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Girl’s remarkable survival after fatal plane crash

A seven-year-old walked through dark woods for help after surviving a plane crash that killed her family.

People watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Making headlines this week

A look at some of the biggest newsmakers this week and the stories you may have missed.

NYPD crime scene tape is seen at the site of a shooting at the corner of Marcus Garvey Blvd. and Pulaski Street in the Brooklyn borough of New York July 9, 2012.

New York City murders hit record low

Murders in New York fell to 328 in 2014, the fewest since the New York Police Department started keeping reliable numbers in 1963.

Same-sex couple plastic figurines are displayed during a gay wedding fair (salon du mariage gay) in Paris April 27, 2013.

Federal judge allows gay marriages to begin in Florida

A federal judge in Florida ruled that county clerks must issue marriage licenses to all same-sex couples who request them starting Jan. 6.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo reacts with his father Mario (R) after being re-elected for the U.S. midterm race in New York in this November 4, 2014 file photo.

Former NY Governor Mario Cuomo dies

Mario Cuomo, the three-time governor of New York and a leading voice of the Democratic Party's liberal wing, died at 82.

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2014: The year in photos

A look back at some of the biggest newsmakers of the year.

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Robin Williams’ suicide seizes the year on Google

Google says Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year.

Actor and comedian Robin Williams poses during a press tour promoting his new movie "License To Wed" in Santa Monica, Calif., Friday, June 15, 2007.

2014 Notable Deaths

A look at the celebrities and notable people we lost this year.

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Volkswagen recalls 38,000 cars due to fire risk

The recall includes Volkswagen Beetle, Jetta, Passat and some models of the Golf and GTI.

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CDC to hire lab safety chief after Ebola, flu mishaps

The job has taken on more urgency after a CDC scientist was possibly exposed to Ebola in a lab last week.

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AirAsia victim with life jacket raises questions about plane’s last moments

Rescuers believe they have found the plane on the ocean floor off Borneo.

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Temps plunge U.S. into deep freeze

Colder-than-average temperatures are sending chills across America.

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Times Square prepares to ring in 2015

The famed Times Square ball is ready to signal the start of 2015.

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Officers killed by guns in line of duty up 56 percent

This year 50 officers were killed by guns, compared to 32 in 2013.

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No health insurance? Penalties to rise in 2015

The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people.

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Bodies, debris from missing AirAsia jet pulled from sea

The plane has yet to be found and there was no word on the possibility of any survivors.

Former President George H.W. Bush acknowledges the crowd at his presidential library before his son former President George W. Bush discusses his new book "41: A Portrait of My Father"

Former President Bush to be released from hospital today

After nearly a week in a Texas hospital, George H.W. Bush's breathing has returned to normal.

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Census puts U.S. population at 320M

In January, the U.S. is expected to experience a birth every eight seconds.

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U.S. coalition launches 18 air strikes against ISIS

The strikes were launched in Syria and Iraq in an effort to fight Islamic State.

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Obama warns GOP he plans to use veto pen in 2015

President Barack Obama is putting congressional Republicans on notice.

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F Grade On Cutting Tobacco Use

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A new report card on Iowa's efforts to cut the use of tobacco products gives the state one A and three Fs.

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Iowa School Aid Levels Debated

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Republicans and school groups are staking out widely different positions over how much state aid should be forwarded to Iowa's public school districts.

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Changes Sought In Drivers License Law

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A Nebraska state senator hopes there's a change at the top, but if not, he plans to push ahead for a change in state policy that would allow youth brought to Nebraska illegally when young to obtain driver's licenses.

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Children’s Groups Merge

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Here 4 Youth is an organization in Sioux Falls that offers after school services to children with special needs and their siblings.

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Record Numbers For South Dakota State Parks

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South Dakota’s state parks saw a record number of campers last year.