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Making headlines this week

Making headlines this week

STORMY START TO NEW YEAR: Winter weather was on the minds of millions of Americans this week. Photo: Associated Press

A look at the big stories that happened this week.

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A fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment Monday, in Casselton, N.D. The train carrying crude oil derailed near Casselton Monday afternoon. Several explosions were reported as some cars on the mile-long train caught fire. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)

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Former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan delivers a statement after he was fired Monday, at Redskins Park, in Ashburn, Va. Shanahan was among four NFL head coaches let go on Monday. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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Passengers enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride near Central Park on New Year’s Eve day, Tuesday, Dec. 31, in New York. Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who was sworn in that evening, supports ending the practice of horse-drawn carriages. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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This photo provided by the San Diego Zoo shows Masai giraffe Bahati as she introduces her new calf to the rest of the herd after tenderly grooming her to make sure she was presentable enough to meet the rest of the family, Tuesday, Dec. 31, in San Diego. The calf was born on Dec. 22 measuring 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 157 pounds. Masai giraffes are native to Africa and are threatened in some areas. (AP Photo/San Diego Zoo, Ken Bohn)

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with people waiting to meet him as he holds his shaved ice outside Island Snow, Tuesday, Dec. 31. The first family is in Hawaii for their annual holiday vacation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Looking from the Marriott Marquis hotel, fireworks erupt from One Times Square as the Waterford Crystal ball that will mark the new year is raised into position at six hours before midnight for New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York Thursday, Dec. 31. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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A long line of buyers trails from a store selling marijuana in Pueblo West, Colo, Wednesday, Jan. 1. The nation’s first recreational pot industry opened in Colorado on Wednesday, kicking off a marijuana experiment that will be watched closely around the world. (AP Photo/John Wark)

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Nathan Dunville, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, left, and Adam Boutilier, of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, pose for family photographs at the NHL Winter Classic hockey game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 1, where the Detroit Red Wings play the Toronto Maple Leafs. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Swimmers jump into frigid waters at Coney Island beach in New York Wednesday, Jan. 1, as they take part in the 111th Annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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Three children bring Pope Francis the offertory as he celebrates a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 1. The Vatican announced this week that Pope Francis drew 6.6 million visitors last year, three times that of his predecessor. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Michigan State linebacker Kyler Elsworth, left, celebrates with quarterback Connor Cook after Michigan State defeated Stanford 24-20 in the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game on Wednesday, Jan. 1, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Stock trader Gregory Rowe works at the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Jan. 2, in New York. Stocks opened lower on Wall Street as the market comes off of its biggest annual gain in nearly two decades. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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Pedestrians cross 34th Street and 6th Avenue under falling snow in Herald Square, Thursday, Jan. 2, in New York. The storm shut down schools, canceled flights, and brought with it stiff winds and punishing cold into much of the Midwest and Northeast. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates, beating Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-2, 7-6 in their semifinal match during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Friday, Jan. 3. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

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Israel intensifies Gaza assault, Egyptians revise truce plan

A Palestinian firefighter reacts as he tries to put out a fire at Gaza's main power plant, which witnesses said was hit in Israeli shelling, in the central Gaza Strip July 29, 2014.

Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting its war with Islamist militants in the enclave.

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Star sprinter Torrin Lawrence dies at 25

FILE - In this June 20, 2013 file photo, Torrin Lawrence reacts after his heat in the senior men's 400-meter dash at the U.S. Championships athletics meet in Des Moines, Iowa. Former University of Georgia 400-meter runner Torrin Lawrence died in a car accident early Monday, July 28, 2014 in Cordele, Ga. He was 25.

Celebrated track star Torrin Lawrence has been killed in a tragic road accident in Georgia.

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U.S. marshals, police wounded, fugitive dead in NYC gunfight

A New York Police Officer stands guard inside a cordoned area at the site of a shooting in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York on July 28, 2014.

Two U.S. marshals and a New York police detective were wounded and a fugitive wanted on sex abuse charges was killed in a shootout in Greenwich Village.

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U.S says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks

FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. Obama and Putin discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria during their bilateral meeting.

In another sign of deteriorating relations, the U.S. government claims that Moscow has violated the Cold War treaty.

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Civilians killed in eastern Ukraine amid fierce fighting

Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard on the suburbs of Shakhtarsk, Donetsk region on July 28, 2014.

Intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine kills at least 19 civilians.