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Bobbleheads honor Supreme Court justices

12/31/2013 1:03am
They are some of the rarest bobblehead dolls ever produced. They're released erratically. They're given away for free, not sold. And if you get a certificate to claim one, you have to redeem it at a Washington law office.

Congress letting 55 tax breaks expire at year end

12/31/2013 1:04am
In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty _ once again _ for millions of individuals and businesses.

Tax breaks expiring at end of year

12/31/2013 1:05am
Fifty-five temporary tax breaks are expiring at the end of the year. Among the big ones:

DIGITS: By the numbers, 2013 a year to forget?

12/31/2013 6:56am
About half of Americans expect 2014 to be a better year than 2013, according to the recent AP-Times Square New Year's Eve poll. And judging by the typical questions pollsters use to measure the public mood, it doesn't seem like it could be much worse.

5 partygoers shot, 1 attacked in Brooklyn building

12/31/2013 7:11am
Five men heading to a party were shot and a woman apparently was pistol-whipped, police and a community advocate said Tuesday, marking a year-end outburst of violence in a Brooklyn neighborhood that has struggled with crime even as it hit record lows.

NH rep. apologizes after hitting ducks at hotel

12/31/2013 7:28am
A New Hampshire state representative has apologized for driving into a group of ducks outside a Nashua hotel last week.

New trial set for man charged in '89 NH fatal fire

12/31/2013 8:58am
A new trial has been scheduled for a man accused of setting a 1989 fire that killed a family of four in New Hampshire.

Man charged in fake Boston Marathon claim sues

12/31/2013 9:06am
A man charged with trying to bilk the Boston Marathon bombing victims' fund out of more than $2 million has filed a federal lawsuit claiming state police violated his constitutional rights when they arrested him.

New Malibu marks a first _ stop-start engine

12/31/2013 9:29am
The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu packs a surprise: It's the first mainstream mid-size sedan sold in the United States with standard automatic engine stop-start that saves gasoline.

Fact sheet: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ

12/31/2013 9:29am
2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ

Pa. police: Cop pepper-sprayed girlfriend's son

12/31/2013 9:57am
A Pennsylvania state trooper has been placed on unpaid leave and charged with pepper-spraying his girlfriend's 13-year-old son because the boy stayed in bed instead of going to school.

Ill. boy, US senator inspire fellow stroke victims

12/31/2013 10:05am
On the surface, an 11-year-old Illinois boy who likes Legos and zombies would seem to have little in common with a U.S. senator focused on Iran sanctions and immigration reform.

Colorado readies for 'Green Wednesday' pot sales

12/31/2013 11:13am
Police were adding extra patrols around pot shops in eight Colorado towns that plan to allow recreational sales to anyone over 21 on Jan. 1. Officials at Denver International Airport installed new signs warning visitors their weed can't legally go home with them.

1866 beer cellars in Va nominated as historic site

12/31/2013 11:18am
Along the bank of the James River in Richmond and next to luxury condominiums, a movement is brewing to place beer cellars built in 1866 on the National Register of Historic Places.

AP seeks access to new NYC mayor's swearing-in

12/31/2013 11:20am
The Associated Press is asking Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's transition team to open his swearing-in ceremony to the news media.

MSNBC host apologizes after panel makes fun of Romney photo with black grandchild

12/31/2013 11:33am
An MSNBC host apologized Tuesday morning after she and panelists on her weekend program faced criticism for poking fun at a photo of Mitt Romney, his wife and their nearly two dozen grandchildren, zeroing in on the Romneys' recently adopted African- American grandchild, Kieran.

2013 was the year of unstoppable stocks

12/31/2013 11:43am
The stock market was unstoppable in 2013.

US disappointed by end of N. Ireland peace talks

12/31/2013 12:01pm
The White House says it is disappointed that peace talks in Northern Ireland have ended without an agreement.

Correction: Star Scientific-CEO story

12/31/2013 12:39pm
In a story Dec. 27 about Jonnie R. Williams Sr. stepping down as CEO of Star Scientific Inc., The Associated Press reported erroneously that state and federal authorities are investigating Williams' relationship with Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. A prosecutor investigated Cuccinelli's failure to promptly disclose thousands of dollars in gifts from Williams and his company but concluded in July that the attorney general broke no laws.

27 eagle deaths in Utah caused by West Nile Virus

12/31/2013 1:42pm
The mystery illness that has killed 27 bald eagles in Utah this month appears to be West Nile Virus, state officials said Tuesday.

