Alleged al Qaeda member released from Gitmo

Following through on a promise made just before the New Year, the U.S. Defense Department announced Friday the release of a detainee being held at Guantanamo Bay — a Kuwaiti national by the name of Fayiz Mohammed Ahmed Al-Kandari. ______________________________________ CNN World 1452276013 Original Source: CNN World >>

New U.S. dietary guidelines: Step away from the sugar

Just in time to help with your New Year’s resolution to eat more healthily, the government announced its latest dietary guidelines Thursday. ______________________________________ CNN US 1452276008 Original Source: CNN U.S. >>

Bowl Ratings Haven’t Burst New Year’s Eve Trial Balloon

After the College Football Playoff rejected an ESPN proposal to move the semifinals from New Year’s Eve, the ratings tumbled. Still, the head of the Playoff sees no reason to change the scheduling. ______________________________________ NYTimes New Year’s Eve 1452100568 Original Source: NY Times >>

A Chinese Almanac That Takes a Wary View of the New Year

Joanna C. Lee and her husband, Ken Smith, the publishers of the Pocket Chinese Almanac, say this year’s version warns of unpredictable climates and unusual circumstances. ______________________________________ NYTimes New Year’s Eve 1451926480 Original Source: NY Times >>

Wall St. Slides After Chinese Stocks Plunge

Weak manufacturing data for China and worries about the depreciation of the renminbi pushed stocks in the United States and Europe sharply lower. ______________________________________ NYTimes New Year’s Eve 1451926479 Original Source: NY Times >>

Despite a Warmer Winter, Annual Polar Bear Club Swim Still Chills

It looked like Coney Island on a particularly festive summer day, except that it was Jan. 1, when thousands of people flock to the seaside to start their year off the right way — with an unseasonal ocean swim. ______________________________________ NYTimes New Year’s Eve 1451751503 Original Source: NY Times >>

Want to Keep New Year’s Resolutions? Consider the Consequences of Failing

The best chance of succeeding at your goal is when you have an incentive — like a financial, social or health cost — not to fail, experts say. ______________________________________ NYTimes New Year’s Eve 1451751501 Original Source: NY Times >>

New Year’s Day Offers Plenty of Free Chances at a Clean Slate

Whether you’re hoping to improve your body or your mind — or just add to your cocktail conversation repertory — this weekend is full of events for self-improvement. ______________________________________ NYTimes New Year’s Eve 1451663867 Original Source: NY Times >>

Monitoring of Terrorism Threats Has Risen, Official Says

As the new year approached on Thursday, the police in Munich evacuated two train stations and warned residents to avoid large groups, citing “concrete hints” about a possible attack. ______________________________________ NYTimes New Year’s Eve 1451663868 Original Source: NY Times >>