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TURKEY ATTACK —The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack at a popular Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people and wounded scores of others. SENT: 870 words, photos.
REINVENTING MEDICARE — Medicare is experimenting with changes in how it pays for treatment of heart attacks, heart bypass operations, and hip fracture surgery. SENT: 740 words, photo.
DOG-SWEATER ATTACK — Police in Florida say an angry dog sent three people to the hospital after one tried to put a sweater on it. SENT: 120 words.
KITTY LITTER MINES — The market for a peculiar type of clay is looking up thanks to improved prospects for oil and gas drilling and to cat owners who prefer performance over environmental concerns in choosing the best product to soak up their pets’ business. SENT: 730 words, photo.
NEIGHBORHOOD-MOSQUE — A federal judge says an upscale New Jersey town violated anti-discrimination laws by insisting that a proposed mosque have more parking spaces than churches or synagogues. SENT: 140 words, photo.
VATICAN-OBIT-CAPUCCI — Monsignor Hilarion Capucci, who was an archbishop in Jerusalem when Israel convicted him in 1976 of arms smuggling for Palestinian militants, has died. SENT: 130 words.
PEOPLE-PINK — Pink has kicked off the new year by sharing the first photo of her new baby with his big sister. SENT: 110 words, photo.
PHILADELPHIA MUMMERS PARADE — Philadelphia’s annual Mummers Parade drew tens of thousands of ornately costumed performers and spectators in a family friendly New Year’s Day show that quieted critics who had raised concerns about insensitive displays in previous years. SENT: 520 words, photo.
TWO-YEAR TWINS — Twins in San Diego are getting attention because, though born just minutes apart, one has a birthday in 2016 and one in 2017. SENT: 115 words.
ON FOOTBALL-DROPPING THE AX —On Sunday, while other franchises were scrambling to make the playoffs or improve their postseason standing, the coaching carousel spun wildly in California. SENT: 690 words, photos.
SEVEN PEOPLE SHOT — Police say seven people, including three teenagers, were injured in a New Year’s Day shooting in Miami-Dade’s West Little River neighborhood.
FILM-BOX OFFICE — “Rogue One” and “Sing” could remain the top draws in the crowded holiday box office as Hollywood ends a record-grossing year. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.
ARIZONA SHERIFF’S LEGACY — The outgoing sheriff of metro Phoenix will be remembered for leading immigration crackdowns and creating tough conditions in his jails. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 11 a.m.
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