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January 2, 2015

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OBIT-MARIO CUOMO

ALBANY, New York — Mario Cuomo, a son of Italian immigrants who became an eloquent spokesman for a generation of liberal Democrats during his three terms as governor of New York but couldn’t quite bring himself to run for president, has died. He was 82. By Michael Hill and David Klepper.

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2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE-BUSH

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, has cleared a path toward a 2016 presidential campaign by resigning all of his board memberships. By Steve Peoples.

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CANADA-CALGARY SHOOTING

CALGARY, Alberta — Investigators were searching Friday for the gunman or gunmen who opened fire at a New Year’s Eve house party in Calgary, leaving one person dead and six others injured, including one in critical condition.

BRAZIL-INAUGURATION

BRASILIA, Brazil — President Dilma Rousseff is sworn into her second term in office, confronting an expanding kickback scandal at Brazil’s state-run oil company, a moribund economy and less congressional support for her ruling coalition.

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GAY RIGHTS-YEAR AHEAD

NEW YORK — Even as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal across America, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring quick victories. By David Crary.

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