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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' thrills fans, sets records

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After months of secrecy and anticipation, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is thrilling fans and theater owners alike.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2015

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Syrian man whose plight spurred Obama's support comes to US

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — A Syrian scientist whose harrowing, tragic story spurred supporting words from President Barack Obama and a successful fundraising effort launched by actor Edward Norton has arrived as a refugee into the Detroit area.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2015

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House, Senate rush to send huge budget and tax deal to Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate are rushing to send President Barack Obama a massive budget package that would fund the entire government through September 2016 and shower tax breaks on working families, businesses and a wide swath of special interests.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2015

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Holiday sales show online shift

NEW YORK (AP) — More often shoppers are making the decision to sit on their couches than head to stores this holiday season.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2015

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Pope approves miracle for Mother Teresa's canoniza

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has signed off on the miracle needed to make Mother Teresa a saint, giving the tiny nun who cared for the poorest of the poor one of the Catholic Church's highest honors just two decades after her death.

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Warm weather leaves stores in the cold

NEW YORK (AP) — The unseasonably warm weather has left some people feeling cold about holiday shopping.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2015

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Judge to hear arguments over anti-abortion group recordings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge is set to hear arguments over whether to continue blocking an anti-abortion group from releasing recordings that it secretly gathered at annual meetings of the National Abortion Federation, an abortion providers' association.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2015

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Beijing issues 2nd smog red alert of the month

BEIJING (AP) — China's capital Beijing issued its second smog red alert of the month on Friday, triggering vehicle restrictions and forcing schools to close.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2015

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