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Christie forms PAC to explore 2016 presidential run, report says

NJ.com    TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie has formed a political action committee that would permit him to begin hiring staff for a potential 2016 campaign for president, the Wall Street Journal reported this morning.

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Shire's Investigational SHP609, idursulfase-IT, Receives FDA Fast Track Designation for the Treatment of Neurocognitive Decline Associated with Hunter Syndrome

PR Newswire    LEXINGTON, Massachusetts, January 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) announces that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation for SHP609 (idursulfase-IT; also known as HGT-2310) for the treatment of neurocognitive decline associated with Hunter syndrome (mucopolysaccharidosis II or MPSII).

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Boko Haram frees 192 people held in NE Nigeria: sources

Africa Review    oko Haram has released nearly 200 hostages, most of them women, who were kidnapped from a village in the northeast Nigerian state of Yobe, a community leader and a military source said Saturday. A total of 192 people were released on Friday from two Islamist enclaves, where they had been kept since a January 6 raid on Katarko, 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the state capital Damaturu.In all, 218 women and children were abducted.

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Japan Exports Grow Most In Year, Signaling Steady Recovery From Recession

International Business Times    (Reuters) - Japan's exports grew the most in a year in December, helped by a weak yen and a pick-up in overseas demand led by the United States, an encouraging sign for the recession-hit economy even as doubts persist about the strength of global consumption.

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In the Republic of Samsung, here’s the ticket to the good life

GlobalPost    SEOUL, South Korea — In a trendy Gangnam high-rise, a whiz-kid professor named Lee Sihan urges his classroom of 28 students not to fret. The big exam you’ve been preparing for — the one that could land you a Samsung dream job — won’t be that bad if you put the hours in.

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MALE ORDER

The Independent    Uniforms, and uniformity. Those were the overriding themes of the autumn/winter 2015 menswear collections, played out in rapid-fire across the catwalks of London, Milan and Paris (with a brief stopover in Florence, for those suited to suiting).

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Greek leftists must now wrestle with coalition, troika, themselves

dpa German Press Agency    SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras has softened his radical rhetoric to sound more like a political realist, but other members of the left-wing populist party have kept their hard line. Athens (dpa) - Known for his aversion to wearing ties, Alexis Tsipras, leader of the leftist SYRIZA party, joked with reporters on the eve of Sunday's parliamentary election that he would finally put one around his neck when he gets debt reduction for Greece.

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2014: The year of Narendra Modi

Al Jazeera    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi trended throughout 2014. After 30 years of coalition politics, New Delhi got a government by a single party. While India's grand old political party Congress, was still trying to shrug off its one-family dominance, the right-wing Hindu party submerged into one-man's gut.

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NBA Capsules

The Washington Times    ATLANTA (AP) - Paul Millsap scored 20 points, Al Horford added 19 and Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta topped the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-100 on Sunday night, extending the Hawks' franchise record with their 16th straight win.

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Link Byfield dead at 63: Wildrose Party founder remembered as one of Alberta's key conservative iconoclasts

National Post    Calgary • Link Byfield's transformation into one of Alberta's key conservative iconoclasts was gradual in the coming, but its most visible manifestation can be traced to the moment he finally cut his over-long hair.

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Cart vendors face evictions from St. Lawrence Market

Toronto Star    On a recent Saturday, Sky Kumar braved bone-chilling winds with his signature smile, selling handmade scarves from an outdoor cart to shoppers visiting the St. Lawrence Market. The longtime vendor has been peddling merchandise imported by his family from India at the Front St. location since 2000, and is one of some 40 participants in the Toronto landmark’s 27-year-old “Market Cart” program.

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Bears' future riding on GM Ryan Pace's ability to evaluate roster

Chicago Tribune    Ernie Accorsi made a point about the NFL during his 30-minute chat with the Tribune on Friday that should help all Bears fans rest easier as another Super Bowl week begins without their team. "The business is the matter of judgment," Accorsi said.

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Greek Leftist Leader Tsipras Claims Victory Over Austerity

Newsweek    Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras promised on Sunday that five years of austerity, "humiliation and suffering" imposed by international creditors were over after his Syriza party swept to victory in a snap election on Sunday.

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Pregnant Women Need To Relax To Avoid Harming Their Baby

Medical Daily    Having a baby can be stressful for some moms-to-be, but too much stress could permanently damage a child’s future health. Researchers from the University of Cambridge studied what happens inside a pregnant woman when she becomes stressed, and published their findings in The Journal of Physiology.

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Xiaomi answers the call for smartphone evolution

China Daily    Four-year-old startup headquartered in Beijing, is eagerly expecting to shake off the title as "the world's best iPhone copycat" and build its own legend. Lei Jun, founder and chief executive officer of Xiaomi Corp, speaks in front of a screen showing an image of an iPhone 6 Plus at a launch ceremony of the Mi Note in Beijing on Jan 15.

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With Super Bowl in sight, Aaron Rodgers didn't deliver

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel    If you've heard it once, you've heard it 1,000 times. You know, if the Green Bay Packers aren't careful, they'll win only one Super Bowl with a franchise quarterback like Aaron Rodgers just like they won just one with Brett Favre.

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Deal to allow US sales to Indian nuclear plants

McClatchy Washington Bureau    NEW DELHI — President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a deal Sunday to clear the way for American companies to help build India's energy sector, potentially bringing tens of billions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the United States.

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Heat stop Bulls 96-84 behind Hassan Whiteside's rare triple-double

Sun Sentinel    CHICAGO — You kept waiting for it to happen. Time after time, the Miami Heat had blown second-half leads this season. It was only a matter of time before it happened Sunday against the Chicago Bulls. Thing is, it never occurred.

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Why women employees are flocking to this family-owned construction company

Financial Post    CALGARY – Tracey White did not benefit from a special initiative to hire and then promote women at the construction company where she works. No, she said, and her bosses agreed, she was promoted to foreman of a Borger Earthworks construction crew last year because of her hard work.

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - CAR minister for youth and sport kidnapped in Bangui

France 24    The Central African Republic's minister for youth and sport was kidnapped on Sunday by armed men believed to belong to the Christian anti-Balaka militia group. Armel Mingatoloum Sayo’s wife, Nicaise Danielle Sayo, told AP her husband was taken from his car in Bangui's Galabadja neighbourhood while the couple were returning from church on Sunday morning.

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