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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

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)

India diplomat in US is transferred to UN mission

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Indian diplomat who was strip-searched after her arrest in New York City on visa charges has been transferred to India’s mission to the United Nations, her lawyer and a former […]

12/18/2013

School testing

Urban schools improving faster than rest of US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public school students in the nation’s largest cities are improving their performance in reading and math faster than their counterparts in suburban and rural schools, according to federal data released Wednesday. The […]

12/18/2013

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