• Ferguson officer placed on unpaid leave after calling Michael Brown memorial 'a piece of trash in the middle of the street'

    The spokesman for the Ferguson, Mo., police department has been placed on unpaid leave after calling the makeshift memorial to slain teenager Michael Brown a "piece of trash in the middle of the street."

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  • Key developments in disappearance of AirAsia jet

    An AirAsia jet with 162 people on board disappeared Sunday while flying from western Indonesia to Singapore on a scheduled two-hour flight. Here's a look at the key developments:

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  • Missing flight is 3rd Malaysia-linked incident

    The disappearance Sunday of AirAsia Flight 8501 was the third air incident this year involving Malaysia, where budget carrier AirAsia in based. Here's a look at the two other disasters, as well as the latest missing flight, which went missing with 162 people aboard less than an hour after taking…

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  • Arizona police officer, suspect killed in shootout

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A 24-year-old police officer and a suspect died after a shootout Saturday afternoon.

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  • Elgar composes another big score on favourite stage

    By Nick Said PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Dean Elgar continued his fairytale form at his favourite venue on Friday, taking advantage of two moments of good fortune to plunder 121 for South Africa. Elgar's third test century led his side to 270 for two on the first day of the…

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  • Iranian senior commander killed in Iraq

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior commander in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard has been killed during a battle against the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq, the Guard said Sunday.

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  • Hippo jumps from moving truck in Taiwan, startling locals

    A hippo that panicked while being transported by truck in Taiwan jumped from the vehicle, breaking a leg and causing confused residents to report spotting a dinosaur on the loose. Television footage showed the enormous animal lying on the road with a white fluid oozing from its eyes after it jumped…

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  • Man who tried to kill Pope John Paul II puts roses on his tomb

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The man who tried to kill former Pope John Paul II 33 years ago showed up at the Vatican on Saturday to put white roses on his tomb and said he wanted to meet Pope Francis. Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turk, left John Paul critically injured after firing several shots in the failed…

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    3 new charges filed against mom of murdered Raleigh toddler

    The move came as Raleigh police said Friday a search of a northern Wake County lake led to the discovery of human remains that could be the boy.

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  • Five people stabbed in Washington restaurant

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five people were stabbed early on Saturday in a restaurant in Washington, D.C., police said. The incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. at McFadden's, a popular restaurant and nightclub on Pennsylvania Avenue, eight blocks from the White House in the nation's capital. All five…

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  • Hundreds Turn Their Back on de Blasio at NYPD Officer's Funeral

    Hundreds of police officers turned their backs on a screen showing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke at the funeral of one of two officers killed last week in what has been called an "assassination."The funeral at the Christ Tabernacle Church, in the Glendale neighborhood of Queens,…

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  • How the AP-GfK poll was conducted

    The Associated Press-GfK poll on the economy was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Dec. 4-8. It is based on online interviews of 1,010 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.

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    17-year-old charged with murder in Clayton mobile home park shooting

    Detectives have issued an arrest warrant for 17-year-old Cortaz Quemel Lucas, Jr. He is charged with first-degree murder.

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  • Farmers brace for labor shortage under new policy

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California — the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts — fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.

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  • Islamic State executed nearly 2,000 people in six months: monitor

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group has killed 1,878 people in Syria during the past six months, the majority of them civilians, a British-based Syrian monitoring organization said on Sunday. Islamic State also killed 120 of its own members, most of them foreign fighters trying to…

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  • A Thousand Bison Sentenced to Die This Winter

    With frigid temperatures and a shrinking food supply, winter can be tough on Yellowstone National Park’s wildlife. And for the area’s 4,900 bison, it’s not just nature’s elements they’re fighting against.

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    Greece ferry fire (20 photos)

    A fire erupted on a ferry carrying 478 people from Greece to Italy on Sunday, leaving one person dead and trapping hundreds on top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered evacuation. The Italian Navy said that the victim and an injured person were transported by helicopter to the…

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