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APNewsBreak: Dodgers end Yanks’ payroll streak, owe most tax

Graphic shows 2014 major league team payrolls; 1c x 5 1/2 inches; 46.5 mm x 139 mm; Graphic shows 2014 major league team payrolls; 1c x 5 1/2 inches; 46.5 mm x 139 mm; Buy AP Photo Reprints NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees’...
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Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

File – This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows anti-whaling activist Paul Watson, center, founder of the Oregon-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, as he listens during a contempt of court hearing in federal court in Seattle. Radical environmentalists have been found in...
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Things to know about Friday’s baseball news

San Diego Padres outfielder Matt Kemp, center, poses for a picture with Padres general manager A.J. Preller, left, and manager Bud Black, right, during a news conference introducing Kemp as part of the baseball club Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in San Diego. The Padres deal for the...
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Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

File – This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows anti-whaling activist Paul Watson, center, founder of the Oregon-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, as he listens during a contempt of court hearing in federal court in Seattle. Radical environmentalists have been found in...
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Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The president claimed an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health...
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9 films advance in Oscars shortlist for best foreign film

In this image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Erica Rivas in a scene from “Wild Tales,” one of nine films in contention for an Oscar nomination for best foreign film. (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Classics) In this image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows...

Prepackaged caramel apples linked to 4 deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. Caramel apples are most popular around Halloween, and the outbreak started just before then,...
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Ashanti ‘shocked’ by prospect of stalker retrial

Singer Ashanti leaves the courthouse after testifying at Devar Hurd’s trial in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Ashanti said in testimony at Hurd’s trial Tuesday that she was “disgusted” and “absolutely scared” when she learned in July 2013...
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St. Louis Rams ‘Hands Up’ players give back at holiday event

FILE – In this Nov. 30, 2014, file photo, St. Louis Rams players, from left, Stedman Bailey (12), Tavon Austin (11), Jared Cook, (89) Chris Givens (13) and Kenny Britt (81) raise their arms in awareness of the events in Ferguson, Mo., as they walk onto the field during...
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Cuban cigar boom? Not yet, stores and customers say

A man lights a cigar in a cigar club shop in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The coveted Cuban cigar is set to make its first legal appearance in the U.S. in years, with relaxed guidelines allowing American travelers to return with a few of the once-forbidden items in their...