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Rhetoric Turns Harsh as Budget Cuts Loom

Wall Street Journal - ‎44 minutes ago‎
U.S. President Barack Obama painted a dire picture of what would happen should the automatic spending cuts begin as scheduled next Friday.
Obama puts fresh pressure on Republicans to avert spending cuts
What's next in the looming budget crisis?
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In Affidavit at Bail Hearing, Track Star Denies He Intended to Kill Girlfriend

New York Times
2 hours ago
Written by
Lydia Polgreen
PRETORIA, South Africa - Early on Feb. 14, Oscar Pistorius says, he heard a strange noise coming from inside his bathroom, climbed out of bed, grabbed his 9-millimeter pistol, hobbled on his stumps to the door and fired four shots.
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Police: No deaths reported after explosion near Plaza

Kansas City Star - ‎54 minutes ago‎
Kansas City police say there are no known deaths as yet from an explosion and fire Tuesday evening just west of the Country Club Plaza.
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Apple, Facebook, Twitter hacks said to hail from Eastern Europe

CNET - ‎1 hour ago‎
Investigators say the surge of malware attacks on U.S. companies may be coming from Eastern European cybercriminals rather than being Chinese state-sponsored espionage.
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Justices skeptical of farmer who planted patented Monsanto seeds

Los Angeles Times - ‎32 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - In a closely watched patent case, Supreme Court justices appeared ready to dash the hopes of an Indiana farmer who claimed the unfettered right to plant the next generation of Monsanto Co.
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Clive Davis Responds: Kelly Clarkson Stories 'Had Every Fact Checked'

Billboard - ‎15 minutes ago‎
The industry veteran has responded to Clarkson's critique of his memoir, "The Soundtrack of My Life." Sony Music chief creative officer Clive Davis has issued a statement responding to Kelly Clarkson's claims of revisionist history regarding his just-released ...
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Tunisia Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali resigns

BBC News - ‎8 hours ago‎
Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali has resigned after failing to reach agreement on forming a new government. Mr Jebali had been trying to form a new coalition in response to the political crisis sparked by the killing of opposition leader Chokri Belaid.
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$50 million heist challenges Belgian diamond industry, Antwerp most to lose (+ ...

Christian Science Monitor - ‎59 minutes ago‎
Utrecht, The Netherlands. Only “a few minutes”: That is all the time that thieves needed to steal an estimated $50 million worth of diamonds from Brussels Airport in Belgium.
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General Selected for NATO Post Will Retire, Citing Wife's Health

New York Times
39 minutes ago
Written by
Michael Shear
WASHINGTON - Gen. John R. Allen, the four-star Marine Corps officer who served until earlier this month as the top commander in Afghanistan, will retire from the military to focus on “health issues within his family,” President Obama said on Tuesday.
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Four Are Dead After a String of Shootings in California

New York Times - ‎8 minutes ago‎
TUSTIN, Calif. - A 20-year-old part-time college student was responsible for an hourlong early-morning shooting and carjacking rampage in Orange County on Tuesday that left four dead, including the gunman, the police said.
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Supreme Court to consider limits on individual political contributions

Washington Post - ‎4 hours ago‎
The Supreme Court reentered the controversial field of campaign finance Tuesday, agreeing to consider a Republican challenge to decades-old limits on the total amount a person can contribute to candidates, political parties and political action committees.
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Joe Biden's tip for self-defense: Get a shotgun

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
WASHINGTON | Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:34pm EST. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's advice for self-defense: Buy a shotgun, not an assault rifle.
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Ken Burns footage blocked: Judge says no to NYC

Christian Science Monitor - ‎16 minutes ago‎
A federal judge on Tuesday blocked New York City from getting footage gathered by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns in research for his movie about the five men exonerated in the Central Park jogger rape case.
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Dell's Fourth-Quarter Earnings: Live Blog Recap - ‎6 minutes ago‎
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Dell (DELL) comfortably beat analysts' estimates its fourth-quarter results after the market close Tuesday amid growing investor unrest about the company's $24.4 billion buyout deal.
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US, China Ties Tested in Cyberspace

Wall Street Journal
11 minutes ago
Written by
Julian Barnes
Ties between China and the U.S., strained by military rivalries and maritime disputes, may face an even greater test from the newest front in global conflict: cyberspace.
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A Playstation retrospective on eve of Sony's big PS4 announcement

Los Angeles Times - ‎4 hours ago‎
A Playstation retrospective on eve of Sony's big PS4 announcement. Feb. 19, 2013 | 2:51 p.m.. The Playstation Move, Sony's response to the widespread popularity of Nintendo's Wii console.
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HTC One looks great. But will anyone care?

