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As defense secretary, Chuck Hagel would have to shrink Pentagon immediately

Washington Post - ‎15 minutes ago‎
If he is confirmed as the next secretary of defense, former senator Chuck Hagel will face the immediate and daunting prospect of shrinking the Pentagon, a job that is likely to persist for the duration of President Obama's second term and reshape the mission ...
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Holmes Bought Movie Ticket 12 Days Before...

ABC News - ‎24 minutes ago‎
Accused Aurora movie theater gunman James Holmes bought his movie ticket 12 days before the shooting, it was revealed in court today during the emotional first day of a preliminary hearing.
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BCS title game: Notre Dame vs. Alabama live updates

Los Angeles Times
21 minutes ago
Written by
Chris Dufresne
Outlined against orange seats and mostly cloudy nighttime skies, Notre Dame rides again. The Fighting Irish seek their 12th consensus national title on Monday night - the first since 1988.
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Redskins' RG3 tore ACL, LCL in loss? - ‎1 hour ago‎
ASHBURN, Va. (AP). It doesn't sound good for Robert Griffin III. Robert Griffin III RG3 injured. LATEST ON RG3. Will have more tests on ACL · Hurt knee in wild-card playoff loss · Video: See the injury he suffered · Gardner: This is on Shanahan · RG3: No way I ...
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Indian Judge Bans Reporting on Trial of 5 Men in Gang Rape Case

New York Times (blog) - ‎7 minutes ago‎
A police van believed to be transporting five of the six men accused in the Delhi Anindito Mukherjee/European Pressphoto Agency A police van believed to be transporting five of the six men accused in the Delhi gang rape case leaving the city court in Delhi ...
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Censorship Protest Gains Support in China

Wall Street Journal - ‎28 minutes ago‎
BEIJING—Protests by journalists over alleged heavy-handed censorship at one of China's most daring newspapers have garnered high-profile support in the media and blogosphere, with prominent academics, bloggers and even movie stars joining in.
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Assad speech resoundingly dismissed by opposition and allies (+video)

Christian Science Monitor
2 hours ago
Written by
Arthur Bright
... • A daily summary of global reports on security issues. Skip to next paragraph. Arthur Bright. Europe Editor. Arthur Bright is the Europe Editor at The Christian Science Monitor.
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China promises change to labor camp system

USA TODAY - ‎7 hours ago‎
Li Zhuang, a former lawyer who claims he was framed and wrongfully jailed for 18 months, talks on his mobile phone in front of the Chongqing No.
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University of Texas Coach's Affair Exposed to Block Her Raise, Lawyer Suggests

ABC News
2 hours ago
Written by
Kevin Dolak
The attorney representing a University of Texas track coach who abruptly quit over a 2003 affair with an adult student suggested today that the former lover was prompted to come forward to prevent the coach from receiving a raise and extended contract.
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Russell County student appears in court

WRBL - ‎49 minutes ago‎
The Russell County High School student accused of writing threats and making bombs appeared in court and will be returning home until his preliminary hearing.
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BofA Deal Resolves a Mortgage Headache

Wall Street Journal - ‎13 minutes ago‎
Major banks agreed to pay $20 billion to settle mortgage-related legal disputes, in Wall Street's latest bid to put alleged abuses of the home-lending process in the rearview mirror.
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Banks Pay Big for Robo-Signing…Again
19 minutes ago
Written by
Diana Olick
CNBC's Diana Olick reports ten banks will pay a collective $8.5 billion to borrowers to settle foreclosure abuses. It's all part of a deal with the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
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Ford Developer Program announced to bring 3rd party groups into the fold

22 minutes ago
Written by
Chris Burns
This week the folks at Ford have introduced their mobile app Developer Program for SYNC AppLink. This program works not just with its own developer groups, but with third party groups as well.
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Intel's next-gen ultrabook design concept looks sharp

1 hour ago
Written by
Dan Ackerman
LAS VEGAS--One of the highlights of Intel's CES press conference was a design concept for an ultrabook featuring the upcoming fourth generation of Intel Core i-series processors.
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Justin Bieber Visits 7-Year-Old Cancer Patient in Wake of Pot-Smoking Allegations

E! Online - ‎1 hour ago‎
Justin Bieber might have been smoking something green, but his heart is definitely made of gold. On Saturday, hours after pictures of the pop star appearing to smoke an alleged marijuana blunt surfaced, Justin paid a visit to Millie Flam, a 7-year-old girl ...
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David R. Ellis, Director of Snakes on a Plane, Dead at 60

E! Online - ‎38 minutes ago‎
The movie industry had to say goodbye to David R. Ellis today. Most recently known for his Samuel L. Jackson film Snakes on a Plane, the director died suddenly while in South Africa working on his latest project Kite, a live-action reboot of the famed ...
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Al Roker: 'I pooped my pants' at the White House

Entertainment Weekly (blog) - ‎48 minutes ago‎
In a new interview with Dateline, the Today Show weatherman discusses his gastric bypass surgery - and some of the unfortunate side effects that hit him while reporting at the White House.
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Kobe Bryant tweets mocking photo

ESPN - ‎1 hour ago‎
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant might be a neophyte in the world of Twitter, but it hasn't taken him long to figure out how to use it to control the narrative that's surrounding him.
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Doc disappointed by Rondo suspension

Boston Herald - ‎25 minutes ago‎
Doc Rivers summed up his reaction to Rajon Rondo's one-game suspension that will keep him out of tonight's matchup with the Knicks at Madison Square Garden with one word: disappointed.
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Billions of Earthlike Planets Crowd Milky Way?

National Geographic - ‎59 minutes ago‎
Tens of billions of Earthlike worlds are strewn across the Milky Way, many of them circling stars very much like our own sun, astronomers said today.
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Analysis: In war against cancer, progress is in the eye of the beholder

Reuters - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Sharon Begley. NEW YORK | Mon Jan 7, 2013 4:32pm EST. NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the United States enters the fifth decade of its "war on cancer," deaths continue to decline, according to an exhaustive report based on official data released on Monday.
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Growth of Health Spending Stays Low

New York Times - ‎5 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - National health spending climbed to $2.7 trillion in 2011, or an average of $8,700 for every person in the country, but as a share of the economy, it remained stable for the third consecutive year, the Obama administration said Monday.
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An Early, Cover Your Mouth, Flu Season

New York Times (blog) - ‎37 minutes ago‎
Flu-related visits to health care providers are making up a much larger share of N.Y.C. Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene Flu-related visits to health care providers are making up a much larger share of visits this flu season (red line) compared with other ...