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U.N. Climate Conference Opens in Copenhagen

A U.N. climate conference has opened for two weeks of negotiations among 192 nations to forge a pact to secure the world from calamitous global warming.

Backroom Arm-Twisting?

Senate Republicans say Democrats are engaging in shady politics to get health care bill passed | TOPIC

Pressure Mounts After Church Elects 2nd Gay Bishop

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles has elected a lesbian as assistant bishop, underscoring Episcopal commitment to accepting same-sex relationships despite enormous pressure from other Anglicans to change that stand.

Iran Cuts Internet Access Before Student Protests

Iranian authorities have slowed Internet connections to a crawl or choked them off completely before expected student protests Monday to deny the opposition a vital means of communication.

U.N. Climate Chief: Hacked E-Mails Are Damaging

The U.N.'s top climate official on Sunday conceded that hacked e-mails from climate scientists had damaged the image of global warming research but said evidence of a warming Earth is solid.

Scientists, Lawyers Mull Effects of Home Robots

Eric Horvitz illustrates the potential dilemmas of living with robots by telling the story of how he once got stuck in an elevator at Stanford Hospital with a droid the size of a washing machine.

Consumer Group Says Popular Zhu Zhu Pets Are Unsafe

A consumer group contends one of the holiday season's must-have toys is unsafe.

Rare Winter Storm Blankets South With Snow

The National Weather Service says several Louisiana towns reported two to three inches of snow, and several other states saw accumulation

Police: N.Y. Woman Plotted to Kill Rival's Unborn Child

A New York City woman faces charges that she tricked her husband's pregnant mistress into taking a drug that would cause an abortion.

Conn. School Official Defends Religious Symbols Ban

A school superintendent in Connecticut is defending a principal's ban on Christmas parties in class and the display of secular symbols, saying the issue of religious celebrations is 'especially difficult' during December.