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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, making good on one of President Barack Obama's original campaign promises while setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry.

The two friends' morning intersected by chance in the parking lot of the Canfield Green apartment complex.

PHOENIX — Spa treatments don't stop with people. You won't see any aromatherapy candles around, but animals get massages, too, and it's become a regular service that many pet owners value as more than just glorified petting.

DENVER — A trove of ancient bones from gigantic animals discovered in the Colorado mountains is providing scientists with a fascinating look at what happened about 120,000 years ago when the Earth got as warm as it is today.

NEW YORK — Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year.

LOS ANGELES — Police arrested dozens of demonstrators who refused to disperse Wednesday on the third night of protests over a decision not to bring criminal charges against Ferguson, Missouri policeman for killing a black man.

The characters of the modern workplace comedy, like the rest of us, don't know how to make a living anymore.

For a movie that's more paint by numbers than Picasso, "Penguins of Madagascar" begins with something completely unexpected: a Werner Herzog voiceover.

Luken Communications has signed a multi-network affiliation agreement with WBXZ in Buffalo, N.Y.

The two friends' morning intersected by chance in the parking lot of the Canfield Green apartment complex.

CHICAGO — The Obama administration will promote health insurance coverage at shopping malls starting on Black Friday and continuing through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, officials announced Wednesday. They said more than 462,000 people selected a private insurance plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through the online marketplace HealthCare.gov.

WASHINGTON — There's no free lunch — or breakfast or dinner — for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day. Or any other day for that matter.

CLEVELAND — A police officer fatally shot a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun within two seconds of his cruiser pulling up and the officer allegedly ordering the boy three times to put up his hands.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A small band of snow along a stretch of eastern Missouri briefly caused headaches for holiday drivers Wednesday, but otherwise it was smooth sailing for motorists on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

WEST MILFORD, N.J. — A New Jersey hiker killed by a bear in September took a series of photos of the animal with his cellphone before it mauled him to death.

HENDERSON, Tenn. — A university in Tennessee says it has canceled Bill Cosby's scheduled appearance at a benefit dinner amid allegations made by women accusing the comedian of sexual assault.

DOTHAN, Ala. — The mayor of a southeast Alabama town is among 11 people arrested in a prostitution sting.

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A 5-year-old Alabama boy is dead after being bitten by a poisonous spider.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had surgery to place a stent in her right coronary artery.

MINEOLA, N.Y. — Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to change their plans and beat a storm expected to bring snow, slush and rain to the crowded Washington-to-Boston corridor Wednesday on one of the busiest, most stressful days of the year.

CHICAGO — President Barack Obama sharply rebuked protesters Tuesday night for racially charged violence in Missouri, saying there was no excuse for burning buildings, torching cars and destroying other property after a grand jury declined to indict the white police officer who shot a black teenager.

WASHINGTON — Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama's health care law.

WASHINGTON — Diners will soon know how many calories are in that bacon cheeseburger at a chain restaurant, the pasta salad in the supermarket salad bar and even that buttery tub of popcorn at the movie theater.

Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief in the form of apps to let you know which roads are clogged, what gate your flight leaves from and whether trains are running on time.

FERGUSON, Mo. — He criticized the media. He talked about witness testimony that didn't match physical evidence. And he did it at night, as a city already on edge waited to learn if a grand jury would indict a white Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old.

FERGUSON, Mo. — Protesters returned to the riot-scarred streets of Ferguson on Tuesday, a day after crowds looted businesses and set fire to buildings in a night of rage against a grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown.

FERGUSON, Missouri — Some witnesses called it a tussle. Others described it as a tug-of-war. Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson testified that they were fighting over his handgun.

WASHINGTON — Michele Flournoy, a main contender to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the Pentagon's top job, people familiar with the process said Tuesday.

HOUSTON — Five children were killed after their South Texas mobile home caught on fire and its roof partially collapsed, making rescue attempts impossible, officials said Tuesday.

TAMAQUA, Pa. — Two hunters have been shot in the woods near an eastern Pennsylvania high school.

CLEVELAND — Several hundred people marched down an exit ramp and temporarily blocked rush-hour traffic on a busy freeway on Tuesday while protesting a police officer's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who had brandished a realistic-looking novelty gun.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An Alabama man is mentally incompetent to stand trial on charges of threatening President Barack Obama’s life, and prison officials should determine whether he was also incapacitated at the time of the alleged offense, a federal judge ruled.

It has always been a good idea for wine enthusiasts to think “outside the box,” to expand their horizons. These days, those options include thinking “inside the box” — literally.

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy grew even faster in the third quarter than initially thought, posting the strongest six months of growth in more than a decade and pulling further ahead of other big economies of the world.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A suburban Denver woman who collected tens of thousands of dollars in charitable contributions after lying about her 6-year-old son having cancer was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and 90 nights in jail.

FERGUSON, Mo. — Attorneys for Michael Brown's family vowed Tuesday to push for federal charges against the police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, while the officer insisted in his first public statements that he could not have done anything differently in the confrontation.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The S.S. Ventnor sank 112 years ago off the northern New Zealand coast, bearing unusual cargo: the exhumed bodies of 499 Chinese miners, some in wooden coffins and others in sealed zinc caskets.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first 3-D printer in space has popped out its first creation.

KABUL, Afghanistan — President Ashraf Ghani has ordered a top-to-bottom review of the operations of Afghanistan's defense forces, including discussing the resumption of controversial night raids banned by his predecessor.

Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State remained the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday heading into a weekend when just about all the contenders are facing challenging rivals.

BOSTON — A former college professor who underwent a double arm transplant last month at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said Tuesday that the best thing about the operation is that he's able to hug his loved ones again.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal judge struck down Arkansas' voter-approved gay marriage ban Tuesday but stopped any rush to the altar by putting her order on hold so the state can consider an appeal.

ATLANTA — Protesters marched and rallied in Atlanta to protest a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.

KNOXVILLE — Knoxville city officials are considering more restrictions on panhandlers.

WASHINGTON — Most people can recognize Microsoft founder Bill Gates and know that hashtags belong in tweets, but are confused about whether having a privacy policy means that a company actually keeps consumer information confidential, according to a new Pew Research study released Tuesday.

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A nor'easter was expected to develop along the East Coast just as millions of travelers head to their Thanksgiving destinations, bringing mostly rain close to the coast, but heavier snow further inland. The exact track and severity of the storm had meteorologists on alert.

BERLIN — A Swiss museum accepted a massive, priceless trove of long-hidden art from the late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt on Monday, promising to work with Germany to make sure that any Nazi-looted pieces in it are returned to Jewish heirs.

Whether you're prepping a hearty, warm Thanksgiving meal or getting ready to shop until you drop on Black Friday, here's a list of holidays albums reviews set to get you in the right mood.

WASHINGTON — Michele Flournoy, formerly the Pentagon's policy chief and among President Barack Obama's more hawkish advisers, could be in line to become the first woman to lead the U.S. military after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's resignation.

LOS ANGELES — When a letter credited with inspiring Jack Kerouac to create a new literary genre suddenly surfaced, no one was happier than an 86-year-old poet and playwright from New Jersey.

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