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Super Userkruijs

Member since 09/28/2010

All time highest net worth: 1,429,695.99 KtN$ (reached: 04/08/2016)

Current net worth : 185,849.85 KtN$

Predictions : 4,508


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When will the first Solar Roadway Panel be installed on a public roadway ?
One couple is set on making solar roads a reality in the U.S. Scott and Julie Brusaw created an Indiegogo campaign last year to help fund their Solar Roadways project, and the campaign raised more than $2.2 million. The U.S. might have to wait a while to see solar roads installed, however. As Vox pointed out last year, cost could be a major barrier for solar road construction in the U.S. And according to a Greentech Media article from last year, one of the biggest things that officials still aren’t sure about with the roads is safety. They want to be sure the roads can stand up to heavy traffic, and that the glass protecting the solar panels won’t break.
“We can’t say that it would be safe for roadway vehicular traffic,” Eric Weaver, a research engineer at the Federal Highway Administration’s research and technology department, told Greentech Media. “Further field-traffic evaluation is needed to determine safety and durability performance.”

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/05/11/3657220/solaroad-producing-energy/

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Death Penalty for Boston Marathon Suspect?
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on Wednesday of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured 264 others, and the jury will now decide whether to sentence him to death.

Tsarnaev, 21, is the surviving member of pair of ethnic Chechen brothers who planted the homemade pressure-cooker bombs that tore through the crowd at the famed race's finish line in one of the most shocking attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. He left a note behind describing the attack as an act of retribution for U.S. military campaigns in Muslim-dominated countries.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/08/us-boston-bombings-trial-idUSKBN0MZ0ZI20150408

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How long will Francis I be pope?
Two years to the day after he was elected to lead the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics, Pope Francis said today that he expects to have only a short papacy.

"I have the feeling that my Pontificate will be brief, 4 or 5 years; I do not know, even 2 or 3,” the 78-year-old pontiff told Mexican broadcaster Televisa.

“I feel that the Lord has placed me here for a short time, and nothing more,” he added, comparing the feeling to “a gambler who convinces himself he will lose so he won’t be disappointed. And if he wins, he’s happy.”

http://abcnews.go.com/International/pope-francis-expects-papacy-years/story?id=29613744

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Will Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload.com, be extradited to the US?
Kim Dotcom, the founder of the seized file-sharing site Megaupload, has declared himself "broke".

The entrepreneur said he had spent $10m (£6.4m) on legal costs since being arrested in New Zealand in 2012 and accused of internet piracy.

Mr Dotcom had employed a local law firm to fight the US's attempt to extradite him, but his defence team stepped down a fortnight ago without explaining why.

Mr Dotcom said he would now represent himself at a bail hearing on Thursday.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30209067

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When will the next Moon Landing be?
China's maiden lunar orbiter has successfully flown around the far side of the Moon and made a safe landing on Saturday, in what is the first mission of the kind in some 40 years, Xinhua news agency said.

The unmanned test orbiter came down in a designated area, in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the agency said, adding that Chinese researchers had retrieved the spacecraft's capsule to examine its re-entry data which will be used for a planned lunar mission.

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Chinas_Lunar_Orbiter_Makes_Safe_Landing_First_in_40_Years_999.html

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Karl Rove's Fearless Political Predictions for 2014: Will Republicans keep the House?
Republican candidates wagered that big bucks from outside political groups could overcome their own fundraising shortfalls ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

They were right. On Tuesday night, Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate for the first time in eight years.

Groups connected to Rove and the Koch brothers were among the biggest winners in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Of the 10 U.S. Senate races where either the Rove-linked nonprofit Crossroads GPS or its sister super PAC, American Crossroads, was active, their favored candidates prevailed in at least six—with the Alaska Senate race still too close to call at this writing and a runoff election coming next month in Louisiana. Similarly, of the nine U.S. Senate races where the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity was active, its favored candidates also prevailed in at least five contests. Only in New Hampshire and Michigan did the Crossroads groups and Americans for Prosperity see defeat.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/11/karl_rove_s_political_machine_won_big_on_election_night_the_super_pacs_politicians.html

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Will Kim Jong Un be seen in public by December 1, 2014?
North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un hasn't been seen in public since early September, leading to intense media speculation that a shakeup or even a coup could be taking place in one of the world's most opaque and repressive states. But South Korean officials do not see Kim's absence as significant

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/south-korea-no-evidence-of-north-korea-coup-2014-10

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Will Malala Yousafzai win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize?
I'd say, Yes, she was awarded the the Nobel Peace Prize, so, this answers settles yes.

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Will Kim Jong Un be seen in public by December 1, 2014?
And the reason for his mysterious disappearance has been finally put to rest when his condition was revealed. He was put to bed after a surgery to fix his fractured ankles.

Uncontrolled daily eating of Emmental, imported from Switzerland, is believed to be responsible for his rapid weight gain, the metro.co.uk reported.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/kim-jong-un-north-korean-broken-ankles-cheese/1/394565.html

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Michael E. Mann sues National Review, Competitive Enterprise Institute - What will be the result?
The battle over climate-change science is heating up, so to speak, and it has moved to the courts. The defamation lawsuit brought by climatologist Dr. Michael E. Mann—one of the creators of the famed “hockey-stick graph” that shows a recent spike in world temperatures—has now moved to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the equivalent of a state supreme court for the district. Mann alleges that a blog post by Rand Simberg on the blog of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), and subsequently quoted by Mark Steyn at National Review Online, was libelous.

The entire situation is silly. If this were a playground, Dr. Mann would be a tattle-tale who complains to the teacher that someone said mean things about him. After spending years arguing that climate-change skeptics are shills for big oil, Mann has apparently decided that the government should shut them up instead.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/trevorburrus/2014/08/14/hopefully-dr-michael-e-mann-doesnt-sue-me-for-this-column/

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Will Oscar Pistorius be found guilty of premeditated murder?
A South African prosecutor urged a court today to convict paralympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius of murder, claiming the Blade Runner had "dropped the baton" of truth when he testified about the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel, known as the "bull terrier" for his aggressive style, discussed discrepancies in Pistorius' testimony and a shift in Pistorius' defense, claiming the legless athlete initially claimed that he fired at what he thought was an intruder and later said he didn't mean to fire but the gun went off because he was startled.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/oscar-pistorius-back-court-closing-arguments-murder-trial/story?id=24874802

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Will Rosetta's comet landing succeed?
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has spent the last 10 years chasing down a comet hurtling through space at about 34,000 mile per hour — and if everything goes as planned on Wednesday morning, Rosetta will catch her prey.

At about 4:45 a.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, Rosetta is projected to catch up with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and maneuver to enter into orbit around the comet — a first for human space exploration. The key event will be an engine burn expected to last about 6.5 minutes. You can watch live, via this ESA livestream:

http://theweek.com/speedreads/index/265899/speedreads-watch-live-as-the-rosetta-spacecraft-tries-to-orbit-a-shooting-comet

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Will Rosetta's comet landing succeed?
This week, on 6 August, a mini-laboratory developed and built at the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is due to rendezvous with a comet.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-08-uk-mini-laboratory-comet.html

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Who will win?
@mayank not even close :-(

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Who will win?
@mayank this has been considered but yet decided to not be implemented. players should be able to sell their positions on those outcomes themselves. those are are more active in the game will have better conditions than.

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Will Comedian Adam S. Richmond be found guilty of criminal sexual conduct?
@Mayank The question has been closed retrospectively by BuckeyeTom. The outcome seems to have been publicly known for some time as he closed the question and he (correctly) backdated the settlement, and by this, probably voided one of your predictions you made after this date.

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Will Conroe Police Officer Jason Blackwelder be found guilty of manslaughter?
Both the defense and prosecution rested their cases Friday in the manslaughter trial against Conroe PD Sgt. Jason Blackwelder.

Twelve jurors now will begin deliberation on a verdict following closing arguments when court resumes Monday.

The defense brought two expert witnesses Friday to create doubt in the prosecution’s charge that Blackwelder acted recklessly in killing 19-year-old Russell Rios last summer after Rios was caught shoplifting at the North Loop 336 Walmart in Conroe.

Blackwelder, off-duty and leaving Walmart with his wife on July 31, 2013, noticed loss prevention employees pursuing Rios before joining the pursuit and chasing him into a wooded area.

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/courier/news/conroe-pd-officer-awaits-jury-verdict-next-week-in-manslaughter/article_b7a479a4-4133-550d-8c36-ee45e8c739d8.html

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How old will be world's oldest man on July 1st, 2014?
The world's oldest man, a retired chemist and parapsychologist, has died in New York City at the age of 111.

Alexander Imich died Sunday at his home in Manhattan, according to his niece, Karen Bogen of Providence, Rhode Island. She said she visited him a day earlier with her sister and several of his close friends.

Guinness World Records awarded Imich the title of oldest living man on May 8. The group is investigating the claim that 111-year-old Sakari Momoi of Japan is now the world's oldest man.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/worlds-oldest-man-dies-nyc-age-111-24053215

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Will Hillary Clinton admit to being a lesbian in her upcoming memoir?
Chris Licht, the executive producer of "CBS This Morning," tweeted on Thursday that his show had gotten its hands on the book, "Hard Choices," and would be disclosing some of its contents very quickly

Soon enough, the network posted excerpts from "Hard Choices" on its website, revealing Clinton's thoughts about the death of Osama bin Laden, the Iraq War, her daughter's wedding and a host of other issues. Its article said that the book was purchased at a store.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/05/cbs-news-hillary-clinton-book_n_5455159.html?utm_hp_ref=media&ir=Media

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Will Chris Froome be tested positive or have confessed to have used doping before the 2014 Tour?
@Stephen correct. I modified the question accordingly.

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2014 NBA Playoffs - who will win?
One season after the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs treated fans to one of the most memorable NBA Finals in years, the same two teams will meet again for the 2014 championship.

Once again, the series promises every manner of storyline, from the legacies of LeBron James and Tim Duncan to bold coaching strategies and discovering which team will win the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2086010-nba-finals-roundtable-legacies-storylines-titles-at-stake-between-heat-spurs

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French Open 2014: Will Rafa Nadal win his 9th title?
King Carlos might be ready to give up his throne but Spain's "King of Clay" shows no signs of abdicating any time soon.

Rafael Nadal, an eight-time winner at Roland Garros, booked his place in the quarterfinals following a straight sets win over Dusan Lajovic.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/02/sport/tennis/tennis-french-open-rafael-nadal/?hpt=hp_bn2

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Will Dr. Dre take the stage at Apple's WWDC?
Apple's latest high-profile hire, rapper and entrepreneur Dr. Dre, made his grand debut at the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday on the receiving end a phone call from Apple software chief Craig Federighi.

Federighi made the call while on stage showcasing OS X Yosemite's new continuity features. In an effort to showcase how iPhone features can be wirelessly shared with the Mac — including the ability to place phone calls and talk over the Mac's microphone and speakers — Federighi said he would like to call one of Apple's newest employees.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/06/02/dr-dre-makes-apple-debut-at-wwdc-helps-showcase-iphone-calling-support-in-os-x-yosemite

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Madeleine McCann - Will the case be solved in 2014?
This week, authorities will concentrate their efforts in grassy field near the Portugal resort.

Authorities confirmed the search was requested by Scotland Yard. On Monday, officers with Britain’s Metropolitan Police joined Portuguese officers to mark and secure the search area.

Officials will focus on a section of undeveloped scrubland, which is surrounded by holiday resorts. The total search area is comparable to three soccer fields.

As reported by BBC, the search has not yet begun. However, authorities will likely use “ground penetrating radar” to identify any anomalies, including disturbed layers of soil.

http://www.inquisitr.com/1278926/madeleine-mccann-search-intensifies-police-prepare-to-dig/

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Will "Solar Impulse 2" fly all the way around the earth in 2015, using solar power only?
A solar-powered plane that will be taken on a round-the-world journey in 2015 has made its inaugural flight.

The Solar Impulse 2 vehicle lifted off from Payerne airfield in Switzerland at just after 03:35 GMT (04:35 BST; 05:35 CEST), returning two hours later.

It is a larger, upgraded version of the aircraft that flew across America last year with adventurers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg at the controls.

For this maiden flight, test pilot Markus Scherdel was in the cockpit.

He climbed to just under 6,000ft (1,800m), conducting a number of manoeuvres to prove the handling of the aircraft.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27659068

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Will the US troops end its presence in Afghanistan by 2016?
President Barack Obama will seek to keep 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends later this year and then will withdraw most of those forces by 2016, senior administration officials said Tuesday.

Obama's decision is largely in line with what military commanders have been seeking and will allow the president to fully end the American-led military effort by the time he leaves office.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/president-barack-obama-wants-to-keep-9800-troops-in-afghanistan-after-war-formally-ends-9441896.html

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Will the McCanns get £1 million from the detective who accused them to fake Maddies abduction?
the trial has been suspended, awaiting information about the status of Madeleine McCann as a Ward of Court.

http://www.mccannfiles.com/id477.html

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Will Justin Bieber agree to a plea deal and avoid jail for drunk driving and drag racing?
Trial was delayed Wednesday until July for pop star Justin Bieber on driving under the influence and other charges after his lawyers asked for more time to examine evidence and discuss whether to accept a possible plea deal.

Bieber attorney Roy Black initially asked for a 60-day delay from the previous May 5 trial date, but Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield extended the postponement even further to July 7.

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/6062941/justin-bieber-dui-trial-delayed-until-july

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Will NASA announce discovery of extraterrestrial life before 31 Dec 2014 ?
The hunt for alien life will turn up results within our lifetime, a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute has promised the US Congress, though it might not be tentacled monsters or grey-skinned creatures with big eyes. The surprise commitment came at a House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing this past week, with SETI's Seth Shostak going on to explain the justification behind his bold prediction.

"It's unproven whether there is any life beyond Earth," Shostak conceded. "I think that situation is going to change within everyone's lifetime in this room."

http://www.slashgear.com/alien-life-discovery-in-our-lifetime-insists-seti-astronomer-24330413/

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For what price will Apple Inc buy Beats Electronics?
“A well-placed source has confirmed rumors that Apple’s acquisition of Beats ‘is happening’ … with ‘70% certainty’,” TechCrunch reported Thursday.

http://www.ibtimes.com/apple-wwdc-beats-dr-dre-announcement-will-developers-be-first-hear-about-beats-music-1589403

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Will the abducted Nigerian school girls be freed?
President Barack Obama is putting American troops on the ground to help find the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram

The U.S. has deployed 80 American troops to Chad to assist in the search for more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram last month, President Barack Obama told Congress on Wednesday.

http://time.com/108025/nigeria-chad-boko-haram-american-troops-obama/

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Will the abducted Nigerian school girls be freed?
Boko Haram made the decision to abduct as many schoolgirls as they could get their hands on (nearly 300, although no one is sure of the exact number). They weren’t looking for ransom money, although that may have been part of it. Their goals were political: to extract concessions from the Nigerian government, to bargain for the release of Boko Haram members in prison, and to once again underscore just how dangerous they are – and how powerless Nigeria is to stop them.

Boko Haram has certainly achieved the latter. That they can smuggle away nearly 300 screaming schoolgirls, without anyone even putting up a fight, is an extraordinary show of strength. It’s been six weeks, and still no one knows where the girls are (never mind get them back, we’ve got to find them first). The Nigerian government has been shown to be helplessly unable to deal with the threat.

http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-05-20-bringbackourgirls-and-the-trouble-with-hashtag-diplomacy/

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Will a special committee to investigate in the 2012 Benghazi, Libya assault be appointed?
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says she will appoint members to the House select committee on the deadly 2012 Benghazi terror attack. The panel will be comprised of seven Republicans and five Democrats.

Democrats have been pressing for a greater role in how the committee operates.

A senior GOP aide told CNN that "we have offered assurances on committee procedures, but no substantive changes that could hurt the investigation."

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/05/21/democrats-to-join-benghazi-select-committee/

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Will Rosetta's comet landing succeed?
The target of ESA's Rosetta mission has started to reveal its true personality as a comet, its dusty veil clearly developing over the last six weeks. The sequence of images presented here of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko were taken between 27 March and 4 May, as the gap between craft and comet closed from around 5 million km to 2 million km.

By the end of the sequence, the comet's dusty veil - the 'coma' - extends some 1300 km into space. By comparison, the nucleus is roughly only 4 km across, and cannot yet be 'resolved'.

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Rosettas_target_comet_is_becoming_active_999.html

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Will Oscar Pistorius be found guilty of premeditated murder?
Oscar Pistorius will undergo psychiatric evaluation after the judge ruled at his murder trial Wednesday that his state of mind when he killed his girlfriend should be assessed by experts, possibly delaying court proceedings for two months.

The ruling was prompted by testimony by a psychiatrist on behalf of the defense that the double-amputee Olympic athlete has generalized anxiety disorder and that this may have influenced his judgment when he fatally shot Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door in his home on Feb. 14, 2013.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2014/track_field/wires/05/14/2080.ap.ath.pistorius.trial.3rd.ld.writethru.0940/

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Fifa worldcup: Will any of the matches be relocated because of failed completion of a stadium?
It's all coming down to the final 30 days.

Brazil had seven years to get ready for the World Cup, but it enters the final month of preparations with a lot yet to be done.

Three stadiums are still under construction, some of the temporary structures needed for matches are delayed and it remains unclear if all cities will have time to organize the mandatory fanfests.

It's already known that not all infrastructure will be completed no matter how much organizers rush before the June 12 opener. The government acknowledges that communications inside stadiums won't be perfect, unfinished airports remain a concern and there are widespread threats of violent protests by Brazilians complaining about the billions of dollars spent to organize the tournament.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/cup-month-away-lot-be-done-brazil

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Will Switzerland pass the referendum to raise its minimum wage to $25 per hour?
Swiss business leaders shocked by past popular votes on executive pay and immigration are wary of a referendum on 18 May that could see Switzerland adopt the world's highest minimum wage of 22 Swiss francs (£14.70) an hour.

A recent opinion poll by gfs.bern found that 64% of voters were against the proposal, made by the SGB union and supported by the Socialist and Green parties. But Switzerland's system of direct democracy, with frequent popular votes on social, political or economic matters, has brought surprises before: the Swiss unexpectedly voted in February to curb EU immigration.

"I'm feeling uneasy about the upcoming vote," said Ralph Mueller, division head at electronic components maker Schurter.

"We would have to significantly raise the salaries in our factory in Mendrisio, where about 80 of our 100 workers commute from Italy, but we would also have to raise the wages of our higher-paid staff. It would cost about 250,000 francs [£167,000] a year."

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/12/switzerland-referendum-highest-minimum-wage

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Will the abducted Nigerian school girls be freed?
A new clue about the fate of hundreds of girls kidnapped by an Islamist extremist group in Nigeria emerged Monday with the release of a video apparently showing many of the girls and new threats to “sell them” and “hold them as slaves” until Boko Haram members are released from prison.

If genuine, it would be the first public glimpse of the girls since they were seized on April 14 from a school in Chibok, an isolated village some 80 miles from this regional capital in Nigeria’s far northeast, where an Islamist insurgency has bedeviled the authorities for years.

The video shows dozens of girls dressed in head scarves and long gowns that cover their bodies but reveal their faces. They are praying and seated cross-legged in the type of scrubland that is pervasive in this region, not far from the Sahara Desert. One of the girls is shown reciting the opening of the Quran; three express allegiance to Islam; two say they had converted from Christianity.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/13/world/africa/boko-haram-video-kidnapped-nigerian-girls.html

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Soccer - English Premier League: Hull vs. Everton - Who will win?
@Mayank
sometimes, the question is created based on bookmakers odds, and they omit the draw result for unknown reasons. since this question is machine created, no manual review takes place. in case it cannot be automatically settled, for example if the result would've been "draw" the question would be voided eventually. otherwise, it is, although not perfect, still good to go.

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Will the abducted Nigerian school girls be freed?
American experts have arrived in Nigeria to help track down the 276 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.

“Our inter-agency team is hitting the ground in Nigeria,” Secretary of State John Kery said late Thursday. They are going to be working with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s government to return the girls to their families and their communities, he added.

“We are also going to do everything possible to counter the menace of Boko Haram,” Kerry said, referring to the extremist Islamist group which has claimed responsibility for kidnapping the girls from their school in the northeastern village of Chibok on April 14.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-nigeria-schoolgirls/u-s-experts-arrive-nigeria-hunt-girls-taken-boko-haram-n101126

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Who will win?
In just over a month the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazilâ„¢ will get underway with the Opening Match in Sao Paulo between Brazil and Croatia, which will kick off on 12 June at 17:00 local time. All 32 participating teams have until 13 May at the latest to hand in a 30-man provisional squad list, which FIFA will publish on the official tournament website FIFA.com on 16 May at 12:00 CET.

http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=5/news=the-world-cup-squads-on-fifa-com-2335441.html

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Will Wu-Tang's secret album “The Wu — Once Upon A Time In Shaolin” leak before it's sold?
Singer Cher will be an unlikely Wu-Tang Clan guest on the rap collective's much-anticipated new album. The Believe hitmaker's vocals will be included on the group's upcoming record The Wu - Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

Her representative has confirmed the news to RollingStone.com, stating, "She recorded her parts separately, so I don't believe there was direct interaction." Last year (13), the group hinted about the collaboration during a webchat, writing, "(The record) includes special guest appearances by Bonnie Jo Mason."

http://www.hollywood.com/news/brief/56972905/cher-to-be-featured-on-wu-tang-clan-s-new-album

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Will the death sentence of Murugan, one of the Rajiv Gandhi murder plotters, be commuted?
The Supreme Court on Friday indefinitely stalled Tamil Nadu government's February 19 proposal to release all seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and referred to a five-judge constitution bench questions over remittance of sentences of prisoners whose death penalty was commuted to life term.

On February 18, a bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam had commuted the death sentence of Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan to life imprisonment on the ground that the President had taken an inordinately long time, 11 years, to decide their mercy petitions.

The very next day, the J Jayalalithaa government wrote to the Centre proposing to remit the remaining life term of all seven -- three whose death penalty was commuted and other lifers S Nalini, Jayakumar, Robert Payas and P Ravichandran — and release them from prison.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Release-of-Rajiv-Gandhis-killers-stalled-by-SC/articleshow/34215747.cms

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Will Italy ask for Amanda Knox to be extradited?
CCTV footage released by an Italian investigative TV show casts doubt over Amanda Knox's alibi in the case of the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/06/amanda-knox-cctv-footage_n_5273555.html

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Will Warner Bros officially announce a Goonies sequel?
Corey Feldman surprised his "The Goonies" co-star Sean Astin during a HuffPost Live interview on Wednesday to discuss the buzz surrounding a possible sequel to the classic 1985 film.

"What's happening with 'Goonies 2?' That's what everybody wants to know. What are we doing?!" Feldman, who played Mouth in the first "Goonies" film, asked his old co-star.

Astin, who played Mikey in the original "Goonies" film, replied to Feldman that he had some inside info about the sequel.

"I happen to know that they are actively trying to secure a writer based on an outline that they feel really confident about," he said.

Astin added that he feels confident that Steven Spielberg, who co-wrote "The Goonies," will greenlight the sequel project.

"When Steven, who ultimately is the decision-maker on this, when he has felt the magic and he and ['Goonies' director Richard Donner] are in agreement, which I believe will happen, then it will be a thing," Astin said.

Both Astin and Feldman have heard that Chris Columbus, who wrote the original "Goonies" screenplay, will be involved in the sequel.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/07/goonies-sequel_n_5282665.html

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Will the abducted Nigerian school girls be freed?
Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram is reported to have struck again in Borno State, killing hundreds of people in fresh attacks, as the US joins the ongoing hunt for hundreds of abducted school girls.

On Monday night in the town of Gamboru Ngala near Nigeria's border with Cameroon, residents said that heavily armed Boko Haram militants gunned down civilians and set fire to buildings including a police station.

A local senator said hundreds were dead. However, a Nigerian military spokesman said the incident was unconfirmed.

"About 300 persons were confirmed dead after the incident, with several others injured. Almost all the houses in the communities were destroyed by the hoodlums who threw IEDs [improvised explosive devices] at the buildings," Senator Ahmed Zannah, who is from the area, told BBC Hausa.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/nigeria-boko-haram-kills-300-fresh-attack-us-joins-hunt-abducted-girls-1447463

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Will the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster be registered as a religion in Poland?
Preaching religious tolerance, a Texas “Pastafarian” persuaded Department of Public Safety workers in Lubbock to let him wear a ceremonial pasta strainer like a hat for his driver’s license photo.

“Once she allowed me to, I put the pasta strainer on my head,” Texas Tech student Eddie Castillo told KLBK. “I took the biggest, cheesiest smile I ever took.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/pastafarian-recognized-texas-id-article-1.1436608

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Will the abducted Nigerian school girls be freed?
President Obama said Tuesday that the U.S. would do everything possible to help Nigeria find nearly 300 teenage girls missing since they were kidnapped from school three weeks ago by an Islamic extremist group that has threatened to sell them.

Mr. Obama said the immediate priority was finding the girls, but that in the longer term, the Boko Haram group must also be dealt with.

CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan said Secretary of State John Kerry told Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday that the U.S. would send a team of hostage negotiators and intelligence experts to help in the search.

The technical experts heading to Nigeria will include U.S. military and law enforcement personnel skilled in intelligence, investigations, hostage negotiating, information sharing and victim assistance, as well as officials with expertise in other areas, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

U.S. armed forces were not being sent, Carney note.

But Amnesty International's Adotei Akwei told CBS News that the delay makes the chances of finding the girls slim.

"Some of them have been trafficked out of Nigeria, into Cameroon or Chad," said Akwei. "I suspect that they are being used as sex slaves... that's unfortunately what happens when girls are abducted."

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nigeria-accepts-us-help-to-rescue-girls-kidnapped-by-boko-haram-too-late/

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Madeleine McCann - Will the case be solved in 2014?
Authorities in Portugal have approved plans by the Metropolitan Police to dig for evidence at the resort where Madeleine McCann went missing seven years ago.

Forensic teams will use ground penetrating radar equipment to examine three sites in Praia da Luz, Sky News has reported, in an operation that comes just days after the seventh anniversary of her disappearance.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/madeleine-mccann-british-police-to-dig-at-praia-da-luz-resort-for-evidence-9326384.html

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Karl Rove's Fearless Political Predictions for 2014: How many Senate seats will the GOP have?
Karl Rove said Tuesday that while President Barack Obama’s current low approval ratings may seem to bode well for the GOP in the November midterm elections, Republicans still need to present a positive alternative to the president’s agenda.

If “Republicans get cocky, think the election is over and think that all they need to do is to play it safe and beat up on Obama,” Rove said on Fox News, “Democrats are going to win more races than they otherwise should.”

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/karl-rove-republicans-106143.html

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2014 Celebrity Wedding Predictions: Kim Kardashian & Kanye West?
Obscure indie musician Kanye West has been courting our generation's answer to Princess Diana, Kim Kardashian, for what feels like a lifetime in tabloid years. Much like that of a well-bred Southern gentleman and debutante, West and Kardashian's slow-burn romance has included all the proper steps: long strolls around the property, gentle swaying on the front porch swing, making out on the back of a motorcycle in a music video, and having a a child out of wedlock. But rumors have been swirling for a while now that when the fated wedding day did finally arrive, it would bring the kind of grandeur that would give William Randolph Hearst ecstatic shivers of jealousy.

But all speculation about a rumored West-Kardashian wedding have been temporarily shut down by the gossip equivalent of an EMP: They went and got married in secret!

According to Page Six (who got their facts from the frequently spurious Life & Style Weekly), it all went down yesterday Sunday in California and it involved a "confidential" marriage license. But lest you think that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have gone all restrained and and tasteful and reasonable on us, don't fret: They're still planning anywhere between one and several hundred international wedding ceremonies of varying decadence and spectacle. Like that possibly Versailles-set one? Might still happen, likely "later this year." Start getting mentally prepared. Anyway, congratulations again to whatshisname and whatshername.

http://www.thewire.com/entertainment/2014/05/kanye-west-and-kim-kardashian-maybe-sorta-possibly-got-married/361691/

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Who will be the winning horse in the 2014 Kentucky Derby?
Early Saturday night, the horses for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby will saunter onto the racetrack as a capacity crowd at Churchill Downs serenades them with a full-throated “My Old Kentucky Home.” It promises to be a stirring tableau of America’s oldest sport showcasing its history and grandeur and the beautiful athletes at its center.

It is what makes the first Saturday in May a holiday for anyone who has brushed a horse, or climbed atop one, or taken $2 to a betting window because of the appeal of a horse’s name.

But in recent years, this rite of spring has been accompanied by a new dimension: scandal. The latest involves Steve Asmussen, the trainer with the second-most career victories, who is under state and federal investigation over accusations of various forms of cruelty, including administering drugs to horses for nontherapeutic purposes and having a jockey use an electrical device to shock horses into running faster.

Asmussen is here and will saddle the filly Untapable, the favorite to win the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, as well as a colt named Tapiture in the Derby. He fired his longtime assistant, Scott Blasi, whose voice was prominent on a video recorded with a hidden camera by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, but Asmussen has refused to answer questions about the investigations.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/03/sports/scandal-casts-shadow-over-grandeur-of-kentucky-derby.html?hp

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Will PR guru Max Clifford found guilty of indecent assaults?
English celebrity publicist Max Clifford was sentenced in a London court Friday to eight years in prison for a series of indecent assaults on teenage girls, Britain's Press Association reported.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/02/world/europe/uk-clifford-sentenced/

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Will Toronto Mayor Rob Ford be reelected?
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said that he is taking a break from his campaign to seek help for alcohol abuse, he said in a statement Wednesday.

The news comes after a local newspaper published stills from a new Rob Ford crack video (below) and a Toronto bar patron recorded him drunkenly rambling Monday.

http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2014/05/rob-ford-enters-rehab-as-new-crack-video-surfaces-wants-to-f-kin/

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Will Jodi Ann Arias get a life sentence or death penalty?
Jury selection is set to begin Sept. 8 for the penalty phase re-trial of convicted killer Jodi Arias, reports CBS affiliate KPHO.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/jodi-arias-murder-sentencing-re-trial-set-for-sept/

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The Simpsons: who will be killed off?
Fans of The Simpsons should start preparing themselves for the imminent death of a "terrific character".

Teasers so far suggest the character might not be who people are expecting, but it is known that the actor who plays them won an Emmy for their voiceover.

Al Jean, executive producer of the long-running animated series, has even gone so far as to hint at some Game of Thrones comparisons.

The HBO show shocked viewers with the death of a major character in its "Purple Wedding" episode earlier this month.

But The Simpsons is set to compete, with Jean joking that the show's "Yellow Wedding" will be "an even bigger deal" than the fantasy drama's storyline.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/the-simpsons-death-episode-will-be-bigger-than-game-of-thrones-9304810.html

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Will the Japanese bankruptcy court ok the sale of Mt Gox for 1 Bitcoin?
U.S. and Canadian customers of failed Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox have agreed to settle their proposed class action lawsuits that alleged the company defrauded them of hundreds of millions of dollars.

The class action plaintiffs agreed to support a plan by Sunlot Holdings to buy the shuttered exchange and accept their share of bitcoins still held by Mt. Gox, according to a statement and court filings.

Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy in Japan and the United States earlier this year after saying it lost some 850,000 bitcoins - worth more than $400 million - in a hacking attack. It subsequently said it found 200,000 bitcoins.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/29/us-bitcoin-mtgox-settlement-idUSBREA3S02W20140429

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Will Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones file for divorce?
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones may have announced they are taking some time apart eight months ago, but it doesn't mean they can't spend that time together. Or so it seems, from their latest joint red carpet appearances.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/29/michael-douglas-catherine-zeta-jones-hold-hands_n_5232435.html

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Will Adidas renew the FIFA partnership beyond 2030?
Today the Adidas Brazuca 2014 World Cup Ball has been released. The Adidas Brazuca 2014 World Cup Ball Panel Design has been seen at the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013 in Turkey and was used in every match to test the ball characteristics.



http://www.footyheadlines.com/2013/11/adidas-brazuca-2014-world-cup-ball.html

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Will Emirates renew the FIFA partnership beyond 2014?
When World Cup hype reaches its peak in Ma and June of next year, it will difficult to remember more than one company makes soccer balls. Or boots. Or kits and other equipment. Once World Cup 2014 kicks off it will be all stripes, no swooshes, just as it’s been for every tournament since 1970. Since Mexico 1970, adidas has become inextricably linked with soccer’s main event. To see another name on the ball would be like seeing Michael Jordan lacing up a pair of Reeboks.

