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1 Yosemite climber just 1,000 feet from summit on free climb

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of the men making a grueling ascent of a half-mile of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park is just 1,000 feet from finishing the groundbreaking climb and the other had climbed one of the hardest sections as of Friday.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 January 2015

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2014 was best hiring year since '99; jobless rate 5.6 pct.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015

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Govt considering using Internet, smartphones for 2020 census

WASHINGTON (AP) — The days of the census taker with clipboard in hand may be numbered. The CensusBureau plans to test digital tools in preparation for the 2020 census, a change that could save millions of dollars.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015

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Nebraska high court tosses suit over Keystone pipeline route

 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's highest court threw out a challenge Friday to a proposed route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, even though a majority of judges agreed the landowners who sued should have won their case.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015

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House overwhelmingly approves Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly passed a bill on Friday authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite a renewed pledge by the White House to veto the legislation after a Nebraska court removed a major obstacle.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015

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At least 1 dead in 150-vehicle pileup on Michigan interstate

GALESBURG, Mich. (AP) — Police say roughly 150 vehicles were involved in fatal pileup along a snowy Michigan interstate that caused fires on trucks carrying fireworks and acid.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015

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French police kill gunmen in twin attacks, free 16 hostages

PARIS (AP) — With explosions and gunfire, security forces ended a three-day terror rampage around Paris, killing the two al-Qaida-linked brothers who staged a murderous rampage at a satirical newspaper, and an associate who seized a kosher supermarket to try to help them escape.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015

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Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, a sweeping proposal that would make higher education as accessible as a high school diploma to boost weak U.S. wages and skills for the modern workforce.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 January 2015

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