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Jason Garrett
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Jason Garrett is out as coach of the Dallas Cowboys after missing the playoffs with an underachieving team in a make-or-break season.

Ethiopian Airlines plane crash site
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The number of deaths in major air crashes around the globe fell by more than half in 2019, according to a report by an aviation consulting firm.

Tesla vehicle
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Three crashes involving Teslas that killed three people have increased scrutiny of the company’s Autopilot driving system just months before CEO Elon Musk has planned to put fully self-driving cars on the streets.

Ethan Couch
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A man who became known as the “affluenza teen” for his unusual defense at a 2013 manslaughter trial was set to be released from a Texas jail after prosecutors raised questions Friday about a drug test that triggered an alleged probation violation.

Paramedics transport a stabbing victim as Austin Police secure the area of a shopping complex in Austin, Texas.
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A man stabbed two people, one fatally, inside a restaurant during a violent string of attacks Friday at a shopping plaza in Texas’ capital city that began with an assault at a coffee shop and ended with the suspect leaping off a roof, police said.

An American Airlines jet
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American Airlines said Thursday it is negotiating with Boeing Co. over compensation for the airline’s grounded planes and will share some of the proceeds with its employees.

Tinslee Lewis
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A Texas judge on Thursday sided with a hospital that plans to remove an 11-month-old girl from life support after her mother disagreed with the decision by doctors who say the infant is in pain and that her condition will never improve.

The past year's population growth rate in the United States was the slowest in a century partly due to declining births.
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The past year’s population growth rate in the United States was the slowest in a century due to declining births, increasing deaths and the slowdown of international migration, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Luis Saez riding Maximum Security, second from right, goes around turn four with Flavien Prat riding Country House during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby.
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Your scholarship as a sports fan is up for renewal. Not to worry. Just answer a dozen questions from 2019 and you’re on your way. The passing grade? That’s up to the crew in the replay booth.

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia.
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Revelers around the globe are bidding farewell to a decade that will be remembered for the rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump.

A look at how the world is ushering in 2020:

This is a dogo Argentino. The powerful Argentinian big-game hunter has made the American Kennel Club's list of recognized breeds.
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A powerful Argentine big-game hunter and a sociable French water dog have made the American Kennel Club’s list of recognized breeds.

The club announced Tuesday that the barbet and the dogo Argentino are now part of the 195-breed pack.

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The man who fatally shot two people at a Texas church was ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial in 2012 and was repeatedly fed by the congregation before he grew angry because church officials refused to give him money, according to court records and the pastor.

Max Glauben
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The Dallas Morning News has named 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Max Glauben as its Texan of the Year, for being a source of hope and inspiration for his message of tolerance, fairness and forgiveness. 

Jason Garrett
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Jason Garrett lost himself in a couple of long anecdotes during a reflective session with reporters after what could have been his last game as coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

When asked whether he expected to return for a 10th full year in 2020 with his contract expiring at the end of an underachieving season for Dallas, Garrett got right to the point.

With a new law enacted in December 2019, anyone under 21 can no longer legally buy cigarettes, cigars or any other tobacco products in the U.S. It also applies to electronic cigarettes and vaping products that heat a liquid containing nicotine.
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Anyone under 21 can no longer legally buy cigarettes, cigars or any other tobacco products in the U.S.

The new law enacted in December by Congress also applies to electronic cigarettes and vaping products that heat a liquid containing nicotine.

A sign at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., explains the local state of emergency regarding a measles outbreak in March.
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This year, the germs roared back.

Measles tripled. Hepatitis A mushroomed. A rare but deadly mosquito-borne disease increased.

And that was just the United States.

Gold medalist Simone Biles of the United States performs on the vault in the women's apparatus finals at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, on Oct. 12, 2019.
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They’re called “Simone Things,” a catchall phrase for the casual ease with which Simone Biles seems to soar through her sport and her life.

The irony, of course, is that there’s nothing casual or easy about it. Any of it. The greatest gymnast of all time and 2019 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year only makes it seem that way.

Fired Dallas police officer Amber Guyger becomes emotional as she testifies in her murder trial in Dallas in September.
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A federal judge has ruled the city of Dallas is not liable for an off-duty police officer fatally shooting a man in his own apartment last year.

Mandy Vigil from New Mexico works during an exercise run by military and national security officials for state and local election officials to simulate different scenarios for the 2020 elections.
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Inside a hotel ballroom near the nation’s capital, a U.S. Army officer with battlefield experience told 120 state and local election officials that they may have more in common with military strategists than they might think.

These government officials are on the front lines of a different kind of battlefield — one in which they are helping to defend American democracy by ensuring free and fair elections.

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A Ukrainian security researcher reported finding a database with the names, phone numbers and unique user IDs of more than 267 million Facebook users — nearly all U.S.-based — on the open internet. That data was likely harvested by criminals, said researcher Bob Diachenko, an independent security consultant in Kyiv.

Colorado Springs, Colorado, city council members Yolanda Avila and Andres Pico are shown in a city office in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hispanic voters are heavily Democratic but Hispanic men are more likely to vote Republican than Hispanic women.
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Yolanda Avila and Andres Pico are friends who sit next to each other on the Colorado Springs’ city council. But politically the two couldn’t be further apart — Avila is a durable Democrat and Pico an unflinching Republican.

Garfield comic artwork
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Cartoonist Jim Davis is offering up more than 11,000 “Garfield” comic strips hand-drawn on paper in an auction that will stretch into the coming years, with at least a couple of strips featuring the always-hungry orange cat with a sardonic sense of humor available weekly.

In this April 9, 2018, file photo a cashier rings up a purchase at a store in Salem, New Hampshire. The new year brings new overtime rules for employers including small businesses and in turn, a pay raise for an estimated 1.3 million workers.
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The new year brings new overtime rules for employers including small businesses and in turn, a pay raise for an estimated 1.3 million workers.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a vote on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
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The House Judiciary Committee held open the possibility Monday of recommending additional articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump as it pressed anew for the testimony of former White House counsel Don McGahn.

In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, members of the Notre Dame cathedral choir sing during a rehearsal at the Saint Sulpice church in Paris.
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Notre Dame kept Christmas going even during two world wars — a beacon of hope amid the bloodshed.

Yet an accidental fire in peacetime finally stopped the Paris cathedral from celebrating Midnight Mass this year, for the first time in over two centuries.

Lydell Grant
Jon Shapley / Houston Chronicle via Associated Press

Authorities said they will begin the process to exonerate a Houston man who was convicted in a 2010 fatal stabbing that investigators now believe was committed by someone else.

Joe Biden
Associated Press

Joe Biden’s presidential bid got a boost Monday from one of the leading Latinos in Congress, with the chairman of the Hispanic Caucus’ political arm endorsing the former vice president as Democrats’ best hope to defeat President Donald Trump.

Boeing 737 MAX fuselages, made at Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kansas
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United Airlines says the Boeing 737 Max has been pulled from its flight schedule until June, the latest in a string of troubling news plaguing the airplane manufacturer. 

This combination of images provided by Amanda Daley shows mockups of a soft drink can and a chocolate candy bar with labels for "exercise calories," or the amount of physical activity needed to burn them off.
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Would you put down that bag of chips if you saw it had 170 calories? What if the label said it would take 16 minutes of running to burn off those calories?

FBI agents
Ricardo B. Brazziell / Austin American-Statesman via Associated Press

Texas authorities investigating the disappearance of a 33-year-old mother and her 1-month-old daughter said Friday that an infant girl was found safe at a home near Houston, and that another person was in custody on charges of kidnapping and tampering with a corpse.

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