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McCain pounds Chuck Hagel in Senate confirmation hearing

Christian Science Monitor - ‎26 minutes ago‎
It was a marathon, day-long hearing for former Sen. Chuck Hagel as he was grilled in front of a standing-room-only crowd on his past “votes and quotes,” as one lawmaker put it, in his quest to become America's next secretary of Defense.
Sleepy Chuck Hagel Has Some Bigger Questions to Answer
McKeon wants new Defense nominee
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Student shot, wounded at Atlanta middle school

CNN International - ‎26 minutes ago‎
(CNN) -- A 14-year-old student suffered a gunshot wound to the head Thursday outside a middle school in Atlanta, Georgia, police and school officials said.
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UPDATE 3-Suspension of US debt limit wins final congressional approval

Reuters - ‎16 minutes ago‎
Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:04pm EST. * Obama will sign measure into law. * Measure postpones spending, tax fights for a few months. * Republican leader votes no, complaining it contains no spending cuts.
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Beyonce says sang along to pre-recorded track at inauguration

13 minutes ago
Written by
Simon Evans
By Simon Evans. NEW ORLEANS | Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:03pm EST. NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Singer Beyonce said she sang along to a pre-recorded track at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, but delivered a stirring a cappella version of the U.S.
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Israel May Feel Need to Strike Syria Again

ABC News - ‎29 minutes ago‎
An Israeli air attack staged in Syria this week may be a sign of things to come. Israeli military officials appear to have concluded that the risks of attacking Syria are worth taking when compared to the dangers of allowing sophisticated weapons to reach ...
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Explosion rocks headquarters of Mexican oil giant Pemex

Reuters - ‎13 minutes ago‎
MEXICO CITY | Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:08pm EST. MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An explosion rocked the ground floor of the Mexico City headquarters of Mexican state oil monopoly Pemex on Thursday, causing injuries and damage to the building.
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Freedom returns to the storied city of Timbuktu

Houston Chronicle - ‎35 minutes ago‎
TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) - On the day the French came and the Islamists left, Hawi Traore folded up her veil and tied on a vibrantly-colored wraparound dress.
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Iran Said to Be Set to Hasten Uranium Enrichment

New York Times - ‎3 hours ago‎
LONDON - Iran has told the United Nations nuclear supervisory body that it plans to install more sophisticated equipment at its principal nuclear enrichment plant, a diplomat said on Thursday, enabling it to greatly accelerate processing of uranium in a move ...
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County prosecutor killed near N. Texas courthouse

Houston Chronicle - ‎1 hour ago‎
KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) - An assistant district attorney was shot and killed Thursday morning near the North Texas courthouse where he worked, and authorities said they were searching through his cases to try to find clues about why he may have been ...
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Small Alabama Town Tries to Come to Grips With Kidnapping

New York Times - ‎27 minutes ago‎
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. - Many things hold little Southern towns together. There is a common love of the region, the peace that comes with a rural life and, often, prayer.
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Rep. Stephen Lynch Runs for Massachusetts Senate Seat; Scott Brown's ...

ABC News (blog) - ‎1 hour ago‎
After weeks of speculation, Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch of South Boston launched his bid for a U.S. Senate seat representing Massachusetts, declaring his candidacy in an upcoming special election and kicking off an intra-party primary battle ...
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US sues to stop beer deal to unite Bud and Corona

Reuters - ‎43 minutes ago‎
By Diane Bartz and Martinne Geller. WASHINGTON/NEW YORK | Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:38pm EST. WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop Anheuser-Busch InBev SA (ABI.
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Stocks Fall but Notch a Strong January

Wall Street Journal
58 minutes ago
Written by
Alexandra Scaggs
Stocks took a breather at the finish of a monthlong sprint higher, but the blue chips still marked their best January since 1994. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 49.84 points, or 0.4%, to 13860.58 on Thursday.
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Chinese hacking of US media becoming a “widespread phenomenon”

Ars Technica - ‎27 minutes ago‎
Computer systems operated by The Wall Street Journal have been penetrated by Chinese hackers for the apparent purpose of monitoring the publication's coverage of China, the newspaper reported Thursday.
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2012 Holiday Season Ruled By Tablets - PCs Not So Much

ReadWriteWeb - ‎14 minutes ago‎
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UPDATE 2-Facebook stock avoids steep drop as Street rethinks results

39 minutes ago
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Alexei Oreskovic
Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:38pm EST. (Adds analyst comments, closing share price, company details). Jan 31 (Reuters) - Shares of Facebook Inc recovered from an 8 percent slide on Thursday, finishing the regular session down less than 1 percent, as Wall Street's ...
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'Warm Bodies,' Written and Directed by Jonathan Levine

New York Times - ‎32 minutes ago‎
The zombie romance “Warm Bodies” is cute and amusing enough to catch on cable one day, where its star-crossed, blood-drenched lovers will eventually present sweet relief from the apocalyptic freakout that is the AMC series “The Walking Dead.
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30 Rock Series Finale: 7 Great GIFs for 7 Great Seasons

E! Online - ‎28 minutes ago‎
Tonight, we bid a final farewell to Liz Lemon and 30 Rock. If you have the time, watch these 10 seminal episodes of the NBC comedy.
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'Bullet to the Head' Stars Sylvester Stallone

New York Times - ‎41 minutes ago‎
The multiple bullets that pierce multiple brains in “Bullet to the Head” - boring holes into people as disposable as paper gun targets - suggest that the title refers to an ideal rather than being merely descriptive.
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Caleb Moore dies one week after snowmobile crash at Winter X Games

Denver Post - ‎49 minutes ago‎
Texas snowmobiler Caleb Moore died Thursday, one week after a horrific crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen, according to a statement from family spokeswoman Chelsea Lawson.
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Phil Mickelson nearly joins '59' club

ESPN - ‎1 hour ago‎
If Phil Mickelson believes the big-number check he cuts to Uncle Sam each year is unfair, what is there to make of the harsh horseshoe he had to endure Thursday afternoon in Arizona?
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How Rock Pigeons Got Their Mullets - ‎4 hours ago‎
The rock pigeon's funky hairdos have been pinned to a single gene mutation that signals head and neck feathers to grow up rather than down in a tamer fashion, report researchers who have just decoded the bird's genome.
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Google kicks off 2013 Science Fair, seeks projects to change the world

Fox News - ‎7 hours ago‎
“It's your turn to change the world.” The 2013 Google Science Fair -- an online science competition open to students around the globe ages 13 to 18 -- kicked off Wednesday with those words.
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Record-setting asteroid to shave past Earth next month

Fox News - ‎6 hours ago‎
An asteroid about half the size of a football field will zoom past Earth on Feb. 15, closer than the man-made satellites that power GPS, says NASA.
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Husbands who do housework may have less sex, study says

1 hour ago
Written by
Kim Painter
Traditional chores are linked with more sex for married couples. Washing dishes. Men who do some household chores may not get rewarded with more sex, according to a new study.
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Triaminic, Theraflu Recalled After...

ABC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
The pharmaceutical company that makes Triaminic and Theraflu recalled 2.3 million units of cold and cough syrups after four children opened the child-resistant caps and accidentally poisoned themselves.

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