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Top Stories: Kim Jong Un Named 'Supreme Leader;' Jobless Claims Rise

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

-- Kim Jong Un Declared To Be 'Supreme Leader' Of North Korea.

-- Report: Criminal Charges Being Prepared Against BP For Gulf Oil Spill.

-- In Syria: Videos Belie Monitor's Comment About 'Nothing Frightening'.

-- Jobless Claims Rise By 15,000.

And our awwww post of the day:

-- Siku Is So Cute! Little Polar Bear Is New Video Star.

Other top stories:

-- "Weapons Sales To Iraq Move Ahead Despite U.S. Worries." (The New York Times)

-- Air Strike By Turkish Warplanes Kills 35 Near Kurdish Village. (BBC News)

-- China's Alibaba E-commerce Company "Hires U.S. Lobbying Firm As It Eyes Yahoo." (Reuters)

-- "Government To Pay Family $17.8 Million For Military Jet Crash." (The Associated Press)

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