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House chooses Boehner as speaker again despite strains

Reuters - ‎42 minutes ago‎
By Thomas Ferraro and Rachelle Younglai. WASHINGTON | Thu Jan 3, 2013 5:43pm EST. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite a rocky few weeks during the "fiscal cliff" fight, John Boehner won re-election as speaker of the House of Representatives on ...
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In Victory for Google, US Ends Antitrust Investigation

New York Times - ‎20 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday handed Google a major victory by declaring that the company had not violated antitrust or anticompetition statutes in the way it arranges its Web search results.
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Malin Akerman Rubs Her Baby Bump While Looking Pregnancy Chic in West ...

E! Online - ‎29 minutes ago‎
Move over Kim Kardashian and Jessica Simpson, Malin Akerman's giving you some adorable baby bumpin' competition! The Rock of Ages actress was snapped rubbing her precious pregnant belly today in West Hollywood while heading to a restaurant to ...
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With Chavez ill and inauguration near, uncertainty reigns in Venezuela

CNN International
1 hour ago
Written by
Mariano Castillo
(CNN) -- Lawmakers erupted in applause at Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's inauguration six years ago. An orchestra played. Chavez beamed.
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Google chairman heading to North Korea

The State - ‎3 hours ago‎
SEOUL, South Korea - When he lands in North Korea, even Google's executive chairman will likely have to relinquish his smartphone, leaving him disconnected from the global information network he helped build.
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Congress members want Shell barge investigated

Houston Chronicle - ‎1 hour ago‎
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Calls for federal scrutiny of Royal Dutch Shell PLC drilling operations in Arctic waters swelled Thursday with a request for a formal investigation by members of Congress.
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Defense bill's Guantanamo Bay provisions have human rights groups upset with ...

Washington Post - ‎2 hours ago‎
With the second Obama term about to begin, one of the administration's first promises, that it would close the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, looks all but abandoned after the president signed a defense bill late Wednesday that includes ...
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Fed minutes show some disagreement on how long central bank should keep ...

Washington Post - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve will keep buying bonds indefinitely to try to keep long-term borrowing costs low. It's just not clear how long indefinitely will be.
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Fed minutes short-circuit Wall Street rally

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Chuck Mikolajczak. NEW YORK | Thu Jan 3, 2013 6:06pm EST. NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks dipped on Thursday after signs the Federal Reserve has growing concern about its highly stimulative monetary policy, giving investors reason to pull back ...
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Oil Rig's Owner Settles Gulf Spill Case for $1.4 Billion

New York Times
34 minutes ago
Written by
John Schwartz
The driller whose floating Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew out in 2010 to cause the nation's biggest oil spill has agreed to settle civil and criminal claims with the federal government for $1.4 billion, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
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A gimmick Barack Obama might want to try

Washington Post (blog) - ‎29 minutes ago‎
House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama speak to reporters. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). Steve Benen notes Republican demands on the sequester and the debt limit: In other words, according to public comments from McConnell and ...
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Fake Turkish site certs create threat of bogus Google sites

18 minutes ago
Written by
Seth Rosenblatt
After a Turkish Internet certificate authority "mistakenly" issues two unauthorized e-documents used to verify Web site authenticity, another organization creates a fraudulent certificate that could let it impersonate various Google sites.
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Sony Patents a Way to Sabotage Used Game Market

Escapist Magazine - ‎7 hours ago‎
The "invention" would tie a game purchase to your user account or the machine ID. Used game sales are a bit of an issue.
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Ask Ars: Why will Apple's Do Not Disturb bug fix itself next week?

Ars Technica
5 hours ago
Written by
Jacqui Cheng
Those of us using Apple's new Do Not Disturb (DND) feature under iOS 6 were met with a surprise when January 1 rolled around this week.
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Dodging Spoilers in 'Downton Abbey'

Wall Street Journal - ‎14 minutes ago‎
Many devotees of a British drama set in 1920 are peeved to find themselves behind the times. The hit series "Downton Abbey" makes its season premiere on PBS this Sunday, but it was September when those same episodes started airing in the U.K.
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Not So 'Friendly' in Italy

New York Times (blog) - ‎54 minutes ago‎
On its winter break (which ends with a Serie A match Sunday against Siena) Milan traveled to Busto Arsizio in Lombardy for what was supposed to be an exhibition of soccer against Pro Patria, a lower-division club.
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Former Colts coach Jim Caldwell's focus this week is helping Ravens beat his ...

Washington Post - ‎25 minutes ago‎
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Jim Caldwell spent 10 years doing his best to help Indianapolis win. Now Baltimore's offensive coordinator, he's focused beating the Colts.
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No Fear of Wild-Card Round in NFL

ABC News - ‎46 minutes ago‎
NFL teams have no fear of playing in the wild-card round. Recent history shows the playoff bye isn't such a big deal anymore. In six of the last seven years, one of the Super Bowl participants didn't get a bye to begin the postseason.
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After Spurt of Optimism, NHL Union Considers Options

New York Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
After Spurt of Optimism, N.H.L. Union Considers Options. By JEFF Z. KLEIN. Published: January 3, 2013. The N.H.L. Players' Association continued to talk softly in negotiations with the league Thursday, but moved to retain its big stick.
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NFL looms, but Alabama's Jones won't skip final college game

USA TODAY - ‎25 minutes ago‎
Alabama center Barrett Jones has been nursing a sprain, but it's not nearly enough to keep him from playing for another title in the BCS National Championship game Monday.
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Rock is new class of Mars meteorite

BBC News - ‎4 hours ago‎
A dark lump of rock found in the Moroccan desert in 2011 is a new type of Martian meteorite, say scientists. Weighing 320g, the stone has been given the name Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034.
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Curiosity rover studies rocks and a 'flower' on Mars (blog)
2 hours ago
Written by
Alan Boyle
By Alan Boyle. Follow @b0yle. The cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover have been clicking away over the holidays - gathering enough pictures for a 360-degree panorama of its rocky surroundings at Yellowknife Bay, plus a close-up view showing a "Martian ...
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Clinton returning to work next week

Washington Post (blog) - ‎46 minutes ago‎
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will return to work next week, a State Department spokeswoman said Thursday. “Some of the senior staff who spoke to her about half an hour ago say that she's sounding terrific, upbeat, raring to go,” Victoria Nuland said.
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Why you can't bank on living longer if you're overweight - ‎1 hour ago‎
As I've watched my weight creep up with growing angst as I near the threshold for becoming overweight, I was tempted to rejoice after reading the new study finding that moderately overweight folks live the longest.
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Report: Drowsy driving is dangerous -- and common

Los Angeles Times
2 hours ago
Written by
Eryn Brown
In more than 20 years as a driver, I've been involved in two scary freeway accidents. The first was on an icy evening in Vermont.

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