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Top Stories: Iran Claims Drone Capture; Typhoon Bears Down On Philippines

Philippine Air Force troops use a rubber boat to evacuate residents from floods in Cagayan de Oro City, southern Philippines earlier today (Dec. 4). i i

Philippine Air Force troops use a rubber boat to evacuate residents from floods in Cagayan de Oro City, southern Philippines earlier today (Dec. 4). Bobby Lagsa /EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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Philippine Air Force troops use a rubber boat to evacuate residents from floods in Cagayan de Oro City, southern Philippines earlier today (Dec. 4).

Philippine Air Force troops use a rubber boat to evacuate residents from floods in Cagayan de Oro City, southern Philippines earlier today (Dec. 4).

Bobby Lagsa /EPA /LANDOV

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

U.S. Disputes Iran's Claim To Have Captured Drone.

Report: Benghazi 'Talking Points' Watered Down By CIA, Not White House.

Three 'Should Read Stories' About The 'Fiscal Cliff'.

Other stories making headlines:

— "Syria Conflict: Obama Warns Assad Over Chemical Weapons — Live Updates." (The Guardian)

— NATO Foreign Ministers Expected To OK Turkey's Request For Patriot Anti-missile Systems As Defense Against Syria. (The Associated Press)

— "Philippines Mindanao Island Hit By Typhoon Bopha;" 40,000 People Move To Shelters, 4 Deaths Reported. (BBC News)

— "Judge Removed In Fort Hood Shooting Rampage Case." (The Associated Press)

— Baxter International "Agrees To Buy Sweden's Gambro For $4 Billion." (Bloomberg News)

— "Pregnant Kate Rests At Hospital, World Watches." (NBC's The Today Show)

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