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US stocks rise on higher bank earnings

NEW YORK (AP) — The Standard and Poor's 500 index came within striking distance of its all-time closing high Wednesday as investors bid up stocks of financial and technology companies. Bank stocks rose sharply after Bank of America reported that its profit surged to $3.44 billion in the fourth quarter. Apple was up 2 percent.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014

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Heroin and pill abuse stir a battle cry in Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Behind the facade of pristine ski slopes, craft beer, quaint village greens and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, Vermont is grappling with painkiller and heroin abuse, a challenge leaders say is fueling crime and wrecking lives and families disproportionately in this tiny state.

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Student of New Mexico shooting: 'Blood everywhere'

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — It was supposed to be like any other day.

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House ready to OK government-wide $1.1T budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes, Congress is ready to approve a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year, a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and setbacks for both parties.

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Officials: Obama likely to OK phone record changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans' phone records for possible future surveillance, but he'll leave many of the specific adjustments for Congress to sort out, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the White House intelligence review.

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Okla. gay marriage ban struck down; ruling on hold

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — For the second time in a month, a federal judge has set aside a deeply conservative state's limits on same-sex marriage, this time in Oklahoma.

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Major change unlikely despite open-Internet ruling

NEW YORK (AP) — Don't expect major changes to how you access your favorite websites and services despite a federal appeals court's decision to set aside rules meant to ensure equal access to entertainment, news and other online content.

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Contrite Christie pushes 2nd term plans

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — His critics call him a bully, but New Jersey's Republican Gov. Chris Christie is offering hugs and more apologies to help protect his second-term priorities as a traffic scandal threatens to derail his political future.

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