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AP Top Political News At 11:22 a.m. EST

Obama closing 2014 with year-end news conference
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will end his year in Washington with a news conference at which he'll face questions on Cuba, the Sony hacking and how he will work with the Republican Congress....

Hack attack spurs call for more NKorea sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Suspicions that North Korea was behind a destructive hacking attack against Sony Pictures and a threat against movie theaters are intensifying calls for tougher U.S. steps to cut that country's access to hard currency and declare it once more as a state sponsor of terrorism....

5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference....

Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll....

Bergdahl investigation wraps up; Top leaders get briefings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials have finished an investigation into how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (boh BURG'-dahl) disappeared from his base in Afghanistan. Bergdahl was held captive for five years by the Taliban....

Least productive Congress? Not this one, barely
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It turns out that this Congress did not produce the fewest laws since the days of President Harry Truman. But it was pretty darn close....

Speaker invites Obama for State of the Union
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Speaker John Boehner has invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Jan. 20....

Obama calls in to Massachusetts governor's show
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show. But this call was one of a kind....

US not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. government isn't fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe, lacks effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found....

EPA expected to treat coal ash waste like garbage
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Environmentalists and industry experts widely expect the first federal standards for the waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash like household garbage, rather than a hazardous material....

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5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference

Obama closing 2014 with year-end news conference

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Least productive Congress? Not this one, barely

US not fully prepared for nuclear terrorist attack

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