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Super Sunday

The New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night in Super Bowl XLIX. Here's a look at the key match-ups, schemes, strengths, weaknesses and gambits of each team ahead of the big game

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Delivers Keynote At The American Action Forum

Wisconsin Gov Leads in Iowa

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is leading a crowded field of Republican presidential hopefuls in the key state of Iowa, according to a new poll

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Pirated Downloads Site Back Up

The Pirate Bay, the world's most popular file-sharing site, came back online after Swedish authorities had shut it down in December

A woman and the Chicago skyline are reflected in the snow covered, curved surface of the "Cloud Gate" sculpture in Chicago

Snow Blankets Midwest, Creeps Toward Northeast

A powerful storm moved from the Plains into the Midwest and was expected to dump more than a foot of snow in some places before making its way into New England, where many cities are still digging out from a winter walloping from last week

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ISIS Hostage Crisis Stirs Debate in Japan

The presumed deaths in Syria of a gentle children’s advocate and a troubled adventurer brings to a close a crisis that riveted Japan and brought much of the Japanese government to a standstill for more than a week

Stephen Fry Joins Debate At The Cambridge Union

Stephen Fry Says He'd be Ready to 'Confront' God

Actor-comedian Stephen Fry, an outspoken atheist, had an answer ready this week when asked what he'd say if "confronted" by God. "I’d say, 'Bone cancer in children? What’s that about?'" Fry said

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Whitney Houston's Daughter Found Unresponsive in Tub

Police said Bobbi Kristina Brown was discovered unconscious at home and rushed to North Fulton Hospital after CPR was performed. "Obviously we all know her mom died this very same way," a Roswell Police Department spokesperson told PEOPLE.

13 Year Old Girl Murdered In Doncaster

3-Year-Old Shoots Father and Pregnant Mother

A three-year-old boy in New Mexico shot his parents after he reached into his mother's purse for an iPod but fired a loaded handgun instead, police said. Both are expected to survive but police are recommending negligence charges

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Benedict Cumberbatch Urges Pardon of Gay Men

The actor, who played Alan Turing in the Oscar-nominated movie The Imitation Game, joined 40,000 others in signing an open letter to the British government demanding the pardons of thousands of gay men convicted under historic indecency laws.

Occupy Central Trio Lead Thousands in Post-Occupy Rally in Hong Kong

Thousands March for Democracy in Hong Kong

Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched through Hong Kong's streets in the first major rally since mass protests last year. Organizers said 13,000 people participated, while police said they counted 8,000 at the march's peak

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Over 2 Million Vehicles Recalled for Faulty Airbags

More than 2 million vehicles, including some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Avalon models made in the early 2000s, are being recalled for air bags that might inflate while driving