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A Look Back At 2014 In Black News

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From #BlackLivesMatter to Bill Cosby to Azealia Banks’ passionate interview with Hot 97 , it’s been an eventful year in black news. Ebony.com senior editor Jamilah Lemieux, Nation Institute fellow Mychal Denzel Smith and BET editorial brand manager Michaela Angela Davis sat down with HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill to look back at some of the biggest stories of 2014. More..

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Before we get started, get yourself a tall glass of room temperature water. Drink that.

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Apple Sued Over Storage-Devouring iOS 8

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Apple is facing a class action lawsuit over the storage on its iPhones, iPads and iPods. A class action lawsuit was filed Tuesday in California, alleging that Apple “fails to disclose” to people that as much as 23.1 percent of the advertised storage space on 8 GB and 16 GB devices would be consumed by iOS 8

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Edward Herrmann, who won an Emmy for “The Practice” and famously played Lorelai’s dad on “Gilmore Girls,” died on Wednesday, his manager confirmed to HuffPost Entertainment. He was 71. “Edward Herrmann, besides being an accomplished actor, he was also a true gentleman and a scholar, as well as being an incredibly kind and decent man.

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The Washington Post recently ruffled feathers in Hawaii for what some perceived as a mocking and condescending tone regarding the Aloha State’s hopes for a beachfront presidential library. In a Dec. 12 blog post, WaPo’s Jaime Fuller summarized the proposed designs for President Barack Obama’s library, which the University of Hawaii is vying with three other schools to host

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Sport and Society for Arete-The Year

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As years go 2014 was an interesting one in sportsworld.

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SURABAYA, Indonesia/JAKARTA, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Indonesian rescuers believe they have found the wreck of a crashed AirAsia plane on the ocean floor off Borneo, after sonar detected a large, dark object beneath waters where debris and bodies were found floating.

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“International adoptions remain in effect, no one banned them. But these kinds of adoptions do not play a major role in solving the problem of underage orphans.” Thus spoke Olga Batalina, chairperson of the Russian Duma’s Committee for Labor and Social Policy a few days ago (as quoted in the government-owned news agency TASS), just in time for the second anniversary of a flat ban of on the adoption of Russian children by parents in the United States. What she said seems true and not true at the same time and is therefore in keeping with the Kremlin’s replacement of facts with disinformation

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WASHINGTON — It’s over for Michael Boggs. Like, really over.

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UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A man who had posted an online video threatening to kill police and FBI agents tried to use his car to run down officers seeking to arrest him on Tuesday so, fearing for their lives, they shot and killed him, authorities said

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PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s Search and Rescue chief says six bodies lost in the AirAsia crash have so far been recovered from the Java Sea, including a woman wearing a flight attendant’s uniform. Henry Bambang Soelistyo says three bodies were retrieved Tuesday, while the others were found after the search resumed Wednesday morning. More…

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council has rejected a Palestinian resolution demanding an end to Israeli occupation within three years. The resolution failed to get the minimum nine “yes” votes in the Security Council

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A Michigan police officer who was fired after cutting the artificial hair off a detained woman’s head will be getting her job back , against the wishes of her department. An arbitrator ruled that Warren Police Officer Bernadette Najor be reinstated to the suburban Detroit police force with full back pay, local newspaper The Macomb Daily reports

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“Hercules,” “I, Frankenstein,” “Tammy,” “RoboCop,” “Winter’s Tale,” “A Million Ways to Die In the West”: these are but some of the worst movies of the year. In a bit of schadenfreude that should make anyone who wasted precious disposable income on the much-derided features very happy, Yahoo! Movies cut together a video where each terrible film reviewed itself . “Is this your idea of a joke?” Liam Neeson asks in a clip from “Non-Stop” featured below

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For the past year, Akron Children’s Hospital has been a second home for Ohio couple Sarah Lewis and William Cramer. Their 4-year-old son Billy has collectively spent six of the last 12 months there receiving treatment for neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that starts in early nerve cells and is most common in infants and young children.

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Is there anything worse than getting an iPhone for Christmas ? Not according to this grandma. Filmmaker Jordan Graham documented his grandmother opening what she thought was an iPhone, and her initial reaction was not a pleasant one.

