Our early headlines:
-- In Video, Man Said To Be Syrian Oil Ministry Official Says He's Defecting.
-- House Expected To OK Jobs Bill In 'Rare Agreement' With Obama.
-- Jobless Claims Rise By 8,000.
Other stories in the news:
-- "Solar Flares Speeding Toward Earth." (Bill's post from Wednesday.)
-- "U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers" About Alleged "Collusion Over E-Book Pricing." (The Wall Street Journal)
-- "Intractable Afghan Graft Hampering U.S. Strategy." (The New York Times)
-- "World Powers Back 'Sustained Dialogue' On Iran Nuclear Program." (CNN)
-- Sources Say 12 NFL Teams Have Contacted Quarterback Peyton Manning's Representatives. (ESPN)
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