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A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet.
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Lawyer: Woman did not intend to hit pedestrians

By Robert Jablon, Associated Press  |  posted 35 minutes ago
The attorney for a 56-year-old woman accused in the deaths of four people, including a 6-year-old boy, said it was an accident when she ran her car into nearly a dozen pedestrians outside a California church, describing her as someone who "does not live her life recklessly."
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Bush officials did little oversight of CIA program

By Ken Dilanian, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 20th - 1:20am
In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.
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New York mayor caught between protests, police

By Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 8:21pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio was elected last year after making promises to keep crime low while improving relations between police and the community. As the tensions between those promises continue to mount, Friday showed just how tricky threading that needle has been.
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Driver pleads not guilty in pedestrian deaths

By Robert Jablon, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 8:11pm
A woman accused of killing four people, including a 6-year-old boy, while running her car into pedestrians outside a California church appeared in court Friday cuffed to a gurney and pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges.
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Oklahoma official says state has execution drugs

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 8:11pm
Oklahoma's prison system chief says the state has the drugs it needs to execute four inmates early next year and plans to administer the same three drugs used in a botched execution this spring, but with an increased dose.
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Jailed ex-billionaire's lawyers seek his release

By Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 6:40pm
Attorneys for jailed real estate mogul Tim Blixseth filed an emergency motion with a federal judge Friday seeking his release, saying the one-time billionaire was willing to provide whatever information the court wants.
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Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 6:34pm
Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states.
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Obama calls on women only at news conference

By Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 6:30pm
Something was missing from President Barack Obama's year-end news conference. Male questioners.
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2-year sentence for man in Connecticut gun scare

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 6:10pm
A Connecticut man who prompted a lockdown at the University of New Haven when he brought a semi-automatic rifle and other guns to campus was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.
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3 Utah athletes named to US Special Olympics team

Faith Heaton Jolley  |  posted Dec 19th - 6:01pm
After competing in the Special Olympics for several years, three Utah athletes were named to the USA team and will compete in the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
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Cuba protests planned in Miami, but turnout unclear

The Associated Press  |  posted 35 minutes ago
Cuban-American groups opposed to President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the Castro government plan to protest Saturday in Miami.
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Long-time Triton employee named interim president

The Associated Press  |  posted 35 minutes ago
Triton College in suburban Chicago has a new president.
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Fewer Florida kids smoking cigarettes

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 20th - 1:10am
Fewer kids in Florida are smoking cigarettes.
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San Francisco deputy charged with assault, perjury

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 11:30pm
A San Francisco sheriff's deputy was arrested Friday for allegedly assaulting a hospital patient in an emergency room and then lying in a police report to say the man attacked him, authorities said.
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Wash. high school coach accused of molesting students

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 10:51pm
Police in the southwest Washington city of Camas say they've arrested a high school assistant softball coach accused of inappropriately touching 17 female students.
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Bomb threat cancels basketball game at Rye HS

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 9:10pm
A bomb threat canceled a student basketball game at a suburban New York high school. But no devices were found.
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Judge dismisses suit on Oklahoma execution access

By Tim Talley, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 8:32pm
A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by media organizations seeking greater access to the execution of Oklahoma death row inmates, ruling that the state's death penalty protocols do not violate the First Amendment.
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AP WAS THERE: US breaks relations with Cuba

By Stanley Meisler and Ben F. Meyer, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 8:11pm
When the United States severed its diplomatic relationship with Cuba on Jan. 3, 1961, it kicked off a year in which CIA-funded counterrevolutionaries would try to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, and after that, the withdrawal or ouster of almost all American and European media from the island, including The Associated Press' American staff.
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Some gray wolves to be returned to endangered list

By John Flesher, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 7:01pm
A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list — a decision that will ban further wolf hunting and trapping in three states.
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Supreme Court won't stop gay marriages in Florida

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 6:30pm
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings.
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Napolitano named as UC public policy professor

The Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 6:20pm
University of California President Janet Napolitano has been appointed as a tenured faculty member at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy.
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NY pain doctor gets prison in manslaughter case

By Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 6:20pm
A pain doctor convicted of manslaughter in two patients' overdose deaths was sentenced Friday to more than a decade in prison, after patients' relatives pleaded for a tough punishment and said he put money ahead of medicine.
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Lawyer: Child molester won't testify in 1979 case

By Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  posted Dec 19th - 5:52pm
A convicted child molester who was long suspected in a 1979 missing child case plans to invoke his right against self-incrimination if called to testify in the murder trial of a man now charged with the crime, his lawyer said Friday.
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