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US stocks edge higher as market closes out a down week

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are edging modestly higher in midday trading Friday as traders were encouraged by a burst of hiring last month, the latest sign that the U.S. economy is still growing. Sharp drops in the first few days of the year mean that the market is still headed for its worst week since August.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 January 2016

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'Affluenza' teen's mom complains about jail conditions

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A "woman with means" who was arrested at a Mexican beach resort city with her fugitive teenage son who invoked "affluenza" as a defense after killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck has complained about the conditions of her Texas jail cell, a sheriff said Friday.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 January 2016

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Muscle, glitz and a minivan: A look at Detroit auto show

DETROIT (AP) — That sound of engines revving? It's coming from Detroit.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 January 2016

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Obama mocks 'conspiracy' at forum on gun control

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama mocked conspiracy theorists and tore into the National Rifle Association for pushing "imaginary fiction," as he described his plans to tighten gun control rules as modest first steps toward tackling gun violence in America.

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Feds say terrorism-related arrests made in 2 states

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said Thursday that two people with ties to the Islamic State have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in California and Texas, including a refugee from Syria who is charged with lying to federal investigators about his travels to the civil war in that country.

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Reports of sexual assaults spike at military academies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reports of sexual assaults at the three military academies surged by more than 50 percent in the 2014-15 school year, and complaints of sexual harassment also spiked, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

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Bumper US jobs figures give stock markets further lift

LONDON (AP) — Bumper U.S. jobs figures for December helped stock markets in Europe and Wall Street futures add to earlier gains Friday.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 January 2016

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Fates of 53 Cuban dissidents show difficulty of US policy

HAVANA (AP) — One year ago, the Cuban government began releasing 53 political prisoners that President Barack Obama wanted freed as part of a historic deal to re-establish diplomatic relations between the former Cold War foes.

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