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Michael Jordan shoes auctioned for $104K
2013-12-12: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Michael Jordan's shoes from the famous flu game of the 1997 NBA finals were sold for more than $100,000 in an online auction Thursday.
Lakers' Blake out six weeks with elbow injury
2013-12-12: Los Angeles (AFP) - Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Blake will miss at least six weeks after tearing a ligament in his right elbow, the NBA team said Thursday.
Swimmer nabs monster lobster off California coast
2013-12-12: HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Joseph Ali says onlookers thought he was drunk when he dove into the nighttime waters around a Southern California pier. But he came away with a monster of a lobster and the catch of a lifetime.
Boehner hits tea party groups as budget vote nears
2013-12-12: WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle-fatigued U.S. House moved toward passage Thursday of legislation to ease across-the-board spending cuts and prevent future government shutdowns after Speaker John Boehner unleashed a stinging attack on tea party-aligned conservative groups campaigning for the measure's defeat.
Ukraine opposition calls mass weekend rally as pressure mounts
2013-12-12: Ukraine's opposition called Thursday for a mass weekend rally, as pro-European demonstrators sought to increase the pressure on President Viktor Yanukovych following a failed police raid. 'We invite everyone to come to our rally at midday on Sunday,' said opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk, as protestors on Kiev's iconic Independence Square marked three weeks of demonstrations over the government's decision to reject a historic EU deal. Yanukovych remains under intense pressure after riot police Wednesday failed to shift thousands of demonstrators from Independence Square. Yanukovych's refusal to sign an integration deal with the EU has plunged the ex-Soviet country into its deepest political crisis in a decade.
Fawcett bling, Gene Kelly suit sell at auction
2013-12-12: DALLAS (AP) — Farrah's bling has fetched far more than Gene's wool fling.
Harry Rosenthal, AP reporter, dies at 86
2013-12-12: WASHINGTON (AP) — Harry F. Rosenthal, an Associated Press writer who covered America's golden age of space exploration, presidents back to Harry Truman and whatever caught his impish eye in the stuffy halls of power, has died. He was 86.
O'Neal lawyers rest case over portrait by Warhol
2013-12-12: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ryan O'Neal's attorneys on Thursday concluded their defense of the actor in a lawsuit aimed at making him relinquish an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett that he says he has owned since 1980.
As IPO market booms, Hilton shares jump in debut
2013-12-12: It's a suite day for Hilton investors.
North Korea executes leader's uncle as a traitor
2013-12-12: PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday announced the execution of Kim Jong Un's uncle, calling the leader's former mentor a traitor who tried to overthrow the state.
Lawmakers stall new Iran sanctions as US hits violators
2013-12-12: Washington on Thursday blacklisted a dozen overseas companies and individuals for evading sanctions on Iran, as US lawmakers were persuaded to hold off on new punitive measures against the country. The pair acknowledged more sanctions could "rupture" unity among global powers seeking to rein in Iran's suspect nuclear enrichment program. I support strong sanctions, and authored many of the US sanctions currently in place," said Senate banking committee chairman Tim Johnson, who has been in the spotlight over whether he would introduce a new sanctions regime this year, as several senators have sought. "But I agree that the administration’s request for a diplomatic pause is reasonable," Johnson told a hearing.
Report: Women face obstacles in federal work force
2013-12-12: WASHINGTON (AP) — Women in the federal workforce continue to face more obstacles than men in reaching top positions and salaries despite making strides over the years, according to a government report released Thursday.
US stocks fall for a third straight day
2013-12-12: The stock market fell to its lowest level in a month Thursday as investors worried that the end may be nearing for the Federal Reserve's support for the economy.
Yale describes black man's 1858 prison memoir
2013-12-12: NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University announced Thursday that research has determined an 1858 manuscript it acquired is the earliest known prison memoir written by an African-American.
Wis. man gets 145 years for child sex assaults
2013-12-12: RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A southeast Wisconsin man who made videos of himself sexually assaulting six young children has been sentenced to 145 years in prison.
NFL's turf gurus gird for historic Super Bowl
2013-12-12: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — It may qualify as a small irony that in the run-up to the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl, the people seemingly least threatened about the possibility of bad weather are the folks whose job is to protect the surface on which the game will be played.
Following revamp, Mega Millions hits $400M jackpot
2013-12-12: DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Outshined by Powerball's massive jackpots since Powerball doubled the cost of a ticket last year, Mega Millions enacted its own, very different, changes in October aimed at inflating its jackpots and luring those who only play when the pots get really big.