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This year on HuffPost Teen, bloggers shared their personal stories of struggle , triumph and inspiration , while imparting some wise-beyond-their-years powerful pieces of knowledge with their peers.

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I was looking forward to the holidays as a time to relax and unwind. And with my husband and I working so much, we hoped to reconnect with her three kids 11, 14 and 17.

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When television historians (and future listicle makers) look back on 2014, one thing will seem crystal clear: this past year was one of the most diverse in the history of the small screen, a transformative revolution that showcased a wide array of identities, bodies and sexualities. For the first time ever, more audiences could look at their favorite shows and see characters, actors and lifestyles that more closely reflected themselves

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The nation’s first statewide plastic bag ban will not go into effect on its summer start date if signatures submitted by the ban’s opponents Monday are verified.

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After a short break, four-time Yukon Quest champion Lance Mackey is hitting the trail once again. More…

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Dale Noelle was one of the fashion industry’s most successful and sought after fitting models for nearly two decades before she founded TRUE Model Management . During her career as a professional fit model, she worked for almost every mass retailer and major fashion company, as well as designers: Ralph Rucci for Chado, the late Oleg Cassini, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren and many more.

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The eyes may be the window to the soul, but a mug shot can be a doorway to someplace darker.

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By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Condé Nast on Monday won a federal judge’s preliminary approval to pay $5.85 million to settle a class-action lawsuit by thousands of former interns who claimed the magazine publisher underpaid them.

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PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (AP) — Six bloated bodies and debris seen floating in Indonesian waters Tuesday painfully ended the mystery of AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people aboard and was lost to searchers for more than two days. The bodies were found about 160 kilometers (100 miles) from land and 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the plane’s last known coordinates

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* Case seen as part of Kremlin campaign to stifle dissent * Navalny led mass protests against Putin in 2011/12 * Navalny accused state institutions of corruption * Kremlin denies it uses courts to persecute opponents (Adds more quotes, details) By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW, Dec 30 (Reuters) – A Russian court gave Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a suspended sentence on Tuesday for embezzling money but jailed his brother for three and a half years in a case seen as part of a campaign to stifle dissent. Navalny led mass protests against President Vladimir Putin three years ago, when tens of thousands took to the streets in Moscow and St Petersburg to protest against corruption in Putin’s government and inner circle.

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Congress long ago learned that public scrutiny makes it harder to pass bad bills. So in the midst of negotiations to avoid another government shut-down earlier this month both houses of Congress rammed through new sanctions against Russia as part of the misnamed “Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014.” Indeed, the House version, H.R.

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Wreckage from an AirAsia flight that went missing on its way to Singapore on Sunday was found on Tuesday in the Karimata Strait off the coast of Borneo, Indonesian rescue teams said. Djoko Murjatmodjo, a senior official with Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry, said the debris was from the missing plane , The New York Times reported.

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Vegetarians who selflessly accompany their meat-eating friends to fast food restaurants will no longer have to subsist on French fries for a main meal — so long as the spot is White Castle . On December 30, the burger joint will nationally debut veggie sliders on its menu

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“Undercover Boss” is supposed to reveal the good, bad and ugly of everyday workplaces by inserting senior executives into their own companies — you guessed it — undercover. But Sunday night’s episode just uncovered a wildly sexist CEO

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LISA LEFF, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California school district on Monday reversed a basketball tournament ban on T-shirts reading “I Can’t Breathe” and said it would allow high school players to wear the shirts during warm-ups as long as they do not cause problems, lawyers said. More…

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SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — For a year, three Al-Jazeera English journalists have been locked up in Egypt on terrorism-related charges widely viewed as trumped up for political reasons. More..

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For President Barack Obama and his administration, the last few weeks of 2014 were dramatically different from the rest of the year. Up to that point, 2014 had been characterized by a series of crises, culminating in the crushing blow of the November midterms. And yet, in less than two months, the White House managed to secure a historic climate treaty with China, a revamped relationship with Cuba and long-sought action on immigration

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Topsy-turvy Theological Acts

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We did not have to squint or wear spectacles to sight this top-of-the-front-page headline on Christmas-past (four days ago!) “Tithing in Reverse” ( Chicago Tribune ).

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The big gainers in the last three decades (a.k.a. the one percent) like to pretend that their good fortune was simply the result of the natural workings of the market.

