• Four shot, one fatally, in downtown St. Louis

    (Reuters) - A shooting at a downtown St. Louis convenience store on Wednesday left one person dead and three others badly wounded, police said. Police said no suspects were in custody some five hours after the shooting, which was reported shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time. A St. Louis Metropolitan…

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  • Obama personal chef to hang up apron after 6 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For six years, Sam Kass cooked up policy as well as meals for President Barack Obama and his family. He was not only their personal chef but also senior adviser for nutrition policy, giving him a seat at the table where administration officials hashed out everything from updated…

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  • Jordan jet was not shot down by IS group: US military

    The United States dismissed Wednesday a claim by the Islamic State jihadist group that it had shot down a Jordanian F-16 fighter flying with US-led coalition forces, which crashed in eastern Syria. "Evidence clearly indicates that ISIL did not down the aircraft as the terrorist organization is…

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  • Three injured, two critically, in shooting at Chicago train station

    (Reuters) - Three people were injured, two of them critically, after a gunman opened fire in a Chicago train station on Wednesday night, police said. The suspect, who has not been apprehended, pulled a gun during an argument with a 41-year-old woman on the mezzanine level of a south side Chicago…

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  • Saudi projects big deficit in 2015 after oil price drop

    Saudi Arabia, the world's largest crude exporter, on Thursday announced a 2015 budget with a huge $38.6 billion deficit due to the sharp decline in oil prices but still raised spending. The budget shortfall is the first deficit projected by the OPEC kingpin since 2011 and the largest ever for the…

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  • One perfect tree, coming up!

    Old Navy’s Tumblr is ringing in the holiday season in a big way. Check it out now!

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  • Protesters set off explosives, throw bricks after police officer shoots, kills 18-year-old in Missouri

    Violent protests broke out at a Mobil gas station in Berkeley, Mo., where an officer fatally shot an armed man who pointed a handgun at him, police said. Four people were arrested for assaulting police officers and at least two officers were treated for injuries.

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  • Nigerian girl, 14, recounts would-be suicide bombing

    A 14-year-old Nigerian girl who was arrested with explosives strapped to her body told journalists Wednesday that her parents volunteered her to take part in a suicide attack. The girl, who was identified as Zahra'u Babangida, was arrested in Kano on December 10 following a double suicide bombing…

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  • Here's What the Internet Looks Like in North Korea

    When the Internet in North Korea crashed this week for nearly 10 hours, it's unlikely that many of the reclusive nation's millions of residents noticed.That's because so few North Koreans have access to the Internet, and when they do, they see a very different online world than what most other…

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    Then and now: Devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, 10 years later

    On the morning of Dec. 26, 2004, a magnitude-9.1 earthquake tore open a vast stretch of sea bed off Indonesia's Sumatra coast. It displaced billions of tons of water, sending waves roaring across the Indian Ocean, in some places at jetliner speeds. It killed about 230,000 people in 14 countries.…

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  • Shooter kills man in Louisiana mall on Christmas Eve

    (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire inside a New Orleans-area mall still busy with shoppers on Christmas eve, killing a man before he was taken into custody, police said on Wednesday. Gary François, 25, fired multiple shots at 24-year-old James Vaughn, who had just made a purchase at a Foot Locker…

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  • Grisly finds in Iraqi Yazidi village wrested from militants

    HARDAN, Iraq (AP) — After he fled from this tiny northern Iraqi hamlet four months ago, Hayder Khalef got panicked phone calls from his relatives who had remained behind. They were at that moment being led by Islamic State group gunmen toward a checkpoint on the edge of town.

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  • Experience William Boyd's The Vanishing Game

    For Alec Dunbar, the uncertain terrain may be the only thing certain to keep him alive. Immerse yourself in William Boyd’s new action-adventure, Th...

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  • Watch the Inspiring Reality Check Eric Garner's Daughter Gave on the Slain NYPD Officers

    Protesters took to the streets of New York City on Tuesday night, despite appeals from Mayor Bill de Blasio for a few days of silence after a mentally ill man shot and killed two NYPD officers. 

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    Violent protests break out in suburban St. Louis

    The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson. A crowd of about 300 people gathered at…

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  • Expats eyeing the exits after Russian ruble plunges

    The plunge of the ruble hasn't left only Russians shell shocked -- foreign workers from traders to maids are considering bailing out as Moscow turns from an El Dorado into a financial black hole. The phenomenon is not quantifiable nor is there anything to indicate an exodus of expatriates is under…

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  • ISIS: Western Journalist Embedded With Group Says He Came Into Contact With Americans

    The first Western journalist to spend time with ISIS since the launch of U.S. airstrikes in August says he has spent time with upwards of 14 Americans -- including one from New Jersey -- during the 10 days he spent inside the group's self-styled “Caliphate."In an interview with ABC News, German…

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  • When a deaf 15-year-old boy finally learns to speak, what does he say?

    Born without hearing, Patrick Otema has spent his life in silence. 

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  • Pennsylvania police find head on rural road, seeking body to match

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - An aerial search for the embalmed body of a woman whose head was recovered this month along a lonely rural road was due to begin on Tuesday, police in western Pennsylvania said. Police in the borough of Economy, 22 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, said they…

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