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US employers went on a hiring spree in December: 312K jobs

U.S. employers dramatically stepped up hiring in December, adding 312,000 jobs in an encouraging display of strength for an economy in the midst of a trade war, slowing global growth and a partial government shutdown.

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Pelosi sees ‘new dawn’ as diverse 116th Congress begins

The 116th Congress gaveled into session Thursday, swathed in history as lawmakers returned Nancy Pelosi to the House speaker’s office and ushered in a diverse class of Democratic freshmen ready to confront President Donald Trump in a new era of divided government.

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Stocks dive after Apple says iPhone sales in China slowed

Stocks tumbled Thursday on Wall Street, with technology companies suffering their worst loss in seven years, after Apple reported that iPhone sales in China are slumping.

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Big jump in US Catholic dioceses naming names

Over the past four months, Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. have released the names of more than 1,000 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children in an unprecedented public reckoning spurred at least in part by a shocking grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania, an Associated Press review has found.

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China lunar probe sheds light on the 'dark' side of the moon

China's burgeoning space program achieved a lunar milestone on Thursday: landing a probe on the mysterious and misnamed "dark" side of the moon.

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Diverse new Congress gavels in, ready to confront Trump

The 116th Congress gaveled into session Thursday swathed in history, returning the first woman to the House speaker's office and ushering in a diverse class of Democratic freshmen ready to confront President Donald Trump in a new era of divided government.

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Netflix criticized for yanking comedian’s episode in Saudi Arabia

Netflix faced criticism Wednesday from human rights groups for pulling an episode in Saudi Arabia of comedian Hasan Minhaj's "Patriot Act" series that criticized the kingdom's powerful crown prince.

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Mexican immigrants in U.S. continue drop, driven by politics, economics

The number of Mexican-born immigrants in the United States dropped by about 300,000 from 2016 to 2017, according to Census Bureau data, a shift that experts say is likely driven by changes on both sides of the border.

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US fires tear gas across Mexico border to stop migrants

U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who tried to breach the border fence in Tijuana.

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NASA: Icy object past Pluto looks like reddish snowman

A NASA spacecraft 4 billion miles from Earth yielded its first close-up pictures Wednesday of the most distant celestial object ever explored, depicting what looks like a reddish snowman.

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Ex-inmate to keep making podcast that helped him win freedom

In California, inmates typically are granted parole by doing good deeds or showing they have been rehabilitated by becoming pastors, drug counselors or youth advocates.

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Vermont community attempts to make world’s largest s’more

One Vermont community is celebrating the holidays and the winter solstice with a massive bonfire and what they hope will be the world's largest s'more.

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Mattis farewell to Pentagon staff: ‘Hold fast’ to US defense

On his final day as defense secretary, Jim Mattis on Monday urged all Pentagon employees, military and civilian, to "hold fast" in defense of the nation.

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Amid 2018’s tragedies were moments of compassion and duty

As the year draws to a close, Associated Press reporters on the front lines of some of the year's heartbreaking stories offer up accounts of compassion and decency.

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Legal marijuana industry toasts banner year

U.S. drug regulators approved the first marijuana-based pharmaceutical to treat kids with a form of epilepsy, and billions of investment dollars poured into cannabis companies. Even main street brands like Coca-Cola said they are considering joining the party.

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Lion kills worker after escaping locked area

A lion killed a young worker at a wildlife center Sunday after it got loose from a locked space, the center said.

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Throngs to pack Times Square for mild, rainy New Year's Eve

Any repeat visitors from last year's celebration will undoubtedly be praying for better weather. Last year's event was one of the coldest on record at 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Forecasters say Monday's party will take place amid mild temperatures but possibly rain. Umbrellas are banned for security reasons.

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Trump-Pelosi showdown over shutdown first battle of new era

The high-stakes move to reopen the government will be the first big battle between Trump and Pelosi as Democrats come into control ready to reassert the power of the legislative branch and confront the White House.

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Former Afghanistan commander warns of plans to cut troops

The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Sunday that withdrawing up to half the 14,000 American troops serving there would reduce the incentive for the Taliban to negotiate a peace deal after more than 17 years of war.

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Kurds seek help from Syrians as US prepares to withdraw

Syria's military said Friday it had entered the key Kurdish-held town of Manbij in an apparent deal with the Kurds, who are looking for new allies and protection against a threatened Turkish offensive as U.S. troops prepare to leave Syria.

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Boy dies after Yemeni mom fought US travel ban to reach him

The 2-year-old son of a Yemeni woman who sued for a waiver from the Trump administration's travel ban to be with the ailing boy in the United States has died, an advocacy group said.

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Short on solutions, long on blame in 2nd shutdown weekend

President Donald Trump and Democrats are trading blame for the partial government shutdown but doing little substantive talking with each other, as the disruption in federal services and public employees' pay slogs into another weekend.

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Lawyer: McCarrick repeatedly touched youth during confession

The Vatican's sexual abuse case against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has expanded significantly after a man testified that the retired American archbishop sexually abused him for years starting when he was 11, including during confession.

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Suspect in California officer's shooting death is captured

A suspected drunk driver accused of fatally shooting the California police officer who pulled him over was captured Friday as he tried to flee back to Mexico

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Latino support for GOP steady despite Trump immigration talk

Pedro Gonzalez has faith in Donald Trump and his party.