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Record defense is why Seattle will win 2nd straight

PHOENIX (AP) — The sideshow is over, which means Marshawn Lynch can go back to not talking and this realization can become obvious again: The Seattle Seahawks are still the best defensive team in football.

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Record 4.1M Las Vegas visitors

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A record 41.1 million visitors descended on Las Vegas last year.

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FDA OKs ADHD drug for binge-eating disorder

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators have approved an attention deficit disorder drug for a new use: A first-of-its kind treatment for binge-eating disorder.

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Ida May Fuller got got first benefit check

LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) — Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 — the first Social Security payout.

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Patriots should edge Seahawks for fourth Super Bowl win

PHOENIX (AP) — Go ahead, pile on the Patriots.

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1 of 4 remaining World War II Doolittle Raiders passes at age 94

SEATTLE (AP) — Lt. Col. Edward Saylor, one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, has died. He was 94.

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Officer who arrested man with golf club reassigned

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has reassigned an officer involved in the arrest last summer of a 69-year-old man who refused to drop a golf club he was carrying on a city sidewalk.

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Apple iPhone squeezing Samsung

CUPERTINO (AP) — The runaway success of Apple’s newest iPhone has fueled a dramatic shift in the global market: the California tech giant is now neck-and-neck with South Korea’s Samsung for the title of world’s leading seller of smartphones.

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House Democrats seek better messaging, not new policies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Better messaging, not changes in policy, is the key to winning elections again, House Democrats said Thursday as they huddled in Philadelphia to talk strategy. And the message, they said, must focus relentlessly on middle class paychecks.

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Amazon’s big spending helps top expectations

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a Prime quarter for Amazon.

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Google’s 4Q earnings disappoint, but CFO’s pep talk eases letdown

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Google has gotten into the habit of missing analysts’ earnings targets, frustrating investors who believe the online search leader would be more profitable it wasn’t pouring so much money into far-flung projects such as Internet-connected eyewear and driverless cars.

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opens

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — A shuttered hotel-casino on the south shore of Lake Tahoe has reopened under the Hard Rock banner after a $60 million renovation that local business and tourism officials hope will help jump-start the struggling main casino drag in the shadow of a big ski resort.

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Bart the cat hit by car, buried and then crawls from his grave

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead.

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Trial opens for desecrating cemetery

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Two brothers accused of digging up graves, dumping human remains and reselling plots at a suburban Chicago cemetery went on trial Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court.

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Jesse Ventura says Chris Kyle is no hero

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — “American Sniper” is tops at the box office but don’t expect to see former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura lining up at a theater for it.

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Scientist offers to build nuke bomb targeting NY

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for “money and power,” according to secret FBI recordings released Wednesday.

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Mom admits helping kids hide evidence of double slaying

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A woman admitted on Wednesday that she helped two of her children conceal evidence of a gang-related double slaying that occurred at her home, where the bodies were buried in a yard.

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Obama drops cutting tax benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday it is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings plans amid a backlash from both Republicans and Democrats.

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New England hit by 2 feet of snow

BOSTON (AP) — Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday with none of the mercy it unexpectedly showed New York City, piling up more than 2 feet of snow.

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House GOP moves toward possible lawsuit on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are moving toward authorizing a potential lawsuit against President Barack Obama on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday, as the GOP struggled for a way to stop the president’s unilateral deportation curbs.

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Mormons: Protect gay rights

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church announced a campaign Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while somehow also protecting people who assert their religious beliefs.

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Mega snowstorm hitting Northeast

NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of millions of people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days.

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Law enforcement wants Waze disabled

WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement is concerned that the popular Waze mobile traffic app by Google Inc., which provides real-time road conditions, can also be used to hunt and harm police.

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Boy, 13, fatally shot playing ‘cops & robbers’

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy unintentionally fatally shot his 13-year-old brother while playing “cops and robbers” after the boys discovered their father’s hidden gun at a Minnesota home, police said Monday.

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Police shoot, kill woman who struck officer with car

DENVER (AP) — Denver police shot and killed a young woman who struck and injured an officer in a stolen car, authorities said Monday.

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Did mom kill her 5-year-old with salt?

