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Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, a sweeping proposal that would make higher education as accessible as a high school diploma to boost weak U.S. wages and skills for the modern workforce.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015

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US gains 252K jobs; unemployment rate falls to 5.6 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015

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France faces 2 hostage-taking attacks; 1 on kosher market

DAMMARTIN-EN-GOELE, France (AP) — French security forces struggled with two rapidly developing hostage-taking situations Friday, one northeast of Paris where two terror suspects were holed up with a hostage in a printing plant and the other an attack on a kosher market in Paris involving at least five hostages.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015

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Obama-GOP alliance on trade raises hopes for new agreements

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trade pacts create odd politics. That's why advocates hope new trade agreements might advance this year despite tensions between the Republican-run Congress and the Democratic White House on so many other issues.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015

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Signals heard in Java Sea, but unclear if from AirAsia jet

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Underwater ping-like sounds were heard Friday in an area where searchers are scouring the Java Sea for the crashed AirAsia plane, but it was unclear if they were coming from the all-important black boxes, an official said.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015

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AP sources: US did not 'hack back' against North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government was not responsible for sustained electronic attacks that crippled North Korea's Internet infrastructure last month, just after President Barack Obama promised that his administration would respond to the hacker break-in at Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., two senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015

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French police detain 9 in massive hunt for 2 suspects

PARIS (AP) — Frightened yet defiant, French residents held a day of mourning Thursday for 12 people slain at a Paris newspaper. French police hunted for the two heavily armed brothers suspected in the massacre, fearing they might strike again.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015

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Ceremony marks 4-year anniversary of Giffords shooting

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Nineteen solemn bells rang Thursday morning to honor the victims of a shooting in Tucson at a political event for then-Rep. Gabby Giffords four years ago.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015

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