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U.S. drops 2,000 mice on Guam — by parachute — to kill snakes

U.S. helicopters descended upon Guam on Sunday with cargo meant to kill, although this $8 million mission was unlike most others — 2,000 mice on cardboard parachutes were released into the forest surrounding Andersen Air Force Base as bait for brown tree snakes. Published December 3, 2013

This 2013 file photo shows the NORAD Santa tracker. (North American Aerospace Defense Command)

Santa to get fighter escort for Christmas

The North American Aerospace Defense Command's popular Track Santa program is back for 2013, but the news that St. Nick will be getting fighter jet escorts isn't going over well with everyone, with some child advocates speaking out against the move. Published December 3, 2013

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (AP Photo/David Duprey)

Obamacare expected to add 300K New Yorkers to Medicaid rolls

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget office is bracing for a wave of Medicaid recipients due to Obamacare. In one year, New York's Medicaid rolls are predicted to jump from 5.3 million to 5.6 million members, the New York Post reported Friday. Published November 29, 2013

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NSA spied on online sexual habits of U.S. Muslims, Snowden docs reveal

The National Security Agency has been keeping a record of the pornography-viewing habits of Muslim Americans, according to leaker Edward Snowden. Documents to back up his claims were provided to The Huffington Post, which prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to issue a statement shortly afterward. Published November 27, 2013

**FILE** Bitcoin tokens are pictured in Sandy, Utah, on April 3, 2013. (Associated Press)

Man threw out computer with $6.5 million worth of bitcoins on it

James Howells claims he threw out his computer months ago with 7,500 bitcoins stored on it. Translation: He's out roughly $6.5 million unless he's willing to dig through four months worth of garbage at a nearby recycling center. Published November 27, 2013

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds the documents granting him emergency decree powers as he gestures to supporters at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.  Venezuela's congress granted Maduro emergency decree powers that will allow him to approve laws without consulting congress for up to a year. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela's Maduro moves to limit profit margins in quick use of emergency powers

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro didn't waste any time using the "emergency powers" granted to him on Tuesday by the National Assembly. Only weeks after sending in troops to force an electronics store chain to lower prices, Mr. Maduro issued a decree that profit margins can be limited. Published November 22, 2013

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China's 'Sharp Sword' stealth drone takes flight

The U.S. has had air supremacy for years, but the Chinese aim to change that with "Sharp Sword," a stealth drone that made its first test flight on Friday, according to several media outlets. Published November 22, 2013