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McDonald's November Sales Down Lower Than Expected
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Hit the Road, Mac

McDonald's announced Wednesday its chief executive Don Thompson would step down from the company, a week after the burger chain reported fourth-quarter and full-year results that made 2014 the first with a decline in same-store sales in a dozen years

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Supreme Court Halts 3 Executions

Justices on Wednesday delayed the execution of three Oklahoma inmates who are part of a case that may decide the future of U.S. lethal injections

Charlie Glover leaves a two foot tall path as he uses a snow blower to dig himself out of the snow on Jan. 27, 2015 in New Bedford, Mass.

Northeast Digs Out

Millions of Americans scrambled to return to normal after a blizzard pounded locations from Long Island to New England with up to three feet of snow

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McConaughey to Star in Born to Run Film Adaptation

Matthew McConaughey is about to go for a very long, very barefoot run, as he's confirmed to star in the adaptation of Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best-selling book, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

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The President Gets a New Ride

A Boeing 747-8 will replace the Boeing VC-25 as Air Force One, the U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday — but President Barack Obama won't get to enjoy it. The new jet won't be ready to carry the Commander in Chief until 2023

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Feds Want Super Bowl to Be a 'No Drone Zone'

The Federal Aviation Administration ordering this Sunday's Super Bowl game a "no drone zone" in a YouTube video that urges recreational drone users within flying distance of the Glendale, Arizona stadium to "leave your drone at home"

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland in 2013.

Mitt: Hillary's 'Clueless'

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will make his most forceful public case yet against likely Democratic contender Hillary Clinton's presidential ambitions in a speech Wednesday at Mississippi State University

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Half a Billion Facebook Users Only Visit on Mobile Devices

More than half a billion Facebook users access the site only from mobile devices, Facebook revealed as part of an earnings presentation Wednesday. The social network has 1.19 billion total mobile monthly active users, as of the end of 2014, up 26% year-over-year

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Researchers Claim Peanut-Allergy Breakthrough

Researchers in Australia say they are one step closer to finding a cure for people with severe peanut allergies after a daily combination of peanut protein and a probiotic helped 80% of children in a study

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Former Stanford Student to Be Charged with Rape

A former Stanford University student will be charged with rape after he allegedly assaulted an unconscious woman on campus grounds, Santa Clara County, Cali. prosecutors announced Tuesday. If convicted, Brock Allen Turner faces up to 10 years in prison

Former Governor of Texas Rick Perry speaks at the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 24, 2015.

Perry Forges Ahead Despite Indictment

Rick Perry has been laying the groundwork for a repeat presidential bid, traveling heavily to the early presidential states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, despite a Texas judge's decision Tuesday not to throw out a pair of indictments against him

Mother of ISIS captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh holds his picture as she takes part in a demonstration demanding that the Jordanian government negotiate with Islamic state and for the release of her son, in front of the prime minister's building in Amman, Jan. 27, 2015.

Jordan Ready for ISIS Prisoner Exchange

Jordan's information minister says his government is set to swap an Iraqi woman held in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured by extremists from the Islamic State group — but made no mention of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who is also being held by ISIS