So it’s little surprise that today, at a ceremony in Moscow, FIFA and adidas announced their partnership has been extended until at least 2030, a duration during which the apparel company will be the continue to develop the official match ball and hold licensing rights to ‘FIFA World Cup’.

http://prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/21/fifa-adidas-partnership-match-ball-2014-fifa-world-cup-extend/

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NY vs Trump: Trump University fraud lawsuit, what will be the result?
Donald Trump not only is seeking to throw out a fraud lawsuit brought against his Trump University by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman — he wants more than $100 million for his troubles.

In legal papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Trump says that his name, brand and reputation have been damaged by Schneiderman’s “malicious prosecution.”

The attorney general “is using the publicity of a lawsuit . . . to further his political aspirations,” Trump lawyer Jeffrey Goldman charges in the legal papers, demanding “well in excess” of $100 million in damages.

In January, a judge tossed part of Schneiderman’s lawsuit but said the attorney general could continue to pursue some of his claims.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/trump-fires-back-schneiderman-100m-suit-article-1.1710896

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Will the Keystone XL oil pipeline be built?
Shares of the Calgary-based company retreated over 3% on Monday, the first trading day since the U.S. State Department once again punted on whether or not to approve the $5.4 billion project.

The State Department is extending the input period for federal agencies to examine the pipeline project because of the "potential impact" of a pending Nebraska Supreme Court case.

The battle in Nebraska's high court is over the legality of the approval process for the pipeline's route through the state. It may not be wrapped up until the end of the year or early 2015.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/21/investing/keystone-xl-stock/

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Taylor Swift doesn't know: Where will she be in 12 months from now - May 1st 2014?
the last option settles as soon as Mrs Swift gets pregnant, regardless in what kind of relationship she is - as opposed to all other options which exclude it,

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Soccer - UEFA Champions League: Who will win?
"The team want it, I want it, the fans want it," said Josep Guardiola as FC Bayern München try to overturn a 1-0 deficit at home to a Real Madrid CF side ready for a "very difficult" night.

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2014/matches/round=2000482/match=2011881/prematch/preview/

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Madeleine McCann - Will the case be solved in 2014?
A former Scotland Yard detective has revealed that a suspect, linked with attacks on another five British girls in the region between 2004 and 2010, was wearing the distinctive, long-sleeve t-shirt with a logo from the Portuguese drinks company Super Bock.

The suspect is said to have worn the distinctive burgundy shirt on two occasions in Vale de Parra and Praia da Gale.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said last month the suspect broke into holiday properties where British families were staying and sexually abused five white British girls aged between seven and 10.

Described as a tanned, dark-haired man who was 'smelly and pot-bellied' it's believed he may be a local bin man.

Scotland Yard are hoping to begin 'operational activity' on the ground in Portugal, raising hopes that arrests could be imminent.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/madeleine-mccann-suspect-wore-distinctive-red-t-shirt-superbock-logo-1446323

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Soccer - English Premier League: Southampton vs. Everton - Who will win?
I don't think it would make sense, since the question would close before anyone would bet on it.

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Will FC Barcelona 2-window transfer ban be reduced?
Barcelona will be able to buy and sell players this summer after Fifa suspended its transfer ban on the club.

The Spanish giants were given the 14-month ban after being found to have breached rules on signing international players under the age of 18.

However, the suspension is now on hold pending an appeal.

The Spanish champions were originally sanctioned by Fifa's disciplinary committee on 2 April for breaking the rules in the case of 10 minors and punished with the ban and a fine of 450,000 Swiss francs.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/27126522

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Fifa worldcup: Will any of the matches be relocated because of failed completion of a stadium?
The soccer stadium scheduled to host the opening match of the World Cup in Brazil moved a step closer to readiness on Tuesday. But that facility and two others remain unfinished less than two months before the start of the world's largest sports event.

The event came five months after a construction crane collapsed at Arena Corinthians, killing two workers and delaying completion of the venue. The deadly accident highlighted broader concerns about Brazil's readiness for the monthlong tournament, which begins June 12.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303887804579504093040465768

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Will Syria's al-Assad be reelected in 2014?
As more reports of bloodshed and chaos emerged from Syria on Monday, the government announced it will hold presidential elections on June 3.

But it's unclear whether the elections will yield any major change in Syria, which has been wracked by violence over the past three years.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/21/world/meast/syria-civil-war/

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Will Warner Bros officially announce a Goonies sequel?
Watch your words Corey Feldman ... 'cause "The Goonies" sequel director Richard Donner says he's working on is NOT some rogue side project -- he's working with Spielberg.

https://www.tmz.com/2014/04/19/richard-donner-goonies-sequel-steven-spielberg/

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Will Switzerland pass the referendum to raise its minimum wage to $25 per hour?
Switzerland May Soon Have World’s Highest Minimum Wage: Nestle, Trade Groups Say Hike Would Hurt Swiss Economy

http://www.ibtimes.com/switzerland-may-soon-have-worlds-highest-minimum-wage-nestle-trade-groups-say-hike-would-1572661

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Will the Japanese bankruptcy court ok the sale of Mt Gox for 1 Bitcoin?
Defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has given up its plan to rebuild under bankruptcy protection and has asked a Tokyo court to allow it to be liquidated, people familiar with the situation said.

These people cited as reasons the complexity of the procedure—including the difficulty of holding meetings with creditors spread around the world—as well as the lack of realistic rehabilitation plans for the Tokyo-based exchange.

For creditors in bankruptcy cases, a switch to liquidation usually means they will recoup less of their investment. But one person close to Mt. Gox said there was still hope a buyer for the exchange could be found, an outcome that could mean creditors receive part of any future earnings.

http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702303663604579504691512965308-lMyQjAxMTA0MDEwNTExNDUyWj

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Will the IPCC find a criminal cover-up by South Yorkshire police in the Hillsborough tragedy?
What happened in the days and weeks following the tragedy, how the portrayal of the disaster was manipulated and who was responsible should be uncovered by the new inquiry, something forced by the extraordinary patience and campaigning of Liverpool fans. The tributes this weekend -- every game in England starting at seven minutes past the hour, every game preceded by a minute's silence, 96 seats left empty at Wembley, 96 blue seats removed at Hillsborough and replaced by white ones on each of which was left a red rose -- were a mark of how relevant the disaster remains, how the pain and shock of that Saturday afternoon still reverberates.

What Liverpool achieves or does not achieve on the pitch is one thing, but the aftermath of Hillsborough is being played out -- disgracefully late - at the inquiry in Warrington. On the eve of the opening of the inquests at the end of March, the Independent Police Complaints Commission revealed that 13 serving or former police officers have been identified as "suspects" in the ongoing investigation, 11 of whom have already been interviewed under caution relating to a range of offenses including manslaughter, misconduct in a public office and perverting the course of justice.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/20140415/hillsborough-disaster-liverpool-tragedy-25-anniversary/

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Will Glenn Greenwald Travel to the U.S. to Accept the George Polk Award?
Months after lifting a veil of secrecy from the National Security Agency's surveillance operations, The Washington Post and The Guardian won a Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday. The two papers broke the story in tandem, relying on NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden.

comes days after two journalists at the heart of the story, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, received a George Polk Award for national security reporting. On that occasion, , "I hope that as journalists we realize not only the importance of defending our own rights, but also those of our sources like Edward Snowden.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/14/303002434/pulitzer-prizes-are-out-washington-post-the-guardian-win-for-nsa-stories

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Michael Phelps takes first step toward comeback: Will he compete in the 2016 Games in Rio?
Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step towards possibly competing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet in Mesa, Arizona, on 24-26 April.

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/apr/14/michael-phelps-ends-swimming-retirement

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When will the first Desertec power plant start electricity production?
Bilfinger is leaving the Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII), a German industrial group that aims to import solar and wind power from deserts, a spokesman for the industrial services group said on Sunday.

"We are not extending our contract when it expires at the end of 2014," the spokesman said, confirming a German daily Handelsblatt report due to be published on Monday.

Bilfinger's move is the latest in a series of blows to the project, which was set up in 2009 with the aim of providing up to 15 percent of Europe's power by 2050 from solar and wind parks in North Africa and the Middle East.

German utility E.ON last week said it would quit DII, preferring to focus on its own projects, while Siemens and Bosch left the group in 2012 after the two companies had made investments of their own in solar power, which proved unsuccessful after the sector was hit by global overcapacity and price declines.

Last year the Desertec Foundation, a supporting non-profit initiative, also pulled out due to a row over strategy, communication and management style.

Deutsche Bank and Munich RE are some of the other corporate shareholders that continue to back the project.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/13/bilfinger-desertec-idUSL6N0N50JK20140413

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Will Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload.com, be extradited to the US?
Six of the biggest US film studios are suing Kim Dotcom for operating "the largest and most active infringing website targeting creative content in the world", Megaupload.

The suit relates to the fact that Dotcom and his fellow site operators "facilitated, encouraged, and profited" from films and television shows before they were indicted under federal charges, according to a statement from the Motion Picture Association of America (MMPA).

Dotcom's lawyer, Ira Rothken, said the impending judgement on that extradition is the reason for this suit being brought now. He told Reuters: "The MPAA is suddenly realising that we're a few months away from the extradition hearing, and once Kim Dotcom and the others prevail in the extradition hearing they'll have more resources and more assets. The MPAA wants to have cover if the Department of Justice fails in the extradition and the criminal case."

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-04/08/kim-dotcom-sued

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Quick: Will Chris Brown's misdemeanor assault charge be dismissed by the judge?
Brown's lawyers have asked a judge to dismiss the case, saying prosecutors misused the grand jury process to prepare for trial. They also want certain statements the singer made suppressed.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/brown-assault-case-back-in-court-30162003.html

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What will be S&P next US credit rating?
Fitch Ratings on Friday upgraded its outlook for the U.S. AAA credit rating, removing the nation from a downgrade watch after politicians put off another debt limit battle until next year.

The company, one of three major credit rating firms, changed the outlook for the rating to stable from a negative watch put in place in October.

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-fitch-credit-rating-debt-limit-20140321,0,1977499.story

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Will Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, self described 9/11 Mastermind, be sentenced to death?
“To completely rule out enhanced interrogation methods in the future is unwise in the extreme,” former Vice President Dick Cheney – who supported the use of such methods – said in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute in 2009. “It is recklessness cloaked in righteousness, and would make the American people less safe.” Conservative media figures incessantly hyped former Bush administration officials’ at times verifiably false claims about the efficacy of the program. The Bush administration’s trip to the “dark side” provided pundits, op-ed columnists, and other media personalities an endless stream of satisfaction from talking like the greased up protagonists of 1980s action films.

After Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces in Pakistan in 2011, Bush defenders claimed that he had been discovered because the pseudonym of bin Laden’s courier had been acquired through torture. That too, was a false claim – Panetta himself wrote in a letter to Arizona Republican Senator John McCain in 2011 that “we first learned about the facilitator/courier’s nom de guerre from a detainee not in CIA custody in 2002.”

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/cia-lied-about-torture-justify-using-it

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Will Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, self described 9/11 Mastermind, be sentenced to death?
“To completely rule out enhanced interrogation methods in the future is unwise in the extreme,” former Vice President Dick Cheney – who supported the use of such methods – said in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute in 2009. “It is recklessness cloaked in righteousness, and would make the American people less safe.” Conservative media figures incessantly hyped former Bush administration officials’ at times verifiably false claims about the efficacy of the program. The Bush administration’s trip to the “dark side” provided pundits, op-ed columnists, and other media personalities an endless stream of satisfaction from talking like the greased up protagonists of 1980s action films.

After Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces in Pakistan in 2011, Bush defenders claimed that he had been discovered because the pseudonym of bin Laden’s courier had been acquired through torture. That too, was a false claim – Panetta himself wrote in a letter to Arizona Republican Senator John McCain in 2011 that “we first learned about the facilitator/courier’s nom de guerre from a detainee not in CIA custody in 2002.”

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/cia-lied-about-torture-justify-using-it

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Will Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, self described 9/11 Mastermind, be sentenced to death?
A Senate intelligence committee investigation found that the Central Intelligence Agency employed brutal interrogation methods that turned out to be largely useless and then lied about their effectiveness, according to The Washington Post.

As described to the Post, the Senate report contradicts the main defenses of the Bush-era torture program: That harsh methods were needed to produce actionable results, and that the program itself helped save American lives by foiling terror attacks. Instead, the CIA overstated the effectiveness of the program and concealed the harshness of the methods they used. Intelligence breakthroughs credited to the “enhanced interrogation” program by the CIA were instead gleaned through other means, and then used by the agency to bolster defenses of the program. The intelligence committee is set to vote on submitting the report for declassification on Thursday.

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/cia-lied-about-torture-justify-using-it

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Will an Ebola case outside Africa be confirmed before the end of April?
An outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa has spread to Guinea's capital and beyond its borders in an "unprecedented epidemic," a leading aid agency reported Monday.

A total of 122 patients are suspected of contracting Ebola and 78 have died, Doctors Without Borders said. Most victims have been in Guinea, but the World Health Organization reported Sunday that two deaths in Sierra Leone and one in Liberia are suspected to have been caused by the Ebola virus.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/31/health/africa-ebola/

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Will the White House shooter be found guilty of attempted assassination despite the fact President Obama was out of state?
An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to firing an assault rifle at the White House from his car in 2011 was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 23, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, shot at the White House in a “misguided effort to make the public aware of what he believed to be the coming Armageddon,” his lawyers wrote in memo to U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer seeking 10-year sentence. “It was emphatically not his intention to injure anyone, let alone President Obama.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-31/white-house-shooter-ortega-hernandez-gets-25-year-sentence-1-.html

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George W. Bush hopes so: Will Jeb Bush run for president 2016?
Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/influential-republicans-working-to-draft-jeb-bush-into-2016-presidential-race/2014/03/29/11e33b06-b5f2-11e3-8cb6-284052554d74_story.html

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Will Apple strike a deal with Comcast to set up an Internet-based TV service?
Apple reportedly is in talks with Comcast (CMCSA_), the nation's largest cable provider, to reinvent the way consumers watch television. Reports suggest that both companies are negotiating terms on a joint streaming-television service using an Apple's set-top box, currently known as Apple TV. In return, Apple wants "special treatment" on Comcast's public lines.

Apple seeks assurances from Comcast that there will be no congestion. For this to be possible, Apple would need an exclusive line that allows it to bypass the "last mile" congestion, or the part of the transmission that reaches the customer.

Apple plans to allow users to stream live and on-demand programming stored in "cloud" servers. If this deal does go through, Apple would have already been successful at re-inventing collaborative efforts between "old media" and a tech power. But there's something else that needs "re-inventing," according to Tim Cook, Apple's CEO.

With investor fear rising about Netflix losing a substantial portion of its customer base, Cook should go after Netflix now and use its offer with Comcast as leverage. If Apple is successful at improving viewer engagement, Netflix may see a mass exodus of its customers.

http://www.thestreet.com/story/12543822/1/apples-plan-to-buy-netflix.html

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Turkish Officials Block Twitter - Will Facebook be blocked before the upcoming local elections, too?
Twitter plans to temporarily hide controversial tweets in Turkey to help get its site back up and running in the country, the company announced today.

The Turkish government enacted the ban last week after citizens and others spoke out against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This criticism led Erdogan to convince the government to block access to Twitter, conveniently before a countrywide election to determine new government officials.

http://venturebeat.com/2014/03/26/twitter-agrees-to-withhold-controversial-tweets-in-turkey-as-it-seeks-to-end-ban/

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Soccer - Spanish La Liga Primera: Osasuna vs. Atletico Madrid - Who will win?
there was no such match on the given date of the question. the match was probably covered by another question.

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Turkish Officials Block Twitter - Will Facebook be blocked before the upcoming local elections, too?
After Turkey’s Twitter was apparently disabled, the hashtag #TwitterisblockedinTurkey went supernova, though Twitter is still accessible via the site’s SMS service, which allows Turks to text in a tweet.

From across the world last night, thousands of Twitter users dispatched outraged — and sometimes hilarious — updates and photos touching upon feelings of dismay, humor, resignation.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/03/21/turkey-bans-twitter-and-twitter-explodes/

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Will the blackbox of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flight MH370 be located?
Search planes are on their way to assess at least two objects in the southern Indian Ocean that could be connected to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Australian authorities have announced.

Four aircraft have been sent to the area after a “possible indication of debris” was detected in satellite imagery, said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa), which is co-ordinating the search in the southern Indian Ocean.

Amsa’s emergency response general manager, John Young, said the largest possible object had been assessed as measuring 24 metres. The satellite sightings were made 2,500km (1,500 miles) south-west of Perth.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/20/mh370-two-objects-spotted-in-southern-indian-ocean-australia-says

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Who will play Luke Skywalker in Star Wars VII?
Time for some actual news about "Star Wars: Episode VII." According to Lucasfilm, production will begin on J.J. Abrams' science-fiction sequel in May at Pinewood Studios in London. Meanwhile, during a Disney shareholders meeting on Tuesday, it was revealed that the plot of "Episode VII" will take place 30 years after the events of "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/18/star-wars-episode-vii-production_n_4987156.html

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As Kerry warns: Will Russia be evicted from G8?
France's foreign minister cast doubt Tuesday on Russia's participation in the Group of Eight world powers because of its incursion into Crimea, saying the other members of the elite economic club are ready to meet without Moscow.

Other G-8 countries said that no decision has yet been made on Russia's future in the group. It's an especially sensitive question now, because Russia has the G-8's rotating leadership and is scheduled to host U.S. President Barack Obama and other leaders for a summit in Sochi in June.

Amid tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine, the other members of the group — the U.S. Britain, Germany, Japan, France, Italy and Canada — had already suspended preparations for that summit.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius went further Tuesday, saying on Europe-1 radio that "concerning the G-8 ... we decided to suspend Russia's participation, and it is envisaged that all the other countries, the seven leading countries, will unite without

Russia."http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/france-russia-suspended-22951530

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Japan nuclear free - When will the first reactor restart?
In the wake of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant three years ago, Japan's government decided to phase out nuclear power. Other governments, notably , followed Japan's lead.

But Wednesday, Tokyo reversed course. It issued a draft energy plan that includes restarting idled nuclear reactors. Now, the energy issue looms large over Japan's efforts to stage a comeback from two decades of economic stagnation.

The Basic Energy Plan sends very mixed signals. It says Japan will reduce its dependence on nuclear energy as much as possible. It also says nuclear will remain a key source of electricity. It doesn't offer any timetables, or specify the proportion of fossil fuels, renewables and nuclear in Japan's energy mix.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/02/27/283526661/idle-no-more-japan-plans-to-restart-closed-nuclear-reactors

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Will Oprah Winfrey's OWN Lindsay Lohan docu be cancelled, or called of early?
Oprah Winfrey, mother confessor of the nation, is nothing without her supplicants. Though she’s no longer the conscience of afternoon television, her benediction is still sought by the unlucky, the needy and the creatively bankrupt.

And Ms. Winfrey has a channel to run now, which means that she needs believers more than ever. In Lindsay Lohan, the former teenage star turned tabloid sideshow turned second-chance waster, Ms. Winfrey has snared a flashy disciple. Just 27, Ms. Lohan is already years beyond her peak, shorthand for total public collapse.

Ms. Winfrey needs someone to save. Ms. Lohan needs a lifeline. Bringing Ms. Lohan in from the cold and partnering with her is easy therapy and sound business. The result is “Lindsay,” the new docu-series about Ms. Lohan’s post-rehab life that had its premiere on Sunday night on OWN, Ms. Winfrey’s channel.

Never mind that much of the last seven or so years has been a Lindsay Lohan reality show, taking place on TMZ, in tabloids, in the courts and in rehabilitation clinics. Ms. Lohan has failed for so long and so publicly that it no longer seems reasonable to expect her to succeed, a possibility that a show like this at least needs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/11/arts/television/following-lindsay-lohan-after-her-latest-rehab.html

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What will be the voter turnout in the North Korean parliamentary election, March 9?
North Korea's state media has confirmed what was never in doubt - a 100 percent, no-abstention poll victory for leader Kim Jong-Un in the country's stage-managed parliamentary election.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10687009/Kim-Jong-Un-secures-unsurprising-100-per-cent-victory-in-North-Korea-election.html

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Will the Hoverboard Program succeed?
Trust us: If hoverboards were as real as this one from a mysterious company called HUVr, the world really would be changed forever. Or at the very least, it would be way more fun.

A hoverboard, like the wondrously 1980s pink variety Marty McFly cruises on in "Back to the Future Part II," is universally accepted as the most awesome thing we don't yet have. The wheel-less skateboard that floats above the ground and travels as if by magic has even become a bit of a pop culture trope recently for semi-sarcastically lamenting the slowness of technological innovation, of wanting the future right now. Sure, we have cell phone computers, car-sized roving science labs on Mars, and gigantic particle accelerators capable of recreating miniature versions of the Big Bang, but a hoverboard? Now that will be the day.

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Will Oscar Pistorius be found guilty of premeditated murder?
Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee track star accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, went on trial here on Monday at a hearing expected to be watched by millions around the globe.

He denied the murder charge, saying in a clear voice that he was not guilty. The start of the proceedings was delayed for 90 minutes for unexplained reasons.

According to testimony in preliminary hearings, Mr. Pistorius fired four shots through a closed bathroom door in the predawn hours of Feb. 14, 2013, at his home in Pretoria. At least three bullets struck Ms. Steenkamp, vaulting Mr. Pistorius into the notorious ranks of celebrity murder defendants.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/04/world/africa/oscar-pistorius-murder-trial.html

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Will Russia invade Ukraine?
Russia's Vladimir Putin has agreed to a proposal from Angela Merkel to set up a contact group on Ukraine, the German government said Sunday.

"President Putin accepted the German chancellor's proposal to immediately establish a commission of enquiry as well as a contact group, possibly under the direction of the OSCE, to open a political dialogue," Berlin said in a statement.

http://news.yahoo.com/putin-agrees-dialogue-ukraine-contact-group-berlin-205224237.html

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Karl Rove's Fearless Political Predictions for 2014: How many Senate seats will the GOP have?
Dozens of states will hold Senate primaries this year, beginning with Texas on Tuesday. Here is a look at the key races in every state. The outlook of each contest is based on an analysis of data from the Cook Political Report and from Larry Sabato, a professor of politics at the University of Virginia.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/03/02/us/politics/senate-races-to-watch-in-2014.html

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Will Russia invade Ukraine?
As the Russian Upper House has given its military a free hand with securing stability in Ukraine’s separatist republic of Crimea, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry has called up all reserve forces and put the country on full combat alert. The Voice of Russia reports on the unfolding crisis. Follow our live news updates from the world’s flashpoint region.

http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_03_02/Ukraine-total-mobilization-combat-alert-amid-Crimea-tensions-1246/

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Will Russia invade Ukraine?
President Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday that the U.S. may boycott an upcoming economic summit in Russia and threatened further penalties if Moscow does not recall its military forces from Ukrainian territory.

In a 90-minute telephone call, Obama warned Putin that Russia faces "greater political and economic isolation," according to a White House description of the call. The president suggested the United Nations would take action for what he called a "breach of international law."

Obama made the threats as the two leaders publicly clashed over the deepening crisis in the former Soviet state.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-fg-wn-obama-ukraine-20140301,0,3474561.story

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Will the Afghan government reach a peace deal with the Taliban before the USA end their combat mission?
Western hopes of leaving Afghanistan within reach of a peace deal when Nato troops pull out in 2014 are dimming, with planned negotiations in Qatar at a stalemate and Pakistan cutting back on support for talks.

Afghans and foreigners across the political spectrum have been pushing hard for negotiations for several years, driven by concerns that the already-bloody insurgency could spiral into full-blown civil war when foreign forces have left.

But as western generals and politicians who once dreamed of crushing the Taliban militarily have reconciled themselves to the idea of negotiating instead, the insurgents themselves have remained more elusive, attacking top government negotiators and refusing to publicly embrace talks.

The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, visited the Qatari capital, Doha, at the weekend, where a handful of Taliban and their families have set up base since 2011, with the blessing of Washington, as diplomats seek neutral ground for potential negotiations.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/apr/02/afghanistan-peace-deal-taliban-talks

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Will the McCanns get £1 million from the detective who accused them to fake Maddies abduction?
Madeleine McCann's father has returned to a Portuguese court in the hope that he can give evidence at his family's libel case against a former local police chief who claims Madeleine's abduction was faked.

Gerry McCann wants to testify in the case against Gonçalo Amaral, who published a book about Madeleine's disappearance in May 2007.

The McCanns say the former detective's claims in the book The Truth of the Lie, including suggestions that they hid their daughter's body after she died in an accident and then faked her abduction, damaged the hunt for Madeleine and exacerbated their anguish.

If successful in the case, the family stands to gain around £1m in damages.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/02/madeleine-mccann-father-portuguese-court-evidence-libel-case

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Will the unearthed skeleton be identified as da Vinci's muse for Mona Lisa?
Researchers are trying to put a name behind the coy smile, as DNA testing has begun on a skeleton found in Florence, Italy, that may be the remains of the real life “Mona Lisa,” according to a report today from the Wall Street Journal.

Italian art historian Silvano Vinceti has announced the start of DNA testing trying to link the remains found in a convent in Florence to Lisa Gheradini, a Florentine woman who, according to the report, is widely regarded as the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece.

http://www.examiner.com/article/dna-testing-begins-to-determine-if-skeleton-is-remains-of-real-life-mona-lisa

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Who will decide on the life of Duane Buck?
In a 6-3 decision on November 20, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied a request from death row inmate Duane Buck for a new sentencing hearing, despite the fact that racially prejudicial statements had been made during his trial. While the jury was being asked to consider if Buck would be a future danger to society, a psychologist testified that African Americans commit a disproportionate number of criminal offenses. Buck's case was one of seven identified in 2000 by then-Texas Attorney General John Cornyn in which testimony linking race to future dangerousness was impermissibly used. The other six defendants received new sentencing hearings, but Buck did not because his case was still in the early stages of appeal.

http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/texas-court-criminal-appeals-denies-new-hearing-duane-buck

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Will Jodi Ann Arias get a life sentence or death penalty?
The sentencing phase for Jodi Arias still hasn’t been decided on after an abrupt postponement earlier this month.

Jury selection for the sentencing phase was supposed to start on March 17. That date was set after months of hearings.

However, it came to light several weeks ago that prosecutor Juan Martinez, who is in charge of the Arias trial for the county, has a case that is slated to start on May 12.

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/533429-jodi-arias-trial-sentencing-phase-not-rescheduled-yet-by-judge/

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When will KnewtheNews have more than 750 users ?
750 users right now ;-)

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Will the public have the right to ... see Justin Bieber urinating?
Justin Bieber walks unsteadily and even appears to stumble while performing a sobriety test shortly after his January arrest on driving under the influence and other charges, according to police video released Wednesday.

Only a few moments depict Bieber in the roughly 10 hours of video released by Miami-Dade County prosecutors following public records requests from The Associated Press and other news organizations.

The videos were recorded at the Miami Beach Police Department shortly after Bieber and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff were arrested during what officers said was an illegal street drag race in exotic sports cars. They were not charged with drag racing, however.

Several clips were withheld at the request of Bieber’s attorneys, including four segments depicting Bieber urinating into a cup for a drug test. Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield will review those clips private and plans another hearing next week on whether they will be released.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/justin-bieber-jail-video-release-is-expected/2014/02/26/15ec6116-9edf-11e3-878c-65222df220eb_story.html

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How many health care policies will be purchased on March 1?
Approximately 4 million individuals have now signed up for health care plans

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How many health care policies will be purchased on March 1?
Roughly 4 million people have signed up for health care plans through Obamacare's exchanges, the Obama administration announced late Tuesday.

Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, released the latest number of sign-ups in a blog post, arguing that President Obama's signature domestic achievement had reached a turning point.

“As we head into the last five weeks of this historic open enrollment period, millions of Americans are taking advantage of the new choices they now have to access affordable, quality health care thanks to the Affordable Care Act,” she said.

The Obama administration released the figure with just a little more than a month before the March 31 deadline for individuals to obtain health insurance or pay a fine. The White House originally said that 7 million people would enroll in new health plans by that date, a goal that is very much in doubt in wake of the botched rollout of the healthcare.gov website.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/4-million-people-have-signed-up-for-obamacare-administration-announces/article/2544644

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Quick: Will Bitcoin-trading exchange Mt.Gox allow trading before the end of this week?
Today could be the last day of the MtGox saga.

Trading on MtGox has stopped.

Coinbase has posted an enigmatic statement from many of the world’s major exchanges regarding the insolvency of MtGox. It mentions:

“This tragic violation of the trust of users of Mt.Gox”

but without explaining precisely what it’s referring to. This statement has since been edited to remove the word ‘insolvency’. It appears that they are pre-empting some formal notification of what could be the collapse of MtGox and loss of customer funds.

http://blog.coinbase.com/post/77766809700/joint-statement-regarding-mtgox

An article has appeared on the internet claiming MtGox have lost 744,408 bitcoins due to theft and only have 2,000 left. There is currently no reason to believe that the claims in this document are authentic, but the timing with the Coinbase statement is very interesting.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/209050732/MtGox-Situation-Crisis-Strategy-Draft

http://www.mtgoxprotest.com/

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Madeleine McCann - Will the case be solved in 2014?
British police have names of suspects in Madeleine McCann investigation, Britain’s top policeman revealed yesterday.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe also disclosed his officers and Portuguese police are moving towards a joint investigation team.

It has been reported that Madeleine’s parents are frustrated at the slow progress towards a joint inquiry.

Madeleine, who was three at the time, vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia de Luz on the Algarve in May 2007.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/460956/British-police-have-names-of-suspects-in-Madeleine-McCann-case

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Will the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), Long Island, generate a 'strangelet'?
as they started up the LHC in Geneva, I lived at 170 miles distance. I survived.

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Will the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), Long Island, generate a 'strangelet'?
well, maybe it doesn't affect all of our planet?

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Is the universe a simulation?
don't tell anybody, but this site is part of it :-D

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What will be the daily change of the DJIA on 17.02.2014?
@Stephen

yes, please also flag this question to be suspended in such cases.

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Will Australia win the Whaling Case against Japan before the International Court of Justice?
The Australian government gives priority to the ongoing free trade talks with Tokyo over efforts to stop Japan’s research whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, Australian trade minister Andrew Robb has told a local newspaper.

Prime Minister Tony Abbot’s coalition government is just as concerned about whaling as the previous government led by the Labor Party, Robb said in an article published Monday by the Sydney Morning Herald.

But he also said, “Our priority in coming to government is to fix the economic mess we have inherited, so we are focusing on those things that will create jobs in Australia.

“Japan is a huge market,” he said, stressing Australia needs to “turbo-charge” relationships it already has with Japan, according to the daily.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001020011

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Will Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, self described 9/11 Mastermind, be sentenced to death?
From his cell in the heavily guarded prison at Guantanamo Bay, the presumed chief architect of the Sept. 11 terrorist plot is offering to be a key defense witness in what probably will be the only trial in New York of someone charged in connection with the World Trade Center attacks.
This would not be the first time Khalid Shaikh Mohammed has emerged as a star defense witness for members of Al Qaeda. Twice, his words have minimized the role defendants played in the organization's top hierarchy.
In 2006, his interrogation summaries were read aloud in the capital murder trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker, and Moussaoui was spared the death penalty. Two years later, different Mohammed statements were read in a military commission trial, or tribunal, that led to the release from Guantanamo Bay of Osama bin Laden's chauffeur, Salim Hamdan.
This time the stakes are higher. Mohammed agreed in a Jan. 27 letter from his lawyer, which was obtained by The Times, to be interviewed by defense lawyers for Sulaiman abu Ghaith — as long as federal prosecutors and military lawyers were not allowed to monitor the conversation in any way.
Abu Ghaith, the top Al Qaeda propagandist now charged in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks, goes on trial in 10 days in federal court in Lower Manhattan. And his chief attorney, Stanley Cohen, has insisted in court documents that Mohammed be allowed to speak in some capacity — in court through a live closed-circuit feed from the U.S. military prison in Cuba, in a taped interview or in a written statement.


http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-ksm-witness-20140213,0,1959026.story

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Cool Runnings! Will Jamaica's Bobsled Team finish last?
With a flapping visor and a rattling sled which teetered on the brink of overturning, 46-year-old Winston Watts ended Jamaica's 12-year absence from the Olympic bobsleigh track by careering down into 30th and last place after two heats of the men's two-man competition at Sanki Cliding Center.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/winterolympics/article-2560766/Sochi-2014-Cruel-Runnings-Jamaica-lie-dead-bobsleigh-comeback-12-years-away.html

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Sochi 2014 olympic winter games: Which country will win most gold medals?
well, such cases can happen all the time. often, the outcome of a question becomes known long before a question suspends. while one can't prevent people selling stakes on wrong outcomes, settling the question on an earlier date will void any predictions made after the outcome was known.

but, you're probably right, in this case the question should suspend earlier since we already know now when at last medals are going to be won.

