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Deadly stampede in China...Stocks wrap up good year...Bombing trial won't be delayed

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 31, 2014 at 2:42 p.m.



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SHANGHAI (AP) — China's state-run news agency is reporting that 35 people have been killed in a stampede during the city's New Year's celebrations. The report cites the Shanghai government in saying that another 42 people were injured. It says the deaths and injuries occurred at the city's riverfront Bund area, which can be jammed with spectators for major events.

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is finishing up another solid year. Even though the major indexes finished lower on the last day of the year, the S&P 500 is still showing a gain of 11.4 percent for the year. The Dow is up 7 percent, while the Nasdaq composite rose 13 percent for 2014. Today, the market started higher but gave up those gains by the afternoon. Utilities fell the most.

BOSTON (AP) — Jury selection will begin Monday as scheduled in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv). A judge today denied requests by his lawyers to move the trial out of state and delay its start. Defense lawyers have said it will be impossible to find an impartial jury in Massachusetts.

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A blustery winter storm has dumped snow across the West, forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's. Strong gusts toppled trees in California, killing at least three people since yesterday. More than 180 motorists were rescued after they were stranded by snow on mountain roads. Revelers planning to celebrate in Las Vegas or by watching the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, are bracing for near freezing temperatures.

UNDATED (AP) — Actor Edward Herrmann has died at a New York hospital where he was being treated for brain cancer. He was 71. Herrmann was a towering 6-foot-5 actor with a melodious voice, and he made his mark on stage, on screen and as the narrator of a number of documentaries. He was in TV's "Gilmore Girls." And he recently provided the voice for Franklin D. Roosevelt in Ken Burns' documentary series "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," which aired on PBS earlier this year.

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