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  • VIDEO: We Spy: Was 2013 the Year of Cara Delevingne?

    VIDEO: We Spy: Was 2013 the Year of Cara Delevingne?

    Can you believe that 2013 is basically over? We dedicated this week’s We Spy Style to all the monumental moments of the year. From big trends (hello crop tops, sporty, and black and white!) to Cara Delevingne’s social media takeover […]

  • A traveler walks through Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for north central Illinois, northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana Saturday morning. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Ice And Snow Frustrate U.S. Holiday Travel Rush

    CHICAGO (AP) — A storm with a 2,000-mile footprint frustrated Christmas travelers Saturday from Texas to Nova Scotia with a little of everything Mother Nature has to offer, from freezing rain, ice and snow to flooding, thunderstorms and even tornadoes.
    Some […]

  • Containers await departure as crews load and unload consumer products at the Port of New Orleans along the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Sean Gardner

    U.S. Growth Revised Higher, Economy On Firmer Footing

    WASHINGTON  – The U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in almost two years in the third quarter, the government said on Friday as it revised its estimates of business and consumer spending higher.
    The upward revisions also extended to exports […]

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  • President Barack Obama smiles as he prepares to answer a question during an end-of-the year news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Obama will depart later for his home state of Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation trip. It's the first time in his presidency that his departure plans have not been delayed by legislative action in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama Puts A Rosy Spin On Rough Presidential Year

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Putting a rosy spin on a difficult year, President Barack Obama acknowledged frustrating “ups and downs” on Friday but exulted that the improving economy is creating new jobs and claimed crucial progress for his troubled health care […]

  • Obama Says 1 Million Signed Up For Health Care

    Obama Says 1 Million Signed Up For Health Care

    WASHINGTON  — His health care plan facing a dicey transition, President Barack Obama said Friday that insurance sign-ups are surging now that the government’s website is working better for consumers. But it was too soon to say the rollout has […]

  • A passer-by walks near an entrance to a Target retail store Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 in Watertown, Mass. Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Target Security Breach Affects Up To 40M Cards

    Target’s data-security nightmare threatens to drive off holiday shoppers during the company’s busiest time of year.
    The nation’s second-largest discounter acknowledged Thursday that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen as part of a breach […]

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  • Obama Commutes Sentences For 8 Drug Convictions

    Obama Commutes Sentences For 8 Drug Convictions

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of eight people he said were serving unduly harsh drug sentences in the most expansive use yet of his power to free inmates.
    All eight were sentenced under old federal guidelines […]

  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber for the final votes on the bipartisan budget deal designed to keep Congress from lurching from one fiscal crisis to the next and ease the harshest effects of the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Bipartisan Budget Agreement Clears Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for […]

  • In this photo reviewed by the U.S. military, a soldier closes the gate at the now abandoned Camp X-Ray, which was used as the first detention facility for al-Qaida and Taliban militants who were captured after the Sept. 11 attacks at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.  Detainees were housed in open air pens until the completion of Camp Delta in April 2002. Many detainees at Guantanamo Bay may be closer to heading home under a bipartisan deal reached in Congress that gives President Barack Obama a rare victory in his fight to close the prison for terror suspects. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Defense Bill Gives Obama Guantanamo Victory

    WASHINGTON — Up to half the terror suspects held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay could be closer to heading home under a bipartisan deal reached in Congress that gives President Barack Obama a rare victory in his […]

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  • Gateway Newsstand owner Young Soolee speaks to reporters at her store just off the lobby of the Alliance Center office building in the Buckhead community of Atlanta, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Her store sold one of the two winning tickets for the near-record $636 million Mega Millions drawing. (AP Photo/Johnny Clark)

    Lucky Lotto Tickets Sold In Atlanta, San Jose

    ATLANTA — Two lucky winning tickets were sold in Tuesday’s near-record $636 million Mega Millions drawing: one at a tiny newsstand in Atlanta, and the other more than 2,000 miles away in California.
    The lucky Georgia ticket was sold at a […]

  • Builders work on the roof of a new housing construction site in Alexandria, Virginia October 17, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

