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Mario Cuomo, a giant in NY, liberal politics, dies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Mario Cuomo had a loud and liberal voice that inspired a generation of politicians to turn to public service, and a story of humble beginnings that he wove into calls for social justice during his three terms as New York governor and years as a national figure and hesitant presidential candidate.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015

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Some AirAsia victims found belted in seats

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — After nearly a week of searching for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501, rescue teams battling monsoon rains had their most successful day yet on Friday, more than tripling the number of bodies pulled from the Java Sea, some still strapped to their seats.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015

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GOP legislators thwart bids to expand Medicaid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Governors across the political spectrum are hitting a roadblock in their bids to expand Medicaid with federal funds: Republican legislators who adamantly oppose "Obamacare."

Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015

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Medical marijuana a challenge for legal pot states

SEATTLE (AP) — A year into the nation's experiment with legal, taxed marijuana sales, Washington and Colorado find themselves wrestling not with the federal interference many feared, but with competition from medical marijuana or even outright black market sales.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015

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Beyond marriage, challenges ahead for gay rights groups

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring quick victories.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015

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US stocks open higher, led by gains in health care

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose in early trading Friday, led by gains in health care and technology stocks. The price of oil continued to decline and the dollar rose against most major currencies.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015

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35 killed, 48 injured in Shanghai stampede

SHANGHAI (AP) — Thirty-five people died in a stampede during New Year's celebrations in Shanghai's historic waterfront area, city officials said Thursday — the worst disaster to hit one of China's showcase cities in recent years.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 January 2015

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Egypt court orders retrial in Al-Jazeera case

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian appeals court ordered a retrial Thursday in the case of three Al-Jazeera English journalists held for over a year, overturning the ruling in a case that ensnared the reporters in a wider conflict between Egypt and Qatar.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 January 2015

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