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Egypt Launches Renewed Crackdown On Muslim Brotherhood

Fri, 2013-12-27 10:53

At least three people are dead and more than 250 arrested just days after the Muslim Brotherhood was declared a terrorist organization.

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Stretch Or Splat? How A Black Hole Kills You Matters ... A Lot

Fri, 2013-12-27 10:36

Over the past year, a roaring debate has erupted among physicists about what exactly would happen if you fell into a black hole. Would it be "spaghettification," or a quantum firestorm and oblivion where space ceases to exist? The answer has big implications for fundamental physics.

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Concussions May Increase Alzheimer's Risk, But Only For Some

Fri, 2013-12-27 10:00

Head injuries have long been considered a risk factor for Alzheimer's, but the evidence on that is mixed. A study finds that people who have memory problems decades after a concussion are more likely to have the brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's.

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Target: Encrypted Data Were Taken, But Not The Key To Unlock

Fri, 2013-12-27 09:59

Though 40 million credit and debt accounts may have been affected, Target says the hackers should not be able to decrypt sensitive information they obtained.

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Judge Rules That NSA Collection Of Phone Data Is Lawful

Fri, 2013-12-27 09:42

Rejecting a challenge by the ACLU to the program, U.S. District Judge William Pauley said Friday that the collection of data represented "a government counter-punch" against al-Qaida. The ruling comes less than two weeks after another judge said the program violated the Constitution.

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PHOTO: Saturn's Holiday Closeup

Fri, 2013-12-27 08:35

NASA's Cassini spacecraft focused on one of the planet's poles, and produced an image that resembles a hand-painted Christmas ornament. There's also a new photo of Saturn's largest moons that makes it appear they're stacked on top of each other.

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Indian Nationalist Leader Says Violence Shook Him To The Core

Fri, 2013-12-27 08:02

But Narendra Modi's critics say he's to blame for the deadly anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat state in 2002. Modi is widely expected to become India's next prime minister if his Bharatiya Janata Party wins next year's election. His supporters view him as an efficient administrator.

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2013 Was The Year Bills To Criminalize Animal Cruelty Videos Failed

Fri, 2013-12-27 07:39

This year, 15 bills in 11 states attempted to make undercover videos on farms illegal. Not a single one passed. Activists say a broad-based coalition that tapped the grass-roots concern for animal welfare helped defeat the measures.

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2013 Was The Year Every New Ag-Gag Bill Failed

Fri, 2013-12-27 07:39

This year, 15 bills in 11 states attempted to make undercover videos on farms illegal. Not a single one passed. Activists say a broad-based coalition that tapped the grass-roots concern for animal welfare helped defeat the measures.

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The Price Is Wrong And You Know It: Do You Buy That Ticket?

Fri, 2013-12-27 07:25

Delta Air Lines will honor some incredibly inexpensive tickets it mistakenly sold on Thursday. Some cross-country trips were going for as little as $25. When it's obvious a seller has made a big mistake in your favor, is it OK to buy anyway?

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When Memories Never Fade, The Past Can Poison The Present

Fri, 2013-12-27 07:07

Only a rare few people have the ability to remember everything that happened in their lives. But that gift can seem like a curse, they say, keeping them marooned in the past and unable to enjoy the present. Forgetting, it seems, can be a good thing.

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Three NATO Personnel Killed By Bombing In Afghanistan

Fri, 2013-12-27 05:59

The attack comes as Afghan President Hamid Karzai continues to deliberate over a security pact with the U.S. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

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Okinawa Governor OKs Plan To Relocate U.S. Base

Fri, 2013-12-27 05:52

The project would involve land reclamation for a new base that would consolidate the U.S. presence on the Japanese island. Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima's decision Friday is a reversal of his pledge to move the controversial base out of Okinawa. His decision has been criticized.

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How Michael Bloomberg Became The Most Influential Mayor Of The Century (So Far)

Fri, 2013-12-27 05:19

By example and personal wealth, Bloomberg has changed not just city management in New York but also the way mayors all over the country approach their jobs. He steps down Jan. 1.

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Power's Still Out For Many Across North And Into Canada

Fri, 2013-12-27 05:05

From Michigan to Maine and parts in between, power outages that began before Christmas continue. Storms brought down power lines. More winter weather is forecast for coming days in many of the affected areas.

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VIDEO: Rescuers Are Drawing Near To Ship Stuck In Antarctic

Fri, 2013-12-27 04:30

A Russian ship carrying an Australian scientific expedition has been trapped since Monday. But a Chinese icebreaker is expected to soon free it from the ice. Other ships are also on the way. The 74 people aboard the MV Akademik Shokalskiy plan to then continue their expedition.

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Bomb Blast In Beirut Kills Former Ambassador To U.S.

Fri, 2013-12-27 03:30

The diplomat, Mohammed Chatah, was a senior aide to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Chatah was also a critic of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the militant group Hezbollah that is allied with the Syrian leader. At least five other people were killed and about 70 were injured by Friday's blast.

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