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

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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