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UPDATE 4-Obama proposes short-term budget fix, Republicans swiftly object

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
Tue Feb 5, 2013 6:04pm EST. * Without a deal, spending cuts to go into effect on March 1. * Republican leaders reject a deal with more tax revenue.
The Budget War Is Back
Obama's Sequester Delay Backed By GOP Reps. Tom Rooney, Rob Bishop
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Britain, France close in on same-sex marriage after bitter feuds

Globe and Mail - ‎12 minutes ago‎
Despite massive street protests, threats, insults and political infighting, gay marriage is close to becoming a reality in two of Europe's biggest countries.
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PM NOTE – Drone Strikes, Immigration Irritation and 'Barely a Fart' from Rick Perry

ABC News (blog)
1 hour ago
Written by
Sarah Parnass
White House: Drone Strikes on US Terror Suspects 'Legal,' 'Ethical,' 'Wise' - The White House today defended the use of targeted drone strikes against U.S.
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FBI discovers bombs inside Ala. hostage bunker

CBS News - ‎18 minutes ago‎
(CBS News) MIDLAND CITY, Ala. - Hard to imagine what was going through the mind of Jimmy Lee Dykes. But CBS News has learned he had stored homemade bombs in his underground bunker where he held a five-year-old boy hostage.
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Dell Discount to Tech LBOs Is Shot at Success: Real M&A

13 minutes ago
Written by
Cristina Alesci
Michael Dell and Silver Lake Management LLC are wagering that their $24.4 billion plan to take Dell Inc. private will succeed where other big leveraged buyouts of technology companies have failed.
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The Chickens Come Home to Roost for Standard & Poor's

Forbes - ‎59 minutes ago‎
The U.S. Justice Department announced plans to file civil fraud charges against Standard & Poor's (S&P) relating to the atrocious ratings that Standard & Poor's gave to toxic subprime mortgage-backed securities.
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Iranian President Visits Egypt as Diplomatic Relations Thaw

Voice of America - ‎35 minutes ago‎
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received a warm official welcome in Cairo Tuesday, on the first trip by an Iranian leader to Egypt since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.
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Report: French may start leaving Mali in March

Houston Chronicle - ‎9 minutes ago‎
TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) - French troops may start pulling out of their anti-extremist operation in Mali as early as next month, handing over to a still-developing African force.
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Immigration reform: Amid GOP reservations, signs of flexibility

Christian Science Monitor
15 minutes ago
Written by
David Grant
Republicans remain conflicted about reforming America's immigration system, but judging from remarks by House majority leader Eric Cantor and the tone of the Republican-led House's first hearing on immigration, they appear willing to join the immigration ...
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Virginia Voter ID Bills Would Tighten Strict Voting Laws

Huffington Post - ‎51 minutes ago‎
Virginia Republicans passed two voter-identification bills on Tuesday that would further tighten the state's already strict voting laws, MSNBC reports.
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Stocks rebound, Dow index flirts with 14000

USA TODAY - ‎3 hours ago‎
Stocks bounced back Tuesday following a surge in U.S. home prices and signs of strength in Europe's economy. The rebound came after the three major indexes suffered their biggest one-day declines of 2013 in the previous trading session.
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Zynga 4Q Loss Narrows as Game Maker Cuts Costs

ABC News - ‎6 minutes ago‎
Online games company Zynga said its loss narrowed in the latest quarter even though revenue was largely unchanged as the company cut expenses by laying off workers, closing offices and shutting down poorly performing games.
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Disney's Stock Shines Even as Earnings Decline

ABC News - ‎28 minutes ago‎
Disney won over more fans on Wall Street with its latest quarterly performance, despite a slight drop in its earnings. The downturn announced Tuesday was less pronounced than the modest dip analysts anticipated as Walt Disney Co.
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Japan stocks shoot higher as yen sinks further

MarketWatch - ‎14 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) - Japanese stocks snapped back to gains early Wednesday, with fresh multiyear lows for the yen and strong results from Toyota Motor Corp.
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BlackBerry CEO Heins Says US May Not Get Q10 Until June

1 hour ago
Written by
Eric Savitz
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins today indicated U.S. carriers might not start selling the Q10, the first BB10 phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard, until May or June.
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Facebook burnout: 61% of users have needed a break

