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CIA Director John Brennan listens during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va.
CIA Director John Brennan listens during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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CIA chief challenges Senate torture report

WASHINGTON (AP) -- CIA Director John Brennan is acknowledging that agency officers did "abhorrent" things to captive terror suspects, and he says he can't prove the harsh treatment made the prisoners cooperate. But he defends the overall post-9/11 interrogation program for stopping attacks and saving lives.

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Aidan Perez, left, 12, and Christopher Dow, right, 11, use a shopping cart to get around the flooded parking lot of a shopping center in Healdsburg, Calif.
Aidan Perez, left, 12, and Christopher Dow, right, 11, use a shopping cart to get around the flooded parking lot of a shopping center in Healdsburg, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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California storm hits south after drenching north

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A dangerous storm that flooded Northern California freeways, kept thousands from work and school, and forced scores of evacuations moved into the southern part of the state, spreading light showers in the Los Angeles area that will intensify as Friday progresses.

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Police search a car at the scene of a vehicular accident on 34th Street in New York.
Police search a car at the scene of a vehicular accident on 34th Street in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Driver of car that jumped NYC curb is arrested

NEW YORK (AP) -- Police say the driver of a car that jumped a curb near the Empire State Building has been arrested on charges including driving under the influence. The driver and six other people, including five pedestrians, were injured.

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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
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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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