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LAUREL, Md. — A NASA spacecraft 4 billion miles from Earth has yielded the first close-up pictures of the most distant celestial object ever explored, depicting what looks like a reddish snowman.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. employers dramatically stepped up their hiring in December, adding 312,000 jobs in an encouraging display of strength for an economy in the midst of a trade war, slowing global growth and a partial shutdown of the federal government.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as both parties traded blame Friday and President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes in the weeklong impasse.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery Friday to remove two malignant growths in her left lung, the third time the Supreme Court's oldest justice has been treated for cancer since 1999.

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SALEM —  Sixth District U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Salem, announced Wednesday night that he’ll be voting for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in her bid to become speaker of the House Jan. 3.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.  — Spacewalking astronauts ripped through thick insulation on a capsule docked to the International Space Station on Tuesday, looking for clues to a mysterious drilled hole that leaked precious cabin air four months ago.

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 NEW YORK  — An internal investigation of former CBS chief Les Moonves has turned up more evidence of sexual misconduct as well as lying and destruction of evidence, throwing into jeopardy his $120 million severance package, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

WASHINGTON  — George H.W. Bush was celebrated with high praise and loving humor Wednesday as the nation bade farewell to the man who was America's 41st president and the last to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents looked on at Washington National Cathedral as a fourth — Ge…

George H.W. Bush got elected president after a campaign marked by the infamous Willie Horton ad, about a black murderer who raped a white woman while on a weekend furlough from prison.

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The United States and China reached a 90-day cease-fire in a trade dispute that has rattled financial markets and threatened world economic growth. The breakthrough came after a dinner meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the Group…

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What do your car, phone, soda bottle and shoes have in common? They’re all largely made from petroleum. This nonrenewable resource gets processed into a versatile set of chemicals called polymers – or more commonly, plastics. Over 5 billion gallons of oil each year are converted into plastic…

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday authorized use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, reversing Obama administration policies and drawing outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles …

BOSTON — A judicial nominating committee has come up with a list of candidates to fill two vacancies in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, but it's not clear whether President Donald Trump will act.

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BOSTON — The Democrat poised to take the reins of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee said Tuesday the panel would revisit elements of the tax law approved by the Republican-led Congress, and raised hopes for bipartisan agreement on an infrastructure bill.

DETROIT  — General Motors will cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it abandons many of its car models and restructures to focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles, the automaker announced Monday.

BOSTON — The long-awaited opening of the first recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts was cheered by cannabis enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, but it doesn't change the reality that workers can be fired or face disciplinary action from employers for marijuana, even when they use pot ou…

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WASHINGTON — As California's catastrophic wildfires recede and people rebuild after two hurricanes, a massive new federal report warns that these types of extreme weather disasters are worsening in the United States. The White House report quietly issued Friday also frequently contradicts Pr…

NEW YORK — The Statue of Liberty's original torch, which has been housed in the base of the statue since a replica replaced it in the 1980s, was moved across Liberty Island last week to its new home in a museum that will open next year.

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SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk’s infamous pot toke on a comedian’s webcast reportedly was no joke to NASA, which will launch a safety review next year of SpaceX and Boeing Co.’s efforts to build capsules to take NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.

BOSTON — As she prepares to take over as the Merrimack Valley's representative in Congress, Democrat Lori Trahan is picking sides in what could be her first close vote on Capitol Hill.

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