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Best day in years for the Dow...Bombing suspect in court...IS leaders killed

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 18, 2014 at 2:51 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — It's been the best day in three years for the Dow industrials. The stock index gained 421 points today as the market extended a rally into a second day. The market built on its surge from yesterday, when the Federal Reserve indicated that it was in no rush to raise interest rates. The S&P 500 gained 48 points, while the Nasdaq composite climbed 104 points.

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon bombing suspect has made his last court appearance before the scheduled start of his trial next month. And he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings. Tensions ran high outside the courthouse today -- and one bombing victim had a testy exchange outside with supporters of the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senior leaders of the Islamic State group have been killed in the past week by U.S. and coalition airstrikes over northern Iraq. That word comes today from U.S. officials. And it comes as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approves new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces.

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has cleared the way for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver's licenses. The preliminary injunction issued today bars the state from enforcing Gov. Jan Brewer's policy of denying the licenses to about 20,000 immigrants. The move in Arizona to deny the licenses was a reaction to steps taken by the Obama administration in 2012 to shield thousands of immigrants from deportation.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —Two states that share a border with Colorado are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare the state's legalization of marijuana to be unconstitutional. Nebraska and Oklahoma say the drug is being brought from Colorado into neighboring states. They're looking for a court order to keep Colorado from enforcing the measure that was approved by voters two years ago.

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