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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Healthcare.gov sees an enrollment jump after repairs are made to the troubled website. Fast food workers across the country protest the federal minimum wage. And the Labor Department releases the November jobs report. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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Nelson Mandela, former South African president and global icon for peace, died Thursday at age 95. The panel discussed Mandela's influence on the United States, particularly the similarities between him and President Barack Obama. "Nelson Mandela was more than just an inspiration to South Africans or even to black Americans. I really think that he was an inspiration to all Americans. And not only for his forbearance and for his dignity, but also for his generosity of spirit," said Sheryl Gay Stolberg of The New York Times.

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At The Purple Pie Place, Where The Crusts Are Just Sweet Enough

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Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

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