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FILE - This Sept. 14, 2013, file photo shows chocolates decorated with pictures of Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi displayed for sale in a shop in Cairo. Having secured victory in a referendum on a relatively liberal constitution that he championed, insiders say Egypt's military chief is turning his attention to the country’s overwhelming array of problems _ from health and education to government subsidies and investment. The head of Egypt’s military, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, is riding on a wave of popular fervor that is almost certain to carry him to election as president. Unknown only two years ago, a broad sector of Egyptians now hail him as the nation’s savior after he ousted the Islamists from power, and the state-backed personality cult around him is so eclipsing, it may be difficult to find a candidate to oppose him if he runs. Still, if he becomes president, he faces the tough job of ruling a deeply divided nation that has already turned against two leaders.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

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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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LeBron James' 'I can't breathe' T-shirt the latest display of politics on the playing field

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James on Monday night during pregame warmups wore an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt, referring to Eric Garner, who died after a New York police officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. The shirt, one of several featuring the slogan that have been seen around the league in recent days after a grand jury declined to indict the officer last week, is just one in a long history of political statements made by athletes on the playing field. Here are some others.

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A Christmas tree comes to the Capitol

The 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas was lit on Tuesday. The tree arrived by flatbed truck from Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota, on Nov. 21 and was set in the ground on the West Lawn.

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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