SCANDAL
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     10:54 AM CHICAGO, Dec. 15 –– Nothing is certain about Gov. Rod Blagojevich‘s immediate future as the Illinois legislature gathers today in the state capitol of Springfield to debate impeachment and consider how to fill President–elect Barack Obama‘s former U.S. Senate seat.

Lawmake >>>


      ROADS, TRAINS CAN‘T HANDLE JAN. 20 DROVES
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     By Lena H. Sun and Eric M. WeissWashington Post Staff WritersMonday, December 15, 2008; A01 Even if only half of the projected 2 million to 4 million people show up for next month‘s presidential inauguration, the Washington region‘s roadways and transit systems will be too pressed to handle the crush, planne >>>


      SPECIAL ENVOYS GIVE CAREER DIPLOMATS SPECIAL HEARTBURN
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     The economic downturn has driven up unemployment for just about everyone. But not for a small group of "special" people. We‘re hearing plans are afoot at the State Department to have a string of "special envoys" appointed to handle top–priority trouble areas around the world.

In >>>


      UNCERTAINTY CLOUDS TRANSITION AT NASA
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     By Joel AchenbachWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, December 15, 2008; A02 These are awkward times at NASA, which may or may not have a new leader soon and may or may not be on the verge of building a brand–new moon rocket.

There has been a kerfuffle about a tense discussion in the headquarters library b >>>


      VOTER TURNOUT RATE SAID TO BE HIGHEST SINCE 1'68
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     Ahead of today‘s vote of the electoral college to certify Barack Obama as the president–elect, a George Mason University professor announced yesterday that voter turnout in last month‘s presidential election reached the highest level in 40 years, with a record number of Americans casting ballots.
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      3 AFRICAN ARMIES STRIKE AT UGANDA REBELS IN CONGO
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     KAMPALA, Uganda –– Three African armies have launched an offensive against Ugandan rebels based in eastern Congo, Uganda‘s defense minister said Monday.

Uganda, southern Sudan and Congo attacked the Lord‘s Resistance Army bases Sunday, said Uganda‘s minister of state for defense, R >>>


      ABHISIT VEJJAJIVA ELECTED THAI PRIME MINISTER
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     BANGKOK, Thailand –– Abhisit Vejjajiva _ a patrician 44–year–old with an Oxford education _ became Thailand‘s prime minister on Monday amid hopes that he can calm the political storms that have battered the country for the past three years.

But untested at the pinnacle of power and >>>


      AGAIN, A STRUGGLING PRIME MINISTER IN JAPAN
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     A15 TOKYO –– Japan has become a land of incredible shrinking prime ministers.

Prime Minister Taro Aso and his two predecessors have shrunk by following the same formula of fecklessness.

Without a national election or a popular mandate, they were anointed by members of the ruling Liberal Dem >>>


      AUSTRIA PROBES ALLEGED NAZI WAR CRIMINAL BICHLER
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     PM VIENNA, Austria –– Austrian authorities are investigating an alleged Nazi war criminal living in Tyrol who was convicted in absentia in Italy for his involvement in the 1'44 slaughter of hundreds of civilians, an official said Monday.

The probe of Hubert Bichler, 88, began earlier this year, >>>


      BRITISH TO DOUBLE MAXIMUM CASH PAYMENT TO SEVERELY WOUNDED SOLDIERS
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     8:45 AM LONDON, Dec. 15 –– The British government is doubling the maximum cash payment it gives to severely wounded soldiers after criticism that amputees and other veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars are not being not suitably compensated.

The Defense Ministry announced Monday that the current lim >>>


      BRUNI SUES OVER USE OF NUDE IMAGE ON BAGS
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     SAINT DENIS DE LA REUNION, France (Reuters) – French first lady Carla Bruni–Sarkozy is suing a fashion chain for selling bags emblazoned with nude images of her in the latest legal action over the presidential couple‘s image.

At a court hearing on Monday in the French Indian Ocean island of Re >>>


      BUSH‘S IRAQ–AFGHAN FAREWELL TOUR MARRED BY DISSENT
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     KABUL, Afghanistan –– President George W. Bush wrapped up a whirlwind trip to two war zones Monday that in many ways was a victory lap without a clear victory. A signature event occurred when an Iraqi reporter hurled two shoes at Bush, an incident the president later described as "a bizarre moment." >>>


      CHINESE REPORTER CHASING CORRUPTION CLAIMS DISAPPEARS
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     AM BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese newspaper reporter investigating a suspicious real estate deal has not been seen since hotel security tapes showed five men pushing him into a car two weeks ago, a local newspaper and a colleague said on Monday.

The case appears to be the second in recent weeks involving r >>>


      ECONOMIC STORM BATTERS ARGENTINA‘S BREADBASKET
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     By Juan ForeroWashington Post Foreign ServiceMonday, December 15, 2008; A14 ALFONZO, Argentina –– When Héctor Farroni married a few years back, he took his new bride for a swing through Iowa. The silos and windmills, the spider–like combines, the wide, flat fields all reminded him of this region o >>>


      EUROPEAN, US STOCKS FALL AMID ALLEGED MADOFF FRAUD
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     LONDON –– European and U.S. stock markets fell modestly on Monday despite earlier Asian gains, as sentiment was dented by an alleged $50 billion fraudulent investment scheme in the U.S.

The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed down 2.7' points, or 0.1 percent, at 4,277.56, while Germa >>>


      FAMILY: SHOE THROWER HATES BOTH US, IRAN ROLE
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     BAGHDAD –– The Iraqi TV reporter who hurled his shoes at George W. Bush was kidnapped once by militants and, separately, detained briefly by the U.S. military _ a story of getting hit from all sides that is bitterly familiar to many Iraqis.

Over time, Muntadhar al–Zeidi, a 28–year– >>>


      FORMER OPPOSITION LEADER CHOSEN AS THAILAND‘S PM
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     1:43 AM Bangkok, Dec. 15 –– Thailand got its third prime minister in four months Monday, after former opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva was voted into power in a deal that many hope will end six months of political paralysis.

Vejjajiva, a Britain–born economist, won a parliamentary vote agai >>>


      GERMANY SAYS 3 PEOPLE PRESUMED KIDNAPPED IN YEMEN
      Washington Post, 15-12-2008
     BERLIN –– Germany‘s Foreign Ministry says three nationals went missing this weekend in Yemen and are presumed to have been kidnapped.

Ministry spokesman Jens Ploetner says the three went missing Sunday and were believed kidnapped near Sana, the capital of Yemen‘s Dhamar province.
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