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Sochi 2014 olympic winter games: Which country will win most gold medals?
same thing: should the question "who will win the formula 1 season 2014" suspend before the season? I don't think so - it should remain open until the winner is clear, which may last upto the last race. and even during that last race, if one or more drivers may win the championship, the question should remain open.

if some of the options in the question render impossible, these options can be deactivated.

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Sochi 2014 olympic winter games: Which country will win most gold medals?
@cici, @mayank, the intention of this game is to allow trading as long as all outcomes remain possible - even during the event. this is why you may make predictions even during trading hours of the dow jones. players don't like their money tied up in questions which remain suspended for weeks before the outcome.

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Sochi 2014 olympic winter games: Which country will win most gold medals?
isn't suspension on Feb 23rd too late than?

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Will Oscar Pistorius be found guilty of premeditated murder?
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has spoken of his sorrow over the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp exactly a year ago.

In a statement on his website, he said: "The loss of Reeva and the complete trauma of that day, I will carry with me for the rest of my life."

Mr Pistorius is due to go on trial for her murder in Pretoria in March.

He claims he mistook her for an intruder when he shot her through the toilet door on Valentine's Day 2013.

State prosecutors allege the killing was premeditated following a fight between the couple. He could face life imprisonment if found guilty of the charge.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-26184697

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Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin corruption case: Sentenced to jail for how long?
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, whose desperate pleas for help during Hurricane Katrina drew national attention, walked silently out of a courthouse Wednesday after a jury convicted him of federal corruption charges.

Nagin was elected as a reformer in 2002. But after a two-week trial that began in late January, he was found guilty of 20 out of 21 counts of bribery, money laundering, fraud and filing false tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The sole acquittal was on one of the bribery counts.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/12/justice/louisiana-nagin-convicted/

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Will Rosetta's comet landing succeed?
In a new animation the ESA has detailed the odd, but precisely controlled orbit that the robotic Rosetta spacecraft will take before it begins lander based investigations of the 4km diameter Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet.

According to the ESA, “After a ten year journey through space, ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft will reach comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August 2014.”

http://www.engineering.com/DesignerEdge/DesignerEdgeArticles/ArticleID/7127/Rosettas-Odd-Orbit-Around-Comet-67D.aspx

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When will no Guantanamo detainees be on hunger strike any longer?
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that judges had the power to oversee complaints by detainees about the conditions of their confinement at the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The ruling was a defeat for the Obama administration and may open the door to new lawsuits by the remaining 155 Guantánamo inmates.

In a two-to-one decision, a panel on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that courts may oversee conditions at the prison as part of a habeas corpus lawsuit. The ruling overturned lower court decisions that judges could not oversee such matters.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/12/us/appeals-court-clears-way-for-guantanamo-challenges.html?_r=0

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Sochi: Who will win mens Ice Hockey gold medal?
Zach Parise and his USA teammates have some unfinished business to take care of at the Sochi Olympics after coming within a goal of striking gold four years ago in Vancouver.

The memory of their 3-2 loss in the gold medal game, when Sidney Crosby scored in overtime for Canada, is still fresh in their minds.
"We came so close in Vancouver," said Parise. "It was a tough way for us to finish.

"We know that just because we finished second the last time there is no guarantee we are going to get back to gold medal game. A lot of things have to go right."

The Americans may not have the star power on offence that Russia and Canada or even Sweden boasts, but they are deep in goal which is key for any team hoping to make a run at a medal.

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/video/?video_id=NTI3MDEwfHwxNDcxfHx8fHx8fHw=&video_tile=USA+hockey+team+wants+to+finish+the+job

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Can Shaun White, Shani Davis and Seth Wescott all win their third consecutive Olympic gold medals?
In an Olympic stunner, Shaun White failed in his quest for three straight halfpipe gold medals Tuesday, falling to Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov.

In fact, White didn't even win a medal.

http://www.teamusa.org/Road-to-Sochi-2014/Features/2014/February/11/White-Fails-To-Medal-In-Halfpipe

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Will the Washington Redskins lose its federal trademark registration?
Two members of Congress plan to send a strongly worded letter to the commissioner of the National Football League on Monday urging him to support changing the name of the Washington Redskins because it offends Native Americans and others, with one lawmaker saying she might reconsider the league’s tax-exempt status if it does not comply.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/us/politics/2-lawmakers-urge-nfl-to-change-washington-redskins-name.html?_r=0

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Will the Washington Redskins lose its federal trademark registration?
Redskins Name Change Supported By Only 10 Percent Of Native Americans?

A Washington Redskins name change has been on the political agenda for quite a while now, but how much support is there for the idea by actual native Americans?

http://www.inquisitr.com/1116877/redskins-name-change-supported-by-only-10-percent-of-native-americans/

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What will this season's maximum ice coverage of Lake Michigan be?
A frigid winter is pushing Lake Superior toward a complete ice-over for the first time since 1996, though there's still a ways to go before you can skate from Duluth to the Soo Locks.

On average, about 40 percent of the Great Lakes surface area freezes each winter at its peak. Already this year that number has hit 70 percent and continues to climb. Michigan has hit about 55 percent ice cover; Huron 83 percent; Erie 93 percent and Ontario 27 percent this week.

On average, ice coverage peaks in early March and then rapidly diminishes.

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_25080492/lake-superior-nearing-rare-ice-over

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Will any athlete be punished for making political statements during competition or ceremonies?
An openly gay women's ski jumper says protests against Russia's law banning homosexual "propaganda" aimed at minors aren't worth it because "no one cares."

Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria, who is a gold-medal favorite in the women's normal hill, married partner Isabel Stolz last year.

"I don't think it's a good idea to make protests here, no one cares," she said after training Sunday. "I know Russia will go and make the right steps in the future and we should give them time."

http://espn.go.com/olympics/winter/2014/skijumping/story/_/id/10426869/2014-sochi-olympics-gay-ski-jumper-says-protests-russia-not-worth-cares

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Will any athlete be punished for making political statements during competition or ceremonies?
Netherlands’ Ireen Wust celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women’s Speed Skating 3000 m.

Wust claimed a speedskating gold medal at her third straight Winter Olympics, knocking off defending champion Martina Sablikova in the 3,000 meters Sunday. That made the Netherlands 2-for-2 at Adler Arena, the world’s dominant speedskating nation living up to his billing through the first weekend in Sochi. Wust became the first openly gay athlete to win a medal at the Sochi Games, pulling in gold. She is one of just seven openly gay athletes competing at the Sochi games, amid anti-gay controversies swirling in Russia and highlighted on the world stage for the games.

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/02/09/gold-for-speedskater-is-first-openly-gay-athlete-to-medal-in-sochi/

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Will any athlete be punished for making political statements during competition or ceremonies?
Meet the 7 openly LGBTI athletes braving Sochi!

President Putin has unwittingly propelled the LGBTI community into the spotlight with his anti-gay laws.

With the Winter Olympics launching today (7 February), the handful of openly gay athletes competing in Sochi will not only be concerned about their sporting performance, but also for their personal safety.

http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/meet-7-openly-lgbti-athletes-braving-sochi310114

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Will any athlete be punished for making political statements during competition or ceremonies?
Meet the 7 openly LGBTI athletes braving Sochi!

President Putin has unwittingly propelled the LGBTI community into the spotlight with his anti-gay laws.

With the Winter Olympics launching today (7 February), the handful of openly gay athletes competing in Sochi will not only be concerned about their sporting performance, but also for their personal safety.

http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/meet-7-openly-lgbti-athletes-braving-sochi310114

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How long will Marissa Mayer last as CEO at Yahoo?
Yahoo's (YHOO) fourth-quarter results suggest that CEO Marissa Mayer, the engineering geek lured from Google (GOOG) in July 2012 for her business acumen, has once-again failed to reverse slumping advertising sales. Investors might want to consider taking profits in the eponymous Internet portal, as the stock gains of the last 18-months could prove as fugacious as the laudatory encomiums once heaped on Ms. Mayer.

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1996051-the-cards-marissa-mayer-is-holding-at-yahoo?source=google_news

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Will George Zimmerman vs. The Game celebrity boxing match happen in 2014?
As in, what now, George Zimmerman?

Seems like the former neighborhood watchman has found yet another way to remain in the public limelight.

This time, he'll be stepping into a boxing ring to fight rapper DMX.

Zimmerman said the celebrity boxing match was his idea. Boxing was his hobby, he told Radar Online last month, even prior to the "incident."

The incident, of course, is the February 2012 encounter in which he shot dead an unarmed Trayvon Martin, 17. He stood trial for murder, but was acquitted.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/05/showbiz/zimmerman-dmx-boxing-match/

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Quick: How many of U2's Invisible will be downloaded today?
After fans were given a glimpse into U2's new material with the unveiling of Invisible at this weekend's Super Bowl, Bono has spoken about the anxieties and inspiration behind their 13th studio album.

In an interview with Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, the singer paid particular attention to the group's insecurities, admitting that the band questioned whether a new U2 would hold any relevance. "We were trying to figure out, 'Why would anyone want another U2 album?' And then we said, 'Well, why would we want one?' There was some unfinished business. We felt like we were on the verge of irrelevance a lot in our lives," he said.

Bono also shared his doubts on the song Invisible. "I think Invisible is a great song, but I don't know how accessible it is. We'll find out if we're irrelevant. I'm perfectly prepared for people to try and blow us off the stage. We're just not going to make it easy."

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/feb/04/bono-u2-verge-irrelevance-zane-lowe?CMP=twt_gu

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Will the IPCC find a criminal cover-up by South Yorkshire police in the Hillsborough tragedy?
Investigators looking into the aftermath of the Hillsborough football disaster have said they are close to "identifying and interviewing people as suspects".

A total of 242 serving and retired officers' accounts of the events surrounding the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans nearly 25 years ago are suspected of having been amended, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.

As of January 21, 160 officers whose accounts are suspected of having been amended had been interviewed, the IPCC added.

http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/regional/hillsborough-probe-nears-next-stage-1-6399824

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Will the Snoopy Sloop boat complete its 6,000 mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean?
Snoopy was not ready to attempt the Atlantic again before Christmas, so now it must be this year. Tests on Bray Lake continue, to try and diagnose, then fix, the "zig-zag" sailing problem.

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Will Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload.com, be extradited to the US?
Kim Dotcom's extradition hearing won't go ahead later this month as tentatively scheduled but in April next year.

North Shore District Court staff have confirmed the extradition hearing, due to start on November 21, would now be held in April next year.

It has also been shifted to Auckland District Court.

The hearing - which has been delayed several times - is expected to take several weeks.

http://www.3news.co.nz/April-date-for-Dotcom-extradition-hearing/tabid/423/articleID/320559/Default.aspx

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Will George Zimmerman vs. The Game celebrity boxing match happen in 2014?
Okay this situation officially just jumped the shark! According to TMZ, George Zimmerman has allegedly changed his mind again about who we would like to fight.

It’s truly looking like they are cherry picking who Zimmerman, the notorious child killer is going to fight as he allegedly now wants to fight Kanye West. He is supposedly saying he wants to fight Ye because the angry black rapper goes around attacking “defenseless people”. You know… like the 18-year-old that called him a N*gger and his soon to be wife Kim and mother of his baby a N*gger lover…defenseless people like that.

http://theurbandaily.com/2014/02/03/george-zimmerm-kanye-west/

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Philip Seymour Hoffman cause of death "natural" or "unnatural death"?
A search of the home of Philip Seymour Hoffman home turned up used syringes and approximately 50 bags of heroin, this according to several reports.

Police also found drug paraphernalia and prescription drugs. An autopsy is expected to be performed on Monday.

The Oscar-winning actor was found dead in his West Village apartment on Sunday morning with a hypodermic needle in his arm. He was 46.

http://variety.com/2014/film/news/philip-seymour-hoffman-dead-50-bags-of-heroin-1201084430/

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'Star Wars' sequel: Will Harrison Ford bring Han Solo back to life?
While Disney has yet to confirm it's bringing back the original "Star Wars" cast members for the next installment of the franchise, "Episode VII," that hasn't stopped a few of them from spilling the beans.

The latest is Carrie Fisher, who told TV Guide that she'll reprise her role as Princess Leia. (This isn't the first time she's said it either.) Fisher says that she, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill will start filming in March or April of this year. Ford will play Han Solo and Hamill will be back as Luke Skywalker.

http://www.businessinsider.com/carrie-fisher-confirms-star-wars-episode-vii-2014-1

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Were lane closures at the George Washington Bridge political payback that violated federal law?
David Wildstein, the former Port Authority official who oversaw the George Washington Bridge lane closings that led to the bridgegate scandal, said today that "evidence exists" that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about lanes closing as they were happening.

Christie has denied knowing that the lanes were being shut down, causing traffic havoc in Fort Lee, N.J.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/christie-ally-alleges-governor-knew-lane-closures/story?id=22321159

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Will the Keystone XL oil pipeline be built?
The State Department released a report on Friday that could pave the way toward President Obama’s approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The long-awaited environmental impact statement on the project concludes that approval or denial of the pipeline, which would carry 830,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to the Gulf Coast, is unlikely to prompt oil companies to change the rate of their extraction of carbon-heavy tar sands oil, a State Department official said. Either way, the tar sands oil, which produces significantly more planet-warming carbon pollution than standard methods of drilling, is coming out of the ground, the report says.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/01/us/politics/report-may-ease-way-to-approval-of-keystone-pipeline.html?_r=0

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Will Michael Schumacher be brought out of artificial coma before the first 2014 GP?
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is “responding to instructions” as medics gradually bring him out of his coma, according to reports.

It has also been alleged that the seven-time world champion has blinked during brain tests.

Citing “very reliable sources”, L’Equipe newspaper said Schumacher has undergone a number of neurological tests since Monday and he has responded “positively”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/formulaone/michael-schumacher/10607830/Michael-Schumacher-has-blinked-and-is-responding-to-instructions-reports.html

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Beyond Ballmer: who will be Microsoft's next CEO?
The board of directors at Microsoft is preparing to tap Satya Nadella as CEO Steve Ballmer's successor and is holding discussions to replace Chairman Bill Gates, according to a report.

A candidate to replace Gates as chairman, John Thomson, the software giant's lead independent director, has emerged as well, according to Bloomberg News, citing people briefed on the process.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/01/30/report-microsoft-prepares-to-go-with-satya-nadella-as-ceo/5063385/

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Will the Washington Redskins lose its federal trademark registration?
@Knurled this question will be settled on the expected decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Death Penalty for Boston Marathon Suspect?
US Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has authorized federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the young man accused in the Boston Marathon bombings in April that killed three people, injured more than 260 others, and sent a wave of shock and fear through the region.

“After consideration of the relevant facts, the applicable regulations and the submissions made by the defendant’s counsel, I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter. The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,” Holder said in a statement.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/01/30/federal-prosecutors-seek-death-penalty-against-marathon-bombing-suspect-dzhokhar-tsarnaev/C9wfpKi5WrETurHtqlTIMK/story.html

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Was Snowden assisted by Russia?
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that she is not aware of any evidence that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was acting on behalf of Russian intelligence.

"I have no information to that effect. I’ve never seen anything to that effect," Feinstein said on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports."

Feinstein, who was on the same Jan. 19 program with Rogers, said Tuesday that she looked into the claim—presumably with the intelligence agencies her panel oversees—and did not learn anything of use.

"I've asked some questions since and nothing’s been forthcoming," she said.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2014/01/feinstein-sees-no-evidence-snowden-spying-for-russia-182104.html?hp=l11

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Michael E. Mann sues National Review, Competitive Enterprise Institute - What will be the result?
A judge for the D.C. Superior Court on Thursday refused to let libertarian think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and conservative news site National Review off the hook from a defamation lawsuit brought by climatologist Michael Mann, saying the sites’ musings about the accuracy of Mann’s research may not be protected by the First Amendment.

Mann had sued the outlets in 2012, claiming they published defamatory articles accusing him of academic fraud and comparing him to a convicted child molester, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Specifically, Mann alleged that CEI published — and then National Review republished — an article calling Mann “the Jerry Sandusky of climate science, except that instead of molesting children, he has molested and tortured data in the service of politicized science that could have dire economic consequences for the nation and planet.”

Judge Frederick H. Weisberg on Thursday ruled that while “opinions and rhetorical hyperbole” are protected speech under the First Amendment, accusing a climate scientist of lying about his seemingly factual data is serious enough to warrant defamation claims.

“The allegedly defamatory aspect of this sentence is the statement that plaintiff ‘molested and tortured data,’ not the rhetorically hyperbolic comparison to convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky,” Judge Weisberg wrote.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/01/24/3205111/mann-defamation-lawsuit/

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Will Facebook will lose 80 percent of its peak user base between 2015 and 2017?
Last week Princeton researchers released a widely covered study saying Facebook would lose 80% of its users by 2015-2017. But now Facebook’s data scientists have turned the study’s silly “correlation equals causation” methodology of tracking Google search volume against it to show Princeton would lose all of its students by 2021.

A Facebook spokesperson says “the report that Princeton put out is utter nonsense.” Indeed, it’s flawed throughout.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/23/facebook-losing-users-princeton-losing-credibility/

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Will someone win Warren Buffets 1 Billion $ bracket challenge?
Warren Buffet, the billionaire investor and insurance tycoon, is looking for the world’s greatest college basketball expert. If that’s you, Buffet will hand you a prize of $1 billion.

Just in case you missed that, it was “billion” with a “b.” And what do you have to do, NCAA hoops aficionados, for Warren Buffet to make you a billionaire overnight?

Well, it’s simple really. Just make a 100 percent accurate bracket for the NCAA “March Madness” Division One Men’s Basketball Championship,

http://www.inquisitr.com/1105759/warren-buffet-offers-1-billion-yes-billion-to-get-entire-march-madness-bracket-right/

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Will Toronto Mayor Rob Ford be reelected?
A week after declaring himself sober and off alcohol, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledged Tuesday to drinking " a little bit" after a video showed him apparently drunk and swearing at a fast-food restaurant Monday night.

The embattled mayor defended his behavior, which included profanity directed at Police Chief Bill Blair.

http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/politics/2014/01/21/rob-ford-boozy-rant-video/4741711/

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Michael E. Mann sues National Review, Competitive Enterprise Institute - What will be the result?
On December 19 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals dismissed as moot an appeal by National Review and Competitive Enterprise Institute of the trial court's denial of a motion to dismiss, on the grounds that a motion to dismiss an amended defamation complaint filed by Dr. Mann is still pending before Judge Weisberg in DC Superior Court. In this latest development in the procedurally somewhat tangled case, the Court of Appeals made no ruling on the substance of the defamation case.

http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/2013/12/30/dc-court-of-appeals-dismisses-an-appeal-by-defendants/

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What will be the age of the British monarch on 31 December 2014?
A bookmaker has stopped taking bets on the Queen announcing her abdication this year after a large wager was placed in Windsor.

Bookmaker Coral has suspended all bets on whether the Queen will hand over the reins to Prince Charles before the end of the year after an unusual £200 bet was placed in the Windsor area, prompting concerns of insider knowledge about the monarch's future.

Coral slashed the odds of Her Majesty stepping down to 1-2 from 3-1 over the weekend after it emerged that the press teams of the Queen and her eldest son are set to merge into a single "seamless" operation based at Buckingham Palace.

A Coral spokesperson said: "The Queen has started to relinquish a number of duties to Prince Charles, leading to major speculation about the monarch's future."

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/bookmaker-suspends-betting-on-queen-elizabeths-abdication-after-200-windsor-bet-9074274.html

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How much will The Fast and the Furious 7 gross on its opening weekend?
Kurt Russell — who is cast in Fast And Furious 7 — called his late co-star Paul Walker a “terrific guy.”

The 62-year-old actor — who plays a father figure to Vin Diesel’s character — adds he is not sure what will happen to his character in the action film and shares that he was one day away from wrapping his role when Walker was killed in a fiery crash on November 30, 2013, during the production’s Thanksgiving break.

http://www.inquisitr.com/1103821/kurt-russell-says-paul-walker-was-a-terrific-guy/

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Will the Italian highest court reinstate the former conviction of Amanda Knox?
Defense lawyers for U.S. student Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend get their final say in the defendants' third trial for the gruesome 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate.

The prosecution will also make their final rebuttals Monday, the last hearing day scheduled in the trial ahead of the verdict later this month. Judge Alessandro Nencini specified each team will get 30 minutes for their last word so that deliberations can start as planned Jan. 30.

Prosecutor Alessandro Crini has demanded 26 years for each defendant for the murder, and that the court increase to four years Knox's three-year sentence for slander. The two were freed on appeal in 2009, but Italy's highest court ordered a second appellate trial after blasting the acquittal

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/italian-court-hears-final-rebuttals-knox-trial

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Will Kim Kardashian and Kanye West actually marry in the Palace of Versailles?
Kim Kardashian flaunts hourglass figure in all-black outfit as she and Kanye West check out wedding venues

North West's parents enjoy romantic getaway to Paris before scouting Palace of Versailles where they're rumoured to be getting married

http://www.ok.co.uk/celebrity-news/kim-kardashian-flaunts-hourglass-figure-in-all-black-outfit-as-she-and-kanye-west-check-out-wedding-venues

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Super Bowl XLVIII - Who will win?
Oddsmakers had trouble picking the favorite in what figures to be one of the most evenly matched -- and heavily bet -- Super Bowls ever.

Bettors knew who they wanted, though, putting early money on Denver and making the Broncos a slight favorite to beat the Seattle Seahawks in most of this city's legal betting parlors.

Denver was favored by 1 point at several books in the early betting, while others had the Broncos as high as a 3-point pick. The move to the Broncos came after some books had initially made the Seahawks as much as a 2-point pick in the game.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2013/story/_/id/10321081/2013-nfl-playoffs-bettors-favor-denver-broncos-early-super-bowl-seattle-seahawks

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Will Kentoine Johnson make it on TV during casting for America Got Talent?
He's at Reliant Center tomorrow for one shot, 60 sec - to have a kill set! Go Kentoine!

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How many of the 5 remaining scheduled executions for 2014 in Ohio will be carried out?
Details of the Ohio execution of rapist and murderer Dennis McGuire are forcing legal and ethical questions about the use of a combination of drugs never before applied in a U.S. capital punishment case.

The Thursday incident, where McGuire gasped for air and took almost 26 minutes to die by one account, is likely to unleash a series of death row challenges for Ohio's capital punishment system and possibly a probe into the execution.

"There are going to be officials in Ohio, likely from the governor on down, who will want to know more about this," said Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, which opposes capital punishment. "Officials may call for an investigation."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/17/ohio-execution-raises-legal-ethical-questions-/4604047/

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Which US singing show will be cancelled 1st?
“American Idol,” the singing competition show, drew the smallest audience to a season premiere since the program’s initial 2002 start.

“Idol,” which airs on 21st Century Fox Inc.’s (FOXA) Fox TV network, averaged 15 million viewers during last night’s two-hour start of its season, or 16 percent fewer than a year ago, according to Nielsen ratings supplied by networks. Last season’s premier drew 17.9 million viewers, while 9.85 million tuned in for the first-ever episode on June 11, 2002.

Singing competition shows including “The Voice” on Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s NBC and Fox’s “X-Factor” are putting pressure on “Idol,” Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment at Fox, said earlier this week at a TV critics conference in Pasadena, California. “Idol” helped propel Fox to wins in viewers in the 18 to 49 age group for the 8 years through the 2011-2012 season.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-16/fox-s-american-idol-draws-fewest-viewers-since-2002.html

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Will a no-spy treaty between Germany and the United States be reached in January?
Stephan Mayer, the new internal affairs spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative parliamentary group, told Reuters on Tuesday her government should consider withholding contracts with US firms that operate in Germany.

Mayer said if the talks failed then Germany must contemplate whether "US firms receive government contracts from the German side or public institutions."

http://www.dw.de/impasse-at-us-germany-no-spying-talks/a-17361318

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Madeleine McCann - Will the case be solved in 2014?
Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are reportedly set to arrest three burglars who had been operating in the resort where the then three-year-old went missing.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has sent a letter to Portuguese authorities in relation to the case, which according to reports in the Daily Mirror included a request for permission to detain the three men.

Mobile phone records reportedly show that the thieves made a series of phone calls to each other in the hours after Madeleine disappeared in May 2007.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/madeleine-mccann-arrests-imminent-after-british-police-request-assistance-from-portuguese-authorities-9056176.html

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How many counts of DUI with a minor and child endangerment will Carole Crockett be found guilty of?
A South Jersey school bus driver accused of driving drunk with 25 students aboard last year has been indicted on a child endangerment charge.

A Burlington County jury handed up the charge against 47-year-old Carole Crockett on Friday. Prosecutors say the Shamong resident was working for a private transportation company when she was arrested in November 2011.

She is being charged with 25 counts of driving under the influence with a minor, driving under the influence on school property, disorderly conduct, and 25 counts of endangering children’s welfare. She will be scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Burlington County for an arraignment.

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/crime&id=8872970
http://www.nj-criminalattorneys.com/n-j-school-bus-driver-indicted-in-drunk-driving-case-for-endangering-students/

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When will no Guantanamo detainees be on hunger strike any longer?
A new report has revealed that the number of hunger strikers in Guantanamo has doubled since the final set of official figures was released by the US authorities on December 2 2013.

The report, compiled by human rights charity Reprieve, uses prisoner testimony to reveal that 33 men detained in Guantanamo are on hunger strike, with 16 being force fed. The Joint Task Force at Guantanamo, which runs the prison, announced in December of 2013 that they would no longer release official figures of those on hunger strike because they did not want to ‘further their protests’.

The report also reveals that authorities at the prison are punishing those on hunger strike by sending them to the strictest of the camps, ‘Camp V Echo’. One detainee described his experiences there to his lawyer at Reprieve: “My cell in the dreadful Camp V Echo is constructed in a strange manner. It is designed to torture the person who is held there. All the surfaces made of steel. The bed is steel. The walls are steel. The floor is steel. The ceiling is steel. There is no toilet, but the hole in the ground is made of steel.”

http://www.globalresearch.ca/number-on-guantanamo-hunger-strike-doubles-in-under-a-month/5364627

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Will the Alex Rodriguez' 2014 MLB season suspension be revoked after all?
Anthony Bosch, the key witness in Major League Baseball's case against Alex Rodriguez, described in detail during a "60 minutes" interview how he provided an array of performance-enhancing drugs to the New York Yankees third baseman and helped the suspended player use them.

Bosch, founder of the now-defunct Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis of America, told CBS' Scott Pelley in an interview that aired Sunday that Rodriguez paid particular attention to the types of drugs and dosages needed to bolster his performance. Testosterone and human growth hormone were among the banned substances he provided, Bosch said.

Bosch said that Rodriguez spent approximately $12,000 a month and that the two texted often about protocol and dosages.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-anthony-bosch-alex-rodriguez-interview-20140112,0,52602.story

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Beyond Ballmer: who will be Microsoft's next CEO?
One of the most intriguing candidates to be the next head of Microsoft Corp. said he isn't taking the job.

Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Alan Mulally said on Tuesday he won't leave the auto maker for Microsoft, which had considered him for the chief executive spot being vacated by Steve Ballmer. The Microsoft CEO said in August he planned to retire within 12 months, several years ahead of schedule.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303433304579307022740892720

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How much will The Fast and the Furious 7 gross on its opening weekend?
Paul Walker may be gone, but Brian O'Conner will never die.

The fate of "Fast & Furious 7" was uncertain in the days and weeks following Walker's tragic death, but details of how the fast-racing franchise will move its seventh installment forward are starting to come to light. In the case of Walker's fan-favorite character, former federal agent Brian O'Conner, fans can breathe a sigh of relief: Art won't imitate life, in this case.

"Fast & Furious 7" hits theaters on April 10, 2015.

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1719879/paul-walker-fast-and-furious-7-character-retired.jhtml

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Will Lindsey Vonn compete in Sochi?
Lindsey Vonn has not skied for two weeks and will ‘‘most likely’’ skip next weekend’s World Cup speed races in Austria, her head coach said on Saturday, leaving her status for the Sochi Olympics up in the air.

Vonn remains in the United States after aggravating her surgically repaired right knee at a downhill race in Val d'Isere, France, on Dec. 21.

‘‘She’s recovering and preparing and everything is (up) in the air,’’ U.S. Ski Team women’s head coach Alex Hoedlmoser told The Associated Press on Saturday, adding that Vonn will ‘‘most likely not’’ race in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, next weekend.

http://www.boston.com/2014/01/04/sochi-approaches-injured-vonn-skips-more-races/Jo8ItEMJYxPQe4niirA6BM/story.html

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Who will get Renoir Painting "Paysage Bords de Seine"?
@Kentoine: good one!

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Will the McCanns get £1 million from the detective who accused them to fake Maddies abduction?
THE parents of Madeleine McCann have been refused permission to give evidence at the Portuguese libel trial over a book by a former local police chief, according to a family source.

Kate and Gerry McCann had asked to give evidence at the trial over Goncalo Amaral's book The Truth of the Lie, which is taking place in Lisbon.

But a family source said they had been refused permission ahead of the next hearing date, which is on Tuesday.

http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/mccanns-denied-chance-to-testify/story-fnh81p7g-1226794747581

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Too Fast? Too Furious? What was the car's speed at time of the fatal Paul Walker accident?
The Porsche carrying "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was speeding at more than 100 miles per hour when it crashed in November, killing the actor and a friend, according to the final coroner's report on the deaths.

The 15-page report released Friday by the Los Angeles County coroner's office answered several questions that had been the subject of speculation about how Walker and racing team partner Roger Rodas died.

The two men apparently did not live long after the high-performance 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, which was traveling at "approximately 100+ mph," slammed into a light post and tree and burst into flames, the report said.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/03/showbiz/paul-walker-report/

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Will Michael Schumacher be revived from medically induced coma on or before his 45th birthday?
On the eve of his 45th birthday on Friday, Michael Schumacher is still fighting for his life in hospital.

His wife Corinna and former Ferrari team boss Jean Todt were back at the motor racing legend’s bedside today. Ex-Formula one champion Niki Lauda and Arsenal football club have sent some of the latest messages of support.

Schumacher suffered severe head injuries in Sunday’s accident in which German press reports say he was using rented skis.

http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/02/schumacher-fresh-reports-about-accident-as-his-45th-birthday-nears/

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What will be the Sunspot Number (Average Jan-Dec) for 2013 ?
62.3, without december

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What will be the Sunspot Number (Average Jan-Dec) for 2013 ?
Figures for 2013 (Jan-Nov), last updated 27 Dec 2013:

62.9 38.0 57.9 72.4 78.7 52.5 57.0 66.0 36.9 85.6 77.6

from http://www.ips.gov.au/Solar/1/6

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What height will the planned worlds tallest "Kingdom Tower" in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia have?
Mr. Mounib Hammoud Jeddah Economic Company’s (JEC) new CEO announced the completion of the piling works for the tallest tower in the world (Kingdom Tower). This achievement is considered to be the base of works over ground.

http://www.kingdom.com.sa/jeddah-economic-company-board-of-directors-appoints-new-ceo-jec-announces-completion-of-pilling-of-tallest-tower-in-the-world

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Will the death sentence of Murugan, one of the Rajiv Gandhi murder plotters, be commuted?
The mercy plea of Periravalan and two other death row convicts, Murugan and Santhan, were rejected by the then president Pratibha Patil and a plea against the rejection of clemency is pending before the Supreme Court.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-12-05/chennai/44805758_1_perarivalan-death-row-convict-murugan-and-santhan

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How much will The Fast and the Furious 7 gross on its opening weekend?
Delayed, but a go.

That's what "Fast & Furious" actor Vin Diesel told fans Sunday night about the franchise's seventh installment.

He posted a message and photograph on Facebook that showed the last scene he and Paul Walker filmed together.

"There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared... in the film we were now completing... the magic captured... and, in just how far we've come...," Diesel wrote, announcing a new release date for the film -- April 10, 2015.

"P.s. He'd want you to know first...," he said.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/22/showbiz/fast--furious-release/

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Will imprisoned Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky be a free man on Dec. 31st, 2014?
Mikhail Khodorkovsky has been freed, bringing an end to more than a decade behind bars after the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, signed a decree pardoning him.

Putin made the surprise announcement on Thursday that he planned to pardon the country's former richest man, who is regarded by Kremlin critics as a political prisoner. On Friday morning the Kremlin said the decree had been signed. By lunchtime, Khodorkovsky had left the prison camp in northern Russia where he was serving his sentence, his lawyer said. "He has left the [prison] colony. That's all I can say," Vadim Klyuvgant told Reuters.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/20/mikhail-khodorkovsky-freed-putin-pardon-russia

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Will imprisoned Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky be a free man on Dec. 31st, 2014?
President Vladimir Putin says he will pardon jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky after more than a decade in prison.

