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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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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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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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US News: Detained Vet Back Home; Wind Farms Allowed to Kill Eagles; Calif Health Exchange Sharing Unauthorized Personal Data

Posted: 12/08/2013 - Detained US vet Merrill Newman, 85, home from North Korea... Hagel given assurances on Afghan security deal... Gov't to allow wind farms to kill eagles... 4.5 magnitude earthquake rattles central Oklahoma... Gene therapy scores big wins against blood cancers... Calif. health exchange shares personal data without consent... Obama: Chances for final Iran deal 50-50 or worse... Obama, Bush, Carter, Clinton to attend Tuesday service for Mandela... Pearl Harbor ceremony marks bombing anniversary...

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US News: 2 Killed in Amish Buggy Crash; Alaskan Crash; Wind Project Stalled; "Trust Us" - I Don't Think So

Posted: 12/01/2013 - 2 in horse-drawn Amish buggy killed in Pa. crash... Villagers rush to aid rural Alaska crash survivors... Trinity network: Televangelist Paul Crouch dies... Thanksgiving takes more Black Friday sales... White House: On track for health care website goal... Pioneering offshore wind project faces deadlines... You can trust us on this, but you probably won't - Only 2 percent say they trust the government to do what's right nearly all of the time...

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World News: Afghanistan May Be Reneging on Pullout Deal; China Angers Japan; Mount Etna Erupts; Shark Kills Surfer

Posted: 11/24/2013 - Afghan president to press for delay in US deal... China sets air defense zone over East China Sea... Smog descends on NE China, closing roads, airport... Mount Etna erupts, showers volcanic ash on towns... Egypt official: Muslim Brotherhood backs unrest... Activists: Government airstrikes kill 44 in Syria; Syrian rebels capture key oil field... Surfer killed by shark off west Australia...

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Regional News: Cold Weather; Child Run Over; Boy Killed in Robbery; Woman in Wheelchair Shot; Turkey Frying Fire

Posted: 11/24/2013 - cold weather arrives for awhile... Florida man arrested in old Alabama killing... Police: Relative accidentally backs car over child... Giraffe euthanized at central Florida zoo... Feds will label Silver Springs as threatened... Police: Boy killed in Miami nail salon robbery... Elderly Fla. woman in wheelchair shot, wounded... 2 WWII veterans recognized by France in ceremony... Cocaine bust derails fledgling GOP congressman... Turkey frying results in Savannah fire... Car tag scanners would track Tybee, Ga., tourists...

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JFK: Nov 22-25, 1963 - Seared Memories; Disbelief, Overwhelming Loss - Yet a Profound Feeling of Togetherness

Updated: 11/17/2013 - Those who were closest to events the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated still talk about what they witnessed as if it happened yesterday... As the limousine cruised out of the Dallas airport, 11-year-old Stephanie Landregan snapped pictures with her Brownie camera. Watching with her grandparents and four siblings, the schoolgirl felt a "giddy" thrill. Her mother was at the Trade Mart, where Kennedy was headed for lunch. The only family member who'd miss the rare presidential visit, it seemed, was her father. He had to be at work -- at Parkland Memorial Hospital.... Happy pandemonium greeted the presidential motorcade, and suddenly Buell Frazier could see Jackie Kennedy. "She's as pretty as the pictures," he remembers calling out to a woman nearby. And that quickly the motorcade glided by, enveloped by more cheers ahead. But then came another sound that Frazier first thought was a police motorcycle backfiring. Then another pop. And another. Frazier recognized the sound of gunfire. Instantly, all was mayhem. "People were running and screaming and hollering," Frazier says. "Somebody came running by as we were standing there on the steps and she says, `They've shot the president."'... "Jackie Kennedy sent word that she wanted the East Room, where the president would lie in state, to look as it did when Lincoln's body lay there," Goodwin remembers. He and others went to work. Someone was sent to the Library of Congress for a sketch and a newspaper description from Lincoln's time; artists and upholsterers were called in, and black crepe was carefully hung. "In the midst of all these activities we would alternately break down in tears," Goodwin says.... An unforgettable drama that began on Friday with the murder of the 35th president of the United States, continued on Sunday with the murder of his murderer, and came to a close Monday with the kindling of an eternal flame on a wind-swept Virginia hillside.... As one writer of the time suggested, the funeral was attended by 180 million Americans -- the entire stunned populace. Only 50,300,000 American households had televisions in 1963, and it was estimated that 41,553,000 sets were tuned into the funeral... As the coffin left the church, Jackie Kennedy leaned down and whispered a few words to John Jr., who turned 3 years old on that day. He lifted his right hand to his brow, a child's farewell salute to his father; it would be the most memorable moment in a day full of them... (more)

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Regional News: Ala Bicentennial; Pensacola Ship Readied for Halloween; Ga Man Rescues Beer from Fire

Posted: 10/27/2013 - State seeks director for Alabama bicentennial... Alabama's first legal distillery since Prohibition... Coast Guard decorates Pensacola cutter for Halloween... Man killed after crossing road with pet dog - dog unhurt, found and returned to wife... Man gets life in rape of recent UGA grad in Athens... Man runs into burning Columbus home to get beer...

