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Dennis Rodman: North Korea Is 'Not That Bad'

Mon, 2014-01-06 09:16

Rodman is scheduled to play a friendly game against a North Korean team on Jan. 8 to celebrate the birthday of North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un.

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'Jihad Jane' Gets 10 Years In Prison

Mon, 2014-01-06 09:14

Colleen LaRose dubbed herself "Jihad Jane" as she used the Web to recruit others for violent attacks. She was found guilty of being part of a failed plan to murder a Swedish artist. Because she cooperated with investigators, LaRose got less than the potential life sentence she faced.

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Story That Kim Jong Un Fed Uncle To Dogs Was Probably Satire

Mon, 2014-01-06 08:37

The story appears to be false because it originated with a satirical post on a Chinese microblogging site. The post was picked up by a Hong Kong newspaper and then reported as fact around the world.

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Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriages In Utah

Mon, 2014-01-06 08:28

The order puts marriages on hold until an appeal is decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Utah has been allowing same-sex marriages since Dec. 20.

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Missing N.Y. Man Found In D.C., Thanks To AP Photograph

Mon, 2014-01-06 08:11

Nicholas Simmons, 20, hadn't been seen since New Year's Day. On Sunday, USA Today published a photo of him. The young man was in Washington, D.C., trying to keep warm on a steam grate. His family saw the picture. With help from the newspaper, an AP photographer and police, their loved one was found.

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Was Luck's TD The Most Amazing Moment Of A Wild NFL Weekend?

Mon, 2014-01-06 07:01

Watch the replay as Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck scoops up a fumble and stretches across the goal line against Kansas City. During a weekend of four close games in which three weren't settled until the last minute, was that the highlight of highlights?

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German Chancellor Merkel Fractures Hip In Skiing Accident

Mon, 2014-01-06 05:57

Angela Merkel suffered the injury while cross-country skiing in the Swiss Alps. She didn't realize she had a fractured hip until she returned to Berlin.

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Nation's Turning Blue As Temperatures Continue To Plunge

Mon, 2014-01-06 05:20

You only need to look at one map to see how cold it's going to be across nearly the whole nation. In the upper Midwest, wind chills will once again be down around 40 degrees below zero. Freezing temperatures are expected as far south as Texas and Florida.

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Liz Cheney Drops Senate Bid Due To Family 'Health Issues'

Mon, 2014-01-06 04:00

The former vice president's daughter split Republicans in Wyoming with her challenge to a fellow conservative, Sen. Mike Enzi. She also sparked a public family feud with her opposition to same-sex marriage.

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Amazon Locavore: Meet The Man Putting Brazilian Food On The Map

Mon, 2014-01-06 00:06

Alex Atala's Sao Paulo restaurant, D.O.M., is ranked among the top 10 restaurants in the world. His cuisines, which showcases irridescent insects, delicate jungle herbs and other ingredients from the Amazon, is pushing the frontiers of gastronomy.

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Figure Skater With 'Happy Feet' Hopes To Clinch Spot In Sochi

Mon, 2014-01-06 00:03

With only two slots on the U.S. men's Olympic figure skating team, the competition is tough. But three-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott — who has yet to deliver on the world stage — wants 2014 to be the year he takes a medal.

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Madrid's Street Performers Now Must Audition To Hold Out A Hat

Mon, 2014-01-06 00:03

A new noise reduction law in Spain's capital also prohibits amplifiers and requires entertainers to move along every two hours. The city's famed buskers who pass an audition get a free, one-year renewable permit to perform outdoors; those who don't pass muster could face fines for disturbing the peace.

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Dental Coverage Deciphered, And The Latest On Sign-Up Deadlines

Mon, 2014-01-06 00:02

Children automatically get dental coverage through Affordable Care Act policies, and adults can buy dental insurance if they wish. That's one of the big changes under the health care law. And everyone has until March 31 to buy insurance and avoid penalties.

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An Honorable Last Wish For A Dying Marine

Mon, 2014-01-06 00:01

Hal Faulkner was kicked out of the Marines in 1956 for homosexuality. He's now terminally ill, and the Marine Corps expedited his dying wish to correct his status to "honorable discharge." Since the Pentagon changed its policy, tens of thousands of gay veterans are navigating a maze of red tape to correct their discharges status and gain access to VA benefits.

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Last BCS Title Game Matches Domination & Destiny

Sun, 2014-01-05 23:11

Before the Bowl Championship Series is replaced next year by a playoff, No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn will meet in its last title game Monday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

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Lawyer: Brain Dead Girl Moved From Calif. Hospital

Sun, 2014-01-05 23:01

The California teen declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy has been taken out of Children's Hospital of Oakland, her family's attorney said late Sunday. Her destination was not immediately disclosed.

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The Internet's Cicada: A Mystery Without An Answer

Sun, 2014-01-05 15:11

Two years ago, strange sets of bewildering puzzles appeared on the Internet, with a message encouraging "highly intelligent individuals" to try to break the code. The code led to more clues spanning a global Internet mystery, that has yet to be solved.

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Calif. Toxin Law Warns Consumers, But Can Burden Businesses

Sun, 2014-01-05 14:54

Proposition 65 requires businesses to post public announcements about toxic chemicals in in their products. The law has been on the books for more than 20 years, and though it protects consumers, some say lawsuits over compliance disproportionately affect small businesses.

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In Sao Paulo, Organic Markets Are Beginning To Take Off

Sun, 2014-01-05 11:32

In the biggest city in Latin America, the pickings are pretty slim for local, organic food: The city has just 20 organic farmers' markets. But many Brazilian farmers rely heavily on pesticides, and health-conscious consumers are starting to seek alternatives.

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Kerry Appears To Signal Openness To Iran Role In Syria Talks

Sun, 2014-01-05 09:55

The U.S. has long opposed an Iranian role in the so-called Geneva II talks later this month, but Secretary of State John Kerry's comments in Jerusalem may be the first sign that opposition is softening. Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose forces are battling a range of rebel groups, some of them backed by the West.

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