Putin told reporters after his marathon news conference Thursday that Khodorkovsky submitted an appeal for pardon and he intends to grant it.

He says that Khodorkovsky has "spent more than 10 years in prison. It's a serious term."

He adds that he will be granted pardon "in the nearest time."

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/putin-bailout-ukraine-linked-eu-21273077

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Will the Italian highest court reinstate the former conviction of Amanda Knox?
A lawyer urged an Italian appeals court on Monday to convict Amanda Knox of murdering British student Meredith Kercher and denounced as "unbearable" that the American was soliciting donations in Kercher's memory.

Francesco Maresca, in his closing arguments on behalf of the Kercher family in the third trial of Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito, urged the eight lay jurors on the panel of 10 to disregard publicity over the case as well as Knox's own statements, including her criticism of Italy's judicial system.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/prosecutor-gives-closing-arguments-in-3rd-amanda-knox-trial/

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Stephen Colbert in "the Hobbit", what will he be?
Stephen Colbert has revealed that he got a minor role in the upcoming "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."

The political satirist recently revealed his work on the film during an appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman."

Letterman started the conversation by telling Colbert that he had something in common with the film's movie star Ian McKellan and Colbert interrupted to reveal his involvement in the film.

"I'm kind of the breakout star of 'The Hobbit,' Dave," Colbert said, according to the Huffington Post. "I don't want to tell anybody where I am, but I am in it." He even told Letterman to check out IMDB to verify the claim.

"If it's on the Internet then it is real," he said.

Colbert then went on to explain how he got involved with the movie.

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Will the Snoopy Sloop boat complete its 6,000 mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean?
It seems increasingly unlikely that Snoopy will be ready to attempt the Atlantic again before Christmas: so it must be next year. Tests on Bray Lake continue, to diagnose, then fix, the "zig-zag" sailing problem. See the recent GPS Plot below, under "Snoopy's Bray Lake Test...".

http://www.gpss.force9.co.uk/autop.htm

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Trayvon Martin: Will the Justice Department bring federal civil rights charges vs George Zimmerman?
The Justice Department will soon announce its decision on whether to bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black 17-year-old whose death in Florida last year set off a nationwide debate about race, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said.

Holder said that the federal civil rights investigation, which was launched shortly after Martin was shot inside a gated community near Orlando, will be completed “relatively soon” and that the department will issue a report about its deliberations.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/holder-justice-dept-to-soon-announce-decision-on-zimmerman/2013/11/19/e792797a-5142-11e3-a7f0-b790929232e1_story.html

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What will be the size of the largest Apple TV at introduction?
For years, there have been rumors flying around that Apple would come out with the iTV, not to be confused with the streaming media player, Apple TV.

In 2012, CEO Tim Cook hinted about the release of “something bigger and better” than the current Apple TV, reports TechRadar.

“When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years. It’s an area of intense interest. I can’t say more than that,” stated Cook in an interview with NBC in December 2012.

Analysts in Japan predict that the company will ship 55-inch and 65-inch Ultra HD TVs in the fourth quarter of 2014, while The New York Times predict that Apple is waiting for the cost of large LCD panels to drop before building the iTV.

http://www.pingzine.com/apple-rumors-speculate-the-release-of-the-apple-tv-for-late-2014-30209/

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Will Kentoine Johnson make it on TV during casting for America Got Talent?
@Kentoine, do you have new material on youtube I could include?

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How many Heads of State will attend Nelson Mandela funeral?
Expect President Obama to confirm soon he will attend Nelson Mandela's funeral.

Officials have held off on a formal announcement as travel plans are worked out; Mandela's funeral will be part of a mourning period in South Africa that will last about ten days.

The South African government has scheduled the state funeral for Dec. 15, a week from Sunday.

In the meantime, Obama has directed that American flags be lowered to half-staff through Monday in honor of the freedom fighter who died Thursday at age 95.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/12/06/obama-nelson-mandela-south-africa-funeral/3888737/

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How many Heads of State will attend Nelson Mandela funeral?
Head of state, or head of government? if the former, than caution: Queen Elizabeth would only count once.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_heads_of_state_and_government

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When will no Guantanamo detainees be on hunger strike any longer?
The U.S. military will no longer disclose how many Guantanamo detainees are participating in hunger strikes, after a summer of protests reached a peak 106 strikers out of 166 total detainees. The Miami Herald was notified that the military would not issue the figures, after nearly a year of tracking the hunger strike momentum.

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/12/04/3021161/guantanamo-hunger-strikes-disclosure/

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How many health care policies will be purchased on March 1?
President Barack Obama raised the stakes on his three-year-old health-care overhaul yesterday, declaring that fixes to his administration’s troubled insurance exchange website make it ready to sign up 800,000 people a day.

The site, healthcare.gov, is sure to be tested immediately today -- “Cyber Monday” -- when deals from online retailers draw more Americans to their computers and the Internet.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-01/obamacare-website-repair-goals-reached-administration-says.html

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Too Fast? Too Furious? What was the car's speed at time of the fatal Paul Walker accident?
Drag racing called possible factor in 'Fast & Furious' actor Paul Walker's death...

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/02/showbiz/paul-walker-death

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Who's remains are confirmed by DNA in the Leicester (England) medieval stone coffin?
The mysterious lead coffin found yards from the grave of Richard III has delivered another twist in the tale of the Greyfriars excavation. Archaeologists had thought the 600-year-old metal casket, which was found in a stone tomb at Greyfriars in August, might belong to knight Sir William de Moton.

The University of Leicester team – which uncovered Richard III a year earlier – also identified two other potential candidates, in Peter Swynsfeld, who died in 1272, and William of Nottingham, who died in 1330 – both former leaders of the Franciscan friars.

However, recent analysis by the university has revealed the skeleton is likely to be female.

http://legacy.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/New-twist-mystery-lead-coffin-near-Richard-III/story-19946113-detail/story.html

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Will the Italian highest court reinstate the former conviction of Amanda Knox?
An Italian prosecutor on Tuesday demanded that an appellate court find Amanda Knox guilty of the 2007 murder of her British roommate and sentence her to 26 years for the killing.

Prosecutor Alessandro Crini made the demand after more than 10 hours of closing arguments over two days during which he argued that Knox and her co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito acted in concert with a third man, who was convicted separately, in an explosion of violence sparked by tensions between the roommates over cleanliness.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/prosecutor-demands-guilty-verdict-knox-21015396

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Which store do you think will go bust 1st?
Standard & Poor is dropping JC Penney from its S&P 500 Index and replacing the troubled retailer with door lock company Allegion.

The department store retailer’s plummeting market value, which fell 37% this year to $2.7 billion, makes “more representative of the mid cap market,” S&P said in a statement. The change will take place after the close of trading on Nov. 29, moving the residential and commercial lock company Allegion into JC Penney’s place.

http://business.time.com/2013/11/24/sp-500-drops-jc-penney-after-staggering-losses/

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Tom Cruise suing Life & Style, what will be the result?
I did not abandon Suri!"

In just filed court documents, a defiant Tom Cruise wrote, "I have in no way cut Suri out of my life—whether physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise."

Cruise is suing Life & Style and In Touch magazines for $50 million for running the following headlines in 2012: "Suri In Tears, Abandoned By Her Dad" and "Abandoned By Daddy."

http://www.insideedition.com/entertainment/7295-tom-cruise-files-defamation-suit-against-magazine-publisher

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Sepp Blatter urges: Will the 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar be moved to the winter?
FIFA president Sepp Blatter confirmed on Friday that he would favour playing the controversial 2022 Qatar World Cup in November and December.

''We are starting the consultations to bring it to the winter time. It can only be done in November-December, not January-February,'' Blatter told reporters in Abu Dhabi, where he will attend this weekend's under-17 World Cup final between Nigeria and Mexico.

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/fifa-president-sepp-blatter-continues-push-for-winter-qatar-world-cup-20131109-2x7px.htm

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Will Kony be caught in 2013?
Central African Republic's government said Thursday that Joseph Kony, an accused war criminal and jungle gangster who kidnaps men, women and children, is believed to be in a town in the country's remote southeast and has been talking with the president, but U.S. officials and others expressed doubt that reported talks represent a breakthrough in efforts to bring him to justice.

Central African Republic government spokesman Gaston Mackouzangba said Thursday that Kony is believed to be in the town of Nzako. None of the groups searching for Kony reported any indication that Kony was really there.

"The president said he had spoken with Joseph Kony by telephone who wants to lay down his arms," Mackouzangba told The Associated Press. "The negotiations are ongoing."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/joseph-kony-surrender-talks-raise-skepticism-in-u-s-1.2435164

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Obama's 2nd Term: Who will be elected FED chairman in 2014?
A Senate panel on Thursday advanced Janet Yellen's nomination to lead the Federal Reserve, setting up a final vote in the full Senate after lawmakers return from a two-week Thanksgiving break.

Yellen's path to confirmation also became easier on Thursday when the full Senate voted to change its rules for approving all presidential nominees other than Supreme Court selections. Now a simple majority will be required, instead of 60 votes.

Republicans could still try to delay the final vote to focus attention on other issues. For example, Sen. Lindsey Graham has threatened to hold up nominations for government positions until survivors of last year's deadly attack on the diplomatic post in Libya appear before Congress.

But Democrats control 55 votes in the chamber, so such tactics could easily be overcome.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/senate-panel-advances-yellens-bid-lead-fed-20964116

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Filibuster reform: Will the "nuclear option" be used?
Washington entered a new era on Thursday when the Senate voted to invoke the “nuclear option,” a technical change to an existing chamber rule that is sure to worsen the acrimony and further the divide between Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill.

It’s known as the “nuclear option” because of the broad and serious implications of its deployment. It calls to mind the Cold War, when a nuclear strike by the United States or Soviet Union against the other would all but result in mutually-assured destruction.

The move, which overturned the requirement for a 60-vote majority for most presidential nominees, is an unprecedented power play by Democrats, and one that is sure to reverberate in both the long and short term.

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann explain what forced Sen. Harry Reid to take this step and how it may hurt the Democrats.
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Republicans warned before the vote that the GOP will retaliate should they re-take the majority.

http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/21/21565136-democrats-drop-the-nuclear-bomb-so-what-happens-next?lite

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Beyond Ballmer: who will be Microsoft's next CEO?
Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates choked up at the software giant’s annual shareholder meeting Tuesday while giving an update to replace retiring Chief Executive Steve Ballmer.

Gates said he was “pleased with the progress” that Microsoft’s MSFT +0.93% board has made with interviewing and vetting candidates to replace Ballmer, who said in August that he would retire within a year. Gates didn’t give any other details about possible CEO candidates.

Rumored candidates include Ford’s F +0.12% Alan Mulally and Stephen Elop, who will return to the software company when the Nokia handset deal closes.

But toward the end of his opening remarks, Gates choked up in recounting his feelings about Microsoft and thanking Ballmer for his long-time role with the company

“[Microsoft] has only had two CEOs in its 38-year history,” Gates said. “It’s been a real privilege to lead the company.”

It was one of Gates rare public appearances in his role as Microsoft’s chairman since scaling back his role at that company several years ago to focus on running his charitable work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gates-chokes-up-at-microsofts-annual-meeting-2013-11-19

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2014 Alpine Skiing Womens World Cup Overall Winner?
Reigning Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn crashed Tuesday while training in Copper Mountain, Colo., ahead of her planned return to racing following major knee surgery.

U.S. Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly said Vonn was taken down the hill on a sled, which he noted was normal protocol in such cases. Kelly said he was not sure whether Vonn hurt her surgically repaired right knee in the fall at the team's speed training center.

http://espn.go.com/olympics/skiing/story/_/id/10001449/lindsey-vonn-crashes-prepping-return-racing

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Quick: Will an arrest be made in the manhunt for the Paris shooter?
Police continued to comb Paris on Tuesday in the search for a gunman who spread terror across the French capital.

Detectives issued a new picture of the suspect – in his 40s, stocky and with close-cut greying hair – and were searching their records after reportedly finding DNA samples in the car he hijacked.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/19/police-paris-gunman-shooting-liberation

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Beyond Ballmer: who will be Microsoft's next CEO?
Microsoft Corp has narrowed its list of external candidates to replace Chief Executive Steve Ballmer to about five people, including Ford Motor Co chief Alan Mulally and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The world's largest software maker also has at least three internal candidates on its shortlist, including former Skype CEO Tony Bates, who is now responsible for Microsoft's business development, and Satya Nadella, the company's cloud and enterprise chief, the sources said.

Despite the narrower list - the company started with about 40 names - the process could take a few more months, the sources said. In August, Ballmer said he would retire within 12 months.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/06/us-microsoft-ceo-idUSBRE9A500A20131106

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Will a new autopsy reveal that Yasir Arafat was poisoned with radioactive Polonium?
The late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium, says a Swiss forensic report obtained by al-Jazeera.

Arafat's official medical records say he died in 2004 from a stroke resulting from a blood disorder.

But his body was exhumed last year amid continuing claims he was murdered.

The Swiss report said tests on the body showed "unexpected high activity" of polonium, which "moderately" supported the poisoning theory.

Many Palestinians and others have long believed that Israel poisoned Arafat. Others allege that he had Aids or cancer. Israel has consistently denied any involvement.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24838061

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How many health care policies will be purchased on March 1?
Three years ago, a trusted Obama health care adviser warned the White House it was losing control of Obamacare. A memo obtained by CBS News said strong leadership was missing and the law's successful implementation was in jeopardy. The warnings were specific and dire -- and ignored.

David Cutler, who worked on the Obama 2008 campaign and was a valued outside health care consultant wrote this blunt memo to top White House economic adviser Larry Summers in May 2010: "I do not believe the relevant members of the administration understand the president's vision or have the capability to carry it out."

Cutler wrote no one was in charge who had any experience in complex business start-ups. He also worried basic regulations, technology and policy coordination would fail.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57610620/obamacare-memo-reveals-health-care-adviser-warned-w.h-was-losing-control-3-years-ago/

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Will Edward Snowden travel to Germany?
A senior White House aide and top US lawmakers on Sunday rejected intelligence leaker Edward Snowden's request for clemency following his disclosures of widespread government surveillance.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131104/no-clemency-snowden-says-obama-aide-us-lawmakers

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Will Sinterklaas arrive in Amsterdam accompanied by his traditional Black Pete servants?
Amsterdam will next month stage the traditional arrival of Saint Nicholas and his helper "Black Pete", despite objections that the jolly sidekick is a racist symbol.

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Will Sinterklaas arrive in Amsterdam accompanied by his traditional Black Pete servants?
"Black Pete" is welcome in Amsterdam, despite opponents who say the helper of the Dutch version of Santa Claus is a racist caricature.

Amsterdam municipality said Wednesday the traditional arrival of Sinterklaas and his helper Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete, can go ahead Nov. 17, despite official complaints filed by 21 citizens alleging the event is racist.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/amsterdam-black-pete-visit-city-20728536

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Will Sinterklaas arrive in Amsterdam accompanied by his traditional Black Pete servants?
The Dutch tradition of Santa Claus and his blacked-up servant, Black Pete, is safe from United Nations interference, a Unesco official has assured Holland.

Marc Jacobs, a Belgian Unesco representative, the UN's cultural organisation, has denied that the Jamaican who signed the letter, was authorised to do so.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/netherlands/10402662/UN-drops-Black-Pete-racism-charge-against-the-Dutch.html

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Will Sinterklaas arrive in Amsterdam accompanied by his traditional Black Pete servants?
It emerged last week that a UN working group is investigating the Dutch custom of white people dressing up as ‘Zwarte Piet’ (Black Pete) as part of their traditional Christmas festivities. The leader of the UN group, the Jamaican academic Verene Shepherd, has spoken out against the practice on Dutch national television, condemning it as ‘a throw-back to slavery’.

The figure of ‘Zwarte Piet’ is an integral part of the Dutch Christmas tradition. In the Netherlands, children receive gifts on the fifth of December from ‘Sinterklaas’, a version of Saint Nicholas, along with his black slave helpers. These were originally portrayed as scary figures that would beat naughty children with a bunch of twigs and take them away in a sack to Saint Nicholas’ fictional home in Spain. Today they are mainly characterised as the clown, acrobat, joker and entertainer. Although the custom is clearly linked to slavery and colonial times, most children are currently told that Black Pete gets his colour from the soot in the chimneys when he delivers their presents.

A few weeks before the culmination of festivities on the fifth, Sinterklaas and his ‘helpers’ arrive by boat and are greeted by the local children in large-scale events that are staged across the country. The largest event takes place in Amsterdam and is broadcast on national television. Both professional ‘Pieten’ and many volunteers paint their faces black, their lips red and don curly black wigs and gold earrings. It is also customary for the children watching the event to do the same. They greet the procession of Sinterklaas and the Pieten by singing traditional songs, lyrics of which include: ‘Even though I’m black as soot, I mean well’.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/tensions-mount-in-the-netherlands-as-un-questions-black-pete-christmas-tradition-8909531.html

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Will Dr. Conrad Murray practice medicine again in the USA?
Dr. Conrad Murray left the Los Angeles County jail under sheriff's escort, avoiding reporters and Michael Jackson fans waiting for his release early Monday.

Murray, who served two years of a four-year sentence for causing Michael Jackson's death, was driven away in a sheriff's car for the "safety and security" of the jail, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

The handful of Jackson fans gathered outside the jail accused the Los Angeles County sheriff of showing favoritism to Murray by slipping him out of the jail through a back exit, instead of the door where freed prisoners normally leave.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/28/showbiz/conrad-murray-release/

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When will a deal to raise the debt ceiling be reached?
President Barack Obama signed into law a bipartisan deal approved by Congress Wednesday to reopen the federal government and avert an unprecedented debt default, ending a bitter and partisan 16-day impasse.

The narrow deal includes a stopgap measure that would fund the government through Jan. 15, and suspend the debt ceiling until Feb. 7.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/10/16/government-shutdown-debt-limit-congress-deal/2993181/

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Will the Abominable Snowman be found in 2013?
Today, news websites were filled with tales that this mysterious creature may have been identified. Bryan Sykes, a geneticist at the University of Oxford, had obtained DNA from some hair samples from suspected yetis and had pulled back a corner of the curtain from this enduring mystery, identifying the animal and putting the mystery to rest.

Well, sort of. "The principle purpose of the project is not to find the yeti – though it can be interpreted that way and usually is – but really it's to do a systematic study on what material is alleged to have come from a yeti, because that's never been done," Sykes told the Guardian.

Sykes was able to identify the animals that the hair might have from. "In the case of these two yeti samples that we're talking about, they matched a sequence in the GenBank from a polar bear jaw found in Svalbard, which is at least 40,000 years old." This was around the time that the polar bear and the related brown bear were separating into different species.

Sykes said the results had been submitted to a journal for peer review, so other scientists will be able to examine the results more closely as soon as they are published. He is aware of the limitations of his analysis, saying that there was only a limited amount that could be learned with the hair.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/oct/17/yeti-dna-ancient-polar-bear-scientists

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Sonar Image, Freckle Cream Provide Leads... Amelia Earhart Plane Found?
The search for Amelia Earhart's long-lost aircraft will resume next year in the waters off Nikumaroro, an uninhabited island in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati where the legendary pilot may have died as a castaway.

Starting about the middle of August 2014, the 30-day expedition will be carried out by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating the last, fateful flight taken by Earhart 76 years ago.

http://news.discovery.com/history/us-history/amelia-earhart-plane-search-to-resume-next-year-131011.htm

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When will a deal to raise the debt ceiling be reached?
An eleventh-hour deal crafted by members of the US Senate appears to be in the works to save the United States from a historic default on its debt and to re-open the government until the middle of January next year.

Harry Reid, the majority leader, and his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, were said to be preparing to explain the outlines of a putative agreement. It must be passed by both the Senate and the lower House of Representatives before being sent for signature by President Barack Obama. There was still some risk of an attempt by conservatives leaders to stand in its way.

Markets rose sharply in morning trading in New York in anticipation of the agreement, even though it still had to pass through the legislative machinery of Capitol Hill. The apparent breakthrough is coming just hours before a Thursday deadline when the US Treasury said it would run out of room to guarantee payments of all its bills without an increase of the debt ceiling, including to holders of US Treasury bonds. The partial shutdown of the US government is already in its third week, with 350,000 federal governments workers furloughed at home without pay.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/markets-rise-as-lastminute-debt-ceiling-deal-fasttracked-to-save-us-from-historic-default-and-end-government-shutdown-8884526.html

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When will no Guantanamo detainees be on hunger strike any longer?
Newly declassified documents show that American military officials secretly used a number of harsh tactics against detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison to force them to break their hunger strike.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/13/329129/us-used-harsh-tactics-to-end-gitmo-strike/

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The Simpsons: who will be killed off?
The Simpsons 'Might Kill Off Apu Nahasapeemapetilon', Says Friend Of Co-Creator

Jennifer Tilly says the Kwik-E-Mart boss is rumoured to be the one facing the axe

Fans of The Simpsons have been on edge ever since it was revealed last month that one of the long-running comedy's regular characters will be killed off at some point during the current 25th season.

http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/129140/The-Simpsons-Might-Kill-Off-Apu-Nahasapeemapetilon-Says-Friend-Of-Co-Creator

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Will Madeleine McCann be found, in 2013?
Police probing the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal have said there was an "overwhelming response" to an appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme with more than 300 calls.

Officers suggested the 2007 case bore hallmarks of a "pre-planned abduction". Scotland Yard said it was also looking into possible links to burglaries and bogus charity collections in the area.

Crimewatch editor Joe Mather said several callers gave the same man's name after e-fit pictures were shown. Police outlined their latest findings in the search for Madeleine on BBC One's Crimewatch on Monday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24530186

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If Not Geithner, Who Will Replace Bernanke?
@Knurled right!

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Beyond Ballmer: who will be Microsoft's next CEO?
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s board is working toward having the successor to Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer in place by the end of this year and is winnowing a list of candidates, said people with knowledge of the discussions.

The board is narrowing its choices amid preliminary interviews, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. Some candidates have declined to be considered, including EBay Inc. (EBAY) CEO John Donahoe, said two people. The board has also solicited advice from Silicon Valley veterans such as Charles Giancarlo, a former Cisco Systems Inc. executive and now a managing director at private-equity firm Silver Lake, said other people with knowledge of the matter.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/10/4823070/microsoft-wants-a-new-ceo-by-end-of-year-rumor

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Will Malala Yousufzai win the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize?
“If you hit a Talib, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib,” she said. “You must not treat others with cruelty…You must fight others through peace and through dialogue and through education.”

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Will Madeleine McCann be found, in 2013?
Madeleine McCann: new efit of suspect to be issued by UK police

British police issue new appeal for witnesses aimed at identifying man seen near apartment when child disappeared

Police are to issue an efit of a suspect in the Madeleine McCann investigation as they make a new appeal for witnesses aimed at identifying a man who was seen near her family's apartment on the evening she disappeared, it is understood.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/09/madeleine-mccann-investigation-police-efit-suspect

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If Not Geithner, Who Will Replace Bernanke?
President Barack Obama Wednesday nominated Janet Yellen, currently the number two at the Federal Reserve, to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the U.S. central bank.

In a brief statement flanked by Yellen and Bernanke, Obama urged the Senate to act swiftly to confirm her “given the urgent economic challenges facing our nation.”

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Obama's 2nd Term: Who will be elected FED chairman in 2014?
President Barack Obama Wednesday nominated Janet Yellen, currently the number two at the Federal Reserve, to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the U.S. central bank.

In a brief statement flanked by Yellen and Bernanke, Obama urged the Senate to act swiftly to confirm her “given the urgent economic challenges facing our nation.”

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What will be S&P next US credit rating?
The three main credit rating agencies have all warned, in varying degrees, the United States rating could be cut should it hit an expected October 17 deadline when Washington is set to run out of cash, endangering its ability to pay its debt.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/07/us-usa-fiscal-ratings-idUSBRE9960SI20131007

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Who will get the Nobel Prize for the Higgs Boson?
Peter Higgs and François Englert shared the Nobel Prize in physics for independently proposing a particle, now known as the Higgs boson, that confers mass to all other particles and whose recent discovery stands as one of the seminal moments of modern science.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304171804579122832781080304.html

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The Simpsons: who will be killed off?
That means there's one last name on the list: Rabbi Hyman Krustofski.

Krusty the Clown's dad has been at the center of a number of poignant episodes, from his first appearance (in which he finally reunited with his son) to his appearance at Krusty's adult bar mitzvah. He's a likable and recognizable character, but not so essential to the story that his death will shake up the show's ironclad status quo. And he's old enough that his death can be natural, instead of a jarring accident (like Maude Flanders' unfortunate death by T-shirt cannon).

http://theweek.com/article/index/250588/this-is-probably-the-character-that-will-die-on-the-simpsons-this-season

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Will Jodi Ann Arias get a life sentence or death penalty?
Jodi Arias Trial Update Today: Is Jodi Arias Headed for a Settlement? Conference Scheduled for Oct. 24

Attorneys for Jodi Arias, who was convicted of first-degree murder on May 8 for the brutal death of Travis Alexander, announced that they have scheduled a settlement conference for October 24. Jodi Arias, her defense team and prosecutors will all meet to discuss a possible settlement.

It is not yet clear whether the latest wrinkle in the Jodi Arias trial is standard procedure or if an out of court deal might replace a retrial of the penalty phase.

According to her case calendar on the Maricopa County Superior Court website, Jodi Arias is scheduled to sit down in a settlement conference with prosecutors on Oct. 24. Lawyers for Jodi Arias have not disclosed what they will be talking about.

http://www.kpopstarz.com/articles/43177/20130929/jodi-arias-trial-update-today-settlement-conference.htm

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Will the Snoopy Sloop boat complete its 6,000 mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean?
The next attempt on the Atlantic could be a weekend in October or November - when the winds and waves are right !

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Philip Rivers vs. Tony Romo: Which QB will have more regular season win in 2013-2014?
@uspais, though you're right, I prefer to let the question run. if a tie occurs, I'll double settle.

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If Not Geithner, Who Will Replace Bernanke?
Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers has withdrawn his candidacy to succeed Ben Bernanke as head of the US central bank, the Federal Reserve.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24103970

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Obama's 2nd Term: Who will be elected FED chairman in 2014?
Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers has withdrawn his candidacy to succeed Ben Bernanke as head of the US central bank, the Federal Reserve.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24103970

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Beyond Ballmer: who will be Microsoft's next CEO?
“At least three” of Microsoft’s top 20 investors want Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford, to head Microsoft when Steve Ballmer retires.

Citing “several” sources, Reuters reports that the investors have recommended Mulally and the CEO of Computer Sciences, Mike Lawrie, to Microsoft’s board for the position when Ballmer leaves next year.

http://www.pcr-online.biz/index.php/news/read/microsoft-investors-want-ford-ceo-to-succeed-ballmer/031862

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When will an US military strike against Syria take place?
US President Barack Obama has put military action against Syria on hold and vowed to pursue diplomacy to remove the regime's chemical weapons.

Damascus has admitted for the first time that it has chemical weapons, and has agreed to abide by a Russian plan to hand over its arsenal.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24043751

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When will a deal to raise the debt ceiling be reached?
Majority Leader Eric Cantor spent 90 percent of a presentation to House Republicans in the Capitol basement this morning explaining and defending his convoluted plan to force the Senate to vote on defunding Obamacare before eventually allowing the upper chamber to send a “clean” CR to President Obama.

Towards the end, however, he dropped a big piece of news about the House Republican strategy heading into the next fiscal fight — over raising the debt ceiling. To increase the debt ceiling, Cantor said, Republicans will demand a one-year delay to Obamacare.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/358107/fight-delayed-jonathan-strong

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Will the Microsoft Windows 8 "Kill Switch" be hacked?
The much-anticipated update for Windows 8 will begin shipping on Oct. 17, delivering a set of changes that Microsoft hopes will calm critics and improve sales of the tablet-optimized OS.

Windows 8.1, previously known as Windows Blue, will be available as a free update for Windows 8 users via the Windows Store that day starting at 4 a.m. U.S. Pacific time. On Oct. 18, it will surface on retail stores and on new devices.

"It's very exciting to be delivering Windows 8.1 to consumers just before Windows 8 celebrates its 1-year anniversary. You can expect to read more from us on Windows 8.1 leading up to availability on October 18th," wrote Microsoft official Brandon LeBlanc in a blog post.

Microsoft did not mention when Windows 8.1 will ship to hardware manufacturers, the so-called RTM date.

Windows 8 shipped in late October of last year and was billed by Microsoft executives as one of the most important product launches in the company's history.

http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/523750/microsoft_ship_windows_8_1_mid-october/

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Who will be the next NYC mayor?
Anthony Weiner: 'I'm Convinced I'm Going To Be' NYC Mayor

“No one gets to go back and redo things,” he said. “I’m convinced that I’m going to be the next mayor of this city.”

A Quinnipiac University poll published last week had Mr. Weiner at 7 percent ahead of Comptroller John Liu. New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has surged to 43 percent of likely voters.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/8/anthony-weiner-im-going-be-next-mayor-new-york-cit

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Will Malala Yousufzai win the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize?
On Thursday, education activist and Taliban shooting survivor Malala Yousafzai was handed the 2013 International Children's Peace Prize. Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman presented Yousafzai the award in The Hague, Netherlands.

The International Children's Peace Prize is awarded annually to a child who has shown his or her dedication to children's rights. Last year, a 13-year-old boy named Kesz won the award for helping street children in his country.

Yousafzai has more than shown her commitment to the children, mostly young girls of her community in Pakistan. She has almost given her life speaking out against the ban of girls' education in the Swat Valley. Abdul Hai Kakkar, a BBC Urdu service correspondent approached administrators and teachers in 2009, searching for someone to write about life under the Swat Taliban. None would come forward, except for 11-year-old Yousafzai. By this time, the Taliban had blown up more than a hundred girls' schools.

http://www.policymic.com/articles/62435/why-malala-yousafzai-deserves-the-nobel-peace-prize-not-just-the-kiddie-version

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Taliban commander Adnan Rashid urgers her so: Will Malala Yousafzai return to Pakistan?
Malala Yousafzai opens new library in Birmingham and declares: 'books will defeat terrorism'

A teenager who survived being shot by Islamic extremists after she campaigned for women's education rights has opened Europe's largest public library where she defiantly declared: "pens and books are the weapons that will defeat terrorism."

Malala Yousafzai made the inspirational speech as she officially opened Birmingham's brand new £188 million library - 11 months after she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/10283443/Malala-Yousafzai-opens-new-library-in-Birmingham-and-declares-books-will-defeat-terrorism.html

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Who will win the 2013 America's Cup, San Francisco?
Emirates Team New Zealand beat billionaire Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA in the first race in the final series of the 34th America's Cup sailing regatta on Saturday on San Francisco Bay.

In the first of two races on Saturday, which kicked off a best-of-17 final series to win the Cup, the two teams' catamarans nearly collided on several occasions as they crisscrossed the bay. New Zealand was slightly ahead at the start and was passed by Oracle for a short time before regaining its lead and winning the race.

It was the first neck-and-neck race in the regatta after two months of relatively tame qualifying matches easily dominated by the Kiwis.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/07/us-sailing-americascup-idUSBRE9860FQ20130907

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Will Obamas congressional vote on whether to strike Syria fail?
President Barack Obama says he will address the nation about Syria on Tuesday as he seeks public and congressional authority for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Obama wants to strike against the Syrian regime in response to a chemical attack on civilians last month that the Obama administration says was carried out by Assad's military. Obama says failing to chemical weapons use would , quote, "send a signal to rogue nations."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/06/obama-syria-speech_n_3880060.html

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Tennis: US Open men's singles, who will win?
After one set, Andy Murray slammed his racket into the court, then mangled it once he reached his chair on the sideline. After the second, he gestured over to his coach, Ivan Lendl, and let out a frustrated scream.

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What caused Asiana flight 214 to crash on San Francisco's airport?
The National Transportation Safety Board launched a full go-team to San Francisco, Calif., to investigate the July 6, 2013 crash involving Asiana Airlines Flight 214, a Boeing 777. The crash occurred while the aircraft was landing at San Francisco International Airport.

NTSB Senior Aviation Accident Investigator Bill English will serve as investigator-in-charge. NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman accompanied the team and served as the principal spokesman.

https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/2013/asiana214/asiana214.html

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Where will the body, thought to be King Richard III of England, be re-buried?
Researchers working with the remains of King Richard III said on Wednesday that he was infected with roundworms in his intestines.

