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Petraeus Steps Down as C.I.A. Chief, Saying He Had Affair

David H. Petraeus, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, resigned on Friday after issuing a statement saying that he had engaged in an extramarital affair.

The sudden development came just days after President Obama won re-election to a second term. Mr. Petraeus, a highly decorated general who had led the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, had been expected to remain in the president’s administration.

The New York Times

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Cracks found in South Korean nuclear reactor

South Korean nuclear regulators have found microscopic cracks in tunnels that guide control rods at a nuclear plant under maintenance, government officials said, raising new concerns over the country’s nuclear power sector.

The discovery, revealed on Friday, of the cracks at the reactor comes just days after two reactors at the same plant in Yeonggwang county, in the southwest of the country, were shut down to replace parts that had been provided with forged certificates.


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Obama calls on House to pass tax hikes for wealthy

Flush with re-election vigor, President Barack Obama called Friday for House Republicans to immediately pass a bill already approved by the Senate to extend current tax rates for middle class Americans while allowing a tax hike for wealthier citizens.

In his first public comments since winning Tuesday’s vote, Obama expressed openness to negotiate with Congress on how to deal with pending tax hikes and spending cuts that create the so-called fiscal cliff facing the economy at the end of the year.


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NASA Successfully Uses ‘Interplanetary Internet’ To Control Robot

NASA along with the European Space Agency successfully used an experimental “interplanetary Internet” to control a small LEGO robot on Earth. The commands came from space and “demonstrate technology that one day may enable Internet-like communications with space vehicles and support habitats or infrastructure on another planet,” NASA said in a press release.

So what’s the big deal, you ask? Well, this is a first step in building an infrastructure that would allow us to communicate through the astronomical distances in space.


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New York City, Long Island will ration gas

With long gas lines persisting more than a week after Superstorm SandyNew York imposed a gasoline rationing plan Thursday that lets motorists fill up every other day.

Police will be at gas stations Friday morning to enforce the new system in New York City and on Long Island.Gas will be available to drivers with license-plate numbers ending in an odd number or a letter on Friday. On Saturday, drivers with license plates that end in even numbers or zero can fuel up.

Christian Science Monitor

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Australia to join second Kyoto Protocol phase

Australia’s government says it is “ready to join” a second phase of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.

Climate Minister Greg Combet said Australia was making the move because more action was being taken internationally to tackle climate change and replace the Kyoto deal.


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Florida still uncertain whether Obama or Romney won the state

On Wednesday morning, after another election meltdown in Miami, the result of the presidential race in Florida was still uncertain.

By dawn, all precincts in the state had finished reporting, and the totals gave an edge of more than 46,000 votes forPresident Obama — about a half-percent.

Los Angeles Times

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Libya: Jalil faces Abdel Fattah Younes questions

A Libyan court has ordered ex-interim leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil to be questioned over the 2011 killing of top rebel commander Abdel Fattah Younes.

Mr Jalil, who chaired the now-dissolved National Transitional Council (NTC) when Gen Younes was shot, gave varying accounts of how the commander had died.


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Obama photo a social-media sensation

It may already be social media’s most-shared image ever.

President Barack Obama’s campaign posted a photograph of him embracing his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, to Facebook and Twitter late Tuesday, moments after CNN and other news outlets projected he had won re-election over GOP challenger Mitt Romney. The accompanying message read simply, “Four more years.”


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