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Sequester: What was the point?

CBS News - ‎1 hour ago‎
It's March 1, and President Obama today will have to set in motion the sequester cuts that will slash $85 billion from the budget this fiscal year and $1.1 trillion more over the next 10.
Sequestration better than uncontrolled spending
Blame the president, Senate Democrats
Republicans want to make the sequester better. Why won't Obama let them? - by Ezra Klein (in 1,049,436 Google+ circles)
Statement from the President
Partisans accept 'sequester,' but broader bargain needed
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White House wants Prop. 8 overturned

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎1 hour ago‎
President Obama joined the legal battle for same-sex marriage Thursday, telling the U.S. Supreme Court that a California law limiting marriage to male-female couples serves no legitimate purpose and is based on "impermissible prejudice.
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Harlem Shake reaches new heights -- and feds are not amused

CNN - ‎1 hour ago‎
(CNN) -- It's the dance sensation that's sweeping above the nation -- at 30,000 feet. The Harlem Shake has gone aloft, breaking out on commercial airline flights, and appearing in dozens of YouTube videos.
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Justin Bieber Gets Shirtless Before Celebrating His Birthday

E! Online - ‎1 hour ago‎
Justin Bieber is taking his shirtless look global. The soon-to-be 19-year-old singer decided to show off his (bulkier) upper body after performing at his Birmingham concert today, and either things got too hot to handle that Biebs needed to cool off, or he's ...
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Rebounding Lakers roll past Wolves

Minneapolis Star Tribune - ‎33 minutes ago‎
Lakers forward Metta World Peace reaches for the ball held by Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic. Photo: Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press.
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'American Idol' gets its Top 20

USA TODAY - ‎3 hours ago‎
In the end, it all came down to soul. A little old school, a little new school. Thursday night on American Idol, worship leader Vincent Powell had it, singing a version of Lenny Williams' 1978 hit 'Cause I Love You that Nicki Minaj called "a sexy old-fashioned.
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U.S. pledges $60 million to opposition in Syrian war

Detroit Free Press - ‎58 minutes ago‎
ROME -- In a significant policy shift, the Obama administration said Thursday that it would for the first time provide nonlethal aid directly to rebels battling to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad, announcing an additional $60 million in assistance to Syria's ...
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Legacy of John Paul II lives on among Catholics - ‎1 hour ago‎
Almost eight years after the death of John Paul II, it's clear Catholics still feel a special affection for the man often called “the people's pope,” who was renowned for his compassion and support of human rights.
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Ex-NBA star attends "amicable" dinner with DPRK leader

Xinhua - ‎34 minutes ago‎
PYONGYANG, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Former NBA star Dennis Rodman had an "amicable" dinner on Tursday with Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) after they watched together a basketball game.
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42 dead in Bangladesh riots over war crimes verdict

The Hindu - ‎21 minutes ago‎
At least 42 persons as riots continued following the death sentence handed down to Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee. Sayedee was convicted on Thursday of for mass killings, rape and atrocities committed during Bangladesh's 1971 ...
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Malaysia Said to Open Fire on Armed Filipinos

New York Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
MANILA - Shots have been fired in a tense standoff between a group of armed Filipinos and Malaysian police officer who have them surrounded in a remote northeast area of Malaysia, a Philippine presidential spokesman said Friday.
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Army Private Admits Giving Military Files to WikiLeaks

New York Times
10 hours ago
Written by
Charlie Savage
FORT MEADE, Md. - Pfc. Bradley Manning on Thursday confessed in open court to providing vast archives of military and diplomatic files to the antisecrecy group WikiLeaks, saying that he wanted the information to become public “to make the world a better ...
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Arias weeps as testimony turns to killing of lover

Houston Chronicle - ‎2 hours ago‎
PHOENIX (AP) - Jodi Arias sobbed uncontrollably Thursday, burying her face in her hands as a prosecutor relentlessly questioned her about the day she stabbed and shot her lover to death then methodically went about covering her tracks.
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Mississippi Mayoral Candidate Found Dead

New York Times - ‎5 hours ago‎
ATLANTA - A 22-year-old man was charged with murder Thursday in the death of a candidate for mayor in the Mississippi Delta. Enlarge This Image.
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Groupon CEO Andrew Mason to staff: 'I was fired today'

