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AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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US jobless aid applications decline to 289,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms at the Rikers Island jail complex and address what a Justice Department investigation found was a "deep-seated culture of violence" against young inmates.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Ford expands drivers air bag recall nationwide

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Woman, 56, arrested after car slams into crowd

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A driver suspected of being intoxicated hit a group of pedestrians and another car outside a Southern California church as a Christmas service ended, killing three people and injuring several others including five children, police said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Girl, 13, competent to stand trial in stabbing

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge has ruled that one of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fantasy character known as Slender Man is competent to stand trial.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations — a historic shift that could revitalize the flow of money and people across the narrow waters that separate the two nations.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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'Stand your ground' defense fails in Montana murder trial

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man who shot and killed a German exchange student caught trespassing in his garage was convicted of deliberate homicide Wednesday despite arguing that a state "castle doctrine" law allowed him to use deadly force to protect his home and family.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014

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