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Top Stories: Iraq Mission Ends; Bi-Partisan Medicare Plan Coming

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

-- As Flag Is Put Away, America's Mission In Iraq Symbolically Ends.

-- Republicans Unveil $1 Trillion Spending Bill, Possible Shutdown Still Looms.

-- Report: 'Marines Promoted Inflated Story For Medal Of Honor Recipient'.

-- Jobless Claims Drop To Lowest Level In More Than Three Years.

Other stories making headlines:

-- Republican Rep. Ryan "Teams With Democrats On New Medicare Plan." (The Associated Press)

-- Part Of Los Angeles' 60 Freeway To Be Closed This Morning Due To Tanker Explosion. (Los Angeles Times)

-- Former French President Chirac "Found Guilty Of Corruption." (France 24)

-- "Death Sentences Drop To Historic Low In 2011." (Morning Edition)

-- Bootleg Liquor Kills More Than 100 In Eastern India. (The Associated Press)