They know because they found multiple roundworm eggs in soil samples from around his pelvis, where his intestines would have been, according to a study published online in the journal Lancet.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/04/world/europe/uk-king-richard-worms/?hpt=hp_t3

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Will Obamas congressional vote on whether to strike Syria fail?
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to authorize President Obama to use limited force against Syria Wednesday, after adopting amendments from Sen. John McCain designed to "change the military equation on the battlefield."

The Senate resolution would limit hostilities to 60 or 90 days, narrow the conflict to Syria's borders and prohibit U.S. troops on Syrian soil. McCain's amendments didn't change that scope, but made clear that the end goal should be "a negotiated settlement that ends the conflict and leads to a democratic government in Syria."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/09/04/senate-syria-committee-vote/2762415/

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Will the Keystone XL oil pipeline be built?
A decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline may slip into next year, giving opponents time to marshal efforts against it while offering President Barack Obama a chance to wring concessions from Canada.

The U.S. State Department is reviewing TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s request to build the $5.3 billion link from Alberta’s oil sands to U.S. refineries in the Gulf Coast. The department said it won’t complete its environmental-impact review of the pipeline until after reviewing and publishing 1.5 million public comments it received, a months-long process that could be completed as soon as this week.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-03/keystone-delays-seen-giving-time-for-climate-concessions.html

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Will the GOP keep their 2010 congress campaign promises?
* Promise Kept 20 (38%)
* Compromise 16 (30%)
* Promise Broken 17 (32%)

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Will the Snoopy Sloop boat complete its 6,000 mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean?
The next attempt on the Atlantic could be a weekend in September or October - when the winds and waves are right !

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Will George W. Bush or Dick Cheney apologize for the invasion of Iraq before Thomas Young dies?
Tomas Young, a paralyzed Iraq veteran who had planned to end his life after years of fighting pain and complications from war wounds, has decided it's not yet time to go.

“I decided I was going to hold on as long as I can until it becomes too unbearable for me,” Young told the Kansas City Star in an interview earlier this month, saying that he would no longer ascribe a date to any decision about his life.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/30/tomas-young_n_3362063.html

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Will the accused USS Cole bomber, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, be convicted?
he trial for a Saudi man accused of masterminding the 2000 attack on the USS Cole, which killed 17 sailors, will begin in September 2014, said a ruling published Tuesday.

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri faces the death penalty if convicted of charges stemming from the attack on the Cole and another on the French oil tanker MV Limburg in 2002, which left one person dead.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h4HA22BSKAupOxBUnKD6g1TpV6TA?docId=CNG.ad79dba89251f1fb3b7da92de69cb036.181&hl=en

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What will the next change of Japan's nuclear agency's severity level at the Fukushima plant be?
Japan is to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into building a frozen wall around the Fukushima nuclear plant to stop leaks of radioactive water.

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said an estimated 47bn yen ($473m, £304m) would be allocated.

The leaks were getting worse and the government "felt it was essential to become involved to the greatest extent possible", Mr Suga said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23940214

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When will Apple reveal a low cost IPhone?
Apple is ready to unveil its next-generation iPhone hardware on September 10th. After weeks of speculation and a rumored launch next week, the company has just mailed out invitations to an event in Cupertino at Apple's campus on September 10th starting at 10AM PT.

Months of rumors point towards two new iPhones this year: an iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. If the leaks and rumors are accurate, then the iPhone 5S may feature a fingerprint sensor for device security, a 12- or 13-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, and a gold-colored variant. The next traditional iPhone flagship device looks like it will retain a similar design to the existing iPhone 5. The big surprise at next week's event could be an entirely new iPhone 5C device.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/3/4689266/apple-iphone-event-september-10th-official

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Will Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones file for divorce?
His marriage to Catherine Zeta-Jones has been a popular topic of conversation as of late, and Michael Douglas is setting the record straight.

Despite reports that the “Game” stud is divorcing his “Entrapment” wife, Douglas maintains that they’re staying together and just taking a break from each other.

During an interview on Monday, Michael told German reporters, “I have a crisis at home? No, I think the press has a crisis.”

http://gossipcenter.com/michael-douglas/michael-douglas-blasts-divorce-rumors-918258

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Pep Guardiola's first season in Munich; How many of european, league, cup titles will he win?
In a match reminiscent of the last time Chelsea faced Pep Guardiola, Chelsea came within seconds of claiming the club’s third piece of European trophy in 15 months. But with a last gasp goal from Javi Martínez and a win in Friday’s penalty shootout, Bayern Munich dramatically claimed the first trophy of their Guardiola era, scoring on the last kick of the game to take a 2-2 (5-4) and their first UEFA Super Cup.

http://prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/30/chelsea-vs-bayern-munich-uefa-super-cup-final-score-fernando-torres-franck-ribery-eden-hazard-javi-martinez/

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When will an US military strike against Syria take place?
President Barack Obama said Saturday he will seek authorization from Congress before launching any military action against the Syrian regime for allegedly using chemical weapons in a mass killing that claimed the lives of 1,429 people.

The president came to the unexpected decision during a walk Friday evening with his chief of staff Denis McDonough, just hours after Secretary of State John Kerry made a forceful case for the U.S. to attack Syria, sources told NBC News. After Obama returned from the stroll around the South Lawn, he called senior aides, leading to meetings Friday night and Saturday morning, the sources said.

Congress is slated to return from its five-week recess on Sept. 9.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/31/20270696-obama-will-seek-congressional-approval-before-any-military-action-against-syria?lite

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Will the unearthed skeleton be identified as da Vinci's muse for Mona Lisa?
A self-styled Italian art history sleuth says he has taken an important step towards identifying the remains of the woman thought to be the model for the Mona Lisa.

Silvano Vinceti and his researchers entered the martyrs' crypt in Florence's Santissima Annunziata basilica, 300 years after it was last opened, in pursuit of a two-and-a-half-year mission to identify the remains of Lisa Gherardini.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/aug/09/mona-lisa-model-leonardo-da-vinci

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When will an US military strike against Syria take place?
Preparations for a highly anticipated strike on Syria could lead to an awkward decision on timing.

Few doubt that President Barack Obama is preparing for a U.S.-led military action to retaliate for what the U.S. and its allies say was a deadly chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Syrian government. But there are few good options for when to attack.

Compounding the pressure, some lawmakers and allies are urging Obama to proceed slowly and seek U.N. Security Council approval, while others are imploring the president to act quickly and decisively. After all, Obama's response earlier this year after the U.S. first concluded that Syrian President Bashar Assad had used chemical weapons was criticized as too little, too late.

A successful vote Thursday in Britain's Parliament would mark the start of short window that national security experts say could be a less awkward time for Obama to act. But a senior administration official said once Obama decides on what action to take, he won't delay the decision because of outside factors or competing events.

Obama, on Tuesday, will travel to Stockholm for his first visit as president to Sweden. The Northern European nation has claimed a position of neutrality in international conflicts for about 200 years.

Two days later, he heads to St. Petersburg, Russia, for the Group of 20 economic summit with leading foreign counterparts. A major conference intended to focus on wonky issues like tax evasion and monetary policy could easily be subsumed by a military incursion in a Mideast hot spot embroiling the U.S. and potentially other G-20 nations.

http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/national_world&id=9222488

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NY vs Trump: Trump University fraud lawsuit, what will be the result?
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman blasted Donald Trump on HuffPost Live Tuesday for allegedly making false promises and scamming student entrepreneurs out of money at Trump University. In describing the alleged scam, Schneiderman brought up Bernie Madoff and when asked by host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin whether the two cases were similar, the New York attorney general drew comparisons between the real estate tycoon and Madoff.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/27/ny-attorney-general-trump-madoff_n_3824869.html?ncid=txtlnkushpmg00000037&ir=Politics

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When will an US military strike against Syria take place?
A divided U.N. Security Council huddled Wednesday over the crisis in Syria — but a senior American official told NBC News that “we’re past the point of no return” and that airstrikes are expected soon to punish the Syrian regime for using chemical weapons.

Russia and China, which have veto power, have warned the United States not to bypass the U.N. and strike Syria. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said U.N. inspectors need more time to assess whether the forces of Syrian leader Bashar Assad used poison gas in an attack last week that opposition groups say left hundreds of civilians dead.

The U.N. meeting was preliminary, ahead of a full meeting of the Security Council later Wednesday. But the American official who spoke to NBC News said that U.S. strikes against Syrian targets appear inevitable and are expected “within days.”

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/28/20227083-us-official-says-syria-crisis-is-past-the-point-of-no-return-as-un-members-meet?lite

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Which of these will reveal its smart watch first?
Tech giant Samsung is said to be getting ready to release its smartwatch device, called Galaxy Gear, early next month. If that's the case, Samsung will be the first among its peers to bring a smartwatch to market.

Competitors including Apple, Google and Microsoft are rumored to be working on smartwatch devices of their own. Apple, for instance, was said to be on a "hiring spree" last month ahead of the expected release of its "iWatch" sometime next year.

Citing a pair of people familiar with the device, Bloomberg.com reported today that the Galaxy Gear will be released on Sept. 4, two days before the IFA consumer electronics show kicks off in Berlin. While pricing is still a mystery, Bloomberg said Samsung's smartwatch will be powered by Google's Android operating system and is expected to go on sale this year.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/227915

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'The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter', Will Nidal Hasan be found guilty?
Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan has been sentenced to death by a military jury. The same jury found Hasan guilty last week of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009. Hasan also wounded more than 30 others in the attack.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/28/216512156/fort-hood-gunman-nidal-hasan-sentenced-to-death

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When will an US military strike against Syria take place?
“I’m thinking a pretty significant initial wave” of several hundred Tomahawks “and an assessment period and maybe a second wave if we don’t think we accomplished the destruction we wanted to,” said Jeffrey White, a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst who’s now a defense fellow with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

President Barack Obama’s administration is working with allies including the U.K. and France, which also have aircraft and ships armed with cruise missiles, on limited action against Syria after concluding that Assad’s regime used chemical weapons against civilians. The U.S. also could use remotely piloted aircraft, or drones, to collect intelligence, pinpoint convoys or other moving targets for cruise-missile attacks or conduct their own strikes.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-08-27/tomahawk-cruise-missile-likely-weapon-in-a-u-dot-s-dot-attack-on-syria

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Will foreign military forces officially intervene in Syria before Assad is gone?
President Obama is weighing a military strike against Syria that would be of limited scope and duration, designed to serve as punishment for Syria’s use of chemical weapons and as a deterrent, while keeping the United States out of deeper involvement in that country’s civil war, according to senior administration officials.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/kerry-obama-determined-to-hold-syria-accountable-for-using-chemical-weapons/2013/08/26/599450c2-0e70-11e3-8cdd-bcdc09410972_story.html

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Will foreign military forces officially intervene in Syria before Assad is gone?
With U.S. officials that President Bashar Assad's regime used chemical weapons on the Syrian people last week, and with U.S. Navy ships moving toward that country's coast, it now seems to be a question of "when" not "whether" America will strike military targets inside that nation.

That was the from , a public policy scholar at the , a Washington, D.C.-based research center.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/26/215681309/talk-of-strike-on-syria-moves-from-will-it-happen-to-when

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Will foreign military forces officially intervene in Syria before Assad is gone?
Obama ordered a declassified report be prepared for public release before any military strike commences. That report, top advisers tell CBS News, is due to be released in a day or two.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57600171/obama-orders-release-of-report-justifying-syria-strike/

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Will foreign military forces officially intervene in Syria before Assad is gone?
More senators express support for strike against Syria: Lawmakers of both parties are expressing support for a U.S. military response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) called the use of the weapons “despicable” and said he’s pleased to hear that the Obama administration is consulting with Congress while considering potential military options.

Earlier Monday, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said he had been in touch with the White House as it weighs potential response options and said that he expects the Obama administration to further consult Congress before taking action.

And Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in multiple television interviews Monday that he’s been in touch with the administration and that “I think response is imminent.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/08/26/more-senators-express-support-for-strike-against-syria/

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Who will win the 2013 America's Cup, San Francisco?
After years of preparation and countless controversies, software mogul Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA is poised to defend the America's Cup against Emirates Team New Zealand beginning September 7.

But first it must beat back a cheating scandal that threatens to blacken the reputation of Oracle and several of the biggest names in yacht racing, and could make it harder for the American team to hang on to the 162-year-old trophy.

An international jury of five sailing experts has been trying to determine exactly how three Oracle catamarans competing in preliminary regattas known as the America's Cup World Series came to be altered with heavier fittings and illegal lead and resin hidden in their frames.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/26/sailing-americascup-cheating-idUSL2N0GQ0BJ20130826

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Will the Keystone XL oil pipeline be built?
The State Department's decision on the Keystone XL pipeline is in danger of being pushed into 2014.

State's internal watchdog on Friday said it won't complete until January a review of allegations that the department hired a contractor with a conflict of interest to review the pipeline project.

It’s unclear whether State would need to wait for its Office of Inspector General to release that report before deciding whether to recommend approval of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline. State did not return a request for comment from The Hill.

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/318507-inquiry-by-state-dept-internal-watchdog-could-delay-keystone-xl-decision-until-14

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NY vs Trump: Trump University fraud lawsuit, what will be the result?
"They meet on Thursday evening - I get sued by this AG Schneiderman... Saturday at one o'clock," Trump said. "Think of it. What government in the history of this country has ever brought a suit on Saturday? I never heard of such a thing. They obviously did it very quickly, but probably Obama - maybe this is a mini IRS," he continued, tossing reference to findings that the agency ahead of the 2012 presidential election targeted conservative groups for excessive review. "Maybe we have to get the tea party after these people, because this could very well be a mini IRS."

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57600084/trump-university-lawsuit-may-be-mini-irs-scandal-says-trump/

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Will UN chemical weapons inspectors investigate the use of chemical weapons near Damascus?
Weapons inspectors investigating an alleged chemical attack in Damascus have been shot at by snipers, a UN spokesman has said.

The team's lead vehicle was "deliberately shot at multiple times" as they visited a suburb of the city where hundreds of people were allegedly killed.

None of the inspectors, who were dressed in body armour, are believed to have been injured in the shooting, which came after two mortar bombs landed close to their hotel.

http://news.sky.com/story/1133285/syria-un-inspectors-shot-at-by-snipers

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Will foreign military forces officially intervene in Syria before Assad is gone?
U.S. intelligence officials sought Saturday to determine whether Syria's government unleashed a deadly chemical weapons attack on its people. At the same time, the Obama administration prepared for a possible military response by moving naval forces closer to Syria.

Meeting on the issue Saturday with his national security team, President Barack Obama received a detailed review of the range of options he has requested for the U.S. and its international partners to respond if the fact-finding process concludes that Syrian President Bashar Assad engaged in deadly chemical warfare, the White House said.

At the same time, Obama has emphasized that quick intervention in the years-old Syrian civil war was problematic because of the international considerations that should precede a military strike.

Obama discussed the situation in Syria by telephone with British Prime Minister David Cameron, the White House said. It was Obama's first known conversation with a foreign leader about Syria since the reports this week that hundreds of Syrians had been killed by the alleged chemical attack in a suburb of Damascus, the capital. On Saturday, the international aid group Doctors without Borders said more than 3,000 people were hospitalized in Syria Wednesday with what it called "neuro-toxic" symptoms -- about 355 of them died.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57599971/syria-options-weighed-as-u.s-forces-move-closer/

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Will foreign military forces officially intervene in Syria before Assad is gone?
Americans strongly oppose U.S. intervention in Syria's civil war and believe Washington should stay out of the conflict even if reports that Syria's government used deadly chemicals to attack civilians are confirmed

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Will foreign military forces officially intervene in Syria before Assad is gone?
The Obama administration hardened its stance against Syria and stepped up plans for possible military action, dismissing as too late the regime's offer to let United Nations officials inspect areas where the U.S. believes Damascus used chemical weapons last week.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323407104579034633663263254.html

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Will foreign military forces officially intervene in Syria before Assad is gone?
Intervention in Syria would be 'tragic mistake', warns Russia
Russia said that the West would be making a "tragic mistake" by launching military strikes on its ally Syria as the international community headed for a repeat of the bitter diplomatic showdowns that preceded military action in Iraq and Kosovo.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10265668/Intervention-in-Syria-would-be-tragic-mistake-warns-Russia.html

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Which Judge will leave the Supreme Court first?
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 80, vowed in an interview to stay on the Supreme Court as long as her health and intellect remained strong, saying she was fully engaged in her work as the leader of the liberal opposition on what she called “one of the most activist courts in history.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/25/us/court-is-one-of-most-activist-ginsburg-says-vowing-to-stay.html?_r=0

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Will the Italian highest court reinstate the former conviction of Amanda Knox?
A family spokesman said that Amanda Knox, who is living in Seattle, will not return to Italy for a retrial in the 2007 death of her British roommate.

The family spokesman, David Marriott, said Knox did not agree to attend and there is no requirement she be there.

Italy could request her extradition from the United States, CNN said, but it is not clear whether the United States would extradite Knox.

Knox spent several years in prison in Italy, after she was convicted of killing 21-year-old Meredith Kercher, an exchange student.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2013/08/25/Amanda-Knox-wont-return-to-Italy-for-retrial-in-death-of-her-roommate/UPI-48161377452320/

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Will UN chemical weapons inspectors investigate the use of chemical weapons near Damascus?
Syrian state media accused rebels of using chemical arms against government troops in clashes Saturday near Damascus, while an international aid group said it has tallied 355 deaths from a purported chemical weapons attack earlier this week.

Doctors Without Borders said three hospitals it supports in the eastern Damascus region reported receiving roughly 3,600 patients with "neurotoxic symptoms" over less than three hours on Wednesday morning, when the attack in the eastern Ghouta area took place.

Of those, 355 died, said the Paris-based group.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday that its estimated death toll from the alleged chemical attack reached 322, including 54 children, 82 women and dozens of fighters. It said the dead included 16 who have not been identified.

The Observatory's earlier death toll was 136, saying it was raised after its activists in the stricken areas met doctors, residents and saw medical reports. It said the dead "fell in the massacre committed by the Syrian regime."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/08/24/syria-rebels-chemical-weapons/2695243/

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Will the remaining lawsuit against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash be rejected, too?
Three men who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of sexual abuse only to have their case thrown out on a techncality have appealed to the federal court, according to legal documents.

http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/3-kevin-clash-accusers-appeal-dismissal-sex-abuse-case-106681

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How far will Mars Exploration Rover "Opportunity" go?
Opportunity — which touched down on Mars in January 2004 just after its twin, Spirit, arrived on the planet — is studying rocks at the foot of a location called Solander Point, whose north-facing slope will allow the robot to tilt its solar panels toward the sun during the coming southern Martian winter.

"We made it," Opportunity project scientist Matt Golombek, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said in a statement. "The drives went well, and Opportunity is right next to Solander Point. We know we could be on that north-facing slope with a one-day drive, but we don't need to go there yet. We have time to investigate the contact between the two geological units around the base of Solander Point."

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/mars-rover-opportunity-reaches-campsite-martian-winter-6C10971973

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Will DNA prove James DiMaggio is the father of Hannah Anderson?
A spokesperson for the DiMaggio family is saying that James Lee DiMaggio's sister has DNA samples of her brother and would like to test them along with his kidnap victim Hannah Anderson and her eight-year old brother Ethan, whom DiMaggio killed.

The family suspects that DiMaggio may have had a physical relationship with Christina Anderson, who DiMaggio also killed, and that her children may be his and not Brent Anderson's, reports CBS station KCBS in Los Angeles.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57599485/hannah-anderson-update-family-of-kidnapper-james-lee-dimaggio-wants-dna-test/

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Will UN chemical weapons inspectors investigate the use of chemical weapons near Damascus?
The United States said on Thursday it was unable to conclusively say that chemical weapons were used in an alleged deadly gas attack near Damascus, and U.S. President Barack Obama has directed U.S. intelligence agencies to urgently help verify allegations.

"At this time, right now, we are unable to conclusively determine CW (chemical weapons) use," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. "We are doing everything possible in our power to nail down the facts," she added.

She said Obama had instructed the U.S. intelligence community to look into what happened.

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Will Bradley Manning be found guilty of aiding the enemy?
@gotmick,

true! but probably it's an attempt to be imprisoned in a women's prison - probably advisable after this coming out...

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Will UN chemical weapons inspectors investigate the use of chemical weapons near Damascus?
The United Nations and the United States are calling for an immediate investigation of Syrian activists' claims that the Bashar al-Assad government used chemical weapons in an attack on civilians.

Anti-regime activist groups in Syria say more than 1,300 people were killed in the attack outside Damascus, many of them women and children. Video footage and witness reports appeared to bolster claims that chemical weapons were used.

President Obama has directed the U.S. intelligence community to urgently gather additional information to try to assess whether chemical weapons were used Wednesday in Syria, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday.

Ban Ki-moon said the alleged incidents Wednesday need to be probed "without delay."

Ban urged a Damascus-based team "to be granted permission and access to swiftly investigate the incident" and the United Nations is sending a formal request to Syria.

"He expects to receive a positive response without delay," his spokesperson said in a statement.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the matter is "of utmost urgency" and the "allegations are exceptionally grave."

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/22/world/meast/syria-civil-war

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Will San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resign in August?
Embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, accused of sexually harassing scores of women, will resign Friday as part of a deal to settle a lawsuit against him, according to local news reports.

San Diego’s NBC 7 News reported on Thursday that Filner will step down by the end of the week after a closed-door city council session, citing “several sources.”ABC 10News reported that Filner will resign if the City Council approved a proposal that came after three days of mediation.

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/bob-filner-resignation-report-95794.html

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Will Bradley Manning be found guilty of aiding the enemy?
@gotmick,

jailed for 35 years, as a transsexual
I don't have any problem with transsexualism, but I fear, this won't make his every-day life easier.

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Quick: Will UK officials issue apology for 9h detention of Glenn Greenwald partner under terror law?
The British government broke its silence Tuesday about the detention of a journalist’s partner for nine hours at Heathrow Airport, saying authorities “have a duty to protect the public and our national security.”

Police used a contentious anti-terrorism law to detain David Miranda, the partner of Guardian newspaper journalist Glenn Greenwald, on Sunday. Greenwald has published stories about U.S. and British surveillance programs based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/guardian-editor-uk-spies-oversaw-shredding-of-newsroom-disks-to-keep-secrets-from-chinese/2013/08/19/f36d9cdc-0937-11e3-89fe-abb4a5067014_story.html

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Quick: Will UK officials issue apology for 9h detention of Glenn Greenwald partner under terror law?
Media experts and watchdog groups in the U.S. and the U.K. were swift to criticize Miranda’s detention, calling it an attempt to frighten Greenwald and other journalists.

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/media-watchdogs-miranda-treatment-95682.html

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Who was behind the assassination of Benazir Bhutto?
An anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, has indicted former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf and six others in the 2007 death of Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, according to the country's government-run radio station, Radio Pakistan.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/08/20/pakistan-musharraf-bhutto-murder-case/2675459/

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Quick: Will UK officials issue apology for 9h detention of Glenn Greenwald partner under terror law?
Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who broke the news about secret U.S. surveillance programs, said the authorities who took his partner into custody at London's Heathrow Airport "are going to regret what they did."

"I am going to write my stories a lot more aggressively now," the Guardian reporter told Brazil's Globo TV on Monday in Rio de Janeiro.

The White House knew the move was coming.

"There was a heads up that was provided by the British government," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday.

So the United States knew it "was likely to occur, but it's not something that we've requested and it's something that was done specifically by the British law enforcement officials there," he said.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/19/world/europe/greenwald-partner-detained/?hpt=wo_c2

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Quick: What will be the total prison time in Bradley Mannings sentence?
The US government has urged a military judge to sentence Bradley Manning to 60 years in prison, arguing that the solider, who leaked a huge collection of classified documents to WikiLeaks, "deserves to spend the majority of his remaining life" in custody.

The request was made by military lawyers on Monday, in the final stages of the soldier's court martial for leaking hundreds of thousands documents to the anti-secrecy website. The judge, Colonel Denise Lind, said she will start deliberations at 9am on Tuesday

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/19/bradley-manning-sentence-60-years

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Will San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resign in August?
The effort to recall San Diego’s embattled mayor is kicking off in the nation’s eighth-largest city Sunday, one day before Bob Filner is set to return to work after undergoing behavior therapy.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/petition-drive-to-recall-san-diego-mayor-bob-filner-begins/2013/08/18/2385937a-082f-11e3-9941-6711ed662e71_story.html

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Quick: What will be the total prison time in Bradley Mannings sentence?
More than three years after he was placed in handcuffs in Iraq, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is likely to learn next week how much longer he must spend in prison for the largest breach of U.S. classified material in the nation’s history.

The 25-year-old soldier, who apologized that he “hurt” the United States, could be told as early as Tuesday whether he will face the maximum sentence of 90 years in prison and not be eligible for parole or clemency until he is in his 50s.

In court here Friday, the judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, issued a “Special Findings” report explaining why she convicted him last month of most of the charges against him, including six counts of violating the Espionage Act.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-bradley-manning-wikileaks-sentence-20130816,0,3823879.story

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Which of these will reveal its smart watch first?
Galaxy Gear release date rumors are ramping up now that Bloomberg News has reported that Samsung Electronics could be introducing the smartwatch that can "make phone calls, surf the Web and handle e-mails" as early as next month.

The Galaxy Gear release date could be unveiled Sept. 4, during the Samsung Unpacked 2013 event, two days before the IFA consumer electronics show begins in Berlin. Samsung's Galaxy Gear will be powered by Google's Android operating system. The fact that Samsung's Smartwatch will reportedly go on sale this year means that it will probably beat Apple's iWatch to market.

http://www.idigitaltimes.com/articles/19460/20130816/samsung-galaxy-gear-release-date-smartwatch-iwatch.htm

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In which month will Apple announce the iPhone 6?
The release date of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5S is approaching and before that, there will be a keynote presentation on Sept. 10, it seems. Tidbits of information regarding the advent of the next iPhone are becoming more and more insistent. According to statements from the site IBT on Aug. 14, it may well be that technology giant Apple will present its new smartphones on Sept. 10, the iPhone 6, iPhone 5S and possibly the iPhone 5C.

As the firm has made a point of honor never to divulge much information of its projects in terms of smartphones, rumors are still in abundance.

For example, All Things Digital said Apple could arrange a Sept. 10, 2013 keynote address to present the successor of the iPhone 5, a smartphone announced a year earlier, on Sept. 12, 2012.

http://www.examiner.com/article/iphone-5s-iphone-6-release-date-galaxy-s4-reigns-as-new-iphone-debut-nears

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Will San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resign in August?
A 15th accuser has come forward, and now a restaurant chain has announced it's refusing to serve the mayor.

In the meantime, the recall effort continues, but without one of the organizers.

http://www.760kfmb.com/story/23141008/recall-organizer-quits-new-accuser-steps-forward

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Quick: What will be the total prison time in Bradley Mannings sentence?
Manning, 25, faces up to 90 years in prison after he was convicted of espionage, releasing classified information, disobeying orders and leaking intelligence knowing that it would be accessible to the enemy.

A military judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, will determine the sentence. Wednesday is expected to be the final day of the defense portion of the sentencing hearing.

Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, has said he was disillusioned by an American foreign policy bent on “killing and capturing people” when he released the documents, including battlefield reports, to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks in 2010.

Manning himself was expected to take the stand later in the day.

The statement from Manning would be his first since he was found guilty of espionage for funneling the documents to the anti-secretary website WikiLeaks. The 25-year-old soldier has kept his silence since his trial began on June 3.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/14/20020933-manning-plans-statement-during-sentencing-hearing-in-military-court?lite

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What will be the result of the Scottish Independence Referendum?
The campaign for Scottish independence has "virtually no chance" of victory, according to Nate Silver, the polling expert who accurately called the outcomes of the 2008 and 2012 US presidential elections.

In an interview with the Scotsman, Silver, who correctly predicted the results of all 50 states in 2012, said the Scottish data was "pretty definitive". "There's virtually no chance that the 'yes' side will win," he said. "If you look at the polls, it's pretty definitive really where the no side is at 60-55% and the yes side is about 40 or so."

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/aug/13/nate-silver-scottish-independence-referendum

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Who will be UEFA's Best Player in Europe 2013?
A shortlist of Europe’s 10 best players has been whittled down to three.

And usually when Lionel Messi’s involved, he’s the clear winner for just about every single award going. Even the European tiddlywinks champion is cursing the diminutive Argentinian magician…

However, this year Messi has some real competition to be named European Player of the Year. An award ceremony will be held on August 29 to see if Messi, Franck Ribery or Cristiano Ronaldo will lift the coveted title of Europe’s top player.

http://prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/06/uefa-name-europes-top-three-players-messi-ronaldo-or-ribery/

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Quick: What will be the total prison time in Bradley Mannings sentence?
A military judge has reduced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's maximum possible sentence in the WikiLeaks case to 90 years in prison.
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Manning had faced up to 136 years in prison after he was convicted of charges related to his disclosure of classified information to the anti-secrecy website. But the judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, found during his sentencing hearing Tuesday that a number of the charges refer to the same actions and therefore were duplicative for sentencing purposes.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/mannings-max-sentence-cut-90-years-19881802

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Will Jodi Ann Arias get a life sentence or death penalty?
Jodi Arias is still awaiting sentencing, in a case that just won't freaking end, but now there is new news in her saga. Apparently the book and film adaptation of the book based on her story will be a highly sexualized romp--which is just what everyone wants, huh? Sex sells, and when a story is full of it, it will surely become a hit--but will this murderess's story be a one-night-stand, or a film you take home to momma?

http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981918521

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Who will decide on the life of Duane Buck?
then-Attorney General John Cornyn became aware of the racial bias that had infected these cases, and he ordered a review of all of these cases that Dr. Quijano testified in. And each case, he gave an opinion that they need a resentencing hearing. And all of them received their hearing except for Mr. Buck. And it’s likely, or it seems probable, that that happened because AG Cornyn was at the end of his term. He went on to do other things. The next AG, Greg Abbott, did not grant the resentencing or recommend the resentencing hearing. It clearly looks that Mr. Buck’s case fell through the cracks, which is even more egregious when it’s a capital case. No case, no individual, no defendant should ever fall through the cracks of the criminal justice system, but when the ultimate punishment is on the line, it is morally reprehensible.

The case is now in front of the Court of Criminal Appeals in Texas. We have filed an appeal on Mr. Buck’s behalf. The Court of Criminal Appeals will—can either remand our case to the district court for a hearing and further review of the claims that we’ve raised, or it can reject or dismiss or deny our appeal and send us—send Mr. Buck’s case to the Supreme Court.

http://www.democracynow.org/seo/2013/4/1/prosecutor_seeks_stay_of_execution_for

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When will the FED reduce the QE?
The Federal Reserve is closer to reducing its massive bond-buying programme after the unemployment rate dropped last month, a top Fed official has said, adding that he wants reductions to start this autumn.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/10224004/Fed-should-taper-QE-in-September-but-beware-market-havoc.html

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Will anyone be arrested in the $136m Cannes diamond haul before the end of August?
A week ago, a lone burglar armed with a handgun managed to make off with 72 items of jewellery from Cannes' plush Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in a record gem robbery in France and one of the biggest in recent European history.

With no apparent leads, Lloyd's of London is offering a million dollars for anyone providing information leading to the recovery of the huge haul.

Offering a reward is rare but not unheard of in France, where it must be approved by the judge that is overseeing the case. Any informant is guaranteed anonymity according to French law.

"It is better that it is overseen by the court to avoid crooks who offer their services directly to insurance companies and victims. This happens frequently," a police source told local newspaper Nice Matin.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/10224057/Lloyds-of-London-offers-million-euro-reward-for-clues-in-record-Cannes-gem-theft.html

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How big will the Powerball jackpot grow?
No one hit the Powerball jackpot this weekend, so the money will roll over and create a roughly $400 million prize for Wednesday’s drawing.

The midweek jackpot remains below the record $590.5 million jackpot won in May by an 84-year-old Florida woman. But as it stands, it would be the third-largest Powerball jackpot ever and the fourth-largest lottery prize on record.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/powerball-lottery-jackpot-at-a-lofty-but-not-record-breaking-300m-drawing-is-saturday/2013/08/03/533c4c9c-fcb5-11e2-89f7-8599e3f77a67_story.html

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Will Todd Hughes, nominated to US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, be confirmed by Senate?
A Senate panel took a step on Thursday toward breaking an additional barrier for LGBT people by approving a judicial nominee who would become the first openly gay person to serve on a federal appeals court.

