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Swearing age-old oath, Obama steps into 2nd term
President Barack Obama was sworn in for four more years Sunday in a simple ceremony at the White House. The quiet moments were prelude to Monday's public inaugural events.
Militants: 35 hostages die in Algerian raid
Algerian forces raided a remote Sahara gas plant on Thursday in an attempt to free dozens of foreign hostages held by militants with ties to Mali's rebel Islamists, diplomats said. Islamic militants claimed that 35 hostages and 15 militants were killed after Algerian military helicopters strafed the area but said seven hostages survived.
House re-elects Boehner speaker
The House has re-elected embattled Republican John Boehner speaker.
White House meeting a last stab at a fiscal deal
President Barack Obama was preparing to present a limited fiscal proposal to congressional leaders at a White House meeting Friday, a make-or-break moment for negotiations to avoid across-the-board tax increases and deep spending cuts at the first of the year.
Syrian rebels step up siege of northern airbase
Syrian rebels stepped up their siege of a military base in north of the country Friday as government warplanes bombed surrounding areas to support the defenders, activists said.
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Grammys spread the love with 6 top nominees
The Grammy Awards celebrated the diversity of music as six different artists tied for lead nominee — Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and fun.
Carbon pollution up to 2 million pounds a second
The amount of heat-trapping pollution the world spewed rose again last year by 3 percent. So scientists say it's now unlikely that global warming can be limited to a couple of degrees, which is an international goal.
Prosecutors allege five women in general's sex crimes
U.S. Army prosecutors offered the first details of a rare criminal case against a general, alleging in a military hearing Monday he committed sex crimes against five women including four subordinates and a civilian.
Shelton takes CMA Awards entertainer of the year
It was couples night at the Country Music Association Awards as Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert capped an emotional evening with Shelton's first entertainer of the year award.
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