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FILE - This Jan. 22, 2014, file photo, shows recruiter Valera Kulow, left, speaking with job seeker Monic Spencer during a career fair in Dallas. Few issues in a presidential campaign come close to being as meaningful as the economy. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll offers a look at how the public feels about this issue, which touches nearly every aspect of American life. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

AP-GfK Poll: 5 things to know about the economy

Few issues in a presidential campaign come close to being as meaningful as the economy. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll offers a look at how the public feels about this issue, which touches nearly every aspect of American life. As the 2016 candidates get set to kick off their campaigns, ...

The casket of New York Police Department officer Rafael Ramos arrives to his wake at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Glendale section of Queens, where he was a member, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, in New York. Ramos was killed Dec. 20 along with his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu, as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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. Tensions escalated further after two New York City police officers were killed ...

The casket of New York Police Department officer Rafael Ramos arrives to his wake at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Glendale section of Queens, where he was a member, Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, in New York. Ramos was killed Dec. 20 along with his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu, as they sat in their patrol car on a Brooklyn street. The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later killed himself. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Biden: NY officers' deaths touched soul of nation

Vice President Joe Biden says the slayings of two New York City police officers in an ambush shooting have "touched the soul of an entire nation." Biden addressed hundreds of police officers and family and friends of Officer Rafael Ramos inside the Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens on Saturday. Outside ...

In this Dec. 2, 2014, file photo, cars enter Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif.

N. Korea compares Obama to monkey in hacking row

North Korea on Saturday blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview" and compared President Barack Obama to a monkey. The North has denied involvement in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures, but has expressed fury over the comedy, which depicts ...

In this Dec. 16, 2014 photo, Sam Rothberg, packing house supervisor for the Intervale Food Hub in Burlington, Vt., packs carrots into weekly deliveries of food produced by area farmers. Food hubs around the country are getting more fresh, locally produced food out to consumers and giving farmers another avenue for expanding their sales. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

Food hubs link consumers with locally farmed food

Move over farmers' markets. More than 300 food hubs around the country are also providing small farms another outlet to sell locally raised food to consumers. There's no one model for a food hub — it depends on the market, the location and what it is grown in that area. ...

An empty railway station is seen in Simferopol, Crimea, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014. Ukraine on Friday blocked rail and bus travel between the mainland and the peninsula that was annexed by Russia in March. On Saturday, the Crimean customs service said automobiles also were blocked at two of the three crossing points on the isthmus leading to Crimea, but traffic resumed in late afternoon. (AP Photo/Anton Volk)

Ukraine says Crimea transport halt temporary

Ukraine's suspension of transport connections with the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula is expected to be only a temporary measure, a Ukrainian security official said Saturday. Ukraine blocked rail and bus travel Friday between the mainland and the peninsula, which Russia seized in March. On Saturday, the Crimean customs service said vehicles ...

Oso landslide , Seahawks, wildfires top Washington stories

A massive landslide that destroyed a small community near Everett - killing dozens - was voted the state's top news story of 2014 by Associated Press member editors. Other top news items of the past 12 months included the Super Bowl win by the Seahawks, wildfires, a deadly school shooting ...

South Africa: Man drowns as large wave hits Durban beach

A man drowned when an unusually large wave hit a Durban beach in South Africa, emergency services said Saturday. Another 40 swimmers were treated for minor injuries when the big wave hit the popular Wedge Beach on the north coast of Durban, a city on the east coast of South ...

Polish poet, translator Stanislaw Baranczak dies

Poland's outstanding poet, translator and dissident and a former Harvard lecturer Stanislaw Baranczak has died at his U.S. home, Poland's leading daily Gazeta Wyborcza said. He was 68. Since the 1990s, Baranczak suffered from Parkinson's disease, which made him quit his Harvard job in 1997 after 16 years there. He ...

Death penalty states unmoved by botched execution

Oklahoma's last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the lethal drugs seeped into his body, his executioners drew the viewing gallery curtains, concealing what the warden later described as "a bloody mess." The botched execution of ...

Agca leaves flowers on John Paul's tomb in Vatican

The Vatican says the Turk who shot and wounded John Paul II in 1981 has laid flowers on the saint's tomb in St. Peter's Basilica. A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said the surprise visit Saturday by Mehmet Ali Agca lasted a few minutes. As with other flowers left ...

7 years later, Carnation killings trial to begin

Seven years after six family members were killed in Carnation on Christmas Eve, a King County judge is nearly ready to begin hearing the case against one of the two people charged with six counts of aggravated first-degree murder. The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/GmVRq4 ) a jury has been chosen ...

FILE - This  Nov. 14, 2014, file photo shows President Barack Obama boarding Air Force One at Yangon International Airport, in Yangon, Myanmar. It was supposed to be a joke. “Are you still president?” comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month. But the question seemed to speak to growing weariness with the president and skepticism that anything will change in Washington during his final two years in office. Democrats already are checking out Obama’s potential successors. Emboldened Republicans are trying to push aside his agenda in favor of their own.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Yes-We-Can president faces twilight of maybes

It was supposed to be a joke. "Are you still president?" comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month. But the question seemed to speak to growing weariness with the president and skepticism that anything will change in Washington during his final two years in office. Democrats already are ...

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. A Somali intelligence official says Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, a leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab who has a $3 million bounty on his head, has surrendered to police in Somalia. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

Wanted extremist leader surrenders in Somalia

A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said Saturday. Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi surrendered to Somali police in the Gedo region, said the intelligence officer, who insisted on anonymity because he is not ...

Belarus replaces prime minister, central bank head

Belarus' authoritarian president on Saturday replaced his prime minister, the head of the national bank and an array of other top officials as the country weathers economic troubles. The economics and industry ministers also were replaced by President Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday. He appointed his former chief of staff, Andrei ...

Iran tests suicide drone in military drill

Iran's army said Saturday it has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the army's chief commander of ground forces, described the unmanned aircraft as a "mobile ...

FILE - This Dec. 17, 2014 file photo shows a classic American car driving past the U.S. Interests Section buidling in Havana, Cuba. A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the seven-story mission is set to become a full-fledged embassy. The U.S. and Cuba announced on Dec. 17, 2014 they are re-establishing full diplomatic relations. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)

US mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw

A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States' seven-story mission looms over Havana's seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country. Cuban guards stand at close intervals on the street outside, and islanders line up by the thousands each year for a shot at ...

Syria 'ready to participate' in Moscow peace talks

Syrian state-run TV said Saturday that the government is prepared to take part in peace talks hosted by Russia next month, but the unnamed foreign ministry official it cited suggested the scope of the negotiations would be limited to "preliminary" talks meant to pave the way for a conference held ...

FILE - This Oct. 24, 2014, file photo shows Hillary Rodham Clinton addressing supporters of Rhode Island Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gina Raimondo during a Raimondo campaign event at Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I. Rejuvenating the economy figured prominently in the first Clinton presidential campaign and could form the foundation of the next one. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

Clinton economic approach under scrutiny

If Hillary Rodham Clinton seeks the White House again, her message on the economy could be an important barometer as she courts fellow Democrats. Members of her party are watching closely how the former secretary of state outlines steps to address income inequality and economic anxieties for middle-class families. Some ...

Egypt reduces sentences in same-sex wedding case

An Egyptian appeals court has reduced the sentences of eight men convicted on charges of "inciting debauchery" for taking part in an alleged same-sex wedding party from three years to one year in prison. Last month's convictions were based on an Internet video showing two men exchanging rings and embracing ...

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