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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2018, file photo, Taiwanese director Ang Lee poses on the red carpet at the 55th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, that the films "Jurassic Park," ''Brokeback Mountain" and "My Fair Lady" are among the 25 movies tapped for preservation this year. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)
December 12, 2018 - 2:45 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The National Film Registry is turning 30 and will bring in a new crop of films ranging from dinosaurs' return from extinction, a cowboys-in-love drama and stories showcasing Native Americans. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that the films "Jurassic Park," ''Brokeback...
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Former Baylor University fraternity president Jacob Anderson walks out of the courtroom Monday Dec. 10, 2018. Mr. Anderson, accused of rape, will serve no jail time after a Waco district judge accepted a plea bargain for deferred probation. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune Herald via AP)
December 11, 2018 - 4:55 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — In a case with echoes of the furor involving a Stanford University swimmer two years ago, advocates for sex-crime victims say the plea bargain that enabled a former Baylor University fraternity president to stay out of jail is another failure by the legal system. "What's similar is...
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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks in Portsmouth, N.H. The assertion that "truth isn't truth," made by Giuliani, tops a Yale Law School librarian's list of the most notable quotes of 2018. Giuliani's statement came in an August interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" when he told host Chuck Todd that Trump might "get trapped into perjury" if he were interviewed in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
December 11, 2018 - 4:43 am
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The assertion that "truth isn't truth," made by a personal attorney for President Donald Trump, tops a Yale Law School librarian's list of the most notable quotes of 2018. Rudy Giuliani's statement came in an August interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" when he told host Chuck...
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FILE - In this July 17, 2015, file photo, store manager Stephanie Hunt poses for photos with a pack of Marlboro cigarettes, an Altria brand, at a Smoker Friendly shop in Pittsburgh. Altria is diving into the Canadian cannabis market with a $2.4 billion investment in Toronto-based medical and recreational marijuana provider Cronos Group. The investment from Altria Group Inc., would give it about 45 percent ownership of Cronos. Altria will also pay another $1.4 billion for warrants of Cronos Group that if exercised, would give the Altria a 55 percent majority ownership of Cronos. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
December 07, 2018 - 7:32 am
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the world's biggest tobacco companies is diving into the cannabis market with a $2.4 billion investment in Cronos Group, a Canadian medical and recreational marijuana company. Altria, which makes Marlboro cigarettes, is taking a 45 percent stake in the Toronto company. Cronos...
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FILE- This July 24, 2018, file photo shows a portion of the 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return form for 2018 in New York. The Child Tax Credit changed considerably in 2018. The standard deduction nearly doubled for 2018, leaving many taxpayers wondering whether it's financially worth it to itemize on their tax returns anymore. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 06, 2018 - 9:15 am
Around this time of year, many taxpayers begin the annual ritual of pondering The Big Question: Do I take the standard deduction or spend time hunting for receipts and filling out extra forms to itemize? The decision largely boils down to whether itemizing will reduce your taxable income more than...
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The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard into St. Martin's Episcopal Church Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
December 06, 2018 - 4:12 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush will be buried in Texas after a funeral service at the church he attended for many years and a special memorial train that will carry his casket. The nation's 41st president died last week at age 94. His casket returned to Houston after a state...
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December 02, 2018 - 3:51 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush will be honored during several public and private events in Houston and Washington before his burial Thursday in Texas. Four days of events for Bush, who died Friday at age 94, include a state funeral at Washington's National Cathedral and a private...
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FILE - In this May 11, 2008 file photo, former President George H.W. Bush arrives on the South Lawn of White House in Washington. Bush died at the age of 94 on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)
December 01, 2018 - 9:32 am
HOUSTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush, a World War II hero whose presidency soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94. Bush, who also presided during the...
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A woman from El Salvador waits to see whether the majority of migrants decide to move, as Central Americans debate individually whether to accept the city's plan to move them to a new shelter from the Benito Juarez sports complex, in Tijuana, Mexico, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Authorities in the Mexican city of Tijuana have begun moving some of more than 6,000 Central American migrants from an overcrowded shelter on the border to an events hall further away.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
November 30, 2018 - 4:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials vowed Friday to address some of issues that forced them to decide against criminally prosecuting any of the 42 members of a Central American migrant caravan arrested last weekend who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally during a chaotic clash...
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In this Oct. 22, 2018 file photo, a fentanyl user holds a needle near Kensington and Cambria in Philadelphia. Suicides and drug overdoses helped lead a surge in U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. U.S. health officials released the latest numbers Thursday, Nov. 29. Death rates for heroin, methadone and prescription opioid painkillers were flat. But deaths from the powerful painkiller fentanyl and its close opioid cousins continued to soar in 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)
November 29, 2018 - 2:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and...
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