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AP Wire
Dec 6, 2013

1. NELSON MANDELA DEAD AT 95

The man who overcame the crushing racial divide in South Africa reaches the end of a journey that took him from prison to the presidency and beyond.

2. DEATH MOURNED AROUND THE WORLD

People across the globe, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers speak out about the life and legacy of the former South African leader.

3. WHAT ECONOMISTS ARE WATCHING FOR

The November jobs report coming Friday will provide a strong signal whether the U.S. economy can maintain its momentum.

4. FAST-FOOD WORKERS TAKE TO THE STREETS

But their push for higher pay faces an uphill battle. The industry competes aggressively on being able to offer low-cost meals — and on keeping its own costs low.

5. WHERE SECTARIAN STRIFE IS TURNING DEADLY

Wielding rifles and machetes, Christian supporters of Central African Republic's exiled president descend on the capital, leaving scores dead in Muslim neighborhoods.

6. LIVING LAVISHLY BUT PLEADING POVERTY

The U.S. accuses dozens of Russian diplomats and their spouses of defrauding Medicaid.

7. WHY THE ROAD TO NEW BUDGET WON'T BE SMOOTH

Negotiators on Capitol Hill are trying hard to reach a deal, but demands from all sides are erecting obstacles.

8. A TRAGEDY PLAYED OUT ON TWITTER

A Washington woman who monitors police scanners tweets the news of a traffic fatality — then continues tweeting with growing anguish as she deduces that the victim was her husband.

9. IN THE BOSS'S OWN WORDS

Handwritten lyrics for Bruce Springsteen's 1975 hit "Born to Run" are auctioned for $197,000 in New York City.

10. NO CHARGES AGAINST FSU QUARTERBACK

There's not enough evidence to prosecute Jameis Winston, a leading Heisman candidate, in a sexual assault case, the Florida State Attorney says.

Comments

Vladtheimp

11. American Teacher Killed in Benghazi http://www.foxnews.com/world/201...

Did Someone Make Another YouTube Video?

12. Manny, Moe and Larry (What Were They Thinking?) http://weaselzippers.us/2013/12/...

Lanivan

This is funnier than the Onion! Maybe they should take in Mark Sanford, who supposedly sleeps on his office futon. On second thought, maybe not.

Lanivan

Tomorrow marks the 72nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor, the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on the US, and the beginning of the Pacific Theater of WWII, that lasted until the Japanese surrender on August 15, 1945, and in which 356,000 American service members died, were wounded, or were listed as missing.

Seems all this was precipitated by oil - "Few people realize that it was oil — the shortage of oil — that precipitated the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Tensions between the United States and Japan were rising throughout that fateful year. Having initiated a war with China (America’s ally) and occupied Indochina, Japan’s totalitarian government was intent on imposing its will on all of the people of East Asia.

In the summer of 1941, before leaving for Placentia Bay, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had ordered a freeze on Japanese assets. That measure required the Japanese to seek and obtain licenses to export and pay for each shipment of goods from the United States, including oil."

http://www.salon.com/2013/12/05/...

Barry Soetoro

The USS Arizona Memorial should be on every American's bucket list of places to visit. The emotional experience of standing on the memorial and trying to comprehend the events that took place there on December 7, 1941 is beyond description.

bigdeal

Home stomping grounds, Hawaii, eh Barry?

Barry Soetoro

Correct - you'll be interested to know I was leader of the Choom Choom Gang at Punahou High School!

Lanivan

Were you the Choomwagon driver?

rukidding

You and Obama, birds of a feather.

bigdeal

I read that somewhere recently...The choomvan, the race, the crash, Barry wandering aimlessly has an epiphany and the rest is history. At least what we know of it. Fill us in on the rest will you?

deuce liti

Lanivan, in addition to what you wrote, the US government bought the results from the terrible Japanese Experiment lab: Unit 731.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/U...

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