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Taylor Swift first artist to sell 1M albums in 2014

Taylor Swift’s new album “1989” reaped history-making first-week sales of 1.287 million, according to a bulletin released by Nielsen SoundScan on Tuesday evening.

Berkeley first US city to approve soda tax

The California city of Berkeley overwhelmingly approved the first U.S. ballot measure to tax sugary soft drinks, but while supporters hope it will unleash similar efforts nationwide, organizers of the measure said their grassroots effort would not be easy to duplicate.

2 states, nation’s capital approve pot legalization

Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the U.S. capital voted to legalize marijuana on Tuesday in key victories that could fuel the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream.

Man charged with trying to eat his DWI results

A Connecticut man accused of snatching his DWI test results and attempting to eat them was charged with obstruction and criminal tampering, police said.

NY socialite found guilty in autistic son’s death

A wealthy New York socialite accused of killing her 8-year-old autistic son was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter on Wednesday, said prosecutors, who had sought a second-degree murder conviction.

Ex-Ravens cheerleader charged with sex with teen

A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader and the estranged wife of a prominent Maryland energy executive has been indicted and arrested on charges of having sex with a 15-year-old boy, police announced Wednesday.

Obama vows to ‘get the job done’ with Republicans after sweep

One day after sweeping Republican election gains, President Barack Obama and incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to try and turn divided government into a force for good rather than gridlock on Wednesday, yet warned of veto showdowns as well.

Ore. mom posted cheery videos before tossing son from bridge

A mother accused of throwing her son to his death from an Oregon bridge posted cheery videos on YouTube nearly a year ago of her 6-year-old boy holding a stuffed toy lion while tossing coins in a fountain to make a wish.

GOP claims Senate; extends majority in House

Republicans claimed a commanding majority in the House on Tuesday, pushing their dominance to near-historic levels as they dispatched the last white Democrats in the South and made inroads in Democratic strongholds nationwide.