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Funerals begin for Newtown victims as schools confront tragedy

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Emily Flitter and Dan Burns. NEWTOWN, Connecticut | Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:56am EST. NEWTOWN, Connecticut (Reuters) - The small Connecticut town shattered by an act President Barack Obama called "unconscionable evil," holds on Monday the first ...
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Two Topeka, Kan., police officers killed in shootout

CBS News - ‎8 minutes ago‎
Updated 2:05 a.m. EST. TOPEKA, Kan. Two Topeka Kansas police officers were fatally shot outside a grocery store Sunday while responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle, authorities said.
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Explosion reported inside foreign compound in Afghan capital

Fox News - ‎13 minutes ago‎
KABUL - A large blast sounded on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Monday morning, sending a plume of smoke up in the air and shaking windows more than a mile (two kilometers) away in the city center.
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Brady almost pulls it off

Boston Herald - ‎6 minutes ago‎
FOXBORO - They turned the ball over four times. Their defense gave up 383 yards. Their special teams unit kept committing penalties, and handed over a 62-yard kick return to set the San Francisco 49ers up with excellent field position at the worst possible ...
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'Survivor: Philippines': And the winner is...

Entertainment Weekly
38 minutes ago
Written by
James Hibberd
After 39 days, 15 Tribal Councils, 14 episodes, and 2 Russell Swan meltdowns, a winner of Survivor: Philippines was finally crowned on Sunday night.
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Syrian VP calls for 'historic settlement,' national unity government

CNN - ‎7 hours ago‎
(CNN) -- Syria's vice president is calling for a "historic settlement" of the country's civil war and the creation of a national unity government, according to an interview with a Lebanese newspaper to be published Monday.
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Egypt Islamists Expect Constitution Victory

Wall Street Journal - ‎1 hour ago‎
CAIRO—The Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt declared a narrow victory in the first round of a hotly contested constitutional referendum, even as activists' reports of fraud and calls for a rerun renewed the nation's political impasse.
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Pakistan blast: Deadly bomb hits market in Khyber

BBC News - ‎52 minutes ago‎
At least 10 people have been killed in a blast which hit a crowded market in the Khyber tribal region of north-west Pakistan, reports say.
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Newtown's Own Gun-Control Law Couldn't Pass -- Daily Intelligencer

New York Magazine - ‎41 minutes ago‎
As lawmkers call for bans on assault weapons and President Barack Obama considers introducing a ban on high-capacity magazines in the wake of the Newtown shootings, it turns out the town of Newtown had argued amongst itself over controlling guns ...
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Obama Expected to Name Kerry as Secretary of State -

New York Times - ‎3 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - President Obama is leaning strongly toward naming John Kerry, the Massachusetts senator and unsuccessful Democratic nominee for president eight years ago, to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state, according to ...
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AFP: Tumbling over cliff may yield fiscal solution

AFP - ‎9 minutes ago‎
WASHINGTON - Diving off the so-called fiscal cliff with no Plan B at the ready is perilously risky, most Americans would agree. But what about a controlled, temporary fall?
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China targets quality, efficient growth in 2013

Xinhua - ‎6 hours ago‎
BEIJING, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese authorities vowed Sunday to focus on quality and efficiency of economic growth in 2013, demonstrating their determination to ensure sustainable and healthy economic development after the previous pursuit of fast-track ...
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Apple Sells Over 2 Million iPhone 5s in China

Wall Street Journal (blog) - ‎14 minutes ago‎
Reuters: Security guards and staff stand at the entrance of an Apple store during the release of the iPhone 5 in Beijing. Despite a wintry and mostly deserted launch on Friday in Beijing, Apple Inc. said it sold over two million iPhone 5s over the weekend.
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Suspected security hole found in many Samsung devices | Security & Privacy ...

3 hours ago
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Steven Musil
Developer finds vulnerability in Exynos 4-powered devices, including the Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note, that bypasses system permissions, letting data be extracted from RAM or malicious code be injected.
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REPORT: Twitter Offered To Buy Instagram For $525 Million, Contrary To ...

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎6 hours ago‎
Twitter offered to buy Instagram for $525 million in cash and stock this March, Nick Bilton at the New York Times reports. This was three weeks before Mark Zuckerberg closed a deal to buy Instagram for $1 billion (at the time).
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Google Said to End FTC Probe With Letter Promising Change

Bloomberg - ‎4 hours ago‎
Google Inc. (GOOG) is poised to offer voluntary concessions that will end a 20-month U.S. antitrust probe of its business practices without any enforcement action being taken, two people familiar with the matter said.
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Apple: Citi Cuts To Neutral; Worried On iPhone 5 Sales

1 hour ago
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Eric Savitz
In a call that seems destined to put further pressure on Apple shares Monday morning, Citigroup analyst Glen Yeung has cut his rating on the stock to Neutral from Buy, with a new target of $575, down from $675.
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'1600 Penn,' with Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman: It's 'not a political show'

Washington Post - ‎7 hours ago‎
If there's one thing the cast of “1600 Penn” wants to make clear, it's that the White House-set comedy about a quirky first family has nothing to do with politics.
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'Homeland' season finale review: The revenge of Mandy Patinkin

Entertainment Weekly - ‎29 minutes ago‎
Homeland concluded its season with an episode that gave the best lines to Mandy Patinkin's Saul, and set the series spinning forward for another season.
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Hollywood responds to deadly school shooting

Fox News - ‎18 hours ago‎
Hollywood has responded to the rampage at a Connecticut elementary school by pulling back on its offerings, and one star says the entertainment industry should take some responsibility for such violence.
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Sunday's best game: Cowboys prevail in overtime thriller after Big Ben/'s pick

Detroit Free Press - ‎40 minutes ago‎
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tony Romo has the surging Dallas Cowboys tied for first place in the NFC East. Brandon Carr (Flint Carman-Ainsworth, Grand Valley State) intercepted Ben Roethlisberger and returned it 36 yards to the 1 in overtime.
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Blue Jays try to secure R.A. Dickey -

Los Angeles Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Toronto Blue Jays tried Sunday night to close a trade for New York Mets ace R.A. Dickey, with the deal hinging on whether the National League Cy Young Award winner could work out a new contract.
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If ever a running back deserves to be MVP, Adrian Peterson is it | NFL

FanIQ (blog) - ‎41 minutes ago‎
Adrian Peterson rushed for 212 yards and a touchdown to lead the Vikings to a 36-22 victory over the St. Louis Rams. This puts the NFL single season rushing record of 2,105 yards within reach.
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Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno shows more patience, rushes for 118 yards

Denver Post - ‎52 minutes ago‎
Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno hurdles Ravens free safety Ed Reed during the first quarter Sunday in Baltimore. Moreno finished with 118 yards on 22 carries and scored on a 6-yard run.
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Bird Count Shows Trends in Feathered Arrivals |

News Chief - ‎1 hour ago‎
A savannah is shown during Saturday's annual Christmas bird count organized by the Lake Region Audubon Society. The participants found 140 bird species in the Lakeland-Winter Haven area.
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Keep thimerosal in vaccines: pediatricians

Reuters - ‎2 hours ago‎
By Genevra Pittman. NEW YORK | Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:07am EST. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A mercury-containing preservative should not be banned as an ingredient in vaccines, U.S.