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Federal government ends extended jobless benefits

Posted: 12/28/2013 - The end of unemployment checks for more than a million jobless Americans has driven people to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions.

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Obama nudges Senate to extend jobless benefits

Updated: 12/28/2013 - President Barack Obama has told two senators proposing to extend expiring federal unemployment benefits that he plans to push Congress to do it quickly.

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Police: No beer led to ceramic squirrel stabbing

Posted: 12/27/2013 - South Carolina authorities say a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel.

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Iranian official calls for direct talks with US

Posted: 12/27/2013 - The top foreign adviser to Iran's supreme leader on Friday called for separate talks directly with the United States amid the multilateral negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.

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Oil prices edging up

Posted: 12/27/2013 - Oil prices gained nearly 3 percent last week as optimism about the U.S. economic recovery lifted expectations for the country's energy demand.

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3rd spacewalk in a week at space station

Posted: 12/27/2013 - Two Russian astronauts have begun a spacewalk to install cameras and perform other work on the International Space Station.

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Utility linemen brave cold, ice to restore power

Posted: 12/27/2013 - Utility crews, many working double shifts, are chipping away at power outages left by last week's ice storm in Michigan, New England and into eastern Canada.

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Obama signs bipartisan budget deal easing cuts

Posted: 12/26/2013 - President Barack Obama has signed a bipartisan budget bill easing automatic spending cuts over two years, marking a modest end to a challenging year for the White House and Congress.

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Health care divides some Republican Senate rivals

Posted: 12/25/2013 - Republican Senate candidates have to settle an intraparty fight over the problem-plagued federal health care law before they can use the new law to target Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.

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Francis delivers Christmas message

Updated: 12/25/2013 - Pope Francis is wishing for a better world, with peace for the land of Jesus' birth, for Syria and Africa, as well as for the dignity of migrants and refugees fleeing misery and conflict.

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Obama: Honor Christmas by helping those in need

Updated: 12/25/2013 - President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to embrace the spirit of Christmas by volunteering at a soup kitchen, buying gifts for kids in need, or organizing food and clothing drives.

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Pope's Christmas wish: hope for a better world

Posted: 12/25/2013 - Pope Francis is wishing for a better world, with peace for the land of Jesus' birth, for Syria and Africa, as well as for the dignity of migrants and refugees fleeing misery and conflict.

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More storm deaths, hundreds of thousands without power

Posted: 12/24/2013 - At least 14 deaths are now blamed on the ice and snow storm that rolled across parts of the central and northeastern United States and into Canada over the weekend. And more than 500,000 homes and businesses are still without power.

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