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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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Day in History: Bill of Rights; Sitting Bull; "Gone with the Wind"; Glenn Miller;

Updated: 12/14/2013 - On Dec 15 - In 1791, the Bill of Rights went into effect following ratification by Virginia. In 1890, Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull and 11 other tribe members were killed in Grand River, S.D., during a confrontation with Indian police. In 1939, "Gone with the Wind" had its world premiere in Atlanta. It starred Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. In 1944, a plane carrying bandleader Glenn Miller disappeared during a flight over the English Channel. He was a U.S. Army major at the time. Forty years later, British authorities said the plane was probably hit by explosives jettisoned from British fighters.

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JetBlue Debuts New Super-Fast In-Flight Internet

Updated: 12/12/2013 - JetBlue Airways launched its in flight high-speed internet product on Wednesday (December 11) in New York. The broadband internet service called "Fly-fi" is the first airline internet services using Ka-band satellite connectivity, and promises to deliver real broadband speeds that travelers are used to at home.

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NASA: Cooling Pump on Space Station Shuts Down

Updated: 12/12/2013 - NASA says it is looking into a problem with a malfunctioning cooling pump on the International Space Station, but there is no immediate danger to the six crewmen on board.

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Affordable Care Act Numbers

Updated: 12/11/2013 - More Americans have signed up for insurance on Healthcare.gov, but the total is still well below the Obama administration's original expectations.

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Plodding Storm Moves Out of US at Last

Updated: 12/11/2013 - After days of bringing snow and ice to half the country, a wintry storm has at last made its way out of New England.

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National Flu Vaccination Week

Posted: 12/09/2013 - It's National Flu Vaccination Week and local health officials are reminding everyone to get their shots.

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New 'X-Men' Movie Coming in 2016

Updated: 12/09/2013 - The "X-Men" franchise will get another boost in 2016 with the release of "X-Men: Apocalypse."

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Winter Storm Wrap-Up

Updated: 12/09/2013 - A major winter storm has already brought wind and rain to a large part of the US over the weekend, with more on the way for other parts of the nation.

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Snow, Ice, Deep-Freeze Chill Large Swath of US

Posted: 12/08/2013 - The snow, ice, and frigid temperatures have led to power outages and dangerous roads in more than a dozen states.... state-by-state look at frigid blast hitting US...

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