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EXCLUSIVE: Susan Rice drops out of running for secretary of state, cites 'very ... - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Tracy Connor, NBC News. Embattled U.N. envoy Susan Rice is dropping out of the running to be the next secretary of state after months of criticism over her Benghazi comments.
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With Gap Wide and Time Short, Obama and Boehner Meet

New York Times
3 hours ago
Written by
Jon Weisman
WASHINGTON - With time running short to work out a deal to avert a year-end fiscal crisis, President Obama called Speaker John A. Boehner to the White House on Thursday evening to try to move talks forward even as pessimism mounted that a broad deal ...
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US officials: Al-Assad staying put despite slide in power

CNN (blog) - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Syrian president's control is crumbling at an accelerating pace but the latest assessment by U.S. intelligence finds few indications Bashar al-Assad is willing to step down, according to U.S.
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North Koreans mark rocket success as South finds debris

BBC News - ‎59 minutes ago‎
North Koreans have gathered in Pyongyang for a mass rally to celebrate Wednesday's long-range rocket launch. State television showed huge crowds cheering to mark the launch, which has been condemned by many nations as a banned test of missile ...
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Box office preview: 'The Hobbit' will make a very expected journey to No. 1

Entertainment Weekly
3 hours ago
Written by
Grady Smith
After two dreadful weekends at the box office, Gandalf, Bilbo, and a whole motley crew of dwarves have come to the film industry's rescue - and not even the dragon Smaug will be able to keep them from grabbing a whole lot of treasure.
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After Fast Start, Anthony Limps Off and Knicks Hold On

New York Times - ‎9 minutes ago‎
Carmelo Anthony looked up at the shot clock, put his head down and drove the lane. Mike D'Antoni, his former coach, stood a few feet away as Anthony was fouled hard by Dwight Howard.
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Tokyo Responds to Chinese Plane, Sending Fighter Jets

Wall Street Journal - ‎2 hours ago‎
The dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea escalated as a Chinese plane for the first time entered what Japan considers its airspace.
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US states inch closer to pre-recession prosperity

Reuters - ‎37 minutes ago‎
By Lisa Lambert. WASHINGTON | Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:08am EST. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. states are coming close to the end of a three-year trek back to the financial prosperity they enjoyed before the recession, according to a survey released on ...
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Four people set afire in attack at Denver apartment Thursday night

Denver Post
52 minutes ago
Written by
Joey Bunch
Outside the Denver home, where the attack occurred on Thursday, Dec. 13th, in the 4300 block of Lipan Street. (Joey Bunch | The Denver Post).
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California judicial panel admonishes OC judge for rape comments

Los Angeles Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
A longtime Orange County judge who said that a rape victim "didn't put up a fight" and that her sexual assault was only "technical" has been publicly admonished by a state agency that said his remarks seemed outdated, insensitive and possibly biased.
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Man convicted of groping sleeping woman on plane

Fox News - ‎1 hour ago‎
CHICAGO - A frequent business traveler from suburban Chicago was convicted Thursday of groping a female passenger in flight while she slept in a window seat next to him.
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Asia stocks mostly higher; Shanghai soars

MarketWatch - ‎52 minutes ago‎
SYDNEY (MarketWatch) - Chinese shares took strength Friday from a survey indicating further improvement for the nation's beleaguered manufacturing sector, with Shanghai's market surging, while Japanese shares shook off early losses to edge higher ...
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BOJ Tankan Indicates Growing Pessimism -

Wall Street Journal - ‎3 hours ago‎
TOKYO—The Bank of Japan's latest tankan survey showed large Japanese companies grew more pessimistic about business conditions, but capital spending plans brought some cheer for the central bank ahead of Sunday's general election.
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Survey shows China's manufacturing improved in November despite weak trade ...

Washington Post - ‎1 hour ago‎
BEIJING - China's manufacturing activity rose to a 14-month high in December, adding to signs the world's second-largest economy is recovering, but export orders weakened, a survey showed Friday.
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US rejects global telecom treaty

Boston Globe - ‎15 minutes ago‎
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - In a moment of high drama at the end of nearly two weeks of talks on an international telecommunications treaty, the United States rejected a proposal negotiated by more than 190 countries on Thursday after delegates were ...
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Apple Infringes Three Patents With the IPhone, Jury Says

Bloomberg - ‎12 hours ago‎
Apple Inc. (AAPL) lost an infringement case brought by patent-licensing firm MobileMedia Ideas LLC when a federal jury decided the maker of the iPhone misappropriated protected technology for the handheld devices.
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Movie 'Zero Dark Thirty' stokes debate on CIA torture

Los Angeles Times
2 hours ago
Written by
Ken Dilanian
Did the torture of detainees lead the U.S. to Osama bin Laden? Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee say no. A major new film that was researched with high-level CIA access, however, shows torture as yielding a big break and setting in motion ...
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L.A. Reid not returning to 'X Factor' next season

Huffington Post - ‎1 hour ago‎
The veteran music executive is not returning to the Fox singing competition series next season, a representative for Epic Records said Thursday.
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'The X Factor' Is Down To Three Finalists, Who Was Eliminated Tonight?

TVbytheNumbers - ‎11 minutes ago‎
Fifth Harmony (mentored by Simon Cowell), Carly Rose Sonenclar (mentored by Britney Spears) and Tate Stevens (mentored by L.A. Reid) are The X Factor's Top Three finalists moving on to next week's grand finale.
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Globes pick fresh blood over favorites

Washington Post - ‎7 minutes ago‎
Love 'em or hate 'em, the folks at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the Golden Globe Awards each year, love to cozy up to new TV programming during trophy-show season.
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Angels agree to five-year deal with Hamilton - ‎15 minutes ago‎
For a second straight offseason, they've stolen thunder from the cross-town Dodgers, plucked players from the division-rival Rangers and set themselves up for World Series contention with a bold move nobody saw coming.
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Dalton and Bengals Beat Eagles and Look Toward Steelers

New York Times - ‎11 minutes ago‎
One Pennsylvania team down, one to go for the Cincinnati Bengals. Andy Dalton threw one touchdown pass and ran for another score, an opportunistic defense forced five turnovers, and the visiting Cincinnati Bengals beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 34-13, ...
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Sources: 7 schools agree to leave

ESPN - ‎1 hour ago‎
The seven non-Football Bowl Subdivision schools in the Big East have agreed to leave the conference and are debating the process of departing it, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
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GM dances around Mike Napoli situation

Boston Herald - ‎35 minutes ago‎
As the Red Sox unveiled new right fielder Shane Victorino yesterday at Fenway Park, Mike Napoli remained the elephant in the room.
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Humans Said Cheese 7500 Years Ago

Scientific American - ‎5 hours ago‎
60-Second Science. Humans Said Cheese 7,500 Years Ago. Milk fat residue on pottery shards shows that people were purposefully making cheese at least 7,500 years ago.
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New Burden of Disease study shows world's people living longer but with more ...

Washington Post - ‎11 hours ago‎
The health of most of the planet's population is rapidly coming to resemble that of the United States, where death in childhood is rare, too much food is a bigger problem than too little, and life is long and often darkened by disability.
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Tipping televisions kill record number of US kids, gov't warns

CBS News - ‎12 hours ago‎
A record number of curious kids are getting hurt by falling televisions in their homes, a government report warns. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a report on Thursday that estimates about 43,000 people are injured in a ...

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