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Top Stories: Obama News Conference; Defense Budget Passes

Good morning, here are our early stories:

-- If Obama Takes Questions Today, What Should He Be Asked?

-- 'Huge Win For Victims Of Sexual Assault' In Defense Budget.

And here are more early headlines:

Senate Reaches Deal On Presidential Nominations; Yellen's In Jan. ( Los Angeles Times)

Jailed Russian Financier And Dissident Pardoned By Putin, Goes Free. ( Guardian)

Credit Rating Agency Lowers European Union's AAA Rating. ( Bloomberg)

Firefighters Gain More Control Over California's Big Sur Blaze. ( AP)

Gunmen Slay Philippines Mayor In Airport Shooting. ( CNN)

California School To Test Hundreds For Tuberculosis. ( Desert Sun)

Oklahoma Suspect Finishes Marriage Proposal Before Arrest. ( AP)

"Ham Jam" After Truck Spills 40,000 Roasts On Georgia Highway. ( Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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Korva Coleman is a newscaster for NPR.