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Ohio city's website to update community on rape case

An alleged rape case involving high school football players is dividing the small community of Steubenville, Ohio. Rumors, allegations of cover ups and a strong social media presence have made it difficult to sort fact from fiction in the case that attracted national attention after it was reported by the New York Times in mid-December. 

Chuck Hagel will likely be tapped as Defense Secretary next week

A nomination battle is brewing on Capitol Hill after multiple reports that Chuck Hagel, the former Republican Senator and Vietnam combat veteran, is expected to be nominated as Secretary of Defense by President Obama. According to the Los Angeles Times, the announcement could come as early as Monday even though White House officials said Friday afternoon that the president hadn’t yet formally offered the job to Hagel.

Vilsack: No farm bill could hurt entire economy

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is worried about more than just the looming 'fiscal cliff' deadline.  He also has the entire US agricultural industry to worry about. If Congress does not sign a new farm bill by January 1, the price of milk could double and send a ripple effect throughout the entire economy. 

Shell oil rig Kulluk recovered from stormy Alaska seas

Royal Dutch Shell said that the oil rig Kulluk, which was set adrift during a fierce storm, had been safely recovered from rough Alaska seas on Sunday, reports Bloomberg. 

Winter storm blamed for 3 deaths moves east

The storm spread blizzard conditions across several states and 34 tornadoes were reported in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama during the outbreak Tuesday.

Obama cuts vacation short to resume fiscal cliff talks

Congress will be back in session on Thursday to resume negotiations on a budget deal to avoid the package of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that are known as the 'fiscal cliff'.

NBC Meet the Press moderator investigated by DC police after displaying ammunition (VIDEO)

David Gregory, host of NBC's Meet the Press, is being investigated by Washington DC police after he held up an ammunition clip on television.

Ben Affleck says he won't run for US Senate in Massachusetts

“I love Massachusetts and our political process, but I am not running for office,” Affleck said on his page.
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Ben Affleck announced Monday that he would not run for the US Senate seat soon to be vacated by John Kerry. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)
Ben Affleck announced on his Facebook page yesterday that he would not be running for a US Senate seat in Massachusetts.
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Obama signals no fiscal cliff deal before Christmas (VIDEO)

President Obama signaled Friday that fiscal cliff negotiations would not be resolved before Christmas.
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