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Doctors said Thursday that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is making a miraculous recovery after being shot in the head in an assasination attempt that killed six and left 13 others wounded.

It appears that the Jared Loughner was using psychotropic drugs – substances that significantly alter areas of the brain associated with perception, mood, consciousness, cognition, and behavior.

Israel Defense Forces troops stationed in the north were on alert Thursday over worries that the political turmoil in Lebanon might spill over into renewed violence on their shared border, following the collapse of the government in Beirut.

Iran is warning that international talks planned for next week in Istanbul could be the west’s “last chance” to negotiate a deal over Tehran’s stockpile of enriched uranium.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused the United States of lagging in its commitment to seeing the establishment of a Palestinian state.

China would welcome assurances that its financial assets in the United States are safe, a senior diplomat said on Wednesday, ahead of president Hu Jintao’s visit next week, but played down rifts between the two powers.

Two leading credit-rating firms have cautioned the U.S. on its credit rating, expressing concern over a deteriorating fiscal situation that they say needs correction.

71 percent of Americans oppose increasing the federal debt ceiling again.

The average maturity of U.S. government bonds has sunk lower than that of any developed nation, to 4.4 years.

Dozens of U.S. states are either implementing tax increases in 2011 or are considering proposals to raise taxes.

According to RealtyTrac, a total of 3,825,637 foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on a record 2,871,891 U.S. properties in 2010, an increase of nearly 2 percent from 2009 and an increase of 23 percent from 2008.

2010 saw a record number of bank repossessions, over a million, even with a big drop in volume toward the end of the year, thanks to the robo-signing scandal and ensuing foreclosure freezes.

California had the most foreclosure filings in 2010: 546,669, or 4.08 percent of its total housing units.

About 5 million borrowers in the United States are at least two months behind on their mortgages.

The U.S. trade deficit was $38.3 billion during the month of November.

For the week ending Jan. 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 445,000, an increase of 35,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 410,000.

Food and energy costs were rising briskly at the wholesale level as 2010 drew to a close.

Oil rose Wednesday after production shutdowns, falling U.S. inventories and growing demand sent crude to multi-year highs and closer to $100 a barrel.

Will rising Chinese inflation soon show up in U.S. consumer goods?

Over in mainland China, contract prices at the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE) ended Wednesday’s session unchanged at the equivalent of $45 per gram – some 1.8% above London benchmark quotes and equal to a premium of more than $23 per ounce.

The richest one-tenth of 1 percent of Americans now make as much as the bottom 120 million, according to former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

Some 47 percent of Americans surveyed from Jan. 5-9 by the Washington-based Pew Research Center for the People and the Press said China is the leading economic power, while 31 percent named the United States.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says that the Fed has ruled out a central bank bailout of state and local governments.

Money is flowing out of bonds at an absolutely staggering pace.

Financial analyst Meredith Whitney is sticking by her call that the nation’s municipalities face a wave of defaults, despite a wave of criticism over her prediction that hundreds of local governments would not meet their obligations.

Peter Schiff believes that the price of gold is going to eventually hit $5000.

U.S. housing prices have now fallen further during this economic downturn than they did during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Gerald Celente is convinced that everyone will know that we have entered a “greater Depression” soon.

Middle-income Americans are increasingly turning to “alternative loans” to make ends meet.

Germany and France have rejected calls by Brussels for a rapid increase in the size and powers of the EU’s rescue machinery, once again exposing serious differences at the heart of monetary union.

There are now some very serious reports of freeze dried food shortages across the United States.

Riots are raging in southern Chile with two women killed and four others injured. Protesters are out in anger at gas price increases, which are reportedly due to troubles experienced by the state-owned petroleum company.

Mobs and security forces allied to Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo attacked at least six U.N. vehicles on Thursday, setting some ablaze and injuring two people in the latest round of violence sparked by this West African nation’s disputed election.

Will Sarah Palin’s use of the term “blood libel” hurt her chances if she decides to run for president in 2012?

Herman Cain, an Atlanta talk radio show host and tea party favorite, said Wednesday he’s forming an exploratory committee for a White House bid.

More attorneys general of U.S. states are joining the legal fight against the new federal health care law, which requires all U.S. individuals to buy health insurance and opens the door for massive subsidies to abortion providers.

Legislation recently introduced in Wyoming would make it a federal crime for government officials and those who work with the government to enforce any provisions in the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” also widely known as “Obamacare”. If passed, those who attempt to enforce the health care overhaul’s provisions would be subject to fines and imprisonment.

Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security has started a new initiative ‘Red Dirt Ready’ to induct neighbors into a spy program that will serve to report on suspicious behavior.

Texas cops are now giving tickets to 6-year-olds.

A father from Hutto is searching for his missing daughter, 17, and facing hundreds of dollars a day in fines from the court because she is missing school.

A total of 34,612 people have died in drug-related killings in Mexico in the four years since President Felipe Calderón declared an offensive against cartels shortly after taking office, officials said tonight.

In a break from the norm that will have many a Davos delegate looking forward to the apres-ski, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has stipulated that one-in-five delegates at the high-profile conference should be female.

The recent mysterious deaths of birds and fish are causing alarm among naturalists around the world. Birds are literally falling dead out of the sky, and fish are washing up dead on shores and rivers across North America and around the world.

Has the mysterious death of hundreds of blackbirds over Beebe, Arkansas now been explained?

Is a “magnetic pole shift” causing some of these bird and fish deaths?

Thousands of families living on mountain slopes or on river banks in Brazil face “extreme risk” of being washed away in heavy rains and flooding that have killed more than 400 people, authorities said Thursday.

An Australian teenager who was afraid of water drowned in the Queensland floods after begging rescuers to save his younger brother first. The family of Jordan Rice, 13, is hailing his selfless actions.

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the New Caledonia islands in the southern Pacific, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Thursday.

Lava lit the Sicilian sky as Mt. Etna erupted overnight Wednesday. The two-hour eruption sent lava flying into the air and down the Italian volcano’s eastern slope.

Can a veggie-rich diet make you more beautiful?

Vanderbilt University has made changes to its nurse residency application a day after a complaint was filed over its abortion practice requirement.

Lastly, Pat Martin, MP for Winnipeg Centre, says that the bedbug problem in Canadian cities so bad that it’s become a national emergency.