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Dried-Out Christmas Trees a High Fire Risk [AUDIO]

Now that the holidays are over, it's time to take down the decorations, especially the Christmas tree.

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2014 Dawns on Legalized Pot in Colorado

"Honestly, I thought I'd never see the day," said a giddy Errin Reaume of Denver.

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Interns: Bad for the Economy? [AUDIO]

Those still looking for employment are faced with an obstacle that keeps getting larger - the number of people willing to take on an unpaid internship, in hopes of gaining experience and landing a real position.

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15 Die in Russian Rail Station Bombing

A suicide bomber struck a busy railway station in southern Russia on Sunday, killing herself and at least 15 others and wounding scores more, officials said, in a stark reminder of the threat Russia is facing as it prepares to host February's Olympics in Sochi.

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Unemployment Benefits End for 1 Million in US

Holiday cheer may be a little harder to come by in more than a million American households starting today.

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Defense Bill Provision Named for NJ Reservist [AUDIO]

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, signed by President Barack Obama on Thursday, includes sweeping provisions dealing with sexual assaults in the military, paves the way for the eventual closure of Guantanamo Bay, and also contains a suicide prevention measure named after a New Jersey reservist.

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Shippers Catching Up on Delayed Packages

It didn't get there in time for Christmas, but it could come today or Friday.

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Income Gap Affecting U.S. Economy [AUDIO]

Income inequality has gradually worsened over the past several years, but the trend doesn't only hurt those at the bottom end. The nation's overall economy suffers as well.

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Post-Christmas Gift Return Rush Begins [AUDIO]

Whether it's a DVD they already owned, or a sweater that's way too big, the day after Christmas is when people flock to stores to make their returns.

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Caroling Wish Granted, Ailing PA Girl, 8, Dies

A terminally ill girl who received support from thousands of Christmas carolers outside her home over the weekend died early on Christmas morning, her family said.

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Pope Francis holds the crib as he attends the Christmas night mass at the St. Peter's Basilica (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
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Pope’s Christmas Wish: Hope for a Better World

In his speech on Christmas Day, Pope Francis said he hopes for a better world, including successful Middle East negotiations in the land of Jesus' birth, peace for Syria and several war-torn African countries, and dignity for refugees fleeing misery and conflict.

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Holiday Sales Down for 3rd Week

Stores are hoping Americans who've been tight-fisted with their money will get the last-minute itch to buy in the final week of the holiday shopping season.

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