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Bolivian Skull Ceremony Blends Ancient Rite With Catholicism

Friday, November 08, 2013

The skulls, often collected from abandoned cemeteries, are blessed at chapel each year and revered as objects of devotion.

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Which Is It? Hurricane, Typhoon Or Tropical Cyclone?

Friday, November 08, 2013

When it comes to what you call a particular tropical cyclone, it's really a matter of location, location, location.

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Astronomers Find Bizarre 'Lawn Sprinkler' Asteroid

Friday, November 08, 2013

P/2013 P5, with six comet-like jets, was first spotted using the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii, and then seen in more detail by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Toronto Mayor Advised To 'Go Away For A Couple Of Weeks'

Friday, November 08, 2013

Rob Ford has admitted to smoking crack and to being drunk when he went on a profanity-laced rant. His brother said Friday that the mayor needs to take a break, and Ford's lawyer said his client may seek treatment for substance abuse.

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Poet Pablo Neruda Was Not Poisoned, Officials In Chile Say

Friday, November 08, 2013

It was prostate cancer, not an assassin's poison, that killed the famous Chilean poet, officials announced Friday. The Nobel laureate's body was exhumed this spring to investigate claims that he was murdered at age 69 in 1973.

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Palestinian Investigator: Israel Is 'Only Suspect' In Arafat's Death

Friday, November 08, 2013

The comments come on the heels of separate reports by Swiss and Russian scientists that purportedly found elevated levels of polonium in and around the late Palestinian leader's remains. But the investigator refused to say whether he believed Arafat died from polonium poisoning. Israel has denied any involvement.

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Snowden Reportedly Used Others' Login Info To Get Secret Data

Friday, November 08, 2013

Some of the classified data leaked by Edward Snowden was acquired using the credentials of his NSA colleagues — including people with higher security clearance than the former spy agency contractor, according to Reuters. As many as 25 people may have been duped, the news agency says.

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'60 Minutes' Apologizes For Benghazi Report: 'We Were Wrong'

Friday, November 08, 2013

A man 60 Minutes said had been on the scene of the September 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, gave different accounts to his employer and to the FBI. He told them he had not been a witness to the attack. Now, the news show says it was wrong to put him on the air.

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One Woman's Quest to Recover Her Family's Artwork Stolen by the Nazis

Friday, November 08, 2013

A close friend of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, art dealer Paul Rosenberg once dominated Paris's art scene. Nazi forces confiscated much of Rosenberg's collection, at least 400 artworks worth millions of dollars. Marianne Rosenberg, Paul's granddaughter and Alexandre's son, continues her family's quest to recover their stolen art. This week, Marianne confirmed that one of her family's Matisse paintings was in the trove of Nazi-confiscated art recently discovered in Munich. 

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Strongest Cyclone Ever? Typhoon Haiyan Slams Philippines

Friday, November 08, 2013

The storm was packing some of the strongest winds ever recorded for a tropical cyclone when it hit the islands. Only a few deaths have been reported so far; however, the toll is expected to rise. It's now headed toward Vietnam. Landfall there is expected Sunday.

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Hopes Rising For 'First Step' At Nuclear Talks With Iran

Friday, November 08, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry is joining the talks in Geneva, boosting expectations about a preliminary agreement. A deal might include some sanctions relief for Iran in exchange for it agreeing to suspend efforts to enrich uranium.

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He's 'Extremely Inebriated' In New Video, Toronto Mayor Says

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Mayor Rob Ford has now admitted that he smoked crack in a drunken stupor and that he was drunk when he was videotaped threatening to kill someone. He's still saying he won't resign.

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'Off The Charts' Super Typhoon Haiyan Hits Philippines

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Weather experts say the Pacific storm Haiyan, which is pounding the Philippines, could be the strongest ever to make landfall in recorded history, with maximum sustained winds estimated at 195 mph.

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Senate Considers Extending Americans with Disabilities Act

Thursday, November 07, 2013

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is considering extending the Americans with Disabilities Act to help bolster international support for disability rights. Judith E. Heumann, the Special Adviser for International Disability Rights at the U.S. State Department, joins The Takeaway to explains why some Republicans are opposed to a United Nations disabilities treaty being considered by the Senate.

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CIA Pays AT&T For Data On International Calls, 'Times' Says

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Government officials tell The New York Times that the phone company searches its records for international calls that may help identify foreign terrorists. In the process, the Times says, data about some calls made by U.S. citizens may also be collected.

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Al-Qaida Group Says It Killed French Journalists In Mali

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

An online statement attributed to al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb says the pair from Radio France Internationale were killed in response to French troops operating in Mali.

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Another Election?! Relax, This One's To Name A Baby Panda

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The Smithsonian's National Zoo has proposed five possible names for the female cub born this summer. Voting is already underway.

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Tests 'Moderately Support' Case That Arafat Was Poisoned

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Swiss scientists have been studying samples taken from the former Palestinian leader's remains. He died in 2004 at the age of 75.

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Toronto Mayor: 'Yes, I Have Smoked Crack Cocaine'

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Rob Ford said it happened during the past year, perhaps during a "drunken stupor." Over the weekend, the embattled politician apologized but vowed to continue on as mayor.

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Developing Super-Typhoon Aims For The Philippines

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan is expected to make landfall in the central Philippines on Friday, with winds of 150 mph. Forecasters are calling it potentially the western Pacific's most dangerous storm this year.

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