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Britain’s Prince William and Kate arrive on first trip to NYC

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate arrived for a whirlwind trip.

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Protests continue over ‘chokehold’ death

Angry crowds continued to protest in several cities after a grand jury failed to indict an NYPD officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

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Survivors commemorate 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

The ceremony was part of a nationwide remembrance day, commemorated at different U.S. sites.

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Holiday shopping discounts deepen, last longer

Retailers started discounting early this holiday season, but that hasn’t stopped them from stepping up the offers now.

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Making headlines this week

A look back on some of this week's biggest newsmakers.

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Defense nominee Carter ‘foremost national security leader’

Former Pentagon official Ash Carter is the nominee for the next secretary of defense.

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NASA launches new rocket, new era

A spaceship designed to one day fly astronauts to Mars blasted off on Friday for an unmanned trial run around Earth.

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Republicans preparing 2015 immigration legislation

U.S. Republicans plan legislation to strengthen the U.S.-Mexican border and discourage illegal immigration.

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America ushers in Christmas with lighting of Capitol tree

The annual ritual near the White House featured performances from singers Patti LaBelle and Steve Miller.

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Boehner vows to avoid government shutdown with help from Dems

The House Speaker says he wants to avert a shutdown while keeping some budget "leverage" over the President's immigration order.

A protester uses a bullhorn during a demonstration on Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014, at a tree lighting ceremony in Philadelphia. The crowd, protesting the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of police, rallied at the train station and marched through downtown before disrupting a tree lighting ceremony at City Hall.

More protests expected after no charges in New York chokehold case

A police union official defended a white officer's role in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man as protesters gathered a day after a grand jury voted not to bring charges.

This image made from video posted online by militants on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Luke Somers, an American photojournalist born in Britain and held hostage by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen. The group is threatening to kill Somers, who was kidnapped more than a year ago and has given Washington three days to meet several unspecified demands, a U.S. terrorism monitoring group said Thursday.

U.S. discloses failed attempt to rescue American in Yemen

The United States failed to rescue a U.S. citizen held hostage by al Qaeda's Yemen branch, and the group threatened to kill him in a new video posted on the Internet.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder makes a statement about the grand jury decision not to seek an indictment in the Staten Island death of Eric Garner during an arrest in July, in Washington December 3, 2014.

Justice Department finds Cleveland Police use excessive force

The recent shooting of a 12-year-old boy with a toy gun is only one case of excessive force used against civilians in Cleveland according to a Justice Department investigation.

Scores of fast food workers and their supporters calling for a $15 minimum wage fill a McDonalds restaurant in Chelsea, Massachusetts December 4, 2014.

Minimum wage fight hits the streets of 160 U.S. cities

Workers in the fast-food, home care and airline industries are staging protests and strikes to advocate for a $15 minimum wage and other labor rights.

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 27, 2014.

Alabama anti-discrimination bill to be named after Apple’s Tim Cook

Apple's Tim Cook is lending his name to legislation to bar discrimination against state employees on the basis of their sexual orientation in his native Alabama.

Same-sex marriage supporters chant outside the Miami-Dade County courthouse following a hearing seeking to strike down the state's de facto ban on gay marriage and order it to recognize same-sex marriage, in Miami, Florida July 2, 2014. Same-sex marriages could begin in Florida in early January after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Wednesday declined to extend a stay issued by a federal judge who struck down the state's ban on gay weddings.

Ruling would permit Florida same-sex marriages in early January

Same-sex marriages could begin in Florida in early January after the appellate court declined to further stay a lower court ruling that overturned the state's ban on gay weddings.

People protest against the Staten Island death of Eric Garner during an arrest in July, at midtown Manhattan in New York December 3, 2014.

Protesters block NY streets after officer cleared in chokehold death

Thousands of demonstrators blocked streets after a grand jury decided not to charge a white police officer for causing the death of an unarmed black man with a chokehold.

FILE - Demonstrators march to protest the death of Eric Garner, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in the Staten Island borough of New York. Amid the fallout from a grand jury's decision in the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri, a panel in New York City is quietly nearing its own conclusion about another combustible case involving the death of an unarmed man at the hands of police.

NYC grand jury does not indict police officer in chokehold killing

A New York grand jury will not charge a police officer who killed an unarmed black man with a chokehold while trying to arrest him.

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U.S. teacher stabbed to death in Abu Dhabi

UAE police seek suspect involved in the stabbing death of an American teacher in an Abu Dhabi shopping mall bathroom.

A woman holds a sign with images of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, among others, as protesters begin to rally in New York, November 24, 2014, after the grand jury reached a decision in the death of 18-year-old Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Protests expected as grand jury mulls police choke-hold death

New York officials prepare for protests as a grand jury decides whether to charge police in the death of a black man subjected to a banned choke hold.

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