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U.S. Strikes Have Killed 1,100 ISIS Fighters And Cost $1 Billion

Spending exceeds $8 million per day. Operation Inherent Resolve, as the U.S.-led operation against the Islamic State is known, is getting its own inspector general to oversee government costs.
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Son's Death 'Doesn't Make Any Sense,' Say Parents Of Berkeley Teen

Toni Martin-Green came forward last night to say it was her son who was shot and killed in Berkeley, Mo. Today, she says, "I am trying to remain calm."
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Sony To Stream 'The Interview' On YouTube, Other Sites Starting Today

The studio said the comedy will also be available to rent on Google Play, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a dedicated website at a price of $5.99. It's also being shown in more than 200 theaters.
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A Very Native American Christmas

For some Native Americans, Christmas has been a time for decorated trees, Santa Claus and lots of old traditions.
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Contractor Freed By Cuba Will Get $3.2M From U.S.

A USAID official confirmed the payment to Alan Gross, who spent five years in a Cuban prison. It's part of a settlement with the Maryland-based company for which he worked at the time of his arrest.

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Former President George H.W. Bush To Remain In Hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush, 90, is being kept at Houston Methodist Hospital for observation, following breathing difficulties.
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Police Kill Young Man In Missouri; 'It's Not What People Portray,' Mayor Says

Police say a black 18-year-old had a gun when he was shot at a gas station in a St. Louis suburb that's just two miles west of Ferguson. Police have released a video of the incident.
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Rand Paul Gets In On Festivus Actions

Festivus is the Seinfeld-inspired holiday with an annual airing of grievances. In its honor, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul took to Twitter to complain.
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Lower Gas Prices Add Fuel To U.S. Economic Recovery

The average American is seeing a much bigger boost from falling gas prices than from pay raises. Cheap energy could finally put the U.S. economic recovery over the top.
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Sending Your Holiday Mail By Way Of Rudolph, Wis.

For most of the year, the tiny town of Rudolph is best known for the cheese factory off Main Street. But around Christmas, people worldwide covet a Rudolph, Wis., postmark on their cards and letters.

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