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Agreement within reach on 'fiscal cliff' deal, officials say

Washington Post - ‎1 hour ago‎
President Obama and Senate leaders were on the verge of an agreement Friday that would let taxes rise on the wealthiest households while protecting the vast majority of Americans from historic tax hikes set to hit in January.
Obama, Congressional leaders meet to plan inaction on fiscal cliff
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Delhi gang-rape victim succumbs to injuries

The Hindu - ‎15 minutes ago‎
The 23-year-old girl, who put up a brave battle for life after she was gang-raped and brutally assaulted in a Delhi bus a fortnight ago that had created a nationwide outrage, died at a hospital in Singapore early Saturday.
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Man Pushed to His Death Under Train in Queens

New York Times - ‎Dec 27, 2012‎
A young woman pushed a man to his death under an oncoming train at the 40th Street-Lowery Street subway station in Sunnyside, Queens, on Thursday evening, law enforcement authorities said.
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Va. Tech edges Rutgers in OT in Russell Bowl - ‎4 minutes ago‎
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- After one of its most unfulfilling seasons in recent memory, Virginia Tech desperately wanted to avoid its first losing season since 1992.
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Matt Damon Explains Why 'Promised Land' Is Not a Pro-Fracking Movie

AceShowbiz - ‎1 hour ago‎
'We wanted to make a movie about the country today, where we came from, where we are and where we are headed,' so Damon says of the film, which he originally eyed as his directorial debut.
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Passengers on Queen Mary 2 sickened by unidentified pathogen

Reuters - ‎4 hours ago‎
By Sharon Begley. NEW YORK | Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:05pm EST. NEW YORK (Reuters) - An unknown illness, suspected of being a norovirus, has sickened 194 passengers and 11 crew members aboard the luxury cruise ship Queen Mary 2, causing vomiting ...
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Super Mario's Parting Shots

Daily Beast - ‎26 minutes ago‎
In the waning days of his leadership, Italy's prime minister fired off a feisty tweet at his rival. Barbie Latza Nadeau on the escalating feud—and whether Monti could mount a comeback.
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Putin signs bill to ban US adoptions

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎1 hour ago‎
Russia's move to prohibit Americans from adopting Russian orphans is the latest threat to the Obama administration's flagging attempt to ''reset'' relations between the two Cold War rivals.
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Iran: Navy Begins War Games Near Vital Waterway

New York Times - ‎3 hours ago‎
Iran's naval forces began six days of war games on Friday in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow waterway considered vital to international oil tanker traffic.
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Body of missing girl found in empty Las Vegas lot

USA TODAY - ‎1 hour ago‎
This undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Police Department shows Jade Moris, 10, who police are searching for after she failed to return home Dec. 21.
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BREAKING: MSU Reassigns Hoffner; Head Coach No Longer

KEYC TV - ‎31 minutes ago‎
Minnesota State University football coach Todd Hoffner has filed a lawsuit to keep investigation reports from his dismissed criminal case sealed from the public.
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Chicago marks 500 homicides

Chicago Tribune - ‎20 minutes ago‎
On the surface, Nathaniel Jackson fit the profile of the vast majority of Chicago's homicide victims in 2012 - he had a lengthy arrest record and alleged gang ties.
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Kerry supports Markey's Senate run

Boston Globe - ‎24 minutes ago‎
Rep. Ed Markey, who plans to run for John Kerry's Senate seat if it. Michael Dwyer/AP/File Oct. 2012. Rep. Ed Markey, who plans to run for John Kerry's Senate seat if it becomes available, helped Elizabeth Warren campaign.
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US Senate Votes to Extend Warrantless Surveillance Act

Voice of America (blog) - ‎1 hour ago‎
The U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly approved a five-year extension of a law allowing the government to conduct wiretapping on foreign citizens without a warrant.
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Hewlett-Packard Says Justice Department Probing Autonomy

