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113th Congress ends with more fights than feats capping 2 years of gridlock

The tempestuous 113th Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time.

Top news of 2014 left public grasping for answers

In that way, the long, fruitless hunt for clues to Flight 370's fate set the tone for many of the headlines that defined 2014. It was a year upended by calamity and conflict, disease and division... Read more »

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Obama pardons Colorado man for 1997 archaeological crime in Utah

President Barack Obama pardoned a Colorado man Wednesday who was convicted of a crime in Utah nearly 18 years ago. Read more »

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Vermont governor abandons single-payer health care plan, says tax increases would be too big

Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded... Read more »

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Nevada regulators again reject tribal solar plant

Nevada regulators rejected for the second time Wednesday a request to waive competitive bids for utility company NV Energy to buy solar power from a proposed solar generation station on the Moapa... Read more »

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Gov. Nixon ends state of emergency for Ferguson protests

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday ended the state of emergency that he declared for the St. Louis area ahead of unrest over the Ferguson grand jury decision, praising the work of police and the... Read more »

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Protections blocked, but sage grouse work goes on

U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections even though Congress has blocked such protections from taking effect, Interior Secretary... Read more »

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Israeli PM slams EU taking Hamas off terror list

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union Wednesday for removing Hamas from its terrorist list, calling it a staggering example of European hypocrisy and an indication... Read more »

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Israel suffers sharp rebuffs from Europe

Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday as Palestinians headed to the United Nations to try to set a two-year deadline for an Israeli withdrawal. Read more »

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Cuba welcomes Castro's announce of renewed US ties

Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a... Read more »

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Effort to draft Elizabeth Warren into 2016 race lands in Iowa

Liberal activists eager to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a run for president are bringing their effort to Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state. Read more »

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Army's blimp-like airships get East Coast test

The Army showed off a blimp-like airship Wednesday that is designed to help the military detect and destroy cruise missiles speeding toward the nation's capital or other major East Coast cities. Read more »

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Richard C. Hottelet, last of original 'Murrow's Boys,' dies

Richard C. Hottelet, the last of the original "Murrow's Boys," the pioneering group of wartime journalists hired by CBS radio newsman Edward R. Murrow, has died. He was 97. Read more »

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Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to stop coal rules

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama's coal plant regulations, saying a White House "crusade" was devastating... Read more »

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Republican wins Arizona seat after recount; GOP will have largest US House majority in 83 years

Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month, after a recount in Arizona gave the final outstanding race to a Republican challenger. Read more »

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Pakistan buries victims of school massacre; 148 killed, mostly children

As they buried their children Wednesday, the families spoke of their dreams. One boy had just gotten high marks on his midterm and hoped to become a pilot. A 13-year-old wanted to become a doctor.... Read more »

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Canada hosted secret meetings between Cuba and US

Canada hosted about seven meetings between the U.S. and Cuba that helped lead to President Barack Obama's announcement Wednesday that the two countries will establish full diplomatic relations, a... Read more »

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Released from Cuba, Alan Gross says freedom is not free

Alan Gross emerged Wednesday from five years of captivity in Cuba praising the Cuban people and offering a lesson he said he learned: Freedom is not free. Read more »

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Cuban exile community divided over Obama changes

Some Cuban exiles in Miami are outraged, but others are elated that President Barack Obama secretly arranged prisoner exchanges with Cuban leader Raul Castro as part of an effort to normalize... Read more »

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Obama: US re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba, easing economic, travel restrictions

President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations as well as an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba Wednesday, declaring an end to America's "outdated... Read more »

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NYC premiere of Rogen film 'The Interview' canceled as threats fly

The blow that the hacking attack has dealt Sony is spreading beyond the entertainment corporation itself to theater chains and movie goers alike. And the financial toll is adding up too. Read more »

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Russians rush to stores to pre-empt price rises

Russian consumers flocked to stores Wednesday, frantically buying a range of big-ticket items as they looked to pre-empt price rises following the staggering fall in the value of the ruble over... Read more »

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Majority of Utahns oppose moving state prison, new poll shows

While a new poll shows majority of Utahns want the state prison to stay at Point of the Mountain, the Prison Relocation Commission says new possible sites that are worth looking at came up this week. Read more »

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AP sources: Cuba releases US prisoner Alan Gross

American Alan Gross has been released from a Cuban prison after five years, as part of an agreement that also includes the release of three Cubans jailed in the United States, senior U.S. officials... Read more »

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Britain's message for UAE visit: Nice, not naughty

Britain wants to make sure its citizens are more nice than naughty while soaking up the Persian Gulf sun this holiday season. Read more »

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France: 5 terror attacks thwarted, networks broken

France has thwarted five terror attacks and dismantled 13 networks linked to extremists in Syria but the number of young people leaving to join the fight has doubled in the past year, the country's top security official said Wednesday. Read more »

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