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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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Maine lawmakers push for feds to buy blueberries

Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Angus King and Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine are urging the federal government to buy 18 million pounds of frozen Maine blueberries for use in school lunch and food assistance programs.

Westminster man touring with Osmonds

- Associated Press

After a successful single show, Jeremy Willet of Westminster was recently invited to travel with Donny and Marie Osmond as part of their Christmas tour.

Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Howie Kendrick takes questions from the media at an introductory news conference at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LA Dodgers chart new course with rebuilt roster

- Associated Press

Andrew Friedman has thoroughly overhauled a 94-win team in his first two months running the Los Angeles Dodgers. None of his myriad moves made a bigger, more baffling splash than his trade of popular slugger Matt Kemp and $32 million to a division rival for what might be no more than half of a catching platoon.

UConn says emergency cuts won't affect tuition

- Associated Press

Tuition and classes at the University of Connecticut won't be affected by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's order that the school cut $3.6 million from its operating budget to help offset the state deficit, school President Susan Herbst said.

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)

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama declared that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the communist government.

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.

FILE - An exterior of the Sony Pictures Plaza building is seen in Culver City, Calif., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.  While Sony Pictures is technically part of the Sony empire, it has long been run as an entirely separate U.S. company. So far, the Japanese media seems to view the hack as an American problem rather than a domestic one. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan

- Associated Press

Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business.

Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil future

- Associated Press

One of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet sits just off Cuba's northwest coast, and the thaw in relations with the United States is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the action.

This undated photo shows Sarah Schottler posing at her business, the Blakeley Street Bakery, in Charles Town, West Virginia. Schottler makes hand-decorated cookies for sale yearround, especially for the holiday season. (AP Photo/Sarah Schottler)

W.Va. baker makes edible holiday art

- Associated Press

Sarah Whitacre Schottler's career making gorgeous, hand-decorated sugar cookies - think Martha Stewart-level perfection - started as she planned for her 2001 nuptials.

File - This Nov. 6, 2013 file photo shows anti-whaling activist Paul Watson, center, founder of the Oregon-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, as he listens during a contempt of court hearing in federal court in Seattle. Radical environmentalists have been found in contempt of court for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 ordered a lower court to determine how much Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society owe Japanese whalers. (AP Photo/Karen Ducey, Pool, file)

Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign

- Associated Press

Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica.

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2014 photo, medical personnel in protective suits stand by an ambulance at the Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have confirmed the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

Tour agents: N. Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions

- Associated Press

North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have confirmed that the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon.

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.

Sweeney's 'bottom line' is funding rail projects

- Associated Press

Senate President Steve Sweeney has gone on offense, criticizing Gov. Chris Christie and calling on him to detail his plan for saving the imperiled transportation trust fund. But Sweeney has not said how he would pay for his own ideas.

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, newly elected House Speaker, Rep. Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson, center, walks up the rostrum after being elected at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H.   A new, Republican-led Legislature has laid out its priorities for the upcoming 2015 session, sure to be a bruiser as lawmakers prepare a two-year-spending plan amid flat revenues. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Budget to dominate upcoming New Hampshire session

- Associated Press

The state budget will serve as the political battleground between Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and Republican lawmakers in the upcoming session, with state spending on universities, prisons and services for vulnerable populations at the center.