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Tough Path for Ban on Assault Guns Shifts Obama's Focus

New York Times
21 minutes ago
Written by
Michael Shear
WASHINGTON - While President Obama pledged to crack down on access to what he called “weapons of war” in the aftermath of last month's schoolhouse massacre, the White House has calculated that a ban on military-style assault weapons will be ...
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Bombings kill 115 people in Pakistan, including 81 in sectarian attack on ...

Washington Post - ‎21 minutes ago‎
QUETTA, Pakistan - A series of bombings killed 115 people across Pakistan on Thursday, including 81 who died in twin blasts on a bustling billiards hall in a Shiite area of the southwestern city of Quetta.
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Japan's Abe Unveils 10.3 Trillion Yen Fiscal Boost to Growth

Bloomberg - ‎32 minutes ago‎
Play. Shinzo Abe Announces $116 Billion Stimulus Package. The Japanese government will spend 10.3 trillion yen ($116 billion) to drive a recovery from a recession in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's first major policy initiative to end deflation and boost growth.
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Jack Lew had major role at Citigroup when it nearly imploded

Washington Post - ‎34 minutes ago‎
Treasury secretary nominee Jack Lew has spent most of his career in government, but during the financial crisis, he was embedded inside one of the country's biggest banks as it nearly imploded.
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UN calls for "swift deployment" of troops to Mali

BBC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
The UN Security Council has called for the "swift deployment" of an international force to Mali. The call comes after Islamist militants said they had entered the key central town of Konna, advancing further into government-held territory.
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UPDATE 6-Founder of Kurdish PKK among three women slain in Paris

Reuters - ‎8 hours ago‎
Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:33pm EST. * Killings come as Turkey holds peace talks. * Founding member of PKK militant group among dead. * Possible victims of internal feud with Kurdish group.
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Indiana boy abducted by grandparents in 1994 found living under different name ...

Washington Post - ‎1 hour ago‎
INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana woman whose young son was abducted 19 years ago was screaming and “jumping up and down” after learning he was living in Minnesota under a different name, her husband said Thursday shortly after police announced they ...
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Judge: Colo. shooting suspect James Holmes to face trial

USA TODAY - ‎26 minutes ago‎
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - After three days of testimony against theater shooting suspect James Holmes, a judge ruled late Thursday that there is ample evidence for him to face trial for the July movie theater shooting spree that killed 12 people and injured ...
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Gov. Brown unveils budget, says state is in the black

Los Angeles Times
37 minutes ago
Written by
Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - After five years of crippling deficits, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that the state is in the black as he proposed a $97.7-billion budget that would increase funds for education and healthcare while still leaving money on the table.
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Conservative pastor drops out of Obama's inaugural because of anti-gay sermon ...

Washington Post
1 hour ago
Written by
David Nakamura
A conservative mega-pastor was wiped from the inaugural program Thursday after a strongly anti-homosexuality sermon he gave in the 1990s surfaced, evidence of how fast Americans' views on gays and lesbians are shifting and the political pitfalls for a ...
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China's Inflation Accelerates as Chill Boosts Food Prices

Bloomberg - ‎49 minutes ago‎
China's inflation accelerated more than forecast to a seven-month high as the nation's coldest winter in 28 years pushed up vegetable prices, a pickup that may limit room for easing to support an economic recovery.
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AmEx Cuts Jobs as Digital Age Transforms Travel Business

Bloomberg - ‎1 hour ago‎
Play. American Express to Cut 5,400 Jobs. Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- American Express Co. will eliminate 5,400 jobs this year, mostly in travel services, as consumers and businesses rely more on digital technology for bookings.
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The Consumer Finance Watchdog Is Having an Impact

Businessweek - ‎52 minutes ago‎
In the year and a half since opening its doors, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has hired more than 1,000 staffers, collected 90,000 consumer complaints, and begun supervising many of the 153 banks under its authority.
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Google Chief Presses North Korea on Internet Access

