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U.S. Quietly Remembers Pearl Harbor Attack Today

Countries at the climate conference in Copenhagen welcomed the U.S.’s long-awaited official proclamation concerning the danger of greenhouse gas emissions. This could possibly mean that the Environmental Protection Agency will be able to cut emissions without needing the approval of Congress, which has blocked the measure before, BBC News.

A deadly bomb blast at a middle school in Baghdad, Iraq has killed at least eight people, the majority of which were children. The attack happened in a Shia neighborhood in Sadr City. At least 40 others were wounded, BBC News.

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is unveiling the “SpaceShipTwo” in the Mojave Desert tonight, a craft that already has 300 people on the waitlist. The craft reaches an altitude of 62 miles and gives passengers a view of the Earth’s curvature, where they can even float in the craft for a few minutes, Wired News.

Today, December 7th, is the 68th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The Washington Post has a photo gallery here.

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African Nations Take Stand on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The total number of bodies found in the home of a Cleveland man has risen to at least 10. Anthony Sowell, a convicted rapist, was arrested this weekend for rape after the bodies were found in his home and was charged today with murder, Reuters.

Fifty-five African nations have taken a stand during UN climate talks by declining to go forth with discussion unless the wealthiest nations agree to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. itself has pledged before to cut their emissions by 4% on 1990 levels, but the developing countries want a 40% cut from the developed nations. If the Africans walk out, next month’s talks in Copenhagen will be rendered useless, Guardian UK.

Three missing North Dakota softball players have been found dead. The Dickinson State students had been missing since Sunday, and today their vehicle was found in a pond. Foul play is not suspected, ABC News.

The Czech Republic has signed the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which will create a European Council president and change the way member states vote. With the Czech vote, the treaty is expected to be ratified in a few weeks, BBC News.

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Police Find Six Bodies in Cleveland Sex Offender’s Home

The remains of possibly six people have been found in the home of a registered sex offender in Cleveland, Ohio. The bodies were found inside 50-year-old Anthony Sowell’s home and in his backyard. Authorities searched the house after obtaining a search warrant in connection with an attack of a woman at his home in September. He is currently at large, WJW-TV.

Somali pirates are asking for a $7 million ransom after kidnapping a British couple vacationing on their yacht near the Somali coast, Reuters.

The Philippines is being hammered by yet another storm, causing thousands of evacuations and worsening flooding that is still affecting the country after previous storms this month. There are currently no reports of damage or causalities. Typhoon Mirinae is expected to hit the capital city of Manila tomorrow, BBC News.

Reports out of Mozambique are suggesting that President Armando E. Guebuza of the Frelimo Party is easily winning the country’s presidential election. Guebuza is promising to help solve the poverty crisis in the country, a heavy undertaking. The official results may not be released until November 12, New York Times.

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12 Students Killed in Tehran Violence

It was estimated that over one million people attended today’s rallies in Tehran to show support for reform candidate Mousavi. At least one person was shot and killed at the rally, but according to pictures and videos circulating on the web, there were likely more deaths. Police are mostly targeting students and raiding university dormitories. At least 12 students have been killed in the raids, Guardian.

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At least three bodies of missing foreigners in Yemen have been found, although sources are saying it is possible more were recovered. Nine foreigners were kidnapped by a suspected Shia rebel faction while the group were on a picnic. Three of the nine kidnapped were children, and other reports say two children have been found alive, but this has not been confirmed, BBC News.

Scientists say a glacier in Argentina is actually growing, despite global warming. The Perito Moreno glacier grows using snow from the Andes, but they are not sure why this glacier is expanding while almost all others are shrinking or disappearing completely, AP.

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White Supremacist Kills One at D.C. Holocaust Museum

Just before 1:00pm this afternoon, James Von Brunn, 88, shot and killed a security guard, Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns, at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Von Brunn has a history of violence, previously attempting to kidnap members of the Federal Reserve board for which he was jailed four years. His website (since taken down) painted a chilling picture of the man, a white supremacist and Holocaust denier, who believed Jewish people were out “to destroy the White gene-pool.” Von Brunn was seriously injured after being shot by another guard, Washington Post.

