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Grand Canyon awards temporary services contract

Grand Canyon awards temporary services contract

Averts a shutdown of some of the Grand Canyon's iconic hotels and mule rides.

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An unneeded Bush-era handout that refuses to die

An unneeded Bush-era handout that refuses to die

Congress should purge this provision of the tax code next year.

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Bridge of 1917 remains deathtrap as infrastructure crumbles

Bridge of 1917 remains deathtrap as infrastructure crumbles

SEATTLE — If, in some great museum of American public discourse, there's a gilded pedestal reserved for the Lincoln- Douglas Debates, then way in the back, in a darkened room that no one tells the docents about, you might find a cardboard diorama of the Benton-Rivers Encounter.

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For storytellers, last days of 2014 are the worst of times

For storytellers, last days of 2014 are the worst of times

In these last days of 2014, it seems like the delicate, freedom-hugging art of narrative storytelling has exploded in our faces. Not unlike the head of a certain political leader in a fictional movie now not coming to a theater near you.

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Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

Israeli police detain a Palestinian protester after a prayer for Palestinian Cabinet Minister Ziad Abu Ain, who died after a protest on Dec. 10.

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Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas site in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas site in Gaza

JERUSALEM — Israel’s military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early today in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since last summer’s war.

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Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

Palestinians protesters pray for Palestinian Cabinet Minister Ziad Abu Ain, who died after a protest on Dec. 10 in the village of Turmus Aya near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Clashes erupted Friday between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces at a West Bank military checkpoint near T…

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Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

Israeli troops fire tear gas towards Palestinian protesters following a prayer for Palestinian Cabinet Minister Ziad Abu Ain, who died after a protest on Dec. 10 in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya.

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Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings

Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings

WASHINGTON — The Army has finished its investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan and senior Pentagon leaders have been briefed, including Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, officials said Friday.

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Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings

Bergdahl investigation wraps up; top leaders get briefings

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was held captive for five years by the Haqqani network in Afghanistan.

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US says traffic deaths fell 3 percent in 2013

DETROIT — The number of traffic deaths nationwide dropped about 3 percent last year, and the rate of deaths per 100 million miles traveled tied a record low, according to government statistics.

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Pakistan begins executing militants in wake of massacre

Pakistan begins executing militants in wake of massacre

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan executed two convicted terrorists Friday, the first of 400 militants headed to the hangman’s noose amid a government crackdown ordered after Taliban attackers gunned down 148 children and teachers Tuesday at a school in the northern city of Peshawar.

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Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

WASHINGTON — President Obama declared Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment “made a mistake” in holding a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader and pledged the U.S. would respond “in a place and manner and time that we choose” to the hack attack on Sony that the F…

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Fewer Arizona candidates use public campaign cash

Fewer Arizona candidates use public campaign cash

A third of candidates for statewide and legislative offices ran with public funding.

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EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage than a hazardous material.

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EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

Coal ash slurry left behind in a containment pond near the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant is shown after the dyke at left broke on Dec. 22, 2008. An EPA ruling Friday avoided a “hazardous” classification for the waste.

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Obama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba

Obama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba

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 insurance, and an hi…

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Obama expects no quick end to Cuba embargo

Obama expects no quick end to Cuba embargo

WASHINGTON — Two days after reopening diplomatic relations with Cuba, President Obama said Friday he doesn’t expect the effort to bring overnight change on the island, a quick end to the U.S. economic embargo or the likelihood that he will soon visit the communist nation.

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No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

FILE - In this July 11, 2014 file photo, Cuba's Fidel Castro speaks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Havana, Cuba. Amid the excitement over the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, one person has been conspicuously absent: Fidel Castro. The former Cuban president hasn’t made any public comm…

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No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

HAVANA — Everyone in Cuba is talking about the abrupt turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro.

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