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In this March 12, 2014, file photo, a drone flown by Brian Wilson, prepares to land after flying over the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. Americans are deeply skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft in dangerous jobs or remote areas, according to a new Associated Press-GfK opinion poll. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Americans skeptical of commercial drones: poll

- Associated Press

Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

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Hope releases his first book of poetry

- Associated Press

Ishmael Hope spent six years putting together his first collection of poetry, "Courtesans of Flounder Hill," a period of time in which the manuscript went through many changes - as did Hope himself. Among them: He became a father to four children with his wife, Lily Hudson Hope; he lost his own father, Andy Hope III, quite quickly to cancer; and he re-connected himself with his indigenous heritage (Tlingit on his father's side and Iñupiaq on his mother's) after a period of detachment, making the study of traditional knowledge a central part of his life.

Chimney Hollow Reservoir gets federal OK

Associated Press

The federal government has signed off on a new Larimer County reservoir designed to make the water supply more reliable for 10 Front Range municipalities.

President Obama signs Montana wilderness law

Associated Press

President Barack Obama has signed wilderness legislation that preserves large areas of land in the North Fork of the Flathead and on the Rocky Mountain Front.

Christina Winslow, surgical technician, and Diane Hogan, charge nurse for surgery, help prep for a spinal surgery at Asante Ashland Community Hospital on Dec. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Daily Tidings, Jamie Lusch)

Merger stabilizes Ashland hospital's finances

- Associated Press

After years of hemorrhaging millions of dollars, Ashland's hospital is turning around its finances and boosting services after a merger with Asante Health System.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder explains the transportation department's revenue budget ballot option during a news conference in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Michigan voters would be asked to approve a 1 percentage point hike in the 6 percent state sales tax as part of an estimated $1.6 billion road and school funding deal announced Thursday by Snyder and legislative leaders. The Republican-led Legislature is expected to vote on the plan later in the day, the last of the two-year session. A statewide vote would occur in May if two-thirds of the House and Senate okay the proposed constitutional amendment. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

Tax hike for roads requires risky statewide vote

- Associated Press

Gov. Rick Snyder and other advocates for increased transportation funding are betting that Michigan voters are fed up enough with inferior roads that they won't blink at a $1.7 billion tax hike whose centerpiece is a 1-percentage point sales tax increase.

Stolen laptop held Northwestern patient data

Associated Press

A major Chicago health care system has apologized to nearly 3,000 patients whose personal information was on an unencrypted laptop that was stolen in October.

Phoenix residents fear plans for Wright house

Associated Press

The owner of a Phoenix home designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright will face resistance if he tries to turn the property into a major tourist attraction, residents said.

DWI charges for woman who sought driving job

Associated Press

Police say a northern New York woman has been arrested on charges of driving drunk after trying to apply for a job - as a driver for a social services agency.

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The president claimed an array of successes in 2014, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance, and an historic diplomatic opening with Cuba. He also touts his own executive action and a Chinese agreement to combat global warming. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage

- Associated Press

The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.

Judge dismisses suit by family saved at sea

Associated Press

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a satellite phone company by a California couple rescued with their sick 1-year-old from a disabled sailboat that was attempting to circle the world.