Two Peruvian laws have been suspended in the country after they led to violence that has killed 54 people since Friday. “The laws are designed to regulate investment in the Amazon, but indigenous groups say they will lose control of their natural resources,” and now the tribes will have more time to negotiate with the government, BBC News.

Chrysler and Fiat have reached a deal that will save Chrysler for bankruptcy. The fast sale is a win for President Obama, who promised that the car company’s reorganization would be quick, New York Times.

Carrie Prejean, Miss California and the runner-up at this year’s Miss America pagent, has been stripped of her crown for breach of contract. Prejean caused a firestorm when she said during the pagent she did not agree with gay marriage and became a poster girl for the right-wing and anti-gay groups. Last month, pagent head Donald Trump allowed Prejean to keep her crown, but officially fired her today, Reuters.

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Actor David Carradine Found Dead

Actor David Carradine, known most for his role on “Kung Fu” and in the Kill Bill series, was found dead this morning in Bangkok, Thailand. Police initially reported that he has been found hanged and considered the case a suicide, but now police are questioning if it was accidental. The 72-year-old actor had been in Thailand to shoot a movie, BBC News.

A British citizen has reportedly been killed by al-Queda in northwest Africa. Edwin Dyer was kidnapped in Niger at the beginning of the year and held in Mali. Al-Queda demanded the release of Abu Qatad, a radical Muslim cleric, in exchange for Dyer, BBC News.

A baby white rhino has debuted at the Madrid zoo, a month after being born through articifical insemination. He is only the third white rhino to be bred this way because females in captivity have a hard time producing eggs, MSNBC.

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Abortion Doctor Murdered in Kansas

A Kansas doctor who performed abortions was shot and killed this morning at his church. Dr. George Tiller, 67, ran a women’s clinic in Wichita and was one of the few doctors in the country who performed late-term abortions. The clinic has been the center of many protests since it opened and in 1993 he was shot in both arms by Shelley Shannon, a pro-life supporter. Police say they have a suspect in custody, but no further details have been released, CNN.

Millvina Dean, the last Titanic survivor, has died in her sleep at the age of 97. Dean was only nine weeks old when she sailed on the famous ship that sunk in 1912, killing 1,517 people, BBC News.

55 pilot whales were found stranded on a beach near Cape Town in South Africa yesterday. 20 have been returned to the water and bulldozers are being used to help save the others, but some did not survive and others were put down. Pilot whales are actually members of the dolphin family and are generally between 16-20 feet long, BBC News.

In one of the biggest upsets in French Open history, the number one player in the world, Rafael Nadal, was defeated today in the fourth round of play by Sweden’s Robin Soderling. Nadal was competing for his fifth straight French Open title and had never lost on the court, ESPN.

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Major General Says New Photos Show Sexual Abuse of Abu Ghraib Prisoners

Exclusively, the Daily Telegraph says a major U.S. general has told the paper that the Abu Ghraib photos President Obama has refused to release to the public show U.S. servicemen sexually abusing prisoners. A soldier is said to be seen raping a female prisoner in one set of photos, and in another a male translator is raping a male detainee, among other acts, Daily Telegraph.

A Taliban group in Pakistan has allegedly claimed responsibility for yesterday’s suicide bombing and attack that killed almost 30 people and wounder over 300 others. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Punjab group says they are the ones who opened fire on the crowd in Lahore. All three of the attackers were killed, one shot by police and the other two killed by the explosion. This attack comes only two months after a Lahore police academy was taken over by gunmen, Sky News.

The Barcelona football club beat England’s Manchester United today 2-0 to win the European Champions League final. Manchester United fell apart after Samuel Eto’o scored in the first minute. Lionel Messi, who is a contender to win this year’s Footballer of the Year award, secured the win with a goal in the 70th minute, BBC Sport.

Astronomers have discovered a supermassive black hole that can consume the equivalent of two Earths per hour. Black holes, which are so strong that they trap light, making them invisible, are believed to be at the center of almost all galaxies, Space.

A U.S. ship that served in WWII was sunk today off the coast of Florida to create an artifical reef. The project was 13 years in the making and will hopefully allow for marine life to grow so that fish have more sources for food, AP.

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