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    White House defends President's use of memoranda

    White House defends President's use of memorandaWhite House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday that President Barack Obama has "used every tool at his disposal to move the country forward."
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    These 10 car models may not make it another year

    These 10 car models may not make it another yearThis year yielded a bumper crop of exciting new cars, trucks and SUVs, but what about those that have been, let's say, taken out to the farm? Which cars won't make it another model year?
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    'The Great Dictator' made during more polarizing times

    'The Great Dictator' made during more polarizing times"The Interview" isn't the first time Hollywood has poked fun at a dictator. In an era of war, Charlie Chaplin spoofed Hitler in the 1940 film "The Great Dictator."
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    • 19 hours, 52 minutes ago
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    Ladies getting 'loob' jobs for their feet

    Ladies getting 'loob' jobs for their feetWomen are constantly looking for ways to make high heels more comfortable. Some are choosing plastic surgery.
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    • 19 hours, 52 minutes ago
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    Trailer: 'Into the Woods'

    Trailer: 'Into the Woods'Meryl Streep plays a witch who tasks a childless baker and his wife with gathering magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse a curse put on their family tree in 'Into the Woods.'
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    Trailer: 'American Sniper'

    Trailer: 'American Sniper'Bradley Cooper plays Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL sniper, in 'American Sniper.' The film is based on Kyle's autobiography detailing his time serving on the battlefield.
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    Trailer: 'Big Eyes'

    Trailer: 'Big Eyes''Big Eyes' is based on the true story of painter Margaret Keane, played by Amy Adams. Christoph Waltz plays her husband who attempts to claim credit for her art.
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    Watch Santa get knocked out by a curious bear

    Watch Santa get knocked out by a curious bearThis curious bear may have just earned himself a spot on Santa's naughty list! A wildlife camera placed deep in the woods in California captured his interaction with a stuff Santa Claus doll.
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    'Oh God, it's Mom': Sons get surprise call on C-SPAN

    'Oh God, it's Mom': Sons get surprise call on C-SPANA mom in North Carolina was sick of her adult sons fighting, so she called them up to scold them...on live TV. Dallas and Brad Woodhouse were on C-SPAN battling from very different ends of the political spectrum.
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    • 21 hours, 39 minutes ago
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    Man who fled Cuba with his family hopes to reclaim land

    Man who fled Cuba with his family hopes to reclaim landAl Garcia was 13 years old when Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba in 1959. Instead of facing political ramifications, Garcia and his family fled leaving their property behind.
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    • 21 hours, 39 minutes ago
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    An Oscars fall, Kim K's booty top 2014 celeb news

    An Oscars fall, Kim K's booty top 2014 celeb news2014 brought us big celeb headlines! From Kim Kardashian trying to "break the internet" with her bottom, to Jennifer Lawrence taking ANOTHER spill at the Oscars, take a look at the biggest entertainment stories of the year.
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    • 21 hours, 44 minutes ago
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    Robin Williams, Hoffman among celebs remembered in 2014

    Robin Williams, Hoffman among celebs remembered in 2014Take a look back in memoriam of the celebrities and notables who passed in 2014.
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    • 21 hours, 44 minutes ago
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    Teen's conviction tossed 70 years after his execution

    Teen's conviction tossed 70 years after his executionThe murder conviction of George Stinney, Jr., a 14-year-old African-American boy who was executed 70 years ago for the deaths of two white girls, was just overturned. A South Carolina judge ruled the boy did not have a fair trial.
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    • 23 hours, 4 minutes ago
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    14-year-old says he killed intruder to protect grandma

    14-year-old says he killed intruder to protect grandmaA teenager in Charlotte, North Carolina who shot and killed an intruder during an attempted home invasion said he had no choice, and that he has no regrets.
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    • 23 hours, 34 minutes ago
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    Crooks steal gifts from 5-year-old with cancer

    Crooks steal gifts from 5-year-old with cancerThieves broke into the home of a 5-year-old brain cancer patient and stole the electronics he liked the most--his game console and television.
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    Court clears way for Arizona 'Dreamers' to get licenses

    Court clears way for Arizona 'Dreamers' to get licensesThe U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for young Arizona immigrants or "dreamers" to get driver's licenses. The Supreme Court denied Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's request for a stay of an appeals' court ruling.
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    Flu outbreak forces entire school system to close

    Flu outbreak forces entire school system to closeA flu outbreak in Georgia has forced an entire school district to close because of the high number of teachers and students sickened.
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    TV meteorologist shot in station parking lot

    TV meteorologist shot in station parking lotPatrick Crawford, KCEN-TV's morning meteorologist, was shot multiple times Wednesday in the parking lot of the station in Waco, Texas.
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    'Shotgun!' ISS astronauts want to go onboard Orion

    'Shotgun!' ISS astronauts want to go onboard OrionAstronauts on board the International Space Station told The Navy Times in an exclusive interview that they'd love the chance to go on NASA's spacecraft Orion. They also recently received a 3D printer on the ISS. Take a look at their first creation.
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    Jimmy Kimmel to Sony: 'Have some backbone'

    Jimmy Kimmel to Sony: 'Have some backbone'There's mixed opinion on Sony's decision to cancel the release of 'The Interview' after threats from hackers. Some say it's the safe bet while others, especially in Hollywood, think the studio is caving to the hacker's demands.
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    Critic's Corner: Check out 'iHeart Radio Jingle Ball'

    Critic's Corner: Check out 'iHeart Radio Jingle Ball'USA TODAY's Robert Bianco previews the television lineup for Thursday, December 18th with 'iHeart Radio's Jingle Ball' featuring Taylor Swift, Maroon 5 and many other artists.
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    Obama opens door to Cuba with Gross' release

    Obama opens door to Cuba with Gross' releaseAlan Gross , the American contractor at the center of one of the biggest U.S. foreign policy reversals in a half century, was released from a Cuban prison as President Obama announced today that the U.S. was normalizing relations with Cuba.
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    Thursday's forecast: Small storm to hit middle of U.S.

    Thursday's forecast: Small storm to hit middle of U.S.The national weather forecast for Thursday, December 18th calls for snow showers in Northern New England, showers in the Rockies and a small snow storm in the middle of the U.S.
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    Timeline: Main events in US-Cuba relations

    Timeline: Main events in US-Cuba relationsPresident Obama said that the U.S. will begin to normalize relations and establish diplomatic ties with Cuba, ending many restrictions that have been in place for five decades. Here are key dates in relations between the two countries.
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    Groupon vs. Living Social: The daily deal debate

    Groupon vs. Living Social: The daily deal debateThere are countless daily deal sites, but in money expert Matt Granite's opinion, it comes down to only two - Groupon or Living Social. Which of those sites offer the best discounts?
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    Bald eagle 'Freedom' escapes rehab facility

    Bald eagle 'Freedom' escapes rehab facility'Freedom' the bald eagle escaped from a San Antonio rehabilitation center. She used her body to bust open the zip ties used to secure her cage.
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    • 1 day, 16 hours ago
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    Jessica Chastain: I'm a geek and I'm going to Comic Con

    Jessica Chastain: I'm a geek and I'm going to Comic ConJessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac, co-stars of 'A Most Violent Year,' have been friends for over a decade. Hear what movie they are most excited to see in 2015. Video shot by Todd Plitt for USA TODAY.
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