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Monday, December 19th, 2011
 
Kim Jong Il, the dictator who used fear and isolation to maintain power in North Korea and his nuclear weapons to menace his neighbors and threaten the U.S., has died. State TV said the youngest of his three sons will succeed him.
 
wsj.com - 12/19/2011 5:29am
Apple executives in recent weeks have discussed their vision for the future of TV with media executives at several large companies.
 
AT&T bowed to U.S. antitrust authorities and withdrew its $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, ending a nine-month fight to complete a deal many saw as a long shot.
 
 
The investment by Prince Walid bin Talal represents roughly 3 percent of Twitter, which has become increasingly popular in the Arab world.
 
EL SEGUNDO ? In the left pocket of Mike Brown's baggy shorts are all the answers, a meticulously printed-out plan that documents every detail he intends to accomplish in that particular Lakers practice. Atop the folded cardboard paper with all...
 
 
Cash-strapped Swedish car maker Saab Automobile declared itself bankrupt, nine months after halting production due to a lack of funds.
 
The U.S. and key Arab states are intensifying talks on how to keep stability in the global energy markets, in a possible precursor to tighter sanctions against Iran.
 
 
wsj.com - 12/19/2011 2:36am
North Korea's propaganda portraying a peerless leader rarely matched reality.
 
Orange County's best public high schools for 2012 succeed academically, while they prepare students for college and careers and provide a supportive environment for learning. The Register's fifth annual high school ranking analyzed academic,...
 
 
After the sudden death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, attention swings to his third son, Kim Jong Eun, who has been formally named as the new leader of the isolated country.
 
With ‘War Horse’ and ‘The Adventures of Tintin,’ the most beloved American filmmaker of his generation sets out to reclaim his crown.
 
 
The common story is that the fizz in the bottle was created by a blind monk, Dom Pérignon -- but it is no more than a story. Professor Stephen Charters separates fact from fiction in the champagne business.
 
A man and a woman in Modesto used a Salvation Army bell and kettle to fill their own pockets this holiday season, police said Monday.
 
 
Motorists who haven't made a single payment on traffic ticket fines issued more than two years ago will get a half-off discount beginning January. During a six-month one-time amnesty period, drivers can pay half of what they owe in fines and...
 
 
The U.C.L.A. women's volleyball team captured its first national championship in 20 years by beating Illinois in four sets in the title match.
 
Hogan Hilling became a stay-at-home dad 20 years ago, long before the term gained any kind of popularity ? and long before men in any significant numbers became the primary caretakers for their children. His stay-at-home dad duties are winding...
 
 
One thing many of us have seen since the financial markets melted down in 2008 is how difficult it can be to come up with cash in a time of need. Mariners minority owner Chris Larson is no exception to that.
 
Even as the world changed around him, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il remained firmly in control, ruling absolutely at home and keeping the rest of the world on edge through a nuclear weapons program.
 
 
Kim's death poses a challenge for China and raises an opportunity for Beijing to help steer the North away from isolation and belligerence.
 
Finding the perfect gift for a loved one during the holidays can be a daunting task for anyone; after all, we?re all after the same thing: a giant smile on the face of the recipient when they open their present from us. Buying gifts for special...
 
 
In the wake of Kim Jong Il's death, a wide range of North Korea-related stories and links have been drawing attention, from a story on the dictator's misguided movie ambitions to the website PyongyangTrafficGirls.com. Check out a roundup of the best Kim-related clicks on the web.
 
“Hugo,” “Shame,” “Drive” and “The Tree of Life” also win some big awards.
 
 
New Yorkers decked out in their finest period clothes Saturday to ride the city's "Nostalgia Train" along the M line from lower Manhattan to Queens and back. Here's a sample of what some people wore.
 
smartmoney.com - 12/19/2011 11:40am
SmartMoney Magazine: Serial entrepreneur Howard Lindzon has tapped into the never-ending babble of the stock market. Should investors listen in?
 
 
He had been convicted of forcing a 17-year-old girl into prostitution.Reporting from San Diego A 41-year-old Oceanside man was sentenced in federal court Monday to 30 years in prison after being convicted of forcing a 17-year-old girl into prostitution.
 
North Korea resumed its customary silence one day after it announced the death of its leader of 17 years, underscoring the world's anxiety over the future of a poor, nuclear-armed authoritarian nation.
 
 
wsj.com - 12/19/2011 12:50pm
The U.K. government threw its weight behind sweeping new reforms for the banking sector that will involve requiring banks to "ring-fence" their retail activities from riskier investment banking. The government will also force RBS to shrink its investment bank and focus on retail operations.
 
J.J. Barea has moved on after helping Dallas win a title.
 
 
A bluff-top mansion with breath-taking ocean views and direct beach access sold this month for nearly $13.2 million less than owners originally sought when the home first went up for sale more than a year ago. The final sale price, according to...
 
South Koreans reacted to news of the death of Kim Jong Il with concern that instability in North Korea during the transition of power to his son may lead to fresh attacks on the South after a period of relative peace between the countries.
 
 
Euro-zone finance ministers on Monday confirmed plans to contribute $195.6 billion in additional bilateral loans to the International Monetary Fund as part of a move to boost its resources for crisis response.