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US unemployment aid applications fall to 297,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits slipped below 300,000 last week, after having spiked above that level in the prior week for the first time in nearly three months.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014

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Bird's fate shaping energy development in US West

SARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) — Efforts to conserve a struggling species of grouse that ranges across the Western U.S. are having far-reaching effects on the region's energy industry as the Obama administration decides whether the bird needs more protections.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014

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Pentagon confirms failed effort to rescue Somers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says a hostage rescue mission last month in Yemen failed to liberate American Luke Somers because he was not present at the targeted location.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014

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HealthCare.gov average premiums going up in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many HealthCare.gov customers will face higher costs next year, the Obama administration acknowledged Thursday in a report that shows average premiums rising modestly.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014

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Protests erupt as cop cleared; feds to investigate

NEW YORK (AP) — A grand jury cleared a white police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man stopped for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, triggering protests in the streets by hundreds of New Yorkers who likened the case to the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014

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UN weather agency: 2014 on track for hottest year

LIMA, Peru (AP) — With temperature data showing 2014 currently tied for the hottest year on record, the U.N. weather agency on Wednesday rejected claims that global warming has paused.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014

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AP sources: Military sex assault reports up 8 pct

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of sexual assaults reported by military service members rose again this year, with an increase of 8 percent, officials told The Associated Press.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014

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House nears passage of $585B defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is moving toward passage of a $585 billion defense policy bill that gives President Barack Obama the authority to expand U.S. military operations against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014

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