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NEW YEAR

UNDATED — Revelers converge on the beaches of Brazil, the skyscrapers of Dubai and New York's Times Square to say good riddance to a turbulent 2014 marred by terror woes, Ebola outbreaks and a horrific series of airline disasters.

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CANADA-EDMONTON DEATHS

EDMONTON, Alberta — Police are attempting to find out what motivated a man to kill eight people, including two young children, in Edmonton before taking his own life in a rampage described as the Canadian city's worst mass shooting.

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2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE-PEOPLE TO WATCH

WASHINGTON — In the year that will pass before the 2016 campaign for U.S. president formally kicks off with the primary process, any number of candidates, donors, political operatives — and people who have nothing to do with American politics — will shape the race for the White House. Here's a look at people who will be worth watching in the next year.

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WAL-MART SHOOTING-IDAHO

SPOKANE, Washington — Concealed weapons are part of everyday life in the Mountain West state of Idaho, and that's unlikely to change in despite a shocking accident in which a 2-year-old boy reached into his mother's purse, got ahold of her gun and shot her in the head inside a Wal-Mart. By Nicholas K. Geranios.

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ARGENTINA-DEBT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Argentine government and a holdout group of bond creditors led by billionaire Paul Singer will soon have a chance to renegotiate a longstanding debt dispute that U.S. courts and the United Nations have wrestled with and that ultimately could affect debt restructuring worldwide. By Almudena Calatrava and Peter Prengaman.

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BRAZIL-FOREIGN MINISTER

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil's ambassador to the United States is named foreign minister, in a move seen as aimed at bolstering the South American giant's strained ties with the superpower to the north.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

PEOPLE-ELON MUSK-DIVORCE

LOS ANGELES — When Elon Musk split up with wife, Talulah Riley, for the first time, he told the whole world. "It was an amazing four years. I will love you forever," the entrepreneur Tweeted to the British actress in January 2012. "You will make someone very happy one day." Eighteen months later, that happy person apparently was him, as they tied the knot again in July 2013. By Brian Melley.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

OBIT-EDWARD HERRMANN

UNDATED — Edward Herrmann, the towering, melodious-voiced actor who brought Franklin D. Roosevelt to life in films and documentaries, won a Tony Award and charmed audiences as the stuffy dad on TV's "Gilmore Girls," has died. He was 71. By Lynn.

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