Icahn says opposes partial sale of Yahoo

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Billionaire Carl Icahn opposes selling part of Yahoo to former AOL Chief Executive Jonathan Miller or anyone else because it is undervalued, he told CNBC on Wednesday.

Democrats may push stopgap economic stimulus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in Congress, unable to convince the outgoing Bush administration to support a broad economic stimulus bill, are looking at a stopgap measure to feed the poor and help them get health care, congressional aides said.

New fabric can wipe away toxic chemicals: study

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A new dry wipe can clean up chemical agents such as mustard gas, giving soldiers a more convenient way to deal with toxic materials on the battlefield, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

FCC to consider free Internet, cable issues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. communications regulators will consider a controversial spectrum auction plan for free Internet and new rules governing disputes between cable operators and programmers at their December meeting, the agency’s chairman said on Wednesday.

Becerra a top candidate for Obama trade chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – California congressman Xavier Becerra has emerged as a leading candidate to be the chief U.S. trade negotiator for President-elect Barack Obama, a Democratic official and lobbyists said on Wednesday.

Senate Democrats will pack plenty of muscle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Democrats will be able to do plenty over the next two years — despite falling just short of their goal of winning a majority big enough to end Republican procedural roadblocks.

Arctic tundra emits methane even in winter

LONDON (Reuters) – The arctic tundra emits the same amount of methane in winter as in the warmer months, a surprising finding that bolsters understanding of how greenhouse gases interact with nature, researchers said on Wednesday.

Rocket company sells discount rides to space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – The space tourism race heated up on Tuesday when a second company began offering tickets for suborbital rides at less than half the price of competitor Virgin Galactic’s.