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New laws OK wine shipments, ban tiger selfies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New state laws taking effect Thursday give livestock in California more living room, approve direct-to-consumer wine shipments in Massachusetts and levy the ultimate punishment on wannabe teen drivers in Nevada by denying them licenses if they skip too much school.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014

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Beach parties, fireworks: World rings in new year

After a turbulent year marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters, many could be forgiven for saying good riddance to 2014 and gratefully ringing in a new year.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014

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Palestinians plan next steps after failed UN bid

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian leaders will meet Wednesday to plan their next steps after the U.N. Security Council rejected a resolution to end Israel's occupation and could set a date for applying to join the International Criminal Court, Palestinian officials said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014

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US pending home climb in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose modestly in November as a strengthening economy helped nudge some would-be homebuyers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014

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Report: Gun deaths of officers jump 56 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of law enforcement officers killed by firearms in the U.S. jumped by 56 percent this year and included 15 ambush assaults, according to a report released Tuesday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014

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Wreckage, bodies reveal jet's fate days after it disappeared

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Family members of those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 collapsed in agony Tuesday as images of debris and a bloated body flashed across Indonesian television screens, proof that the plane crashed into the sea two days earlier with 162 people on board.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014

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2 men open fire on Los Angeles police patrol car

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two men opened fire on a police car patrolling a tough part of Los Angeles, but the two officers inside were not injured and one was able to shoot back, authorities said Monday. One suspect was later arrested and the other was on the loose.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014

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Luise Rainer, first to win consecutive acting Oscars, dies

LONDON (AP) — Luise Rainer, a star of cinema's golden era who won back-to-back Oscars but then walked away from a glittering Hollywood career, has died. She was 104.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 December 2014

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