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Protestors occupy Herald Square during march in New York, against a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner
AP Photo/John Minchillo
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Eric Garner poll: The jury got it wrong

Following the message of protests across the country, New Jersey residents are overwhelmingly displeased with the recent grand jury decision to decline an indictment against a white New York City police officer in the choking death of a black man.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a member of the Senate Banking Committee, right, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a member of the Senate Banking Committee, right, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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House GOP confident of finishing spending measure

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans pressed ahead with a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday despite genuine anger among Democrats whose votes they need for passage, and lingering opposition from tea party Republicans who see more in the measure to dislike than like.

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Mike Whitesone tosses a sandbag onto his pickup truck in the Sacramento suburb of North Highlands, Calif., Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Mike Whitesone tosses a sandbag onto his pickup truck in the Sacramento suburb of North Highlands, Calif., Wednesday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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California storm knocks out power, delays flights

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A storm expected to be one of the windiest and rainiest in five years swept across the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, knocking out power to tens to thousands and delaying travel by air, train and ferry.

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Police search a car at the scene of a vehicular accident on 34th Street, Thursday, in New York
Police search a car at the scene of a vehicular accident on 34th Street, Thursday, in New York (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Car jumps curb in midtown Manhattan, injuring 7

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police say a car jumped a curb in the Herald Square shopping district in midtown Manhattan, injuring seven people, including five pedestrians.

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Former CIA Director Leon Panetta
Former CIA Director Leon Panetta (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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CIA battles Senate Democrats over torture report

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CIA and several of its past leaders are stepping up a campaign to discredit a five-year Senate investigation into the CIA's harrowing interrogation practices after 9/11, concerned that the historical record may define them as torturers instead of patriots and expose them to legal action around the world.

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The office Christmas party is not the time to go wild, experts warn. (
The office Christmas party is not the time to go wild, experts warn. (
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Expert warns against ‘going wild’ at office holiday parties

With the holiday season upon us, you may be gearing up for your company's annual holiday party, but some experts warn this is not the type of function where you should "let your hair down" and go wild.

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The Capitol is seen at dusk in Washington.
The Capitol is seen at dusk in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Nearly 9 in 10 doubt Obama, GOP can break gridlock

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans may not agree on much lately, but one opinion is nearly universal: There's almost no chance that President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and the Republican Congress can work together to solve the country's problems.

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Debris in Hanauma Bay, Hawaii.
Debris in Hanauma Bay, Hawaii. (AP Photo/NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, File)
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Study: 270,000 tons of plastic floating in oceans

HONOLULU (AP) -- A new study estimates nearly 270,000 tons of plastic is floating in the world's oceans. That's enough to fill more than 38,500 garbage trucks.

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Then-Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden after President Bush tapped him to head the CIA in 2006.  (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
Then-Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden after President Bush tapped him to head the CIA in 2006. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
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CIA and its defenders push back on Senate torture report

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top spies past and present campaigned Wednesday to discredit the Senate's investigation into the CIA's harrowing torture practices after 9/11, battling to define the historical record and deter potential legal action around the world.

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Drug research at Merck. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Drug research at Merck. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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New HPV vaccine from Merck strengthens cervical cancer protection

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc. has received approval for an updated version of its Gardasil vaccine that protects against an additional five strains of the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer.

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