• NY man says wife shot him to avoid messy divorce

    YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — A real estate developer who was shot in the head as he slept at home says his cheating wife did it in an attempt to kill him and avoid a messy divorce.

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  • Russia imposes rationing in token gesture

    Just when Russians thought it could not get any worse with the ruble tumbling as fast as the oil prices on which their economy depends, the people of St Petersburg are waking up to rationing.

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  • Immigrants get warning on driver's licenses

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — While tens of thousands of immigrants living in the United States illegally are preparing to apply for a long-sought driver's license in California starting Jan. 2, others are being urged to think twice.

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  • Oil declines amid stronger dollar, crude oversupply in U.S.

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices fell Friday, tumbling as the dollar strengthened and as a supply glut in top consumer, the United States, trumped worries about falling production from Libya.

    Reuters
  • 4 dead in fiery Northern California car crash

    FAIR OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Two vehicles collided head on in a fiery crash near Sacramento, California, leaving four people dead and two more seriously injured.

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  • Doubts deepen over Chinese-backed Nicaragua canal as work starts

    By Gabriel Stargardter MANAGUA (Reuters) - When one of the poorest countries in the Americas and a little-known Chinese businessman said they planned to undertake one of the biggest engineering projects in history, few people took them seriously. A year and a half after the $50 billion project to…

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    Photos of the day - December 26, 2014

    Photos of the day - December 26, 2014 A little girl pulls a sled through a snow-covered forest in a park in Berlin; U.S. soldiers fire a mortar during exercises in Afghanistan; police carry the casket of New York City police officer Rafael Ramos into church prior to his wake; a Palestinian…

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  • 'Facilitator' of Taliban school attack killed in Pakistan

    Pakistani security forces have killed a Taliban commander who allegedly facilitated the Peshawar school massacre, which left 150 people dead in the country's worst ever terror attack, officials said Friday.

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  • Wisconsin man keeps 40-year-old Christmas tree up until son returns

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A Wisconsin man will refuse for about the 40th time to partake in the annual after-holiday chore of putting Christmas ornaments back into storage and dragging the Christmas tree to the curb. Instead Neil Olson will leave his Christmas tree - the same one he says he…

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  • Dollar mortgage holders urge Russia to end 'financial slavery'

    When Olga Savelyeva took out a $226,000 mortgage to buy a small apartment on the outskirts of Moscow in 2008, she could never have imagined that the ruble would lose more than half its value in a few short years. In a letter to central bank chief Elvira Nabiullina, the group threatened a "powerful…

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  • Body of autistic boy, 4, found in South Carolina pond

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C. (AP) — The body of an autistic, 4-year-old boy who had been missing since Christmas Eve has been found in a pond in South Carolina.

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  • Man Who Threatened to Kill Police Officers Says Dead Cops Should Have Been White

    New details have emerged about one of the threats that was made against New York police officers in the wake of the fatal shooting that left two cops dead in New York last weekend.Elvin Payamps, 38, was arrested Wednesday after someone overheard him making threats on a cell phone, saying that he…

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  • Third priest killed in dangerous southern Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A priest was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head, his diocese said Friday, marking the latest in series of abductions, attacks and highway robberies against Roman Catholic clerics in an area of southern Guerrero state dominated by drug cartels.

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  • Stranger Gives Defendant $983 in Courtroom so He Doesn't Become Felon

    A Portland man learned he had an angel attorney willing to give $983 to a complete stranger so a court wouldn't declare him to be a felon.

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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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  • Long-delayed U.S. high-speed rail plans may ride on Texas express

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - With high-speed rail in the United States long on plans and short on construction, a Texas company is aiming to fast-track service between Dallas and Houston. The Texas Central Railway Company plans to use private investment and Central Japan Railway…

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  • Irish court allows abortion row pregnant brain-dead woman to die

    Ireland's high court ruled doctors can withdraw life support for a clinically dead pregnant woman on Friday, in the latest case to trigger heated debate on the country's stringent abortion laws. Despite requests from the woman's family for her to be allowed to die, doctors continued life support as…

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  • Wisconsin man celebrates 40 Christmases with 1 tree

    WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Neil Olson put up a Christmas tree when two of his sons went off to war in 1974, vowing not to take it down until all six children returned to his Wisconsin home for Christmas. The same tree, he says, is still standing in his living room.

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