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The New York Times talks to Boston stylist Leon de Magistris, who’s been cutting Mitt Romney’s hair for years.

The biggest news:



Despite holding its shape under all but the most extreme conditions, it is gel and mousse-free. “I don’t put any product in there,” he avowed.



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It’s Black Friday, and that means it’s time for the tales of injury and chaos for people seeking deals.

The first comes from California, where the Los Angeles Times reports a woman at a Porter Ranch Wal-Mart whipped out some pepper spray “to gain an advantage in the fight for merchandise.”

The woman sprayed fellow shoppers during a fight for video games Thursday night. She is still at large. Read the rest here.

STEPHEN BEALE There's something fishy about the design of futuristic, eco-friendly cars like the Toyota Prius, Mercedes Benz concept Bionic and the Nissan concept EPORO, namely that their designs seem to be inspired by marine animals. In the case of the Bionic, one animal in particular was the model: The humble boxfish.

This is the unlikely story of how the little fish came to be seen as a symbol of technological progress and prowess by one of the world's most prestigious automobile manufacturers.

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Another 140 megawatts of wind power, enough to power over 38,000 homes, is set to be up and running in Pennsylvania by 2013 thanks to German wind turbine company REPower Systems, which on Wednesday announced it had inked a deal with American wind developer EverPower to provide 68 wind turbines for a planned wind farm in Somerset.

"This is one of the largest single orders for REpower," said Andreas Nauen, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of REpower Systems, in a statement. "We appreciate the confidence our US customers place in us."

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The Federal Election Commission is set to tell Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), a member of the Tea Party Caucus, that he can't become the first politician in the country to form his very own "super PAC" during their public meeting next week.

A draft ruling posted by the FEC on Wednesday in response to a request for an advisory opinion Lee filed last month would deny the Utah Republican and his leadership PAC, the Constitutional Conservatives Fund PAC, the ability to create a separate account for unlimited contributions -- or "soft money" -- used to fuel independent expenditure ads.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is out with his second TV ad against the effort by state Democrats to recall him, featuring a teacher seeking to persuade the state's voters to stick with Walker and not sign recall petitions.

This follows Walker's first ad, which was released last week just as the Dems were officially kicking off the petition campaign. The key for Walker in these ads is that there is no such thing as a petition to not hold a recall election.

Thus, there is no base of his own supporters to get out at this stage -- instead, he must seek to persuade people in the middle who are unhappy with him, to not sign up for a recall.

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As the candidates' talking points become more and more familiar, the seemingly numberless GOP debates are becoming tougher to mine for substance. However, that doesn't mean we can't get our kicks elsewhere, and in Tuesday night's debate, much of the fun came from Ron Paul's facial expressions. His reaction shots are particularly golden. Watch for yourself below:

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The Yahoo acquisition rumor mill has been sent buzzing again with the news that Microsoft signed a non-disclosure agreement with Yahoo, which would allow Microsoft to gain more detail on Yahoo's assets but prevent Microsoft from talking to other potential bidders, according to the New York Times Dealbook.

Not only that, but in a savvy move, before it signed the non-disclosure agreement, Microsoft in October held talks with other potential bidders, including Silver Lake and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board, about teaming up to buy part or all of the struggling Yahoo, Dealbook reported.

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A group of hackers claiming to represent Anonymous's Antisec movement hijacked two Gmail accounts belonging to a retired California Department of Justice cybercrimes investigator, now a private investigator, and on November 18 published 38,000 private emails and identifying contact information online.

Among the data published by the hackers in a torrent file were two versions of what appears to be Facebook's guidelines for law enforcement agencies, according to Public Intelligence, a collaborative research website dedicated to the freedom of information.

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