The Senate Judiciary Committee by voice vote reported out the nomination of Todd M. Hughes, whom President Obama named in February to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as part of a group of five judicial nominees.

Upon confirmation, Hughes would make history by becoming the first openly gay person to serve on a federal appeals court. Previous openly gay judicial nominees the Senate has confirmed were for positions on district courts.

Michael Cole-Schwartz, spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, commended the Senate panel for advancing the Hughes nomination.

“We are thrilled the committee has approved the nomination of Todd Hughes and urge the full Senate to confirm this highly qualified nominee as soon as possible,” Cole-Schwartz said.

http://www.washingtonblade.com/2013/07/18/senate-panel-advances-gay-nominee-for-appeals-court/

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Will Noel Gallagher be X Factor judge in the next season?
The 2013 X-Factor auditions may only have started today, but speculation over the 2014 Judges’ line up has already begun amid rumours Gary Barlow is quitting.

Bookies’ curiosity is piqued and Paddy Power have revealed that they are already offering odds on who could be Gary’s replacement to make up the 2014 judging panel.

At 5/4 it’s likely Simon Cowell will be back making wannabes cry and 8/1 for Noel Gallagher, Robbie Williams or perennial X-Factor favourite Cheryl Cole to fill the void.

http://www.unrealitytv.co.uk/x-factor/noel-gallagher-robbie-williams-or-cheryl-cole-to-replace-gary-barlow-on-x-factor/

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Will Alex Rodriguez face a ban from MLB because of its Biogenesis case involvement?
Major League Baseball is prepared to announce suspensions by Monday in the Biogenesis clinic case in an attempt to levy suspensions through the end of the regular season for the players involved except for New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rordriguez, a baseball official with knowledge of the investigation told USA TODAY Sports.

The league has given the players involved a Sunday deadline to decide whether they will accept or appeal the suspensions.

MLB also has given Rodriguez a choice, according to a second baseball official familiar with their intentions: accept a suspension through the 2014 season or face a lifetime ban. The two officials were unauthorized to speak publicly about the situation since the talks are private.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/yankees/2013/08/01/alex-rodriguez-biogenesis-mlb-suspensions-options/2610463/

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Who Will Play Anastasia Steele in "50 Shades of Grey"?
In latest “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie news, quite a few fans of the popular book series have realized that today, August 1, 2013, marks the starting date for a “50 Shades of Grey” countdown until the film’s hotly awaited premiere next year on the first of August, Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Facebook page reminded readers this morning, Aug. 1. While Christian Grey casting still remains a mystery, it is known that EL James took to Twitter just yesterday to say she’s headed back home to the UK. Maybe, just maybe, an official casting announcement will be made on Christian or Ana once James has settled in.

http://www.examiner.com/article/fifty-shades-of-grey-movie-countdown-begins-christian-grey-casting-news

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Will Lego decide to make a Android set?
We’ve heard loud and clear that you want to be able to make your own Andy out of LEGO bricks. So, we’ll get to work considering the possibility!

Congratulations on achieving 10,000 supporters. We now officially advance this project to the Review phase.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/22758

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Will the Snoopy Sloop boat complete its 6,000 mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean?
latest news on Snoopy's 2013 attempt to cross the Atlantic ... waiting for a "weather window"

http://www.gpss.force9.co.uk/autop.htm

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How big will the Powerball jackpot grow?
The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $290 million.

According to the Powerball website, no tickets sold for Wednesday’s drawing matched all of the winning numbers. There were tickets that matched five numbers, but not the Powerball, in California, Connecticut, Florida, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.

http://www.inquisitr.com/882681/powerball-jackpot-climbs-to-290-million/

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Will Alex Rodriguez face a ban from MLB because of its Biogenesis case involvement?
Major League Baseball is threatening to kick Alex Rodriguez out of the game for life unless the New York Yankees star agrees not to fight a lengthy suspension for his role in the sport's latest drug scandal, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Whether Commissioner Bud Selig would actually issue a lifetime suspension was unclear and a permanent ban could be shortened by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to about 200 games, the person said.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20130731/alex-rodriguez-lifetime-ban-mlb-biogenesis.ap/

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Will Bradley Manning be found guilty of aiding the enemy?
Bradley Manning, the intelligence analyst posted by the US Army to Baghdad in 2009, chose to transmit hundreds of thousands of classified military reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks because he wanted attention and notoriety, the prosecution at his trial said in closing arguments today.

With the judge in the case, Colonel Denise Lind, due to issue verdicts within days, both sides used the closing arguments phase to present starkly different portraits of the defendant. For its part, the prosecution sought to bolt down a central charge of ‘aiding the enemy’ telling the court at Fort Meade, Maryland, that Manning knew full well that the materials he gave to WikiLeaks would be seen by al-Qa’ida.

“The only human Pfc Manning ever cared about was himself,” asserted Major Ashden Fein, the lead prosecuting attorney, before displaying a smiling photo of Manning taken in 2010. He said it showed a “gleeful, grinning Pfc Manning” who had sent materials to WikiLeaks with the greeting “Have a good day”. After saying Manning had broken his country’s trust, he added: “The flag meant nothing to him.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/bradley-manning-trial-soldier-is-a-gleeful-grinning-traitor-says-prosecutor-8732541.html

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Will Usain Bolt admit to have used, or be tested positive on doping during 2013?
Usain Bolt believes the recent doping scandals in sprinting have hurt the sport and insists he's running clean.

The world's fastest man stopped short of condemning fellow Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson or American rival Tyson Gay, whose failed doping tests have left the sport in turmoil ahead of worlds.

"Definitely, it's going to set us back a little bit," Bolt said Thursday in London before a Diamond League meet, his first competition in the city since his three gold medals at last year's Olympics. "But as a person, I can't focus on this."

http://espn.go.com/olympics/trackandfield/story/_/id/9507878/usain-bolt-says-doping-scandals-set-us-back

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Pep Guardiola's first season in Munich; How many of european, league, cup titles will he win?
Andreas Rettig, COO of the Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL), has underscored the growing importance of the DFL Supercup ahead of Saturday's meeting of Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich at the Signal Iduna Park.

"The match will be shown live in 195 FIFA member countries. The stadium is almost sold-out already - that's testimony to its significance," Rettig said at Wednesday's press conference ahead of the duel between treble-winners FC Bayern and hosts, and Bundesliga runners-up, Dortmund. The two sides last met, of course, in the UEFA Champions League final in May.

http://www.bundesliga.com/en/tournaments/news/2013/0000261887.php

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Anthony Weiner running for Mayor of New York City, 2013?
Anthony Weiner found himself caught in another sexting scandal Tuesday like the one that destroyed his congressional career, but stood side-by-side with his wife to say he won't drop out of the race for mayor of New York.

http://www.newser.com/article/da7nk19o0/anthony-weiner-caught-in-another-sexting-scandal-says-he-wont-quit-new-york-mayors-race.html

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Which of these will reveal its smart watch first?
Samsung will unveil its Gear smartwatch alongside its Galaxy Note 3 phablet at the IFA trade show in September, according to a report.

Patently Apple claims that the South Korean firm is fast-tracking the wearable device to market in a bid to give it a head start on Apple's rumoured iOS watch.

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/news/a500274/samsung-gear-smartwatch-rumoured-for-ifa-unveiling.html

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Michael E. Mann sues National Review, Competitive Enterprise Institute - What will be the result?
A year ago, Penn State was reeling in the wake of revelations that its athletic program had covered up serial abuse by one of its football coaches. A blogger at the pro-free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute used that situation as an opportunity to suggest that the university was covering up malfeasance by one of its faculty members, climate scientist Michael Mann. The accusations of research fraud were then reiterated by a blogger at the conservative publication National Review. After a bit of back-and-forth between Mann and the two organizations, Mann filed a defamation suit.

Both National Review and the CEI attempted to have the case thrown out. They argued that it met the SLAPP definition of an attempt to silence critics and that Mann's case fell far short of the standards of defamation of a public figure. Now, a judge has denied both of these attempts, allowing the defamation trial to move forward.

http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/07/hockey-stick-graph-climate-researchers-defamation-suit-to-go-forward/

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Will Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016?
In case you haven't noticed, there's already a distinct favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

And you can't help but wonder if President Obama's team isn't aiding her cause.

Long-time Obama political adviser David Axelrod predicted that the former secretary of state would be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, though he left the door open for a campaign by Vice President Joe Biden.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/07/19/obama-hillary-clinton-david-axelrod-2016-election-joe-biden/2568005/

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How long will Tito Vilanova be coach of FC Barcelona?
FC Barcelona head coach Tito Vilanova has stepped down from his position. Joan Francesc (“Rubi”) Ferrer, will take over as interim coach as the Catalan squad looks for a replacement.

According to Spanish publication La Vanguardia, Vilanova apparently has had a relapse in his battle against throat cancer.

Vilanova, who left Barcelona for a couple of months earlier this year for cancer treatment, has decided that his treatment will not allow him to continue his role as coach of the Spanish giants, Spanish publication AS reported.

http://www.voxxi.com/tito-vilanova-steps-down-barcelona-coach/

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Will alleged US spying activity delay US EU talks about free trade zone?
What could happen if free-trade negotiations break down because of alleged spying operations? I'd bet most electronics supply chain professionals really didn't consider this type of risk previously, but maybe you'd be wise to factor in political issues like these. What hangs in the balance -- $646 billion in annual trade between the US and the EU, according to Reuters -- is not chump change. The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership pact would be the world's biggest free-trade deal. It would cover about 50 percent of global economic output, 30 percent of global trade, and 20 percent of global foreign direct investment -- again, far from chump change.

The spying allegations do add a certain amount of drama to the mix. But even if they hadn't come up, US and EU politicians and trade officials would be wrangling over deep-seeded differences that go beyond eliminating remaining tariffs on exports and imports. In fact, it has taken two years (far longer than Snowden has been a household name) to get the talks this far.

http://www.ebnonline.com/author.asp?section_id=1061&doc_id=265558&itc=velocity_ticker

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Does Dexter Have To Die?
Michael C. Hall has killed 125 people as Dexter Morgan since we first met him seven years ago. Yet it’s breaking into all those apartments and houses that’s bugging him. Hall teases the final season, tackles some burning questions about the series and wonders: Who is Dexter talking to during his voice-overs, anyway?

http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/06/27/michael-c-hall-dexter-interview/

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When will no Guantanamo detainees be on hunger strike any longer?
Guantánamo officials accused of 'cheating' over hunger strike numbers

US claims 81 detainees now refusing food, down from high of 106, but lawyers say guards using Ramadan to massage figures

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/14/guantanamo-hunger-strike-numbers

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When will Edward Snowden leave Moscow airport ?
WikiLeaks, which has championed Snowden's cause since he fled to Hong Kong, issued a cryptic tweet on Tuesday saying that "the first phase of Edward Snowden's 'Flight of Liberty' campaign will be launched" on Wednesday.

Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, who broke stories on the NSA's surveillance programs based on Snowden's leaks, tells CBS Radio News that Venezuela is the "obvious choice" among three nations -- including Bolivia and Nicaragua -- that have offered to take him in.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/07/10/edward-snowden-nsa-wikileaks-asylum-leak/2504839/

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Who will replace Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View?
Elisabeth Hasselbeck ended her 10-year tenure on The View with a tearful tribute to her fellow panelists as well as the crew behind the scenes of the ABC chatfest.

As previously reported, the departing View co-host is headed to Fox News Channel, where she will join the panel of Fox & Friends in September.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tearful-elisabeth-hasselbeck-leaving-view-583099

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What caused Asiana flight 214 to crash on San Francisco's airport?
The NTSB says it will be investigating whether the Glide slope outage had any role in the crash.

Experts tell Eyewitness News it is likely to turn out to be a chain of events that led up to the crash.

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=9165930

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Will Aaryn Gries find out she fired before she's kick out of the Big Brother House?
Some of the controversial comments made by season 15 "Big Brother" contestants about race and sexual orientation were aired during Sunday's episode of the CBS reality competition series.

The decision to include the incendiary remarks on Sunday night's broadcast came after several blogs posted about the bigoted comments heard on the "Big Brother" 24-hour livestream.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57592677/big-brother-airs-contestants-offensive-remarks/

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Will alleged US spying activity delay US EU talks about free trade zone?
Europe opens trade talks with US amid ongoing tensions over spying

The long-delayed negotiations come at a sensitive moment after leaking of NSA documents by whistleblower Edward Snowden

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/jul/08/europe-opens-trade-talks-us-spying

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Who will win the 2013 America's Cup, San Francisco?
With the Golden Gate Bridge looming to his right, Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker hit the starting line and immediately got his 72-foot catamaran speeding across the tops of the waves on hydrofoils.

The America’s Cup challenger trials were underway on San Francisco Bay and the Kiwis were clearly in control.

Of course, it helped that there was no opponent.

Emirates Team New Zealand sailed alone around the course Sunday — at one point hitting 42.8 knots, or 49 mph — to collect the first point of the regatta. Their scheduled opponent, Italy’s Luna Rossa, boycotted, saying it won’t race until an international jury hears protests regarding rules changes made after Andrew “Bart” Simpson of Artemis Racing was killed in a capsize May 9.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/while-italians-refuse-to-sail-artemis-races-to-get-boat-ready-for-americas-cup-trials/2013/07/06/bcd1c2a4-e699-11e2-97c2-eee7eab7397e_story.html

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Will Pope John Paul II be 'blessed' this year?
The Roman Catholic Church will declare the late Pope John Paul II a saint, the Vatican announced Friday.

Pope Francis signed the decree Friday morning, the Vatican said. John Paul was pope from 1978 until his death in 2005, and was essentially the first rock star pontiff - drawing vast crowds as he criss-crossed the globe.

At his funeral, thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square chanted "Santo Subito" -- Sainthood Now! The Polish-born pope was fast-tracked to beatification when he died in 2005, and became "the blessed" John Paul II barely six years after his death -- the fastest beatification in centuries.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/05/world/europe/vatican-pope-sainthood/

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When will the Statue Of Liberty be re-opened?
Lady Liberty reopened her doors to the huddled masses Thursday, a sign of recovery from Superstorm Sandy's devastation.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/04/us/independence-day/?hpt=us_c1

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Tennis Wimbledon Women, Who will win?
Wimbledon 2013: Petra Kvitova in shock defeat to Kirsten Flipkens

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jul/02/wimbledon-petra-kvitova-kirsten-flipkens

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Will transgender woman Oneal Ron Morris be found guilty of practicing medicine without a license?
proposed deal for a South Florida man accused of injecting “super glue” and Fix-A-Flat into the buttocks of women in botched illegal cosmetic surgery procedures has gone flat.

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ellen Sue Venzer rejected the prosecution’s proposal that Ron Oneal Morris serve 180 days in jail and five years probation.

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/06/25/judge-nixes-deal-for-fix-a-flat-butt-doc/

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Will Brussels court order DNA tests from Belgium's King Albert II?
The court hearing stemming from the legal action taken by the King’s illegitimate daughter Delphine Boël against King Albert II, Crown Prince Filip and Princess Astrid and Ms Boël’s legal father Jacques Boël has been postponed until 3 September.

http://www.expatica.com/be/news/belgian-news/Bol-court-hearing-put-back-until-September_268221.html

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Is Mount Everest in Nepal higher than in China?
Now the Himalayan state of Nepal, who’s border with China straddles the peak, is appealing for international help to finally get the true height. Nepal's state-run Survey Department told the news agency AFP it was seeking to obtain grants and expertise from international donors, as well as the global scientific community.

"This is part of the ongoing three-year Nepal government project to settle the mountain's height. But we have neither the scientific expertise nor the resources to carry out such tasks," director-general Krishna Raj BC said.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/01/new-study-could-finally-answer-mystery-mt-everests-height/

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Will PR guru Max Clifford found guilty of indecent assaults?
Clifford, arrested in December and charged in April, must appear for a case management hearing on October 4 2013. The trial is expected to take place in March 2014 and last for four weeks.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/407127/Max-Clifford-to-wait-until-2014-for-trial-for-alleged-indecent-assualts-on-teenage-girls

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Is Indian-origin Ajit Jain the successor to Warren Buffet?
Warren Buffett has insisted that the board of Berkshire Hathaway, the mega-conglomerate he has led since the 1960s, is "solidly in agreement" over his successor, even though he gave shareholders assembled for the company's annual meeting at the weekend no clues as to who the next boss would be.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/sage-of-omaha-warren-buffetts-successor-stays-a-secret-8604758.html

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Is Indian-origin Ajit Jain the successor to Warren Buffet?
The Wall Street Journal profiled Tracy Britt last week, Warren Buffett’s financial assistant and drew attention to the fact that she could potentially be a person to succeed him as Berkshire Hathaway CEO someday. In truth, it seems like a good question to look into, and many people have done just that online and in print media.

But this is not exactly true, we learned from a Warren Buffett email sent by his personal assistant, Debbie Bosanek.

“I hope these facts put some unwarranted speculation to rest,” Buffett said.

http://www.warrenbuffett.com/buffett-says-britt-will-not-be-next-berkshire-hathaway-successor/

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Quick: Egypt, will the army step in after the 48h ultimatum?
Egypt's high command said on Wednesday the army was ready to die to defend Egypt's people against terrorists and fools, in a response to Islamist President Mohamed Mursi that was headlined "The Final Hours".

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/02/egypt-army-ready-to-die_n_3537536.html?1372818667

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Will the IPCC find a criminal cover-up by South Yorkshire police in the Hillsborough tragedy?
A RIGOROUS search of West Midlands Police archives will make up part of an investigation into the Hillsborough disaster.

The force - which examined South Yorkshire Police's handling of the disaster - had already submitted a portfolio of files to their northern counterparts which has been scrutinised by previous inquiries. But now two items of material related to Hillsborough were uncovered during a recent unrelated search of storage. They have been passed to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which is investigating police involvement in the 1989 tragedy.

And the force has now vowed to leave 'no stone unturned' in a three-month search of its archives.

Officers will search storage areas at headquarters Lloyd House in Birmingham, Nechells Green police station - where the initial investigation was focused - and other buildings it is thought material could have been transferred. The force's official archive storage facility in Derbyshire, where up to 17,000 documents are held, will also be searched.

Deputy Chief Constable Dave Thompson said they were committed to the investigation and supporting the coroner's inquest into the disaster, which is scheduled for early 2014.

http://www.coventryobserver.co.uk/2013/07/03/news-Police-archives-searched-in-Hillsborough-disaster-investigation-75271.html

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Will Eric Idle join the cast of the science-fiction comedy “Absolutely Anything”?
The surviving members of Monty Python (minus Eric Idle) are getting back together and they're reportedly bringing Gemma Arterton and Benedict Cumberbatch for the ride along with the voice of Robin Williams. The picture is titled Absolutely Anything and features the Pythons who grant a schoolteacher (Cumberbatch) the power to do absolutely anything so that they can be amused as he cocks it up. Robin Williams voices a talking dog.

http://twitchfilm.com/2013/06/check-the-first-poster-art-for-monty-python-reunion-picture-absolutely-anything.html

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Will the accused USS Cole bomber, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, be convicted?
A military judge invoked the potential for “grave damage to national security” on Thursday and announced that he will exclude both the public and the accused Saudi Arabian terrorist from his pre-trial hearing in the USS Cole bombing death-penalty case — the first closed session of the Barack Obama war court.

The subject of the hearing, to be argued at 9 a.m. Friday, is a mystery. It appears on the war court docket with the word CLASSIFIED in red, but no name.

Nashiri, a former millionaire from Mecca, has been described as Osama bin Laden’s chief of Arabian Gulf operations.

He is accused of engineering al-Qaida’s October 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole warship off Yemen. Seventeen sailors were killed in the attack, and the prosecutor proposes to execute Nashiri, if he’s convicted.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/13/3450019/guantanamo-judge-orders-first.html

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When will more NSA revelations from Edward Snowden be published by Glenn Greenwald?
On Tuesday, he told Fox News host Eric Bolling that the “world will be shocked” by the coming revelations about the organization’s surveillance tactics, though otherwise played coy about the information.

“I will say that there are vast programs, both domestic and international spying, that the world will be shocked to learn about, that the NSA is engaged in with no democratic accountability and that’s what driving our reporting.”

http://www.inquisitr.com/827263/glenn-greenwald-new-nsa-revelations/

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Tennis Wimbledon Women, Who will win?
Sabine Lisicki ended Serena Williams' long winning streak, she ended her Grand Slam winning streak and she knocked the top seed, world No. 1 and defending champion out of Wimbledon on Super Monday.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/2013/07/01/wimbledon-2013-serena-williams-loses-to-sabine-lisicki/2479199/

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When will the first Desertec power plant start electricity production?
A €400bn plan to power Europe using solar panels in North African deserts has been thrown into disarray after the non-profit foundation behind the original idea parted ways with the strategic arm set up to help deliver the ambitious project.

The Desertec Foundation today announced it will terminate its membership of Dii GmbH, which was established in 2009 to develop a rollout plan through to 2050 for the project, including work to identify sources of finance and developing a framework for investment.

http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2278469/tensions-laid-bare-as-desertec-exits-industrial-solar-consortium

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When will more NSA revelations from Edward Snowden be published by Glenn Greenwald?
The NSA has a “brand new” technology that enables one billion cell phone calls a day to be redirected into its data hoards and stored, according to the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, who said that a new leak of Snowden's documents was ‘coming soon.’

Calling it part of a “globalized system to destroy all privacy,” and the enduring creation of a climate of fear, Greenwald outlined the capabilities of the NSA to store every single call while having “the capability to listen to them at any time,” while speaking via Skype to the Socialism Conference in Chicago, on Friday.

The Guardian journalist made hints that he was sitting on further details of the NSA’s billion-call backlog, which he’d keep under wraps until the documents full publication, which he said was “coming soon.”

http://rt.com/usa/nsa-greenwald-call-store-427/

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Tennis Wimbledon Women, Who will win?
Seven players have been forced to pull out of Wimbledon on Wednesday in the most injury-hit second round in the competition's history.

Women's second seed Victoria Azarenka and men's sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were among those who withdrew.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/23067270

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Tennis Wimbledon Women, Who will win?
Maria Sharapova has been knocked out of Wimbledon by a 131st-ranked qualifier on a day when injuries forced the withdrawal or retirement of seven other players.

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/06/sharapova-loses-larcher-de-brito-second-round/48088/#.UctHtdi7J3U

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Tennis Wimbledon Men, Who will win?
Seven-time champion Roger Federer was stunned by 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday, his earliest loss in a Grand Slam tournament in 10 years.

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/06/federer-suffers-earliest-loss-slam-10-years-stakhovsky/48093/#.UctGzti7J3U

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Will the Keystone XL oil pipeline be built?
I don't think so, since there is massive interest in a decision from companies who want to build and utilize it: "A final State Department decision on the $7.6-billion project is expected this fall."

http://business.financialpost.com/2013/06/25/decision-on-keystone-must-be-in-best-national-interest-of-u-s-obama/

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Will the Keystone XL oil pipeline be built?
@c2r Settles on announcement of a decision by the State Department.

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Will the Keystone XL oil pipeline be built?
Obama to say Keystone XL pipeline should be OK'd only if it won't increase emissions.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Official-Obama-to-say-Keystone-XL-pipeline-4621023.php

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Tennis Wimbledon Men, Who will win?
Rafael Nadal is out of Wimbledon early for the second year in a row.

Nadal, playing his first match since winning the French Open, was outplayed, outserved and ultimately ousted by Steve Darcis of Belgium, ranked No. 135 in the world, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (10-8), 6-4.

It's the first first-round loss in a major for the two-time Wimbledon champion, who was 34-0 entering the match.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/2013/06/24/wimbledon-2013-rafael-nadal-steve-darcis/2452393/

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Pep Guardiola's first season in Munich; How many of european, league, cup titles will he win?
Pep Guardiola’s famed perfectionism was on immediate display at Bayern Munich as he finally arrived at the Allianz Arena today.

Guardiola had been mastering the German language, amusingly revealing that his teacher was a Borussia Dortmund fan. “She almost did not allow me to come here,’’ said Guardiola, triggering laughter in Bayern’s power brokers Uli Hoeness and Karl Heinz Rummenigge sitting either side of him.

Guardiola totally charmed his audience at the Allianz, speaking in German, Spanish, Italian and English. He spoke of his delight at joining Bayern. “What I feel today – this is a gift. It’s a great joy and happiness not only for being here but also because Bayern Munich thought of me and allowed me to be here. I would like to thank Bayern for this chance.’

Having been exhausted after his glorious but intense time at Barcelona, where he won 14 trophies, Guardiola said he was refreshed by his year out. “I am ready. My time in Barcelona was marvellous but I needed a new challenge and Bayern Munich gave me that chance. I am certain that all the fans of Bayern will continue to live with pride and I hope it will be an era of pride for all.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/competitions/bundesliga/10138991/Pep-Guardiola-unveiled-as-new-Bayern-Munich-manager.html

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Will Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016?
Speaking at a conference in Toronto, Hillary Clinton said the U.S.electing a woman president would send "exactly the right historic signal" to the nation.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hillary-clinton-argues-for-woman-president/2013/06/21/e25f647a-94b9-447f-a320-2ef1e2ace7d4_video.html

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How many applications will Tourism Australia's "Best Jobs in the World" campaign receive?
Six people from around the world have won Tourism Australia's Best Jobs in the World competition, which will see them installed as spruikers for various parts of the country.

This year's competition comes on the back of Tourism Australia's hugely successful 2009 marketing campaign that saw Englishman Ben Southall win a six-month "caretaker" role on Hamilton Island.

Take a look at who this year's winners are and what their jobs will entail:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-21/tourism-australia-announces-best-job-winners/4771410

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When will Edward Snowden return to the US?
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said Wednesday that his group has been in touch with Edward Snowden’s legal team, the man who says he’s behind the National Security Agency leaks.

“We are in touch with Mr. Snowden’s legal team and have been, are involved, in the process of brokering his asylum in Iceland,” Assange said on a conference call with reporters marking his one year since entering the Ecuadoran embassy in London seeking asylum.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/06/assange-says-wikileaks-helping-snowden-get-asylum-in-iceland/

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Obama's 2nd Term: What will the lowest unemployment rate be?
Employers added a better-than-expected 175,000 jobs in May, providing further evidence of a resilient labor market despite huge federal spending cuts and global economic turmoil.

The unemployment rate rose to 7.6% from 7.5%, the Labor Department said Friday, as 420,000 Americans, including previously discouraged workers who had given up job-hunting, joined the labor force. The labor force includes people working and looking for work.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/06/07/may-employment-report/2396293/

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West first child: Will they take a name that begins with the letter "K"?
Kim Kardashian gave birth to her daughter five weeks early at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood, Calif., on Saturday. The fashionista told boyfriend Kanye West she was feeling “a little off” on Friday night, according to TMZ, so the rapper canceled his own record release party to be by his girlfriend’s side. A few hours later, the reality-television starlet began to have contractions and naturally gave birth to whom will probably be Hollywood’s most stylish baby: But what’s her name?

http://www.ibtimes.com/kim-kardashian-baby-name-what-did-kanye-west-name-his-daughter-1308851

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Will solar-powered aircraft "Solar Impulse" successfully complete its US coast-to-coast journey?
Impulsehe Solar Impulse solar plane landed in Washington, D.C., Sunday, completing the fourth leg of a five-flight trek from San Francisco to New York.

The plane took off from Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport Saturday at 10:11 a.m. and landed at Washington Dulles International Airport just after midnight, the Solar Impulse blog reported.

The final leg of the trek will end in New York in early July.

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/Technology/2013/06/16/Solar-plane-on-cross-country-trek-lands-in-Washington-DC/UPI-64791371398109/

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Will foreign military forces officially intervene in Syria before Assad is gone?
The Obama administration, concluding that the troops of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria have used chemical weapons against rebel forces in his country’s civil war, has decided to begin supplying the rebels for the first time with small arms and ammunition, according to American officials.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/14/world/middleeast/syria-chemical-weapons.html?hp&_r=0

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When will Edward Snowden return to the US?
The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden vowed to fight an expected move by the US to have him extradited from Hong Kong in a new interview published on Wednesday.

In his first comments since revealing his identify in the Guardian at the weekend, Snowden told the South China Morning Post that he was not in Hong Kong to "hide from justice" and would put his trust in its legal system.

He also claimed that the US had been hacking Hong Kong and China since 2009, and accused the US of "bullying" the territory to return him because it did not want local authorities to learn of its cyber activities.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/12/edward-snowden-us-extradition-fight

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Which coach will win "The Voice" Season 4?
Amber and Sasha gave it their all and in the last few weeks they took chances that sometimes paid off. They made a good run at it, but fell just short. With them Coach Adam and Coach Shakira are also eliminated from the competition. Blake is in a fantastic position to win his third season in a row.

Season 4 of “The Voice” now has a final three and they are: Danielle Bradbery, Michelle Chamuel and The Swon Brothers.

Next Monday the final three will take the stage and sing one last time to decide who will win this season of “The Voice.”

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Will the White House respond to the Edward Snowden pardon petition?
More than 27,000 people had signed the petition as of 6:00 p.m. Monday and about 1,000 new signatures were appearing each hour.

The number of signatures on the petition was growing at a faster rate than the most popular petition currently on the site, according to a Nextgov analysis. That petition asks the president to define the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group and was posted after the church pledged to picket the funerals of children killed in a December 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The Westboro petition, which now boasts 360,000 signatures, is awaiting an official White House response.

Signature velocity on the Snowden petition was also greater than on a petition asking the president to allow Texas to secede from the union. Secession petitions were posted from every state in the union shortly after the president’s November 2012 reelection, though the Texas petition was the most popular.

http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2013/06/petition-pardon-nsa-leaker-among-most-popular-ever-posted-white-house-site/64616/

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What will the Supreme Court ruling on isolated genes be?
The Supreme Court announced three opinions this morning but none of them were the decisions most of the country was hoping for.

When it took this case, the Supreme Court agreed to hear only one direct question, “Are human genes patentable?” The court, therefore, let stand the lower court decisions on all other questions.

On this case there might be a compromise. The justices could strike down patents for isolated DNA but allow patents for manipulated complementary DNA strands.

The result from this case may have little real world repercussions. Very few companies have a business model like Myriad, based on one single-gene patent, and Myriad’s patents are going to expire in a few years one way or another.

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/political-potpourri/2013/jun/10/still-no-supreme-court-ruling-fisherwindsorperrymy/

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Will Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload.com, be extradited to the US?
The date for internet piracy accused Kim Dotcom's extradition hearing has been put off from August until at least November, and may not be until April next year.

That means the extradition hearing could be held more than two years after Dotcom was arrested after the Hollywood-style police raid on his mansion north of Auckland.

A spokeswoman for North Shore District Court told NZ Newswire Dotcom's August date had been vacated and was now scheduled to start on November 21.

http://news.msn.co.nz/article.aspx?id=8672493

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What will be S&P next US credit rating?
Standard & Poor's on Monday removed the near-term threat of another credit rating downgrade for the United States by revising its outlook to stable from negative, citing an improved economic and fiscal outlook.

The change effectively means there is less than a one-third chance of a downgrade in the next two years.

S&P said a key factor to its revision in the U.S. rating outlook was the agreement reached by the U.S. Congress to avoid the 'fiscal cliff', which had threatened some $600 billion in automatic tax increases and spending cuts.

S&P cut the U.S. sovereign credit rating in August 2011 to AA-plus from the highly coveted top grade of AAA, citing political brinkmanship and gridlock in Washington that delayed an otherwise routine raising of the nation's debt ceiling.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/10/us-usa-rating-sp-idUSBRE9590K820130610

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Will Jose Mourinho leave Real Madrid at the end of this season?
Jose Mourinho flies into London to seal Chelsea deal with Edin Dzeko and Stefan Jovetic on his wanted list. Mourinho is expected to be confirmed as Chelsea’s new manager by Wednesday.

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Will Bradley Manning's court martial start on June 3rd?
Supporters of an Army private who sent troves of classified U.S. documents to WikiLeaks held a protest march and rally outside Maryland's Fort Meade ahead of Pfc. Bradley Manning's court-martial.

Members of the Bradley Manning Support Network and others gathered Saturday near Fort Meade's main gate. They marched about a mile south along US 175.

Protesters carried signs, some reading "Free Bradley" and "Bradley Manning: Jailed for exposing war crimes."

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57587226/bradley-manning-supporters-protest-for-his-release/

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Will Jose Mourinho leave Real Madrid at the end of this season?
The Premier League has apologised to Chelsea after publishing a story on its website saying Jose Mourinho had returned as manager of the Blues.

The story appeared on Sunday with Monday's date and was later removed.

"It was a publishing error. We took it down as soon as we were notified of it. We've apologised to Chelsea," said a Premier League spokesman.

