Quote of the day.
“By making death and producing tragedy, you sought to extinguish the beauty of life, to diminish potential, to strain love and to cancel ideas. You tried to create for all of us a world as dark and evil as your own. But remember it always: You failed.” Mark Kelly, as he and his wife, former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, faced at his sentencing the man who shot her and 18 others nearly two years ago.
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1. Justin Welby named as next Archbishop of Canterbury.
The next Archbishop of Canterbury has set out his support for the ordination of women bishops, as his appointment was officially confirmed. The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Justin Welby, 56, said his appointment was "astonishing and exciting."
2. Obama approaches ''fiscal cliff'' days after victory.
Newly re-elected President Barack Obama will use a White House appearance to set the tone for upcoming talks with congressional Republicans on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff.
3. With Obama re-elected, states scramble over health law.
After nearly three years of legal and political threats that kept President Obama’s health care law in a constant state of uncertainty, his re-election on Tuesday all but guarantees that the historic legislation will survive.
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4. Can Rubio save GOP on immigration?
This is indisputably Rubio’s moment, and how the 41-year-old senator and the most prominent Latino in national politics today carries his party’s demographic burden will define not only his own future — but the future of the Republican Party.
5. Gas rationing expands as Sandy, Nor''easter effects linger.New York City drivers will wake up on Friday to the first widespread gas rationing since the fuel crisis of the 1970s, as the U.S. Northeast struggles to recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy and a subsequent snowstorm.
6. Senators mull tougher Iran sanctions.
Lawmakers are working on a set of new and unprecedented Iran sanctions that could prevent the Islamic republic from doing business with most of the world until it agrees to international constraints on its nuclear program.
7. U.S. says Iran fired on military drone in first such attack.
Iranian warplanes shot at an American military surveillance drone flying over the Persian Gulf near Iran last week, Pentagon officials disclosed Thursday. They said that the aircraft, a Predator drone, was flying in international airspace and was not hit and that the episode had prompted a strong protest to the Iranian government.
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8. U.N. warns of rising humanitarian need in Syria.
The United Nations has said that if the conflict in Syria continues at its current pace the number of people requiring humanitarian assistance within the country would rise by 1.5 million by early next year.
9. Mass protest fills downtown Buenos Aires.
Angered by rising inflation, violent crime, and high-profile corruption, and worried that President Cristina Fernandez will try to hold onto power indefinitely by ending constitutional term limits, the protesters marched on an iconic obelisk in the city, chanting: "We''re not afraid."
10. Climate change ''likely to be more severe than some models predict.''
Climate change is likely to be more severe than some models have implied, according to a new study which ratchets up the possible temperature rises and subsequent climatic impacts.