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Medical Journal: Santa Needs to Clean Up His Act

With his portly belly and a fondness for a brandy-fuelled spin on the sleigh, Santa Claus is hardly the picture of health or safety.

Official: Little Hope for U.N. Climate Deal

World leaders starting flooding into Copenhagen on Thursday, even as a Danish official acknowledged that hope was running out for a comprehensive climate deal because the negotiations between rich and poor countries were deadlocked.

Official: Top Mexican Drug Lord Dead After Clash

Two hundred sailors raided an upscale apartment complex and killed one of Mexico's top kingpins in a two-hour gunbattle Wednesday, one of the biggest victories yet in President Felipe Calderon's drug war.

Saving World ... on Mountain of Paper

Climate summit isn't just overflowing with idealism — it's also using up enough paper to clear a forest

Roy Disney, nephew of Walt, dies

LOS ANGELES - Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney whose powerful behind-the-scenes influence on The Walt Disney Co. led to the departure of former chief Michael Eisner, has died. He was 79.

Brazilian Court Orders U.S. Boy to Be Returned to Father

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that a 9-year-old boy living in Brazil should be returned to his American father, but the case will likely be appealed again, officials said. U.S Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton praised the decision.

House Passes Jobs Bill

Dem leaders muscle through year-end measure aimed at creating jobs through second round of stimulus spending

Climate Deal Brings Legal Objections

Critics say Obama's mission to save the earth from global warming could come at the expense of the Constitution

House OKs Debt Limit Hike

Bill would allow federal government to borrow nearly $300B to finance its operations for just six more weeks

Britain gives checks the royal boot

LONDON – After more than three centuries, the humble check is set to become a historic relic after British banks voted to phase it out in favor of more modern payment methods.