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  • Obama to award Presidential Medal of Freedom
    Monday - 11/24/2014 - 04:10 AM

    The distinguished group receiving a Presidential Medal of Freedom includes actress Meryl Streep, Ethel Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder and Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat and the longest-serving member of Congress.

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  • Uncertainty fuels speculation on Ferguson decision
    Monday - 11/24/2014 - 02:33 AM

    (AP) — The final weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday passed without a grand jury decision on whether to indict a Ferguson police officer, fueling new speculation about the timing as protesters demand justice for Michael Brown.

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  • Merry marijuana: Pot sellers woo holiday shoppers
    Monday - 11/24/2014 - 01:45 AM

    From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar.

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  • Fort Sam Houston lockdown lifted; 1 in custody
    Monday - 11/24/2014 - 12:22 AM

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Officials at Fort Sam Houston say they've taken into custody the driver of a suspicious vehicle that sparked a lockdown at the San Antonio Army base.

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  • Some 30 horses die in stable fire outside Chicago
    Sunday - 11/23/2014 - 06:25 PM

    CHICAGO (AP) — More than 30 horses died in a stable fire in suburban Chicago over the weekend, with distraught owners of the animals arriving Sunday to lay flowers at the site, a fire department official said.

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  • Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78
    Sunday - 11/23/2014 - 03:00 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments.

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  • Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next
    Sunday - 11/23/2014 - 12:35 PM

    Supporters of marijuana legalization say part of their focus on Maine is schematic — the ease of Maine's citizen-led public ballot initiative process makes it a more viable target than states where laws can only be changed through complicated state legislative battles.

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  • Church members each get $500 to do good for world
    Sunday - 11/23/2014 - 11:36 AM

    LaSalle Street Church had received a tidy $1.6 million from a real estate deal, the pastor said, and $160,000 — a typical 10 percent tithe — would be divided among some 320 regular attendees.

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  • Buffalo residents urged to prepare for flooding
    Sunday - 11/23/2014 - 08:25 AM

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The mayor of Buffalo says the city is making significant progress clearing snow-clogged streets even as a flooding threat looms.

    Mayor Byron Brown says Sunday a ban on driving will continue in hard-hit South Buffalo as hundreds of dump trucks, loaders and other snow removing equipment continue to work around the clock.

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  • Shifting attitudes at play in Cosby allegations
    Sunday - 11/23/2014 - 05:04 AM

    [...] this, say advocates for sexual assault victims, may be one reason why the allegations against Bill Cosby have exploded into public consciousness now so much more than they did when they emerged a decade ago: an evolving cultural understanding of the crime of sexual assault, and increased empathy toward those claiming to be victims.

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  • Buffalo residents ready for possible evacuations
    Monday - 11/24/2014 - 02:33 AM

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Families rushed to pack up their valuables and schools closed in advance — not of snow but possible flooding.

    Temperatures were expected to hit nearly 60 degrees on Monday, causing Buffalo area residents to prepare for evacuations caused by runoff from melting snow, and overflowing creeks.

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  • California bus crash kills 1, injures dozens
    Monday - 11/24/2014 - 02:33 AM

    (AP) — A tour bus drifted off a northern California interstate and crashed onto its roof, killing a 33-year-old man, leaving six others with critical or serious injuries, and sending two dozen people to hospitals with mainly minor wounds, authorities said.

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  • Questions, answers about Detroit's bankruptcy
    Monday - 11/24/2014 - 01:27 AM

    Detroit is poised to borrow $275 million from Barclays Capital, much of it to pay off other obligations and to start improving services, when it is released from Chapter 9.

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  • 1 killed, dozens injured in California bus crash
    Sunday - 11/23/2014 - 08:53 PM

    (AP) — A tour bus that had already crashed into a restaurant earlier in the day overturned Sunday in Northern California, killing one person and injuring dozens more, five of them seriously, authorities said.

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  • Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78
    Sunday - 11/23/2014 - 04:52 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A controversial and tireless advocate for the nation's capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate District of Columbia politician, though his arrest for drug use in the midst of a crack cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments.

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  • Man ID'd who lit house on fire, ambushed officers
    Sunday - 11/23/2014 - 01:36 PM

    (AP) — Officials have identified the man who was fatally shot after he set fire to his house and then waited for authorities so he could ambush them.

    Authorities say a Tallahassee police officer who lived nearby heard the shots, ran outside and fatally shot the gunman, who was hiding as other deputies and officers approached.

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  • Health exchanges' finances face test in 2nd year
    Sunday - 11/23/2014 - 11:36 AM

    Under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, state-run health insurance exchanges need to be financially self-sustaining starting in January.

    Rhode Island received high marks for the smooth rollout of HealthSource RI amid last year's stumbles by the federal government, and the agency director says the state's health care reform "revolution" has begun.

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  • AP Exclusive: Letter that inspired Kerouac found
    Sunday - 11/23/2014 - 11:36 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950.

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  • Rhodes scholars for class of 2015 announced
    Sunday - 11/23/2014 - 05:04 AM

    The scholarships, announced early Sunday, provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the prestigious university in England.

    Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes.

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  • A way for GOP to defuse immigration issue?
    Sunday - 11/23/2014 - 05:04 AM

    DENVER (AP) — Republicans in search of a way to oppose President Barack Obama's moves on immigration without alienating the nation's fast-growing population of Hispanic voters may find a playbook in Colorado.

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