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DC Olympic bid touts 'unity' over dysfunction

Place your hands together in just the right way, with thumbs overlapping and the other fingers pointing to the sky, and you've created the symbol for 2024 Olympics in the nation's capital. Read more »

Nov. 26, 2014

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Obama administration sets stricter smog standard

The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's... Read more »

Nov. 26, 2014

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GOP plans to sue over Count My Vote compromise

The Utah Republican Party plans to file a lawsuit against a compromise reached by lawmakers on an initiative to change the state's unique system for selecting candidates, state GOP Chairman James... Read more »

Nov. 25, 2014

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Attorney General Eric Holder: 'Disappointed' by violence in Ferguson

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday he was "disappointed" by the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael... Read more »

Nov. 25, 2014

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Facing health law hikes, consumers mull options

Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama's health care law. Read more »

Nov. 25, 2014

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State, plaintiffs' attorneys enter final settlement over Utah's immigration enforcement law

Key provisions of Utah's immigration enforcement law, HB497, will be permanently enjoined under a settlement between the state and civil rights organizations. Read more »

Nov. 25, 2014

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Utah to pay plaintiffs in marriage recognition case $95K for legal fees

Plaintiffs in Utah's same-sex marriage recognition case will receive $95,000 in attorneys fees from the state under an agreement between the parties. Initially, the plaintiffs sought nearly... Read more »

Nov. 25, 2014

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New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus

Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a... Read more »

Nov. 25, 2014

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Russian envoy: Ferguson shows US discrimination

The violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, reflect simmering U.S. tensions over racial discrimination that will undermine the country's stability, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday. Read more »

Nov. 25, 2014

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Obama heads to Chicago to pitch immigration steps

President Barack Obama, the onetime community organizer, is returning Tuesday to the city where he says he first forged his ties to the Latino community to pitch his new executive actions on... Read more »

Nov. 25, 2014

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Bill: New Yorkers could identify as multiracial

New Yorkers may soon be able to identify themselves as more than one race under legislation set to be introduced by the City Council on Tuesday. Read more »

Nov. 25, 2014

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Iran nuke talks face obstacles even with more time

The United States and Iran hope a new deadline in nuclear talks will allow them to finally reach a deal. But Tehran's apparent reluctance to compromise may soon leave U.S. negotiators running out... Read more »

Nov. 25, 2014

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Hong Kong moves to clear unruly protest site

An attempt by Hong Kong authorities to clear a 2-month-old pro-democracy protest camp in Mong Kok district spiraled into chaos Tuesday as hundreds more protesters flooded the crowded neighborhood,... Read more »

Nov. 25, 2014

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Cash cut to Ukraine rebel areas in risky strategy

For hours, small crowds in Donetsk huddle hopefully in the cold around cash machines that never get filled, as artillery rumbles in the distance. Read more »

Nov. 25, 2014

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France suspends delivery of warship to Russia

France suspended the delivery of a warship to Russia on Tuesday, after months of speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin. Read more »

Nov. 25, 2014

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Pope to Europe: Accept immigrants, create jobs

Pope Francis demanded Tuesday that Europe craft a unified and fair immigration policy, saying the tens of thousands of refugees coming ashore each year need acceptance and assistance, not... Read more »

Nov. 25, 2014

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Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of... Read more »

Nov. 24, 2014

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Grand jury won't indict Ferguson cop in shooting

A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked weeks of sometimes-violent... Read more »

Nov. 24, 2014

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Ruling sides with Navajo presidential candidate

A Navajo Nation presidential candidate can continue campaigning after a tribal hearing officer ruled he is qualified for the post. Read more »

Nov. 24, 2014

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VA ousts hospital chief in Phoenix scandal

The head of the troubled Phoenix veterans' hospital was fired Monday as the Veterans Affairs Department continued its crackdown on wrongdoing in the wake of a nationwide scandal over long wait... Read more »

Nov. 24, 2014

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Police: Video of officer shooting boy carrying pellet gun is 'clear'

A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said... Read more »

Nov. 24, 2014

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Islamic State group recruits, exploits children

Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. Read more »

Nov. 24, 2014

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US stocks inch further into record territory

The U.S. stock market held at record levels in early afternoon trading Monday. Renewed confidence that stimulus measures from global central banks will help spur economic growth is supporting... Read more »

Nov. 24, 2014

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Russia gets greater control over Black Sea region

Russia tightened its control Monday over Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia with a new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties with the lush sliver of land along the Black Sea. Read more »

Nov. 24, 2014

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Obama to award Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama is presenting the nation's highest civilian honor to 19 artists, activists, public servants and others. Read more »

Nov. 24, 2014

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