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Top Stories: Pope Bids Farewell; U.S. May Help Syrian Rebels

Good Wednesday morning, here are our early stories:

Sometimes 'The Lord Seemed To Sleep,' Pope Says In Farewell.

Reports: U.S. Eyeing 'Direct' Aid to Syrian Rebels, Though Not Weapons.

And here are more early headlines:

Americans Assign Political Blame For Looming Budget Cuts. ( ABC)

Winter Storms Bring Midwest Flooding, Northeast Snow. ( NBC)

Iran Agrees To More Nuclear Talks With Six Nations. ( New York Times)

Deadly Shooting At Switzerland Factory. ( BBC)

Car Bomb Strikes Northern Mali Town, Killing Several People. ( Reuters)

Taliban Militants Poison Afghan Police, Civilians, Then Fire On Them. ( AP)

Ill. Candidates Picked For Election To Fill Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Seat. ( Chicago Tribune)

IKEA Now Pulling Sausages From European Stores After 'Indications' Of Horsemeat. ( AP)

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