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Today's News

  • Today in History for December 4th
  • Millions of Pounds of Explosives Found in La.

    State police resumed moving millions of pounds of explosives Monday that had been haphazardly stashed in warehouses in Louisiana, prompting hundreds to evacuate from harm's way in case any of it exploded.

  • CDC says US flu season starts early, could be bad

    NEW YORK (AP) — Flu season in the U.S. is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade — and it could be a bad one.

    Health officials on Monday said suspected flu cases have jumped in five Southern states, and the primary strain circulating tends to make people sicker than other types. It is particularly hard on the elderly.

    "It looks like it's shaping up to be a bad flu season, but only time will tell," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The good news is that the nation seems fairly well prepared, Frieden said. More than a third of Americans have been vaccinated, and the vaccine formulated for this year is well-matched to the strains of the virus seen so far, CDC officials said.

    Higher-than-normal reports of flu have come in from Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. An uptick like this usually doesn't happen until after Christmas. Flu-related hospitalizations are also rising earlier than usual, and there have already been two deaths in children.

  • Mars rover Curiosity: No surprise in 1st soil test

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA's Curiosity rover has indeed found something in the Martian dirt. But so far, there's no definitive sign of the chemical ingredients necessary to support life.

    A scoop of sandy soil analyzed by Curiosity's sophisticated chemistry laboratory contained water and a mix of chemicals, but not complex carbon-based molecules considered essential for life.

    That the soil was not more hospitable did not surprise mission scientist Paul Mahaffy since radiation from space can destroy any carbon evidence.

    "It's not unexpected necessarily," said Mahaffy of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, who is in charge of the chemistry experiments. "It's been exposed to the harsh Martian environment."

  • Clashes over Internet rules to mark Dubai meeting

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of the U.N.'s telecommunication overseers sought Monday to quell worries about possible moves toward greater Internet controls during global talks in Dubai, but any attempts for increased Web regulations are likely to face stiff opposition from groups led by a major U.S. delegation.

    The 11-day conference — seeking to update codes last reviewed when the Web was virtually unknown — highlights the fundamental shift from tightly managed telecommunications networks to the borderless sweep of the Internet.

    But others at the Dubai conference — including a 123-member U.S. delegation with envoys from tech giants such as Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. — worry that any new U.N. oversight on the Internet security could be used by nations such as China and Russia to justify further tightening of Web blocks and monitoring.

    "Love the free and open Internet? Tell the world's governments to keep it that way," said a message on the main search page of Google.com with a link for comments directed to the Dubai conference.

  • Today in History for December 3
  • 2012-13 College Football Bowl Schedule

    All times Eastern

    Bowl Location/Tickets Date/Time Network
    Gildan New Mexico
    Nevada vs. Arizona
    Albuquerque, N.M.
    University Stadium
    Dec. 15
    1 p.m.
    ESPN
    Famous Idaho Potato
    Toledo vs. Utah State
    Boise, Idaho
    Bronco Stadium
    Dec. 15
    4:30 p.m.
    ESPN
    S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
    BYU vs. San Diego State
    San Diego
    Qualcomm Stadium
    Dec. 20
    8 p.m.
    ESPN
    Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg
    UCF vs. Ball State
    St. Petersburg, Fla.
    Tropicana Field
    Dec. 21
    7:30 p.m.
    ESPN
    R+L Carriers New Orleans
    East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
  • Notre Dame vs. Alabama: Star power, power football

    NEW YORK (AP) — On one side, a blossoming dynasty from the college football capital of the Deep South. On the other, the sport's most famous team, trying to reclaim its place among the elite.

    Notre Dame and Alabama bring star power and power football to the BCS championship.

    The matchup became official Sunday night when the final standings were released and, to no one's surprise, the Fighting Irish were first and the Crimson Tide was second.

    The one bit of drama on college football's selection Sunday was whether Northern Illinois could be this year's BCS buster. The Huskies got in, getting a spot in the Orange Bowl against Florida State, taking a bid away from Oklahoma and sparking heated debate about a system that never fails to tick off fans in some way.

    The other BCS matchups:

  • The AP top 25 college football poll 12-2-12

    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 1, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:

  • Raw: Drivers Missing, Dead in Tunnel Collapse

    At least seven people were feared missing and several dead after about 150 concrete panels fell from the roof of a tunnel on the main highway linking Tokyo with central Japan.