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AP Wire
Dec 9, 2013

1. SOUTH AFRICA'S EXTENDED FAREWELL TO MANDELA

The civil-rights campaigner's life is being memorialized in old bedrocks of resistance to white domination as well as former bastions of loyalty to apartheid. World leaders will gather Tuesday for a service in Johannesburg.

2. SENATE DEMOCRATS PUSH OBAMA NOMINEES

Democrats are ready to muscle through the president's choices for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs, but Republicans retain enough power to slow the appointments.

3. STORM TURNS NFL STADIUMS INTO WINTER WONDERLANDS

The snow fell so heavily in Philadelphia that yard markers at Lincoln Financial Field — where the Eagles beat the Lions — were completely obscured. The weather canceled some 2,000 flights nationwide.

4. 'WE NEED TO COMPLETELY CHANGE THOSE IN POWER'

Protester Kostyantyn Meselyuk echoes the desires of hundreds of thousands of other demonstrators in Ukraine who flooded the center of Kiev to demand President Viktor Yanukovych's ouster.

5. THAI PM DISSOLVES PARLIAMENT

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra also calls for elections in an attempt to calm the country's deepening political crisis as anti-government protesters vow to keep up pressure.

6. WHO ELSE IS FEELING LEFT OUT OF OBAMACARE

Some insurers and insurance agents are calling on the White House to allow them to bypass healthcare.gov and enroll consumers directly amid growing complaints about problems with enrollment information generated from the website.

7. FOLLOWING 47 CLOSURES, CHICAGO SCHOOLS IN TRANSITION

Some teachers and parents complain that overcrowding in the remaining schools is making the moves difficult.

8. KENNEDY HONORS FOR BILLY JOEL, SANTANA

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine also receive the nation's highest award for arts and culture.

9. WHAT'S STANDING IN WAY OF NEW BRAVES BALLPARK

The Atlanta Tea Party is blasting a deal for some $400 million in public money to put the big-league team into a new stadium in the suburbs.

10. FLORIDA ST-AUBURN TITLE GAME TO USHER OUT BCS ERA

The Seminoles and the Tigers will meet in the final BCS championship game on Jan. 6.

Comments

Vladtheimp

#6. Another ObamaCare Lie: Protecting Those With Pre-Existing Conditi http://news.investors.com/ibd-ed...

#6. No, You Can't Keep Your Drugs Either Under Obamacare http://www.forbes.com/sites/scot...

Lanivan

#6 Another Obamacare lie: "I believe that President Obama and the Democratically controlled Congress passed Obamacare with the full intent it would fail during implementation. They would then be able to implement a full government single-payer system, which is what they wanted from the start."

Who told this lie? Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, yes - the same Sen. Orrin Hatch who co-sponsored and promoted in 1993, along with a group of 19 other Republicans, a similar health care bill that required, among other things, that every US citizen buy insurance - an individual mandate.

When Senator Hatch co-sponsored and promoted a similar health care bill in 1993, do you suppose he was hoping it would fail, giving him a plum opportunity to pass go and move into a single-payer system?

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