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The Pulse: Two Americans Detained in North Korea

This is Saturday's edition of -- The Pulse.
This is Saturday's edition of -- The Pulse.

Number five -- China is preparing to launch to the moon. According to experts from the Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center, they will be heading out December 2 for in the country's first attempt to land on the moon. Several simulations have been completed, but if China succeeds, they will be the third country to do so after the United States and the former Soviet Union.

Number four -- The family of an 11-year-old Amish girl with leukemia is now in hiding. They have been in a legal battle with a hospital in Ohio over the girl's cancer treatment. It all started when the parents stopped their daughter's chemotherapy treatments and used alternative medicine instead. Her parents are now claiming she may now be cancer-free.

Number three -- The Obama administration has its fingers crossed that most of the problems with the Obamacare website will be fixed by midnight tonight, which is the deadline given to a team of experts to fix Healthcare.gov. Their goal is to ensure the site can handle 50,000 users at any time and 800,000 users per day.

Number two -- The United States has offered to destroy Syria's "priority chemicals," according to a statement today from the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons. The group has been tasked, along with a United Nations team, with inspecting sites and overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons. The organization says the U.S. has offered to contribute the technology, operational support, and "financing to neutralize Syria's priority chemicals."

Number one -- A national security council spokeswoman says the U.S. government is "deeply concerned" about two American citizens detained in North Korea. One of those citizens is 85-year-old Merrill Newman. He was taken into custody just minutes before his plane was scheduled to take off last month at the end of a private tour of North Korea. North Korea's state-run news agency released this footage of Newman, in which the Korean War veteran apparently apologizes for killing civilians and troops. It is not clear whether he made the statement voluntarily, or if it was coerced.

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