    Robust Housing Data Point To Strengthening Economy

    WASHINGTON  – U.S. housing starts surged to their highest level in nearly six years in November, a sign of strength in the housing market that could give the Federal Reserve ammunition to start cutting back its bond purchases.
    The Commerce Department said […]

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, accompanied by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, urging their Senate colleagues to change the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for current and future military retirees. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Year-End Agreement: Budget Heads To Final Passage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Year-end legislation to ease Congress’ chronic budget brinkmanship and soften across-the-board spending cuts moved to the cusp of final passage Tuesday, a rare display of Senate bipartisanship that masked strong Republican complaints about slicing into military retirement […]

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  • FILE - In this  Friday, March 29, 2013, file photo, a homeless man pushes a shopping cart full of his belongings across an intersection in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn’t bad just for individuals, it’s hurting the U.S. economy says a majority of more than three dozen economists surveyed in December 2013 by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hon, File)

    AP Survey: U.S. Income Gap Is Holding Back Economy

    WASHINGTON — The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn’t bad just for individuals.
    It’s hurting the U.S. economy.
    So says a majority of more than three dozen economists surveyed last week by The Associated Press. Their concerns tap […]

  • A woman picks her Mega Millions lottery numbers at a shop in New York's Penn Station, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. The Mega Millions jackpot soared to $586 million on Monday, still short of the $656 million U.S. record set in a March 2012 drawing.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Mega Millions Jackpot Soars To $636 Million

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to an estimated $636 million for Tuesday night’s drawing, making it the second largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.
    The top prize had been estimated at $586 million, but lottery […]

  • Jeh Johnson testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be the Homeland Security Secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington November 13, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

    Senate Approves Johnson To Head U.S. Homeland Security

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed Jeh Johnson, a national security expert who has served as the Pentagon’s top lawyer, as head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
    Johnson, who was the Defense Department’s general counsel during President Barack […]

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  • House Budget Committee chairman Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) (C) and Senate Budget Committee chairman Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) (R) hold a news conference to introduce The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, December 10, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    U.S. Senate Approval Of Two-Year Budget Deal Likely This Week

    WASHINGTON – Conservatives in the U.S. Senate are unlikely to stop passage of a two-year budget bill this week, with some Republicans expected to join Democrats in the Senate in voting for the measure.
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and a […]

  • An undated aerial handout photo shows the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters building in Fort Meade, Maryland.  REUTERS/NSA/Handout via Reuters   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

    U.S. Judge Rules Phone Surveillance Program Is Likely Unlawful

    WASHINGTON  – The U.S. government’s gathering of Americans’ phone records is likely unlawful, a judge ruled on Monday, raising “serious doubts” about the value of the National Security Agency’s so-called metadata counterterrorism program.
    “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary […]

  • VIDEO: Tough Question for Fed: Time to Act?

    VIDEO: Tough Question for Fed: Time to Act?

    Federal Reserve officials face a delicate decision at their policy meeting this week, with stronger economic figures and a budget deal adding fuel to the debate over whether to pull back on their bond-buying program. Jon Hilsenrath reports. Photo: Getty […]

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  • Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston kisses the Heisman Trophy while posing for photographers after winning the trophy, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in New York. Winston, 19, is the youngest winner of the trophy and the second straight player to win the prestigious award in his first year of college. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    More Famous Jameis: Winston Wins Heisman Trophy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jameis Winston left voters no choice but to give him the Heisman Trophy. And like every other Florida State victory this season, it was a blowout.
    The quarterback they call Famous Jameis became the youngest Heisman winner […]

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and his friend and fellow Vietnam War veteran Tommy Vallely, right, walk along a street in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnaqm to attend a service at the Notre Dame Cathedral, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Forty-four years after first setting foot in the country as a young naval officer, Kerry returned once more to Vietnam on Saturday, this time as America’s top diplomat offering security assurances and seeking to promote democratic and economic reform. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

    In New Role, Kerry Back In Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

    NAM CAN, Vietnam  — John Kerry returned Sunday to the winding waterways of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region where he once patrolled on a naval gunboat in the search for communist insurgents.
    But nearly 50 years later, Kerry was promoting sustainable aquaculture […]

  • VIDEO: Facebook Keeps Tabs On Your Deleted Posts

    VIDEO: Facebook Keeps Tabs On Your Deleted Posts

    Facebook is interested in “self censorship”: the posts you write and then delete.

