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US jobless aid applications decline to 289,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms at the Rikers Island jail complex and address what a Justice Department investigation found was a "deep-seated culture of violence" against young inmates.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Ford expands drivers air bag recall nationwide

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Woman, 56, arrested after car slams into crowd

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A driver suspected of being intoxicated hit a group of pedestrians and another car outside a Southern California church as a Christmas service ended, killing three people and injuring several others including five children, police said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Girl, 13, competent to stand trial in stabbing

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge has ruled that one of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fantasy character known as Slender Man is competent to stand trial.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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'Stand your ground' defense fails in Montana murder trial

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday despite arguing that a state "castle doctrine" law allowed him to use deadly force to protect his home and family.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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A fresh setback for efforts to cure HIV infection

Researchers are reporting another disappointment for efforts to cure infection with the AIDS virus. Six patients given blood-cell transplants similar to one that cured a man known as "the Berlin patient" have failed, and all six patients died.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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