• 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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  • If the shoe fits … it’s Vegas

    The spinning silver slipper in downtown Las Vegas outside El Cortez is one of the many signs that you’re in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

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  • 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.

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  • In Asia, 'The Interview' is watched illegally online, and panned

    SEOUL/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people viewed illegal copies of "The Interview" in China and South Korea on Friday, just hours after the controversial movie on the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was released in the United States. Most viewers said…

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  • Russia battles to contain Black Sea oil spill

    A Russian Black Sea city declared a state of emergency Thursday after a burst pipeline spewed oil into the landlocked water body, with stormy weather hampering cleanup efforts. The pipeline near the city of Tuapse burst late Tuesday, according to ChernomorTransneft, a subsidiary of Russia's main…

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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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  • Man shot with stun gun dies at 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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  • 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,…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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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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  • Miami-based businessman becomes first to fly Etihad's flying hotel suite

    Meet Gino Bertuccio, the Miami-based businessman who’s purchased a spot in aviation history with the first ticket to fly Etihad Airways’ over-the-top, onboard hotel suite.

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  • 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."

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    #7 of 10 Most Popular Galleries of 2014: Strong earthquake rocks California

    A powerful earthquake that struck the heart of California's wine country caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them and toppling wine bottles in vineyards around the region. Scores were injured as the temblor knocked out power to thousands,…

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  • 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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  • 6 Times Holiday Decorations Turned into Disasters

    Each winter, many people decorate their homes and offices with holiday lights, ornaments and tinsel.

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  • 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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  • Aussie skipper Smith leads from the front to further torment India

    Steve Smith played another captain's knock and Chris Rogers and Shane Watson hit fifties as Australia shared the opening day of the third Test with India in Melbourne on Friday.

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  • A Lion Lifted From a Well, a Sea Otter Learns to Swim, and More: 2014’s Top 10 Animal Rescues Caught on Camera

    Looking for a heartwarming animal rescue story this holiday season? How about 10?

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