December 18, 2009: Lunchtime News Roundup

Here is the Lunchtime News Roundup for Friday, December 18, 2009:

Faith Focus

Inspiration and the good life:

http://www.everydaychristian.com/blogs/post/5817/

Majority of Americans celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday:
http://www.everydaychristian.com/news/weblink/5845/

Christmas aid requests exceed donations:
http://www.everydaychristian.com/news/weblink/5834/

National

Happiness index: Where does your state rank?
http://www.everydaychristian.com/ap/story/happiness_index_where_does_your_state_rank/

Senate Democrats sprint to vote on health care reform next week
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2009/1218/Senate-Democrats-sprint-to-vote-on-healthcare-reform-next-week

East Coast braces for heavy snow over weekend:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34477381/ns/weather

International

Obama urges world leaders to scramble for climate deal:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/18/AR2009121800637.html

Iranian soldiers take control of Iraqi oil well
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article6961867.ece

Entertainment

‘Avatar’ banking on huge opening weekend at box office
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-avatar18-2009dec18,0,6446618.story

Actress Jennifer Jones, 90, dies
http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/12/17/jennifer.jones.obit/

Sports

Presbyterian College basketball team sacrifices for the greater good
http://www.everydaychristian.com/blogs/post/5819/

Indianapolis Colts rally past Jacksonville to stay undefeated at 14-0
http://www.indystar.com/article/20091218/SPORTS03/912180376/Colts-stage-another-comeback

Chris Henry remembered by Bengals teammates for turning his life around
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20091217/SPT02/312170113/

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