• 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
  • 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
  • Birdshot accident reveals Ohio woman's heart issue

    MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — The son of a 75-year-old woman who was struck with birdshot by her husband while sitting in a recliner says the accident might have been a blessing because doctors treating her found a previously undiagnosed heart problem.

    Associated Press49 mins ago
  • 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
  • U.S. man dies at Mexico border after being subdued with stun gun

    (Reuters) - An American man died at a U.S. border crossing with Mexico after he allegedly assaulted officers and was subdued with a stun gun, the Customs and Border Protection agency said. Border officers stopped the man, who was not identified, on Wednesday at the San Ysidro, California, border…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    AFP
  • 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
  • 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…

    AFP
  • 5 Money Moves Everyone Should Make in 2015

    The end of the year is finally on its way, and you know what that means: It's time to reflect on how your financial goals and dreams panned out in 2014. Did everything go as planned?

    U.S.News & World Report
  • 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
  • Man Builds Hess Toy Truck Collection Over 50 Christmases

      NUTLEY, N.J. — Not many adults get a toy as a gift on Christmas Day. And when they do ask for one, not many ask for a toy truck. Thomas Cook, 73, is one of those adults who enjoy getting a toy truck on...

    ABC News
  • View

    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.…

    Yahoo News
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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…

    Reuters