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Hagel in Baghdad as U.S. sees momentum against ISIS

The U.S. has expanded its presence against Islamic State militants, four months after starting a campaign of air strikes in Iraq.

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State lawmakers launch gun control coalition

State lawmakers have launched a nationwide non-partisan coalition to combat gun violence.

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White House: Precautionary measures taken ahead of torture report

The government has taken precautionary measures before releasing a congressional report criticizing CIA interrogation methods.

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Gas prices fall 12 cents per gallon

The average price of regular gasoline has plunged another 12 cents a gallon over the past two weeks.

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Britain’s Prince William and Kate arrive on first trip to NYC

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate arrived for a whirlwind trip.

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Protests continue over ‘chokehold’ death

Angry crowds continued to protest in several cities after a grand jury failed to indict an NYPD officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

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Survivors commemorate 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

The ceremony was part of a nationwide remembrance day, commemorated at different U.S. sites.

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Holiday shopping discounts deepen, last longer

Retailers started discounting early this holiday season, but that hasn’t stopped them from stepping up the offers now.

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Making headlines this week

A look back on some of this week's biggest newsmakers.

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Defense nominee Carter ‘foremost national security leader’

Former Pentagon official Ash Carter is the nominee for the next secretary of defense.

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NASA launches new rocket, new era

A spaceship designed to one day fly astronauts to Mars blasted off on Friday for an unmanned trial run around Earth.

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Republicans preparing 2015 immigration legislation

U.S. Republicans plan legislation to strengthen the U.S.-Mexican border and discourage illegal immigration.

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America ushers in Christmas with lighting of Capitol tree

The annual ritual near the White House featured performances from singers Patti LaBelle and Steve Miller.

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Boehner vows to avoid government shutdown with help from Dems

The House Speaker says he wants to avert a shutdown while keeping some budget "leverage" over the President's immigration order.

A protester uses a bullhorn during a demonstration on Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014, at a tree lighting ceremony in Philadelphia. The crowd, protesting the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of police, rallied at the train station and marched through downtown before disrupting a tree lighting ceremony at City Hall.

More protests expected after no charges in New York chokehold case

A police union official defended a white officer's role in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man as protesters gathered a day after a grand jury voted not to bring charges.

This image made from video posted online by militants on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Luke Somers, an American photojournalist born in Britain and held hostage by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen. The group is threatening to kill Somers, who was kidnapped more than a year ago and has given Washington three days to meet several unspecified demands, a U.S. terrorism monitoring group said Thursday.

U.S. discloses failed attempt to rescue American in Yemen

The United States failed to rescue a U.S. citizen held hostage by al Qaeda's Yemen branch, and the group threatened to kill him in a new video posted on the Internet.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder makes a statement about the grand jury decision not to seek an indictment in the Staten Island death of Eric Garner during an arrest in July, in Washington December 3, 2014.

Justice Department finds Cleveland Police use excessive force

The recent shooting of a 12-year-old boy with a toy gun is only one case of excessive force used against civilians in Cleveland according to a Justice Department investigation.

Scores of fast food workers and their supporters calling for a $15 minimum wage fill a McDonalds restaurant in Chelsea, Massachusetts December 4, 2014.

Minimum wage fight hits the streets of 160 U.S. cities

Workers in the fast-food, home care and airline industries are staging protests and strikes to advocate for a $15 minimum wage and other labor rights.

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 27, 2014.

Alabama anti-discrimination bill to be named after Apple’s Tim Cook

Apple's Tim Cook is lending his name to legislation to bar discrimination against state employees on the basis of their sexual orientation in his native Alabama.

Same-sex marriage supporters chant outside the Miami-Dade County courthouse following a hearing seeking to strike down the state's de facto ban on gay marriage and order it to recognize same-sex marriage, in Miami, Florida July 2, 2014. Same-sex marriages could begin in Florida in early January after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Wednesday declined to extend a stay issued by a federal judge who struck down the state's ban on gay weddings.

Ruling would permit Florida same-sex marriages in early January

Same-sex marriages could begin in Florida in early January after the appellate court declined to further stay a lower court ruling that overturned the state's ban on gay weddings.

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AP source: Rays send Myers to Padres in big deal

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Tampa Bay Rays' Wil Myers hits an RBI double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014.

A person with knowledge of the deal says the San Diego Padres have acquired outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Brangelina hired a cyber security firm for their kids

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The "Tomb Raider" star and her husband are taking precautions to protect their six children as they grow up in a digital world.

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Eric Singer will leave KISS if Simmons, Stanley retire

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Singer joined the group in 1991 following the death of Eric Carr, and says he couldn't continue without his pals.

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REVIEW: Final ‘Hobbit’ movie falls short of original trilogy

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Martin Freeman appears in a scene from the film, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

This Christmas, Peter Jackson gives us the gift of his final trip to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

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Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake are just awkward teens at camp

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The boys are back at summer camp and they can't stop singing "Jumper" by Third Eye Blind.

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