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Poll: Americans hopeful for a better year in 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ready to ring in the new year, Americans look ahead with optimism, according to a new AP-Times Square New Year's Eve poll. Their ratings of the year gone by? Less than glowing.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013

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US stock futures edge higher on jobs data

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were poised to open higher Thursday, as Wall Street returns from the Christmas holiday, helped by a report that showed less Americans were filing for unemployment benefits.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013

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May be Friday before power back in Maine, Mich.

LITCHFIELD, Maine (AP) — Some homes and businesses from Maine to Michigan and into Canada that have been without electricity since last weekend's ice may not get their power back for another day — or longer.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013

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Egypt names Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's military-backed interim government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization Wednesday, intensifying its campaign of arrests and prosecutions targeting its members and tightening the noose on the group's network of charities and businesses.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013

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Las Vegas cab driver finds $300K in back seat

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas cab driver Gerardo Gamboa thought someone left a bag of chocolates in the back seat of his vehicle, but the stash turned out to be $300,000 in cold hard cash.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013

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5 things to know about tracking Santa's journey

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — For kids who can't wait for Santa to arrive, the North American Aerospace Defense Command has a Christmas treat. Visions of sugar plums can be augmented by a check on the fat man's progress around the globe on Christmas Eve. Here are five things to know about the holiday tradition called NORAD Tracks Santa:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013

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Churches offer 'Blue Christmas' for those in need

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The crowd was small for a Christmastime church service, the atmosphere quiet and solemn. There were no joyous carols, no children dressed as nativity characters, no festive decorations.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013

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Vets return to streets to reach the homeless

CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — Not far from where the Boston Massacre helped sow the seeds for the Revolutionary War, David Dyer points toward the underpass where he'd score crack cocaine by day and the train depot where he'd sleep some nights.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013

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