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Jon Stewart Will Leave 'The Daily Show' This Year

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Stewart let the news slip during a taping of his show today. Comedy Central said Stewart will remain at the helm of the influential satire show until "later this year."

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Proposed Law In Puerto Rico Would Fine Parents Of Obese Children

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Education officials would identify the children and parents would have six months to get them to lose weight. If they don't, after another six-month period, parents could face a hefty fine.

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Chelsea Manning To Be 'Guardian' Columnist

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The former Army intelligence analyst, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified information, will write for the newspaper's U.S. website. She won't be paid.

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Obama Supported Gay Marriage All Along, Says Obama's Former Political Adviser

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

In a new book, David Axelrod, a political strategist who helped Obama triumph in two presidential campaigns, said Obama opposed gay marriage for political expediency.

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White House Says There's At Least One Other American Hostage Held In Syria

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

White House spokesman Joshua Earnest would not say if the hostage was being held by the Islamic State, but he said that the U.S. was aware of at least one other American being held in Syria.

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Upcycling, Underground: Huge Bike Park Opens In Former Limestone Mine

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The owners of a Kentucky cavern say they've made the world's largest indoor bike park, with 320,000 square feet of riding. It just happens to be 100 feet below the surface.

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Family Confirms U.S. Hostage Kayla Mueller Dead

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

In a statement, her family said they had received information the 26-year-old was dead. Mueller, who was captured in August 2013, was a prisoner of the self-described Islamic State when she died.

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Senate Panel Approves Carter's Nomination As Defense Chief

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

In a vote that sends his nomination to the full Senate, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved Ashton Carter's bid to be the next secretary of defense Tuesday.

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Snowfall Obliterates Records In Boston: 'Another Winter Storm?!'

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Boston has had more than 72 inches of snow in the past 30 days, breaking a record set in 1978, the National Weather Service says.

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WATCH: A Robot That Just Won't Quit Even When It's Kicked

Monday, February 09, 2015

Boston Dynamics is known for making some scary looking robots. But its new creation, Spot, a four-legged creature that can take a kick, might be the scariest of all.

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Samsung's Privacy Policy Warns Customers Their Smart TVs Are Listening

Monday, February 09, 2015

Samsung warned its customers that their TVs are sending reports to third parties and that could include sensitive information spoken by the owners. The policy has drawn comparisons to Orwell's 1984.

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Supreme Court Won't Stop Gay Marriages In Alabama

Monday, February 09, 2015

The move sent the strongest signal to date that the justices are on the verge of legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

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HSBC Helped Clients Hide Millions, News Report Says

Monday, February 09, 2015

The Washington-based International Consortium of International Journalist's story was based on documents leaked in 2008. HSBC says it ended those practices starting that year.

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With New Rules In Place, Netflix Expands To Cuba

Monday, February 09, 2015

Starting today, Cubans with an Internet connection and access to international payment methods will have access to a wide array of movies and shows. There are huge hurdles, though.

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Madoff's Victims Are Repaid Another $355 Million, Trustee Says

Monday, February 09, 2015

More than half of the accounts with allowable claims against disgraced financier Bernard Madoff have now been fully repaid, according to the trustee handling recovery efforts.

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Alabama Courts Issue First Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples

Monday, February 09, 2015

Alabama became the 37th state to recognize same-sex marriage Monday, despite its chief justice saying that probate courts should not follow federal rulings on the issue.

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16 Years After Its Inception, 'GoreSat' Set For Launch

Sunday, February 08, 2015

In 1998, then-Vice President Gore proposed the satellite, which has since been repurposed for NOAA's needs.

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Legendary UNC Basketball Coach Dean Smith Dies At 83

Sunday, February 08, 2015

When he retired, Smith was the winningest coach in history, bringing the Tar Heels men's team to two national titles and ending his career with a 879-254 record.

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Leaders Plan For New Minsk Summit On Ukraine

Sunday, February 08, 2015

A revival of peace talks in the capital of Belarus is aimed at resuscitating a widely violated truce agreed there in September.

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NBC's Brian Williams To Temporarily Step Away From Anchor Desk

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The anchor, who apologized for misremembering that a helicopter he was traveling during the 2003 invasion of Iraq had been fired on, said he would return to hosting the Nightly News "in a few days."

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