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A Transportation Security Administration officer views a full-body scan during a demonstration of passenger screening technology, 30 Dec 2009, at the TSA Systems Integration Facility in Arlington, Virginia.
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A Transportation Security Administration officer views a full-body scan during a demonstration of passenger screening technology, 30 Dec 2009, at the TSA Systems Integration Facility in Arlington, Virginia

US Ponders Full Body Airport Screening After Foiled Airline Bomb Plot

Experts warn that no matter what steps are taken to ensure safety, terrorists will adapt and craft new ways to defeat security measures

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US Senate Majority Leader to Force Vote on Key TSA Nominee

Single senator holding up President Barack Obama's nominee to head Transportation Security Administration

In this 30 April 2009 file photo, a GMAC sign is shown at a GM/Chrysler dealership in Oakland, Calif.

US Government Takes Majority Stake in GMAC

Government to provide $3.8 billion in fresh aid to company, which is former financing arm of US auto maker General Motors

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, after the Senate passed the health care reform bill.

Obama Faces Major Political Challenges at End of First Year

US president has tumultuous first year marked by efforts to revive economy and enact health-care reform

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2 NASA astronauts aboard the ISS speak to US forces in Iraq via a video downlink aired on NASA TV, 29 Dec 2009

Space Station Astronauts Talk with Troops in Iraq

Two US astronauts aboard space station say their own Army experience helped them face challenges of working in space

Percy Sutton (2006 file photo)

African-American Lawyer and Politician Percy Sutton Dies

His most famous legal client was controversial black Muslim leader Malcolm X

Non-Profit Group Suits Up Women for Jobs

Dress for Success helps women get back into the workforce

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Volunteer Paige Hergenreter works on a float named "All-Star Dreams" in Pasadena, Calif., 28 Dec 2009, in preparation for the Rose Parade

California Gears Up for Annual Rose Parade

Flower-decked floats in Pasadena's 121st annual Rose Parade will be seen on TV by millions around the US and other countries

Each year, on the first Sunday of December, the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce mobilizes the entire community to recreate the scene from "Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas," by painter Norman Rockwell

New England Town Brings Rockwell's Christmas to Life

Stockbridge, Massachusetts is the setting the celebrated artist used for his painting of an idyllic American Christmas

Gas Drilling Plan Raises Water Contamination Fears in New York City

Environmentalists claim the drilling could contaminate New York's unfiltered drinking water sources with dangerous chemicals

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Jimmy Wayne's 'Sara Smile' Climbs Country Charts

His cover version of the Hall and Oates classic pop song helped him get his first record deal

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2009 A Good Year for Americana Music

Roots-based style gets own Grammy category in time for annual awards, Dylan, Cash, Lovett release new CDs

Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, right, saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera trade fours as they play 'A Night in Tunisia' during performance at jazz workshop hosted by first lady Michelle Obama at White House, 15 Jun 2009

Celebrations, Death of Guitarist Les Paul Marked 2009 in Jazz

White House jazz clinic, death of guitar virtuoso are among year's highlights

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