Wall Street Journal - ‎12 hours ago‎
BEIJING—Google Inc. executive chairman Eric Schmidt and former Gov. Bill Richardson said they urged North Korea's government to drop barriers to Internet access to boost its impoverished economy.
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Amazon AutoRip service gives out free digital copies of CDs

BBC News - ‎4 hours ago‎
Online retailer Amazon has launched a service that stores free digital versions of CDs bought via its store. AutoRip, which is only available in the US, will automatically keep a digital copy of eligible CDs in a customer's cloud storage account.
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After Two Years of Gloom, Nokia Has Some Good News

New York Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
Nearly two years ago, Stephen A. Elop, Nokia's new chief executive, spoke of flaming ocean platforms and shark-infested waters to describe the problems he inherited as the company teetered on the brink of irrelevance.
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Britney Spears is leaving 'X Factor,' Fox's singing competition, source says

Washington Post - ‎1 hour ago‎
PASADENA, Calif. - Britney Spears will not stick around to mentor X-testants on the third season of the Fox singing competition “The X Factor,” according to an industry source who has knowledge of the situation.
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Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2013: "Silver Linings Playbook," Ben Affleck win

CBS News - ‎21 minutes ago‎
Updated 9:24 p.m. ET. Awards season continued to heat up with the 18th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Thursday night, airing live from Los Angeles.
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Junior Seau's brain disease linked to head trauma - ‎43 minutes ago‎
Junior Seau, among the greatest linebackers in NFL history, suffered from degenerative brain disease when he fatally shot himself in May, the National Institutes of Health said in a study released Thursday, another blow to a league whose former players say ...
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Jaguars Fire Mike Mularkey

ESPN - ‎36 minutes ago‎
So the Jaguars fired coach Mike Mularkey on Thursday after just one season, the worst in franchise history. The move came 10 days after Khan fired general manager Gene Smith.
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Keselowski leads drafting call in new car at Daytona

USA TODAY - ‎1 hour ago‎
Ford driver challenges teams to get involved at 2.5-mile oval on remaining test days. daytona testing 1-10-2013. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Matt Kenseth (front) and Denny Hamlin were among Toyota drivers with top speeds during the first day of testing the ...
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Patriots' Tight End Tandem Set to Play

New York Times - ‎31 minutes ago‎
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Barring an unforeseen calamity, Tom Brady will have his two young, productive tight ends available Sunday when the New England Patriots host the Houston Texans in an A.F.
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No more new planets, please

Washington Post (blog) - ‎2 hours ago‎
Once, when astronomers announced they had discovered a new Earth-like exoplanet that might be capable of supporting life, I did the blogging equivalent of hiring several elephants, a brass band and 17 pom-pom twirlers and throwing them a parade.
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Locals say shifting sea ice frees trapped killer whales in northern Canada, but ...

Washington Post - ‎1 hour ago‎
MONTREAL - About a dozen killer whales trapped under sea ice appeared to be free after the ice shifted, village officials in Canada's remote north said Thursday, while residents who feared they would get stuck elsewhere hired a plane to track them down.
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To Grip Wet Objects, Wrinkle Your Fingers

New York Times - ‎5 hours ago‎
Observatory. To Grip Wet Objects, Wrinkle Your Fingers. By SINDYA N. BHANOO. Published: January 10, 2013. The prunelike wrinkles that result from a long, hot bath may have an evolutionary purpose, researchers say.
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Drug Agency Recommends Lower Doses of Sleep Aids for Women

New York Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON - For two decades, millions of Americans have taken Ambien to help them sleep at night. But for years, the Food and Drug Administration has gotten complaints that people felt drowsy the morning after taking the medicine or its successors, ...

FDA Advisory Panel Votes to Approve Diabetes Drug

New York Times - ‎51 minutes ago‎
A federal advisory panel voted 10 to 5 on Thursday to approve a diabetes drug that could be the first in a new class of drugs in the United States to treat the disease, although several members raised concerns about potential cardiovascular risks and its use in ...

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