40 minutes ago
Written by
Neil McAllister
Around two-thirds of all online Americans use Facebook, but nearly two-thirds of those report having taken long breaks from the social network, while others have already given up on it, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.
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Amazon introduces 'Coins' virtual currency for app store (blog)
3 hours ago
Written by
Devin Coldewey
Kindle Fire owners (and there are a lot of them) will soon have a new way to buy things on Amazon's app store. "Amazon Coins" will be a penny each, and can be used to buy apps, games, subscriptions, and other virtual items.
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Volunteer discovers a new 17 million-digit prime number

Ars Technica - ‎2 hours ago‎
A new largest prime number has been discovered, reported Tuesday. 257,885,161-1, which is also the 48th Mersenne prime, was discovered on the computer of Dr.
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Star Wars Stand Alone Films Confirmed To Be In The Works

Cinema Blend
29 minutes ago
Written by
Eric Eisenberg
When it was announced that Disney had purchased LucasFilm for $4.05 billion and announced that they would be making Episodes VII, VIII, and IX we all just knew that wasn't going to be the whole story.
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Court to scrutinize singer Chris Brown's community service records

Reuters - ‎58 minutes ago‎
LOS ANGELES | Tue Feb 5, 2013 6:28pm EST. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Prosecutors on Tuesday asked a court to find R&B singer Chris Brown in violation of his probation because they say community service records stemming from his 2009 assault on ...
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Kris Humphries -- It's Not My Fault Kim Kardashian's Pregnancy was Unplanned - ‎35 minutes ago‎
Kris Humphries just filed legal docs saying he doesn't understand the urgency for a quick divorce, and he shouldn't have to jump just because Kim Kardashian got accidentally knocked up.
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Katherine Webb: A.J. McCarron's girlfriend and Brent Musburger's crush is ... (blog) - ‎2 hours ago‎
The model and current Miss Alabama USA has been enmeshed in a whirlwind of attention and opportunity since ESPN sportscaster Brent Musburger made very audible notice of her attractive appearance at last month's BCS National Championship Game, ...
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Her Knee Shredded, Lindsey Vonn Done for Season

ABC News - ‎29 minutes ago‎
All it took was a moment. Lindsey Vonn landed hard and tumbled face first with a piercing shriek. Just like that, the star American skier was on the ground with two torn ligaments in her right knee and a broken bone in her lower leg.
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Jaguars unveil redesigned logo, concept plans for league's largest video replay ...

Washington Post - ‎35 minutes ago‎
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new logo to signify a new era. New video boards, which will cost about $50 million and will be the largest in the NFL, are next.
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Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter likely out for '13

Yahoo! Sports - ‎39 minutes ago‎
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2012, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter sits in the dugout after being taken out of the game during … St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak talks about the future of Cardinals pitcher Chris ...
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New 'retention model' explains enigmatic ribbon at edge of solar system

Phys.Org - ‎9 hours ago‎
(—The vast edges of our solar system—the boundary at the edge of our heliosphere where material streaming out from the sun interacts with the galactic material—is essentially invisible.
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Skydiver Felix Baumgartner fell faster than first thought

BBC News - ‎43 minutes ago‎
Austrian Felix Baumgartner fell even faster during his historic skydive last October than was originally thought. Subsequent analysis has revealed that the daredevil attained a speed of 1,357.6km/h (843.6mph) when he leapt from his stratospheric balloon.
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Mentally Ill Smoke 30% of All Cigarettes

MedPage Today - ‎2 hours ago‎
Federal survey results indicate that smoking intensities as well as smoking rates are dramatically higher in the mentally ill compared with other Americans, officials said Tuesday.
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Study: Alcohol, diet soda mix makes you drunk faster - ‎16 minutes ago‎
Researchers gave college students vodka drinks with regular soda and with diet soda, and the diet soda group got more intoxicated, faster - about 20% more intoxicated than those who mixed regular soda with liquor, according to research published Tuesday ...
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Just 4 of 40 Massachusetts compounding pharmacies passed surprise health ... (blog) - ‎6 hours ago‎
The state ordered 11 compounding pharmacies to shut down all or part of their operations and cited another 21 for more minor violations, health officials said Tuesday in announcing the results of surprise inspections conducted in recent months.
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Seniors Get 'Aggressive' Care in Final Days

MedPage Today - ‎1 hour ago‎
Although fewer Medicare patients died in acute care hospitals in 2009 compared with 2000, the number of trips to the intensive care unit and healthcare transfers increased near the end-of-life.