Mourning Madiba: South Africans Say Goodbye to Nelson Mandela


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In the days since Nelson Mandela died, Johannesburg, South Africa, has been shrouded with rain clouds. According to some African cultures, the rain is a sign of an esteemed elder passing away and being welcomed into the afterlife by his departed ancestors.

On Dec. 10, thousands of rain-soaked South Africans gathered at FNB Stadium, where they danced and sang, cried and celebrated Nelson Mandela’s legacy. The following day, as Mandela’s body was taken to the Union Buildings–the seat of government in Pretoria–the sun shown brightly through the clouds as thousands lined the streets to say farewell to the anti-apartheid leader.

Mandela’s body will lie in state for three days before being taken to his birthplace, the village of Qunu, where he will be buried.

MORE: South Africa’s Memorial Service for Mandela

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President Obama Gets Into the Christmas Spirit By Singing Jingle Bells


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At last, President Obama has found a way to fend off the second-term blues: by singing Christmas songs.

Well, kind of. The popular YouTube channel Baracksdubs has carefully spliced together bits and pieces of Obama’s speeches to create the illusion of the commander in chief singing a spirited rendition of Jingle Bells. So no, he didn’t actually sing it for real. Or at least, not that we know of.

The real question here, though: why has the POTUS had the opportunity to say the word “jingle” in not one but two public addresses?

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Russia Adopts Symbol of its Currency, the Ruble


U.S. and U.K. Cut Military Aid to Syria Rebels


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The United States and the U.K. have suspended supplies of non-lethal military aid to rebels in northern Syria, citing concerns that the equipment could end up in the hands of al-Qaeda-linked fighters, officials said Wednesday.

An American official told the Associated Press that the U.S. would stop providing supplies like night vision goggles and communications equipment, after ultraconservative opposition fighters seized a base from the more moderate, Western-backed groups amid ongoing infighting.

The suspension does not affect humanitarian aid, and the U.S. will continue to supply rebels in the south of Syria with non-lethal aid via Jordan.

The infighting among rebel groups in Syria’s northern region has threatened to unravel the battle against President Bashar Assad and has alienated Western supporters wary of supplying Islamists fighters. On Friday, the Islamic Front — a rebel alliance of groups that seek an Islamic state but insist they are not linked to al-Qaeda…

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Police Searching For Thief Who Stole Truck with $120K of Candy Bars Should Really Check Dentist’s Office


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There are some crimes that seem kind of not worth it. Like that thief in Vienna who mowed a farmer’s massive lawn in order to steal what the AP described as “huge amounts of grass.”

Then there’s the  person that stole a truck that was filled with $120,000 of Hershey’s chocolate and you’re like, yeah I get that.

Police are still investigating.

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American Airlines and U.S. Airways merge


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Watch CNN’s exclusive interview with American Airlines CEO, Doug Parker to discuss the upcoming merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways which will make it the largest airline in the world.

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Man Alleging Police Torture Released From Prison


Hunger Is Rising Across U.S., Say City Leaders


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Hunger is on the rise in major cities across the United States, according to a new survey released Wednesday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

In the survey of mayors in 25 major American cities, 83 percent said requests for emergency food aid had increased over last year while budgets for emergency food purchases increased by less than one percent. Across all 25 cities, 21 percent of those applying for assistance did not receive it.

Causes of hunger cited in the survey were, in order: Unemployment, low wages, poverty and high housing costs. Among people requesting food aid, according to the survey, 43 percent were employed, 58 percent were in families, 21 percent were elderly, and 9 percent were homeless.

The survey comes while Congress mulls cutting SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps, in negotiations over the farm bill.

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Man Allegedly Killed Both Wife with Dementia and Sister in Vegetative State


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A 60-year-old California man allegedly shot and killed his wife, who suffered from dementia, along with his sister, 58, who was in a vegetative state, LA Police said Wednesday.

The man, whose name wasn’t available, is alleged to have killed his wife in Santa Clarita before traveling to a Los Angeles nursing home where he killed his sister — who had been in a vegetative state for five years following a heart attack — with one shot to the head, the Los Angeles Times reports.  Authorities say he then put down his gun and waited for the police to arrive.

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Prosecutors Won’t Charge Zimmerman in Domestic Abuse 1


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Florida officials said Wednesday they will not prosecute George Zimmerman on domestic violence charges related to a Nov. 18 incident, a day after his girlfriend changed her story and released a statement saying, “I want to be with George.”

Zimmerman, who was acquitted earlier this year in the high-profile shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was arrested Nov. 18 after girlfriend Samantha Schiebe frantically called 911 on Nov. 18 and said he was “breaking all my stuff” and had a gun. He faced charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief, with a maximum of five years in prison.

On Wednesday State Attorney Phil Archer in Seminole County said prosecution was unlikely because of Schiebe’s decision not to cooperate and the lack of corroborating evidence, the Associated Press reports.

A day earlier Schiebe released a statement saying she does not want to press charges against Zimmerman.

“I believe that the police…

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