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WASHINGTON/BOSTON, Dec 29 (Reuters) – U.S. investigators believe that North Korea likely hired hackers from outside the country to help with last month’s massive cyberattack against Sony Pictures, an official close to the investigation said on Monday

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By Gayatri Suroyo and Fergus Jensen SURABAYA, Indonesia/JAKARTA, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Countries around Asia on Tuesday stepped up the search for an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people that is presumed to have crashed in shallow waters off the Indonesian coast, with Washington also sending a warship to help find the missing jet. More…

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), whose office has been beating back criticism Monday about a speech he gave at a 2002 gathering hosted by a white supremacist group, just received some ill-timed praise from the group’s founder.

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If you’re not following the Department of the Interior on Instagram, you’re missing out. The account highlights the bounty of natural wonders found across America — from sea to shining sea, and everything in between. The agency, administered by Sally Jewell , overseas nearly one-fifth of the landmass of the United States , including 59 national parks

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Congrats go out to Maci Bookout! The “Teen Mom” star and her boyfriend Taylor McKinney are expecting their first child together , Bookout confirmed to InTouch Weekly. “We still can’t believe it,” the 23-year-old reality star, who suffers from polycystic ovary syndrome, said. “It was a huge shock but we are very excited.” More…

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The real-life inspiration for the animated character Shrek might just be a man nicknamed “The French Angel.” Known formally as Maurice Tillet, a Russian-born Frenchman, the man rose to prominence as a wrestling star in the 1930s and ’40s. Born in 1903, Tillet is said to have been called “angel” by his boyhood friends because of his blonde hair and angelic face.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been suspended for this Sunday’s wild-card playoff game against Dallas for a violation of safety-related playing rules against Green Bay in the season finale. The league announced Monday that Suh was suspended for stepping on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ left leg twice, once with each foot

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There were a couple of things that snuck back into 2014 from the year 2013 — like the overwhelming amount of selfies we take and post and hashtag with a myriad of unnecessary and apparent things, like: #HePutaRingOnIt (obviously he did — or he just brought you to Kay Jewelers and made you try on a ring as a cruel April Fool’s Day Joke) or #TBT on a photo that looks like a younger, less stressed version of your 20-something self-doing something you no longer have the time or savings account to do, like jumping off a cliff in Croatia or buying organic fruit at the farmer’s market. Luckily, things like “Gangnam Style” and Miley Cyrus’s tongue were overshadowed by some remarkable and bizarre things that swept in and made 2014 a memorable year: More…

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A central Pennsylvania prosecutor says Christmas has been forever ruined for the children of a 34-year-old woman who was brutally killed by their father on Christmas Eve. “It’s chilling — just awful,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman told The Huffington Post on Monday

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The Year In UFOs and ETs

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There never seems to be a problem finding UFO stories to talk about. Year after year, people around the world report encounters with and sightings of odd, unexplained objects in the skies above Earth — and, even, in the skies above the moon or Mars. More…

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There are two types of people in the world: Those who rip the wrapping paper off excitedly, and those who remove it with the precision and grace of a neurosurgeon. Benny is no neurosurgeon; he’s a dog.

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In the final days of 2014, take a look back at the year’s biggest news stories through the lens of HuffPost Live. From the downfall of Donald Sterling to the outbreak of Ebola to sexual abuse allegations against Bill Cosby, a mix of experts and everyday people with skin in the game joined us daily to hash out what it all meant. Check out the video above for a refresher on the events that made waves this year — and the ones we’ll still be talking about in 2015.

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The Judgment of Jameis Winston

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On New Year’s Day 2015, quarterback Jameis Winston will lead the Florida State Seminole football team onto the playing field at the Rose Bowl for the first semifinal game of the NCAA’s college football playoff. Most fans of the college game know that Winston, the winner of the 2013 Heisman trophy, had been accused of engaging in unconsented sex with a fellow student, the latest in a series of misdeeds that have characterized his two years on the Tallahassee campus. The University appointed former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Major B

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The NFL’s “Black Monday” has returned. As has become an annual tradition, struggling teams fired coaches and general managers one day after the conclusion of the regular season in 2014

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As awareness of America’s sex-trafficking industry increases, state after state has enacted new laws to combat it. But while a few have backed those get-tough laws with significant funding to support trafficking victims, many have not. In Michigan, for example, a cluster of legislators beamed with pride as Gov.

