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AP-Times Square poll: Most feeling good about 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. There's room for improvement: Americans give the year gone by a resounding `meh.'...

Will 'The Interview' change how Hollywood does business?
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Interview" was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn't even begin to describe the series of events that transpired over the past few weeks, culminating in the truly unprecedented move by a major studio to release a film in theaters and on digital platforms simultaneously....

In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014....

Mayor, VP to speak at slain NYPD officer's funeral
NEW YORK (AP) -- Thousands of people were expected to attend the funeral of a New York City police officer shot to death along with his partner one week ago in a brazen daylight ambush that shook the city and put an end to large-scale local protests criticizing police following a series of high-profile deaths in police custody....

Key developments in police-communities tension
The killings of two unarmed black men by white police officers in Missouri and New York this summer touched off protests and a national debate over police conduct that intensified after grand juries refused to indict the officers....

PlayStation, Xbox outages spark debate over hacker claims
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Sony's PlayStation network remained offline Friday on the second day of an outage that began roiling the online world just as eager video game players were unwrapping new consoles on Christmas morning....

Study: Marijuana use has increased in Colorado
DENVER (AP) -- Colorado emerged as the state with the second-highest percentage of regular marijuana users as it began legalizing the drug, according to a new national study....

1990s TV star 'Screech' charged in bar stabbing
Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," was charged Friday with stabbing a man during a bar fight on Christmas....

Cleveland reaches 50 years of sports futility
CLEVELAND (AP) -- For this golden anniversary, there won't be any gifts exchanged or champagne-sipping celebrations....

4 dead in fiery Northern California car crash
FAIR OAKS, Calif. (AP) -- Two vehicles collided head-on in a fiery crash near Sacramento, California, leaving four people dead and two more seriously injured....

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