Chicago Tribune - ‎1 hour ago‎
After he was fired Thursday, Andrew Mason wrote a note to his Groupon colleagues filled with the same offbeat humor, charm and candor that defined his tenure as chief executive of the daily deals company he co-founded.
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Asian shares capped by China PMI slip, US budget worry

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Chikako Mogi. TOKYO | Fri Mar 1, 2013 12:39am EST. TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares were capped on Friday, with sentiment dented by lackluster manufacturing data from China and worries over the economic fallout from Italy's political confusion as well ...
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Rockefeller introduces Do Not Track bill, is backed by Consumer Watchdog

SlashGear - ‎1 hour ago‎
Senator Jay Rockefeller has introduced a Do Not Track bill, which would require the FTC to make standards regarding consumers' ability to opt-out of having their information collected.
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Are Microsoft's free Office Web Apps good enough for you?

4 hours ago
Written by
Ed Bott
Summary: When you think of Microsoft Office, you probably think of retail software that commands a premium price. Surprise! The latest iteration of the Office Web Apps are free and surprisingly powerful.
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Apple CEO Upset About Low Share Price

DailyTech - ‎5 hours ago‎
Apple, Inc. (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook won reelection to Apple's Board of Directors by a 99.1 percent vote. Apple is enjoying record profitability and is rumored to be working on a new project -- a smart watch.
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Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13, Warner Bros.)

Play by Play - ‎28 minutes ago‎
film jack-giant_sm This version of “Jack and the Beanstalk” mixes court intrigue, adventure, comedy, and romance that surprises exactly when it needs to.
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Jennifer Lawrence Loves That Dior Photoshopped Her, Do You?

Cinema Blend
1 hour ago
Written by
Mack Rawden
Jennifer Lawrence walked the Academy Awards red carpet last weekend prior to her big Oscar win, and during one of her interviews, she was shown the brand new advertising campaign for Dior.
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Girls gone under

New York Post - ‎54 minutes ago‎
“Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis has put his video empire into bankruptcy in a bid to wiggle out of some $16 million in debt - most of it owed to casino magnate Steve Wynn.
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Harris' 36 Lead Virginia Past No. 3 Duke, 73-68

ABC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
Joe Harris had just scored a career-high 36 points, essentially half of his team's total in a 73-68 victory against No. 3 Duke, and the junior guard was talking about "a team effort" and how the Cavaliers played "sound defense.
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Blackhawks beat Blues, extend streak to 20 games

1 hour ago
Written by
Kevin Allen
ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews believes that the secret of his team's NHL record-breaking streak has been its ability to act right when things go wrong.
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Johnson reveals plan to keep Kings in Sacramento - ‎1 hour ago‎
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The wealthy investors that are partnering on a plan to keep the Sacramento Kings in California's capital city have finally been revealed, and they're the two almost everybody expected.
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Red Wings beat Sharks 2-1 in shootout

Yahoo! Sports - ‎36 minutes ago‎
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Damien Brunner scored the lone goal in the shootout and Jonas Gustavsson stopped all three shots in his first start of the season to lead the Detroit Red Wings to their third win in four games, 2-1 over the struggling San Jose Sharks ...
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In a First, Experiment Links Brains of Two Rats

New York Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
In an experiment that sounds straight out of a science fiction movie, a Duke neuroscientist has connected the brains of two rats in such a way that when one moves to press a lever, the other one does, too - most of the time.
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NASA probes find new radiation belt circling Earth

Los Angeles Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
A pair of NASA probes has discovered a previously unknown ring of radiation blanketing the Earth, upending a long-standing scientific theory about how charged particles coalesce around the planet, scientists reported Thursday.
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Study of Ice Age Bolsters Carbon and Warming Link

New York Times - ‎5 hours ago‎
A meticulous new analysis of Antarctic ice suggests that the sharp warming that ended the last ice age occurred in lock step with increases of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the latest of many indications that the gas is a powerful influence on the earth's ...
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Same Genetic Basis Found in 5 Types of Mental Disorders

New York Times - ‎8 hours ago‎
The psychiatric illnesses seem very different - schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, major depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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