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The first word of the new ‘Star Wars’ movie is …

Director J.J. reveals the first word spoken in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which hits theaters next month.


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Hollande says U.S., France to step up strikes in Syria, Iraq

French President Francois Hollande said the U.S. and France have agreed to step up strikes in Syria and Iraq to target Islamic State militants after the deadly Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.


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Jennifer Lawrence named entertainer of the year

The star is one of the biggest and bankable actresses in Hollywood and has featured in a number of blockbusters including the "X-Men" franchise and "The Hunger Games" films.


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Billy Gibbons goes jazz

The ZZ Top guitarist didn't really think about ever playing jazz until he was invited last year to play the Havana Jazz Festival.


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PHOTOS: Turkeys who got a presidential pardon

Ever wonder what happened to those turkeys that got a Thanksgiving reprieve from the President?


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‘Rocky’ successor ‘Creed’ highlights Philadelphia’s revival

Adonis Johnson, the son of Balboa rival-turned-mentor Apollo Creed, leaves behind a life of privilege to walk in the footsteps of a father he never knew.


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Texas police arrest man in ‘Cookie Monster’ robberies

Houston-area police have arrested a man dubbed the "Cookie Monster" robber who is suspected in holdups at more than 30 fast-food restaurants, often demanding that a cookie be handed over along with the cash.


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NFL ‘Deflategate’ appeal to be heard March 3, after Super Bowl

The federal appeals court in New York will hear the NFL's appeal of the lifting of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension in the "Deflategate" controversy.


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FanDuel NFL entries have fallen sharply after New York shutdown

Entries at daily fantasy sports site FanDuel's NFL contests have fallen sharply since New York's attorney general declared the games to be illegal gambling in the state and the company stopped taking money from New Yorkers.


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FIFA ethics committee seeks life ban against Michel Platini

Michel Platini's lawyer says the FIFA ethics committee has requested a life ban for the UEFA president.


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Retailers give shoppers new reasons to use mobile phones in stores

Retailers are using apps for smartphones to help drive shoppers to their stores, and make shopping easier.


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Wildcats take over as No. 1

The Wildcats moved up a spot after North Carolina was stunningly upset by Northern Iowa on Saturday.

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Fire Destroys Trailer At Southwood

Fire destroyed a trailer Monday night at the Southwood Mobile Home Park.


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De-stress Thanksgiving by simplifying the sides

Here's two veggie sides that can be prepped ahead of time and popped right in the oven alongside the turkey.


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Patriots beat Bills to extend unbeaten start to 10-0

The undefeated New England Patriots survived a physical war and topped the Buffalo Bills 20-13 on Monday night.


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Gary Rossington’s health forces Lynyrd Skynyrd to cancel tour

The rockers have pulled their remaining tour dates for 2015 to allow guitarist Gary Rossington time to recover from a recent heart attack.


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Billy Joel helps save schools

The "Piano Man" hitmaker helped to prevent the imminent closure of two schools in New York by pledging his support to the cause.


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After a gory death, ‘Game of Thrones’ revives Jon Snow

HBO's medieval saga "Game of Thrones" is known for serving up graphic deaths of its lead characters, but when fan favorite Jon Snow was killed off, avid followers speculated every theory and sighting that would bring back their heroic soldier.


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America’s worst traffic nightmares

The top 50 worst bottlenecks in America waste millions of gallons of gas and hours of productivity.


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In taking economic war to Islamic State, U.S. developing new tools

U.S. warplanes have struck Islamic State's oil infrastructure in Syria in a stepped-up campaign of economic warfare that the U.S. estimates has cut the group's black-market earnings from oil by about a third.

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Black Friday crowds thin in subdued start to holiday shopping


America's annual Black Friday shopping extravaganza was short on fireworks this year.

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At least nine injured by gunman at Colorado abortion clinic


Police swarmed an "active shooter" situation unfolding near a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs.

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The weekend sports schedule


From the Associated Press, here’s a look at some of this weekend’s major sporting events. All times are listed in…