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| 12/4/2012

› Holiday tradition continues with foreclosure freeze
Federal mortgage backers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced this morning they won’t evict families from foreclosed homes during the holidays. For Fannie Mae, the suspension on evicting homeowners in foreclosed homes will be from Dec. 19 through Jan. 2. Freddie Mac’s suspension dates are from Dec. 17 through Jan. 2.

› Scientists still learning from Deepwater Horizon disaster
On Monday, more than two years after the oil spill, some of the nation's top scientists — including the heads of three government agencies —- published a comprehensive review of the scientific response to the disaster. One thing they found is that they still don't know nearly enough about the Gulf of Mexico to say how the spill affected it or how to be prepared for another.

› Strong November puts U.S. automakers on pace for 5-year high
U.S. auto sales in November were helped by a rebound from storm-ravaged October and the need to replace aging vehicles, which put the industry on pace for a near five-year high and left executives optimistic about 2013.

› LeBron James named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year
From villain and traitor, the transformation is complete. A year that produced his first NBA championship and later an Olympic gold medal is ending with LeBron James at the top of the sporting world by at least one account.

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