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Detroit Goes Dark After Major Power Outage

Much of downtown Detroit went dark on Tuesday after a power cable was cut, leaving the grid without sufficient electricity. Courts, schools, government offices closed up and hospitals and first responders used their generators to operate.
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Ashton Carter Said To Be Front-Runner For Defense Secretary Nomination

The White House is close to nominating someone to replace Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Several other top candidates withdrew their names from consideration in the past week.
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Ebola Knocked West African Countries Off Development Ladder

A working Ebola vaccine is still at least months away, and in the meantime, the epidemic is ravaging the economies of West Africa.
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Republicans Rally To Counter Obama's Immigration Action

President Obama's decision to shield millions of people in the country illegally from deportation got its first look on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, with Department of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson testifying before a House committee.
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Girl Scouts Bring Cookie Sales Online With Sites, App

Melissa Block talks with Kaeleigh Sturgeon at her high school in Robbinsville, N.J., about how she'll use the new "Digital Cookie App" when selling Girl Scout cookies.
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Silk Road Drug Market Was An Economic Experiment Gone Wrong

The man behind the online drug market Silk Road dreamed of setting up a utopian marketplace. But when his dream was threatened, the FBI says he did some terrible things to try and protect it.
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GOP Hopes To Use Spending Bill As Leverage Against Immigration Action

Congress hopes to be done for the holidays by the end of next week — which also happens to be the deadline for a new spending bill. The government will run out of money Dec. 11 if nothing is passed.
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Should We Rue Rob Portman's Decision Not To Run For President?

Why oh why, the question goes, aren't there more candidates like ... you know, that guy everybody likes ... what's his name ... Rob Portman?
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A #SadTree Lot: Your Photos Of The Charlie Browniest Trees

To mark 50 years of A Charlie Brown Christmas airing on American televisions, our readers are sharing photos and memories of Christmas trees that reflect the spirit of that TV classic.
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Apple's Success Continues Under Tim Cook, But Steve Jobs Still Looms Large

The company's market capitalization hit a record last month under Cook's leadership, nearing $700 billion. But by one measure, the legacy of Jobs still dominates.

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