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Obama Makes Boehner A New Offer

After meeting at the White House for 45 minutes on Monday, President Obama made House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) a new offer this evening, one that significantly bridges the gap between the two sides in hopes of reaching a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.

Large Hadron Collider Concludes 3 Year Run By Increasing Intensity

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, has completed its first three years worth of proton runs and won’t be doing any more until 2015, according to an announcement Monday from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the scientific body in charge of the device.

Coverage Rapid, And Often Wrong, In Tragedy’s Early Hours

Nearly everyone reported so many things wrong in the first 24 hours after the Sandy Hook shootings that it’s hard to single out any one news organization or reporter for criticism.

Sen. Inouye, A War Hero Who Broke Barriers, Dies At 88

Hawaii Democrat Daniel Inouye, the Senate’s senior member, died at a Bethesda, Md., hospital Monday. He was 88 years old and was suffering from a respiratory ailment. The Japanese-American was known for his heroism in World War II and for breaking racial barriers.

Apple request for US ban on Samsung smartphone sales rejected by judge

Apple has been dramatically rebuffed by a California judge after its request for a US sales ban on a number of Samsung smartphones was turned down in the California court where a jury awarded it $1.05bn (£635m) in damages for patent infringement in August.

Nasa crashes twin probes into moon

A pair of Nasa moon-mapping probes have smashed into a lunar mountain, ending a year-long mission that is shedding light on how the solar system formed.

Antarctic territory named for the Queen as monarch attends cabinet

The Queen has become the first monarch since 1781 and American war of independence to attend cabinet, where she sat in on a full-length discussion of the political and military situation in Afghanistan and advised ministers that the Queen’s speech next year should be shorter rather than longer.

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