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Monitor Articles for February 4, 2013
NASA's Curiosity ready to drill first Mars rock
Rosa Parks honored with new stamp
Richard III discovery spurs excitement, skepticism (+video)
'Cookie Monster' sends 2nd note about sculpture theft
Fish McBites join nuggets, burgers in Happy Meal family (+video)
Girl, 6, crashes car: Can laws make young drivers safer?
Cybersecurity: how preemptive cyberwar is entering the nation's arsenal
Alabama standoff: week-long hostage ends, boy safe, kidnapper dead
It's 'common sense' – or is it? The politics of Obama's new favorite phrase.
Debt limit: Link any increase to spending cuts? Majority in poll says yes.
The Simple Dollar
How to 'reverse bribe' your child
Super Bowl XLVII postscript: 49ers fall short of Ravens, final plays questioned
Gov. Cuomo's grand plan post-Sandy: give some of New York back to nature (+video)
Chuck Hagel: Filibuster in store for Obama nominee?
Global News Blog
Good Reads: Women in crime, democracy's era, digital mapping, a history in heels
Stock market dives after Dow hits 14,000
Boy and Girl Scouts in Afghanistan?
Global warming vs. time: why some problems can't wait
After a devastating market fire, Burundi's economy hobbles forward
22 killed in collision on UAE highway
Carbon emissions in US drop to lowest level since 1994
The Monitor's View
Need for textbook examples of peace in Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Latin America Monitor
El Salvador's military to withdraw from 'peace zones'
Why the IRS should tax equity fund profits as ordinary income
Karl Rove takes on the tea party. Is a GOP civil war looming?
Girl, 6, crashes car driving cross-town to visit her dad
Castro: Chávez's health is 'much better'
Want to jailbreak your Apple iPhone 5? Here's how.
'Big heels to fill': What John Kerry signaled to State Dept. on his first day (+video)
Jackie Robinson: The baseball legend's legacy after baseball
In need of a hit, BlackBerry touts BB10, Z10 in strange new Super Bowl ad
Curbing gun violence after Newtown: Let's arm teachers
How Literature Saved My Life
Can India sweep up its 'soot' pollution challenge?
Construction spending rises in December
The real winner among Super Bowl ads? Twitter.
Reader recommendation: The House at Tyneford
What caused power outage at Super Bowl: Is 'abnormality' the whole story? (+video)
Bright spot in Palestinian economy: more women opening businesses
Global News Blog
In West Bank, a space for tutus and pirouettes
Stir It Up!
Meatless Monday: Squash and black bean tostados
Readers Write: Not too late to change US priorities in Afghanistan; Gun control advocates use flawed logic
Why is Obama in Minnesota to push gun control? (+video)
Myanmar's graffiti artists test edges of emerging democracy
Ahmadinejad prepared to be Iran's first astronaut
'Soft' nationalism is good for China
New hurdle for nuclear talks: Iran's presidential politics (+video)
'Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye': 5 stories from a family's time near the Arctic
Johnny Depp to play Whitey Bulger in a new biopic (+video)
Richard III's remains identified, but was he really Shakespeare's villain? (+video)
Chapter & Verse
Maurice Sendak's last work honors his brother
Chris Kyle, ex-Navy SEAL sniper, died pursuing his passion (+video)
Iran's space monkey business: A plausible explanation?
Malala Yousufzai issues first video statement since Taliban shooting (+video)
Superdome power outage embarrassing for New Orleans
Is car-sharing in your future?
Afghanistan, Pakistan, and UK call Taliban to negotiating table
'Iron Man 3''s Super Bowl spot previews the hero's battle against the Mandarin (+video)
Lino Oviedo, Paraguay presidential hopeful, dead in helicopter crash
Super Bowl GoDaddy kiss commercial: How much did your kids squirm?
Super Bowl commercials show creativity trumps special effects
Indian-American looks homeward to help the needy
National income tax: a century of progressive taxes. More ahead?
Alicia Keys national anthem rendition was the longest – and bankable (+video)
Emily VanCamp cast in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'?
19 killed in suicide bombing targeting government-linked Shiite militia
What caused power outage at Super Bowl XLVII? 'Abnormality'
'Warm Bodies': Is it a funny zombie send-up or a comedy that never comes to life?
French out of Timbuktu by end of week, airstrikes continue (+video)
Anti, pro-gay groups converge on Boy Scouts of America headquarters
Destiny's Child reunites during Super Bowl halftime show (+video)
Terrorism & Security
Israel implies it was behind last week's airstrike in Syria, but little else is clear
A quiet envoy to the hermit kingdom of North Korea
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