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December 2009

December 2009

December 30, 2009
Obama Blames "Systemic Failures" For Plane Attack
President Barack Obama on Tuesday blamed "human and systemic failures" for allowing a botched Christmas Day attack aboard a Detroit-bound airliner and a U.S. official said the incident was linked to al Qaeda. Read more

Dutch airport to use full-body scan for U.S. flights
Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport will begin using full-body scanners within three weeks to scan people traveling to the United States, after consultations with U.S. authorities, the Dutch interior minister said on Wednesday. Read more

December 26, 2009
Passengers help foil attack on Detroit-bound plane
An attempted terrorist attack on a Christmas Day flight began with a pop and a puff of smoke - sending passengers scrambling to subdue a Nigerian man who claimed to be acting on orders from al-Qaida to blow up the airliner, officials and travelers said. Read more

December 24, 2009
Obama says climate discontent is justified
President Barack Obama said disenchantment over the Copenhagen climate talks was "justified" but defended the chaotic outcome as the top UN envoy urged an end to post-summit recriminations. Read more

December 23, 2009
American Airlines plane overshoots runway in Jamaica
An American Airlines spokesman said that a flight from Miami overshot the runway Tuesday in Kingston, Jamaica, but came to a safe stop. He said there were no immediate reports of serious injuries or fatalities. Read more

December 22, 2009
U.S. crime drops in first half of 2009, FBI says
Violent crime in the United States, including murder and robbery, dropped 4.4 percent in the first half of 2009 and property crime like car thefts also dropped, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Monday. Read more

December 21, 2009
Airlines scramble after winter storm delays flights
Airlines were scrambling to accommodate passengers affected by the cancellation of hundreds of flights after a monster weekend winter storm that blanketed a swath of the East Coast. Read more

December 18, 2009
Obama Addresses World Leaders at Climate Talks
U.S. President Barack Obama told world leaders at the final day of the Copenhagen climate change conference Friday it is time for the nations of the world to come together behind a common purpose. Read more

December 17, 2009
Housing starts rise less than expected
New housing starts rose but were lower than expected in November as construction activity for single family dwellings increased only marginally, a government report showed on Wednesday. Read more

December 15, 2009
White House Builds Clean Energy Case Ahead of Obama's Copenhagen Visit
Three days ahead of President Obama's visit to the climate change conference in Copenhagen, the White House continues to build the case that the United States is committed to pursuing clean energy with or without legislation that is stuck in Congress. Read more

U.S. plans to transfer some Guantanamo detainees
The Obama administration will announce plans later on Tuesday to acquire an Illinois prison and to send a limited number of detainees there from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, a U.S. official said. Read more

December 14, 2009
Robert G. Heft, who is credited with designing and sewing the first 50-star American flag, has died. He was 67.

Wakeman Funeral Home says Heft died Saturday at a hospital in Saginaw. A cause of death wasn't immediately available. Read more

December 10, 2009
U.S. sends a parade of promises to Copenhagen
Obama dispatches a slew of Cabinet-level secretaries, advisors and envoys to prove to world leaders that the U.S. is serious about combating climate change. His own assurances might carry more weight. Read more

December 4, 2009
Obama, lawmakers target bailout fund for jobs bill
President Barack Obama's options for spurring job growth may be limited by out-of-control budget deficits, but he is warming to moves by his congressional allies for a jobs-boosting bill. Read more

December 3, 2009
White House accepts some blame in gatecrasher saga
The White House on Wednesday shouldered some of the blame for an embarrassing breach of security that permitted an uninvited couple to gate-crash President Barack Obama's debut state dinner last week. Read more

December 2, 2009
Analysis: A war strategy with echoes of Bush
President Barack Obama's revamped Afghanistan strategy involves rushing 30,000 more troops into the fight by next summer. The abrupt infusion of U.S. military might is aimed at jump-starting a war that has crawled along for more than eight years, yielding few lasting gains. Read more