• 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.

    Associated Press
  • Obama personal chef to hang up apron after 6 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Political advisers, chiefs of staff, press secretaries and national security advisers have come and gone in the nearly six years Barack Obama has been president. Now, the White House chef also is hanging it up.

    Associated Press
  • 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.

    ABC News
  • Senior Chinese leader says Vietnam ties need 'correct path'

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China wants relations with Vietnam to proceed along a "correct path", a visiting senior Chinese leader said, vowing to improve mutual trust, amid tension between the neighbors over competing claims in the South China Sea. Yu Zhengsheng, who heads a largely ceremonial advisory…

    Reuters
  • Texas movie set used by John Wayne fading away

    BRACKETTVILLE, Texas (AP) — Time and Mother Nature are threatening to dismantle the Alamo. Not the original, but the replica 18th-century Spanish mission and Old West movie set John Wayne built for his Oscar-nominated 1960 movie and that for decades was a tourist mecca and film production site.

    Associated Press
  • Egyptian Coptic teen seized in Libya found dead, says hospital

    An Egyptian Coptic Christian teenager abducted in Libya by armed men who killed her parents has been found dead, a hospital source said Friday. Residents found the body of the daughter of the two slain doctors on Thursday evening, said the source at the Ibn Sina hospital in the city of Sirte,…

    AFP
  • Putin Cancels New Year's Holiday for Government Workers

    Russian President Vladimir Putin cancelled the extended New Year holiday for government ministers because of the ongoing financial crisis, informing the agencies they must work to help strengthen the economy and take protectionary measures in the face of a combination of governmental mismanagement,…

    The Atlantic
  • US missile strikes kill 7 militants in NW Pakistan

    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone fired missiles at two compounds in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region Friday, killing at least seven alleged militants, while security forces killed the alleged planner of the deadly recent attack on a school, Pakistani officials said.

    Associated Press
  • Key developments in case of 2 slain NYPD officers

    Two New York police officers were ambushed last weekend by Ismaaiyl Brinsley after he had made threatening posts online, including references to high-profile cases of white police officers killing unarmed black men and a vow to put "wings on pigs." After shooting the officers, Brinsley ran into a…

    Associated Press
  • Russia offers support to North Korea amid Sony hack

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday offered sympathy to North Korea amid the Sony hacking scandal, saying the movie that sparked the dispute was so scandalous that Pyongyang's anger was "quite understandable."

    Associated Press
  • Jordan denies IS jihadists shot down its warplane

    Jordan's military Friday denied claims by the Islamic State group to have shot down one of its warplanes which crashed in Syria, after the pilot was captured by the jihadists. "First indications show that the crash of the Jordanian military plane in the area of the Syrian city of Raqa was not…

    AFP33 mins ago
  • Tesla to offer Roadster battery upgrade

    Electric supercar early adopters rejoice: Elon Musk is going to double the performance of your car for 2015.

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    Raleigh man charged with kidnapping newspaper delivery driver

    Clayton police said a Raleigh man was charged Thursday after a kidnapping, carjacking, and police chase.

    WTVD – Raleigh/Durham
  • Packers face Lions in marquee matchup

    The Green Bay Packers host the Detroit Lions in one of several high-stakes contests in the final weekend of the National Football League's regular season. There are playoff spots and division titles to be determined including the critical Green Bay game which will see the winner earn the NFC North…

    AFP
  • Appeals court ruling could put gun case on Supreme Court track

    A federal court ruling upholding gun rights for people who had a past mental illness is being closely watched as a potential Supreme Court test case.

    National Constitution Center
  • 13-year-old girl: My father gave me to Boko Haram

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — A 13-year-old says her father gave her to Boko Haram extremists and that she was arrested after refusing to explode a suicide bomb in Kano, Nigeria's second largest city in the north.

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  • Man shot with stun gun dies at US border crossing

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 40-year-old U.S. citizen died after a border inspector shot him with a stun gun at the nation's busiest crossing, authorities said Thursday.

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