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Hostage situation and other headlines

Morning headlines: Gunman takes hostages in Sydney, Australia; Senate poised for confirmation fights, new details of the botched execution in Oklahoma.

Britain to seek access to CIA torture report. (AP)

NYPD to reevaluate its approach to protests at a meeting today. (NY Times)

After passing the spending bill this weekend, Sen. Harry Reid sets plans in motion to confirm surgeon-general nominee. (Washington Post)

See which Senate committee seats Democrats will lose in January. (Politico)

Botched execution described as 'a bloody mess,' court filing shows. (Tulsa World)

David Koch speaks. (ABC News)

American man illegally in North Korea says he's not detained. (AP)

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