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Illinois Claws At Mountain Of Unfunded Pension Liability

The state has the largest pension-fund shortfall in the nation, with about $96 billion of liability. Lawmakers are running up against a tight deadline: A new Legislature will be sworn in next week. State employees swarmed the Capitol this week to protest the underfunding of their pensions, as well as pending legislation on the issue.
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Diminishing Prospects For The Long-Term Unemployed

Friday's jobs report showed moderate growth, but much remains the same for people who have been out of work for months. As the job market itself changes, some of the longer-term unemployed can be among the last to get hired because of a real or perceived lack of skills.
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Tsunami Warnings Canceled For Alaskan Coast After Quake

The magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit late Friday night, but warnings were canceled after it appeared the tsunami no longer posed a threat.
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Rape Case Shakes Ohio Town, Fueled By Social Media And Anger

Ohio's attorney general says he has taken over the case of a teenage girl who was allegedly raped by two high school football players last summer. The case attracted national attention after photos and a video, allegedly from the night in question, were posted on the Internet.
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Obama Expected To Nominate Former Sen. Hagel For Top Pentagon Post

Chuck Hagel, the Republican from Nebraska, is likely to support a more rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
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Former Prisoner Secures His Freedom By Admitting To A Felony

Ernie Lopez, whose conviction of sexually assaulting a 6-month-old girl was thrown out, accepted a plea deal in Amarillo, Texas, on Friday, in a move that avoids another trial. Lopez had served nine years in prison.
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Obama (Officially) Wins! Electoral College Votes Tallied Before Congress

On Friday, it was confirmed that President Obama won the election with 332 electoral votes tallied in his column. Of course this is old news. But the formal count mandated by the Constitution took place before a joint session of Congress, heavy on ceremony and light on attendance.

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