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Top Stories: CIA Nomination; Aurora Shooting Hearing; Football

Good morning.

Our first two headlines of the day were on news that broke this morning:

-- Counterterrorism Adviser Brennan To Be Tapped For CIA.

-- Bank Of America To Pay Fannie Mae $3.6B, Buy Back $6.75B In Mortgages.

Other stories making headlines:

-- "Prosecutors To Outline Evidence" In Colorado Theater Shooting. (The Associated Press)

-- Oil Rig That Ran Aground Off Alaska Is Refloated, Being Towed To Shelter. (NPR's Jeff Brady, on the NPR Newscast)

-- "Syrian Opposition Rejects Assad's Peace Plan." (Al-Jazeera)

-- Google Chairman Schmidt And Former U.N. Ambassador Richardson Visit North Korea. (Morning Edition)

-- Notre Dame, Alabama Meet In Football Championship; Game Will Likely Be "Won In The Trenches." (Morning Edition)

-- NHL Players, Owners Reach Tentative Agreement; Season Could Start Soon. (NHL.com)

-- Houston, Baltimore, Seattle And Green Bay Advance In NFL Playoffs. (NFL.com)

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