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  • When will LaGuardia, JFK airport reopen? Winter weather advisory persists.

    When will LaGuardia, JFK airport reopen? Winter weather advisory persists.

    The New York area's JFK airport, LaGuardia airport, and Liberty airport all shut down after Christmas. Despite a winter weather advisory, the airports hope to open Monday.

  • Obama team plans for 2011 – and for 2012

    Obama team plans for 2011 – and for 2012

    Obama and his senior staff are hard at work on the size and shape of his White House team as they prepare for the 2012 elections. He hopes to spend more time outside of Washington.

  • Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones fuels speculation about next head coach

    Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones fuels speculation about next head coach

    After getting the Christmas spirit kicked out of them with a loss to Arizona, the Dallas Cowboys need to make a decision on how to rebuild this team. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones must make tough off-season decision. Will it be Cowher, Gruden, or Garrett?

  • Ideas for a better world in 2011

    Ideas for a better world in 2011

    In many ways, 2010 is a year you may want to relegate to the filing cabinet quickly. It began with a massive earthquake in Haiti and wound down with North Korea once again being an enfant terrible – bizarrely trying to conduct diplomacy through brinkmanship. In between came Toyota recalls and egg scares, pat downs at airports and unyielding unemployment numbers, too little money in the Irish treasury and too many bedbugs in American sheets. Oil gushed from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico for three months, mocking the best intentions of man and technology to stop it, while ash from a volcano in Iceland darkened Europe temporarily as much as its balance sheets. Yet not all was gloomy. The winter Olympics in Canada and the World Cup in South Africa dazzled with their displays of athletic prowess and national pride, becoming hearths around which the world gathered. In Switzerland, the world's largest atom smasher hurled two protons into each other at unfathomable speeds. Then came the year's most poignant moment – the heroic and improbable rescue of 33 miners from the clutches of the Chilean earth. There were many transitions, too – the return of the Republicans in Washington and the Tories in Britain, the scaling back of one war (Iraq) and the escalation of another (Afghanistan), the fall of some powers (Greece) and rise of others (China, Germany, Lady Gaga). To get the new year off to the right start, we decided to ask various thinkers for one idea each to make the world a better place in 2011. We plumbed poets and political figures, physicists and financiers, theologians and novelists. Some of the ideas are provocative, others quixotic. Some you will agree with, others you won't. But in the modest quest to stir a discussion – from academic salons to living rooms to government corridors – we offer these 25 ideas.

  • Winter storm bears down on US east coast

    Winter storm bears down on US east coast

    Weather forecasters predict a significant winter storm from the Mid-Atlantic through New England, including high winds and heavy snowfall. Hundreds of airline flights have been canceled.

  • End-of-year high note for Obama on foreign policy, too

    End-of-year high note for Obama on foreign policy, too

    Russia's Medvedev lauds Obama for pushing New START through the Senate. North Korea is more subdued, ahead of US visit from China's Hu. Obama and Britain's Cameron, well, they still talk.

  • Thermoses, coffee cups added to list of possible terrorist weapons

    Thermoses, coffee cups added to list of possible terrorist weapons

    During the busiest travel season of the year, travelers carrying thermoses or beverage cups – which could be used to conceal explosive materials – may be subject to extra scrutiny.

  • Top 5 overlooked stories of 2010

    Top 5 overlooked stories of 2010

    History, it seems, will remember 2010 in the United States as the year of health-care reform, the Gulf oil spill, and the tea party movement. But the most widely covered stories are clearly not the only events that could shape the future of the nation. Here we note five overlooked stories of 2010 – developments that might have received some press coverage but perhaps not as much as they should have, given the impact they could have on various aspects of American life in the years ahead.

  • 'Twas the time to recover and all through the shops...

    'Twas the time to recover and all through the shops...

    An ode to the economic recovery – and other news of 2010 – inspired by Clement Clarke Moore's classic Christmas poem.

  • Obama vacation book list: Is he reading up on bipartisanship?

    The Vote Obama vacation book list: Is he reading up on bipartisanship?

    Obama vacation activities often include reading, and his book list apparently includes one on GOP icon Ronald Reagan. If nothing else, the book could offer valuable lessons on leadership style.

  • 'Tis the season for flash mobs, you say? They're just getting started.

    'Tis the season for flash mobs, you say? They're just getting started.

    This year's delightful run of flash mobs is winding up with a flurry of Santas and carolers. But the phenomenon is so well suited to modern society and technology, it should last a while.

  • EPA presents plan on greenhouse gases. Can next Congress stop it?

    EPA presents plan on greenhouse gases. Can next Congress stop it?

    The EPA set out a timetable Thursday for curbing the emissions of greenhouse gases from power plants and refineries. But Republicans have signaled their steady opposition, and a battle looms.

  • How to pick a college? 10 tips for seniors from their peers

    How to pick a college? 10 tips for seniors from their peers

    Christmas vacation is often no vacation for college-bound high school seniors, many of whom spend these weeks refining their list of schools, polishing their essays, and completing their applications. The application process can be exhausting, but it’s making the final choice that keeps you awake at night. Which school is “the one”? There’s no shortage of advice from parents and guidance counselors. But people who’ve recently been through the process – and come out the other end – have words of wisdom, too. Here are 10 things your future classmates say you should consider before sending in that deposit.

  • Snow storm: Who will get a white Christmas?

    Snow storm: Who will get a white Christmas?

    Atlanta could have its first real white Christmas since 1882. But whether the snow storm pummels major East Coast cities is still up in the air.

  • Festivus and three other made-for-TV holidays

    Festivus and three other made-for-TV holidays

    Faux holidays like “Seinfeld’s” Festivus, popularized in 1997, forgo the traditional in favor of another way to celebrate the season. Consider it Hollywood’s way of poking fun at – or maybe offering a little social commentary about – Americans’ tendency to go overboard on their Christmas observances. Festivus is not the only made-for-TV holiday – and it even may not be the only one to catch on in real life. Here’s the skinny on Festivus and three other invented days of celebration, brought to you by the Dream Machine.

  • Hugo Chávez tightens his grip in Venezuela. Can US do anything about it?

    Hugo Chávez tightens his grip in Venezuela. Can US do anything about it?

    With the US focused on other parts of the world, Latin American neighbor Hugo Chávez has tightened his hold on power. The next Congress may press Obama to act, but what are his options?

  • Did WikiLeaks bring on cyberwar? Maybe a cyber sit-in.

    Did WikiLeaks bring on cyberwar? Maybe a cyber sit-in.

    After Visa, MasterCard, and others cut services to WikiLeaks, a group launched ‘distributed denial of service’ attacks against these businesses. But a new analysis shows that the attacks lacked punch.

  • Obama vacation: What flavor shave ice will he order?

    The Vote Obama vacation: What flavor shave ice will he order?

    President Obama joined his family in Hawaii late Wednesday, anticipating an 11-day vacation. Forget tax-cut deals and nuclear weapons treaties. The Obama vacation is all about shave ice.

  • Gas prices hit $3 a gallon, highest in 27 months. Will they go higher?

    Gas prices hit $3 a gallon, highest in 27 months. Will they go higher?

    Now at an average price of $3 a gallon, gasoline could cost at least $3.50 a gallon by spring. Rising gas prices go hand in hand with higher oil prices, driven up by outlook for a stronger economy.

  • Rahm Emanuel clears one hurdle in Chicago mayor's race; more ahead

    Rahm Emanuel clears one hurdle in Chicago mayor's race; more ahead

    A hearing officer with the Chicago election board recommends that Rahm Emanuel be permitted to run for mayor of Chicago. The full board is set to vote on his eligibility Thursday.