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Seven O’Clock News Silent Night

(You might want to play the song for ambience as you read…)

Good evening, fellow Americans. This is Howard Handupme bringing you DNN’s seven o’clock news.

At least 18 Iraqi military officers were killed by three suicide bombers in an ambush on Saturday in the Sunni Muslim-dominated Anbar province.  Another 32 soldiers were wounded.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but officials are diligently monitoring Facebook and Twitter accounts for indications.

Ronnie Smith, 33, a chemistry teacher from Austin, Texas, who was working for more than a year in the International School Benghazi was killed on his morning jog when four unidentified assailants in a black Jeep shot him December 5.  In a recent interview with DNN’s own Allosaurus Cooper, Smith’s wife sent her husband’s killers the message that ‘she loves them’.

DNN’s correspondent in Seoul is reporting that following protests against the secretive regime this week, North Korea sent a fax to South Korea on Thursday, threatening to “strike mercilessly without notice if the provocation against our highest dignity is to be repeated in the downtown of Seoul.”

Just in time for the holidays, there is excellent news on the economic front.  U.S. stocks climbed on Friday, with the Dow and S&P 500 scoring record closes, after GDP data had the U.S. economy growing faster-than-projected in the third quarter, increasing optimism about the economic outlook.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 16,221.14, while the S&P 500 finished at 1,818.31, leaving it with a weekly gain of 2.4 percent.   Financier Warren Buffett reportedly earned $380.34 a second in 2013; according to economists, total economic recovery can’t be far behind.

In another positive indicator, sales of recreational vehicles have increased, and Beyonce’s new XO album smashed historic album sales, selling 829,000 worldwide in three days.   Reading the current economic tea leaves, Fed Chair Ben Bernanke announced that he would likely begin $10 billion QE tapering in increments of $10 billion over the next year, citing increased employment and under control inflation as reasons.

In other good holiday news, a near miracle: a twelve year old girl from Addas Ababa who had been kidnapped and beaten by seven men trying to force her into marriage was saved by a pride of Ethiopian lions, who after chasing away the men, stood guard over her for a day until help arrived.

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Seven O’Clock News Silent Night

(You might want to play the song for ambience as you read…)

Good evening, fellow Americans. This is Howard Handupme bringing you DNN’s seven o’clock news.

At least 18 Iraqi military officers were killed by three suicide bombers in an ambush on Saturday in the Sunni Muslim-dominated Anbar province.  Another 32 soldiers were wounded.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but officials are diligently monitoring Facebook and Twitter accounts for indications.

Ronnie Smith, 33, a chemistry teacher from Austin, Texas, who was working for more than a year in the International School Benghazi was killed on his morning jog when four unidentified assailants in a black Jeep shot him December 5.  In a recent interview with DNN’s own Allosaurus Cooper, Smith’s wife sent her husband’s killers the message that ‘she loves them’.

DNN’s correspondent in Seoul is reporting that following protests against the secretive regime this week, North Korea sent a fax to South Korea on Thursday, threatening to “strike mercilessly without notice if the provocation against our highest dignity is to be repeated in the downtown of Seoul.”

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