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Not every criticism of Kobe Bryant needs to be settled in Temecula .

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I’m leaving the Samosa place where I’ve just had lunch.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. is less racially divided than it was when he took office, despite recent protests over police treatment of black people. Obama says mistrust between police and minorities isn’t new.

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Something big’s going to happen in Florida next week, we just don’t know what yet. The Supreme Court is going to examine multiple marriage cases in early January.

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When it comes to staying anywhere across the globe, there are certain qualifications every traveler looks for: cleanliness, proximity to fun places and reasonable pricing.

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The new year is knocking at the door, and with it, those hasty New Year’s resolutions to put down the ice cream and eat well this year. We’re big fans of healthy eating here at HuffPost Taste, but we’re also devoted dessert-lovers , mac and cheese maniacs and straight-up nacho freaks . We love our kale salads and healthy lunch bowls , but we’d like to wash them down with a milkshake or a pie shake , thanks very much

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A software glitch brings production to a screeching halt and now that crucial deadline appears as if it won’t be met. Everyone has an opinion on a solution but time is of the essence

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There are lots of ways to determine the best cities for millennials — our 35-and-under generation is one of aspiring young professionals , exuberant happiness seekers and even confused first-time homeowners . While many lists zoom in one one of these aspects, we’ve yet to see one that blends them all together with such..

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This is why it paid to watch the news in 2014. From the unfortunate news anchor who took a skateboard to the head to the kid who dropped his iPhone 6 after standing in line for hours to get it, it was a great year for watching people embarrass themselves on live television

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It’s another baby boy for Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz. Keys announced the good news on her Instagram account Sunday, posting a sweet shot of the newborn’s footprints.

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Can the Middle East Be Fixed?

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Yes. Amid the chaos and bloodshed, there may be a historic opportunity

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings were just getting started, with a rookie quarterback and a first-time head coach in Mike Zimmer so eager to maintain momentum he told the players to report to practice in a few days. The Chicago Bears played again as if they were ready for this season to be over

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(Reuters) – South Korea proposed on Monday to resume stalled talks with North Korea, an overture that comes amid heightened diplomatic tension after Seoul’s key ally the United States blamed the North for a cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. North Korea has denied responsibility for the hack against the U.S.-based film studio arm of Japan’s Sony Corp, which distributed a comedy film featuring an assassination plot against the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un

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Beautiful campuses inspire a real sense of higher education — or at least something pretty to look at while you doze off in lecture. The campuses here have been ranked the most beautiful by the Princeton Review for the 2014-15 academic year, and all earned their spots on the list. The colleges stretch from coast to coast across America, encompassing stunning natural beauty — like at Colgate University — and astounding architecture — like at the Florida Southern College

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According to reports , one of the first acts of the Republican Congress will be to fire Doug Elmendorf, current director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, because he won’t use “dynamic scoring” for his economic projections.

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TRISNADI MARJAN & MARGIE MASON, Associated Press SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — The search for a missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people that disappeared more than 24 hours ago on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore expanded Monday with planes and ships from several countries taking part. More…

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Adrian College not only wants its graduates to get good-paying jobs, it guarantees it. If Adrian students don’t make $37,000 a year, the small private school in Michigan will pay all or part of their loans through an insurance company

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Another Madonna demo has leaked , following a slew of unfinished tracks that made their way onto the internet earlier in December . Titled “Two Steps Behind,” the demo drew up allegations that the lyrics — “You’re a copycat, get back/I’m always on your mind” — were directed specifically at Lady Gaga . However, during a Twitter Q&A about Madonna’s upcoming album “Rebel Heart,” her manager, Guy Oseary , cleared the air, writing, “That song is NOT about Gaga or anyone in particular.” @EDXCX that song is NOT about gaga or anyone in particular

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By Jim Finkle and Liana B. Baker BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sony Corp’s PlayStation Network suffered connection problems for a fourth straight day since hackers attacked the video game network, and the company said on Sunday that service was gradually being restored

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HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion. Obama is welcoming the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan.

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Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock are divorcing after 19 years of marriage. People reports that Rock’s lawyer Robert S.

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