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Associated Press
2014-01-10 02:22 PM

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CHRISTIE-TRAFFIC JAMS

TRENTON, New Jersey -- A wounded Chris Christie is working to move beyond the most challenging test of his political career, while the New Jersey Republican governor's critics promise to keep probing a traffic scandal that rocked his administration this week and threatens to tarnish his national image ahead of the next presidential contest. By Steve Peoples and Angela Delli Santi.

AP photos, video.

ECONOMY

WASHINGTON -- Healthy U.S. economic growth in the second half of last year has raised expectations that 2013 ended with a fifth straight month of solid hiring. Economists predict that employers added 196,000 jobs last month, according to a survey by FactSet. That would be nearly as strong as November's robust gain of 203,000. The unemployment rate is forecast to remain at a five-year low of 7 percent. By Christopher S. Rugaber.

AP photo.

INDIA-DIPLOMAT ARREST

NEW YORK -- An Indian diplomat accused of lying about how much she paid her housekeeper left the United States after she was indicted on two criminal charges and Indian authorities refused to waive her immunity, authorities said. By Larry Neumeister and Matthew Lee.

MEXICO-BOATS SEIZED

MEXICO CITY -- When heavily armed marines and government tax agents stormed eight marinas on Mexico's Pacific and Caribbean coasts, boaters thought they were witnessing a major drug bust. The mostly American and Canadian retirees found out the target was actually them -- couples spending their golden years sailing warm-weather ports in modest 40-foot (12.19-meter) boats. By Mark Stevenson and Amy Taxin.

AP Photos.

CUBA-EARTHQUAKE

HAVANA -- A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hits in the Straits of Florida off Cuba, startling office workers in medium-rise buildings set swaying in Havana. No damage or injuries are reported. By Peter Orsi.

CUBA-US

HAVANA -- U.S. and Cuban representatives hold a fresh round of migration talks in Havana, continuing a recent trend of the two Cold War foes working together on some issues. By Peter Orsi.

BUSINESS and FINANCE:

FISKER BANKRUPTCY

DOVER, Delaware -- A Chinese auto parts conglomerate that wants to buy failed electric-vehicle manufacturer Fisker Automotive says it would build next-generation Fisker cars in Delaware if there is sufficient consumer demand. By Randall Chase.

OBIT-JONES

LOS ANGELES -- Thomas V. Jones, who was Northrop Corp.'s chief executive officer for 30 years and took it to the top ranks of aerospace companies during the Cold War while weathering a series of scandals, has died. He was 93.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

OBIT-AMIRI BARAK

UNDATED -- Amiri Baraka, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in American culture, has died. He was 79. By Hillel Italie.

AP Photos.

VENEZUELA-ACTRESS SLAIN

CARACAS, Venezuela -- The discovery of a digital camera stolen from the popular actress Monica Spear and her ex-husband was key to identifying the seven people arrested in their fatal shooting, the chief of Venezuela's criminal police says. By Jorge Rueda.

AP Photos.

FEATURES:

CONGO ADOPTIONS

UNDATED -- Justin Carroll is the proud dad of a 6-week-old daughter in Tennessee, but thus far he's done his doting via Facetime video phone calls from Africa. Since mid-November, Carroll has been living in Congo, unwilling to leave until he gets exit papers allowing two newly adopted sons to travel with him. Carroll and his wife, Alana, are among scores of U.S. couples caught up in uncertainty amid a suspension of all foreign adoptions. By David Crary.

AP photos.

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