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‘Enough’, Says Giffords As She Launches Campaign For New Gun Laws

When children are gunned down in their classrooms, as happened last month in Newtown, Conn., it’s time to say “enough,” former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.,tells ABC News.

Gays Separated From Military Since Late ’04 To Get Full Discharge Pay

Gays who were forced to leave the U.S. military before 2011’s repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy were often given honorable discharges — but were only granted about half of the discharge pay that otherwise would have been due to them.

9 Faces For The $1 Trillion Platinum Coin

America is once more on a collision course with the debt ceiling, threatening the economy’s fragile recovery with an entirely avoidable crisis of Congress’ own making. But there may be a way to avoid the whole mess: President Obama can legally mint a commemorative coin worth $1 trillion to guarantee the nation’s creditworthiness. That creates its own crisis, however — namely, who do you put on the platinum coin? Fortunately, we rounded up some options.

Google Researcher Finds Most-Used English Words, Letters

“Etaoin srhldcu” may read like nonsense to most English speakers upon first blush, but as it turns out, the combination is quite significant. It represents, in order, the most used letters in the English language, according to a new surveyof 743 billion words conducted by Google’s head of research Peter Norvig.

FLASHBACK: GOP Senators Praised Chuck Hagel’s Statesmanship, Foreign Policy Expertise

As Republicans plan their opposition strategy on Chuck Hagel’s anticipated nomination as the next secretary of defense, Democrats are digging up and circulating examples of top GOP senators saying nice things about their former colleague in the past.

Australia wildfires rage as temperatures reach ‘catastrophic level

Firefighters battled scores of wildfires raging across south-east Australia on Tuesday as authorities evacuated national parks and warned that blistering temperatures and high winds had led to “catastrophic” conditions in some areas.

Analysis: Obama shows combativenesss entering second term but risks await

(Reuters) – Just two weeks before his second inauguration, President Barack Obama is acting as if he believes he has a big mandate for his next term. The latest sign: his decision to defy a concerted campaign against his choice for defense secretary.

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