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FAA Names Test Sites For Drones In U.S. Airspace

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 2:48pm

The FAA announced Monday which states will become test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles. Congress has asked the agency to come up with a plan to integrate UAVs into the nation's airspace. State leaders hope the test sites will lead to jobs and industry investment.

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Pope Francis Ruffled Feathers, Excited Catholics In First Year

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 2:48pm

Audie Cornish reviews Pope Francis' first year with religion writer and blogger Rocco Palmo.

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2013 Offered Up More TV Cast Diversity, Foreign Shows

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 2:48pm

The year 2013 offered a wealth of quality television programming — which can't be said of every year. Looking back at the year in television, a few trends stand out: more diversity in prime time offerings, critics and audiences found a lot to love in foreign offerings, and streaming services continued to encroach on cable.

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Formula One Driver Schumacher Remains In Coma After Ski Crash

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 2:48pm

The world's most successful Formula One driver, Michael Schumacher, remains in a medically-induced coma. The seven-time world champion was injured in a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday, and underwent emergency brain surgery overnight. The German driver, now retired from racing, was skiing with his son when he fell and hit his head on a rock. He sustained severe head injuries on a rock, even though he was wearing a helmet at the time.

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Mexican Auto Industry Revs Up For Big Year

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 2:48pm

Industry officials say they are on course to boost production to as many as 4 million autos annually. That's good news for Mexico but has many in the U.S. worried, especially as Audi gets ready to build a new luxury line plant in Mexico and not in the U.S.

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Suicide Bombings In Russia Raise Concerns About Olympics Security

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 2:48pm

Investigators in southern Russia say two deadly bombings in the city of Volgograd appear to follow the pattern of attacks by Islamist separatists from the nearby North Caucasus region. It's a dire concern for the Russian authorities, who worry that this could be the lead-up to attacks during the Olympic Games in Sochi in February. Security analysts say the bombings could even be a diversionary tactic to distract the security forces before an even bigger attack. It also raises concerns about security for New Year's crowds in major Russian cities.

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At Long Last, Female Ski Jumpers Can Go For Olympic Gold

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 12:34pm

The event makes its debut in Sochi after a fight that landed in a Canadian courtroom and endured years of setbacks. At trials in Park City, Utah, on Sunday, ski jumper Jessica Jerome, 27, became the first woman to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

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