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Blizzards, ice storms wreak havoc across northern plains

CHICAGO (AP) — Travel conditions remained hazardous as a winter storm swept across much of the northern Great Plains Monday, with blowing and drifting snow forcing the closure of an airport and creating near-zero visibility on some roads.

AP New Year's poll: Americans hopeful for a better 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Emotionally wrenching politics, foreign conflicts and shootings at home took a toll on Americans in 2016, but they are entering 2017 on an optimistic note, according to a new poll that found that a majority believes things are going to get better for the country next year.

DC police: Knife-wielding man shot by officer dies

WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia police say a man shot by an officer when he ignored commands to drop a knife has died.

Pennsylvania prof under fire for 'white genocide' tweet

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Drexel University professor has been summoned to a meeting with school officials after he tweeted, "All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide."

Standoff over leadership of Rhode Island tribe continues

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The occupation of a tribal government building by a faction of the Rhode Island Narragansett tribe that's demanding a leadership change is now in its seventh day.

Mother, 4-year-old boy found dead in New York City apartment

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say a woman and her 4-year-old son have been found dead in their Harlem apartment.

2 dead, 1 missing after car crashes into South Florida canal

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say at least two people are dead and a third person is missing after a car crashed into a South Florida canal.

As Gov. Haley joins Trump, a Trump supporter succeeds Haley

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — If South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is confirmed as President-elect Donald Trump's pick for United Nations ambassador, her successor will be Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster.

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UN's Ban Ki-moon to push Times Square 2017 countdown button

NEW YORK (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will perform one last ceremonial duty before ending his 10-year leadership of the world body.

Once a killer, now a CEO: Ex-con works to turn youths around

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — John Valverde isn't your typical CEO. He spent 16 years in prison for killing a man accused of raping his girlfriend.

Officials identify 4 people fatally shot in eastern NC home

Local media reports say authorities in North Carolina are investigating the shooting deaths of four people inside a home about 50 miles east of Raleigh...

Son of Trump's NY co-chair denounces dad for Obama comments

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The son of President-elect Donald Trump's New York campaign co-chairman has denounced his father's comments about President Barack Obama and his wife.

2 killed, 4 wounded in suburban NYC nightclub shooting

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — Police have arrested a man they say opened fire on a packed suburban New York City nightclub, killing two people and wounding four others.

Imprisoned Blagojevich awaits Obama decision on commutation

CHICAGO (AP) — One of the last chances for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to win early release from federal prison rests on a pending decision by the man whose Senate seat Blagojevich was convicted of trying to sell — President Barack Obama.

Sheriff: 2 men sought after 7 shot at NC Christmas party

MADISON, N.C. (AP) — Two suspects were being tracked down Sunday after North Carolina investigators say they shot seven people during a private Christmas party attended by hundreds of people.

George Washington re-enactors cross Delaware River

WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pa. (AP) — George Washington and his troops have made their annual Christmas Day trip across the Delaware River.

Court returns ex-Fort Bragg cook to execution track

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A former Fort Bragg soldier who killed four women and raped others more than 25 years ago is again headed for execution.

Cops: Man sets estranged wife's home on fire, kills himself

FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) — Authorities in central Maine say a man set his estranged wife's house on fire during the middle of the night before fatally stabbing himself in front of responding officers.

Failed deal to undo LGBT law marks rocky start for governor

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's next Democratic governor has seen a deal he helped broker to repeal the state's law limiting LGBT protections fall apart and had several of his powers stripped away by the state's Republican-dominated legislature. And he hasn't even been sworn in yet.

Kremlin plays down terror attack possibility in jet crash

Final goodbye: Roll call of some of those who died in 2016
Peace activists set out for Syria from Berlin _ on foot

Czech president links Europe attacks to migration wave
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Tainted alcohol kills 12 Christians in Pakistan
Assad gains Aleppo, but others likely to shape Syria's fate

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Ukraine summons Israeli ambassador after UN controversy

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Rights group: Oman reverses decision to close newspaper
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4 Indian men arrested after US tourist accused them of rape
China resumes ties with Sao Tome in triumph over Taiwan

Thai police charge man in hacking attacks on gov't sites

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Typhoon kills 6, spoils Christmas festivities in Philippines

Afghan official: 1 police officer killed by car bomb blast