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The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building is seen in Washington.
The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building is seen in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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IRS cuts taxpayer services as filing returns gets harder

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The IRS is cutting taxpayer services to historically low levels just as President Barack Obama's health law will make filing a federal tax return more complicated for millions of families.

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Customers shop at Nordstrom Rack in Schaumburg, Ill. the day after Christmas.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
Customers shop at Nordstrom Rack in Schaumburg, Ill. the day after Christmas. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
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Holiday shopping slump: US retail sales fell in December

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. retail sales stumbled last month in a sign consumers remained frugal even as gas prices declined and hiring picked up.

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Ohio bartender accused of threatening to kill John Boehner

CINCINNATI (AP) -- An Ohio bartender with a history of psychiatric illness was indicted on a charge of threatening to murder House Speaker John Boehner, possibly by poisoning his drink at a country club or shooting him, according to court documents.

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People carry the coffin of slain police officer Ahmed Merabet, a victim of the Charlie Hebdo attack, after a funeral service at the Bobigny Mosque, east of Paris, France
People carry the coffin of slain police officer Ahmed Merabet, a victim of the Charlie Hebdo attack, after a funeral service at the Bobigny Mosque, east of Paris, France (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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Yemen’s al-Qaida claims responsibility for Paris attack

CAIRO (AP) -- A top leader of Yemen's al-Qaida branch has claimed responsibility for last week's attack on a Paris newspaper when two masked gunmen killed 12 people, including much of the weekly's editorial staff and two police officers.

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People queue up to buy the new issue of Charlie Hebdo newspaper at a newsstand in Paris
People queue up to buy the new issue of Charlie Hebdo newspaper at a newsstand in Paris (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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France arrests 54 for defending terror; announces crackdown

PARIS (AP) -- France ordered prosecutors around the country Wednesday to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism, announcing that 54 people had been arrested for those offenses since the Paris terror attacks.

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Mitt Romney, right, hugs N.J. Gov. Chris Christie at the Statehouse in Boston before inaugural ceremonies for Charlie Baker Jan. 8. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
Mitt Romney, right, hugs N.J. Gov. Chris Christie at the Statehouse in Boston before inaugural ceremonies for Charlie Baker Jan. 8. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
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Romney sparks new 2016 competition in GOP establishment

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A shake-out among fiery conservatives with White House ambitions was always a sure thing. Now it appears the competition among the more establishment-minded GOP candidates for president will end up just as fierce.

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Freed Cuban dissidents Reinier Mulet, left, and Miguel Alberto Ulloa, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)
Freed Cuban dissidents Reinier Mulet, left, and Miguel Alberto Ulloa, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)
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Freed Cuba dissidents praise detente, pledge push for change

HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban dissidents freed as part of a historic detente with the United States said Tuesday they support the warming of relations and predicted it will help their efforts to bring change inside their country.

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New York's biggest lockup, Riker's Island jail.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
New York's biggest lockup, Riker's Island jail. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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NYC jails add restrictive housing units, limit solitary

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York City jail oversight board voted unanimously Tuesday to create restrictive housing units at Rikers Island for violent inmates, to limit guards' longstanding practice of placing inmates in solitary confinement for breaking jailhouse rules and to ban 23-hour confinement altogether for inmates younger than 21 by next year.

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, Police Commissioner William Bratton, left, and the Rev. Al Sharpton July 31.  (AP Photo/New York City Mayoral Photography Office, Bob Bennett, File)
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, Police Commissioner William Bratton, left, and the Rev. Al Sharpton July 31. (AP Photo/New York City Mayoral Photography Office, Bob Bennett, File)
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How can NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio heal rift with police?

NEW YORK (AP) -- What can Mayor Bill de Blasio do to heal his deepening rift with the New York Police Department?

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Alberto Ochoa, left, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday with his attorney Christopher C. Chaney. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, Pool)
Alberto Ochoa, left, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday with his attorney Christopher C. Chaney. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, Pool)
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Hearing for 3 charged with murder in USC student’s death

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Three of four teens charged with fatally beating a Chinese graduate student at the University of Southern California last year appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court for a hearing Tuesday to determine if they will face a murder trial.

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