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Obama Makes It Official, Taps John Kerry for Secretary of State

Posted: 12/21/2012 - Secretary Clinton praises the choice and says Kerry "has proven his mettle" .. Obama says Kerry has 'played a central role' in foreign policy for nearly three decades. His confirmation is considered to be a sure thing among his colleagues.

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Man Kills 3 in Pennsylvania, Dies in Police Shootout

Posted: 12/21/2012 - A man killed two men and one woman Friday in central Pennsylvania, then died in a gunfight with state troopers, authorities said. Three officers were injured, but "someone was watching over" the state troopers wounded in "attack," police official says.

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"Appetizing Yet Stomach-Turning" Foods

Posted: 12/21/2012 - As the end of the year approaches, it's time to take a look back on the foods we desired -- but are probably better off skipping.

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"Plan B" is Dead; What's Next for "Fiscal Cliff"?

Updated: 12/21/2012 - House Speaker John Boehner's big idea for a backup "Plan B" exploded Thursday night when, after days of wrangling with his own troops, he realized he didn't have enough votes to pass the tax cut part of his plan.

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Heart Drug Tredaptive Is Ineffective, Study Says

Posted: 12/20/2012 - Tredaptive, currently used in 40 countries, has as its main ingredient, a vitamin called niacin, which raises so-called "good cholesterol" or HDL. Tredaptive also contains a drug to reduce side effects.

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Jockeying Heats Up In Pending Massachusetts Senate Race

Posted: 12/20/2012 - If President Obama taps John Kerry to take Hillary Clinton's place as the nation's top-ranking Cabinet official, Kerry would have to resign his Senate seat after what many predict would be a relatively smooth confirmation process.

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Scammers Move In On The Newtown Tragedy

Posted: 12/20/2012 - Noah Pozner's relatives found out about one bogus solicitation when a friend received an email asking for money for the family. It gave details about Noah, his funeral and his family, directing people to send donations to an address in the Bronx, one that the Pozners had never heard of.

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At Benghazi Hearing, State Says "We Have To Do Better"

Posted: 12/20/2012 - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing with State Department Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides Thursday. An independent review panel said serious bureaucratic mismanagement was responsible for inadequate security at the mission in Benghazi, Libya,

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More Funerals Held Thursday for Newtown Victims

Posted: 12/20/2012 - In Newtown, the site of the shooting rampage, grim-faced mourners hurried through the packed parking lot of St. Rose of Lima Church to attend the funeral Mass for 6-year-old Catherine Hubbard, and six other victims in services held Thursday.

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Bernard Madoff's Brothers Lands 10-Year Sentence

Posted: 12/20/2012 - Peter Madoff was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for crimes committed in the shadow of his notorious sibling.. by a judge who said she disbelieved his claims that he did not know about the epic fraud.

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House GOP Pulls "Plan B" As Fiscal Cliff Looms

Posted: 12/20/2012 - House Speaker John Boehner pulled his "fiscal cliff" backup plan - the so-called "Plan B" bill - tonight after he realized he didn't have enough Republican votes to pass it.

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Apocalypse Predictions Mount, Tourists Seek Refuge

Posted: 12/20/2012 - Folklore followers are on edge this week, as we approach Friday Dec. 21, 2012, the day that -- according to prophecy based on the Mayan calendar -- the world will end.

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Suspects of Benghazi Attack Still On The Loose

Posted: 12/19/2012 - More than three months after the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, not a single person has been charged in connection with the assault.

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Study: Most Teens Think Occasional Weed Use OK

Posted: 12/19/2012 - Teenagers' perception of the dangers of marijuana has fallen to the lowest level in more than 20 years, a new study says, prompting federal researchers to warn that already high use of the drug could increase as more states move to legalize it.

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Mark Zuckerberg Donating $500 Million

Posted: 12/18/2012 - CEO Zuckerberg hatched Facebook in his Harvard dorm room in 2004, and now, 8 years later, he's sharing the wealth. And of course, his philanthropic decision was announced on his Facebook page.

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Democrats Nix Boehner's Short-Term Tax Fix

Posted: 12/18/2012 - Speaker Boehner offers higher tax rates on millionaires as a back-up plan. Boehner says Americans don't need more stress after the school shooting. But the White House says Boehner's plan "can't pass the Senate."

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Sandy Hook Elementary To Stay Closed Till January

Posted: 12/18/2012 - School won't start for Sandy Hook children until January, as the NRA says it is "prepared to offer meaningful contributions".. Investigators are so far unable to retrieve data from a computer taken from gunman Adam Lanza's home.

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Benghazi Probe Finds State Department Failures

Posted: 12/18/2012 - Independent inquiry into the attack on the consulate in Libya cites "management deficiencies" at high levels of the State Department. It concludes "there was no protest prior to the attacks" on September 11th of this year.

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