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Democrats optimistic on 2016 presidential chances
ATLANTA (AP) -- Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a "permanent governing majority" for the GOP. Eight years later, Democrats were touting the enduring power of the "Obama coalition" to keep their party in the White House.... 12/26/2014 8:15 AM

Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry
ATLANTA (AP) -- Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release.... 12/25/2014 6:11 PM

After 6 years, Obama personal chef hangs up apron
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Political advisers, chiefs of staff, press secretaries and national security advisers have come and gone in the nearly six years Barack Obama has been president. Now, Obama's personal chef is waving goodbye.... 12/26/2014 1:39 AM

US traveler released from East Timor jail
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A U.S. traveler detained for months in East Timor has been released from prison.... 12/25/2014 9:55 PM

Nevada goats help eat, recycle Christmas trees
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Goats are known to eat just about anything, but it didn't dawn on Vince Thomas until recently that the menu might include Christmas trees.... 12/26/2014 2:51 AM

Wake to be held for 1 of 2 slain NYPD officers
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mourners of a New York Police Department officer killed with his partner in an ambush shooting will gather at a Queens church for his wake.... 12/26/2014 6:47 AM

Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers
Two New York Police Department officers were ambushed last weekend by Ismaaiyl Brinsley after he had made threatening posts online, including references to high-profile cases of white police officers killing unarmed black men and a vow to put "wings on pigs." After shooting the officers, Brinsley ran into a Brooklyn subway station and committed suicide.... 12/26/2014 6:49 AM

President Obama's Hawaii vacation: Day 6
KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) -- How President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent the sixth day of their holiday vacation in Hawaii on Thursday:... 12/26/2014 2:59 AM

Power returns to Mississippi town after twister
COLUMBIA, Miss. (AP) -- Workers restored power Thursday to tornado-scarred Columbia, while volunteers helped clear rubble, cover roofs and do whatever else they could to help the Mississippi town recover.... 12/25/2014 11:11 PM

College sees small, big benefits with loan promise
ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) -- When it came time to pick a college, Abby Slusher leaned toward a private school near her southeastern Michigan home for the small campus and class sizes. Her mother pushed Adrian College for another reason: A new program guaranteeing every graduate would make more than $37,000, or get some or all student loans reimbursed.... 12/26/2014 6:40 AM