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House Approves Budget Deal; Compromise Heads To Senate

House Approves Budget Deal; Compromise Heads To SenateThe House has approved a bipartisan budget deal to cut around $23 billion from the federal deficit over 10 years while removing the threat of a possible government shutdown until 2015. A shutdown deadline had loomed for Jan. 15.

Regulators Approve Rule To Rein In Banks’ Risky Trades

Regulators Approve Rule To Rein In Banks’ Risky TradesThe Volcker rule, a centerpiece of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial law aimed at stopping some of the risky banking practices that contributed to the economic meltdown, was approved by five key regulators on Tuesday, clearing the way for its implementation.

Orc And Dagger: U.S. Reportedly Spied On Gamers Online

Orc And Dagger: U.S. Reportedly Spied On Gamers OnlineThe project involved spies creating identities in networks that include Second Life and World of Warcraft, according to the reports. Another arm of the work is said to have collected massive amounts of data from Microsoft's Xbox Live network and elsewhere.

Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey Among 16 Honored At White House

Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey Among 16 Honored At White HouseA former president, a baseball legend, a country music star and a woman who's a powerhouse in American media were among 16 people honored Wednesday at the White House with the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

U.S. Soldier Accused Of Murder In Deaths Of Deaf Iraqi Boys

U.S. Soldier Accused Of Murder In Deaths Of Deaf Iraqi BoysA U.S. Army sergeant who in 2007 allegedly shot and killed two unarmed deaf Iraqi boys who had no known ties to the insurgents then battling American forces, has now been charged with two counts of premeditated murder.

Report: NSA Has Broken Into Google And Yahoo Data Centers

Report: NSA Has Broken Into Google And Yahoo Data Centers"The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world," The Washington Post reported at midday Wednesday.

Big Papi, Worst-To-First, 1918: Your World Series Must-Knows

Big Papi, Worst-To-First, 1918: Your World Series Must-KnowsWith the headline out of the way, here's a cheat sheet for those of us who need to be ready with something to say about this year's Fall Classic.

WATCH: Surfers Ride Towering Waves In Portugal

WATCH: Surfers Ride Towering Waves In PortugalAs a massive storm brings hurricane force winds through Western Europe, surfers in Nazaré, Portugal were taking advantage of monster waves, triggering rumors of record-breaking rides.

Scott Carpenter, Second American To Orbit Earth, Dies

Scott Carpenter, Second American To Orbit Earth, DiesScott Carpenter, the fourth American astronaut to fly in space and the second to orbit Earth, died on Thursday, a NASA official tells NPR.

Obama: ‘Stop The Excuses. Let’s Take A Vote’

Obama: ‘Stop The Excuses. Let’s Take A Vote’In a press conference that lasted more than an hour, President Obama said he was willing to talk about anything, as long as Republicans reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, even if its for a short period of time.