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Obama focuses on a tough year's ups, not its downs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Has the fifth year of his presidency been its worst? President Barack Obama laughs off such questions even as he acknowledges many months of frustrating ups and down.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 December 2013

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Judge orders hospital to keep girl on support

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered a California hospital to keep a girl declared brain dead on life support following what was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 December 2013

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Arab League rejects US proposal in Mideast deal

CAIRO (AP) — The Arab League says it rejects a continued Israeli troop presence on the eastern border of a future state of Palestine, a proposal Palestinians say was floated by the U.S. earlier this month.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 December 2013

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NASA astronauts begin urgent spacewalking repairs

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts sailed through the first of a series of urgent repair spacewalks Saturday to revive a crippled cooling line at the International Space Station.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 December 2013

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Foul weather threatens to snarl US holiday travel

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A stew of foul weather, ranging from freezing rain and snow in the Midwest to thunderstorms and possible tornadoes in the South, is arriving just in time for one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013

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Obama orders military to review sexual assault

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday gave the military one year to make progress on an epidemic of sexual assault or face potential tougher reforms, hours after Congress sent a sweeping defense bill for his signature that cracks down on the crime in its ranks.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013

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Stocks advance on strong US economic growth

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose in midday trading Friday after the U.S. reported unexpectedly strong economic growth during the third quarter. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index pushed further into record territory. The S&P 500 is up 27 percent so far this year. If the gains hold the market could have its biggest year since 1997.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013

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Dads to diapers and more, myth-busting survey says

CHICAGO (AP) — The detached dad, turning up his nose at diapering and too busy to bathe, dress and play with his kids, is mostly a myth, a big government survey suggests. Most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting, the researchers found.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013

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