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School shooting: U.S. can help Pakistan cope

As Pakistan and the world reel from the worst terrorist massacre in the nation’s history at a military school in Peshawar, several charitable groups in the country have reached out for expert help in counseling surviving children and families.

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Thanks to Cruz? Nominees sail through Senate

Just how big a favor Sen. Ted Cruz did for President Obama, we may never know. But Cruz's tactics in the closing days of the Senate session left the Texas conservative firebrand apologizing to his Republican colleagues and allowing Sen. Harry Reid to end his eight-year run as majority leader on a high note.

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