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A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet.

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Big-city police departments and union leaders warned officers Sunday to change up their routines and insist on extra backup after a gunman who had ranted online about the slayings of black…

  • Mokrzycki, former AP polling director, dies at 52

    WEST NEWBURY, Mass. (AP) — Mike Mokrzycki, a former journalist and election polling specialist at The Associated Press who later started his own survey research business, died of an apparent heart attack, his wife said.…

  • Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash

    NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement that has grown…

  • Oneida Indians plan new ‘Oz’-themed NY casino

    CHITTENANGO, N.Y. (AP) — The Oneida Indian Nation plans to open a $20 million casino with a “Wizard of Oz” theme in the village where author L. Frank Baum was born, the Oneidas confirmed Sunday.…

  • Florida authorities say 1 police officer shot and killed

    TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that police have arrested 23-year-old Marco…

  • US coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Less than five years after an explosion fueled by excess coal dust killed 29 men deep inside a West Virginia underground mine, the nation’s coal mines are on pace for an…

  • US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels. And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just…

  • Timeline of events before, after NYPD cop deaths

    A timeline of events on Saturday in the hours before and moments after two NYPD officers were shot in their cruiser by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, a 28-year-old man who vowed online to shoot two “pigs” in…

  • Survey: US gas prices fall 25 cents per gallon

    CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped another 25 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, to $2.47. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that prices will likely…

  • California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they’ll know whether “driverless”…

  • Survey: Employees don’t feel creative in the workplace

    WASHINGTON — A national survey shows Americans want to be more creative in their jobs even if that means taking a pay cut. According to the survey, 27 percent of employees would tell their bosses they’d…

  • NYC subways slowly upgrading from 1930s-era technology

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s subways — the nation’s biggest mass transit network — serve more than 6 million daily riders who depend largely on a signal system that dates back to the…

  • NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York’s decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams. “I’m devastated,”…

  • National coal mining deaths

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — National coal mining deaths dropped by more than half the year after the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia, from 48 to 21, and there were 20 each…

  • US coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Deaths and injuries at the nation’s coal mines have been declining since a West Virginia underground mining disaster killed 29 workers less than five years ago. Coal mines are on pace…