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US aerospace giant Boeing Wednesday reported higher quarterly profits, capping a record year of commercial aircraft orders and deliveries. The strong earnings came on the heels of a Boeing announcement in December that it delivered a record 723 jets, surpassing a previous record of 648, on rising demand from newer airlines in emerging markets and more seasoned companies replacing their fleets. In December, Boeing raised its dividend and announced a new $12 billion share repurchase program. "Strong operating performance in the final quarter of 2014 propelled us to some of our best-ever results and sealed a fifth consecutive year of core operating earnings growth," said Boeing chief executive Jim McNerney.
DENVER (AP) — A teenage passenger who was in a car when a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed by Denver police has disputed authorities' account of her death, saying officers opened fire before one of them was struck by the vehicle.