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Friday News Roundup - International

Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. Vice President Joe Biden urges restraint from China over an air space dispute. And former Ukraine presidents back ongoing protests over a rejected E.U. trade pact. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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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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Militants Launch Deadly Attack On Yemen's Defense Ministry

At least 20 people were killed in the violence, in which a gun battle followed a large explosion in Sanaa. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but several analysts have noted that it resembles the operations of al-Qaida.
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Report: Threat Of Mandatory Minimums Used To Coerce Guilty Pleas

And the study by Human Rights Watch finds that defendants who take their fate to a judge or jury face prison sentences on average 11 years longer than those who plead guilty.
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Dozens Of Whales Stranded In Everglades' Shallow Waters

Dozens of whales are stranded in shallow waters of the Everglades National Park.
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Telemundo's 'Highly Unusual' Resurrection of 'El Señor'

Telemundo announced that its telenovela El Señor de los Cielos (Lord of the Skies) will be back for an unheard of second season. This is a radical departure from traditional telenovelas, which have a clear beginning and a definitive ending.
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Military Protester Finds Skeptical Audience At Supreme Court

The First Amendment loomed large at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, as the justices considered a case testing the rights of protesters in public areas that are part of large military installations. But the justices seemed more comfortable focusing on property easement issues than big constitutional questions.
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Despite Detroit And Illinois Pension Deficits, Cities And States Aren't Bad Off

Public pensions are at risk in both Illinois and in the city of Detroit. In Illinois Tuesday the legislature passed a pension reform bill cutting benefits for retirees. And, also Tuesday, a federal judge gave Detroit the go ahead to slash is public pension and healthcare benefits. Are these examples models for other states and cities with huge budget problems? Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, told Robert Siegel that, in fact, Detroit's pension benefits were relatively well funded and were not the primary budget problem.
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Are Settlement With Banks Helping Homeowners?

Banks have granted tens of billions of dollars in mortgage relief through settlements, the latest being JPMorgan Chase, which agreed to provide an additional $4 billion for troubled homeowners. But housing counselors around the country say that not enough has changed, and that the settlements, while a good template, aren't what is making a difference in communities hard-hit by foreclosure.
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Getting Syria's Chemical Weapons Out Of Country Won't Be Not Easy

The deadline for Syria to be cleared of its chemical weapons stockpiles is fast approaching, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is in charge of destroying the arsenal, is laying out a plan to get the weapons out of the country so they can be neutralized on ships. Melissa Block talks with Julian Borger, The Guardian's diplomatic editor, about the plan, which he's called a "delicate and unprecedented operation."

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