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President Obama has made it clear he does not want to be a lame duck. His State of the Union speech is a chance to show he won't be one. We examine how lame duck presidents have succeeded and failed.
Officials In Guinea have begun an effort to try to rid the West African nation of Ebola. The Ebola czar says the new initiative is needed because pockets of resistance and denial remain in Guinea.
The White House is looking to the private sector to help finance costly improvements to aging infrastructure. The plan avoids increasing taxes, but eventually, the public will have to pay.
Iran and six world powers wrapped up their latest round of talks in Geneva over Iran's nuclear program. Negotiations resume in February ahead of a self-imposed July 1 deadline for a deal.
Miss Israel took a selfie at the Miss Universe pageant that captured other women including Miss Lebanon. After being criticized for being in the photo, Miss Lebanon insists she didn't pose it.
An environmental official says smoking, the traditional method used to preserve pork, is polluting the air. As residents smoke meat in preparation for the Chinese New Year, the smog has increased.