6 hours ago
Written by
Roger Cheng
analysis CNET looks at the fundamental problem plaguing the company: the lack of marketing muscle. Roger Cheng. by Roger Cheng. February 19, 2013 12:58 PM PST Follow @RogerWCheng.
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Mindy McCready Remembered as "Wonderful Human Being," "Incredible Talent ...

E! Online - ‎1 hour ago‎
Though millions of people bought her music and millions more read about the troubles she had later in her life, it was only those close to her who truly knew what Mindy McCready was like as a friend, mother, daughter, country artist and, ultimately, tortured ...
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Oscar voting closes after fierce studio campaigns

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Jill Serjeant. LOS ANGELES | Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:00pm EST. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Voting for Sunday's Oscars, the highest honors in the movie industry, closed on Tuesday evening after a big spending campaign by Hollywood studios and the first ...
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Lakers' Pau Gasol says he's made good progress with foot injury

Los Angeles Times
52 minutes ago
Written by
Eric Pincus
Pau Gasol hobbled in on crutches Tuesday to talk to the media about the passing of Jerry Buss. "He was an owner that did everything that he could to make sure that his team had the best chance possible to win the title," said Gasol.
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No. 1 Indiana Beats No. 4 Michigan State 72-68

ABC News - ‎38 minutes ago‎
Victor Oladipo's go-ahead putback, dunk and free throws in the final minute lifted top-ranked Indiana to a 72-68 win over No. 4 Michigan State on Tuesday night.
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Canadiens beat Rangers for fifth straight win - ‎28 minutes ago‎
NEW YORK - Rookie Alex Galchenyuk's first goal in 14 games was the winner as the Montreal Canadiens rallied for a 3-1 victory against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
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76ers' medical team must make a definitive call on Andrew Bynum

Philadelphia Inquirer - ‎48 minutes ago‎
The 76ers coach had just finished a brisk workout on the elliptical machine, and he was ready to talk basketball. The gathered media, however, notified one day earlier that center Andrew Bynum would speak Tuesday, wanted to discuss the center who has ...
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Russian Meteor Kicks Up Cloud of Mistrust

Bloomberg - ‎3 hours ago‎
If I had to choose a single word to describe the dominant attitude in Russian society, it would be “mistrust.” The meteor, or possibly small asteroid, that exploded over the Ural Mountains city of Chelyabinsk on Feb. 15 illustrated this as few other events could.
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Nasa back in contact with the International Space Station

BBC News - ‎6 hours ago‎
Nasa ground controllers have re-established contact with the International Space Station less than three hours after a computer failure briefly interrupted communication.
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Higgs boson mass suggests Universe has finite lifespan - ‎1 hour ago‎
While scientists are still busy working on the details needed to confirm last year's much celebrated discovery of the Higgs boson, they are already hinting at one of its more far reaching implications.
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New coronavirus can infect human lungs as easily as cold virus: study

CTV News - ‎3 hours ago‎
TORONTO -- British authorities announced Tuesday that another person has died from infection with the new coronavirus as European scientists revealed the new virus easily infects the cells of the airways of the human lung.
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Short Telomeres Tied to Risk for Common Cold

MedPage Today - ‎5 hours ago‎
Short Telomeres Tied to Risk for Common Cold. By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today. Published: February 19, 2013. Reviewed by F. Perry Wilson, MD, MSCE; Instructor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania ...
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Overdose Deaths Continue to Climb

New York Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
Drug overdose deaths in the United States increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2010, rising 3.6 percent from 2009, federal officials reported Tuesday.
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