HONOLULU -- A December surge propels health care sign-ups through the U.S. government's rehabilitated website past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration says, reflecting new vigor for the problem-plagued federal insurance exchange.
LONDON -- A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency's hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft's internal reporting system to spy on their targets. By Raphael Satter.
NEW YORK -- At least 70 journalists were killed on the job around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 slain in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. By David B. Caruso.
RETHINKING POT-TEHE EXPERIMENT BEINGS
DENVER -- As Colorado prepares to be the first U.S. state to allow recreational marijuana sales, starting Jan. 1, hopeful retailers are investing their fortunes into the legal recreational pot world -- all for a chance to build even bigger ones in a fledgling industry that faces an uncertain future. By Kristen Wyatt.
MEXICO CITY -- Looking around a Mexico dotted by Starbucks, Wal-Mart and Krispy Kreme outlets, it's hard to imagine the country without the North American Free Trade Agreement that took effect 20 years ago Jan. 1. But while it changed the country fundamentally in some ways, the treaty never met its promise to close Mexico's wage gap with the United States, boost economic and job growth, fight poverty and protect the environment. By Mark Stevenson.
PARIS -- Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is in critical condition after undergoing brain surgery following a skiing accident in the French Alps, doctors say. By Sarah DiLorenzo and Geir Moulson.
AMERICAN BALLPLAYERS IN VENEZUELA
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela's fiercely competitive professional league has drawn the biggest contingent of U.S. players in decades. In the land of Hugo Chavez, a place in many ways hostile to Americans owing to its reputation for rampant crime, a crumbling economy and an anti-American government, young hitters and hurlers from across America are thriving this winter season. By Joshua Goodman.
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