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Wednesday's Top 6 News Stories

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:53am
From the aftermath of the attack against Pakistani schoolchildren to the front-runners of the 2016 presidential race, see the stories we're following.

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Obama on Race: I've Been Mistaken for a Valet

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:41am
Another time, the first lady said, the president was mistaken for a waiter at a black-tie dinner.

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Theaters Pull Sony's 'The Interview' After Hacker Threat

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:22am
Some theaters pulled Sony's controversial movie 'The Interview,' following a threat of violence from hackers against movie theaters that show it.

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'I Was Shocked': Pot-Smoking Santa Sparks Uproar

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:16am
A Southern California medical marijuana dispensary has agreed to remove its painting of a pot-smoking Santa after community outrage.

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Mom's Boyfriend Charged With Beating Baby to Death

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:12am
Police said the baby's mother left Perez in the care of her boyfriend, 21-year-old Melvin E. Melendez on Dec. 10.

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A Dad's Hell: NBC Reporter's Kids Were Inside Attack

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:02am
Mushtaq Yusufzai was among the parents who thronged to the military school in Peshawar after news of the Taliban attack broke.

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Meet the Church of England's Sax-Playing First Woman Bishop

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:45am
The Church of England appointed its first female bishop Wednesday, ending centuries of male-only tradition.
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Iran Says It Requested Sydney Gunman's Extradition

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 7:08am
Man Haron Monis, a 50-year-old born in Iran, took 17 people hostage inside a downtown Sydney cafe on Monday.

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School Slaughter: A Glimpse Inside the Scene of a Massacre

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:40am
NBC News was the first U.S. television crew to film inside the Peshawar school were Taliban militants killed more than 140 people — mostly children.

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Underwater Hunt For Missing Jet Might Be Over by May

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:11am
The underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may be finished by May, authorities said Wednesday.

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83-Year-Old Sydney Hostage Tells of Siege Ordeal

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:23am
83-year-old John O'Brien was one of the first people to escape from the Lindt cafe. He described his ordeal as he read from a prepared statement.
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'I'm Immune': Doctor Heads Back Into Ebola Hotzone

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:52am
Doctors have said he's now effectively immune to Ebola, which has no vaccine.

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Hostage-Taker Was Dropped From Terror Watch List

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:53am
A gunman responsible for a deadly siege in Sydney cafe was once on the national security agency's watch list — but was dropped off it years ago.

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Majority of Americans Now Say Race Relations in U.S. Are Bad

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:01am
Nearly a quarter - 23 percent - classified the current state of the country's racial issues as "very bad."

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Hillary Clinton Early Leader in Presidential Race: Poll

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:01am
Call Hillary Clinton the early presidential frontrunner - but barely.
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Obama Signs $1.1 Trillion 'Cromnibus' Spending Bill

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:19pm
President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed the $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last week that lifted the threat of a government shutdown.

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L.A. DA Won't Charge Cosby in Alleged '74 Sex Assault

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:11pm
Prosecutors say woman's accusation that she was molested by the comic 40 years ago at the Playboy Mansion can't be "revived" under U.S. Constitution.

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Children's Cartoons Are Rife With Death and Murder: Study

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:39pm
The significant characters in kids' animated films are 2.5 times more likely to die than those in adult dramas, researchers found
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Most U.S. Doctors Now Support Assisted Suicide

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:10pm
For the first time, most U.S. doctors favor assisted suicide, backing the rights of terminal patients to seek "a dignified death," a new poll finds.
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Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Wins at Rock-Paper-Scissors

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:02pm
A paralyzed woman ends a two-year project learning to control a robotic arm with thought alone by beating her brother at a playground favorite.
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