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Joe Cocker, the British blues-rock singer whose raspy voice brought plaintive soul to such hits as "You Are So Beautiful" and the duet "Up Where We Belong," has died of an undisclosed illness. He was 70.
Children are told they can eat one marshmallow now or, if they wait, they'll get to eat two later. It seems simple but the experiment dreamed up by a psychologist returns complex results about these kids later in life.
Children are told they can eat one marshmallow now or, if they wait, they'll get to eat two later. It seems simple but the experiment dreamed up by a psychologist returns complex results about these kids later in life.
In opposing President Barack Obama's opening to Cuba, Florida's Republican senator, Marco Rubio, explained, "This entire policy shift announced today is based on an illusion, on a lie, the lie and the illusion that more commerce and access to money and goods will translate to political freedom for the Cuban people." Rubio has correctly touched on the core issue. But theory, logic and history suggest that he's wrong in his conclusions.
North Korea's Internet is experiencing a major disruption and could be the target of an attack, according to a company that monitors Internet performance.

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In Christmas greeting, Francis issues a blistering critique of the bureaucracy that serves him.
The president golfs, dines, and visits the beach during his first weekend in Hawaii.
Marco Parilla is accused of fatally shooting Officer Charles Kondek.
The failure came a year after 300 flights were canceled due to problems with ground communications.
Father and two young sons survived in remote national park by collecting rainwater, rescuer said.
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Mr. Cocker was known for his classic rendition of “With a Little Help From My Friends,” among other songs.
Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs and live hypocritical double lives.
Instead of narrowing gender gaps, the technology industry created vast new ones for Stanford University’s pioneering class of 1994.
The loss of service came just days after President Obama pledged that the United States would launch a “proportional response” to the recent attacks on Sony Pictures.
Francis criticized the Curia for “ailments and temptations” like a narcissistic “pathology of power” and “existential schizophrenia.”

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and other Western members of the U.N. Security Council on Monday slammed North Korea's human rights record after voting to over-rule China's objections and add the hermit state to the council's agenda.

ABUJA/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Two bomb attacks at a bus station and a market in north Nigeria on Monday killed at least 27 people and wounded around 60, officials said.
(Reuters) - Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced, Grammy-winning singer best known for his cover of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "You Are So Beautiful," died on Monday, his agent said. He was 70.

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