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Toyota to settle acceleration cases for up to $1.4 billion

Reuters - ‎18 minutes ago‎
DETROIT | Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:41pm EST. DETROIT (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp has agreed to pay as much as $1.4 billion to settle U.S.
Settlement worth more than $1 billion reached in case involving Toyotas' sudden ...
Toyota settlement in sudden-acceleration case will top $1 billion
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Will Congress reach a debt deal by Jan. 1?

Washington Post - ‎56 minutes ago‎
I have read with interest the (many) articles and columns regarding the so-called fiscal cliff. Three important points are rarely mentioned: First, in important ways, the failure of the political parties to reach compromise validates the durability and genius of our ...
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Mandela leaves hospital for 'home-based high care'

The Independent - ‎1 hour ago‎
Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital after being treated for a lung infection and having gallstones removed. The former South African President, 94, will receive continued medical care at home.
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Former President George HW Bush in intensive care: spokesman

Reuters - ‎13 minutes ago‎
AUSTIN, Texas | Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:51pm EST. AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Former President George H.W. Bush is in the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital and is in "guarded condition," family spokesman Jim McGrath said Wednesday.
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Randi Zuckerberg loses control on Facebook (and Twitter)

1 hour ago
Written by
Chris Matyszczyk
The Facebook CEO's sister is peeved that a photo she thought she'd posted privately is exposed publicly. It's quite a photo.
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Syrian General Changes Sides, Envoy in Talks

Wall Street Journal - ‎49 minutes ago‎
Free Syrian Army fighters take their position during a fight with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo on Wednesday.
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Russian Measure Banning Adoptions by American Citizens Is Sent to Putin

New York Times - ‎28 minutes ago‎
MOSCOW - The upper chamber of Parliament on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill to ban adoptions of Russian children by United States citizens, sending the measure to President Vladimir V. Putin, who has expressed support but not yet said if he ...
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Survivor describes 'freak' Burmese plane crash

ABC Online - ‎40 minutes ago‎
An Australian who survived when a passenger jet crashed and burst into flames in Burma on Christmas Day says it is "incredible" that only two people lost their lives.
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Egypt's Constitutional Disorder

Wall Street Journal - ‎31 minutes ago‎
Egypt's Islamist leaders rammed through a new constitution this week, easing a crisis of their own making, but at a steep price in continuing political and economic turmoil.
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Winter storms hit eastern US, snarl post-holiday travel

Reuters - ‎1 hour ago‎
By Colleen Jenkins. WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina | Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:40pm EST. WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - The severe winter weather that hit parts of the central and southern United States on Christmas Day moved eastward on ...
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SCOTUS denies emergency injunction in contraception case

Politico - ‎36 minutes ago‎
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday denied Hobby Lobby's request for an emergency injunction to block the health reform law's contraceptive coverage requirements and said it will not decide the case before lower courts have ruled.
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Outrage after NY paper publishes names of gun permit holders

CBS News - ‎1 hour ago‎
NEW YORK A newspaper's publication of the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in two New York counties has sparked online discussions - and a healthy dose of outrage.
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US debt limit looms amid cliff drama

Financial Times - ‎30 minutes ago‎
Tim Geithner, the US Treasury Secretary, says the US will begin using “extraordinary measures” to avoid breaching its borrowing limit on December 31, adding an extra volatile element to the stalled budget talks between the White House and Congress that ...
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US home prices continue recovery

Finance and Commerce - ‎37 minutes ago‎
A home for sale in the Lowry Hill neighborhood of Minneapolis. The Twin Cities notched the third best annual gain in the Case-Shiller national home price index, up 9.2 percent in October.
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Starbucks Promotes Congressional Cooperation

Daily Beast - ‎32 minutes ago‎
Could there be some ulterior motives at play here? Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wants workers in all of the 102 D.C.-area Starbucks stores to write “Come together” on cups sold Thursday and Friday, in hopes that it will push President Obama and his ...
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Samsung Galaxy Note 7.0 Shows Up Again in Benchmarks

Tom's Hardware Guide - ‎57 minutes ago‎
Another benchmark result has further added evidence to the existence of Samsung's 7-inch Galaxy Note tablet. A benchmark result for a device bearing the name GT-N5100 was outed earlier during the month, with GLBenchmark now listing the same tablet.
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Google Apps Challenging Microsoft in Business

New York Times
Dec 25, 2012
Written by
Quentin Hardy
SAN FRANCISCO - It has taken years, but Google seems to be cutting into Microsoft's stronghold - businesses. Enlarge This Image.
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Jessica Simpson Hides Baby Bump Under Caftan, Holds Hands with Fiance Eric ...

Us Magazine - ‎14 minutes ago‎
On Wednesday, Dec. 26 -- one day after confirming her pregnancy with a Twitter photo of daughter Maxwell Drew sitting in the sand next to the words "Big Sis" -- the 32-year-old Fashion Star mentor stepped out with fiance Eric Johnson in Hawaii.
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Charlie Sheen's film will inspire fresh admiration, director says

Los Angeles Times - ‎2 hours ago‎
Charlie Sheen hasn't garnered much attention for his big-screen activity lately, and when he does, it's for mainly stunt-y turns.
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Denver Rolls, Keeps Top Spot in AP Pro32 Rankings

ABC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
Peyton Manning and his Broncos are closing in on the playoffs as the top team in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings. Denver strengthened its grip on the top spot Wednesday following its 10th win in a row, receiving nine first-place votes and 381 points in ...
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Red Sox get All-Star closer Hanrahan from Pirates

Yahoo! Sports - ‎16 minutes ago‎
BOSTON (AP) -- If Joel Hanrahan can do for the Boston Red Sox what he did against them, they should be very happy with their new closer.
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Griffin wants to avoid hyping clash with Cowboys

USA TODAY - ‎8 minutes ago‎
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) looks for a receiver during second quarter action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Dec. 23, 2012.
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Time To Really See About The Clippers (blog) - ‎1 hour ago‎
HANG TIME WEST - Of course the Clippers are good. They were supposed to be. No one could have seen 14 wins in a row coming with a lineup reduced by injury, but 53 to 55 wins, top four in the West with the Thunder, Spurs and another Staples Center ...
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Terrelle Pryor moves closer to playing time

ESPN (blog)
53 minutes ago
Written by
Bill Williamson
There is no clarity as to who will start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders at San Diego in the season finale on Sunday. However, it seems like Terrelle Pryor's chances of getting extensive playing time are increasing.
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Erratic Environment May Be Key to Human Evolution - ‎21 hours ago‎
At Olduvai Gorge, where excavations helped to confirm Africa was the cradle of humanity, scientists now find the landscape once fluctuated rapidly, likely guiding early human evolution.
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Researchers: Amazon deforestation is devastating microbial communities

Science Recorder - ‎7 hours ago‎
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have uncovered evidence that suggests that Amazon deforestation is devastating microbial communities.
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When kids get bullied for health problems: advice for parents - ‎2 hours ago‎
Any children who stand apart from their peers for whatever reason -- they look, speak, or dress a little differently -- has a greater likelihood of being bullied, and now it turns out that even common health problems like food allergies can set children up for being ...
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FDA OKs Drug for Rare Lipid Disorder

MedPage Today - ‎1 hour ago‎
The FDA has approved the lipid-lowering drug lomitapide (Juxtapid) as add-on therapy in patients with a rare lipid disorder, the agency announced Wednesday.