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Top Stories: Afghan Bombings, Gingrich Surge, Climate-Treaty Talks

Good morning.

Our early headlines were:

-- Dozens Of Bodies Scattered After Deadly Bombings In Afghanistan.

-- Coal Company Reportedly Set To Pay $200 Million In W. Va. Disaster.

-- BP Accuses Halliburton Of Destroying Gulf Spill Evidence.

-- Before Obama Invites Teddy Roosevelt Comparisons, Read TR's Words.

Other top stories of the morning include:

-- "Newt Gingrich Surges In New Polls." ( USA Today's On Politics blog)

-- "Climate-Treaty Talks Target U.S., China Emissions."( Morning Edition)

-- "Downgrade Threat Damps Euro Markets."( The Wall Street Journal)

-- "Drone That Crashed In Iran May Give Away U.S. Secrets."( Los Angeles Times)

-- "Blagojevich Faces Tough Odds On Leniency Bid;" Sentencing Hearing Begins Today.( Chicago Tribune)

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