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A confounding and heartbreaking murder case alleging that a mother purposely poisoned her 5-year-old son with salt and documented his decline on social media began Monday in the New York suburbs.

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Deficit to shrink to lowest level since 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday.

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Ex-CIA officer guilty of leaking secrets

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former CIA officer was convicted Monday of leaking details of a covert mission to derail Iran’s nuclear program in a case that, until the eve of the trial, was as much about the journalist who published the leaks as it was the accused leaker.

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NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• WOMAN ACCUSED OF DROWNING PUPPY SO SHE COULD BOARD PLANE: GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A Florida woman is suspected of drowning a 2-week-old puppy in a Nebraska airport bathroom so she could board a plane.

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Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by drugs

CHICAGO (AP) — With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation’s most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy.

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Obama seeks bigger area in Alaska refuge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government.

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Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe

MIAMI (AP) — Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at Sunday’s pageant in Miami.

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‘Historic’ blizzard may slam Northeast

NEW YORK (AP) — A “potentially historic” storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday, crippling a region that has largely been spared so far this winter, the National Weather Service said.

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Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

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Abortion foes express renewed hope at SF rally

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Anti-abortion activists attending a march in San Francisco on Saturday offered personal stories about how an abortion negatively affected their lives and expressed renewed hope that the procedure will be outlawed or at least further curtailed now that Republicans are back in control of Congress.

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Privacy concerns over health care website prompt reversal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to privacy concerns, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers’ personal information from the government’s health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.

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Video: Clerk killed over cigarettes

PHOENIX (AP) — A surveillance video that captured the killing of a Phoenix-area convenience store clerk shows the suspect calmly walking behind the counter after pulling the trigger, stepping over the fallen victim and grabbing several packs of Marlboros before slowly exiting.

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Man who drove through checkpoint killed

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents shot and killed a man who had driven through a West Texas checkpoint without stopping for inspection, Customs and Border Protection said Friday.

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Purse-snatcher can’t shake grandma off car

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland thief trying to make a getaway Friday had a hard time seeing his way clear, given that 53-year-old grandmother Tammy Elliott was on the hood of his car, hanging on to the windshield wipers and screaming at him to give back her purse.

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$2 gasoline: Good times keep rolling at the pump across USA

NEW YORK (AP) — At some point this will end, perhaps even soon. The price of gasoline will not fall to zero.

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Snowboarding takes a slide in popularity; experts unfazed

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are ganging up on the once-edgy sport of snowboarding, which has seen a marked drop in participation over the last decade.

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Online storage provider Box stock price soars during Wall Street debut

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —  Box’s shares soared 66 percent in their stock market debut Friday despite the online storage provider’s decade-long history of losses, a showing that may encourage more unprofitable technology startups to go public this year.

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Expedia buys booking site Travelocity for $280M

NEW YORK (AP) — Expedia has acquired travel booking site Travelocity from the Sabre Corp. for $280 million in cash.

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Powerful Saudi Arabia King Abdullah, 90, dies

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who fought against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, including by nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died. He was 90.

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Complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake

DENVER (AP) — A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married gay couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay statements?

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Twins, 9, left mostly alone for months, parents abroad

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Twin 9-year-old boys were left mostly alone in their New Hampshire apartment for four months after their parents took three siblings to Nigeria and left an uncle to care for them, authorities said Thursday.

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MLK estate drops licensing lawsuit

ATLANTA (AP) — With the dismissal of one of two lawsuits that effectively pitted them against each other, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s children took a step Thursday toward resolving the issues that have divided them in recent years.

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Romney, Jeb Bush moving toward clash

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Mitt Romney launched his last campaign for president at a New Hampshire farm, relied upon a New Hampshire victory to fuel his strategy to win the nomination and even posed the photos of his last family Christmas card on the shores of a New Hampshire lake where he still owns a home.

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Four bears die of chocolate overdoses; expert proposes ban

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s bear expert is proposing to eliminate the use of chocolate as bait after four bears were found dead at one trapping site due to a chocolate overdose.

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Powerful NY state politician arrested on bribery charges

NEW YORK (AP) — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent state government to his will for more than 20 years as one of New York’s most powerful and canny politicians, was arrested Thursday on charges of taking nearly $4 million in payoffs and kickbacks.

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