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  • FILE - This 1962 file photo shows Ian Lancaster Fleming, the best-selling British author and creator of a fiction character known as secret agent, James Bond. British doctors who carefully read Ian Fleming’s series of James Bond novels say the celebrated spy regularly drank more than four times the recommended limit of alcohol per week. Their research was published in the light-hearted Christmas edition of the journal BMJ on Thursday Dec. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

    Shaken Not Stirred: Did 007 Have Alcoholic Tremor?

    LONDON — He may have a license to kill, but is he sober enough to shoot?
    British doctors who carefully read Ian Fleming’s series of James Bond novels say the celebrated spy regularly drank more than four times the recommended limit […]

  • This undated handout photo provided by the family of Robert Levinson after they received it in April 2011, shows retired-FBI agent Robert Levinson. In March 2007, Levinson flew to Kish Island, an Iranian resort awash with tourists, smuggler and organized crime figures. Days later after a meeting with an admitted killer, he vanished. For years the U.S. has publicly described him as a private citizen who was traveling on private business. However, an Associated Press investigation reveals that Levinson was working for the CIA. (AP Photo/Levinson Family)

    Missing American In Iran Was On Unapproved Mission

    WASHINGTON  — An American who vanished nearly seven years ago in Iran was working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission that, when it came to light inside the government, produced one of the most serious scandals in the […]

  • Deal To Quell U.S. Budget Wars Sails Through House Vote

    Deal To Quell U.S. Budget Wars Sails Through House Vote

    WASHINGTON – A breakthrough budget deal that avoids a government shutdown in January and blunts automatic spending cuts easily won passage in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, setting the stage for nearly two years of fiscal peace in […]

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  • Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the implementation failures of the Affordable Care Act. Playing catch-up with a long way to go, President Barack Obama's new health insurance markets last month picked up the dismal pace of signups, the administration reported Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Health Care Sign-Ups Pick Up But May Not Close Gap

    WASHINGTON — With time running short, the nation’s health care rolls still aren’t filling up fast enough.
    New sign-up numbers Wednesday showed progress for President Barack Obama’s health care law, but not enough to guarantee that Americans who want and need […]

  • House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., announce a tentative agreement between Republican and Democratic negotiators on a government spending plan, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Negotiators reached the modest budget agreement to restore about $65 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon, with votes expected in both houses by week's end. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    House Republicans Signal Support For Budget Deal

    WASHINGTON  — House Republicans signaled support Wednesday for a budget deal worked out a day earlier, a plan narrowly drawn but promoted as a way to stabilize Congress’ erratic fiscal efforts, avert another government shutdown and mute some of the […]

  • FILE - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 file photo. Sebelius said in a blog post early Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013 that she is asking the department's inspector general to investigate the contracting process, management, performance and payment issues that may have contributed to the flawed launch of HealthCare.gov.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Health Care Signups Pick Up Pace In November

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Playing catch-up with a long way to go, President Barack Obama’s new health insurance markets last month picked up the dismal pace of signups, the administration reported Wednesday.
    Enrollment statistics from the Health and Human Services Department showed […]

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  • Bipartisan Negotiators Reach Modest Budget Pact

    Bipartisan Negotiators Reach Modest Budget Pact

    WASHINGTON  — Shedding gridlock, key members of Congress reached a modest budget agreement Tuesday to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon and eliminate the threat of another partial government shutdown […]

  • FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2013, file photo, General Motors Senior Vice President Mary Barra is seen during presentation of the North American Car & Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Barra was named GM CEO on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, making her the first woman to lead a U.S. car company. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

    GM Executive To Be 1st Woman To Head Major Car Co.

    DETROIT — Mary Barra has spent the past three years as General Motors’ product chief, making cars that drive better, last longer and look good in showrooms
    Now she will take on an even bigger job. On Tuesday, the board tapped […]

 
 

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