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Goosebumps And Gas: New Data From Rosetta Probe Describes Comet

By Bill Chappell on January 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: January 22, 2015 at 11:03 pm

We’re learning more about the comet that a European Space Agency paired up with its Rosetta probe last fall. For one thing, it has “goosebumps” on steep cliff faces. It’s also highly porous.

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The Doomsday Clock Moves 2 Minutes Closer To Midnight

By Jasmine Garsd on January 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: January 23, 2015 at 10:03 am

A group of prominent scientists uses the clock as a symbol of imminent disaster for humanity. It moved toward catastrophe — midnight — because of climate change and nuclear proliferation worries.

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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Dies; Witnessed A New Era

By Bill Chappell on January 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: January 23, 2015 at 12:03 am

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has died, according to his state TV. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was 90 years old; when he was born, Saudi Arabia was not a country, let alone an oil-producing power.

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‘I Have No Idea’ Of Footballs’ Condition, The Patriots’ Brady Says

By Bill Chappell on January 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: January 22, 2015 at 9:04 pm

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he didn’t give the game balls a thought during Sunday’s win over the Indianapolis Colts. “I didn’t alter the ball in any way,” he said.

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Jeff Gordon Says 2015 Will Be His Last Full NASCAR Season

By Bill Chappell on January 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: January 22, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Gordon announced today that he won’t race full-time after this year. Now 43, Gordon has been part of competitive racing since he was 5 years old.

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House Approves Bill That Would Bar Federal Funding For Abortions

By Bill Chappell on January 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: January 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

A bill that would prohibit using federal money to pay for “any abortion” or for “health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion” has been approved by the House.

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Citing Proximity Of Israeli Election, Obama Won’t Meet With Netanyahu

By Krishnadev Calamur on January 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: January 22, 2015 at 1:03 pm

A White House spokeswoman, said the U.S. wanted “to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election.” Israel’s election is March 17. Netanyahu is due to address Congress March 3.

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Patriots Coach Bill Belichick Denies Knowledge Of Deflated Footballs

By Krishnadev Calamur on January 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: January 22, 2015 at 2:04 pm

His comments come amid reports that 11 of 12 footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game were underinflated — an apparent advantage. The NFL is investigating the matter.

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ECB Unveils Massive Bond-Buying Stimulus Program For Eurozone

By Krishnadev Calamur on January 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: January 22, 2015 at 11:03 am

The European Central Bank chief said the bank will buy 60 billion euros’ worth of bonds each month until either September 2016 or inflation reaches about 2 percent.

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London Mayor Boris Johnson Settles U.S. Tax Bill Ahead Of Visit

By Krishnadev Calamur on January 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: January 22, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Johnson, who holds dual U.S.-U.K. citizenship, had called the IRS bill “outrageous” and said he wouldn’t pay it. But The Financial Times reports he has settled the approximately $44,000 bill.

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