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DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — There are conflicting reports about a major exchange of war prisoners that was supposed to be taking place today in Ukraine. One Russian news agency says it's been completed, while another says it's been pushed back by a day. The pro-Russia rebels had been set to release 150 Ukrainian prisoners in exchange for the Ukrainian government releasing 222 captives.

NEW YORK (AP) — It's been a relatively quiet day on Wall Street on the day after Christmas. Stocks have been higher, as falling oil and natural gas prices help bolster expectations for stronger consumer spending heading into next year. All 10 sectors in the S&P 500 index have been higher, led by utilities stocks.

DUBLIN (AP) — In a country where an unborn child has a constitutionally-protected right to life, a court in Ireland today has ruled that life-support should be removed from a brain-dead pregnant woman. The court says the woman's 18-week-old fetus can't survive until birth. Lawyers representing the rights of the woman and the unborn child say they won't appeal.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have flared again today. Police in Israel say a Palestinian man stabbed and lightly wounded two Israeli paramilitary border policemen at the entrance to Jerusalem's Old City. Police are searching for the attacker.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Former South Carolina Gov. James Edwards has died. He was the state's first Republican governor since Reconstruction, and he later served as energy secretary for two years in the Regan administration. His family says Edwards died today at the age of 87.

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