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2-year-old accidentally kills mother in Wal-Mart

HAYDEN, Idaho (AP) — A 29-year-old woman described as a "beautiful, young, loving mother" was fatally shot by her 2-year-old son at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart in what authorities called a tragic accident.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014

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Bad weather hobbles Indonesia jet recovery; 7 bodies found

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Bad weather hindered efforts to recover victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 on Wednesday and sent wreckage drifting far from the crash site, as grieving relatives prayed for strength to endure their losses.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014

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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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