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‘Polar vortex’ to blast frigid air over much of US

By CARSON WALKER (SIOUX FALLS, S.D., AP) — Winter is normally cold, but tundra-like temperatures are soon poised to deliver a rare and potentially dangerous sledgehammer blow to much of…

NC politician writes resignation letter in Klingon

(INDIAN TRAIL, N.C., AP) — Call it a politician boldly going where no one has gone before. On Thursday, David Waddell used the Klingon language to write his letter of…

Health overhaul benefits take effect with new year

By JULIET WILLIAMS (SACRAMENTO, Calif., AP) — After a troubled rollout, President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul now faces its most personal test: How will it work as people seek…

Justice delays health law’s birth control mandate

By JESSE J. HOLLAND (WASHINGTON, AP) — The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama’s new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations…

Legal recreational pot industry opens in Colorado

By KRISTEN WYATT (DENVER, AP) — The nation’s first recreational pot industry opened in Colorado on Wednesday, kicking off an experiment that will be watched closely around the world and…

Friday hearing set on horse slaughter

(SANTA FE, N.M., AP) — A Friday court hearing is set on the latest effort to stop a Roswell plant from resuming domestic horse slaughter. State District Judge Matthew Wilson…

Federal health care sign-ups pass 1 million mark

By JOSH LEDERMAN and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR (HONOLULU, AP) — The Obama administration says its rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the…

Report: 70 journalists killed on the job in 2013

By DAVID B. CARUSO (NEW YORK, AP) — At least 70 journalists were killed on the job around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war…

Numbers offer complicated story of health care law

By CALVIN WOODWARD (WASHINGTON, AP) — The government churns out tons of numbers, but here’s one you won’t see: 0.0002. That’s the percentage of estimated online visitors to healthcare.gov who…

Utility linemen brave cold, ice to restore power

By COREY WILLIAMS (DETROIT, AP) — When an ice storm glazed over Michigan last weekend, Tony Carone feared he wouldn’t be spending Christmas at home with his family. “Nobody had…