Today's Intel

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011

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Seeking to address concerns about his personal life and commitment to social conservative causes, Newt Gingrich pledged in a letter to an Iowa advocacy group that he would "defend and strengthen the family."

The tax plan proposed by Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich would add $1.3 trillion to the U.S. budget deficit in 2015 alone, a new analysis shows, complicating his goal of balancing the government's books.

Three of MF Globals top executives said they didn't know what happened to as much as $1.2 billion in client funds that went missing in the days before the New York-based brokerage filed for bankruptcy.

Inventories in the U.S. rose 0.8 percent in October by the most in five months as companies moved to bring stockpiles in line with demand.

Spain's Banco Santander Belgium's KBC Groep and Germany's Deutsche Bank AG, under pressure from regulators to bolster capital, are selling some of their fastest-growing businesses to competitors from outside the region -- at the expense of future profit and economic growth.

The global glut in lead is falling to a five-year low as China, the biggest buyer, consumes a record amount to make batteries for everything from cars to emergency lighting to electric bicycles.

Occupy Wall Street activists interrupted shipping at some West Coast ports while falling short of a coordinated shutdown aimed at Goldman Sachs Group, which owns a stake in the largest cargo-terminal operator.

A suicide attacker in the southern Belgian city of Liege left at least two people dead and 64 injured, officials said.

Legislation extending an employee payroll tax cut comes up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives today, setting the stage for partisan fights over Republican priorities that include a Canadian oil pipeline and changes to the unemployment compensation system.

Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research have narrowed the region where the hypothetical "God particle" created at the beginning of the universe may be found, closing in on evidence of its existence.

Facing a weekend deadline to avoid a government shutdown, a combative Congress appears on track to advance a massive $1 trillion-plus yearend spending package that curbs agency budgets but drops many policy provisions sought by GOP conservatives.

AP Top Stories

Iran has--unsurprisingly--rejected an American request to return its downed spy drone.

Occupy Baltimore demonstrators who spent 10 weeks protesting economic disparity were removed peacefully from a downtown plaza near the Inner Harbor tourist district during a pre-dawn raid Tuesday.

More than three-quarters of Americans would blow the whistle on wrongdoing at their workplace, according to a newly released survey -- but only if they could do so anonymously, without fear of reprisal, and -- and this is a big "and" -- there was a monetary reward involved.

Increased use of birth control, and, some say, other wide-ranging variables such as abstinence-only education and a poor economy, are playing key roles in driving the US teen birthrate to a record low.

Washington Mutual Inc, the biggest bank to fail in U.S. history, said it reached a settlement in a dispute between shareholders and certain creditors.

BBC

Canada will formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, the first nation to pull out of the treaty, the environment minister has said.

Hezbollah exposes purported CIA officers in a TV broadcast, re-enacting alleged meetings with informers at Starbucks and Pizza Hut.

A US Congressional panel freezes $700m in aid to Pakistan until it gives assurances it is tackling the spread of homemade bombs in the region.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has raised the Palestinian flag above a UN agency for the first time. Washington reacted by suspending its funding for Unesco, which accounted for a fifth of its annual budget.

WorldNetDaily

The Israeli government is currently banning all non-Muslims from ascending the Temple Mount, considered the holiest site in Judaism. "It seems freedom of religion in Israel is only for Muslims and not for Christians and Jews," Danny Danon, deputy speaker of the Knesset said.

Arizona's controversial illegal immigration law, S.B. 1070, is going to the Supreme Court, and with it, the backing of 59 U.S. congressman - including presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. - and nearly 60,000 Americans who have signed on to an amicus brief defending the law.

Australia - Pedophiles are targeting the online dating profiles of Melbourne's single mums to molest their children. Victorian police said predators had been grooming mums they met through online dating to get at their kids. Molesters faked a relationship with a lonely woman and got on their good side with homework help, trips and gifts. The state's top online child sex crime investigator said many molesters took a long time to lull the mum into a false sense of safety before they attacked their real target.

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