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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Nov. 12.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Nov. 12. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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Average Affordable Care premiums going up in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Many people covered under President Barack Obama's health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it's more fodder for the nation's political battles over health care.

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Need a job? 2015 may be your year

If you are looking for a job, a recent Dice Holdings survey brings good news. It found that nearly 60 percent of employers plan to hire next year. More than four in 10, however, admitted finding qualified candidates would be a struggle.

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Esaw Garner, center, wife of Eric Garner, speaks during a news conference at the National Action Network headquarters in New York
Esaw Garner, center, wife of Eric Garner, speaks during a news conference at the National Action Network headquarters in New York (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Garner’s widow: No faith in prosecutors

NEW YORK (AP) -- The widow of Eric Garner says that from the beginning she's had no faith in prosecutors on Staten Island, the borough where a police officer placed her unarmed husband in a chokehold that resulted in his death.

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The service structure is rolled away from NASA's Orion spaceship
The service structure is rolled away from NASA's Orion spaceship (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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NASA scrubs Orion launch; will try again Friday

 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Wind gusts and sticky fuel valves conspired to keep NASA's new Orion spacecraft on the launch pad Thursday, delaying a crucial test flight meant to revitalize human exploration.

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Yemen’s al-Qaida threatens to kill US hostage

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen is threatening to kill an American hostage kidnapped over a year ago and has given Washington three days to meet several unspecified demands, a U.S. terrorism monitoring group said Thursday.

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LIndsey Ellefson, 22, lies down with protesters against the Staten Island grand jury's decision not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer involved in Eric Garner's chokehold death, in Grand Central Terminal
LIndsey Ellefson, 22, lies down with protesters against the Staten Island grand jury's decision not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer involved in Eric Garner's chokehold death, in Grand Central Terminal (Yana Paskova, Getty Images)
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Lawyer: No indictment for officer in NY chokehold death

NEW YORK (AP) -- A grand jury cleared a white New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a lawyer for the victim's family said.

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Attorney General Eric Holder during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington Sept. 4. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
Attorney General Eric Holder during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington Sept. 4. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
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Justice Dept. to probe Garner choking

The Justice Department will conduct a federal investigation into the chokehold death of an unarmed black man after a grand jury in New York City declined to indict the white police officer who applied the move, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday.

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A man, left, holds his hands up as New York City Police officers secure a street near Rockefeller Center during a protest after it was announced that the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner is not being indicted.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A man, left, holds his hands up as New York City Police officers secure a street near Rockefeller Center during a protest after it was announced that the police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner is not being indicted.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Protesters march through Manhattan

NEW YORK (AP) -- About 100 protesters have been marching through midtown Manhattan, tying up evening rush-hour traffic.

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President Barack Obama speaks to leading CEOs to discuss ways to promote the economy and create jobs during his last two years in office
President Barack Obama speaks to leading CEOs to discuss ways to promote the economy and create jobs during his last two years in office (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Obama: Not optimistic Putin will change soon

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says Russian President Vladimir Putin is "improvising himself" into a nationalist, backward-looking approach to Russian policy.

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Organizations representing victims of the Bhopal gas leak rally on the 30th anniversary of the tragedy in Bhopal, India, Wednesday. (AP Photo)
Organizations representing victims of the Bhopal gas leak rally on the 30th anniversary of the tragedy in Bhopal, India, Wednesday. (AP Photo)
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30 years later, disaster haunts Bhopal survivors

BHOPAL, India (AP) -- Three decades after lethal gas swept through Bhopal, the central Indian city remains haunted by memories of the world's worst industrial disaster.

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