Washington Examiner – PHILIP KLEIN Oregon, once touted as a model for President Obama’s health care law, signed up just 44 people for insurance through November, despite spending more than $300 million on its state-based exchange.
Newsmax.com – Sandy Fitzgerald Time Magazine has picked Pope Francis as its 2013 Person of the Year, with the popular pontiff beating President Barack Obama, Republican Sen.
Reuters – Richard Cowan and David Lawder A bipartisan budget deal announced in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, though modest in its spending cuts, would end three years of impasse and fiscal instability in Washington that culminated in October with a partial government shutdown.
Reuters – Alissa de Carbonnel and Pavel Polityuk Battalions of Ukrainian riot police withdrew on Wednesday from a protest camp after moving against demonstrators overnight in the authorities’ biggest attempt yet to reclaim streets after weeks of protests against President Viktor Yanukovich.
BBC Abu Qatada is accused of involvement in terrorist plots more than a decade ago Radical cleric Abu Qatada has pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges at a court in Jordan.
World Net Daily – Jack Minor Orders Colorado baker to violate beliefs, submit to homosexuals’ demands Dave Mullins and Charlie Craig protest the Masterpiece Cake Shop in 2012 Another judge has ruled homosexuals have a right not to be offended that supersedes First Amendment religious rights.
the guardian At least seven people killed, most of them allegedly while looting, in week of violence sparked by police strikes Officers demonstrate outside a police station in La Plata At least seven people have been killed in a week of chaos in Argentina sparked by police strikes over pay and other issues.
CNN - Hunter Homistek CREDIT: ufc.com Shane del Rosario passed away late Sunday evening in Newport Beach, Calif.
BBC The United Nations says nuclear inspectors will visit Libya to assess its uranium stockpiles, amid concerns about fragile security in the country.
CNN - Joshua Rubin, Ben Brumfield and David Simpson A campus police officer who fatally shot a Catholic-college honor student following a traffic stop told the student to stop resisting arrest 56 times before shooting him five times, police said.
BBC French soldiers have been disarming militia fighters in the capital Bangui Two French soldiers have been killed in combat in the Central African Republic, the French presidency says.
BBC Tens of thousands of South Africans have joined dozens of world leaders for the national memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela.
CNN - Ana Cabrera Drones fuel distrust in U.S. government Phillip Steel, a resident of Deer Trail, Colorado, is ready to fight for the Old West values he feels are being threatened by drones.
CNN - Ralph Ellis and Holly Yan Frigid weather gripping much of the United States led to a frenzied search in northwest Nevada, where rescue teams are scouring a mountainous area for two adults and four children who went to play in the snow and never returned.
The Hill – Ramsey Cox Patricia Millett (right) The Senate voted 56-38 Tuesday to confirm Patricia Millett to the D.C.
The Hill – Justin Sink Conservative commentators are blasting President Obama after the president appeared to take a “selfie” at the memorial service for South African leader Nelson Mandela on Tuesday.
The Hill - Julian Pecquet Image: Greg Nash Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama administration appear to have won a fight with Congress over new Iran sanctions — at least for now.
Reuters – Pavel Polityuk About 2,000 pro-Europe protesters huddled by braziers in their main tented camp in snowbound Kiev on Tuesday, in defiance of riot police who herded them away from government buildings overnight.
Observer.com – Colin Campbell and Jill Colvin Autism advocates are set to protest tomorrow against a quiet effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration to require annual flu vaccinations for all New York City schoolchildren.
Newsmax.com – Cathy Burke A bill set for fast-track passage in the South Carolina Senate would effectively nullify Obamacare in that state – and could become a model for other states fed up with the president’s signature healthcare law.