He added that the Premier League had no prior knowledge of any movement or any announcement regarding Mourinho.

The story was headlined: "Portuguese coach is back at Stamford Bridge after signing a xx-year contract."

It went on: "Jose Mourinho returns for second stint as Chelsea manager. Portuguese signs x-year-deal."

Chelsea have made no comment.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/22745124

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Will Kony be caught in 2013?
The U.N. Security Council and the United States said Wednesday that the Lord’s Resistance Army’s decades-long reign of terror can be stopped if the international community helps the African Union capture fugitive warlord Joseph Kony and his henchmen.

“It must be stopped once and for all,” U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said Wednesday. “Our goal of permanently ending the LRA threat is within reach, but it will require sustained regional leadership and international support.”

http://www.salon.com/2013/05/29/us_says_lords_resistance_army_can_be_stopped/

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Will the death sentence of Murugan, one of the Rajiv Gandhi murder plotters, be commuted?
A group of DMK MPs, led by their parliamentary party leader T.R. Baalu, on Friday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here and asked him to recommend to the President, on humanitarian grounds, to commute death sentence of three youths convicted in former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to life imprisonment.

They pointed out that Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan have been in jail in Tamil Nadu since 1991. They also sought abolition of capital punishment in the country.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/dmk-mps-ask-pm-to-commute-death-sentence-of-rajiv-killers/article4680188.ece

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Who will star in the remake of The Bodyguard?
Warner Bros is rebooting its 1992 hit The Bodyguard, the film that paired Kevin Costner with Whitney Houston and became for its time one of the biggest global hits in studio history with a $411 million worldwide gross.

The film will be scripted by Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer, whose action comedy script Family Getaway made the 2010 Black List and is a priority project at Warner Bros. Dan Lin will produce through his Lin Pictures banner, and Mark Bauch is co-producer.

http://www.deadline.com/2011/02/warner-bros-remakes-the-bodyguard/

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Will Charles Ramsey appear in a McDonald commercial by June 30,2013?
The man who famously put aside his Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive in a Cleveland house said Friday that he's not endorsing a group of restaurants that are offering him free burgers for life and wants his name kept out of it.

"I never told these people they could use my name for this," Charles Ramsey said in a written statement released through attorney, Patricia Walker.

The restaurant where Ramsey worked as a dishwasher initially created a special burger named his honor, called the Ramsey Burger. Then more than a dozen area eateries had decided a larger tribute was due.

Local McDonald's franchisees in Ramsey's neighborhood have offered him complimentary food at their restaurants for the next year, a spokeswoman for Oak Brook, Ill.-based McDonald's Corp. confirmed Thursday.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/25/charles-ramsey-free-burger_n_3335911.html

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Will solar-powered aircraft "Solar Impulse" successfully complete its US coast-to-coast journey?
The solar-powered Solar Impulse plane has set a new world's record, and its journey across America still has a few more legs to go.

Flying the second and longest leg of the journey, pilot Andre Borschberg successfully landed the plane in Dallas/Fort Worth on Thursday, achieving a record for the longest distance flown by a solar-powered aircraft. The 1,541 kilometers (957 miles or 832 nautical miles) beat the previous record of 1,116 kilometers (602 nautical miles) held by Borschberg when he flew the Solar Impulse from Switzerland to Spain in May 2012.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57585868-76/solar-impulse-sets-record-in-flight-across-america/

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Will Firefox 22 block third-party cookies by default?
Mozilla has announced that it will hold off on blocking third-party tracking cookies in the latest version of Firefox. The browser developer says that there is “a little more work” to be done before it was going to become available.

Delaying the launch of Firefox 22 may be considered to be a bit of a setback for Mozilla, but it could also be viewed as a way for the company to bolster its offering. In fact, the company said that it was delaying implementing it as a default setting so that it can “collect and analyze data on the effect of blocking some third-party cookies.”

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/05/18/mozilla-delays-blocking-third-party-tracking-cookies-in-firefox-22-saying-more-work-is-needed/

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Will Curiosity's big secret be related to the next Xbox?
Remember away back when Peter Molyneux talked about his newest ‘game’ called Curiosity? The whole point was to tap away cubes to work out what was at the centre. Well now, with the latest update you can not only remove cubes, but add them.

“We don’t know quite what will happen, Curiosity may very well rapidly degrade to reveal its innermost secret or maybe the effects of automatically removing cubelets will be neutralised by players keen to keep Curiosity going.” Curiosity developer in a statement found within the app.

http://www.n3rdabl3.co.uk/2013/04/peter-molyneuxs-curiosity-is-now-able-to-re-grow-if-you-pay/

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Will Jose Mourinho leave Real Madrid at the end of this season?
Jose Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, the nine-time European champion's president Florentino Perez announced at a news conference on Monday.

By his own admission Mourinho, who won one league championship and a Copa del Rey with Real after taking charge in 2010, has endured his "worst season" in management.

"The club and manager agree that the timing is right to bring the relationship to an end," said Perez.

The Real president added that the decision to part ways was a "mutual agreement" so paving the way for Mourinho to make a return to England's Premier League.

"I know in England I am loved," said the Portuguese last month. "I know I am loved by some clubs, especially one."

The 50-year-old is rumored to be on his way back to former club Chelsea, where he won two Premier League titles and one FA Cup between 2004 and 2007.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/20/sport/football/mourinho-real-madrid-football/?hpt=hp_c4

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Eurovision Song Contest: Which country will win?
The organisers of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, SVT and the EBU,have revealed the running order for the Grand Final on Saturday. You can see it here.

http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?id=running_order_for_the_grand_final_revealed

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Eurovision Song Contest: Will any country receive ZERO points?
It's finally here: the eve of the kitschest night of the year: the Eurovision song contest. While for most the fun comes tomorrow – who'll have the strangest accent? Will the hosts be dire? Will anyone actually give the UK any points?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2013/may/17/eurovision-2013-who-will-win?fb=native&commentpage=1

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Eurovision Song Contest: Which country will win?
Welsh boffin creates mathematical model that can 'predict' Eurovision Song Contest winner

Despite sharing same hometown as Bonnie Tyler, Dr Martin O'Leary's analysis predicts disappointing night for the Welsh star

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/showbiz/eurovision-song-contest-mathematical-model-3867824

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Eurovision Song Contest: Which country will win?
Graham Norton, who will present the BBC’s coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, appears to lack confidence in this country’s contestant, Bonnie Tyler.

“Britain could definitely win one year, it has the potential,” says the Telegraph columnist at a Samsung NX Smart Camera event in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. “Probably not this year, though.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/10060070/Britain-probably-wont-win-the-Eurovision-Song-Contest-says-Graham-Norton.html

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Ice Hockey: 2013 IIHF World Championship - Who will win?
In an historic upset, the United States beat the defending champion Russia, 8-3, in the quarterfinals at the International Ice Hockey Federation world championships Thursday. It was the most goals allowed by a Russian team in the history of this tournament.

http://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/16/u-s-routs-russia-to-reach-semifinals-at-world-championships/

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Who will buy the Wounded Knee parcel?
The Rapid City man who is selling a controversial parcel of property near the burial ground of the Wounded Knee massacre said Monday that he is talking to three private buyers but has not finalized a sale.

http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/wounded-knee-seller-says-he-s-still-negotiating-with-potential/article_10b488d0-9aab-5d5a-a001-bd72602757cf.html

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Where will Germany's new nuclear waste site be?
Fifty years after Germany began using nuclear power, the country is once again looking for a suitable nuclear waste storage facility. Search priorities include transparency, safety and scientific criteria.

The German government, together with the opposition, hopes to approve a so-called depository site law ahead of federal elections in September. The search has begun anew, following a nearly 35-year controversy over the suitability of a salt mine in Gorleben in northern Germany as a potential site for storing high-level nuclear waste. The bipartisan compromise is considered historic.

A 24-member commission is to establish the basis for a science-based location search process by 2015. Half of the commission consists of party members and the other half of scientists, anti-nuclear activists and other representatives of society. A storage site could be found by 2031.

http://www.dw.de/where-to-go-with-nuclear-waste/a-16755844

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Will Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes face death penalty?
Attorneys for accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes say mental health experts have now examined and diagnosed their client, prompting them to ask a judge today to change Holmes' plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/james-holmes-asks-plead-insanity-aurora-movie-theater/story?id=19167954#.UZFC80q7J3U

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Will Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes plead guilty?
Attorneys for accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes say mental health experts have now examined and diagnosed their client, prompting them to ask a judge today to change Holmes' plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/james-holmes-asks-plead-insanity-aurora-movie-theater/story?id=19167954#.UZFC80q7J3U

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Will Jodi Ann Arias get a life sentence or death penalty?
The jury has rendered its verdict - Jodi Arias is guilty of first-degree murder - but the trial is far from finished.

The same jury now returns to the courtroom Thursday to decide whether she deserves to die for killing her one-time boyfriend on June 4, 2008 at his suburban Phoenix home. Arias spoke out about the verdict minutes after her conviction Wednesday, telling a TV station that she would "prefer to die sooner than later."

The next portion of the trial is called the "aggravation phase," and it will focus on whether the jury believes the crime was committed in an especially cruel, heinous and depraved manner. If jurors find the aggravators exist, the next step will be the penalty phase during which the panel will recommend either life in prison or death. The process could take several more weeks to wrap up.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57583648-504083/jodi-arias-convicted-killer-says-she-prefers-death-penalty-over-life-in-prison/

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Rihanna and Chris Brown - Will he propose to her?
After Chris Brown admitted to a break up with long time on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna, it was only a matter of time before RiRi opened up on her side of the story. She decided to talk about her relationship with Breezy during her BK stop for the "Diamonds" World Tour.

Rihanna said the following before beginning her song "What Now."

"Anybody who thinks love is the most complicated s*** ever? This is for us complicated ones. What the f*** now ..."

Chris Brown was reported in New York but did not attend Rihanna's concert at the Barclay's Center. A source close to Rihanna told HollywoodLife that, after the public snub from Brown, Rihanna is ready to move on with her life.

http://www.mstarz.com/articles/12578/20130509/chris-brown-rihanna-break-up-update-riri-opens-split-calls.htm

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Who or what killed Chilean poet Pablo Neruda?
At the moment of his death, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda had a prostate cancer in advanced state, with extended metastasis, according to the first analysis of his remains, carried on by the Chilean Legal Medical Service (SML). The results were delivered yesterday to Mario Carroza, the prosecution judge who is investigating the cause of the Nobel Laureate’s death in 1973.

Whether the death was caused by that cancer, or rather by poisoning, as a key witness has claimed, may be cleared by a toxicological analysis that is being carried on in North Carolina.

Neruda’s body was unearthed from his tomb in Isla Negra, Chile, in early April, as part of an investigation opened after Neruda’s former driver Manuel Araya said that the real cause of the poet’s death was an unscheduled injection that he received a few hours before dying.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=tests-confirm-pablo-neruda-had-terminal-cancer

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Will Charles Ramsey appear in a McDonald commercial by June 30,2013?
A spokeswoman said the company and a local franchisee are planning to talk to Charles Ramsey, thanks to the interview name-dropping. “We saw an overwhelming response on Twitter calling on McDonald’s to do something,” said the spokeswoman. ”As we committed, we will be in touch.”

It’s not known if Charles Ramsey would accept anything, however. He has rejected notions that he is a hero, telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he was simply acting out of common decency.

http://www.inquisitr.com/653662/charles-ramsey-interview-leads-to-offer-from-mcdonalds/

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Quick: $50M Brussels Airport Diamond Heist: Will suspects be arrested before the end of February?
Authorities in three countries have arrested 31 people in connection with a spectacular diamond heist in February that saw robbers disguised as police steal an estimated $50 million worth of gemstones from a parked plane on a Belgian airport runway.

Anja Bijnens in the Brussels prosecutor’s office said Wednesday that at least some of the diamonds were recovered in Switzerland as well as a stash of money in Belgium. Police arrested 24 people in Belgium on Wednesday morning, plus one person in France and six others in Switzerland on Tuesday, authorities said.

The almost movie-like robbery was one of the most daring in years, a lightning-fast operation that was over before passengers aboard the plane had any idea of what had happened.

http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-authorities-arrest-31-in-diamond-heist-20130508,0,1030723.story

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Will Dow Jones Industrial Average Index beat 16.000 points in 2013?
If history is any guide, the Dow Jones Industrial Average could seesaw around 15000 for some time before making a big break higher.

The Dow was up 51 points, or 0.3%, at 15020 in midday trading Tuesday. That puts the Dow on an early track to close above the 15000 milestone for the first time, 1,460 trading days, or nearly six years, after first closing above 14000 on July 19, 2007.

On Friday, the Dow made its first-ever intraday foray above 15000, reaching a high of 15009.59, before pulling back to close at 14973.96.

http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2013/05/07/dow-could-seesaw-around-15000-for-some-time/

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Will Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes face death penalty?
Lawyers for the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in a Colorado movie theater say he wants to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity.

Attorneys for James Holmes said in a court filing Tuesday they plan to formally ask for the change of plea at a May 13 hearing.

A judge previously entered a standard not guilty plea for Holmes.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/07/james-holmes-not-guilty-reason-insanity/2142673/

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Which coach will win "The Voice" Season 4?
Sasha Allan's going to make it!!

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Will Danish researchers have a HIV "vaccine" by the end of 2013?
The article also says: 'Once the virus has surfaced, it can be permanently destroyed by a "vaccine" that primes the body's natural immune system, the researchers said.', thus the 'cure' is actually applying some kind of 'vaccine'.

So, using both words would be correct in this regard. But I agree that the terms used are used in a confusing way.

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College crew team pulled it out of Hudson River - Who's missing a head?
The Hudson River head is at least 10 years old and would cost a minimum of $5,000 if it were created today, a New Orleans sculptor and Hollywood prop maker said Sunday.

Brent Barnidge, who has worked on movies including "Twilight," "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," and the upcoming "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," said the mysterious head is made of pink urethane foam that is expensive and rarely used for such pieces anymore.

"There was a lot more pink foam in the 1980s or early '90s," he said. "Now I see only this pale yellow urethane foam. I would venture to say it wasn't made in the last 10 years. The amount of money that went into doing that is like the stuff you'd use in Las Vegas and the movie industry," he said. "It's probably got some age on it. It could be 20 years old."

http://newyork.newsday.com/news/region-state/sculptor-hudson-river-head-at-least-a-decade-old-would-cost-at-least-5-000-1.5157614?qr=1

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Will Jose Mourinho leave Real Madrid at the end of this season?
Talks between parties representing José Mourinho and Chelsea over his potential return remain ongoing, with no agreement as yet struck despite the Portuguese's very public courting of his former club in the aftermath of Real Madrid's Champions League exit on Tuesday night.

Mourinho, whose trophy-laden if turbulent spell of a little over three seasons in London ended abruptly in the autumn of 2007, suggested he expects to leave the Bernabéu at the end of the current campaign and move to a club "where people love me".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2013/may/01/jose-mourinho-chelsea-real-madrid

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Will Guantanamo be closed during Obama's 2nd presidency?
President Obama said Tuesday that his administration would re-engage Congress on closing the U.S. military-run detention center at Guantanamo Bay, calling the facility a "recruitment tool for extremists" and suggesting it is undermining U.S. security.

"It needs to be closed," Obama said at a White House news conference marking the first 100 days of his second term. "I'm going to go back at this."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/04/30/obama-news-conference-100-days/2123391/

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When will no Guantanamo detainees be on hunger strike any longer?
The number of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay who are on a hunger strike has risen again.

Lt. Col. Samuel House said Friday that 97 men are now on strike, up three from the day before. He says 19 of them are receiving liquid nutrients through a nasal tube to prevent dangerous weight loss. Another five are under observation at the hospital on the U.S. base in Cuba.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/number-of-prisoners-on-hunger-strike-in-guantanamo-rises-to-97/2013/04/26/585ee146-ae7f-11e2-b240-9ef3a72c67cc_story.html

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Will foreign military forces officially intervene in Syria before Assad is gone?
Step toward possible military intervention in Syria
The Pentagon is sending about 200 troops to Jordan to help deliver aid to refugees and to plan for possible military action, including a rapid buildup of forces.

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/apr/17/world/la-fg-us-jordan-troops-20130418

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Will Jodi Ann Arias get a life sentence or death penalty?
A juror who has spent four months listening to tedious testimony in the Jodi Arias murder trial was dismissed today, just a week before the case goes to closing arguments.

The man known as Juror 8, who has taken copious notes throughout the trial and submitted several questions to witnesses on the stand, was dismissed today without comment by Judge Sherry Stephens.

He is the third juror to be dismissed from proceedings since the trial began in the Phoenix courtroom in January. Fifteen jurors will listen to the rest of the trial, and 12 will enter into deliberations.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/jodi-arias-juror-dismissed-53-days-listening-sexually/story?id=19038259

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Will Noel Gallagher be X Factor judge in the next season?
London: Rocker Noel Gallagher has reportedly declined a judging spot on this year`s `X Factor` over fears it would ruin his reputation.

http://zeenews.india.com/entertainment/idiotbox/noel-gallagher-not-keen-on-x-factor_132135.htm

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Will George W. Bush or Dick Cheney apologize for the invasion of Iraq before Thomas Young dies?
Iraq War veteran Tomas Young told HuffPost Live Thursday that despite being an outspoken anti-war activist critical of the Bush administration's decision to go to war in Iraq, he does not harbor personal resentment toward the former president.

"I'm not angry at George Bush because he seems like a relatively good guy," Young told HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill. "I think he was manipulated by Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, and from what I hear he is divorced from them."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/25/tomas-young-im-not-angry-_n_3155626.html

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Zach Braff to Kickstart "Whish I was here" - What will it make?
Zach Braff raised over $1.5 million on Kickstarter in one day to fund his new movie, Wish I Was Here. As of this afternoon, the film has over 21,700 backers and is less than $500,000 away from reaching its $2 million goal; it will serve as the follow-up to his 2004 directorial debut, Garden State.

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/zach-braff-raises-1-5-million-in-one-day-on-kickstarter-20130425

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Air Guitar World Championships 2013: From which artist will be the winning song?
@charlesf

no, none of the options are duplicates. and yes, the options move. options are automatically reordered by their value. Option with highest percentage is listed first. and yes, you obviously missed the note :-D since there is an announcement about this on the Noticeboard
about the drugs and alcohol, well, yeah, all within useful boundaries.
who wants to bet on guns 'n roses anyway? (okay, not allowing to is evil, but, hey, it's a bug yes)

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Will a new autopsy reveal that Yasir Arafat was poisoned with radioactive Polonium?
L’examen de la dépouille du défunt leader palestinien Yasser Arafat par des spécialistes russes de l’expertise médico-légale sera terminé d’ici fin 2013, a déclaré mercredi aux journalistes le chef l’Agence fédérale médico-biologique russe (FMBA) Vladimir Ouïba.

http://www.chretiente.info/201304174800/exhumation-darafat-lexpertise-russe-terminee-fin-2013/

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How many views for PSY Gentleman within 1 week?
52.98 M views right now

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How many views for PSY Gentleman within 1 week?
1 week from release of the video (The video was introduced in a live performance by Psy, live-streamed on YouTube at 5:30 a.m. ET on Saturday)

32.58 M views right now

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When will no Guantanamo detainees be on hunger strike any longer?
The military attempted to break a hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, early Saturday when the detention center commander ordered an end to communal living conditions and returned the detainees, sometimes forcibly, to single cells.

“This action was taken in response to efforts by detainees to limit the guard force’s ability to observe the detainees by covering surveillance cameras, windows and glass partitions,” said Navy Capt. Robert Durand, a spokesman for Joint Task Force Guantanamo. “Round-the-clock monitoring is necessary to ensure security, order and safety as detainees continued a prolonged hunger strike by refusing regular camp-provided meals.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/13/guantanamo-hunger-strike_n_3076689.html

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Rihanna and Chris Brown - Will he propose to her?
That's one way to put a breakup rumor to rest! Rihanna and Chris Brown stepped out together in West Hollywood on Wednesday, April 10, and made sure to document the outing on Instagram.

http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/rihanna-and-chris-brown-go-shopping-together-cuddle-in-new-instagram-picture-2013114

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Anthony Weiner running for Mayor of New York City, 2013?
Can infamous Twitter user and disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner make a political comeback and be elected mayor of New York?

Most political experts surveyed by ABCNews.com believe he could.

"People are much more forgiving of errors relating to sex than those relating to money," said Mitchell Moss, a longtime New York political analyst and professor at New York University. "He can run as the outsider."

http://abcnews.go.com/US/anthony-weiner-win-york-city-mayoral-election-strategists/story?id=18923633

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What will be the size of the largest Apple TV at introduction?
It's no secret that Apple wants to get into the living room by making its own TV set, and there have been plenty of rumors and reports about how and when it's going to happen.

Now, an analyst says he's learned that the set will go on sale late this year, for $1,500 to $2,500.

In a research note Wednesday, Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets says the "iTV" will be 60 inches on the diagonal, but could also come in 50- and 55-inch versions. Apple will also release a small "iRing" that fits on the viewer's finger, allowing the user to control the screen by pointing, White says.

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/tv/news/apples-60-inch-itv-coming-this-year-with-iring-remote-analyst-349907

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Will the Keystone XL oil pipeline be built?
A top official with TransCanada Corp., the developer of the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, said a White House decision on the project appears to be “many more months down the road.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/292701-keystone-xl-pipeline-developer-fears-white-house-decision-is-many-months-away

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Will Eric Idle join the cast of the science-fiction comedy “Absolutely Anything”?
Eric Idle, one of the creative geniuses behind the Monty Python comedy troupe, turns 70 years old today.

Fans who primarily know the Pythons through their cult film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" will know Idle as Sir Robin, who is not nearly as brave as his minstrels think he is. Python being Python, he also played several other smaller roles in the film, including the distinguished Brother Maynard.

http://www.dailypress.com/news/top-list/dp-birthday-shoutout-eric-idle-20130329,0,1787999.story

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In which year will the monthly mean average CO2-value surpass 400 ppm - at least in one month?
The inevitable 2012 title was ‘Human population reaches 7 billion‘, surpassing anything anyone could have imagined 100 years ago. Now, we’re approaching a very worrying milestone – CO2 levels in the air will reach 400 ppm (parts per million), for the first time in human existence.

http://www.zmescience.com/ecology/climate/co2-levels-400-ppm-12032013/

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Will our time officially be called "the Anthropocene" epoch?
Some scientists have proposed designating a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, that would cover the period since humans became the predominant environmental force on the planet. But when would you have it begin? Some geologists argue that the Anthropocene began with the Industrial Revolution, when fossil fuel consumption started influencing climate. Others point back several thousand years earlier to the onset of agriculture, when humans cleared swaths of forest to make way for neat little rows of cultivated crops.

Will our time officially be called "the Anthropocene" epoch?

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Will a current gay NFL player come out publicly within the next few months?
Four NFL players close to coming out, says ex-Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo

Linebacker says players 'trying to be organised' to announce 'monumental day' for gay rights in co-ordination with NFL

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/05/four-nfl-players-coming-out-ayanbadejo

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Which US pro sport will have the first openly gay active player?
There has been speculation that the NFL is on the verge of having its first openly gay player. Thursday night, two of the league’s most vocal advocates for equality suggested it may in fact be players — plural — who break through that barrier together.

“It’s possible you could see more than one,” former Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo said. “To potentially have more than one player come out this year would be pretty groundbreaking and a momentous occasion.”

http://www.thespec.com/sports/football/article/913712--ayanbadejo-and-kluwe-believe-multiple-gay-players-will-come-out-in-nfl

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How many applications will Tourism Australia's "Best Jobs in the World" campaign receive?
Tourism Australia has been inundated with applications for its Best Jobs in the World campaign.


Launched four weeks ago, the tourism authority has received 515,308 applications from more than 287,000 people.

http://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?news_id=2005857&c=setreg®ion=2

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Will the French adaptation of Survivor come back for a 2014 season?
A well-known TV doctor overseeing the French “Survivor” reality show has committed suicide following the sudden death of a young contestant he had treated, France’s biggest TV station says.

Dr. Thierry Costa killed himself on location Monday on an island in Cambodia, the TF1 station said. Costa, 38, blamed the press for damaging his professional reputation in a handwritten suicide note that TF1 published on its website.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/tv-doctor-kills-himself-after-french-survivor-contestant-death/2013/04/02/f9e42a16-9b8e-11e2-9219-51eb8387e8f1_story.html

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Will Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes face death penalty?
Prosecutors want James Holmes executed for last year’s attack on an Aurora movie theater.

They announced their intention to seek the death penalty against Holmes in court on Monday.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/19210771-418/story.html

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West first child: Will they take a name that begins with the letter "K"?
Rumors are swirling that Kim Kardashian and boyfriend Kanye West have plans to name their baby "North." But in a recent interview with "Extra," the reality star says that she and dad-to-be, West, haven't settled on a name quite yet. "We still have time," she said.

So, will the baby's name will follow the Kardashian "K" name trend? It's certainly a possibility, but non-"K" names are in the running, too. “I think [a name that starts with K] would be really cute 'cause Kanye and I are both K’s… but half the names on our list aren't K’s," Kardashian said.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/26/kim-kardashian-baby-name-_n_2957018.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

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Will Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes face death penalty?
Defense lawyers for James E. Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 people and wounding dozens more at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater last summer, signaled in court filings on Wednesday that they were willing to have Mr. Holmes plead guilty if he was spared the death penalty.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/28/us/defense-in-aurora-massacre-seeks-plea-deal.html?_r=0

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Will 1 Bitcoin hit 100 US$?
Currency markets are keeping close track of Cyprus' banking crisis and are braced for possible repercussions, but one currency has thrived in the chaos and zoomed in value -- Bitcoins.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/cyprus-crisis-boosting-unique-currency-bitcoin/story?id=18792763

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Which US pro sport will have the first openly gay active player?
suspend date will be moved until event occurs. it will happen, some day.

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What will British police determine the cause of Boris Berezovsky death?
The exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky hanged himself in the bathroom of his Ascot home, a postmortem examination released last night concluded.

After two days of speculation about whether the businessman turned Kremlin critic had become a victim of an assassination plot, a statement released by Thames Valley Police said: "The results of the postmortem examination, carried out by a Home Office pathologist, have found the cause of death is consistent with hanging."

It added there were no signs of a violent struggle. Pathologists will now carry out further tests, including toxicology and histology, which are likely to take several weeks. A formal identification process, which has not yet been carried out, will be completed today. The Guardian understands Berezovsky's ex-wife Galina saw the body on Saturday and saw marks around his neck consistent with strangulation of some kind.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/26/boris-berezovsky-death-hanging

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Trump vs. Maher: What will the court ruling be?
Donald Trump has no plans to drop his lawsuit against comedian Bill Maher, telling the hosts of “The View” that the “courts will say” whether or not their bet was a joke.

“Honestly, he made an offer, I accepted the offer,” Trump said Tuesday. “He didn’t say it was a joke [at the time]. We’re going to find out if it was a joke. The courts will tell. Whether or not it’s a joke, we’re going to find out. He was very upset, he was angry, he was very flustered, he was all screwed up and nervous. We’re going to find out whether or not it was a joke.”

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/donald-trump-bill-maher-feud-courts-89073.html

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What will be the destination of Pope Francis's first foreign trip?
As Pope Francis confirmed his attendance this coming July to the Church's World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Vatican is currently mulling a visit to the Pontiff’s native Argentina on the same trip, Newsmax has learned.

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Pentin-Pope-Argentina-Visit/2013/03/24/id/496072

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What will be the destination of Pope Francis's first foreign trip?
Pope Francis confirmed to the faithful, especially the youth that were present, that he will travel to Brazil in July for World Youth Day 2013. The international Catholic youth event will take place in Rio de Janeiro.

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pontiff-officially-confirms-trip-to-brazil-in-july

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Will InTrade reopen?
But the legal fallout from the end of InTrade, for the U.S., will be the inevitable rise of the next online predictive market. With InTrade out of the way, some other online gambling site — anyone from PaddyPower to Betfair — will grow into the hole created by InTrade, subtly open itself to U.S. customers, and likely reignite the legal battles with the CFTC all over again. Hopefully, next time around, cooler heads will prevail at the CFTC and welcome these predictive markets to the regulatory regime.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130314/17124422331/go-ahead-short-your-intrade-will-come-back-contract.shtml

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What will British police determine the cause of Boris Berezovsky death?
British police said Sunday they have no evidence to suggest third-party involvement in the death of Boris Berezovsky, the self-exiled Russian tycoon who went from Kremlin kingmaker to fiery critic.

With an investigation underway, police are treating the death of Berezovsky — who fled to Britain in the early 2000s after a bitter falling out with Russian President Vladimir Putin — as unexplained. But the former oligarch survived assassination attempts and recently faced financial difficulties, prompting speculation as to whether his death was part of a conspiracy — or suicide.

Police said Sunday it would be wrong to speculate on how Berezovsky died pending the results of an autopsy but that they had no reason to suspect

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/uk-police-hazardous-material-experts-search-berezovsky-property-as-precaution/2013/03/24/14e46c6c-946a-11e2-95ca-dd43e7ffee9c_story.html

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West first child: Will they take a name that begins with the letter "K"?
The latest rumor out of the gold-encrusted KK household is that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are going to name their baby North. Oh yes, the child's full name will be North West (slow clap).

It seems as if Kimye have officially and unequivocally fallen trap to the ridiculous celebrity baby name mill, the one that spun out Holly Madison's Rainbow as of recent weeks.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/20/north-west-kim-and-kanye-baby_n_2915951.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

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Will George W. Bush or Dick Cheney apologize for the invasion of Iraq before Thomas Young dies?
A United Nations investigator has demanded that the US publish classified documents regarding the CIA’s human rights violations under former President George W. Bush, with hopes that the documents will lead to the prosecution of public officials.

http://rt.com/usa/un-crime-cia-bush-804/

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Quick: When will Cyprus' banks reopen?
Cyprus ordered its banks to remain closed until next week as the cabinet held emergency talks on Wednesday in an effort to strike a deal with the EU or Russia to avert financial meltdown and stave off bankruptcy.

Banks in Cyprus will now not open until Tuesday at the earliest, because Monday is a bank holiday. They have been shut since last week to prevent a run on deposits.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/20/cyprus-keeps-banks-closed-talks-continue

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What will be the result of the Senate vote on the Ban of Assault Weapons amendment?
The White House is still pushing for an assault weapons ban, Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday, even though Senate Democrats all but sealed its fate by dropping it from the gun-control package they plan to consider next month.

Although the ban's sponsor still plans to offer it as an amendment, it is almost certain to fall victim to opposition from Republicans and likely some Democrats, too. In jettisoning the ban Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said it fell far short of the amount of support it would need to survive a vote and said including the assault weapons ban could sink the whole bill.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/20/assault-weapons-ban_n_2919544.html

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What will be the result of the Senate vote on the Ban of Assault Weapons amendment?
"If a man with an assault weapon goes in to the school where Harry Reid’s grandchildren go to school tomorrow and kills his grandchildren, would he go in front of his microphone at 5:00 and say, ‘I know how Dianne [Feinstein] had to witness the mayor getting murdered, and I just–my grandchildren just got killed today, but, you know, we can’t get it passed ’cause we just don’t have the votes."

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/03/20/moore-assault-weapons-ban-wouldve-been-voted-on-if-reids-grandchildren-were-killed-in-school-shooting/

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Where will Greg Smith, former executive director at Goldman Sachs, work next?
A year ago today, a Goldman Sachs vice-president named Greg Smith lit the media world on fire when he resigned from the firm in the most public way possible: an explosive New York Times op-ed, in which he claimed that the Goldman culture was "as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it," and that the firm's employees referred to their clients as "muppets."

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/03/goldman-sachs-just-cant-quit-greg-smith.html

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Curiosity: When will the last cubelet be chipped?
A few weeks back we talked about 22cans Curiosity and how names started popping up on the cube. This week we’re going to take a look at the latest happening on the cube, including the inclusion of faces.

We are now up to 218 layers removed on 22cans Curiosity, and at the time of this writing there are roughly 24,434,741 cubelets remaining before we hit layer 219. As mentioned, over the past few weeks names started appearing on the cube, and earlier this week we got our first look at some of the backers faces.

That being said, I have no idea how many faces we’re likely to see so it could be awhile. Either way, 22cans Curiosity has gotten a little more interesting, and now’s a great time to check it out if you’ve taken a break. You can pick up 22cans Curiosity for free on Google Play.

http://android-apps.com/articles/behind-the-cube-day-122-with-22cans-curiosity/

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Will Emma Watson be Anastasia Steele in '50 Shades of Grey' ?
In the early hours of Sunday morning, Harry Potter's Hermione , Tweeted about the rumours she was signed up to play Anastasia Steele and appeared to deny it by asking who thought she would "actually" do 50 Shades, "Like really. For real. In real life."

