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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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W. VA Dec. 4. AP Photo/The Herald-Dispatch, Sholten Singer)
W. VA Dec. 4. AP Photo/The Herald-Dispatch, Sholten Singer)
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Post office pays homage to Rudolph, that most famous reindeer

RUDOLPH, Wis. (AP) -- Thousands of Christmas cards are pouring into a small Wisconsin village that shares its name with the most famous reindeer.

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President Barack Obama gives a high-five to nine-year-old Alajah Lane of Washington at the White House Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama gives a high-five to nine-year-old Alajah Lane of Washington at the White House Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Obama announces $1B for early childhood education

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Declaring early childhood education "one of the best investments we can make," President Barack Obama on Wednesday followed up on a promise to expand early education opportunities for tens of thousands of children by announcing $1 billion in public-private spending on programs for young learners.

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Time Magazine cover for, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, announces the Ebola fighters as its Person of The Year for 2014
Time Magazine cover for, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, announces the Ebola fighters as its Person of The Year for 2014. (AP Photo/Time Magazine)
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Ebola fighters named Time ‘Person of the Year’

NEW YORK (AP) -- Doctors, nurses and others fighting Ebola have been named Time's 2014 Person of the Year, the magazine announced Wednesday.

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Southwest crew members confer about a mechanical problem at Love Field in Dallas Nov. 13.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Southwest crew members confer about a mechanical problem at Love Field in Dallas Nov. 13. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Late flights vex airlines as well as their passengers

DALLAS (AP) -- For years, Southwest was the most punctual of big U.S. airlines, so its tumble toward the bottom of government rankings for on-time arrivals was stunning.

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