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Immigration plan draws cheers, criticism across US
Thousands of immigrant-rights activists, families and elected officials cheered across the country as President Barack Obama announced on television his plan for relief from deportations for about 5 million people....

Key elements of Obama's actions on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system could shield nearly 5 million people here illegally from deportation, without going through Congress. A look at the key executive measures Obama announced Thursday:...

As snow ends, roof collapses, floods are concerns
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads....

Package from Florida State shooter found in Texas
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The first of several packages mailed by a man who shot three people at a Florida State University library was delivered in Texas, a law enforcement official said Friday....

5 family members killed on 'dream trip' to Disney
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Michael and Trudi Hardman had always talked about taking their six children to Disney World, and just a week before Thanksgiving, it seemed their "dream trip" was to be a reality....

Judge dismisses 2nd man charged in 1975 slaying
CLEVELAND (AP) -- A judge has dismissed the case against a second man nearly 40 years after he and two others were convicted in a 1975 Cleveland slaying....

Blue pear-shaped diamond sets auction record
NEW YORK (AP) -- A Fancy Vivid Blue pear-shaped diamond from the estate of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon has sold for $32.6 million. It's an auction record for any blue diamond....

Poll: Employers watching insurance costs closely
Despite years of rising medical costs and pressure from the health care overhaul, employers consider employee health insurance a priority. But new surveys suggest coverage may grow skimpier in the coming years....

Report: Bird needs 3-mile buffer from drilling
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A government study with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says the breeding grounds of a struggling bird species need a 3-mile or larger buffer from oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects....

Marine with robotic leg braces to get Bronze Star
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Capt. Derek Herrera wanted to remain on active duty after a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan left him paralyzed two years ago....

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