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Will the GRAIL mission find out why the moon is uneven?
While the mapping portion of the GRAIL mission has ended, researchers are still poring over the collected data. Zuber says the GRAIL team is currently the largest users of supercomputing computation time at NASA, and she hopes GRAIL’s data will continue to uncover more information about the moon’s early history.

http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/03/history-moon-not-visible-surface

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'Star Wars' sequel: Will Harrison Ford bring Han Solo back to life?
Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will all return for the latest film in the Star Wars series, according to the long-running space saga's creator George Lucas.

LucasFilm itself refused to confirm or deny the story. "George couldn't say whether they were signed or not and neither can we. As Yoda said, 'always in motion is the future'. Stay tuned," said a spokesman.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/mar/08/star-wars-sequel-george-lucas

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Pope Benedict XVI resigns: Will a new pope be elected before the end of March?
Chimney raised over Sistine Chapel as cardinals prepare for conclave

Vatican workmen scaled the roof of the Sistine Chapel Saturday, as they installed the chimney which will release the black or white smoke that signifies whether a new pope has been elected.

The chimney is the first publicly visible sign of the preparations going on inside the chapel, which is where the Roman Catholic cardinals will gather on Tuesday for the start of the conclave -- the secret papal election.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/09/world/europe/vatican-pope-selection/index.html

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Will the Arizona judge decide to grant the divorce of "pregnant man" Thomas Beatie?
He recently filed for divorce from his wife Nancy, but the Arizona judge in the case could not decide whether the marriage was valid. He questioned whether Beatie should be classified as a male or female and therefore deemed the marriage a possible domestic partnership.

The case, which will be decided within the next week, will be sent to the Supreme Court if the judge determines the marriage is not valid.

http://dailynorthwestern.com/2013/02/24/campus/thomas-beatie-worlds-first-pregnant-man-describes-social-legal-challenges/

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In which month will Apple announce the iPhone 6?
iMore has learned that Apple is planning the release of the iPhone 5S for this summer, currently for August. Next generation iPads, presumably the iPad 5 and potentially the iPad mini 2, may also debut as soon as this April.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/03/06/glorious-apple-rumours-the-iphone-5s-for-the-summer-new-ipads-for-spring/

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How many world leaders will attend Hugo Chavez funeral?
I disagree: Only Prime Ministers and Presidents would count. Vice Presidents and high-ranking officials would not be considered to be their country's leader, or to be world leader for that matter.

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Which of these former leaders will die first?
President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela died Tuesday afternoon after a long battle with cancer, the government announced, leaving behind a bitterly divided nation in the grip of a political crisis that grew more acute as he languished for weeks, silent and out of sight in hospitals in Havana and Caracas.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/06/world/americas/as-chavez-worsens-venezuela-expels-two-us-diplomats.html?_r=0

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Does Dexter Have To Die?
Pretty much everyone involved with Showtime's hit serial killer thriller "Dexter" has acknowledged that the upcoming eighth season will be the show's last. But for some reason, the premium cable network has refused to confirm that the show is coming to an end. Even CBS CEO Les Moonves, never one to pull punches, let the news slip on a recent conference call with investors.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/05/dexter-last-season-les-moonves_n_2812194.html

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Who or what killed Chilean poet Pablo Neruda?
The body of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, dead nearly four decades, will be exhumed after his former driver declared the poet was poisoned under Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, a judge said on Monday.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-03-04/news/sns-rt-us-chile-neruda-exhumationbre923119-20130304_1_matilde-urrutia-isla-negra-la-chascona

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Frozen Dead Guy Days 2013, with or without the frozen dead guy?
Frozen Dead Guy Days is celebrated from Friday to Sunday, and this year event will take place from March 8th to March 10th.

There will be live music all weekend, as well as some special events such as: coffin racing, costume polar plunging, frozen T-shirt contests, ice turkey bowling, brain freeze contests, parade of hearses, frozen salmon toss, snowy beach volleyball, Grandpa’s Blue Ball.

Other events include a tour of the Tuff Shed where Grandpa is still frozen, pancake breakfasts, a market showcasing local artists, show shoe races and snow sculpture contests.

The company called Glacier Ice Cream makes a flavor specifically made for the festival (named Frozen Dead Guy, of course), consisting of fruit-flavored blue ice cream mixed with crushed Oreo cookies and sour gummy worms.

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Will the death sentence of Murugan, one of the Rajiv Gandhi murder plotters, be commuted?
ver 13 years after confirming the death sentence of three accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination as head of a Supreme Court Bench, former judge K T Thomas today said it would be “constitutionally incorrect” to hang them as the convicts have spent 22 years in jail without a “review” of their case.

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/unconstitutional-to-hang-convicts-in-rajiv-gandhi-case-now-former-judge/article4449166.ece

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Will the accused USS Cole bomber, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, be convicted?
Pretrial hearings for an alleged al Qaeda chieftain were halted for at least two months on Tuesday while doctors assess whether he is mentally fit to stand trial at Guantanamo on charges of orchestrating a deadly attack on a U.S. warship.

Lawyers for Saudi defendant Abd al Rahim al Nashiri have never claimed he is mentally incompetent now or that he was when the USS Cole was bombed off Yemen in 2000. But once they said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by torture in secret CIA prisons, prosecutors said they were bound by the trial rules to ask that he undergo a mental competency exam.

http://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/Legal/News/2013/02_-_February/Mental_health_issue_stalls_hearings_for_USS_Cole_bomb_suspect/

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Will the Keystone XL oil pipeline be built?
President Obama, in return for allowing this Pipeline to be built, allegedly wants Canada to express an even stronger verbal commitment to oppose global warming than Canada already has verbally done.

http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-keystone-pipeline-approval-2013-2

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Will Benedict XVI ever travel abroad following his resignation from the papacy?
do we have to wait until he passes away before settlement to know whether he only traveled to Germany?

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Will Jodi Ann Arias get a life sentence or death penalty?
In her sixth day on the stand, Arias tearfully described the sex-filled hours that led to Alexander's death on June 4, 2008. She is charged with murder for killing her former boyfriend, but claims she was forced to kill him self-defense. She could face the death penalty if convicted.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/jodi-arias-describes-violent-sex-killing-boyfriend/story?id=18538637

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Will ex-cop Christopher Dorner be caught dead or alive?
In case the body has not been identified by Feb 18th, should this question settle "Not caught before Monday, Feb 18th"?

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Will ex-cop Christopher Dorner be caught dead or alive?
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he would not consider the manhunt over until a body was identified as Dorner.

"It is a bittersweet night," Beck said as he drove to the hospital where the injured deputy was located. The deputy is expected to survive, but it is anticipated that he'll need several surgeries. "This could have ended much better, it could have ended worse. I feel for the family of the deputy who lost his life."

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/02/dorner-manhunt-charred-human-remains-found-in-burned-cabin.html

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Will ex-cop Christopher Dorner be caught dead or alive?
There were conflicting reports about whether a body was located inside the burned-out cabin Tuesday night where Christopher Jordan Dorner was believed to have kept law enforcement authorities at bay.

Several sources told The Times and many other news organizations that a body was located in the rubble. But LAPD officials said that the cabin was still too hot to search and no body has been found.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/02/dorner-manhunt-confusion-over-whether-body-found.html

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How old will the Pope be on Easter Sunday 2013?
well, if you mean that it was to be expected that the pope would resign - as the first pope since 1294 - I'd say, yes.

no offense, of course, but as the graph indicates, the majority of the predictors did have a different expectation (as did I) at the time you submitted the question.

now we all know better ;-)

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Soccer: 2013 Africa Cup of Nations: Who will win?
I'm aware of it and working on it ;-)

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Who will be the first of the below list to have a full feature length in studio interview on Piers Morgan's CNN prime time show?
May 26th, 2011 Gordon Brown on Dominique Strauss-Kahn "personal tragedy" and the future of the IMF
http://piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/26/gordon-brown-on-the-dominique-strauss-kahn-personal-tragedy-and-the-future-of-the-imf/

January 18th, 2012 Piers Morgan Tonight: Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn in a rare sit-down interview
http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/18/piers-morgan-tonight-former-president-jimmy-carter-and-his-wife-rosalynn-in-a-rare-sit-down-interview/

September 27th, 2012 Piers Morgan Tonight: Tony Blair on unrest with Iran and Israel
http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/27/piers-morgan-tonight-tony-blair-on-unrest-with-iran-and-israel/

September 25th, 2012 Bill Clinton on CGI: "All we produce is progress ... we just keep pushing these rocks up the hill"
http://piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/25/bill-clinton-on-cgi-all-we-produce-is-progress-we-just-keep-pushing-these-rocks-up-the-hill/

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Will Cookie Monster return the golden cookie?
Less than a week after a Hanover newspaper received a ransom letter from the purported thief of the golden emblem of a beloved food company, the self-styled "Cookie Monster" seems to have had a change of heart. The Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung received a second letter from Germany's most-wanted cookie thief stating that the golden biscuit would be returned.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/cookie-monster-wants-to-give-back-golden-biscuit-a-881439.html

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Where will the body, thought to be King Richard III of England, be re-buried?
Richard III: DNA proves car park skeleton IS that of former King of England.

Scientists confirm tests on the bones found in Leicester were the ancient monarch's "beyond reasonable doubt"

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Where will the body, thought to be King Richard III of England, be re-buried?
On Monday, scientists will announce the results of tests conducted to determine whether a battle-scarred skeleton found under a municipal parking lot in central England belongs to 15th-century King Richard III, the last English monarch to die in combat.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/03/king-richard-iii-skeleton-bones_n_2610707.html

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Will 'American Idol' Alum Jessica Sanchez Play Cory Monteith's Love Interest on 'Glee'?
In addition to gearing up to release her album, Sanchez is busy prepping to star on several upcoming episodes of "Glee." "I'm taking acting classes right now to prepare for it. I can't wait to get on the show and see how I do and see how everybody reacts to it." Although she hasn't seen the script yet, Sanchez is anxious to begin filming. "I have no idea what my character will be like. It's exciting!"

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1496481/jessica-sanchez-wraps-debut-album-talks-dancey-single-glee-and-eminem

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Will Cookie Monster return the golden cookie?
Bahlsen responded to the monster via the medium of Facebook, saying it would donate 52,000 packets of biscuits to the charities, if the golden slab was returned unharmed. Let’s hope the monster trades the gold one for a real cookie and all ends well. If it is a marketing stunt, it’s a pretty damn good one.

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2013/02/german-police-are-hunting-a-real-life-cookie-monster-who-stole-the-golden-biscuit/

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Will Eric Idle join the cast of the science-fiction comedy “Absolutely Anything”?
On the film front, a sci-fi farce called “Absolutely Anything,” directed by Terry Jones, is scheduled to begin production sometime in the first quarter of 2013. Though not exactly a Monty Python movie, it will feature aliens speaking with the voices of Jones, Cleese, Palin, and Gilliam, but not, at this point in time, Idle.

http://bostonglobe.com/arts/movies/2013/01/19/the-full-monty-get-ready-for-python-week-brattle/FO9vZdL2rF95j7ptiznveP/story.html

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Will Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis be released on parole this time?
The Los Angeles district attorney says she is opposing the impending release of Bruce Davis, a former Charles Manson follower who has spent more than 40 years in prison.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey sent a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown last week urging him to reverse a parole panel's decision to grant Davis freedom.

The 70-year-old Davis was convicted with Manson and another man in the killings of a musician and a stuntman. He was not involved in the infamous Sharon Tate murders.

Lacey says Davis still lacks insight and genuine remorse for his crimes.

Monday will be the end of a 120-day review period by the entire parole board. If they uphold Davis' parole recommendation, Brown then has 30 days to review the decision and either approve or reject it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/30/bruce-davis-ex-charles-ma_n_2580997.html

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Will Jodi Ann Arias get a life sentence or death penalty?
Jodi Arias Trial Begins: Woman Faces Death Penalty For Alleged Murder Of Travis Alexander

Jodi Arias broke down crying on the first day of her long-awaited murder trial as a prosecutor described the gruesome stabbing and shooting death of her former boyfriend. Arias has pleaded not guilty and faces the death penalty if she's convicted.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/02/jodi-arias-trial-begins-_n_2398003.html

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How much time will Jamie Lynn Snyder get in jail for selling pirated software online?
A Newark woman has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for operating websites through which she sold pirated software.

Thirty-five-year-old Jamie Lynn Snyder was also ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution at sentencing Thursday.

Prosecutors say between 2008 and 2010, Snyder sold nearly 25,000 copies of pirated software.

http://www.wboc.com/story/20680704/del-woman-sentenced-for-selling-pirated-software

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Will Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes face death penalty?
This month, the arraignment of alleged gunman James Holmes, accused of first-degree murder, was delayed until March 12 because defense lawyers told Arapahoe County District Court Judge William Sylvester that they need more time to determine an appropriate plea.

Sylvester ruled Jan. 10 that the government established probable cause that Holmes committed the crimes he’s accused of and must face trial. Holmes, who studied neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Denver, is charged with 166 counts, including murder and attempted murder. He may face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-25/cinemark-magistrate-urges-dismissal-of-death-claims.html

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Lawsuit: Michael Jordan (aka Qiaodan in China) vs Qiaodan Sports.Who's going to win?
Qiaodan Sports is a big name in Chinese sport. In 2010, the company had 5,374 stores in China and made $82.7 million profits.

It made headlines last year when basketball legend Michael Jordan sued it for the unauthorized use of his name. Qiaodan means “Jordan” in Chinese. Jordan accused the company of building its brand around his name in Chinese and using his jersey number without his permission.

There has been no trial set, but Qiaodan is fighting the accusation

“We just use a Chinese translation of a common foreign family name and it cannot be identified with Michael Jordan,” Qiaodan ‘s Hou Lidong told the Chinese press. The company also said that it is legally registered in China and protected by domestic law, which will make it hard for Jordan to press his case.

The company has been using the name since 2000. Apparently, Jordan became aware of it last year when Qiaodan signed Sacramento Kings’ center Chuck Hayes as its brand ambassador. Jordan’s Chinese lawyer said that they are seeking millions in compensation.

http://www.10sballs.com/2013/01/22/svetlana-kuznetsova-signs-with-qiaodan/

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Will Barack Obama keep his 2008 campaign promises?
Promise Kept 241
Compromise 130
Promise Broken 119
Stalled 2
In the Works 17

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/

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Will middle school teacher Stacie Halas be fired for being a former porn star?
A middle school teacher who was fired after students learned she had appeared in pornography has lost her appeal to return to the classroom, her lawyer said Tuesday.

A three-judge panel unanimously decided Stacie Halas, 32, was unfit for the classroom. Halas was fired in April from her job as a science teacher at Haydock Intermediate School in Oxnard after online videos of her in porn were discovered by students and teachers.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57564217/stacie-halas-fired-calif-teacher-with-porn-past-loses-appeal/

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Will Lance Armstrong confess to doping during his televised interview with Oprah Winfrey?
After a decade of denial, Lance Armstrong has finally come clean: He used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.

The disgraced cyclist made the confession to Oprah Winfrey during an interview taped Monday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the interview is to be broadcast Thursday on Winfrey’s network.

http://keepingscore.blogs.time.com/2013/01/14/ap-source-armstrong-tells-oprah-he-doped/

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How many of the 12 Internet Predictions (Business Insider) for 2012 will be correct?
re: 3. Twitter Will Build A Huge Business
PrivCo estimates that Twitter will generate $245 million in revenue in 2012, up 180% over 2011's $87.5 million. Twitter's revenue should double again to over $500 million in 2013 - Expected to file for IPO Q3 2013/Q1 2014
what do you think?

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Filibuster reform: Will the "nuclear option" be used?
We must begin to reward senators belonging to the minority who maintain the ability to compromise, even if they are few. There are currently no proposals that suggest the complete elimination of the filibuster, so even if reform is enacted, Democrats are still going to have to work with Republicans, even if only to achieve a successful cloture vote.

Therefore, reformers cannot burn bridges as they would with the nuclear option. Breaking a filibuster can be a matter of persuading only one or two senators. With Democrats on the brink of a 55-vote control of the 113th Senate, only five Republican votes are necessary.

Perhaps refusing to use the nuclear option would lead to the political capital necessary to persuade these Republicans and set a precedent of compromise and cooperation.

http://www.salon.com/2013/01/08/the_nuclear_option_for_filibuster_reform_is_no_option_at_all/

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Will Afghan Taliban kidnap or kill Prince Harry?
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former Afghan prime minister, told the Daily Telegraph that Prince Harry, an Apache attack helicopter pilot, was intoxicated as he killed "innocent Afghans".

Officials rejected the allegation and said rules prohibited troops from consuming alcohol while deployed on operations.

"The suggestion that any member of the UK armed forces deployed on operations operates under the influence of alcohol is simply absurd - not least because the consumption of alcohol by UK military personnel is not permitted under any circumstances while deployed in Afghanistan." a Ministry of Defence spokesman said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9775737/MoD-dismisses-allegation-Prince-Harry-hunts-Afghans-while-drunk.html

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Will Lance Armstrong confess to doping during his televised interview with Oprah Winfrey?
Lance Armstrong apologized to the staff of his Livestrong cancer foundation on Monday before sitting down for a confessional interview with Oprah Winfrey, according to the Associated Press.

The disgraced cyclist, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles amid overwhelming evidence that he was guilty of doping, addressed an emotional meeting of Livestrong staff on Monday and said "I'm sorry", an unnamed source told AP. Apologizing for disappointing them and putting the foundation at risk, Armstrong reportedly "choked up" during the meeting, and several other employees were in tears, too.

Armstrong told staffers he would try to restore Livestrong's reputation, and encouraged them to continue supporting the charity's mission to help cancer patients and their families.

After years making of denying any involvement in doping, and aggressively pursuing those who accused him of doing so, Armstrong is expected to admit to using performance-enchancing drugs in the interview with Winfrey. Although the interview is his first since the Usada report, it is not expected that he will discuss the findings, or the charges against him, in detail.

Armstrong texted the AP on Saturday and said: "I told her [Winfrey] to go wherever she wants, and that I'll answer the questions directly, honestly and candidly. That's all I can say."

Winfrey's network OWN said Armstrong agreed to a "no-holds-barred" interview. "Amstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career," the network said in a statement.

The interview is set to air Thursday at 9pm eastern time in the US on the Oprah Winfrey Network and will be streamed live internationally on Oprah.com.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jan/14/lance-armstrong-livestrong-sorry-emotional-meeting

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What will be Windows Phone's market share of Smartphones for Dec 2012?
november numbers:
Microsoft 3.0% (-0.6)

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Super Bowl XLVII - Who will win?
@Stephen you could have simply edited "(unknown)"

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How many of TheStreet's 10 Market Predictions for 2012 will be correct?
- Europe will spend most of 2012 in recession
Q1 No (EU27 GDP stable)
http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/2-15052012-AP/EN/2-15052012-AP-EN.PDF
Q2 Yes (EU27 GDP down by 0.2%)
http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/2-14082012-BP/EN/2-14082012-BP-EN.PDF
Q3 No (GDP up by 0.1% in the EU27)
To be "most" it should've had 3 or 4 quarters in recession.
(Incorrect)

- The U.S. will avoid recession while GDP growth remains slow and steady
Positive GDP growth during Q1 to Q3, forecasts for Q4 are positive too
(Correct)

- Ten-year Treasury yields will surge
= No (Fear drives 10-year Treasury yield below 1.5%)
http://money.cnn.com/2012/06/01/investing/treasuries-yield-record/index.htm (Incorrect)

- Brazil will rebound after a dismal year
= No, not quite http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/30/us-brazil-economy-gdp-idUSBRE8AT0KM20121130
(Incorrect)

- "More shoes will drop in 2012"
Can't say so, (Incorrect)

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How many of TheStreet's 10 Market Predictions for 2012 will be correct?
- The S&P 500 will gain at least 10%
Dec 31, 2012 1,426.19
Dec 30, 2011 1,257.60
= +13.4 % (Correct)

- Greece will begin negotiations to exit the euro
= No (Incorrect)

- President Obama will win a second term as president
= Yes (Correct)

- China will ease up on currency controls
= Yes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17721335 (Correct)

- Commodities will resume their bullish run
http://www.quandl.com/GOOG-Google-Finance/AMEX_GCC-Continuous-Commodity-Index-GCC
2012-01-03 30.37
2012-31-12 28.83
= -0.05% (Incorrect)

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NHL 2012 Lockout: Will a full 82-game schedule be preserved?
And so the National Hockey League will have hockey after all.

Not sure whether to laugh, cry or just throw up at the absurdity of it all as the two sides emerged early Sunday morning from a 16-hour overnight bargaining session that yielded a tentative 10-year deal that will see players return for a 48- or 50-game schedule sometime in the next two weeks.

http://espn.go.com/new-york/story/_/id/8817964/nhl-lockout-but-damage-done-irreparable

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Will the US mint a platinum coin to avoid hitting the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling?
Just one question remains: who should be on the face of America's second-silliest (next to the debt ceiling itself) experiment in fiscal management?

http://www.indecisionforever.com/blog/2013/01/04/who-will-be-on-the-trillion-dollar-coin

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Will it be concluded to be feasible to build the Dutch Mountain?
With the current techniques, materials and knowledge it is not possible to build a 2 kilometer high mountain. It seems that vast leaps in thinking about structural design and material use have to be made: the mountain needs to be as light as possible, as cheap as possible, as ‘clean’ as possible, and it needs to be built in a relatively short time as well. This opens up grand new challenges in material development, design and logistics.

http://s.wdmc.eu/hItMf72lsUvh8bhL2mcvLw/woRlihbAe0WhsIjQXFAo5A/0zdZDbyTUUHwXKX5b7WFRw/De%20Berg%20Report.pdf

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Will Guantanamo be closed during Obama's presidency?
President Barack Obama signed a major defense bill Wednesday, notwithstanding public veto threats the White House issued with regard to earlier versions of the legislation.

Obama issued a written "signing statement" explaining his decision to approve the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act despite his objections to various aspects of the measure, including provisions that effectively thwart his efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects and give military members the right to refuse to take certain actions that violate their conscience.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2013/01/obama-signs-defense-bill-notes-regrets-153222.html

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What will the original Sugababes new name be?
Sugababes original line-up reunite for first performance in over 10 years
MKS beauties Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy join forces after each leaving the girl band following bust ups



http://www.ok.co.uk/celebrity-news/view/57752/Sugababes-original-line-up-reunite-for-first-performance-in-over-10-years/

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Will the ‘fiscal cliff’ be avoided?
heh, just the scenario I expected to happen as I made the question :-)

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Vendée Globe: Who will win?
Race leader François Gabart (MACIF) rounded Cape Horn on Tuesday, January 1st at 6.20PM (UTC) after 52 days, 6 hours and 18 minutes at sea.

http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/news/article/8593/francois-gabart-has-rounded-cape-horn.html

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Will the GOP keep their 2010 congress campaign promises?
* Promise Kept 16
* Compromise 9
* Promise Broken 14
* Stalled 1
* In the Works 6

* Not yet rated 7

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Will the ‘fiscal cliff’ be avoided?
they will agree on a compromise.

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Will "Gangnam Style" be most viewed video on Youtube by the end of 2012?
Five months ago, Psy's "Gangnam Style" premiered on YouTube. One month ago, it became the most-viewed clip in the site's history. And on Friday (December 21), it officially crossed the one-billion mark in total views — the first video to break that barrier — capping a whirlwind ride unlike any in recent memory.

"Honestly, when I made this video I didn't even expect 1 million views, because this is off my sixth album in Korea, so I just hoped it would be huge there," he said. "I didn't even think about any other countries; I just did my job and waited and watched. And, you know, today, I'm still wondering and analyzing its success. Because I've done this thing many times, this dance, this album, this video ... this one just became something else entirely."

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1699329/psy-gangnam-style-1-billion-views.jhtml

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Who Will Be TIME's 2012 Person of the Year?
Twenty-seven years after driving from New York City to Chicago in a $2,000 Honda Civic for a job that probably wouldn’t amount to much, Barack Obama, in better shape but with grayer hair, stood in the presidential suite on the top floor of the Fairmont Millennium Park hotel as flat screens announced his re-election as President of the United States. The networks called Ohio earlier than predicted, so his aides had to hightail it down the hall to join his family and friends. They encountered a room of high fives and fist pumps, hugs and relief.

Read more: http://poy.time.com/2012/12/19/person-of-the-year-barack-obama/

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Will the Keystone XL oil pipeline be built?
The prospect of a new U.S. secretary of state favoring tougher carbon policy should not worsen the odds of the Keystone XL oil pipeline being approved, the chief executive of TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO), the contentious project's proponent, said on Monday.

There is a possibility the U.S. State Department will have a new secretary before the department's deadline of the end of March for a issuing a decision on the project. Democratic Senator John Kerry, who has long supported taking more action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, is widely expected to be the nominee to replace Hillary Clinton.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/18/us-transcanada-ceo-interview-idUSBRE8BG18I20121218

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Will the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, receive over 1.1 M visitors in 2012?
This afternoon the Anne Frank House received its one millionth visitor this year: the 22-year-old Warren Peers from Brisbane, Australia. It is expected that the museum will once again attract a record number of visitors in 2012 (the previous record was in 2011, with 1,104,233 visitors). The majority of the – mainly young – visitors come from outside of the Netherlands (85%).

http://www.annefrank.org/en/Worldwide/news/2012/October/1-millionth-visitor/

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What will World’s Most Expensive Model Car be auctioned for?
German designer and car model specialist Robert Guelpen has created a unique 1/8 scaled model of the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 composed of more than 1,400 diamonds, platinum and pure gold.

First of all the model was expected to reach € 3.5 million at an auction in December in New York. Now Sotheby´s, one of the most popular auctioneers, re-evaluates the worth of the model at € 10.5 million which is 65 times higher than the original Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4.

The price of the materials has been estimated at € 2.5 million, so the margin would be about € 8.0 million which exceeds the targeted objective of € 500,000 profit. Furthermore, Guelpen would get three entries in the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the world’s most expensive model car, the world’s most secure showcase and the world´s most luxurious logo.

http://www.gtspirit.com/2012/12/11/gold-lamborghini-aventador-model-worth-boosts-to-e-10-5-million/

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Filibuster reform: Will the "nuclear option" be used?
Advocates of what's come to be called the "talking filibuster" are closing in on the majority needed to reform the rules, according to a whip count compiled by The Huffington Post, based on interviews with Democratic senators and with reform advocates who have spoken with senators. Cross-checking the list with prior voting records and public statements indicates that Democrats could lock up as many as 52 votes by this week, when they are expected to introduce a rules reform package to be voted on in the new year.

Before Democrats vote on the talking filibuster or any other rules reforms, they would first have to vote to change the rules with fewer than two-thirds of the chamber in support -- what proponents call the "constitutional option" and what critics call the "nuclear option."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/senate-filibuster-reform_n_2313233.html

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Filibuster reform: Will the "nuclear option" be used?
Advocates of what's come to be called the "talking filibuster" are closing in on the majority needed to reform the rules, according to a whip count compiled by The Huffington Post, based on interviews with Democratic senators and with reform advocates who have spoken with senators. Cross-checking the list with prior voting records and public statements indicates that Democrats could lock up as many as 52 votes by this week, when they are expected to introduce a rules reform package to be voted on in the new year.

Before Democrats vote on the talking filibuster or any other rules reforms, they would first have to vote to change the rules with fewer than two-thirds of the chamber in support -- what proponents call the "constitutional option" and what critics call the "nuclear option."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/senate-filibuster-reform_n_2313233.html

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Will Obama bail the out city of Detroit?
but how would he be able to accomplish it?

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Syria escalation: Will anyone use chemical or biological weapons during the conflict?
Western intelligence agencies observed Syrian units making advanced preparations for the potential use of chemical weapons, including loading trucks with ready-to-use bombs and shells, prompting President Obama last week to warn Syria against using the banned munitions, according to Western and Middle Eastern officials.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/intelligence-on-syrian-troops-readying-chemical-weapons-for-potential-use-prompted-obamas-warning/2012/12/13/389dd7b4-44a2-11e2-8061-253bccfc7532_story.html

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Obama's 2nd Term: Will the US Supreme Court rule Section 3 of DOMA unconstitutional?
The Supreme Court announced Friday afternoon it will hear its first same-sex marriage cases.

As NBC’s Pete Williams reports, the Supreme Court has granted review of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in the state.

“The surprise here is Prop 8,” Williams said on MSNBC shortly after the Court’s announcement. He explained that the Court’s decision on Prop 8 would affect California directly because the issue there was that the state gave same-sex couples the right to marry, and then overturned it with a proposition after the fact. However, if the Court decides to dive fully into the issue, it may decide whether or not a state in general had the ability to ban same-sex marriage.

http://tv.msnbc.com/2012/12/07/historic-cases-supreme-court-to-rule-on-doma-prop-8/

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Will the Supreme Court decide on Defense of Marriage Act during their current term?
The Supreme Court announced Friday afternoon it will hear its first same-sex marriage cases.

As NBC’s Pete Williams reports, the Supreme Court has granted review of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in the state.

“The surprise here is Prop 8,” Williams said on MSNBC shortly after the Court’s announcement. He explained that the Court’s decision on Prop 8 would affect California directly because the issue there was that the state gave same-sex couples the right to marry, and then overturned it with a proposition after the fact. However, if the Court decides to dive fully into the issue, it may decide whether or not a state in general had the ability to ban same-sex marriage.

http://tv.msnbc.com/2012/12/07/historic-cases-supreme-court-to-rule-on-doma-prop-8/

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Will Phillip Seaton win his penis amputation suit on appeal?
Kevin George, the lawyer for Phillip Seaton of Waddy, told the appeals panel that the medical waiver signed by his client contains extremely broad language and that Dr. John Patterson should have sought consent before removing the penis.

"The point is ... a patient has a right," George said. "The doctor does not have the right to do whatever he wants, even if it turns out to be reasonable."

Judges Janet Stumbo and Donna Dixon took in the 30 minutes of arguments in Frankfort over whether a judge erred in the jury instructions and if the pre-surgery medical consent form was valid or the language in it proved to be too vague. Judge Michael Caperton missed the arguments. Stumbo said Caperton mistakenly went to Louisville for the case, but would listen to a recording of it later.

Stumbo said a decision is expected in about two months.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/11/phillip-seatons-penis-amputation-appeal_n_1875011.html

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Will the UEFA EURO 2020 take place in 13 countries?
Europe's football governing body UEFA plans to stage the 2020 European Championship in cities across the continent. The move is meant to ease the financial burden of hosting such a major sporting event.

http://www.dw.de/euro-2020-to-be-held-in-several-european-cities/a-16433243

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Which player will win the Fifa Ballon d'Or for the best player of 2012?
The 23-man shortlist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or compiled by the FIFA Football Committee and a group of experts from France Football has been reduced to three players.

From the final shortlist, journalists, national coaches and captains will vote for the winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or.

The winners of all of the awards will be revealed at the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala as part of a televised show at the Zurich Kongresshaus on 7 January 2013.

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Will Bradley Manning plead guilty to the aiding the enemy charge?
The trial of an Army private charged with sending U.S. secrets to the website WikiLeaks is being pushed back from February to March.

Military judge Col. Denise Lind announced the change Sunday at a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade for Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Manning's trial was set to begin Feb. 4. But Lind says pretrial proceedings will push the start date back to either March 6 or March 18.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/pfc-mannings-trial-delayed-wikileaks-case-17861748

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How many of the 5 suspicious doping tests from the Athens Olympics will be identified positive?
The International Olympic Committee executive board disqualified four athletes whose Athens doping samples were retested this year and came back positive for steroids, including shot put gold medalist Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine.

The others are hammer throw silver medalist Ivan Tskikhan of Belarus and two bronze medalists -- women's shot putter Svetlana Krivelyova of Russia and discus thrower Irina Yatchenko of Belarus.

In track, the case of a fifth bronze medalist, weightlifter Oleg Perepechenov of Russia, is pending.

The IOC said it will ask the International Association of Athletics Federations to get the medals back from the four athletes and readjust the results and rankings from the Athens Games.

http://espn.go.com/olympics/story/_/id/8714605/ioc-strips-4-medals-2004-athens-olympics-postpones-decision-lance-armstrong

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Will Turkey have Patriot Missiles ready at its Syrian border, before the end of this year?
NATO ministers of foreign affairs agreed to augment Turkey’s air defence capabilities by deploying Patriot missiles at a meeting in Brussels today (4 December).

http://www.nato.int/cps/en/SID-9674CD52-F9AADADD/natolive/news_92861.htm