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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Top 10 gifts of 2013 show rebound in philanthropy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Philanthropy made a comeback in large donations in 2013 with the nation’s wealthiest donors giving more than $3.4 billion to charity, according to a new tally of the top 10 gifts of […]

01/01/2014

Bruno Mars (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Vegas’ New Year’s Eve about big names, big bashes

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sin City is set to ring in 2014 with big-name concerts, celebrity-hosted parties and an eight-minute rooftop fireworks display billed as the nation’s largest. John Legend is performing at Haze nightclub […]

12/31/2013

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Boston approves ban on smoking in city-run parks

BOSTON (AP) — Boston has banned smoking in city-run parks, joining a growing list of American cities to do so. The Boston Parks and Recreation Commission on Monday approved a ban covering the 251 parks, […]

12/31/2013

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor receives an Honorary Doctor of Laws at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. on May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Confetti and music but no mayor for NYC ball drop

NEW YORK (AP) — When revelers pack New York’s Times Square to ring in 2014, they will be greeted with some familiar practices: The annual ball drop, a hefty police presence and live musical performances. […]

12/31/2013

Landmark Signs & Electric New Year's Eve Ball Crew members Nick Bonavita, second from right, and Nick Russomanno, right, install a Waterford crystal triangle on the New Year's Eve Ball during a media event Friday Dec. 27, 2013 on the roof of One Times Square in New York. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

Times Square’s crystal ball gets gleaming new skin

NEW YORK (AP) — Electricians working atop a New York City skyscraper on Friday installed the last of the 2,688 crystal triangles that give the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball its shimmer, including a […]

12/27/2013

Luigi Muccitelli, center, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks flat on Wall Street in quiet trading

NEW YORK (AP) — An early gain was mostly gone by midday on Wall Street as the market flattens out after six days of gains. Trading was quiet with many investors out on vacation. The […]

12/27/2013

Visitors on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange use their smartphones and tablet devices to photograph the opening bell ceremonies. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

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. […]

12/26/2013

Ned Vizzini (PRNewsFoto/HarperCollins Children's Books/Sabra Embury)

Popular young adult author Vizzini, 32, dies in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — Ned Vizzini, a popular young adult author and television writer who wrote candidly and humorously about his struggles with depression, has committed suicide. He was 32. Vizzini jumped off the roof […]

12/20/2013

Dec. 8, 2013: Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general, during the India Studies Stony Brook University fund raiser event at Long Island, New York. (AP Photo/Mohammed Jaffer)

Treatment of arrested diplomat was typical in US

NEW YORK (AP) — It has sparked protests outside the American embassy in New Delhi. Burnings of President Barack Obama’s photo. And angry speeches by Indian officials. But the arrest — and, yes, even the […]

12/20/2013

Shoppers are reflected on the glass window of a PacSun store at Citadel Outlets in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Stores open for 100 hours to attract shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) — Some stores are ending the holiday shopping season the same way they began it — with round-the-clock, marathon shopping hours. Kohl’s for the first time is staying open for essentially five […]

12/20/2013

A model smokes an electronic cigarette. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

NYC expands smoking ban to include e-cigarettes

NEW YORK (AP) — Years after being exiled to New York City’s sidewalks by a ban on smoking in indoor public places, some smokers relished electronic cigarettes as a way to come in from the […]

12/20/2013

This is a Weather Underground forecast for Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, for the U.S. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)

Foul weather threatens to snarl US holiday travel

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A stew of foul weather, ranging from freezing rain and snow in the Midwest to thunderstorms and possible tornadoes in the South, is arriving just in time for one of the […]

12/20/2013

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