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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 23, 2015

Grand jury indicts truck driver in Tracy Morgan crash

A New Jersey grand jury on Wednesday indicted the truck driver who crashed into a limo van carrying Tracy Morgan, killing one man and severely injuring the comedian. The grand jury charged Kevin Roper with first-degree aggravated manslaughter, second-degree vehicular homicide and third-degree aggravated assault charges in the 2014 crash.

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US blocks UK Muslim family from boarding plane to Disneyland

LONDON – British Prime Minister David Cameron will look into claims that U.S. officials prevented a British Muslim family of 11 from flying to Disneyland for a planned holiday. The issue is sensitive because U.S. Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has called for a temporary ban on Muslims visiting the U.S. due to concerns about extremist attacks.

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A U.S. service member salutes her fallen comrades during a Wednesday memorial ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, for six airmen who were killed Monday in a suicide attack.

What’s behind the Taliban onslaught in Afghanistan?

KABUL, Afghanistan – It’s starting to look like the bad old days in Afghanistan. After six Americans were killed in a suicide bombing this week, and with the U.S. and Britain deploying troops to help battle a Taliban onslaught in strategic Helmand province, Afghanistan looks as shaky as at any point since U.S.-led international forces withdrew into a smaller, supporting role 12 months ago.

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AP interview: Carson suggests campaign shake-up is coming

UPPERCO, Md. – Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Wednesday morning he is moving toward a major shake-up of his struggling campaign, with less than six weeks to go until early voting begins to select party nominees. Yet by Wednesday evening, he tried to steer away from that message, announcing that all is well in the Carson camp.

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A person carries his dry cleaning while walking in the rain Wednesday through midtown Atlanta. In parts of Georgia, including Atlanta, a flood watch was posted through Friday evening, the National Weather Service said.

4 killed as ‘dangerous’ storm system sweeps across South

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. – A storm system forecasters called “particularly dangerous” killed at least six people as it swept across the country Wednesday, and officials were searching for missing residents into the night. Tornadoes touched down in Indiana and Mississippi, where three were killed. The springlike storms packing strong winds killed two more in Tennessee.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 22, 2015

Things to watch in 2016: Steady economy is the new hot

WASHINGTON – After a year free from government shutdowns and other self-inflicted wounds, the U.S. economy in 2016 is expected to power forward at a steady, albeit unspectacular pace. Given all the global uncertainty, steady is the new strong. A six-year U.S. economic expansion, long by historical standards, rolls on.

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Support for legal abortion at highest level in 2 years

WASHINGTON – Support for legal abortion in the U.S. has edged up to its highest level in the past two years, with an Associated Press-GfK poll showing an apparent increase in support among Democrats and Republicans alike over the last year. Nearly 6 in 10 Americans – 58 percent – now think abortion should be legal in most or all cases, up from 51 percent who said so at the beginning of the year, according to the AP-GfK survey. It was conducted after three people were killed last month in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado.

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Prosecutor says no indictment in Sandra Bland jail death

A grand jury decided that neither sheriff’s officials nor jailers committed a crime in the treatment of a black woman who died in a Texas county jail last summer, but has not yet determined whether the state trooper who arrested her should face charges, a prosecutor said.

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MONDAY, DEC. 21, 2015

World in brief: Haiti officials postpone vote set for this weekend

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Less than a week before balloting was scheduled, Haitian authorities postponed the country’s presidential and legislative runoffs because they said they needed to wait for recommendations from a special commission tasked with evaluating the widely criticized electoral process. In a brief statement issued Monday evening, Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council said the vote scheduled for Dec. 27 was postponed until further notice. They did not provide a new date for the final round of national elections.

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Bombing kills six U.S. troops in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan – A suicide attacker rammed an explosives-laden motorcycle into a joint NATO-Afghan patrol Monday, killing six American troops in the deadliest attack on international forces since August. The soldiers were targeted as they moved through a village near Bagram Airfield, the largest U.S. military facility in Afghanistan, NATO and Afghan officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

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Obama: Trump exploiting blue-collar fears in campaign

HONOLULU – President Barack Obama, in a broadside against the leading Republican presidential candidate, says billionaire Donald Trump is “exploiting” the fears that working-class men in particular have about the economy and stagnant wages. In a year-end interview with NPR News, Obama said demographic changes combined with the “economic stresses” people have been feeling because of the financial crisis, technology and globalization have made life harder for those who rely on a steady paycheck.

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People: Obama does Seinfeld show

President Barack Obama will be Jerry Seinfeld’s first guest when the seventh season of his online talk show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” opens Dec. 30. The show features the New York comedian picking up fellow comics in classic cars and taking them out for coffee and conversation.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump poses with supporters after a campaign rally Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Polls may actually underestimate Trump’s support, study finds

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump leads the Republican presidential field in polls of GOP voters nationally and in most early-voting states, but some surveys actually may be understating his strength. With Trump dominating political debates in both parties, gauging his true level of support has become a crucial puzzle. A new study of survey data by Morning Consult, a polling and media firm, provides one piece of the solution, although many uncertainties remain. The firm looked at an odd occurrence that has cropped up repeatedly this fall: Trump generally has done better in online polls than in surveys done by phone.

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