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NECN - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) is promising that lawmakers will vote later this month on a broader $51 billion package of aid for Superstorm Sandy victims.
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Gaza rally called step toward unity for Fatah and Hamas

CNN - ‎13 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians gathered in Gaza in a show of support for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party on Friday, the 53rd anniversary of the party's founding.
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Friend of India Rape Victim Criticizes Police Response

Wall Street Journal - ‎5 hours ago‎
NEW DELHI—A man who was present at a brutal gang rape that led to the death of the 23-year-old victim spoke publicly for the first time with details of the attack and harsh words for police, who he said wasted time fighting over jurisdiction before taking the ...
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Ailing Chavez could be sworn in later on before Supreme Court, Venezuela's ...

Fox News - ‎14 minutes ago‎
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez can take the oath of office for his next term before the Supreme Court at a later date if the ailing leader isn't fit to be sworn in next week, his vice president said.
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Girl Shot by Pakistani Taliban Is Discharged From Hospital

New York Times - ‎4 hours ago‎
LONDON - Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head three months ago by the Taliban for advocating the education of girls, has been discharged from a British hospital.
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Japanese Envoy Tries to Mend Ties With South Korea

New York Times - ‎21 hours ago‎
SEOUL, South Korea - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan reached out to South Korea's incoming president, Park Geun-hye, on Friday by sending a special envoy to Seoul with calls for mending ties that had become strained under their predecessors.
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Barney Frank says he would like to be interim senator

Boston Globe
1 hour ago
Written by
Glen Johnson
January 04, 2013. Article · Video · Comments · Subscribe. Barney Frank said his 32 years in the House makes him uniquely qualified to deal with.
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California court overturns rape conviction because victim was not married

Fox News - ‎1 hour ago‎
LOS ANGELES - An appellate court ruling overturning a rape conviction because the victim wasn't married prompted anger Friday from women's groups and a state legislator who plans to introduce a bill that would close the legal loophole.
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Obama likely to nominate Chuck Hagel for Defense secretary

Los Angeles Times
4 hours ago
Written by
Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - President Obama is expected to nominate Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator and Vietnam veteran, to be Defense secretary, officials said, setting up a confirmation battle with lawmakers and interest groups critical of Hagel's views ...
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McKinley responds to jobs report

Parkersburg News - ‎2 hours ago‎
PARKERSBURG -The latest unemployment numbers show the economy is stagnant, a Republican congressman from West Virginia said Friday.
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Plosser, Bullard Say Fed's Asset Purchases Contingent on Jobs

Bloomberg - ‎2 hours ago‎
Two Federal Reserve regional bank presidents said a decline in unemployment may prompt a halt to $85 billion in monthly bond purchases, speaking a day after the Fed indicated it may end the buying as early as this year.
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S&P 500 at 5-year high: How long will bull run?

USA TODAY - ‎5 hours ago‎
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP). Story Highlights. S&P 500 races to five-year high, the first major U.S.
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Treasury Yields Rise Most Since March on Budget Deal, Fed Views

Bloomberg - ‎2 hours ago‎
Treasury 10-year yields soared the most since March in the first week of the year after the U.S. avoided the so-called fiscal cliff and Federal Reserve minutes showed policy makers differ over the scope of asset purchases.
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Some say Google search decision may benefit consumers

Boston Globe - ‎1 hour ago‎
'Don't Be Evil,'' the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, proclaimed in their 2004 ''Owner's Manual'' for prospective investors in the company.
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Library of Congress digs in to full archive of 170 billion tweets

CNET - ‎5 hours ago‎
It took four years to hit 21 billion tweets. Now Twitter users generate nearly half a billion a day, and the Library of Congress will be archiving and indexing all of them.
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Toyota, Audi Prepping Self-Driving Cars

PC Magazine - ‎16 hours ago‎
In recent months, Google has been at the forefront of self-driving cars. But now, traditional car companies like Toyota and Audi are embracing the technology.
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At 'Downton Abbey,' braving the fiscal cliff

Washington Post - ‎9 hours ago‎
“Downton Abbey,” that phenomenally successful British drama series about a very specific sort of people enduring what amounts to the modern era's original first-world problems, is back on PBS's “Masterpiece Classic” Sunday night for a third season.
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Cougar Town: What's In Store For Season Four! - ‎20 minutes ago‎
It sounds like TBS' Cougar Town is set to go ALL out this season! Co-creator of the show, Bill Lawrence, recently shared some season four deets at the Television Critics Association press tour and things are definitely heating up!
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Evil Dead Red Band Trailer Arrives; Sam Raimi Impressed with Remake

TheHDRoom - ‎2 hours ago‎
Evil Dead Red Band Trailer Arrives; Sam Raimi Impressed with Remake It's always a promising sign when the creator of an original work not only endorses a remake, as Sam Raimi has with the upcoming Evil Dead flick, but also produces the film.
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HBO's Liberace film aims to humanize through love story

Reuters - ‎3 hours ago‎
By Lisa Richwine. PASADENA, California | Fri Jan 4, 2013 10:24pm EST. PASADENA, California (Reuters) - Michael Douglas takes on larger-than-life entertainer Liberace as he plays the singer in an HBO film about a secret love affair in the 1970s that ...
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Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez split again?

Hindustan Times - ‎28 minutes ago‎
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, have reportedly broken their relationship for the second time, according to a source. The couple had flown to Mexico to celebrate New Year's Eve together but before the two could ring in 2013, they had an argument that ...
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Cyclist Armstrong considering public confession to drug use

New York Daily News - ‎1 hour ago‎
Lance Armstrong is considering a public confession to the drug use that cost him his seven Tour de France titles, hoping that will convince anti-doping officials to ease the lifetime ban he received for operating what has been described as the most ...
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Chris Paul pours in 30 points as Clippers hold off Lakers

ESPN - ‎34 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES -- Chris Paul had 30 points and 13 assists, Blake Griffin added 24 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Lakers 107-102 on Friday night.
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NFL roundup: AP reports Andy Reid, Chiefs reach 5-year deal

Detroit Free Press - ‎1 hour ago‎
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Andy Reid pulled up to Arrowhead Stadium in a black SUV on Friday, stepped out of it wearing a dark suit and red tie, and walked briskly toward the doors of the Kansas City Chiefs' home.
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Sahara rock appears to be first meteorite from Mars' crust

Los Angeles Times
Jan 3, 2013
Written by
Amina Khan
Scientists have identified what they believe to be the first meteorite to originate from the Martian crust, a 2.1-billion-year-old specimen that contains about 10 times more water than any other space rock from the Red Planet.
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Vesta's asteroid history could provide clues for how life formed on Earth

Science Recorder - ‎3 hours ago‎
NASA's Dawn mission has revealed evidence that the protoplanet Vesta contains many dark patches that were caused by the collision of asteroids.
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FDA Offers Broad New Rules to Fight Food Contamination

New York Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed two sweeping rules aimed at preventing the contamination of produce and processed foods, which has sickened tens of thousands of Americans annually in recent years.
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Expert: Pharmacy overhaul not enough

Boston Herald - ‎2 hours ago‎
Gov. Deval Patrick's planned overhaul of the state Board of Pharmacy - a move aimed at boosting oversight of sterile compounding pharmacies after a deadly nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak - is a “great first step” but further action is needed, ...