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Entertainment British singer Joe Cocker dies at 70 British singer Joe Cocker dies at 70 (Photo Gallery)
British singer Joe Cocker, whose had hits that included "You Are So Beautiful" and "Up Where We Belong," and a contortionist style of performance memorably parodied by John Belushi on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 70.

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Offbeat Spain hands out $3 billion in planet's biggest lottery Spain hands out $3 billion in planet's biggest lottery
Spaniards who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, cracking open bottles of champagne on the streets as they celebrated winning $490,000 payoffs from a $3 billion pot of cash.

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Sports The ins and outs of the NFL playoff races The ins and outs of the NFL playoff races
With five of the six playoff slots in the NFC and four in the AFC decided, some would think much of the drama of the schedule's final week has been removed. Think again.
Sports Alleyne sets Pac-12 record, but Oregon falls to Fresno State (Photo Gallery)
Oregon senior forward Jillian Alleyne had a historic day, recording her 19th straight double-double with 26 points and 16 rebounds, and the Ducks rallied back from a 15-point first half deficit but could not complete the comeback against the Bulldogs of Fresno State, losing the game 68-59.
Sports 7 hurt when lightning strikes near Tampa Bay game
Officials with Tampa Fire Rescue say seven people have been taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a lightning strike in a parking lot near the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium.

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Outdoors Surreal hailstorm destroyed home in 12 minutes (Photo Gallery)
On June 3, 2014, a storm featuring 50-80 mph winds and tennis ball-to-softball-size hail sandblasted a tiny town in eastern Nebraska, leaving homes in tatters. Lois Krohn was home when the ferocious storm hit and now more than six months after the storm, shares her story of being in the middle of Mother Nature's wrath.

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National & World (New) Tribes tread carefully into marijuana discussions
he Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and if alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue and jobs casinos and liquor could bring to a reservation where half the workforce is unemployed and most arrests and pervasive social ills are linked to alcohol abuse.
National & World NY mayor: No protests until after officer funerals
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Monday for a temporary halt to protests over police conduct as he faced a widening rift with a force preparing Christmastime burials for two of its own and decrying the demonstrations as a factor in the officers' cold-blooded executions.

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Home Mall has child-birth simulator for men Mall has child-birth simulator for men (Video)
The pain of child birth is something only a woman can understand, at least it was, until now. A hospital in china is hooking men up to a simulator to mimic women's labor pains. David McKenzie, who's about to become a father for the second time, agreed to give it a try.

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Technology It's down to the wire for online shopping It's down to the wire for online shopping
As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are using the last few days to try to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders from shoppers caused delivery delays.

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Technology Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage
The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.
Technology Security flaws allow global cellular eavesdropping
Security flaws in a system used by cellphone carriers around the world could open the door to wide-ranging surveillance of mobile phone traffic, according to a German researcher who discovered the problem.
Technology Constantly changing online prices stump shoppers
Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to "buy low."

Health

Health Reading Harry Potter gives clues to brain activity
Reading about Harry Potter's adventures learning to fly his broomstick activates some of the same regions in the brain we use to perceive real people's actions and intentions.
Health Administration says HealthCare.gov working well
As a crucial second sign-up season gears up, the Obama administration said Sunday that HealthCare.gov is stable and working well, a far cry from last year's frozen computer screens and frustrated customers.
Health Helmets have become commonplace on the slopes
They come in nearly every color scheme imaginable, from camouflage to bright pink. Most skiers and snowboarders on the slopes are wearing them, and if you're not, well, you are not just reckless, you are . GASP! . unfashionable.

Business

Business Big changes coming to Cuba tourism with U.S. opening
Cultural exchanges are not only expected to grow dramatically, they are expected to become more flexible and less bureaucratic following last week's announcement by Cuba and the U.S. that they would work to restore normal diplomatic relations.
Business Railroads seek one-person crews for freight trains
U.S. railroads want to put a single person in charge of today's huge locomotives, taking another step toward a future in which the nation's rail-cargo system increasingly could resemble toy train sets - highly mechanized networks run by computers or distant controllers.
Business Russia bails out bank following ruble slide
Russia has bailed out a mid-sized bank for about $500 million to save it from bankruptcy- a clear sign that the slide in the value of the ruble in the wake of falling oil prices is straining the banking system.
Business TripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust authority
Italy's antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers' association and a consumer protection agency.

Consumer

Consumer Bagging extra discounts on holiday purchases
If you're among the millions who'll be shopping online this holiday season, make sure you're not paying more than you need to. Here are some tips for snagging extra discounts at checkout.
Consumer Some foods don't mix with certain prescription drugs
As we get older, we often take more drugs. It's not uncommon for someone in their mid to late 60's to be on more than a dozen prescription medications.

That's why it's so important to watch what you eat. Certain foods can interact with these drugs and cause serious problems.
Consumer Price-matching policies expanded at some major retailers
Attention holiday shoppers! Two big retail chains have expanded their holiday price-matching policies this year. Target and Wal-Mart will now match prices from some online competitors, including Amazon, and from their own websites – something they did not do in the past.