Navy investigator to plead guilty in fraud case
2013-12-12: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A senior Navy investigator plans to plead guilty to bribery charges tied to a massive scheme involving an Asian defense contractor accused of overbilling the Pentagon millions of dollars, his lawyer said Thursday.
Budget deal clears procedural hurdle in House
2013-12-12: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A two-year budget deal that replaces some severe, across-the-board spending cuts with more targeted government savings cleared a procedural hurdle in the House of Representatives on Thursday, with passage expected later in the day. The House approved the rules for debating the measure and will continue its debate on the bipartisan budget plan, with a vote on passage scheduled for later on Thursday. (Reporting By Richard Cowan; Editing by Sandra Maler)
Republican feud boils over in U.S. budget deal fight
2013-12-12: By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The bitter ideological feud tearing at the Republican Party boiled over on Thursday as the U.S. Congress considered a bipartisan budget deal with angry recriminations between the Republicans' top elected leader and the powerful conservative organizations that have been tormenting him for years. Republican House Speaker John Boehner said the outside groups had stepped over a line and 'lost credibility' in fighting the deal. The president of FreedomWorks, one of the Tea Party-oriented organizations attacked by Boehner, responded that conservatives have had it with 'old bulls' who 'miss the old ways of doing things' in Congress. The immediate spark for the exchange was an effort by the well-funded groups - the Club for Growth, Heritage Action and FreedomWorks - to undermine a bipartisan budget deal backed by the leadership of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, particularly Boehner.
Debate on plane phone calls moves on, gets bigger
2013-12-12: WASHINGTON (AP) — Just because it's safe to use cellphones on a plane, it doesn't mean that passengers should call just to say hello.
US moves ahead on plan to allow phone use in planes
2013-12-12: US regulators Thursday opened the door to allowing mobile phone use on airplanes -- an issue that has stirred howls of protest over the potential for disruption in the skies. The Federal Communication Commission's 3-2 vote came after chairman Tom Wheeler said the action would merely publish rules for public comment, and determine the technical feasibility of in-flight phone use.
S. Africa fails to explain hiring of fake signer
2013-12-12: JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial say he suffers from schizophrenia and hallucinated and saw angels while gesturing incoherently just 3 feet away from President Barack Obama and other world leaders, outraging deaf people worldwide who said his signs amounted to gibberish.
Family feud: Boehner takes on GOP critics on right
2013-12-12: WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of bitter friction within Republican circles, House Speaker John Boehner is lashing out against hard-line conservative and tea party groups — the latest GOP establishment figure to join the increasingly public battle roiling the party.
Fake signer at Mandela event says he hallucinated
2013-12-12: JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial says he suffers from schizophrenia and hallucinated and saw angels while gesturing incoherently just 3 feet away from President Barack Obama and other world leaders, outraging deaf people worldwide who said his signs amounted to gibberish.
Feds try to smooth bumpy health care transition
2013-12-12: WASHINGTON (AP) — Anticipating more health care disruptions, the Obama administration Thursday announced a batch of measures intended to help consumers avoid lapses in their care and coverage as the president's overhaul takes effect in January.
CDC: 221 sickened by synthetic pot in Colorado
2013-12-12: DENVER (AP) — Synthetic marijuana is believed to have sickened 221 people in Colorado during a monthlong outbreak this year, according to a federal report released Thursday.
UK firm involved in fatal crash grounds EC135 helicopter fleet
2013-12-12: By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - British-based air services company Bond Aviation said on Thursday it had suspended its global fleet of 38 EC135 helicopters following discovery of a technical fault in one. A Bond Aviation EC135 helicopter leased to the police dropped from the sky onto a pub in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 29, killing three crew and seven others. Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has so far found no evidence of engine or gearbox failure in that helicopter. A company spokeswoman said one of the helicopters made by the Eurocopter subsidiary of aerospace group EADS had experienced an 'indication defect' on Wednesday but declined to give more details of the incident.
Univ. of Texas board keeps Austin campus president
2013-12-12: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The chancellor of the University of Texas system says Austin campus president Bill Powers should keep his job, despite acknowledging a "strained" relationship between the two powerful education leaders.
U.S. Congress, CIA still feuding over interrogations and secret prisons
2013-12-12: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Intelligence Committee and Central Intelligence Agency still have major disagreements over a huge report the committee is trying to complete that is highly critical of harsh counter-terrorism practices such as 'waterboarding,' which the agency used under President George W. Bush.