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Obama signs bipartisan budget deal easing cuts

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a bipartisan budget bill easing automatic spending cuts over two years, marking a modest end to a challenging year for the White House and Congress.

Obama signs defense authorization act for fiscal 2014

HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday signed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2014, authorizing appropriations for Department of Defense programs and related spending at other agencies. The act sets out a Pentagon base budget of $526.8 billion in the 2014 fiscal year. It boosts the Pentagon's ability to help destroy Syria's chemical weapons and also makes it easier for the White House to transfer prisoners from the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to countries willing to accept them. ...

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Finds $575 Pistol Under Christmas Tree

Gov. Nikki Haley channeled a real-life version of “A Christmas Story” this year when she found a pistol under her family’s Christmas tree. The South Carolina Republican shared her excitement about the gift, a Beretta PX4 Storm, on social media, posting the following message on...

Why Obama Needs Kanye West

Obama loves Kanye's music, but he'd rather spend an evening with the cast of 'Duck Dynasty' than the egomaniacal rapper. He should reconsider.

Are Concussions Killers?

Twenty-three plaintiffs in the class-action suit against the NFL died this year. Thousands more live with problems. The roots of their injuries go deeper than professional football.

Syria's Sewing Circles

Displaced by war, a group of Syrian refugees have created an innovative work collective to harness their sewing skills and create much-needed jobs.

Model Diaries: French Rejection

She went to Paris in search her big break. Instead, she befriended a driver and fell in love with the city.

The History of Hillary-Bashing

Desperate to stop a second Clinton presidency in 2016, it’s a sure bet many in the GOP will reprise the ugly attacks on they used on her 22 years ago.

How to Train a Santa

Being Santa isn’t easy. A Michigan school has been training Mr. and Mrs. Claus’s for over 70 years in the perfect forms of beard-cutting, cookie-eating, and how to answer tough ones.

The Music Industry Is Dying? Great

The demise of the music industry can actually work for musicians as a moment of liberating grace. You can make a sane living in an unpredictable economy.

Rob Ford’s Facebook Friends

Fans of the embattled Toronto mayor are rallying behind their man on Facebook. Meet “Ford Nation,” where 15-year-olds call the shots and the rest of us are just “Manhattanite hipsters.”

America Joins the Developed World

For all its woes, real reform finally got underway in 2013. Some day in the future, this year will be remembered as the one when the U.S. recognized people’s birthright to health care.

Surviving Life in a Sex Commune

Three decades after growing up in a European free-love commune, Paul-Julien Robert plunged into the film archives to make the extraordinary documentary, My Fathers, My Mother and Me.

Politicians’ ‘Pelfies’

From Bo and Sunny Obama to California’s Sutter Brown, politicians’ pets have captured our Insta-hearts. These are the ‘pelfies’ of 2013.

Health care tactics split Republican Senate rivals

ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans see the 2014 midterm elections as a chance to capitalize on voter frustration with the problem-plagued health care overhaul, but the GOP first must settle a slate of Senate primaries where conservatives are arguing over the best way to oppose President Barack Obama's signature law.

Poll: Americans hopeful for a better year in 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ready to ring in the new year, Americans look ahead with optimism, according to a new AP-Times Square New Year's Eve poll. Their ratings of the year gone by? Less than glowing.

If U.S. troops leave Afghanistan, much civilian aid may go too

By Missy Ryan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For years, U.S. officials have pointed to the improvements in the everyday lives of Afghans made possible by billions of dollars in aid from the United States and elsewhere. In Afghanistan, people now live 20 years longer on average than under Taliban rule, they say; The specter of an abrupt departure of all U.S. and NATO soldiers from Afghanistan at the end of next year now imperils these gains, they warn, and endangers progress on the massive development challenges that remain. Unless the Obama administration can persuade Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a security pact that would permit a modest U.S. force to remain beyond 2014, the United States is almost certain to drastically scale back aid to Afghanistan.