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[US] Pay to rise for millions as 19 states increase minimum wage

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- It will be a happy New Year indeed for millions of the lowest-paid U.S. workers. Nineteen states, including New York and California, will ring in the year with an increase in the minimum wage.
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Factbox: Trump to meet heads of Carlyle Group, Marvel, World Jewish Congress

(Reuters) - Republican U.S. President-elect Donald Trump resumed meetings at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, following the Christmas holiday as he prepares to take over the White House from Democrat Barack Obama on Jan. 20....
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Trumps’ Hanukkah Greetings Draw anti-Semitic Attacks From Disappointed Supporters

Donald Trump found himself on the unlikely side of the 'War on Christmas' debate, when neo-Nazi supporters raged at Hanukkah greetings from Trump’s family, with the notable exception of Ivanka. ...
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US Citizenship Becomes Expensive

Immigrants have to shell out more cash to become U.S. citizens after the Department of Homeland Security imposed a price hike across a range of administrative services. ...
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Petition Calls for Mormon Tabernacle Choir to Cancel Performance at Trump Inauguration

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is facing intense pressure to pull out of performing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration as an online petition has gathered thousands of signatures....
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Trump's pick for ambassador to Israel has all sides on edge

NEW YORK (AP) — If President-elect Donald Trump wanted to show he planned to obliterate President Barack Obama's approach to Israel, he may have found his man to deliver that message in David Friedman, his pick for U.S. ambassador....
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Trumps Attend Church Services in Palm Beach on Christmas Eve

Earlier in the evening the couple had dinner at Mar-a-Lago....
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UN Israel vote to make peace negotiations 'much harder': Trump

Washington (AFP) - US President-elect Donald Trump said Saturday that the UN vote demanding Israel halt settlements in Palestinian territory would make a peace deal "much harder," but said it could happen anyway....
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Democrats scorch Obama over UN vote condemning Israeli settlements

..."I have always believed that Israel can’t get a fair shake at the UN, and that is why Israel has relied on the United States to protect it from the anti-Israel tendencies of some UN Security Council members,"......
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Obama scraps registry for some immigrant men, mostly Muslims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Thursday officially scrapped the last vestiges of a U.S. registration system for Muslim immigrants. If President-elect Donald Trump now wants to introduce an expanded version of the program, he will have to start from scratch....
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