Pot, guns and paparazzi: New laws run gamut in US

12/31/2013 1:48pm
The new year is bringing a host of new laws taking effect in January or thereabouts. A look at some state and local laws that are making news:

Judge nixes Fla.'s welfare drug testing

12/31/2013 1:50pm
A federal judge on Tuesday struck down a Florida law requiring applicants for welfare benefits to undergo mandatory drug testing, ruling it was unconstitutional and shouldn't be enforced.

Mexican sales tax hike seen as boon on US border

12/31/2013 2:10pm
Mexican license plates are common in parking lots of shopping malls in U.S. border cities. They will be even more familiar after Mexico raises its federal sales tax in border regions to match the rest of the country, say merchants and shoppers.

Kerry seeks framework for Mideast peace talks

12/31/2013 2:35pm
During his tenth round of Mideast shuttle diplomacy, Secretary of State John Kerry will try to get Israel and the Palestinians to agree to the outlines of a final peace agreement, but doesn't expect a "big breakthrough" during his trip to the region this week, a senior State Department official said Tuesday.

Judge upholds most of NY gun control law

12/31/2013 3:32pm
A federal judge upheld most of New York's new gun control law on Tuesday, rejecting arguments that its bans on large-capacity magazines and the sale of some semi-automatic rifles violate Second Amendment rights.

Surgeon who once saved MLK's life dies in NY at 95

12/31/2013 3:39pm
Dr. John W.V. Cordice, a surgeon who was part of the medical team that saved Martin Luther King Jr. from a nearly fatal stab wound in 1958, has died at age 95.

Brewery responds to Starbucks letter with $6 check

12/31/2013 3:41pm
A small Missouri brewery has responded to a cease and desist letter from Starbucks by sending the coffee chain a check to cover what it calls the profit from use of the word "Frappicino" _ a check for $6.

Missing Ga. bank director arrested in Brunswick

12/31/2013 3:59pm
A bank director accused of losing millions of investors' dollars before vanishing last year was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop in a city in south Georgia.

Roberts renews call for court funding

12/31/2013 4:01pm
Congress and the White House need to restore funding to the nation's federal courts to keep from undermining "the public's confidence in all three branches of government," Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday in his year-end report.

Juvenile charged in killings of 2 Newark children

12/31/2013 4:11pm
Hours after a boisterous Christmas dinner at her grandfather's, 13-year-old Zainee Hailey came home and took out her family's trash, a chore she rotated with her siblings. She bundled up the trash bag and stepped outside her Newark home into the path of a stray bullet authorities said was meant for someone else.

Calif. girl to remain on ventilator until Jan. 7

12/31/2013 4:47pm
A California girl declared brain dead after tonsil surgery will remain on life support for at least another week after a state judge on Monday extended a deadline.

Murder-suicide suspected in 4 California death

12/31/2013 5:38pm
A man apparently killed his wife and their two children before turning the gun on himself in a Southern California home, police said Tuesday.

Retirement unlikely for some blue-collar Americans

12/31/2013 6:03pm
Tom Edwards grew up in a family that's been cutting trees and hauling timber in the Pacific Northwest for more than a century. The Spanaway, Wash., resident says he has worked as a logger since he was a kid _ it's just what an able-bodied youngster was expected to do.

Retirement unlikely for some blue-collar Americans

12/31/2013 6:23pm
Tom Edwards grew up in a family that's been cutting trees and hauling timber in the Pacific Northwest for more than a century. The Spanaway, Wash., resident says he has worked as a logger since he was a kid _ it's just what an able-bodied youngster was expected to do.

US 'deeply concerned' about South Sudan violence

12/31/2013 6:41pm
The White House says it remains "deeply concerned" about the fragile security situation in South Sudan.

Ban on America's favorite light bulb begins Wednesday

12/31/2013 6:50pm
It lit up the world and showed us all our way. It served presidents, princes, and paupers with equal alacrity. It brought the writings of Yeats, Joyce, Rowling, and Trudeau to millions of bed-readers, and helped countless people around the world avoid stubbing their toes in the dark.

Woman crushed to death by Boston drawbridge

12/31/2013 7:15pm
A woman walking across a Boston drawbridge was crushed to death Tuesday after an operator raising the bridge for a boat to pass heard her screams and lowered it, accidentally trapping her between the two plates, investigators said.

Man in custody after Texas hospital gun scare

12/31/2013 8:10pm
A man is in custody after police got calls about a possible gunman at a San Antonio hospital, but officers say no shots were fired, no injuries were reported and no one saw a gun.

Barbara Bush hospitalized in Houston

12/31/2013 11:07pm
Former first lady Barbara Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with a respiratory-related issue, her husband's office said Tuesday night.