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China could ban VoIP services, including Skype

BEIJING - China will crack down on what it called illegal Internet telephone providers, according to a circular from the Chinese government seen on Friday that could potentially affect Internet calling service Skype. The statement, from the powerful Ministry of Information and Industry Technology, did not mention any carriers by name. It…

New Jersey Governor claims no responsibility for certain snowed-in citizens

The Republican governor of New Jersey claimed no responsibility those trapped by the snow not on state roads while he was away on vacation to Disneyworld with his family when his state suffered its fifth-largest blizzard on record. “If someone is snowed into their house, that’s not our responsibility,” Gov.…

Russian jet explodes; most passengers escape

MOSCOW – A Russian passenger jet carrying 124 people caught fire as it taxied down a snowy runway in Siberia and then exploded on Saturday, killing three people and injuring 43, including six who were badly burned, officials said. Most of the passengers and crew were evacuated before the explosion,…

NKorea’s New Year’s welcome: War would bring ‘nuclear holocaust’

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea welcomed the new year Saturday with a call for better ties with rival South Korea, warning that war “will bring nothing but a nuclear holocaust.” Despite calls in its annual New Year’s message for a Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons, the communist North,…

Chief Justice Roberts to parties: Quit bickering, fill judicial vacancies

Supreme Court Chief blames gridlock on partisan turmoil Republicans and Democrats must find a long-term solution to selecting federal judges, Chief Justice John Roberts says, while blaming both sides for the political gridlock of judicial nominations in the Senate. “Each political party has found it easy to turn on a…

21 dead in Egyptian church bombing at New Year’s Mass

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt – A powerful bomb, possibly from a suicide attacker, exploded in front of a Coptic Christian church as a crowd of worshippers emerged from a New Years Mass early Saturday, killing at least 21 people and wounding nearly 80 in an attack that raised suspicions of an al-Qaida…

Obama resolves to fix economy in 2011

HONOLULU – President Barack Obama has set his New Year’s resolution high for 2011: repair the struggling economy. In his weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday, the vacationing president said recent data showed the economic recovery was gaining traction even as millions of Americans are still out of work.…

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