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Mo Yan, a Chinese writer of 11 novels and countless short stories, was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, a cause of pride for a government that had disowned the only previous Chinese winner of the award. (Associated Press)

Mo Yan, a Chinese writer of 11 novels and countless short stories, was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, a cause of pride for a government that had disowned the only previous Chinese winner of the award. (Associated Press)

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Best combat rifles of all time

A combat rifle is a military service rifle that fires a full-power rifle cartridge, a mainstay of every modern army in the world. See the best combat rifles ever made.

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Gadget Geek's Cyber Monday Picks #3

Home- and money-saving gadgets: Don’t think that because everyone is always on the go, or just having fun that this “homebody” doesn’t have a list of gadgets for you that will help around the house and help you save some money. By Jason Hull

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A Christmas tree comes to the Capitol

The 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree arrived by flatbed truck from Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota, on Friday and was set in the ground on the West Lawn.

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Gadget Geek's Cyber Monday picks - #1

It seems like everyone is busier than ever, and technology makes our lives easier. Here are 5 items for anyone always on the go, and especially for those looking for gifts for him or her or just pick up something for yourself while you are shopping for everyone else. By Jason Hull