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December 31, 2016 - 7:37 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on President Barack Obama's family vacation in Hawaii (all times local): 3:25 p.m. President Barack Obama spent New Year's Eve playing a round of golf with three of his friends at the Kaneohe Marine base near his vacation rental in Kailua. Obama enjoyed playing about four...
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Fireworks explode around the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as New Year's celebrations get underway in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
December 31, 2016 - 1:08 pm
As 2016 draws to a close, revelers around the world are bidding a weary adieu to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts and deaths of legendary celebrities. How people are ushering in the new year: AUSTRALIA Sydney sent up a dazzling tribute to 2016's fallen icons with a New...
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Fireworks explode around the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as New Year's celebrations get underway in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
December 31, 2016 - 11:56 am
As 2016 draws to a close, revelers around the world are bidding a weary adieu to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts and deaths of legendary celebrities. How people are ushering in the new year: AUSTRALIA Sydney sent up a dazzling tribute to 2016's fallen icons with a New...
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In this Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Evalena Worthington, costumed as a pirate wench, practices being lowered from the mast of the sailing vessel America 2.0 outside the Schooner Wharf Bar in Key West, Fla. Emotionally wrenching politics, foreign conflicts and shootings at home took a toll on Americans in 2016, but they are entering 2017 on an optimistic note, according to a new poll that found that a majority believes things are going to get better for the country next year. (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
December 31, 2016 - 9:32 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Emotionally wrenching politics, foreign conflicts and shootings at home took a toll on Americans in 2016, but they are entering 2017 on an optimistic note, according to a new poll that found that a majority believes things are going to get better for the country next year. A look at...
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Fireworks explode around the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as New Year's celebrations get underway in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
December 31, 2016 - 7:40 am
As 2016 draws to a close, revelers around the world are bidding a weary adieu to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts and deaths of legendary celebrities. How people are ushering in the new year: AUSTRALIA Sydney sent up a dazzling tribute to 2016's fallen icons with a New...
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Fireworks explode around the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as New Year's celebrations get underway in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
December 31, 2016 - 5:41 am
As 2016 draws to a close, revelers around the world are bidding a weary adieu to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts and deaths of legendary celebrities. How people are ushering in the new year: AUSTRALIA After a year that saw the deaths of a seemingly endless parade of...
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Technicians prepare a stage that will be used in the New Years celebration, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in New York's Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 31, 2016 - 3:44 am
As 2016 draws to a close, revelers around the world are bidding a weary adieu to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts and deaths of legendary celebrities. How people are ushering in the new year: AUSTRALIA After a year that saw the deaths of a seemingly endless parade of...
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Members of the Krewe of Chewbacchus, a Mardi Gras Krewe, dressed as Princess Leia, use their smart phones at the start of a parade in honor of actress Carrie Fisher, who played Leia in the "Star Wars" movie series, in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016. Fisher died on Dec. 27, 2016, at the age of 60. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
December 31, 2016 - 2:23 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Their hair wrapped in side buns, wielding lightsabers and dressed as everything from Wookiees to stormtroopers, thousands of people turned out to honor Carrie Fisher, the actress famous for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" movies. Fisher, whose tough-talking...
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FILE- In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, file photo, a Christmas tree and skyscrapers illuminated for the New Year celebrations are seen in downtown Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, Russia. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev, File)
December 31, 2016 - 1:54 am
As 2016 draws to a close, many are bidding a weary adieu to a year of political surprises, prolonged conflicts, refugees and deaths of some famous people. A look at how people around the world are preparing to usher in the new year: AUSTRALIA After a year that saw the deaths of a seemingly endless...
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FILE- In this Wednesday, Dec. 28, file photo, a Christmas tree and skyscrapers illuminated for the New Year celebrations are seen in downtown Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, Russia. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev, File)
December 30, 2016 - 11:42 pm
As 2016 draws to a close, many are bidding a weary adieu to a year of political surprises, prolonged conflicts, refugees and deaths of some famous people. A look at how people around the world are preparing to usher in the new year: AUSTRALIA After a year that saw the deaths of a seemingly endless...
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