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Day in History: Federalist papers; Nylon; Disneyland; Cuban Missile Crisis; "Stand By Me"; Supremes

Posted: 10/27/2013 - On October 27th – In 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the United States Constitution, was published under the pseudonym "Publius" (the essays were a collaborative effort by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay)... In 1938, Du Pont announced a name for its new synthetic yarn: "nylon."... In 1954, Walt Disney's first television program, titled "Disneyland" after his yet-to-be completed theme park, premiered on ABC... In 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, a U-2 reconnaissance aircraft was shot down while flying over Cuba, killing the pilot, U.S. Air Force Maj. Rudolf Anderson Jr.... In 1960, Ben E. King recorded "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand By Me" during his first solo recording session for Atlantic Records.... In 1964, the single "Come See About Me" by The Supremes was released...

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US News: 2032 Asteroid; Health Care Applications; More Pakistan Aid; Tragic Deaths; 'Sea Serpents'

Posted: 10/20/2013 - NASA: Asteroid coming close in 2032 no concern... AP sources: 476,000 health care applications filed... US quietly releasing $1.6B in Pakistan assistance... US, Romania agree on air base rights... Obama, Congress at odds over Iran sanctions relief... Shutdown showdown widens GOP-tea party rift... SF hospital body... NYC teen, DC nun both involved in newborn / fetus deaths... Wal-Mart fires worker who aided shopper.... another dead 'sea serpent' for southern California...

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US News: Budget, Debt Limit Talks; Rescued Captain's Story has Inaccuracies; Door Falls off Plane

Updated: 10/13/2013 - Senate takes lead in budget, debt limit talks... Food stamp system restored after hours of disruption... Statue of Liberty to reopen to public Sunday... Dead loved ones' voices fall victim to technology... $30,000 went missing and other inaccuracies amid rescue of Capt. Phillips from pirates... US-Afghan officials near a deal on American troops... NYC police arrest relative in `Baby Hope' killing... Prosecutors seek justice for burned Texas boy... Establishment GOPers assail tea party on shutdown... Door falls off plane, lands on Calif. motel roof... NM authorities say 4 boys from suspicious youth camp back home... Police: 5 shot at Hmong festival in Tulsa, Okla.... Teacher stabbed in park by family member near her students in Long Beach, Calif.... SF Bay Area transit talks resume as deadline nears... Giraffe celebrates 1st birthday with special cake at Ohio zoo...

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World News: Syria, Israel, Iran, Egypt, Libya, Pakistan, N Korea Updates; Global Concerns on Economy and Education for Girls; Crete Earthquake; South American news

Updated: 10/13/2013 - Pressure on US at global economy meetings... Al-Qaida leader urges rival Syria groups to unite... Israel finds tunnel dug under Israel-Gaza border... Israel reaches out to Europe ahead of Iran talks... Egypt: Islamist to be tried for insulting judges... Libya's Islamist party leader says PM failed... Pakistan army chief supports talks with militants... Indian actress Freida Pinto urges education for girls... Vietnam sees rare public mourning for hero general... Strong earthquake hits west of Crete... Panama: Weapons in N Korean ship are operational... Peru bus plunge kills 50, including 13 children... Brazil ranchers sentenced for killing farmers... Guyana presses Venezuela on seizure of ship

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Regional News: Kitten Killer; Robbers' Disguises a little much; Drawbridge leaves Woman Dangling; Cell Phone Death; Gray Squirrel Season Opens (in Fla)

Updated: 10/13/2013 - Alleged Ala Kitten Killer Charged... Selma store clerk wise to robbery suspects' wigs... Ala hurricane 'proof' church living on borrowed time... Fla woman rescued while dangling from bridge... Fla man dies leaping from train for his phone... it's "gway squiwwel season in Fla!... Ga restaurant and road shootings...

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6 Million Dollar Man (uh, person) is here; OMG - Discovered Lost Episodes of 60s 'Doctor Who'; More X-Files ('don't stop until you get enough" - apologies to Michael)

Posted: 10/13/2013 - 'Bionic man' walks, breathes with artificial parts... BBC finds lost 1960s episodes of 'Doctor Who'... 'Downton Abbey' preview set to air in December... New gadget allows mobile TV on your smartphone free - sort of... do you really want more "X-Files?"...

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US News: Budget, Healthcare Battle Continues; Tropical Depression Forms in Central Atlantic

Posted: 09/29/2013 - White House: Obama will veto House shutdown bill... Hagel calls govt shutdown threat `shortsighted'... Report: NSA maps out a person's social connections... House OKs bill aimed at improving drug safety... Shots fired during robbery of San Fran TV newsman... NH driver without a license charged in deadly bike crash... Tropical depression forms over central Atlantic... US Virgin islands man sentenced in fatal parasailing accident... Idaho smokejumper killed in parachuting accident...

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