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Confetti and music but no mayor for NYC ball drop

NEW YORK (AP) — When revelers pack Times Square to ring in 2014, they will be greeted with some familiar practices: The annual ball drop, a hefty police presence and live musical performances. But for the first time in a decade, a New York City mayor won't attend the countdown at the crossroads of the world.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013

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Colorado school shooter entered through open door

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The teenager who fatally shot a fellow student at his suburban Denver high school this month entered through a door that was supposed to be locked but had been propped open, the sheriff said Monday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013

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At 20 years, NAFTA didn't close Mexico wage gap

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Looking around a Mexico dotted by Starbucks, Wal-Mart and Krispy Kreme outlets, it's hard to remember the country before the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has dramatically expanded consumer choice and trade since it took effect 20 years ago on Jan. 1.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013

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Home electricity use in US falling to 2001 levels

NEW YORK (AP) — The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen to levels last seen more than a decade ago, back when the smartest device in people's pockets was a Palm pilot and anyone talking about a tablet was probably an archaeologist or a preacher.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013

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Russia beefs up security after bombings kill 31

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after a suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013

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Congress letting 55 tax breaks expire at year end

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty — once again — for millions of individuals and businesses.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013

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Ariz. woman accused of trying to poison children

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona woman is accused of trying to poison her four children, including one who died, and of stabbing her former husband, all on Christmas.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013

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Feds announce test sites for drone aircraft

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013

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