• Misspelled sign may have cost high school principal her job

    The message on the sign above the entryway to Public School Number 20 in Paterson, N.J., included three mistakes: December was spelled "Dicember," report as "reepor" and a "1" was placed backwards.

    Yahoo News
  • Family of Toddler Injured by SWAT 'Grenade' Faces $1M in Medical Bills

    Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh never imagined their family would be at the center of a controversy over the militarization of police. But that’s exactly where they found themselves when their toddler was seriously injured by a SWAT team, also leaving them with a $1 million medical bill they have…

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  • Pakistan: 77 militants killed after school massacre

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani warplanes and ground forces killed at least 77 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre.

    Associated Press
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    Cuba's retro rides

    The streets of Havana are still filled with cars that predate the 1959 communist revolution, having rolled off the assembly line decades before the U.S. auto industry's current crisis of steep losses in reputation and market share. They hark back to a time when Detroit's Big Three automakers were…

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  • Canadian driver jailed for deaths caused by stopping for ducks

    OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Canadian woman was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Thursday for causing two deaths in 2010 when she stopped her car on a Quebec highway to help a group of ducklings crossing the road. Emma Czornobaj had been convicted in June of two counts each of criminal negligence and…

    Reuters
  • Vietnam 'Rat King' helps rice farmers fight costly vermin

    Grinning widely, Tran Quang Thieu brandishes the day's haul: 10 kilos of rats caught in rice paddies near Hanoi. A menace to Vietnam's rice crop, the vermin are regularly trapped -- and sometimes eaten. "It's hard to trap them, they're clever, they move fast and in Vietnam there are 43 different…

    AFP
  • Pakistan Army strikes back hard after school massacre by Taliban

    Pakistani Army officials said today they struck Taliban targets near the border with Afghanistan, killing at least 77 militants, days after the Taliban massacred children at a school in what may be a defining moment for the nation. 

    Christian Science Monitor56 mins ago
  • Father of unlicensed driver in fatal crash denies having let her drive his SUV

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A man whose 15-year-old daughter, an unlicensed driver, crashed his SUV in an accident in Pennsylvania that killed three people denies having given her permission to drive the vehicle, his attorney said on Thursday. The father, Michael J. Ware, was charged…

    Reuters
  • Colombia village's 'curse' could hold Alzheimer's cure

    Yarumal, a Colombian village perched in the Andes Mountains, has a high incidence of a genetic mutation that predisposes its population to Alzheimer's -- a bleak heritage that scientists now hope could help lead to a treatment to prevent the disease. Jairo is just 49 but his brain has already been…

    AFP
  • Two deaths in Minnesota tied to tainted caramel apples: officials

    (Reuters) - Minnesota health officials say that two people have died and two others were hospitalized in recent weeks after eating listeria-tainted caramel apples. The four people in Minnesota were adults between the ages of 59 and 90 who became ill in late October and November from caramel apples…

    Reuters47 mins ago
  • Iraqi Kurds press fightback as top jihadist reported killed

    Nahyat al-Ayadhiya (Iraq) (AFP) - Kurdish forces pressed their biggest offensive against the Islamic State group so far on Friday, buoyed by US reports that jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's top aide in Iraq has been killed. Kurdish peshmerga forces were securing the surroundings of Mount…

    AFP
  • The top destinations booked for 2015 among US travelers

    The most popular international destination among American travelers in early 2015 is Puerto Rico, according to online booking site Priceline.com.

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  • Sony attacks launched inside North Korea, routed via Taiwan: Report

    US officials have reportedly said that the Sony hack attack was launched from inside North Korea via servers in Taiwan.

    ZDNet
  • Warriors beat Thunder 114-109 after Durant injury

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr could only shake his head and grin while Kevin Durant put on the best performance of his young season in the first half.

    Associated Press
  • Colorado boy, 14, sentenced to 10 years for dad’s murder

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A 14-year-old Colorado boy who admitted shooting his father dead and concealing the death by calling the man’s work for five days to say his dad was ill was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said. Kai Kelly, who was 13 at the time of the…

    Reuters
  • Skeleton from Greek mystery tomb to be identified next month

    Details on the identity of a mystery skeleton found in a massive tomb dating from the era of Alexander the Great in Greece are to be revealed next month, the culture ministry said Friday. The discovery in November of the skeleton inside the huge fourth century BC structure -- the largest tomb ever…

    AFP
  • Kenya's Kenyatta signs security law despite protests

    NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday he had signed into law anti-terrorism measures approved by parliament despite vocal protests by some opposition lawmakers who cited a threat to civil liberties and free speech. Kenyatta has faced mounting pressure to boost security…

    Reuters