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In Iowa, All Eyes On Republican Hopefuls

Iowa voters will go to local caucus meetings on Jan. 3 in the first round of the presidential nominating process. In the Republican race, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul lead the polls, but it's unclear whether there will be a big winner in Iowa, Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving tells Robert Siegel.
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Endangered Turtle Survives Trans-Atlantic Journey

The Kemp's ridley sea turtle, which hopped a ride aboard floating seaweed, made the 4,600 mile journey from the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of Portugal in 2008. Nicknamed Johnny Vasco de Gama, after the Portugese explorer, the now-rehabilitated turtle will be reintroduced into Gulf waters Tuesday.
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Injured In Battle, Libyans Recuperate In U.S. Hospital

The former rebels say they're getting a sense of American life in Massachusetts. After months of tense checkpoints in Libya, one says he's surprised he never has to show identification except for buying cigarettes. And a doctor who's treating them wonders what he'd do if asked to pick up arms against a dictator.
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Gingrich Ballot Stumble In Virginia Could Be Sign Of Delegate Fight Ahead

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Newt Gingrich's campaign likened his failure to make the Virginia ballot to Pearl Harbor and vowed to find "alternate methods" to compete for the state's 49 delegates.

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Silent For A Night (Or Two) In Iowa, Candidates Keep Pace In Ads

If Iowans feel they've been bombarded by political ads in recent weeks, that's nothing compared to what the next eight days will be like. With the caucuses only a week from Tuesday, the ad wars are changing gears for the final stretch.
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NBA Commissioner Turns Boos Into Cheers

NBA Commissioner David Stern visited Dallas to start the lockout-shortened season on Christmas Day. The Mavericks were raising their banner from last season's championship. But when Stern spoke, people booed. The lockout wasn't popular, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban didn't like the settlement. Stern won over the home crowd though, praising Cuban and turning boos to cheers.
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Santa Trackers Set Record On Christmas Eve

The North American Aerospace Defense Command keeps an eye on Saint Nick's progress from an Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. NORAD volunteers in elf hats fielded more than 100,000 calls from kids checking on Santa.

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