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US News: Capitol Dome Needs Repairs; 4000 in Maine still wihout Power; Extended Job Benefits End

Posted: 12/29/2013 - Capitol Dome Renovations... A week after ice storm hits Maine, more than 4,000 still without power... Federal government ends extended jobless benefits... Health law to put calorie info on vending machines... Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth on Jan. 1... Despite files, Conn. school shooter remains enigma... Kerry to return next week to Middle East... Police: New Mexico mom admits to kicking child... Pregnant nurse fired in Pa. over flu shot... Pa. man admits beating `Amish Mafia' star... Death of man in Border Patrol custody investigated... Separate avalanches in Wyoming kill 2 within hours... Times Square preps for New Year's Eve bash...

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World News: India Train Fire; Lebanon Rockets; Middle East, Africa Updates; Turkey Scandal Grows; Pakistan Polio Worker Killed

Posted: 12/29/2013 - Fire on express train in India kills at least 26... AP source: Libya releases 4 US military personnel... South Sudan update... Israeli police say rockets fired from Lebanon... Death toll in Beirut blast rises to 7... Syria, Iraq, Egypt updates... Turkey earthquake and scandal... Gunmen kill another anti-polio health worker in Pakistan... 3 Asian workers drown after Saudi oil rig sinks... Benedict takes up Francis' invite for lunch... Cuba eases rules for small business lending...

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Day in History: Becket; Wounded Knee; Rasputin; WWII London Fire; Eastern Crash in Everglades

Updated: 12/29/2013 - On Dec 28 - In 1170, Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was slain in Canterbury Cathedral by knights loyal to King Henry II... In 1890, the Wounded Knee massacre took place in South Dakota as an estimated 300 Sioux Indians were killed by U.S. troops sent to disarm them... In 1916, Grigory Rasputin, the so-called "Mad Monk" who'd wielded great influence with Czar Nicholas II, was killed by a group of Russian noblemen in St. Petersburg... In 1940, during World War II, Germany dropped incendiary bombs on London, setting off what came to be known as "The Second Great Fire of London."... In 1972, Eastern Air Lines Flight 401, a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, crashed into the Florida Everglades near Miami International Airport, killing 101 of the 176 people aboard...

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Christmas Pillow Fight Tradition in China

Updated: 12/26/2013 - City workers and university students alike discharge the pressures of daily life in a night of live music and a whirlwind of pillows on Christmas day (December 25).

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World News: Lockerbie 25 years later; Africa, Syria, Iraq News; Saudi Virus; Topless Rio

Posted: 12/22/2013 - Memorials to mark Lockerbie attack 25 years later... UN helicopter hit, downed in S. Sudan... Attacks across Iraq kill 15 people, including senior military commander... Syrian rebels seize strategic hospital in Aleppo... China lashes out at Japan's new defense plan... Saudi Arabia reports 1 more death from new virus... Gunmen kill anti-polio worker in NW Pakistan... UN urges more aid for Philippine typhoon recovery... Raul Castro issues stern warning to entrepreneurs... Arab League rejects US proposal in Mideast deal... 'Topless' protest falls flat in Rio de Janeiro...

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European Satellite to Map 1 Billion Stars

Updated: 12/19/2013 - The European Space Agency is preparing to launch a satellite that will produce the most accurate three-dimensional map of our part of the Milky Way.

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Burger King Returns to Paris in Train Station

Updated: 12/17/2013 - For the first time since 1997 Burger King is now open in the Paris St Lazare Railway Station. Two other BK restaurants opened earlier this year in Reims and Marseille.

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Iran: We've Launched Second Monkey Into Space

Updated: 12/16/2013 - Iran said on Saturday (December 14) it had sent a second live monkey into space and brought it back safely, the latest demonstration of the country's missile capabilities, state television reported.

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China's Moon Rover Leaves Traces on Lunar Soil

Updated: 12/16/2013 - China's first moon rover has touched the lunar surface and left deep traces on its loose soil, state media reported Sunday, several hours after the country successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades.

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US News: NE Snowstorm; Arlington Wreaths; Budget Bill; China, US Military Ships Almost Collide; Drones for Agriculture

Updated: 12/15/2013 - Fast-moving snowstorm arrives in the Northeast... Maine wreaths laid at Arlington National Cemetery... Prospects for budget legislation are solid in Senate... Ryan's budget plan: A bridge over the divide?... US says Chinese warship nearly struck Navy cruiser... Agriculture the most promising market for drones... Sheriff: Colo. gunman planned to hurt more people... 200 assemble in Denver to honor Sandy Hook victims... Wichita: Undercover stings used to fight domestic terrorism... Man dives between tracks as NYC subway approaches... Police say NY teen parents made toddler smoke pot... RV users help Amazon keep up with holiday rush... Michelin recalls 1.2 million tires in US... Appeals court vacates ban on US horse slaughter... Lawyer disputes SF hospital stairway death report...

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World News: China Not Pleased with N Korea; Syrian Chemicals; Iraq, Egypt, Afghan Updates; Iran Irked with Pakistan

Posted: 12/15/2013 - N Korea's Jang's execution leaves China in delicate position... Venezuela grounds flight over terror threat... Mandela goes home... Desmond Tutu says he will attend Mandela funeral... Ships to haul 500 tons of Syrian chemical agents... Bombings, shooting kill 12 people in Iraq... Thousands evacuated from flooded Gaza homes... Vote on Egypt's constitution set for Jan. 14-15... Karzai hopes US will reframe security agreement... Iran cancels Pakistan gas pipeline loan... 21 workers killed in gas blast at Chinese mine... 6,000 people dressed as Santa Claus run in Spain...

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China Softly Lands Rover on the Moon: 1st Lunar Lander in 4 Decades

Posted: 12/15/2013 - State broadcaster China Central Television showed images taken from the lander's camera of the rover and its shadow moving down a sloping ladder and touching the surface, setting off applause in the Beijing control center. It said the lander and rover, both bearing Chinese flags, will take photos of each other Sunday evening... China's space program is an enormous source of pride for the country, the third to carry out a lunar soft landing -- which does not damage the craft and the equipment it carries -- after the United States and the former Soviet Union. The last one was by the Soviet Union in 1976... China sent its first astronaut into space in 2003, becoming the third nation after Russia and the United States to achieve manned space travel independently. In 2006, it sent its first probe to the moon. China plans to open a space station around 2020 and send an astronaut to the moon after that....

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