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India-U.S. Row Over Diplomat's Arrest in New York Escalates

At issue is the arrest last week of India's deputy consul general in New York. She is accused of using false documents to get a work visa for her Manhattan housekeeper. India is calling her arrest "despicable and barbaric," and announced retaliatory steps against U.S. diplomats in the country.
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From 'Death Jars' To Wasps: A Quest To Stamp Out The Stink Bug

From coast to coast, the invasive insect is costing U.S. farmers millions in crop damage, and it has become a smelly nuisance for homeowners. But researchers say they may have found some low-tech solutions to the stink-bug menace.
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Medicare Names Best And Worst Hospitals For Joint Replacements

Among the thousands of hospitals in the U.S., Medicare has identified 95 where elderly patients were most likely to suffer significant setbacks and another 97 hospitals where patients tended to have the smoothest recoveries.
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Edward Snowden Seeks 'Permanent Political Asylum'

The former NSA contractor lives in Russia where he has temporary asylum until mid-2014. In an open letter to the people of Brazil, he says permanent political asylum would give him the ability to talk more freely. The Brazilian newspaper that published the letter says Snowden wants asylum in Brazil.
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Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt And KISS Are In The Rock Hall

Also in the 2014 class of inductees: Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel and Hall and Oates, Nominees who didn't make the cut included YES, Deep Purple and The Zombies.
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Seahawks Beat Giants And Surpise Chevy Dealer

The Seahawks 23-0 victory over the New York Giants is great news for Seattle. Except for the folks at Jet Chevrolet. The Seattle-area dealership pledged to give 12 people $35,000 apiece if the Seahawks shut out the Giants. The car guys never expected to pay up — but just in case, they insured the bet.
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Mass. Brothers Not Too Old To Pose With Santa

For the 29th straight year, Michael Gray, 34, and his younger brother Martin, 29, posed together with Santa. They say it makes their mom happy. She keeps a book of the photos at home.
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Bipartisan Budget Deal Passes Key Test In Senate

Tuesday's vote was not as close as some expected. Some Republicans joined with Democrats to move the plan forward. The two-year deal avoids any more government shutdowns until at least 2015.
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FAA To Soon Pick Sites For Commercial Drone Testing

Before the end of the year, the federal government will select six states where drone makers can test how to safely integrate the technology into commercial airspace. Nevada is vying for one of the spots. The FAA stamp of approval could lure big industry to high-end test sites. But smaller drone developers, who're focused on non-military applications, also see enormous opportunities.
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Remembering Ray Price, Voice Of The Nashville Sound

Country Music Hall of Fame singer Ray Price had a hand in changing the sound of country music not once but twice. He put honky-tonk on top of the charts and then helped make orchestras part of country music. He died Monday afternoon at age 87.

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