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Forces loyal to President Bashar assad have fired scuds at main rebel forces, a major escalation in the fighting but also sign of desperation on the part of the assad regime. Republicans aren’t budging on tax rates, and Democrats are resisting steps such as raising the Medicare eligibility age as talks to avert a fiscal cliff again appear stalled.
sitar maestro Ravi shankar,whose influence on the Beatles and appearances at rock festivals made him a flower-power cult figure and who brought indian music to the world stage, dies at 92. He collaborated with musicians from jazz, rock and the classical repertoire. PolitiFact names its lie of the Year.