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U.S. Strikes Have Killed 1,100 ISIS Fighters and Cost $1 Billion

Wed, 2014-12-24 09:27

Spending exceeds $8 million per day. Operation Inherent Resolve, as the U.S.-led operation against the Islamic State is known, is getting its own inspector general to oversee government costs.

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China's Fierce Anti-Corruption Crackdown: An Insider's View

Wed, 2014-12-24 08:51

China's president has pushed hard to combat corruption. But he's meeting resistance from some bureaucrats who say their incomes have fallen because bribes are less common.

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Sony To Stream 'The Interview' On YouTube, Other Sites Starting Today

Wed, 2014-12-24 08:09

The studio said the comedy will also be available to rent on Google Play Microsoft's Xbox Video and a dedicated website at a price of $5.99. It's also being shown in more than 200 theaters.

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Son's Death 'Doesn't Make Any Sense,' Say Antonio Martin's Parents

Wed, 2014-12-24 08:08

Toni Martin-Green came forward last night to say it was her son who had been shot and killed in Berkeley, Missouri. Today, she says, "I am trying to remain calm."

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Contractor Freed By Cuba Will Get $3.2M From U.S.

Wed, 2014-12-24 07:23

A USAID official confirmed the payment to Alan Gross, who spent five years in a Cuban prison. It's part of a settlement with the Maryland-based company for which he worked at the time of his arrest.

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A Very Native American Christmas

Wed, 2014-12-24 07:11

For some Native Americans, Christmas has been a time for decorated trees, Santa Claus and lots of old traditions.

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Teacher Wins $150,000 Prize — And Donates It All To Her School

Wed, 2014-12-24 05:54

Nikki Bollerman recently won a contest that gave books to her students. The third grade teacher, 26, decided the cash that came with it should also go to her school.

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25 Years After Death, A Dictator Still Casts A Shadow In Romania

Wed, 2014-12-24 05:44

Nicolae Ceausescu ruled with an iron fist for 25 years until he was overthrown and executed on Christmas Day in 1989. A quarter-century after his ouster, the country is still dealing with his legacy.

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New Blood Donation Rules Would Still Exclude Many Gay Men

Wed, 2014-12-24 05:33

The FDA recommends overturning a lifetime ban on blood donations by men who have sex with men. It's the right solution, but it still won't help me donate.

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Turkey's President And His 1,100-Room 'White Palace'

Wed, 2014-12-24 05:23

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the massive presidential complex is a symbol of Turkey's growing importance. But as one opposition politician puts it: Only dictators want to live in palaces.

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An Update On For-Profit Colleges

Wed, 2014-12-24 04:08

New regulations and new complaints for a troubled sector; a new owner for a troubled college.

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Former President George H.W. Bush Taken To Hospital

Wed, 2014-12-24 04:05

Former President George H.W. Bush, 90, is being kept at Houston Methodist Hospital for observation, his staff says.

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Jordanian Pilot Captured By Islamic State Militants

Wed, 2014-12-24 03:42

The Jordanian military confirmed the pilot was seized by the group. It said his aircraft had crashed, but the militants say they shot the plane down.

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Police Kill Young Man In St. Louis Area, Sparking New Anger

Wed, 2014-12-24 03:40

An man who was reportedly armed was shot and killed outside a gas station in a St. Louis suburb that's just two miles west of Ferguson. Police say the incident was captured on video.

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Guyanese Christmas Gives A Whole New Meaning To Slow Food

Wed, 2014-12-24 02:33

Two classic Christmas dishes beloved by the people of Guyana are pepperpot and garlic pork. To get the flavors just right, you have to cook them and let them sit out for weeks.

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Obama Administration Downplays Court Challenge To Health Law

Tue, 2014-12-23 23:25

With this year's enrollment in Obamacare brisk, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says she's not worried that the U.S. Supreme Court may yet overturn a key provision of the law.

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Deford: It's Hard To Write A Christmas Story About Sport

Tue, 2014-12-23 23:24

Linking sports and the Christmas spirit is a true challenge, says commentator Frank Deford. "The idea of sports is to beat the other fellow," he says, "while the idea of Christmas is to be giving."

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Christmas In Liberia: Ebola Fears, No Snow, Holiday Spirit

Tue, 2014-12-23 23:23

The deadly virus has cast a shadow over the country. Nonetheless, many Liberians are determined to have a happy Christmas and a hopeful new year.

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For Syria's President, The Year Ends Better Than It Began

Tue, 2014-12-23 23:22

Syria's civil war is still raging with no end in sight. But Bashar Assad remains entrenched in Damascus and many argue his position improved over the year as the U.S. began bombing the Islamic State.

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The Year In Air Travel: Packed Planes And More Perks — For A Price

Tue, 2014-12-23 23:20

Commercial airlines earned nearly $20 billion in profits this year. They're using the cash to buy new planes, update facilities and add amenities — but not all of those new comforts will be free.

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