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Xi Jinping promises to implement reforms in 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping in his New Year address promised to make "new strides" on the path of reform and opening up the country.

Woman crushed by Boston lift bridge

A 43-year-old Boston mother of two was killed Tuesday when she found herself on a lift bridge as it was raised and was crushed when it was lowered, police said.

China says it is ready to advance ties with U.S.

China will work toward further advancing ties with the United States in the New Year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
Former first lady Barbara Bush hospitalized for respiratory ailment

Former first lady Barbara Bush hospitalized for respiratory ailment

Former first lady Barbara Bush remained hospitalized in Houston Tuesday with symptoms of pneumonia, her husband's office said.

Four family members found dead in Fontana, Calif., home

The shooting deaths of four members of a family in Fontana, Calif., appeared to be a murder-suicide, police said Tuesday.
Fireworks, parades worldwide celebrate the new year

Fireworks, parades worldwide celebrate the new year

Fireworks filled the skies from Australia to Greece, Scotland and beyond Tuesday as the world celebrated New Year's Eve.
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Canadian hockey mom dies of beating injuries inflicted during robbery

A Canadian hockey mom has died after being beaten during an apparent botched holdup outside an ice arena, Surrey police said Tuesday.

Northern Minnesota diocese names 17 priests accused of abuse

The Catholic Diocese of Duluth, Minn., Tuesday named 17 priests, all either dead or out of the ministry, it says were credibly accused of molesting children.

Woman sues husband, claims fraud in Texas real estate deal

A woman claims she was cheated by her husband of $1.2 million in a real estate deception, court records in Austin, Texas, show.

Utah man alleges conspiracy to defraud him of his son, files suit

A Utah man's $130 million federal lawsuit contends his son was placed for adoption at birth, without the man's consent or knowledge, court records said.

Man faces kidnapping, other charges in trip to Las Vegas to marry

A Moses Lake, Wash., man was jailed for allegedly forcing his girlfriend to drive with him to Las Vegas to marry, court documents said.

Mauritania seeks to end slavery with creation of special court

Mauritania, the last country in the world to abolish slavery, will prosecute those in the slavery trade, a judicial committee announced.

Woman critically injured in stag attack in Scotland

A woman was severely injured when a male deer charged at her and gored her in the throat with his antlers in Scotland's Highlands, authorities said.

Mother, daughter testify in teacher's kidnapping hearing

A Henderson, Nev., woman wept during her testimony at a hearing of a suspect who allegedly kidnapped her daughter, 16, and made child pornography with the girl.

Bones found during hunt for missing woman in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Searchers looking for a missing woman in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area found bones, including a human skull, police said.

Illinois jail inmates say strip searches violate their rights

Inmates at an Illinois jail say jailers force them to undergo strip searches in violation of their rights.

2nd child under 12 recovering after adult lung transplant

A boy involved in the effort to change U.S. rules on lung transplants has received a double-lung transplant and is making a good recovery, his family says.

Arrest made in Newark, N.J., shooting that killed two teens

A 15-year-old boy was arrested in the Christmas Day shooting deaths of two Newark, N.J., teens, one a girl struck by a stray bullet, prosecutors said Tuesday.

EMT disciplined for violating ambulance rule to help sick boy

A volunteer emergency medical technician in New York state resigned after being disciplined for driving an ambulance while he was under 21.

Abortion doctor who stirred debate about rights of unborn dead at 74

The Massachusetts doctor whose performance of a legal abortion in 1973 started a national debate over rights of the unborn has died in Florida at age 74.

State trooper accused of pepper-spraying teenage son of girlfriend

Pennsylvania State Trooper Ernest Boatwright was charged after police said he shot pepper spray into the bedroom of his girlfriend's son, 13.

Antonio Villareal Acosta, Cuban dissident, dies in Miami at 63

Antonio Villareal Acosta, a dissident imprisoned after Cuba's 2003 "Black Spring" roundup of democracy activists, has died in Miami, police said. He was 63.

Woman slices man's penis with box-cutter

A woman who allegedly sliced a man's penis with a box cutter, after suspecting he molested her son, was arrested, Johnson County, Ind., sheriffs said.

Marcus Vick, younger brother of NFL's Michael Vick, charged with DUI

Marcus Vick, younger brother of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, has been charged in Georgia with driving under the influence of marijuana.

Obama asked to look into death of Florida man during bombing probe

The father of a Chechen man slain by FBI agents investigating the Boston Marathon bombings has asked President Obama to look into his son's death.
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