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Top Stories: Obama To Hold News Conference; Caution Urged On Gen. Allen

Good morning, here are our early stories:

Panetta: Don't Leap To Conclusions About Gen. Allen.

Should Petraeus Scandal Be A Big Topic At Obama's News Conference Today?

And here are more early headlines:

Long Island Utility Chief Quitting Over Superstorm Sandy Response. (Newsday)

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi To Announce Decision On Her House Post. (Los Angeles Times)

Anti-Austerity Strikes Underway In Several European Countries. (NBC)

Chinese President Hu Jintao Leaves Political Office As Part Of Power Transition. (VOA)

Second Day Of Protests In Jordan Over High Gas Prices. (Jordan Times)

African Union Seeks U.N. Authorization To Invade Mali And Fight Islamist Militants. (AP)

Pakistan To Release Some Afghan Taliban Prisoners To Help Peace Process. (Reuters)

Car Bombs Kill Many In Iraq Ahead Of Islamic New Year. (BBC)

Contraception Is A Human Right, Says U.N. Agency. (AP)

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