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Sage grouse protections blocked, but wildlife officials will decide next year

U.S. wildlife officials will decide next year whether a wide-ranging Western bird species needs protections

Obama declares 'turning point' for US military

Marking what he called a "turning point" for the U.S. military, President Barack Obama on Monday saluted troops returning from Afghanistan and declared the United States is moving past the time for... Read more »

Dec. 15, 2014

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Immigrants urged not to fear applying for program

A top federal immigration official on Monday urged qualified immigrants to apply for President Barack Obama's reprieve from deportation and sought to dispel fears that a future administration might... Read more »

Dec. 15, 2014

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Crunch time again for health insurance sign-ups

President Barack Obama's push to cover America's uninsured faces another big test Monday. Read more »

Dec. 15, 2014

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Court reconsiders anti-Muslim film on YouTube

A federal appeals court will reconsider a decision to order YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film clip that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to the actors from those who... Read more »

Dec. 15, 2014

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Turkey dismisses EU criticism of police raids on media organizations

Turkey's president on Monday rejected the European Union's criticism of police raids on media organizations in the country, telling the 28-member bloc to "keep your opinions to yourselves." Read more »

Dec. 15, 2014

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Abe emerging as a rare strong leader in Japan

Most Japanese prime ministers come and go, their names soon forgotten. Yasuhiro Nakasone was an exception in the 1980s as well as Junichiro Koizumi in the early years of this century. Now, Shinzo... Read more »

Dec. 15, 2014

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Mideast peace push at UN puts US in tough spot

The Obama administration is in a diplomatic bind on the Mideast as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with top Israeli and Palestinian officials in Europe this week. Read more »

Dec. 15, 2014

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UN says death toll in eastern Ukraine up to 4,707

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed at least at least 4,707 people since the conflict began in mid-April and more than a quarter of the recorded deaths have come since a much-ignored cease-fire,... Read more »

Dec. 15, 2014

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Can identifying mental illness stop terror attacks?

A radical Muslim killed a soldier outside Canada's Parliament. A right-wing extremist opened fire on buildings in Texas' capital and tried to burn down the Mexican Consulate. An Al-Qaida-inspired... Read more »

Dec. 15, 2014

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3 flee from Sydney cafe at heart of hostage drama

Three people ran out a fire exit of a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of people hostage at the height of Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe were seen holding up... Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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Jailed Venezuela opposition leader rattles cage

Locked up and denounced by Venezuela's government as a terrorist, Leopoldo Lopez may be out of sight, but he is not out of mind. Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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Obamas get into holiday spirit at benefit concert

The Obamas celebrated the holiday season Sunday with "The Rock" and singers Rita Ora and Darius Rucker. Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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In or out? Jeb Bush keeps on mulling 2016 decision

Jeb Bush's big donors and allies are tantalized by his promise to decide "in short order" whether to run for president. Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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Japan's ruling party heads for election landslide

Japan's ruling coalition was headed for a resounding victory in lower house elections Sunday, firming up Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's hold on power as he prepares to push forward on several... Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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'Maximizing local choice': What the governor's budget means for Utah's classrooms

Gov. Gary Herbert announced last week a budget proposal that would bring $500 million in new funds to education, the largest increase Utah's schools have seen in 25 years. So what does this mean... Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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Thousands in US protest police slaying of black men

Family members of young, unarmed black men killed by police — from Michael Brown and Eric Garner in recent months, to Amadou Diallo more than 15 years ago — packed a stage in front of... Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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CIA report revives legal debate on interrogation

When the CIA sought permission to use harsh interrogation methods on a captured al-Qaida operative, the response from Bush administration lawyers was encouraging, even clinical. Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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Deal salvaged at UN climate talks in Peru

Climate negotiators salvaged a compromise deal in Lima early Sunday that sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but rejected a rigorous review of the greenhouse gas emissions limits. Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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Identity theft victims face months of hassle

As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year, the 36-year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer's free credit monitoring offer so... Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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Texas weighs allowing open carry of handguns

Long depicted as the rootin'-tootin' capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns. Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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Crunch time again for health insurance sign-ups

President Barack Obama's push to cover America's uninsured faces another big test Monday. Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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Obama getting $1.1 T spending bill from Congress

Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama's signature after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the... Read more »

Dec. 14, 2014

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Haiti awaits PM speech amid political discontent

In the wake of violent anti-government protests and a commission's call for his resignation, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said he would address the nation Saturday to make an announcement. Read more »

Dec. 13, 2014

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1,000 protest new gun law at Washington Capitol

About 1,000 gun-rights advocates, many openly carrying rifles and handguns, rallied Saturday outside the Capitol to protest a new expanded gun background check law in Washington state. Read more »

Dec. 13, 2014

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Protesters of police killings to march on DC

Thousands of protesters converged on the nation's capital Saturday to help bring attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police and call for legislative action. Read more »

Dec. 13, 2014

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