Dec 27, 2012
Written by
Adam Satariano
The U.S. Justice Department opened an investigation relating to Autonomy Corp. after Hewlett- Packard Co. (HPQ) accused the software company of misrepresenting its performance before being bought last year.
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Partial Deal With Union Averts a Strike at 14 Ports

New York Times - ‎30 minutes ago‎
Dockworkers dropped their threat of an imminent strike against ports from Boston to Houston after their union and shipping companies reached a deal on the main point of their dispute, a federal mediator announced on Friday.
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Zuckerberg's Etiquette Sham

PC Magazine - ‎10 hours ago‎
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's sister—best known for being his sister—has managed to pull off the attention-grabbing publicity stunt stir of the season.
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China Toughens Its Restrictions on Use of the Internet

New York Times - ‎15 hours ago‎
HONG KONG - The Chinese government issued new rules on Friday requiring Internet users to provide their real names to service providers, while assigning Internet companies greater responsibility for deleting forbidden postings and reporting them to the ...
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Matthew McConaughey And Camila Alves Welcome In 3rd Child

Cinema Blend
1 hour ago
Written by
Mack Rawden
Alright. Alright. Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves are parents again. The recently married couple who have been together for five years and previously co-created two children welcomed in their third bundle of joy this morning via delivery in his ...
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Fans to introduce Beyonce at Super Bowl halftime show

Fox News - ‎57 minutes ago‎
NEW YORK - All the single ladies -- and fellas -- will have a chance to join Beyonce on the field at the Super Bowl. Pepsi announced Friday that 100 fans will introduce the Grammy-winning diva when she takes the stage Feb. 3 at New Orleans' ...
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NHL Makes New Offer; Lockout Enters Critical Stage

ABC News - ‎29 minutes ago‎
The NHL's latest offer to the players' association was enough for the sides to make plans to meet this weekend. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Friday the league presented its proposal Thursday.
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Nets Beat the Bobcats but Pine for Jackson

New York Times - ‎23 minutes ago‎
In a quiet moment of a dreary Friday night at Barclays Center, a single voice screeched from the lower bowl, with an emphatic desperation.
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Joe Cowley on the NBA: Dwyane Wade's low blow feels clean by comparison

Chicago Sun-Times - ‎30 minutes ago‎
Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace, left, and Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) jockey for position as they wait for the ball to be inbounded during the first quarter of Game 1 in the second round of the NBA basketball playoffs, ...
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Hawks rally to defeat Cavaliers

Atlanta Journal Constitution - ‎1 hour ago‎
Hawks' Jeff Teague scored a career-high 27 points against the Cavaliers Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in Cleveland. Related. Smith's 'poor shot selection' prompts talk.
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Evidence shows starvation did not cause saber-tooth cat extinction

Vanderbilt University News - ‎Dec 27, 2012‎
In the period just before they went extinct, the American lions and saber-toothed cats that roamed North America in the late Pleistocene were living well off the fat of the land.
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Cause of Death Still Unknown After Necropsy for Beached Whale

New York Times (blog) - ‎4 hours ago‎
The whale was moved from its resting spot on the beach to higher ground for the Lucas Jackson/Reuters The whale was moved from its resting spot on the beach to higher ground for the necropsy.
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NYU Langone Medical Center Reopens for Surgery

U.S. News & World Report
6 hours ago
Written by
Laura McMullen
NYU Langone Medical Center in New York reopened its inpatient services and surgical units yesterday, as it continues recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
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Liz Figueroa: Medi-Cal cuts in California threaten children's and families' health

San Jose Mercury News - ‎10 hours ago‎
While we are holding our children closer in the wake of recent tragic events, it's a good time to focus on what we can do to make sure that all the children in California have the best chance to stay healthy and safe.
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New Calif. law eases sperm donor testing rules

San Francisco Chronicle - ‎8 hours ago‎
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California women who want to get pregnant using sperm from a donor they know should find the process easier and less expensive next year, thanks to a new state law scheduled to take effect on Jan 1. Crafted with women who ...