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A rainbow appears in the winter sky over New York state agency buildings, at right, and downtown Albany, N.Y., after a thunderstorm on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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Making headlines this week

A look back at some of the week's biggest newsmakers and the headlines you may have missed.

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Chipotle will close all of its stores next month … for a meeting

Don't plan on getting a big burrito on Feb. 8.

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Lower pay for poor is widening income gap, study finds

The income gap in major U.S. cities goes beyond the trend of rising paychecks for those at the top: Pay has plummeted for those at the bottom.

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U.S. justices consider taking Obama appeal on immigration action

The nine U.S. Supreme Court justices were due to meet privately on Friday to discuss whether to hear President Barack Obama's bid to revive his plan to shield more than 4 million immigrants from deportation, a move that bypassed the Republican-led Congress.

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Study: U.S. women having babies later than ever

Women in the United States are waiting longer than ever to have babies, with the average age for first childbirth rising to a record high of 26.3 years as fewer teens give birth and adults postpone parenthood, a new federal study found.

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Obama will focus on criminal justice reform, cancer research in final year

The areas are relatively rare areas of common ground between Obama and the Republican-controlled Congress, part of a push to promote his priorities as attention turns to the race to replace him in the November presidential election.

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Friendly no more: Trump, Cruz erupt in bitter fight at Republican debate

The New York billionaire and the Texas senator appeared to have a split decision by the end of the night, a sign that for all the bluster, little took place that could derail Trump from his lead position with a contest in Iowa on Feb. 1 to begin the search for a Republican presidential nominee.

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10 FOR TODAY: Friday, Jan. 15

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Special U.S. targeting force ‘now in place’ in Iraq: U.S.

While the force was expected to number only about 200, its deployment marks the latest expansion of U.S. military pressure on Islamic State.

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Trump, Cruz tensions may provide liveliest Republican debate yet

Flaring tempers and sharp elbows may turn a debate of seven Republican presidential candidates into a seven-car pileup on Thursday with tensions between Donald Trump and rival Ted Cruz leading the way.

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Winner, winner! Record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot to be split between three winning tickets

The winners of the record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot have yet to emerge, with lottery officials saying the massive prize will be split between ticket holders in three states - Tennessee, California and Florida.

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House of Representatives to try again to seek Iran deal clampdown

The U.S. House of Representatives plans to reconsider legislation to restrict President Barack Obama's ability to lift sanctions on Iran under an international nuclear deal after its passage was canceled on Wednesday when too few members voted.

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10 FOR TODAY: Thursday, Jan. 14

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Iran releases U.S. sailors after brief detention

Iran released ten U.S. sailors on Wednesday after holding them overnight, bringing a swift end to an incident that had rattled nerves days ahead of the expected implementation of a landmark nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers.

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Poll: Majority of Americans support next president pushing tighter gun laws

Half of all Americans support President Barack Obama's executive actions on gun control, a poll found, with a majority saying they would support the next president taking additional steps to tighten federal gun laws.

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Powerball hits $1.5 billion, largest-ever lottery jackpot for one winner

The jackpot for tonight's drawing climbed to $1.5 billion, making it the largest-ever U.S. lottery prize as well as the world's biggest potential jackpot for a single winner.

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Obama knocks Trump, voices optimism in speech to set 2016 tone

President Barack Obama took aim on Tuesday at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and accused critics of playing into the hands of Islamic State in a speech meant to cement his legacy and set a positive tone for his final year in office.

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10 FOR TODAY: Wednesday, Jan. 13

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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High U.S. job openings point to pick-up in wage growth

Job openings are high relative to the unemployment rate, which is currently at a 7-1/2 year low of 5 percent.

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U.S. panel finalizes breast cancer screening recommendations

An influential panel of U.S. experts issued final recommendations reaffirming their controversial position that mammogram screening should start at age 50, but also said some women may benefit from screening starting at age 40.

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Washington Apple Health data breach

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Bellingham Aloha Motel site becoming affordable housing and offices

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The city declared the Aloha Motel a blight and used the threat of condemnation to buy the site.

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Bellingham City Council opposes violence against Planned Parenthood

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Tuesday night the council approved a resolution that affirm the safety of all Planned Parenthood patients, staff and facilities in Bellingham.

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The Bachelor of Applied Science Degree will be in Operations Management.

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Bellingham cyber stalking conviction thrown out

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Bellingham Schools staff found out about threatening tweets and reported the girl to police.