Top Stories: Video Of Marines; Major Snowstorm; ‘Secret Channel’ To Iran

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

Marines Worried About Desecration Video’s Impact On Afghan Operations.

Reports: Obama To Seek Power To Merge Agencies, Streamline Government.

U.S. Has Opened ‘Secret Channel’ To Warn Iran, Report Says.

VIDEO: Eggs Fly As Apple Cancels Store Sales Of iPhone 4S In Beijing.

Stephen Colbert’s Big News: He May Run For President Of South Carolina.

Other stories making headlines:

— Trade Deficit Widened To $47.8 Billion In November, First Increase In Five Months. (The Associated Press)

— Snowstorm Snarls Commutes In Cities From Midwest To New England. (

— Mitt Romney “Could Be Helped By Fractured Right” In South Carolina. (Politico)

— “Evangelical Leaders Struggle To Crown A Candidate.” (Morning Edition)

— “Myanmar Frees More Political Prisoners.” (Reuters)

— TV Ratings For Broncos-Patriots Playoff Game Saturday “Could Go Through The Roof.” (Morning Edition)

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